Tuesday, December 12, 2017

INCO Weekly Newsletter 12/11

Dear Indivisibles:
After the vote in the Senate on the Tax Bill and other bad news I just wanted to hide under the covers until it was over. I took the weekend off from it all. Our daughter drove me around this beautiful part of the world. I feel a bit refreshed and hope to continue to keep up the pressure for a United States of my dreams. Our work has resulted in some things being blocked or changed - remember that when you get discouraged.

We are in this together and can prevail--  as we observe on the Oregon Coast, water wears away the stone.


Ann Fontaine, Cannon Beach
 ACTION PRIORITIES
 www.indivisible.org         Contact elected officials here.
•  Raise the heat to stop the Tax Scam.
Thank your Democratic Members of Congress (MoC) who voted against the tax plan.
Washington Indivisibles: Keep up the pressure on Republican MoCs, who supported it. 
Republicans from the House and Senate are negotiating a combined Tax Scam bill. When they finish, it comes back up for a vote in each chamber - and it will be close, again. Now is the time to say that we WILL NOT accept a handout to millionaires and billionaires.
 
•  Protect the Dreamers from deportation.
Senators Cantwell, Murray, and Wyden voted for the Continuing Resolution on December 8, even though it did not include a clean DREAM Act.
Call Senators Cantwell, Murray, and Wyden to demand they make it right by voting against the next CR on Dec. 22.
Call to thank Senator Merkley for voting NO. 
He needs to know he has your support.
Here’s how to take action:
  • Read Indivisible.org's call scripts on dreamerpledge.org.
  • Call 1-855-980-2355 and you’ll be connected with one of your Senators. Use our script to inform your conversation with the Senators’ staff. Call back again and you’ll be connected to your other Senator.
• Stay in Touch with Your Members of Congress:
CONCEALED CARRY LEGISLATION: The House passed H.R. 38. This NRA-GOP legislation would allow people to carry concealed guns in every state, regardless of state law. Here's what else it does. It goes to the Senate next.

SAVE FAIR INTERNET ACCESS. Tell your Members of Congress to keep net neutrality part of US law. Read more from Wired.com here.

PROTECT AMERICA'S TRADE, SAFETY, AND STANDING IN THE WORLD. Indivisible.org is tracking the multiple ways Trump endangers the US. Read their findings here.

PROTECT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Recent  indictments and other developments threaten Trump, his administration, and his family. Details here.
Enrollment Deadline for ACA is December 15.  
There is still a penalty for not havingt health coverage. 
Go to OregonHealthCare.gov for more information. Enter your zip code here to find local resources.
Make copies and distribute this color flyer or this black & white flyer.
Please share this information with others.
Support Voter Information Pamphlet 
INCO’s Vote the Future team is on the county commissioners' agenda to present the case for having a voter information pamphlet in Clatsop County even in off-year elections. Please attend to support this great project to strengthen our local democracy!
Clatsop County Commissioners regular meeting
Wednesday, January 10 at 6 pm
Judge Guy Boyington Building, Astoria - - SE corner of 9th and Commercial, enter on 9th; parking on the street and in the below-grade parking lot, enter from 9th. Contact incoregon@gmail.com for more info.
Excerpts of wisdom and warnings from 
ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, 2017

Lesson 1: "Do not obey in advance .... A citizen who adapts in this way is teaching power what it can do."

Lesson 2: "Defend institutions .... The mistake is to assume that rulers who came to power through institutions cannot change or destroy those very institutions - even when that is exactly what they have announced that they will do."

Lesson 3:  "Beware the one-party state .... (H)uman nature is such that American democracy must be defended from Americans who would exploit its freedoms to bring about its end."
Were you one of the more than 1300 people at the Astoria Women's March on January 20, 2017?  You can see the stage with the white & blue canopies on the left in this wide-angle photo. Recapture the energy and  determination at the INCO Regional Summit - Turn the Tide 2018, on January 20, 2018. 
SAVE THE DATE !
Turn the Tide 2018 

INCO Regional Summit
Saturday, January 20 
 Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria
Free • Open to all defenders of democracy
Look for details coming soon!


