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Indivisible NEWS


COUNTDOWN: 27 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

May 3 Last day to vote for national Indivisible Biden endorsement (see below)

  • Watch for email with voting link from Indivisible National

May 6 Virtual Swing Left Letter-Writing Party - ZOOM call.
May 14 ICG’s Virtual Happy Hour - ZOOM call.
May 21 Virtual Swing Left Letter-Writing Party - ZOOM call.

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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.

Insist on Science-Based Reopening Strategy

Read and use: https://medium.com/@amber.j.keyser/a-science-based-strategy-to-lift-stay-at-home-orders-in-small-to-mid-sized-communities-33db644b6ed0

There are Repub-funded armed protests planned for Salem this week to force “reopen” decisions based on politics and intimidation. This EXCELLENT short article, written for the non-medical-professional, is spot-on in terms of public health strategy. This is a good resource to offer to city councilors, county commissioners, and state officials (state senator, rep, and governor) who are/will be making "reopening" decisions.

Locally, the HR County Commission is set to address “reopening” at their upcoming meeting. Email/recommend this to them (mike.oates@co.hood-river.or.us ; Karen.joplin@co.hood-river.or.us ; rmcbride@co.hood-river.or.us ; bob.benton@co.hood-river.or.us ; les.perkins@co.hood-river.or.us ).

 

People’s Agenda Pledge - A much-needed 4-fer ask today

Sens. Merkley & Wyden are on board. Walden (of course) needs to hear from us.

Use the tools below to: 1.Take the pledge. 2. Call Walden. 3. Write Walden. 4. Tweet Walden.

Mitch McConnell led the push for Covid packages that disproportionately gifted rich people and big business, and “small business loan programs” that funded Ruth’s Chris Steak House while shutting out mom and pop stores. It’s time to tell our Senators and Congresspersons: take care of just “regular” folks.

We need all members of Congress to draw a clear line in the sand and take the People’s Agenda pledge to vote no on the next Covid package unless at the very least it includes 4 components:

  1. Keep people on payrolls.

  2. Provide financial relief for PEOPLE, not just corporations.

  3. Protect public health.

  4. Defend democracy with national vote-by-mail and election security support.

And ensure that all of these protections extend to every person in this country, regardless of immigration status, age, or disability.

So here’s what to do right now:

Covid Bonu$e$ for the Wealthy - SHAME!

Call/write your US Senators and Rep.

MESSAGE:

I’m calling/writing to express my disgust at the feds wasting MY tax money on giveaways to the wealthy and large companies - AGAIN - and to urge you to say NO to any further support packages that do not focus entirely on

  • Keeping people on payrolls,

  • Providing financial relief for low- and middle-income PEOPLE,

  • Protecting public health, and

  • Defending democracy with national vote-by-mail and election security support.

The federal government has dispensed trillions of dollars to bolster the economy, under the guise of helping small businesses and out-of-work individuals. But tucked into the bills are $174 billion in tax breaks for rich individuals and large companies.

Many of the breaks apply to taxes that lobbyists have been pushing against for years. A few egregious examples include (1) companies with at least $25 million in annual receipts now get increased deductions on the interest they pay on large quantities of debt, and (2) households earning at least $500,000 a year — the top 1 percent of American taxpayers — can now deduct even more of their businesses’ losses from stock market gains, sharply reducing what they owe in capital gains taxes.

The Trump administration and Congress both should be ashamed of these sorry, self-serving, inhumane actions, especially in the face of crisis and suffering. I am thoroughly ashamed of them. I urge you to act in the best interest of those who are needing and suffering, or get the **** out of the way.

Moving Forward

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:

  1. Write our SwingLeft letters from home

  • Request and pick up a prepared packet of letters and envelopes.

  1. 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)!

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