No Meeting Tomorrow Celebrate in August! A4D will not be holding a monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, but we will be gathering for our Annual Outdoor Celebration in August on Tuesday, the22nd. Please join us from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to enjoy good company, sip a cool beverage, and indulge in delicious food. We will celebrate, take stock, and meet elected officials. More details coming shortly.
Tell Commissioners Gonzales & Ryan
Hands Off Our Democracy
It seems voters didn’t know what they were doing when they voted in 2022 for changes in Portland’s City Charter, at least according to City Commissioners Rene Gonzales and Dan Ryan.
They are attempting to insert their own wish list of changes into the City Charter process. This undemocratic attempt to alter the will of Portland’s electorate has seven state legislators expressing concern (read a Willamette Week article about it here).
Please consider calling Commissioners Gonzales and Ryan to tell them: hands off our democracy!
Call Especially When They Agree with You Every day our representatives hear from constituents who hold opposing points of views. Hearing from those of us who agree with them provides an important counter-narrative to misguided voices. When we agree with those who represent us, it gives them confidence to proceed, knowing that we have their backs. So, call your representatives today, even if they already agree with you! Give them every reason to know they can proceed with confidence.
Boosting Biden’s Agenda in Congress Our Members of Congress must continue pushing Biden’s agenda. In the Senate, that means ending blue slips so Biden can appoint district court judges in red states and supporting or improving on the Biden-McCarthy budget agreement. In the House, it means preventing MAGA Republicans from successfully ignoring that agreement. Read more here and call!
Indivisible Tuesdays Join Indivisible Oregon at the offices of Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer Tuesday, August 1, at 11:30am. Indivisible Tuesdays are a great way to join fellow constituents, have your voice heard, and make sure Members of Congress know what's important to us. RSVP here.
Some Good News
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has vetoed a ban on gender-affirming care for a majority of minors in the state. The notably centrist Democratic governor also penned a poignant veto letter (read it here) condemning the bill’s infringement on fundamental rights in favor of baseless culture wars.
A federal judge on Monday blocked a new Florida election law pushed by Republicans that put restrictions on voter registration groups, calling it “Florida’s latest assault on the right to vote.”
Pro-abortion advocates in Ohio submitted nearly double the signatures needed to get a statewide measure protecting abortion rights on the ballot in November.