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Dec 14 Healthcare Post-Election: Webinar with Sen. Ron Wyden

Jan 12 ICG quarterly membership meeting
  • 6-7:30pm, by Zoom. Register here to get Zoom link.
  • Program tba.

Jan 20 Inauguration Day
  • 9am PST
  • To be televised on all major news channels.

Jan 20 Inauguration Celebration in HR!
  • Car parade! Flags! Decorations! Honking! More honking!
  • 12noon-1pm. Cars line up along Pacific Ave starting 11:45am.

Apr 13 ICG quarterly membership meeting
  • 6-7:30pm, by Zoom.

Calls to Action

Contact Info for our Legislators
   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.
   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.

Delay 2021 Budget; Produce Covid Relief NOW

Call/write your 3 US representatives.

I’m calling/writing to urge you and your colleagues to delay the FY2021 budget process and instead pass a 3-month Continuing Resolution, then work night and day to get a strong COVID relief bill through both Houses. The Biden-Harris team have enormous work cut out for them to rejoin the world community, effectively address the health and financial impact of the pandemic, and help recover the country from the abuses of the last four years, and should have input in the FY2021 budget. What is needed from you now is a robust covid relief package, and with great haste. People are suffering all over the country.

Extend Oregon’s Eviction Moratorium

Please sign this letter urging your OR legislators to take action to extend the eviction moratorium and provide rental assistance for people whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19.

On December 31st - just four weeks from now -  Oregon’s eviction moratorium will end. People who have been struggling during the COVID crisis could be evicted from their homes in the middle of winter because they are behind on rent through no fault of their own.

When the pandemic hit last Spring, we did the right thing in Oregon by putting a moratorium on evictions so that people wouldn’t lose their homes if they were unable to pay rent. But covid and its downstream impacts are lasting MUCH longer than we thought they would. In fact, the epidemic and economic losses are worsening. The original moratorium will expire at the end of the year, and must be extended.

GA Runoffs: Phones, Letters, Donations!
Phonebanking is what is most wanted by the campaigns. Choose your phonebanking “host(s),” and get started today!

Letter-writing: We’re doing it a little differently for this round. Rather than ICG providing packets, letter-writers will sign up individually at VoteFoward (the letter-writing function of SwingLeft), download their letters and addresses, and stamp and mail their own letters.
  • Need envelopes? We have 250 -  email us!
  • Need stamps? We can stamp 600 completed letters -  email us!

Donating: Consider supporting #WinBothSeats, and influencer-activist led initiative focused on voter turnout during the Georgia Senate runoffs. 

"GA organizers won the state for Biden, and if properly supported, they’ll win it for Ossoff and Warnock as well. Support a vetted group of effective Georgia organizers with one donation! 100% of your donations is passed on to the organizers.”

Moving Forward

Overview of OR 2020 Election

Oregon remains blue, with Dems ruling the top of the State ballot (Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer), but we didn’t make gains in down-ballot races. The margins of Dem wins in the state (including Rep. Anna Williams) were smaller than in the past. We didn’t secure a quorum-proof SuperMajority in the state legislature, so we can’t prevent walk-outs by GOP legislators. However, there were some bright spots - for example, in Bend House races. Timber Unity candidates, mostly rural, won consistently, and will be a force in our future.

Overall, the Republicans put themselves where they wanted to be in the state legislature and with a governor that is both a lame-duck and unpopular in rural areas. Our work as progressives is cut out for us in 2022, our next election cycle

Going forward, OR Dems need to focus on recruiting, promoting, and funding rural candidates, and on creating a broad message that will unify and benefit candidates.

[content credit to COIN, Coonsolidated OOregon Indivisible Network]

Speaking of recruiting and promoting rural candidates…

Have you ever thought of running for office? Not just state positions, but city, county, and special district? Or do you know someone you think would be great in an elected position?
Two things to know:

  • even “obvious” and highly qualified people, especially women, need to be asked. ASK THEM.
  • Emerge Oregon is our state chapter of the national Emerge organization. It trains and supports OR Dem women to run for all levels of office. Emerge had over three dozen women win state and local positions on Nov. 3. The 2021 training class is full. The 2022 training class is now taking applications.

Indivisible National’s core advocacy issues for 2021:

Democracy reform (top priority), economic justice, climate, health care and immigration, with a connecting thread of racial justice through all of them. 
Read about them here.

Pebble mine: Environmentalists, take note. Activists, take heart.

The Pebble mine project, to extract rich copper, gold, and molybdenum mineral deposits, has been stealthily advancing for more than 20 years now. It would be an environmental disaster in the rich and sensitive Bristol Bay area of SW Alaska, devastating salmon fisheries and indigenous land and cultures.

It should have had a nail put in its coffin long ago. The current permit denial (by the Army Corps, no less!) is the strongest nail yet, and is 101% due to sustained, vocal fighting back by environmental activists and environmental advocacy groups.

This denial is not final, though - the project owners are planning to appeal (of course). A more comprehensive and long-term shut-down would come from an EPA denial based on the Clean Water Act.

If you have weighed in as an activist on this project in the past, YAY for you! And if you ever wonder if your efforts matter, take heart.

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