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Indivisible NEWS


COUNTDOWN: 17 WEEKS
to a RATHER important election

 

We’re all-in for CHANGE in 2020. Can you help fund our SwingLeft letter-writing project to register/engage voters in the 12 “Super States?" It will run through October and cost over $4000 (for postage, printing, supplies). Thanks for considering!

 

Upcoming Events

Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties

  • Complete prepared letters to voters in targeted states that will make the difference in November!

  • Click to register for each date:

Sat, July 11 12-2pm

Sat, July 18 12-2pm

Thurs, July 23 7-8:30pm

 

July 13 Virtual candidate forum, hosted by CGWAN

  • 6pm. RSVP here to get the Zoom link. Submit your questions ahead of time here.

  • Hear from 9 Dem candidates, 5 from OR (including Alex Spenser and Anna Williams), 4 from WA.

 

July 14 ICG quarterly general meeting, by Zoom (NOTE CHANGE)

  • 6-7:30pm. Register here to get the Zoom link.

  • Discussion of policing review in Hood River (city and county), and in the wider Gorge area.

  • Rep. Anna Williams (HD52) will attend and speak. Discussion of and voting on endorsement of Rep. Williams will follow.

 

July 27 Movie Watch Party - Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

 

Aug 4 ICG’s Virtual House Party / Fundraiser for Rep. Anna Williams

 

Oct 13 OR voter registration deadline (11:59 pm postmark or online receipt)

 

Oct 14-20 OR ballots are mailed to voters

 

Nov 3 ELECTION DAY - Dump Trump! Flip the Senate!

  • OR: deadline for receipt of ballot in County Elections Office via mail or drop box is 8pm

Calls to Action

Contact Info for our Legislators
FEDERAL
   OR:       Sen. Ron Wyden - Email  202-224-5244
                Sen. Jeff Merkley - Email 202-224-3753;
                Rep. GregWalden - Email 202-225-6730
   WA:      Sen. Patty Murray - Email 202-224-2621
                Sen. Maria Cantwell - Email 202-224-3441
                Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler - Email 202-225-3536
   Others: Find your federal reps here.
 
STATE
   HR County:       Rep. Anna Williams - Email 503-986-1452;
                             Sen. Chuck Thomsen - Email 503-986-1726
   W. Wasco Cty:  Rep. Daniel Bonham - Email 503-986-1459;
                             Sen. Lynn Findley - Email 503-986-1730

   Others:              Find your OR state reps here.

Walden: Support Great American Outdoors Act

Call/write your US Representative, and/or sign onto this request letter.

MESSAGE:

I’m call/writing to urge Rep. Walden to quickly approve the Senate-passed Great American Outdoors (GAO) Act, legislation would use non-taxpayer dollars to address priority repairs within our parks and other public lands over five years. The legislation will also provide dedicated annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a tool to ensure access to irreplaceable lands.

Our national parks and public lands are major economic engines for adjacent communities and regions. Park tourism generates over $40 billion in economic output and supports 341,000 jobs. The recreation industry as a whole contributes $778 billion to the national economy and generates 5.2 million American jobs each year. Restoring park infrastructure and ensuring visitor access and safety will help to sustain these jobs and create thousands of new opportunities at a time when job creation is so important for our country.

I ask that Mr. Walden encourage House leadership to schedule a vote on the Senate-passed GAO Act, without amendment, as soon as possible. In the meantime, please co-sponsor the identical, bipartisan House companion bill, H.R. 7092.

Moving Forward

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).

 

ICYMI

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.

 

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