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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon, died on Friday. She was 87.
Democrats – we need EVERYONE to take action RIGHT NOW. If you have avoided politics – NOW is not the time to be complacent and sit on your couch. PLEASE call ALL of elected officials. We cannot have another Supreme Court Justice appointed by Trump and live under a 6-3 right wing majority Supreme Court.
Honor Justice Ginsburg and fight for her progressive legacy by calling our senators NOW to demand that the hearings be held after the inaugratuion in 2021.
My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Senate Democrats must immediately hold a press conference and state that there cannot be any Supreme Court nominations or hearings until after the inauguration in January 2021. You must hold McConnell to his own standard. Do all you can to make sure there is no Supreme Court nomination or hearings until after the inauguration January 2021.
Call and overwhelm the GOP Senator’s phone lines:
Congressional Switch Board (202) 224 3121 A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request. Some may not take your calls if you do not provide proof that they are your representative without a city or zip code in their state.
Call as many Republican Senators as you can – fill their voicemail and overwhelm their phone lines. This is a link to the names and states of all Republican Senators: https://www.republicanleader.senate.gov/senate-resources/republican-senators
Script: You must hold McConnell to his own standard. When Justice Scalia passed, he said” “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” You must announce there can be no Supreme Court nomination or hearings until after the inauguration January 2021.
Democrats, Progressives, and unhappy Republicans have been clamoring for ways to show their support for the Joe Biden – Kamala Harris ticket with yard signs, buttons and stickers. Frankly, we can’t keep them in the office before they are all out on the streets.
We have signs, stickers, and buttons coming in. They are going fast. You can reserve your sign by stopping by our office at 7th & C in Grants Pass (2nd floor) Monday through Saturday from Noon to 3:00PM. We will call you when in and ready for pickup.
… Regarding changes to changes at the United States Postal Service. https://twitter.com/RepPeterDeFazio/status/1297278632277225476
Do you know the schedule? There are many events in which public are invited. Commit to watch…
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Madam President, Donald Trump has deployed a paramilitary squad to my hometown of Portland. His secret police are terrorizing my friends and neighbors. And people across this country need to understand, yesterday Donald Trump announced to America that your friends and your neighbors are next.
Unmarked vans full of armed men in military gear are snatching people off the streets. They take people away, hold them and interrogate them without justification, and ultimately without charges.
Over the weekend a close personal friend, Sharon Meieran, an ER doc and a mom was out protesting peacefully and was tear-gassed without provocation.
Millions have seen the video of a local Navy veteran who was repeatedly beaten, pepper sprayed and left with broken bones. What was his offense? He was standing motionless, hands by his side, speaking up for the liberty he served to protect.
We’ve seen reports of agents ripping a mask off of a protester who was obeying commands with hands in the air, only to pepper spray the protester’s face.
The secret police even threw flash bangs and tear gas at a “wall of moms.”
You can see right here. Over the last couple of days, moms and dads with their kids are peacefully singing songs and protesting for justice. Portland is standing up for what’s right.
Only the cowards of the Trump administration would try to convince the country that these peaceful protesters, the “wall of moms,” represent some kind of anarchist threat. It’s nonsense.
Folks, I condemn violence by anybody. And I spent much of the last week in Portland working to reduce tensions. The fact is, protests in Portland have been overwhelmingly peaceful. Crime in Portland and across Oregon was down before Trump sent in the secret police.
Donald Trump did not send in this paramilitary force to keep people safe. Trump is doing this to create images of chaos, to air them on far-right television and in campaign ads, and scare the country into reelecting him.
But these are the people Donald Trump’s paramilitary forces are attacking and terrorizing. He says it is a great success, and he plans on doing it in other cities, specifically targeting those with Democratic leadership and voters.
This kind of abusive exercise of power by a rogue president would have horrified our founders.
They wrote our Constitution to prevent exactly this behavior, because democracy cannot survive in a country that tolerates it. These tactics were used throughout the world a century ago to turn elected politicians into tyrants.
Colleagues, the president’s first and most important job is to keep Americans safe.
