Gearing Up for the Midterms
Post-Roe + Stop MAGA + Win
with Simon Rosenberg
A coalition of grassroots groups across the country, including Indivisible Oregon and Swing Left, is hosting a virtual event with Simon Rosenberg, founder of the New Democrat Network think tank. Simon’s recent political talk A New, Bluer Election quickly went viral and has inspired many to take action. Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9, from 5:00-6:00pm, Simon will share extensive research proving there is a backlash to the Court’s extremism and how it’s creating a uniquely competitive environment for the midterms. Poll after poll is suggesting that the 2022 midterms may buck the conventional political swings. Instead, it will likely be driven by opposition to MAGA extremism, as the last two elections have been. To attend and learn about specific actions you can take to build bigger Democratic majorities in 2022, register here.
Portland Charter Commission Recommendations
Join a community conversation hosted by United Power on Wednesday, August 10, at 4:00pm to learn about recommended changes to Portland’s city government. Commissioner Melanie Billings-Yun will present the commission's recommendations and answer questions. To attend the virtual town hall, follow this link, and to learn about the Charter Commission’s work, gohere.
Breaching the Dams Update
On July 12 the Council on Environmental Quality released two reports that address salmon restoration in the Columbia River Basin: a draft report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Draft Report) and a study commissioned by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA Study). The NOAA Draft Report states that “the common message is clear…salmon recovery depends on large-scale actions, including breaching the dams…actions must be large-scale, comprehensive and begin immediately.” Unfortunately, the report is only a draft and is subject to pressures from pro-dam lobbyists. Please help flood decision makers with comments this week to insure that the recommendations remain robust before the final report is issued August 10. Details for doing so can be found here and here.
Keep It Blue in ‘22 An Event for Getting Involved & Inspired
Act for Democracy, Indivisible Oregon, and United Power invite you to Keep It Blue in ’22, an event to gear up for the upcoming midterm elections. This kick-off gathering will feature speakers Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Suzannne Bonamici and staffers from Oregon progressives who are running for office. Keep It Blue in ’22 will be held on Thursday, August 25, at Creston Park, picnic groves E and F, in SE Portland from 5:00-7:00pm. Please register hereto attend. Among the campaigns which will be there are those of Andrea Salinas, who is running for Congress in District 6, Jamie McLeod-Skinner in District 5, and Tina Kotek who is in the gubernatorial race. You’ll learn about ways you can get involved, and there will be sign-up sheets for phone banks, voter registration events, post card writing, canvassing, and more. We need all hands on deck to maintain the Democratic majority in the House and Senate and to keep our democracy safe for future generations. We hope all A4D members will be able to join us at this one-stop campaign send-off!
Donations to A4D Will Be Matched
Indivisible national’s distributed fundraising program is making available matching funds for all donations to A4D received from August 1-31. In other words, every dollar you donate in August will be doubled, up to $500! Please consider making a donation to A4D via ActBlue today by using this link!
Ongoing Opportunities for Activism
Weekly phonebanks for Jamie McLeod Skinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00-8:00pm. Sign up here. Text for Jamie McLeod Skinner on Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm. Details here. Write letters with Swing Left on Fridays. Use this link to join the weekly virtual event from 4:00-5:30pm. Attend the COINvention at Silver Falls State Park’s Smith Creek Village from Sunday, August 14 to Tuesday, August 16. Register here. Join Indivisible’s deep canvassing phonebank for Western candidates, including Jamie McLeod Skinner, on Thursday, August 25, beginning at5:00pm. Register here. Training is included.