8:30 - 4:30 Come for one session or stay for the day
• Energize & strategize for 2018
 • Community networking and engagement

• Resources, opportunities, imagination

4:30 - 5:30ish  "Run for Something" 
Q&A for potential candidates: election info, campaign & support strategies
Hosted by INCO's Vote the Future Team


8 - 10 pm - Rock the Resistance Dance
INCO's Faces of Democracy   
Active in Gearhart after moving from Tillamook this fall, Eric Halperin and Bebe Michel are new INCO leaders busy working on voting rights, healthcare for all, and other vital issues. Read more here.
HAPPENINGS
Check for details and new posts on our events page.
 
THIS WEEK
Wednesday, December 13 - INCO Book Club, 6:30 pm, Astoria. This month's book is Dan Rather's What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. RSVP and get location and directions at cebeady@outlook.com.

Saturday, December 16 - Warrenton INCO Community Group meeting, 11 a.m., Dooger's Seafood and Grill, Hwy 101, Warrenton

UPCOMING
Wednesday, December 20 - Vote the Future Team meeting,  6:30 pm, Seaside Library Board Room; prep for the January County Commission meeting about the voter information booklet and also the January 20 INCO community conference.


Tuesday, January 2 - Oppose Bigotry Team meeting, 6 pm, Astoria. For location and directions contact catladyjoan@gmail.com. Finalizing plans for Martin Luther King Day event.

Tuesday, January 9 - Astoria INCO Community Group meeting, 6 pm, WineKraft, foot of 11th on the Riverwalk; no December meeting


Sunday, January 16 - "Selma" film screening and candlelight walk for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2 pm, Liberty Theater, 12th & Commercial, Astoria; film tickets $10; hosted by Astoria International Film Festival, INCO, Lower Columbia Diversity Project, and other community partners

Saturday, January 20 - Turn the Tide 2018 • INCO Regional Summit, 8:30 - 4:30, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; free and open to all defenders of democracy

Saturday, January 20 - "Run for Something," 4:30 - 5:30, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria;  informal expert advice about elections and running for office; hosted by INCO's Vote the Future team; free and open to everyone thinking about running for office

Saturday, January 20 - "Rock the Resistance" dance, 8 - 10 pm, Lovell Showroom, 426 14th Street, Astoria; free and open to all defenders of democracy
IN SOLIDARITY
 We applaud the many groups around the country that defend democracy, support science, and promote truth, respect for all, and the rule of law.  Here are some to check out for yourself:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Public Citizen
People for the American Way

Rural Organizing Project (Oregon)
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG)
“Liberal democracy is fragile, constantly threatened, always in need of repair. But liberal democracy is also strong, because, to a greater extent than any other political form, it harbors the power of self-correction.”

— US Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, (D) Illinois

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

 Get involved with your INCO Community Group today in Manzanita-Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria, Washington Peninsula.

INCO's Events Team, Oppose Bigotry Team, Vote the Future Team, and Book Club are INCO-wide. All INCO Indivisibles are invited to participate. For more information, contact incoregon@gmail.com.
 
Questions, suggestions, & photos to INCO at incoregon@gmail.com
Share this newsletter and our website with other resisters. They can join INCO here and ask to join our closed Facebook group.

INCO is supported entirely by your donations. Donate here.

Deb Vanasse and Laurie Caplan, INCO Co-chairs
INCO Weekly Newsletter   December 11, 2017

