May 14, 2018 AAA


May 14, 2018


The Blue Wave is building! We had an exciting meeting on May 8 featuring former Secretary of State Phil Keisling and Kelsey Paden from Defend Oregon discussing voter mobilization and important potential ballot measures, as well as the roll-out of the list of state/local candidates and issues that OSTPDX is supporting on the Fall ballot.

After the presentations, we broke into small groups to explore how we can get involved with the candidates and issues on a local, state, and national level. These small groups were led by representatives from Indivisible Oregon (who led the groups on canvassing and postcard parties), Nasty Women (who led the groups on fundraising parties and postcard parties), the Midterm Squad (who let the group on fundraising parties), and Phil Keisling and Defend Oregon (who led the group on signature gathering and get out the vote). We all came away with an amazing shot of energy as we learned from each other about what is already being planned and done and what we can do together to make change happen.

This issue of the OSTPDX will look a little different because it will focus on the actions, activities, candidates and issues that we learned about on May 8. So much fun, exciting stuff to do!!

Mary Chaffin

Candidates/Issues to Support in the Fall Election

Do you feel like you could use a little guidance with regard to some of the elections coming up? Check out these resources!

OSTPDX Supports…

OSTPDX has declared its support for 9 candidates/issues that will be on the Fall ballot. They are:

1. L.R. 401 (Legislatively Referred Constitutional Amendment) to Allow Municipal Bond Revenue to Fund Privately Owned Affordable Housing.
2. Charles Gallia, Democrat for OR S-20
3. Kate Brown, Democrat for Oregon Governor.
4. Janine McLeod-Skinner, Democratic for the Congressional seat in OR2, who will face Republican Greg Walden in November.
5. The winner of the August Democratic primary for the Congressional seat in WA3, who will face Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler in November.
6. Robert Wagner, Democratic incumbent for OR S-19.
7. Rachel Prusak, Democrat for OR H-37.
8. Ben Souede for Multnomah Circuit Court, position 30.
9. Ulanda Watkins for Clackamas County Circuit Court, position 9.

You can find this initial list, along with the names of the “OST point persons” who will act as liaison to each campaign, here:

We’ll be posting additional background information on these races on our website shortly. Additionally, our position on other candidates/issues will be forthcoming as it becomes clearer which ones will make it onto the ballot.

Defend Oregon

Defend Oregon, a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals including local unions, is actively opposing or supporting a number of initiatives that are likely to be on the fall ballot. Take a look here to see what Defend Oregon has to say about these important initiatives.

How Can You Get Active? 

Social Media

Thanks to our newest Leadership Team member, Sara McKinney, and also to Nirel, OSTPDX now has a Facebook page. Here is the link to the Facebook page,, where you can find out about our events and also activities sponsored by other progressive organizations, including Indivisible Oregon’s “daily actions” and Resist Trump Tuesday!

There is also a closed FB group. Please let Sara know if you want to join it and she can make that happen! I’m also delighted to report that Sara has dragged us into the 21st Century with the creation of an OSTPDX Twitter account:  @OST_PDX   Make sure you’re following us! For more information, contact Sara at She is going to be helping all of us get up to speed on these social media tools!

And, don’t forget to check out the many links to toolkits and other useful information posted to our website to enable you to get active! Lots are included in this issue of the AAA newsletter! Check out our website,

Finally, here’s a super-helpful guide to using Twitter for social activism produced by Nasty Women:

Postcard Parties

DIY Postcard Parties
From Sister District and Indivisible Oregon

Having a postcard party toolkit makes hosting your own postcard party a breeze. Here’s a toolkit from Sister District Project (Portland). You can use it to support SDP candidates or adapt it to use for other campaigns. Check out the links here: and

You can find out more information about postcard parties at the Post Cards to Voters site,  Text JOIN to 484.275.2229, email:

Maybe you’d rather start with participating in an already organized postcard party. If so, there are a number to choose from! See below!

Postcard Party – Every Thursday – Next One is May 17
From Nasty Women Get Shit Done

Join us to write postcards each Thursday at Oregon Public House. (700 NE Dekum St).
We’ll provide postcards and stamps and suggestions on who to write to. We also have people signed up with Postcards to Voters so we usually get some addresses from them and work on one of their campaigns. We will be adding more as we roll into our huge OR-2 project.

Feel free to bring your own postcards and/or crafty materials to make them. OPH is a non-profit pub so all food and drinks purchased go to great causes!

When:            Thursday, 5 p.m.
Where:           The Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum,                                     Portland, OR 97211

Postcard Party – First and Third Sundays – Next One is May 20
From Indivisible Clackamas

Come enjoy good food, friends, and fun while we write postcards to our members of congress. We also write “Postcards to Voters” in states with local elections where a progressive candidate could use a boost. We provide prompts, postcards, postage, and we will even hand-deliver your messages. See you there!

When:            First and Third Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
Where:           Oregon City Brewing, 1401 Washington St.,                                     Oregon City, OR 97045


DIY Fundraisers
From Nasty Women Get Shit Done

Here is a super-easy toolkit for how to put on a fundraiser for Kate Brown. And, it can be adapted for use to support other candidates, too!

