Making it happen: Week 17
Another solid week of SwingLeft letter-writing success! Pennie Burns, Nancy Clement, and Sarah Bellinson & friends added 280 letters to our GROWING pile of voter engagement letters due to go out in Late October. These volunteers are fueling the blue wave on November 3. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Thanks, too, to Pat Evenson-Brady for yet another huge delivery of letter packets to give out to volunteers. Woohoo! Another gold star on collar!
Join the discussion: Policing Review in the Gorge
At our virtual quarterly meeting on Tuesday, July 14 we will have a discussion of policing in the Gorge. Hear updates on related discussions at Hood River City Council and the Hood River County School District. The role, practices, and accountability of law enforcement agencies around the country have claimed national attention in the wake of numerous recent episodes of police oppression and violence. Come and take part in the conversation and response here in the Gorge.
The meeting will be 6-7:30pm, by Zoom. Register here to get the Zoom link.
ICG Endorsement Proposals - 2020
Seeking your input, please.
Rep. Anna Williams
ICG interviewed and endorsed Anna Williams in 2018 in her initial election bid to represent HD52 as our State Representative. She has worked hard for two years upholding progressive values, communicating with her constituents frequently, collaborating with both Dem and Republican colleagues in Salem. She’s been a strong leader for this district, helping to pass historic victories to fund education, expand healthcare, and strengthen worker protections.
Rep. Williams is running for re-election in November, and ICG’s Steering Committee recommends that ICG endorse her. Rep. Williams will speak, and her endorsement will be discussed and voted on, at our upcoming [virtual] quarterly meeting on July 14 (6-7:30pm; Register here to get the Zoom link).
We invite you to contact us at ICGO@ICGOregon.org by July 14 with your comments about the Steering Committee’s endorsement proposal for Rep. Anna Williams.
Biden, Merkley, Fagan, Rosenblum, Read
ICG is a member of Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN), a coalition of Indivisible groups in Oregon that support each other and work collaboratively to advance progressive federal and state legislation. COIN has endorsed the following five candidates in the November election:
Joe Biden, President
Jeff Merkley, Senator
Shemia Fagan, Secretary of State
Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General
Tobias Read, State Treasurer
In making these endorsements, COIN took into account the fact that nearly every Indivisible group nationwide (including ICG) took the pledge to support the eventual Democratic nominee in the presidential campaign to defeat Trump. COIN also took notice that the other races are ones that are “must wins” if we are to continue to enact and carry out progressive policies in Oregon.
Given the extraordinarily high stakes in the upcoming election, ICG’s Steering Committee recommends that ICG (as an individual Indivisible group) also endorse these candidates. What this will mean is that we (ICG) will add our logo to the COIN logo in amplifying these endorsements. We will also give these campaigns permission to use our name and logo in publicizing these endorsements. We will encourage our membership to support these candidates. Be assured that we will not share our membership lists with these campaigns.
We invite you to contact us at ICGO@ICGOregon.org by July 14 with your comments about the Steering Committee’s endorsement proposals for Biden, Merkley, Fagan, Rosenblum, and Read. These proposals will also be presented and voted on at our upcoming [virtual] quarterly meeting on July 14 (6-7:30pm; Register here to get the Zoom link).
Trump’s campaign blusterfest at Mt. Rushmore last week gave a “pretty huge rewriting of why there is a Mt. Rushmore in the first place. Mt. Rushmore was conceived in 1923 in a desperate attempt to draw tourist dollars to a state that had been rushed into the Union to protect Republican political dominance and could not manage to achieve economic stability” (H.C. Richardson, PhD, political historian). The story is fascinating.