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!
Apr 14 ICG quarterly general meeting - ZOOM call.
Apr 16 Virtual Swing Left Letter-Writing Party - ZOOM calls.
May 6 Virtual Swing Left Letter-Writing Party - ZOOM call.
May 21 Virtual Swing Left Letter-Writing Party - ZOOM call.
* New to Zoom?
- If you haven’t used Zoom before, you’ll be asked to download the Zoom software when you click to join the meeting. Do it. It takes just a second and is how you’ll connect to the meeting.
- Select “Join with Video.” If asked to, select “Use computer audio.”
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.
Covid Rescue Funds - Another Tax Scam
Call your US Senators and Representative.
I’m calling/writing to urge the [Senator/Representative] to demand that the next coronavirus financial rescue package focus ENTIRELY on providing economic relief directly to low- and middle-income individuals, and on funding protections of our democratic processes, including vote-by-mail and other election protections.
We’ve now learned through the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation that more than 80% of the benefits of a tax change that Senate Republican sneaked into the recent covid support legislation will go to those who earn more than $1 million annually. The sneaked clause suspends a limitation on how much owners of businesses formed as “pass-through” entities can deduct against their nonbusiness income, such as capital gains, to reduce their tax liability.
The move will cost us taxpayers about $90 billion in 2020 alone, and is part of a millionaire-supporting set of tax changes that will add close to $170 billion to the national deficit over the next 10 years.
I’m angry and ashamed that the Republican vultures are still feathering their own nests, even at a time of widespread crisis, and shunting much needed relief funds to their wealthy supporters. I urge you as my elected representative to make sure covid support stops funding the wealthy, and exclusively funds low- and middle-income individuals.
Write SwingLeft Letters ANYTIME at Home
Request and pick up a prepared packet of letters and envelopes, or download and print your own.
$16.25 donation requested to cover packet ($2.75) & postage ($13.50).
Fund a Letter-Writer
Many volunteers are doing the heavy lifting of writing our thousands of letters, but not all can also cover their packet costs. We need contributions to keep this work going. Can you help, please? $25? $50? $100?
Making it happen: Week 29
Pat Evenson-Brady prepared 1000 (yes,1000!) envelopes for our SwingLeft letter-writing project, stamping each with the return address, and packaging them in groups of 25 for our letter-writers. THANK YOU, PAT, for your dedication and admin mastery! Hard to make this project work without the envelopes. Woohoo! Gold stars on collar!
Volunteer letter-writers completed 225 letters this week, via the front porch pick-up and drop-off system. THANKS to Marilyn Smith, Lani Roberts, Kathy Pickering, Linda Chamberlain, and several of Linda’s buddies. The steady flow of volunteers is keeping the resident dog in fine vocal practice, and maybe making neighbors wonder if Bonnie is working a side hustle (maybe dealing Chloroquine?). Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
A mystery participant gets the Pillsbury Good Taste award for dropping off some dynamite cookies in the letter-writing box on the porch. Woohoo! Gold stars on collar!
Make it happen: Choose your action
To ensure CHANGE happens in 2020, figure out how you want to do your part. Check out our social distance-friendly 2020 Action Menu, and earn one of those coveted virtual gold stars on your virtual collar. May we suggest:
Write SwingLeft letters ANYTIME at home:
Fund a Letter-Writer:
- Request and pick up a prepared packet of letters and envelopes, or download and print your own.
- $16.25 donation requested to cover packet ($2.75) & postage ($13.50).
- Many volunteers are doing the heavy lifting of writing our thousands of letters, but not all can also cover their packet costs. We need contributions to keep this work going. Can you help, please? $25? $50? $100?
Here's a great way to take back some power this week: fight to hold Chuck Thomsen accountable for walking off his job and obstructing legislation aimed at strengthening healthcare, funding education, supporting small businesses and protecting our environment. If it's Chuck's job to go to Salem and represent his constituents, then it's our job to hold our elected officials to a higher standard. That's what it will take for our democracy to thrive. We need your support now more than ever - join the community and download and sign the petition today! Our democracy cannot wait!
Covid Rescue Funding
Indivisible National is leading the push for a “People’s Bailout,” prioritizing the following -
Each includes policy specifics that are fleshed on the “People’s Bailout” website. For example, under protect our democratic processes -
- Protect our democratic processes while protecting each other.
- Make health the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.
- Provide economic relief directly to the people.
- Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.
- Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.
This comes in response to not only the dramatic needs across the country at this time, but to the Republican’s ongoing efforts to use the pandemic to further their own interests, including enriching the already rich and enshrining old and new methods of voter suppression. (See Call-to-Action, above.)
- States must expand vote by mail, extend voting deadlines, increase early voting days, and communicate extensively with voters about date changes, polling closures, or other critical election information
- States must expand online and/or automatic voter registration
- The federal government can assist by funding election infrastructure, requiring no-excuse absentee voting in federal elections, and provide additional drop-boxes for ballots in federal buildings and post offices
- All in-person voting locations must be provided with sanitization equipment and guidelines for keeping voters at a safe distance from each other and poll workers
- Congress must approve at least $4 billion in funding to implement these changes
- Take action now to ensure that the November election can happen safely as planned and without disenfranchising any voter, even under pandemic conditions.
Primary Elections - May 19
Here are the many COUNTY, STATE, and FEDERAL races and ballot measures that will appear on the May 19 ballot in Hood River County. Thanks to Fran Finney for researching this list.
Note that if you’re not registered as a member of a major party, your primary ballot will only include nonpartisan offices and measures, and won’t include the candidates for contested races. That means you won’t have the opportunity to help pick the candidates who will appear on the November ballot.
You have until April 28 to change your registration to declare a party (or to register to vote if you haven’t done so).
Ballots will drop at the end of April.
From the Excellent News Dept.
Last week’s outrageous elections in Wisconsin, intended to disenfranchise voters and hurt state Dem candidates, delivered a heartening Democratic victory: liberal challenger Jill Karofsky threw out Daniel Kelly, a Trump-endorsed conservative judge running for reelection, and by a significant margin of 11 points. Wisconsin Republicans played a key role in forcing that state’s primary to go forward last week with in-person voting despite the pandemic. Democrats credibly accused Republicans of wanting low turnout so Kelly would win and keep his seat.
Deep thanks (and fingers crossed for their health) to the many thousands of engaged, dedicated voters who showed up, stood in lines for many hours, and made it happen.