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Indivisible NEWS


COUNTDOWN: 26 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 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.

Fund the USPS

Call/write our 3 US representatives.

MESSAGE for Sens. Merkley & Wyden:

I’m furious that Trump and Mnuchin are working to weaken or destroy the Postal Service, which will starve our democracy, cut off the receipt of goods we need to survive, and disenfranchise many Americans. I’m calling/writing to urge the Senator to insist that the next covid response package include:

  • full funding for expanded vote-by-mail legislation,

  • the billions in emergency funding for the Postal Service contained in HR 6425, the Protect Our Post Offices Act,

  • repeal of the requirement making a $10 billion loan to the USPS subject to Treasury’s approval,

  • the USPS Fairness Act (HR 2382), repealing the pension prefunding requirement, and

  • guaranteed legislative oversight of all appropriated funds.


MESSAGE for Rep. Walden:

I’m calling/writing to demand that Greg Walden oppose all attempts to privatize the Postal Service and to limit voting by mail in any way. It is a moral imperative that he act to prevent harming his rural constituents. I urge Mr. Walden to insist that the next covid spending package includes:

  • full funding for vote-by-mail,

  • the billions in emergency funding for the Postal Service contained in HR 6425, and 

  • guaranteed legislative oversight of all funds appropriated by Congress .


Protect Every Worker

Call/write our 3 US representatives.

MESSAGE:

I’m calling/writing to urge [Sen. Merkley / Sen. Wyden / Rep. Walden] to insist on protection of our front-line low-income workers. Low income employees work in essential jobs like retail, transportation and food production and are disproportionately exposed to coronavirus in their work settings. Many are not being protected by their employers, and OSHA is not stepping in to ensure their safety.

Trump and others continue to push for businesses to reopen regardless of risk to employees. It’s up to Congress to ensure that people are not forced to continue to work in conditions unsafe for them and their families.

I urge [Sen. Merkley / Sen. Wyden / Rep. Walden] to actively support Every Worker Protection Act to establish workplace coronavirus safeguards for all workers. 

 

Moving Forward

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.

  • You could get in on our letter-writing -

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

  • Or you could just help with a much-needed donation -

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.

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