ACTION: PROTECT DREAMERS AND STOP THE TAX BILL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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PROTECT DREAMERS AND STOP THE TAX BILL
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#DreamActNow
#StopTrumpTaxScam
The truth about the Republican tax bill, per the Washington Post: “the GOP lost focus on the middle class.” Per Rep Mark Sanford, the bill is “fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill”. Paul Ryan plans to use its $1.5 trillion deficit to justify cuts to Medicare and entitlements.
Passing Round 1 of this Tax Scam wasn’t the only disappointing recent vote. Congress passed a 2-week continuing budget resolution, to keep the government running – but it failed to address priorities, like providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers. During this 2-week period alone, 1,708 childhood arrivals risk deportation. 
Dreamers play an important role in American society and the economy. Support for them is widespread across the country and Congress. Democrats vowed to pass a clean DREAM Act, but missed an opportunity to do so when they agreed to the 2-week extension.
Nancy Pelosi is sending conflicting messages about Democrats’ priorities, saying: “Democrats are not willing to shut government down” and “We will not leave here without a DACA fix.” Yet, if Dems are serious about protecting Dreamers, they must be willing to prioritize the DREAM Act. 
We must make our priorities clear: do all you can to stop the Trump Tax Scam and pass a clean DREAM Act!
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Schrader and DeFazio:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Thank you for voting “no” on last week’s continuing budget resolution. Today I am asking you to keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and to promise me that you will only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has a Clean DREAM Act. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.” 
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Wyden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I was surprised you voted “yes” on last continuing budget resolution when it didn’t include a Clean DREAM Act. Today I am asking you to keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and to promise me you will only vote "yes” on the next continuing resolution if contains a Clean DREAM Act. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Walden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The next few weeks will bring votes on the tax bill and a continuing resolution. Please think about your constituents and not your donors when you take these votes. Vote “no” on the tax bill and only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has a Clean DREAM Act. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.” 
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Congessional deligation about protecting/funding a clean DREAM Act, CHIP, community healthcare and disaster relief in the next continuing budget resolution. 
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

Monday, December 11, 2017

ACTION: FUND CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE NOW

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, December 11, 2017
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FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE NOW
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#ProtectOurCare
#SaveCHIP

Last week, Democrats – including our own Senator Wyden -- helped Republicans pass a clean Continuing Resolution (CR). In doing so, they gave the GOP two weeks free-of-charge to work on their disastrous tax plan.  And they missed another chance to address vital priorities for Americans – including funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 2018. Time is running out to help these children.

The next Continuing Resolution must fund CHIP.
• It provides healthcare to 9 million children.
• It has been running on leftover funds since Congress failed to re-authorize it two months ago.
• Oregon will soon start sending out loss of insurance notices -- to children.
• 75% of Americans consider CHIP “extremely” or “very” important to pass
• States cannot plan and budgets will run in the red, since the federal government reimburses 88 – 100% of state costs.

CHIP enjoys wide bipartisan support—an easy win for the governing party.  Despite this, Senator Hatch, CHIP’s original co-sponsor, complained CHIP funding will be tough because “we don’t have money anymore.” Then he helped to pass a $1 trillion tax cut.

Our MoCs are under pressure.  We must let them know our priorities. The tax plan must be stopped and CHIP must be funded!
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**ACTION 1: CALL OR LEAVE VOICE MAILS BOTH OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazio and Schrader:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. Thank you for voting “no” on last week’s continuing budget resolution. Today I am calling to ask you to keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and to promise me that you will only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has permanent CHIP funding.  I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.”        

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Wyden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code].  I was surprised you voted “yes” on last continuing budget resolution when it didn’t include permanent CHIP funding.  Today I am calling to ask you to keep doing all you can to stop the Trump Tax Bill and to promise me you will only vote "yes” on the next continuing resolution if contains permanent CHIP funding.  I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution.  Thank you.”
       
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Walden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The next few weeks will bring votes on the tax bill and a continuing resolution.  Please think about your constituents and not your donors when you take these votes.  Vote “no” on the tax bill and only vote “yes” on the next continuing resolution if it has permanent CHIP funding. I will be calling again this week with my other priorities for the continuing resolution. Thank you.”                                                                    
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**ACTION 2: CHECK YOUR INSURANCE ENROLLMENT STATUS**
OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 15!!
Do you or your friends wonder if health insurance is too expensive? Most can find a plan for $50-100 a month.  Check out www.healthcare.gov for more information.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

Friday, December 8, 2017

ACTION: SAVE NET NEUTRALITY AND BE READY TO FIGHT THE TRUMP TAX SCAM

From Indivisible Oregon..

