Making it happen: Week 26
We had another bang-up week for SwingLeft letter-writing, pushing us closer to DUMPING TRUMP and FLIPPING THE SENATE. Yay for us! Dave Mason, Lani Roberts, Linda Chamberlain, Pennie Burns, and Kathy Pickering completed an outstanding 365 letters this week, bringing our total to almost 5000. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Pat Evenson-Brady continues to make this project happen by creating all the letter packets, from return addressing thousands of envelopes to counting out letter forms to putting them all together in nice packages ready for our volunteer letter-writers. Woohoo! Gold stars on collar!
As you can see, this project is a dynamite display of activism, dedication, and teamwork. Again, YAY for us!
Make it happen: Choose your action!
There’s definitely something for everyone in our 2020 Action Menu. You can jump in to do a little or a lot, all on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own favorite chair in your own favorite home.
Request and pick up a prepared packet of letters and envelopes.
Donate to help cover costs of printing, envelopes, and stamps.
Don’t Want No FDR Stuff
Historian Heather Cox Richardson, who writes a daily blog about our current political crisis, opined on May 4,
"[I’m wondering] if what is really driving this mad push, funded as we know it is by right-wing political groups, is a frantic determination to make sure the country does not turn again now, in the midst of this pandemic, to a government that regulates business and provides a basic social safety net, a government like the one we created during the Great Depression."
This scholar’s "wondering" is very much worth the read.
All Workers Deserve Covid Protections
It is a mark of callousness and grievous policy failure that our country’s front-line low-income workers have not been afforded the workplace protections that they need and deserve. Low income employees work in essential jobs like retail, transportation and food production and are disproportionately exposed to coronavirus in their work settings. Unlike white collar workers, they can’t work from home, nor can they afford to simply stay home to stay safe. Many are working in unsafe conditions without proper physical distancing, sufficient protective equipment, or sick leave.
Approximately 4,000 COVID-19 related complaints have been filed by workers for unsafe working conditions. OSHA hasn’t issued a single citation or fine. Compliance with CDC coronavirus guidelines by businesses is currently voluntary.
Trump continues to push for businesses to reopen regardless of risk to employees, and even issued an executive order requiring meat packing plants to remain open, regardless of infection hazards. Neither health or safety requirements were included in the order. Some governors have ruled that workers who refuse to return to unsafe workplaces will be considered a “voluntary quit” and ineligible to receive unemployment benefits.
Since Trump is unwilling to take an interest in protecting low-income workers, Congress must step up. Congress must ensure that people are not forced to continue to work in conditions unsafe for them and their families. HR 6559, the Every Worker Protection Act, was recently introduced in the House to establish workplace coronavirus safeguards for all workers. Every US Senator and Congressperson should support it and work to ensure its prompt passage. (To weigh in with our representatives, see Calls-to-Action above.)
Indivisible Endorses Joe Biden
Indivisibles across the country voted overwhelmingly last week to endorse Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for President. 95% of Indivisibles who responded and 94% of Group Leaders support endorsing Biden.
American democracy cannot survive another Trump term, but this isn’t just about beating him. It’s about paving the way for a new vision for the future. It’s about defending democracy, protecting the right to vote, reforming our healthcare system, tackling climate change, and ensuring equity and justice for the most marginalized among us. Vice President Biden is the only candidate today who will make that vital work possible.