Making it happen: Week 27
Another week of outstanding SwingLeft letter-writing by ICG volunteers! Thanks to all of them. Linda Chamberlain, Pennie Burns, Pam Zachary-Morneault, and Marilyn Smith wrote an amazing 250 letters this week, helping to DUMP TRUMP, Flip the Senate, and support the USPS all at once. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Make it happen: Choose your action!
Get in on the fun, productivity, and civic duty. There’s something for everyone in our 2020 Action Menu.
Easy and high-impact picks right now are:
Write our SwingLeft letters from home
Help us cover costs of our letter-writing campaign
$25 covers printing and envelopes for 208 letters.
$50 puts stamps on 93 letters.
$100 completely funds 6 packets of 25 letters each.
CD2 Race - Hear Dem Candidates Speak
Protect Oregon’s Progress (Indivisible group in The Dalles) worked with Wasco County Democrats to ask the Democratic challengers for Greg Walden’s CD2 seat seven specific questions and have them record their answers. You can watch the videos here.
Local Candidate Forum, Virtual Edition
Thrive Hood River and Livable Hood River partnered to produce a written forum asking livability and land use questions of candidates in local races. See the results here. Those candidates/measures included:
Board of Commissioners - Commission Chair - Mike Oates
Commissioner District 2 - Arthur Babitz, Paul Henke
Commissioner District 4 - Les Perkins
District Attorney - Carrie Rasmussen, Sean Kallery
Statements on Ballot Measure 14-69
Seeking your Vote on Biden Endorsement
One year ago today, the Indivisible movement, including ICG and all the major Dem presidential candidates, endorsed the Indivisible Pledge, which was a commitment to make the Democratic primary constructive, to rally behind the winner, and do the work to beat Trump in the general election.
We now have our Democratic candidate, Vice President Joe Biden. Biden may not have been your top choice, but the primary is now over and he will be the Democratic nominee. It’s now time to demonstrate our commitment through a national Indivisible endorsement, to be voted on by Indivisibles (members, not groups) across the network.
The upcoming election is about a lot more than just defeating Donald Trump - it’s about paving the way to a transformative vision for the future of our country, including defending our democracy, safeguarding our voting rights, enacting vital reforms to our health care system, taking on the crisis of climate change, and ensuring equity and justice for the most marginalized members of our communities.
Under a Biden administration, we know that we will be able to advance progressive priorities. We Indivisibles can organize to win progressive change next year, but only if we first organize to elect Vice President Joe Biden this year.
Indivisible is a people-powered movement, and a national endorsement will only happen with the support of the movement. Indivisible group leaders have been asked to vote this week. Everyone in the network who is on Indivisible National’s email list will get an email from Indivisible National inviting them to vote this coming week.
The registration deadline for National’s email list was Monday, April 27. Voting will close on Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59pm ET.
Indivisible will endorse Biden if at least 60% of the votes cast are in favor of endorsing, and if the majority of votes cast from group leaders are in favor of endorsing.
For more information about the process, you can check out this document.
Big Step on OR Campaign Finance Reform (CFR)
In 2006, Oregon voters adopted Measure 47, which capped donations at $500 for statewide office and $100 for legislative races. However, a long, convoluted legal path has held that initiative in suspended animation for 14 years. This week the Oregon Supreme Court determined that limiting campaign contributions is legal in Oregon, and does not violate the state constitution’s free speech provisions.
This has been long awaited by CFR advocates in Oregon, and transforms Oregon from one of the nation’s most permissive campaign finance states into one of its strictest. Way to go, OR Supremes (and all of the tireless CFR advocates)!