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, December 8, 2017
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SAVE NET NEUTRALITY (and be ready to fight the Trump Tax Scam)
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#FCCHandsOffTheNet
#NetNeutrality
Things are up in the air on the Trump Tax Scam for the moment. Be ready for emergency calls to action if something moves on the tax plan. And while you are charging your phone to be ready to make these calls… please take a moment to save the internet.
Yesterday around the country, people took to the streets to protest the FCC’s plans to end net neutrality. Ending net neutrality would
• give internet providers the ability to create fast and slow lanes of traffic and amplify certain voices while censoring others
• hurt small businesses
• be a “death knell” for the Resistance 
On one side there is the chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, who used to work for Verizon (which has lobbied for an end to net neutrality). On the other side are hundreds of tech companies who signed a letter on Cyber Monday imploring the FCC to retain net neutrality, stating that “Our current net neutrality rules support innovation and give all businesses the opportunity to compete equally for consumers” 
A free and fair internet is vital to a free and fair America. We must make it clear to the FCC that ending net neutrality will not stand. 
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**ACTION 1: SUBMIT A COMMENT TO THE FCC**
Tell the FCC you strongly support ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act
1) Make your comment at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/proceedings?q=name:((17-108))
2) Click on Express (on the right hand side)
3) Type in your name, address, comment, and hit continue. Note that submitted comments will be part of the public record and available online. 
For more information on how to comment, go to: http://bit.ly/2rvD6mk; and for a step by step guide to go http://tcrn.ch/2qXzFp4
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**ACTION 2: BE READY FOR EMERGENCY CALLS TO ACTION**
Watch the Indivisible Oregon Facebook page, Twitter account and Amplify app for emergency calls to action if something moves on the Trump Tax Plan. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ACTION: STOP TRUMP TAX SCAM TO SAVE DOMESTIC PROGRAMS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, December 7, 2017
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STOP TRUMP TAX SCAM TO SAVE DOMESTIC PROGRAMS
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#TrumpTaxScam
Senate and House conferees are negotiating a tax code overhaul that would add $1.5 trillion to deficit. Passage before year’s end would force $136 billion in automatic spending cuts due to “PAYGO” rules. This would devastate healthcare, strip $25 billion from Medicare, and eliminate domestic programs. However, Congress could waive PAYGO rules in a continuing resolution to keep government operating past tomorrow.
Democrats have real leverage in this negotiation. Sixty votes are needed to waive PAYGO rules and pass a Continuing Resolution. This means wooing at least 8 Democrats. 
Susan Collins claims she voted for tax bill because McConnell promised Congress would waive PAYGO cuts, probably in the end-of-the-year government funding package—an empty promise at best. 
Members of Congress (MoC) who oppose this extremely unpopular tax bill must promise NOT to bail out those who do. Further, if our MoCs vote to waive PAYGO, the tax deficit would greatly increase national debt – giving conservative MoCs ammunition to demand reforms of programs like Medicare. 
We must stand up for our safety net in the long run by rejecting a PAYGO waiver in the continuing budget resolution. If the GOP-led Congress can’t pass a continuing resolution, they will be responsible for possible government shutdown and destruction of domestic programs. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I’m asking the [Senator / Representative] to keep the PAYGO waiver OUT of the Continuing Resolution. Although I support spending programs, those who vote for this unpopular, destructive tax bill must be held accountable – this bill would hurt America even more than PAYGO cuts. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them educate their Members of Congress about the devastating implications of the PAYGO Statute and why they should vote against waiver. 
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ACTION: DON'T GUT OUR GUN LAWS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Wednesday, December 6th 
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DON’T GUT OUR GUN LAWS
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#DisarmHate
#StopCCR
What’s the best way to pass an unpopular, highly dangerous bill that would gut our country’s gun laws? Hijack a modest bi-partisan proposal that promotes gun safety.
That’s what the Republican leadership in the House is planning – and the vote is expected TODAY, possibly mid-day.
The GOP is desperate to pass “Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR),” the gun lobby’s top priority legislation. It would eviscerate state gun laws and make it easy for people with dangerous histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns in public across the country.
So, GOP leadership may bundle CCR with a modest proposal to improve our background check system, called the “Fix NICS Act,” which is favored with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
With hate crimes on the rise and white supremacists marching with assault rifles, this is no time to gut our nation’s gun laws. 
Congressmen DeFazio, Schrader and Walden all co-sponsored and voted for a similar bill in 2011; Walden is a co-sponsor of this year’s CCR bill. However, due to constituent pressure, DeFazio has CHANGED HIS POSITION – let’s thank him, and encourage Schrader and Walden to do the same.
We must make it clear that we’re counting on our Members of Congress to protect our gun safety laws. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REPRESENATIVES**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR BLUMENAUER, BONAMICI and DeFAZIO
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill, which would gut Oregon’s gun laws. I’d like to thank the Representative for speaking out against it. Now, the bill may be bundled with a proposal to improve our background check system. I’d like to confirm that [s/he] will STILL VOTE NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, regardless of how it’s packaged.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN AND SCHRADER
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill. I am disappointed that the Congressman has supported similar bills in the past. Gun safety is critical issue to his constituents. Can I count on him to vote NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity?”
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**ACTION 2: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS**
(or leave a voice mail)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill, which would gut Oregon’s gun laws by forcing us to recognize concealed carry standards of other states. Now this bill is getting bundled with one to fix our background check system, it’s no less dangerous. I’d like to thank the Senator for advocating for common sense gun laws in previous years. Can I count on the Senator to vote NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, regardless of how its bundled?”
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**PHONE NUMBERS** 
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753 
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750 
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298 
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129 
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244 
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229 
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142 
La Grande: (541) 960-7691 
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732, 
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100, 
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

