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Plenty to Do!
Tomorrow Meet with Staff of Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer
Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2, from 11:30am to 12:30pm is the first Tuesday of the month and time for the monthly meeting with Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer’s staff. To join this Indivisible Oregon event, register here.
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. On 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 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, go here.
Breaching the Lower Snake River 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.
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.
Join Indivisible’s deep canvassing phonebank for Western candidates, including Jamie McLeod Skinner, on Thursday, August 25, beginning at 5:00pm. Register here. Training is included.
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 Give No Ground! movement, which focuses on nine crucial campaigns, including Jamie McLeod Skinner’s. To find out more, go here.
Your Dollars to A4D Will Be Matched
If you’ve been meaning to make a donation to Act for Democracy, August is the month to do it. As part of Indivisible’s distributed fundraising program, A4D will receive double the amount. From August 1-31, all donations we receive will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $500.
With more funds we’ll have the means to do more critical outreach and campaigning this fall as the election approaches. Please consider donating now via A4D’s website at this link.
Party Photos + Tina for Governor
See below for photos from A4D's party last week (be sure to notice the A4D t-shirts!) plus a group shot with gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek. State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, State Senator Michael Dembrow, and State Representatives Tawna Sanchez, Thuy Tran, and Travis Nelson inspired us with their remarks. A hearty thank you to each of them. We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work! Remember, no A4D monthly meeting in August. See you in September!