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Indivisible NEWS


COUNTDOWN: 24 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

TODAY, May 19 Voting day!

  • Drop your ballot off at the HR County Admin bldg., 615 State Street, by 8pm.


Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties

Writing to voters in targeted states that will make the difference in November. Click date below to register.

May 20 Day of Mourning & Thanks

  • National mourning for all those lost to covid; In many areas of U.S., observance will include demonstrations against “reopen” terrorists.

  • In OR, observance will include calling/emailing/writing messages of thanks to Gov. Kate Brown for her logical, science-based re-opening strategy.
     

May 23 Movie Watch Party - “Becoming” (new Michelle Obama documentary)

May 27 “Red & Rural” Messaging Webinar

  • 5pm. Register here

  • Presented by Indivisible National’s Rural Caucus. How to engage successfully in voter contact with our conservative neighbors.
     

Indivisible Textbanking Training
Learn how to start texting for Indivisible National using their platform “TextOut.” Looking for volunteers to send 10 million texts before Election Day in a wide variety of campaigns. Sign up for one of the two trainings times:

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.

Pass HEROES covid bill in Senate

Call/write our US Senators (Merkley, Wyden).

MESSAGE:

I’m calling/writing to urge you to work for the passage of the HEROES Act in the Senate. Passed last week in the House, it’s a much-needed $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

The bill provides nearly $1 trillion for the state, local, and tribal governments that are suffering as the lack of tax revenue during this crisis is forcing them to slash social programs from their budgets. It provides direct payments to individuals, hazard pay for essential workers, money for coronavirus testing and contact tracing, unemployment benefits, housing support, student loan forgiveness, and food stamp money. It also provides for universal mail-in ballots, and $25 billion for the United States Postal Service.

Both the president and Senate Republicans have vowed to kill the bill, which makes your work even more essential. Every one of the items in the Act is needed and worth fighting for.


Phone Banking for Ballot-by-Mail in Arizona

Reach out to AZ voters and get them signed up for the permanent early ballot so they can receive their ballot by mail.

Click here for the Open Phone Bank.

This is a big deal, and needs our volunteer help. Arizona is one of the 12 target “Super States” for November 2020, and is a bastion of Republican voter suppression.

Moving Forward

Making it happen: Week 24

The THANK YOUs are in Arabic this week (shukran) -

Letter-writing volunteers Linda Chamberlain, Nancy Clement, Ruth Tsu and Susan Bellinson & friends did an amazing 495 SwingLeft letters this week. Shukran! And shukran to Buck Parker for generously supporting our SwingLeft letter-writing. This project take a village, and the village is definitely stepping up. Woohoo! Gold stars on Collars.
 

Make it happen: Choose your action!

To reiterate (every day), here’s the plan: do what you can to help DUMP TRUMP and FLIP THE SENATE. What can you do? LOTS -

  • Write SwingLeft voter engagement letters. Click here to request and pick up a prepared packet of letters and envelopes.

  • Donate to help cover costs of printing, envelopes, and stamps.

  • Check our 2020 Action Menu for other possibilities.
     

Beyond Shukran

In her blog yesterday, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson wrote,

The story broke today that Steven Linick, the State Department Inspector General Trump has announced he is removing, was not simply looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan had used staff members for personal errands. 

Linick was finishing up an investigation of Pompeo’s decision last year to approve billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia against the wishes of a bipartisan majority in Congress. State Department officials were recently briefed on the inspector general’s conclusions.”

Prof. Richardson reviews the recent history (she is a historian, after all) of Jamal Kashoggi’s murder, Trump’s refusal to acknowledge crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in it, Jared Kushner and Rick Perry sharing (selling?) U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, and Pompeo approving the sale of $8.1 billion of arms to primarily Saudi Arabia despite congressional disapproval. 

Shall we go out on a limb again and guess that the Trump administration was hoping to keep the whole story of the Saudi arms sales out of the public eye by getting rid of that pesky, inquisitive Inspector General? Maybe we’ll hear more about this.
 

Quotes

It doesn’t matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick …Our society and democracy only works when we think not just about ourselves, but about each other.”

- Barack Obama, in his national graduation speech 5/2020
 

This is the first U.S. presidential election in which "Vote Him Out Before He Kills You and Your Family" is a wholly reasonable slogan for the challenger.”

- @SethAbramson, on Twitter
 

By the way, you never needed to learn the name of Dr. Fauci during the Ebola Crisis because @BarackObama just f***ing took his advice.”

- @BradleyWhitford, on Twitter

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