ACTION: PLAY HARDBALL TO PROTECT WHAT’S IMPORTANT

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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DEMOCRATS: PLAY HARDBALL TO PROTECT WHAT’S IMPORTANT
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#WhenWeFightWeWin
#TrumpTaxScam

We have only four days before the government runs out of money.   To keep the government open, Congress must pass a Continuing Resolution (CR).  This is our opportunity to halt the damage that this administration is inflicting on America.

The good news: Democrats have leverage.  The Senate needs 60 votes to pass a CR -- that’s eight Democratic votes.

The bad news: Democrats may cave as they did in September, when Schumer and Pelosi met with McConnell, Ryan and Trump.  They cut a deal that left out Dreamers and cleared the schedule for Trumpcare vote.

This time, we want Democratic negotiators to play hardball.

We want a CR that:

1. PROTECTS DREAMERS. Secure a clean DREAM Act.

2. PROTECTS REFUGEES.  Reinstate Temporary Protected Status for more than 320,000 refugees of war or natural disasters.

3. PROTECTS CHILDREN, WOMEN AND THE POOR. Fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and Planned Parenthood.

4. PROTECTS OUR CARE. Guarantee health insurance cost-sharing reimbursement (CSR) payments withdrawn by Trump.

Democrats represent 53% of the American people. Tell them to be tough negotiators, and stand up for the 90%.

Meanwhile... Oregon's lone Republican, Rep. Walden will be particularly influential in determining the final version of the tax bill: he was just named to the conference committee that will reconcile the House and Senate versions.  District 2: You know what to do!  Keep lighting up the phones!

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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES**

[If you don’t want to list all demands, mention only the one you care most about]

SAMPLE SCRIPT for both Senators and All Reps except Walden:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. The deadline for funding the government is coming up. I understand that the Republicans want a continuing resolution.  Don't let them have it for nothing. This time I want you to play hardball, and vote only for a continuing resolution with:
1) a clean DREAM Act and protections for refugees with Temporary Protected Status;
2) funds for CHIP, Community Health Centers, and Planned Parenthood;
3) guarantees for CSR payments;
4) funding relief efforts for areas hit by natural disasters.
Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:
"My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code].  I'm calling about the tax scam.  I see that Rep Walden has been named to the Conference Committee to reconcile the House and Senate bills. This is a chance to show he represents the people of his district, not large corporations.  I'm asking him to save our healthcare and create a tax bill that benefits ALL of his constituents, not his wealthiest donors. Thank you."

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** ACTION 2: SHARE THIS ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA**
And encourage others by commenting on our Facebook page.

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** Remember, after you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**