Fundraiser to Unseat Jaime in WA-3 – May 19
From Ann Littlewood

And, if you don’t want to organize your own, Ann is hosting a fundraiser to defeat Jaime Herrara Buetler in WA-3. She will have folks from Indivisible Oregon and Indivisible WA-3 there to talk about all they are doing to make sure Jaime goes into retirement after November. There will also be a cool video, opportunities to ask question and to sign up to volunteer. And, of course, to donate (check or credit card). Ann will make sure you have a good time eating home-made desserts (some gluten-free) and participating in a chocolate taste-off!

Come do something about the stupidity and cruelty and short-sightedness you read about every day!

Where:           2915 NE 21st Ave. (Ann Littlewood’s house)
When:            Saturday, May 19
2-4 p.m.
Please RSVP at

Help Greg Walden Retire!
From Oregonians for Better Government

Donate at to help defeat Greg Walden in OR-2 by funding social media ads and keeping radio ads on the air in Bend, Medford, and Klamath Falls. For more information, visit


Canvass to Flip WA-3 – May 20, June 3, June 16, 1-4 p.m.
From Indivisible Oregon

Want to defeat a local US Congressperson in lockstep with Trump?  One of the single most powerful ways to do so is simple:  talking and listening to voters.  Join volunteers to do exactly that in WA-03, a key Swing District currently represented by NRA-backed Jaime Herrera Beutler. We will be speaking with voters across the political spectrum, listening to their top priorities and concerns, and sharing this critical info with the Washington Democratic Party.

The next dates are May 20, June 3 and June 16, 1-4 p.m. in Vancouver, USA. Find out more information and RSVP here:

Indivisible Oregon is also raising money to help the Democratic candidate who emerges from the primary in August to defeat JHB, using a fundraising platform provided through Swing Left. If you haven’t contributed yet or want to give more, here is your chance:

Donate here!

Signature Gathering

Initiative Petition #43 – Regulation of Assault Weapons in Oregon

Signature petitions for Initiative Petition #43, which proposes regulation of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Oregon, will begin circulating soon.  To find out more or become involved with the campaign, please visit the website at or contact Phil Gilbertson at

Get Out the Vote

Building the Blue Wave – Step One – Registering Voters
From Phyllis Brown

Turbovote is a great online tool for progressive friends and relatives who live anywhere in the United States! Once people sign up, they can register and/or update their information, get notified about upcoming elections, and stay informed about how or where to vote. Send this link to your millennial kids, progressive friends and let’s turn the blue wave into a tsunami!

Support the National Vote at Home Coalition
From Phil Keisling and Jeff Hammarlund

The National Vote at Home Coalition aims to remove barriers to voter participation by encouraging the widespread adoption of “Vote at Home” (VAH) friendly practices, policies, and laws. VAH significantly increases voter turnout, especially among millennial voters. Keisling advocates mounting a mass campaign to encourage voters in states where absentee ballots can be obtained for any reason to “vote at home.” Check out the National Vote at Home Coalition’s website for more activities: And see this link for more information:

Register High School Students to Vote!
From the Midterm Squad

Surprisingly few young people vote. We need to change that. Here’s a handy toolkit to organize a high school voter registration drive:  And here is a blog post that explains how rewarding it is to do so:


Celebrate the Primary Elections!
From the MidTerm Squad

Join us on Tuesday, May 15 for a special Election Night Primary Results Viewing Party (and Social Time). We will gather together as a community to watch primary election night coverage and to celebrate all of the efforts we have made so far to #StormTheMidterms  Bazi has great food and drinks. It’s located just south of Hawthorne, behind Rock Soft Futon.

Where:           Bazi Bierbrasserie
1522 SE 32nd
When:            Tuesday, May 15
7–10 p.m.

Peaceful Mobilization Plan *If* Mueller or Rosenstein Is Fired
From MoveOn and Indivisible Oregon

Nationwide Plan:
Portland Plan:

Be Ready!

Activities – Local

#ResistTrumpTuesday – May 15, 2018
From Indivisible Oregon

In the courtyard of Sen Wyden’s office
911 NE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR
11:30 a.m. (optional): Planning meeting – In the courtyard
12:00 p.m.: Speak with staffer

#ResistTrumpTuesday – May 22, 2018
From Indivisible Oregon

In the courtyard of Sen Merkley’s office
121 SW Salmon St. (World Trade Center)
Portland, OR
11:30 a.m. (optional): Planning meeting – In the courtyard
12:00 p.m.: Speak with staffer

Activities –  National

Push for Responsible Gun Laws – Defeat the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
From Indivisible Oregon

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators Wyden and Merkley:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. We have to protect our children’s futures from gun violence.  Earlier, the House passed a concealed carry reciprocity bill, the NRA’s top priority, which would force all states to accept permits issued by every other state, even those with weak or non-existent standards. I am calling to ask that [NAME] work to defeat S.446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and to introduce, support and pass comprehensive gun legislation now.  Thank you.

Let’s Lock in Net Neutrality
From the ACLU

A Senate vote to reverse the FCC’s decision destroying net neutrality is expected to happen on Wednesday

SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators Wyden and Merkley:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. The Senate has a last chance to protect net neutrality – our right to a free and open internet. We lack one vote in the Senate. Please tell [NAME] that they must use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC’s decision to curtail net neutrality. They must do their absolute hardest work to find that remaining vote to protect American’s unhindered right to access the internet.  Thank you.

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