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Announcements One Small Thing-PDX September 2, 2020, 5:30 – 7:00, Virtual Meeting How We Can Defend & Extend Democratic Legislative Control in Oregon


You can still register to attend Wednesday’s virtual meeting, but space is limited and filing up.Register now!


Be part of the Blue Wave onWednesday, September 2,  from 5:30 – 7 pm. We will learn about strategic Oregon races to focus on up and down the ballot for the November election.


Senator Michael Dembrow and House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner will be our special guests. Also hear from DemocratDeb Patterson, running against Denyc Boles (appointed after the death of Jackie Winters) in key District 10 in the Salem area, and DemocratEileen Kiely, challenging incumbent Republican Tim Knopf in District 27, which includes increasingly progressive Bend. We will learn how we can take action to help support them in winning these two crucial Oregon Senate seats.


Actions & Events OST-PDX Activist Reading Group


Our next meeting will be a forum on the upcoming Metro election and the November 3 Metro transportation bond measure. 


When: Thursday September 10th, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Online Zoom meeting


Very few of us are aware of the key role that Metro plays in our region’s future. Join with us as the two candidates for Metro's NE/N/NW Portland seat, Mary Nolan and Chris Smith, tell us what inspired them to run for Metro. 


Most of the discussion will be about the November 3 Metro transportation bond measure. Feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and neighbors who are interested in Metro and the transportation bond measure. 


RSVP to Ken Rosenberg (rosenbergkd@yahoo.com).


Join COIN’s Next Zoom Call Tuesday, September 1


The Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) welcomes another of our endorsed candidates,State Senator Shemia Fagan, who is running for Secretary of State, to our next Zoom call, Tuesday, September 1, at 7:00pm.


Shemia Fagan is running to flip the office of Secretary of State, which may play a key role in re-districting in 2021. She will join us at 7:10 for 30 minutes and give a brief statement, followed by your questions for the remaining 25 minutes she'll be with us. 


Are you as concerned as we are about GOP voter suppression, sabotage of the USPS, and other election shenanigans? Then plan to join us and ask Shemia your questions! Pass them along to us now or put them in the Zoom chat. (Note that due to election and IRS rules regarding charities, Shemia will not be able to share non-public campaign information with us.)


Register here.See you then!


Help Jaime Harrison defeat Lindsey Graham in South Carolina


Democrats in South Carolina and the Jaime Harrison campaign seek volunteer help to oust Lindsey Graham from the Senate. Join one of their auto-dialer phone banks that take place twice weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 8:00 EST and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 EST. The calls will help this critical campaign with voter identification and to better target Democratic voters in the state. Here is the link to sign up.  


If you prefer more people in-depth conversations with voters about Jaime Harrison and other down-ballot candidates, you can sign up for an Open Phone Bank, which has time slots available throughout the day Monday through Saturday. This phone bank is slower paced to allow volunteers talk to voters about Jaime Harrison and other progressive candidates, including US Congressional candidate Kim Nelson and State House and Senate candidates. Here is the link.


More Events

  • Virtual Indivisible Tuesday at Senator Merkley’s Office: Tuesday, September 15, 11:30 am

  • Virtual Letter Writing Party, Saturday, September 5, Noon-2:00pm

  • Phone Banking 101 Training Call, Thursday, September 3, 5:00pm

  • The State of Oregon’s Economy Now, City Club Forum, Friday, September 11, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Justice for All Membership Conference, Oregon ACLU, Saturday, September 12, 9:30am-12:30pm

  • EcoProm: Friday, September 11th from 6:30-8:00pm

  • Voz Radio Presents: Our Virtual Auction Fundraiser: Saturday, September 12, 10:00-12:00pm

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