Making it happen: Week 3
Our SwingLeft letter writing campaign, which started in mid-February, has finally wrapped up! Volunteers Lani Roberts, Nancy Clement, Irene Zimmerman, Pennie Burns, Marilyn Smith, Elise Tickner, and Claire Culbertson did the final honors by checking addresses and adding stamps to our 11,000+ voter turnout letters. They’re off now for THE BIG SEND - our contribution to 15 million letters written by activists all over the country. Yay for us!
ICG Endorsements - Local, State, & Federal
Mayor - Kate McBride
City Council (3) - Gladys Rivera, Megan Saunders, Mark Zanmiller (incumbent)
Attorney General - Ellen Rosenblum
Secretary of State - Shemia Fagan
State Treasurer - Tobias Reed
State Representative (HD52) - Anna Williams
YES on all state ballot measures:
· 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
President/VP - Joe Biden/Kamala Harris
US Senator - Jeff Merkley
US Representative (CD2) - Alex Spenser
America’s 2020 Election Nightmare, Part 3
This is the third 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. The first two articles covered Choose Democracy’s “10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup” (Daniel Hunter, 9/2020) and the Transition Integrity Project.
Protect the Results
Protect the Results is a plan for mass grassroots mobilization and protest organized by Indivisible National (IN), Stand Up America, and a broad coalition of partners. If Trump declares victory before all the votes are counted, makes unfounded claims that the election was “stolen,” tries to stop votes from being counted, or otherwise threatens the integrity of the election or the peaceful transition of power, mass mobilization will occur. It’s quite possible that one or more of these triggers will occur immediately on/after November 3, and that the first mobilization will be called for Wednesday, November 4.
Here are the basics:
Commitment to nonviolence: We commit to a nonviolent strategy for several reasons. First, we want to prioritize keeping people safe, especially those most at risk from rising threats of right-wing violence. Second, we want to win. Rigorous study of social movements has shown that nonviolent civil resistance is more effective than violence at resisting oppression and making change.
We expect all participants to act lawfully at all times and to seek to de-escalate any potential confrontation with those who disagree with us. We expect all participants to respect one another and look out for one another.
Sustained mobilization: The first week following the election is extremely critical. If Trump challenges the integrity of the election or is otherwise sowing chaos, we will repond with sustained protests (see “Plan for local actions” below).
Increasing pressure: If the crisis lasts longer than that first critical week post-election, we will need to be ready to ramp up our pressure. The strategy(ies) chosen will depend on the scenario at the time.
Attention to risk and safety: Trump’s attempts to create chaos and his encouragement of state-sponsored and right-wing violence, combined with polarizing media, misinformation, and accusations of fraud, all increase the risk of post-election violence. We will learn and promote deescalation strategies, and seek to minimize the risk of violence in planning our response events.
Plan for local actions and communications:
ICG leadership will communicate plans for rallies/other actions in Hood River and/or The Dalles as developments unfold. Communication will be via ICG’s Facebook page and by “emergency alert” newsletter. Any gatherings will include social distancing and masks, and safety will be part of the planning.