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November 11, 2019 Newsletter

Dear OSTPDX Members,

At our October 29th OSTPDX meeting hosted by Erica Goldman, the Swing Left Regional Organizing Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, a crowd of ninety attendees wrote 700 letters to Virginia voters encouraging them to vote in the upcoming State House elections. This effort was part of the Swing Left “super state” strategy to take back the White House and Senate as well as retain the US House of Representatives in addition to flipping the state houses across the country.

There is a three-part approach to achieving this goal. First, is for activists to use a data driven letter writing campaign to register voters and get out the vote in swing states. Secondly, Swing Left has developed a fundraising campaign to create a pool of money for winners of the Democratic Presidential, Senate and state Representative primaries to help the Democratic nominees hit the general election campaign running. Finally, Swing Left is developing an infrastructure to assist activists from across the country to canvass and register voters in the swing states.

On November 5th, Democrats gained full control of Virginia State Legislature! Thanks to thousands of activists across the nation that helped fundraise and write letters to get out the vote, we are just getting started on building a big blue wave in 2020! Check out upcoming letter writing and voter registration opportunities below if you’d like to get involved.


SAVE THE DATE: January 28 One Small Thing-PDX general meeting at 7:00

Oregon 2020 Short Legislative Session

Issues, Strategies and Actions to Make an impact in Oregon

Representative Barbara Smith Warner, House Democratic Leader, will share her overview of key issues for the Oregon short session which begins February 3. We will also hear from members of the OSTPDX’s past 2019 Legislative Task Force who have agreed to track developments during this short session in these areas of interest to OST: Climate, Gun Safety, Revenue and Campaign Finance Reform, including actions we can take.

OST-PDX Activist Reading Group

The next meeting of the OST-PDX Activist Reading Group will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 pm at the home of Ken Rosenberg: 2130 NE Knott Street, Portland. The overwhelming first choice for our next topic is Medicare For All so the next readings will be at, “About Single Payer”: Two short essays and summaries of the U.S. House and Senate Medicare For All bills.

Actions & Events

Swing Left Letter Writing Events

Hopworks Urban Brewery HUBThurs, Nov 21st, 2:30pm in SE Portland - RSVP here

Beer, snacks and democracy: Write letters to engage voters in "Super States"! Tues Nov 26th 11am in NE Portland -- RSVP here

Interested in letter writing but can’t make these dates? Click here to search for other events.

Indivisible NW Portland hosts letter-writing most Tuesdays, 2-3pm (arrive early if you want to order something first) at the Daily Cafe in the Pearl. Look for the shared "farm" table. RSVP is essential! RSVP below for upcoming dates:

The latest from Oregon Center for Public Policy

If two people earn the same amount, they should pay the same amount in taxes. In 2013, the Oregon legislature threw out this basic principle of tax fairness, our latest video explains. Now we have one system for (mainly rich) business owners, and another for Oregonians who work for a paycheck. Video explainer: Oregon's two-tier tax system

There is no bigger economic problem facing our state and nation than economic inequality. That's why we're excited to invite you to a talk by Les Leopold, one of the most insightful thinkers on the issue of economic inequality and author of Runaway Inequality.

What brought us to the extreme inequality of today? And how can we organize to confront the problem? Les will break it down for us.

Date: Saturday, November 23

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

Place: First Unitarian Church, Buchan Reception, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland OR

Cost: $5 -20 donation requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. A copy of Runaway Inequality is included with your donation (first 100 only).

Actions to Protect Immigrants

Thawing ICE: Mindful Walk for Immigrant Justice - 2nd Thursday every month

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, ICE Facility-4310 SW Macadam, Portland, OR 97239

Actions by Indivisible Oregon

Our Tuesday ask: As we move into the public phase of impeachment we must keep standing up for our neighbors and friends. This week DACA is before the Supreme Court and the budget is being written. We ask our Members of Congress to keep supporting the impeachment process and stand by our neighbors and friends by 1) opposing any increase in fees for immigration services (including DACA) and 2) to make sure the budget has no additional money for CBP/ICE. The action will be posted on Tuesday October 1st at 6:00 AM. The link is

Other Events:

Find a Town Hall near you with The Town Hall Project.

Stand On Every Corner NE Sandy: Mondays & Tuesdays from 8:00-8:30 am

Defend DACA, Home is Here Rally: November 12th from 10:30-12:00 pm

Defend DACA & TPS Rally in Salem: November 12th from 3:15-5:30 pm

The Road to a Clean Energy Future: November 12th from 4:30-6 pm

Dammed to Extinction at OMSI: November 12th from 7:00-9:00 pm

Walking Meditation: Thawing ICE-November 14th from 12:00-1:00 pm


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Sara McKinney

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