Residents of Portland are less safe and less secure since Donald Trump deployed the secret police on our streets. The same thing will happen anywhere else that Trump chooses to send his paramilitary forces.
Frankly, I wish Donald Trump would attack the coronavirus with the same zeal he’s attacking peaceful protesters.
While Donald Trump’s secret police are out there terrorizing Portland’s moms and doctors and other peaceful protesters, the country is facing a raging pandemic and record high unemployment. Donald Trump isn’t keeping Americans safe from those crises – he’s making both of them worse, too.
He’s attempting to cut resources for COVID testing and treatment. His administration is covering up data that public health professionals rely on to do their jobs. He wants to cut the lifelines of 30 million jobless Americans, sending them tumbling over an economic cliff right in the middle of the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression.
Donald Trump is not doing his job. He’s ignoring his responsibilities. Instead of keeping Americans safe, he’s putting them in danger.
As I said, and as I will repeat as many times as necessary: He ought to attack the pandemic, not the people of Portland.
For now, Senator Merkley and I are offering an amendment that would block Trump from using these paramilitary forces in Portland or other cities where they are unwanted.
What we’re seeing in my hometown are authoritarian brutality unleashed against peaceful protesters – moms and veterans and doctors and activists who are standing up for liberty and justice.
What Donald Trump is doing is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy laid out by our founders and expanded through the generations. What Donald Trump is doing is totally out of control. The Senate cannot allow it to happen.
That’s why Senator Merkley and I are calling for the Senate to act. And we’re going to keep pushing and fighting until this changes. I yield the floor.
Shemia Fagan joined us at our July 14th meeting to tell us more about her background, legislative experience, and vision for the Secretary of State. Here is a video from that meeting. Also included is getting to meet Vanessa Ogier, candidate for Grants Pass City Council and motions that we took to endorse her and Amanda Thorpe, candidate for judge.
Here is a link to the latest from the Oregon Legislature approving funding for small businesses, community venues, workers not eligible for paid sick leave, those waiting for unemployment, and others.
Also included is a graphic showing least risk to most risk activities.
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Governor Brown announces indoor face covering requirement is extended statewide
Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday July 1. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties.
“The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter,” said Governor Brown. “Face coverings that cover your nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of this disease because droplets from our breath can carry the virus to others without us realizing it. If we all wear face coverings, practice six feet of physical distancing in public, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when we are sick, then we can avoid the worst-case scenarios that are now playing out in other states.” The statewide mask requirement comes after continued increases in the spread of COVID-19 since reopening. COVID-19 cases have increased each week for four straight weeks statewide, and it is spreading faster in the community. While large workplace outbreaks have driven increased cases in recent weeks, sporadic cases (those with no clear link to another case) account for a growing percentage of new cases.
Oregon can stay safe if we all do our part to keep COVID-19 under control and protect our friends, family and neighbors from this virus.
For more information, read today’s press release.
Click here for Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance
Public hearings on police reform are scheduled for Tuesday June 23 starting at 9:30 AM. Email J1SS@oregonlegislature.gov to submit written testimony. You can see the agenda and other information for this meeting here. If you wish to submit oral testimony, please consult the meeting agenda for details. Persons wishing to submit oral testimony must apply by 2:30 AM ON JUNE 22.
Also, contact our Republican Representatives and Senators to BE THERE to work on these Legislative Concepts. Here is a link that will tell you who they are and how to get in touch with them.
You can find a complete list of the legislative concepts for the special session here. These include:
LC 39 – Broadband
LC 45 – COVID-19 Omnibus Response Bill. Includes rent freeze, foreclosure limitations, protecting stimulus checks from garnishment, low-income energy assistance, remote notarization, and other reforms.
LC 84 – A separate COVID-19 Omnibus Response Bill that is more limited in scope.
LC 80 – Law Enforcement Duty to Report and Intervene
LC 81 – Limitation on Munitions Used to Control Assemblies
LC 83 – Prohibition on Use of Chokeholds
LC 85 – Temporary Foreclosure Limitations
LC 90 – Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Again, please testify in these hearings, if only by writing. Your voice is essential for helping our electeds craft a policy that will keep Oregon strong through this time of crisis.