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COUNTDOWN: 4 WEEKS
to a RATHER important election

Upcoming Events

Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties with Indivisible OR


Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties with ICG/CGWAN
  • Wed, Oct 7 - 9:30-11am. Zoom link here. RSVP here.

Phonebanking for Rep. Anna Williams - VOLUNTEERS WANTED
  • Note: With covid, phonebanking replaces canvassing. This is a tight race - Please help!
  • RSVP here for all phonebanking dates (and to see times).
  • Phonebanking training: Every Tues, 2-3pm
  • Phonebanking dates: October 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31.

Oct 7 Vice-Presidential Debate
  • 6-7:30 PST; to be televised on all major networks.
  • Host: U of Utah
  • Moderator: Susan Page of USA Today  

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

Oct 15 Second Presidential Debate (details subject to change; stay tuned)
  • 6-7:30 PST; to be televised on all major networks.
  • Host: Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Miami
  • Moderator: Steve Scully of C-SPAN  

Oct 21 Program: Election 2020 & the Constitution
  • 7-8pm (and may go over if you wish); Register here to get the Zoom link.
  • They’re back! Judges Paul Crowley & John Kelly will facilitate a discussion on the Constitutional issues surrounding the upcoming presidential election.
  • You’re invited to submit questions for the discussion by email. This will help the presenters focus on issues of interest to the audience. 

Oct 22 Third Presidential Debate (details subject to change; stay tuned)
  • 6-7:30 PST; to be televised on all major networks.
  • Host: Belmont University in Nashville, TN
  • Moderator: Kristen Welker, a White House correspondent and anchor at NBC News

Oct 14-20 OR ballots are mailed to voters

Nov 3 “Election Day”
  • Spread the word: the final tally of votes around the country, and subsequent assignment of electoral college votes, will likely take additional days to weeks. Important for people to know and expect!
  • OR: deadline for receipt of ballot in County Elections Office via mail or drop box is 8pm


Nov 4 - Jan 20 Extreme political/social kerfluffle possible here.

Jan 20 Inauguration Day

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.

Grassroots Readiness: Please join ICG’s “Phone-Tree”

A tactic used by the Trump faction in one TIP scenario (see Moving Forward, below) involved intentional disruption of the internet. Because of the crippling effect that would have on grassroots organizing and response, Indivisible National and the 80 groups comprising Stand Up America are urging their members to enroll their text-able phone numbers with their organization to enable a local “phone-tree.” ICG members: Please send your name and cell # by email to ICG. It will be kept secure, and will not be shared with other individuals or organizations. If the internet is disrupted, the phone-tree will be our means of communicating and organizing.


Spanish speakers needed NOW for phonebanking to Florida

  • Winning Florida is KEY in the presidential race, and Biden is gaining ground!
  • Call Spanish-speaking voters in FL and encourage them to sign up for Vote-by-Mail. Training provided.
  • Contact Phyllis Brown (phyllisabrown54@gmail.com or 971-226-8392) to get started.

Virtual Postcards-to-Voters Writing Project
  • Help get out the vote and advance Dem candidates in key races around the country!
  • Instructions here to get started on your own. Supply your own postcards and stamps, or email to request a delivery, online purchase link, or other assistance.

Help with Voter Registration
  • Now through Oct 13; Led by League of Women Voters
  • Choose among many outdoor events & locations (farmers markets, etc.). Masks and social distancing.
  • To help, contact Fran Finney (ffinney@aol.com, 541-354-1112)

Moving Forward

Making it happen: Week 4

Volunteer letter writers Christian Danielsen, Linda Shively, Heather Nielsen, Mimi Maduro, and Sartah Bellinson & friends completed 750 more SwingLeft voter engagement letters! Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!

The postcard-writing group is up to 50 members and almost 3000 postcards to voters in swing states and critical Senate races. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!


ICG Endorsements

By vote of the membership, ICG endorses the following local candidates and state ballot measures:

  • Mayor - Kate McBride (incumbent)
  • City Council 1 - Gladys Rivera (incumbent)
  • City Council 2 - Megan Saunders (incumbent)
  • City Council 3 - Mark Zanmiller (incumbent)
  • Measure 107 Campaign Finance Limits Amendment
  • Measure 108 Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health Programs Measure
  • Measure 109 Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative
  • Measure 110 Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative

America’s 2020 Election Nightmare, Part 2
This is the second in a series of Moving Forward articles outlining the plans of pro-Democracy groups around the country to respond to possible post-election-day scenarios in which Trump refuses to concede after losing the election. Last week’s article covered Choose Democracy’s “10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup” (Daniel Hunter, 9/2020).
Next week’s will cover Protect the Results (Indivisible National and Stand Up America).


The Transition Integrity Project

The Transition Integrity Project (TIP) was launched in December 2019 to identify and mitigate possible threats to democracy and federal administrative continuity in the period following election day in November 2020. It consists of a bipartisan group of over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders, academics, journalists, polling experts and former federal and state government officials concerned about potential disruptions to the 2020 U.S. presidential election and transition that might be attempted by Trump, his GOP supporters, and the Republican National Committee.

The point of TIP’s work has been to determine how can we ensure there will be a peaceful transition after the November election. To answer this question, they engaged in a “wargaming” exercise, a roleplaying “game” where participants were assigned roles and then thrown into specific scenarios in order to suss out how real-life world events might unfurl in the post-election period.

The seventy or so participants were assigned to play one of seven different roles: The Trump campaign team, the Biden campaign team, Democratic elected officials, Republican elected officials, federal bureaucrats in the national security apparatus, the press, and the public.

Assigned to faithfully play their role, these groups were then led into four different scenarios: a close Biden win, a Biden blowout, a Trump win, and an uncertain result.  Here are a few (of many) takeaway points from the report of the scenario exercises:
  1. Trump will likely attempt to cling to power if he loses. He has all but proclaimed he intends to contest the results, and as an incumbent President, Trump has quite a few tools at his disposal.
  2. We likely won’t know who won until days or weeks after Election Day. The country will see an unprecedented level of vote-by-mail in November and it’s going to take states time to process them all. In the absence of an absolutely historic landslide for Biden, it will likely take several days if not longer to determine the vote-winner in key states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Trump is likely to claim victory on election night regardless of the results, and he’ll label mail-in ballots as a fraud. If the public believes we should know the results on Election Day, they are more likely to believe Trump’s claims of fraud after Election Day. To avoid that, we must normalize the understanding that mail-in ballots take time to count, and that the election is not decided until all the ballots are counted.
  3. The outcome of the crisis may not be decided by the courts, but by “a show of numbers in the streets.” There is enough grey area in the law, and the GOP has done enough to stack the courts, that we cannot rely on the judicial branch to rein in Trump. The ultimate success of transition may very well come down to us mobilizing a grassroots insistence to respect the results. 

The full report of the project, “Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition,” can be found here. It’s scary reading! Note that the various tactics played out are not being claimed to be likely, only as possible. Note also that in every scenario, a robust and long-lasting grassroots response is a critical piece to resolution of the crisis.

Readiness: Please join ICG’s “Phone-Tree”

A tactic used by the Trump faction in one scenario involved intentional disruption of the internet. Because of the crippling effect that would have on grassroots organizing and response, Indivisible and the 80 groups comprising Stand Up America are urging their members to enroll their text-able phone numbers with their organization to enable a local “phone-tree.” ICG members: Please send your name and cell # by email to ICG. It will be kept secure, and will not be shared with other individuals or organizations. If the internet is disrupted, the phone-tree will be our means of communicating and organizing.

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