July 20, 2020 Newsletter
Dear OSTPDX Members,
What’s happening in Portland right now is alarming. National right wing media is actively painting Portland as a city under siege to justify Trump’s political stunt to deploy militarized federal agents to quell weeks of protests.
Ironically, the protests are a direct consequence of constant police brutality. During the six weeks of protests, Portland police have indiscriminately beat and tear gassed protesters exercising their first amendment rights and now the uninvited federal agents are following suit. Over the weekend, federal police tear gassed a crowd of peaceful protesters that included Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran. Let’s be sure to let our representatives know that we want the Feds out of Portland now and join tonight’s protest if you can.
Pursuant to the pledge One Small Thing took to support the eventual Democratic nominee in the presidential campaign to defeat Trump, we will be joining the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) in endorsing the following five candidates in the November election:
-Joe Biden, President
-Jeff Merkley, Senator
-Shemia Fagan, Secretary of State
-Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General
-Tobias Read, State Treasurer
In addition to the presidential race this November, COIN determined that there are “must wins” races at the state level if we are to continue to enact and carry out progressive policies in Oregon.
What this will mean is that we will add our logo to the COIN logo in amplifying these endorsements. We will also give these campaigns permission to use our name and logo in publicizing these endorsements. We will encourage our membership to support these candidates. But we will not share our membership lists with these campaigns.
Actions & Events
Special Runoff Election for Portland Commissioner Position 2
The City of Portland has called for a Special Runoff election on August 11, 2020, to fill the vacancy for Commissioner, Position 2. Ballots will be mailed out July 22nd and need to be mailed back no later than August 6.
OST-PDX Activist Reading Group
The OST-PDX Activist Reading Group’s next meeting will be Thursday, August 13th from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
If you are interested in joining our meetings, contact Ken Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Swing Left & Vote Forward Letter Writing
Vote Forward and Swing Left are working together to increase civic participation by sending letters to voters. If you’re interested in printing and writing letters on your own, click here for more information. Listed below are some virtual letter writing events and you may search for others here.
Write Letters to Voters & Other Events with Swing Left:
Make Calls for Democrats in Tempe! Do anytime between 9am – 8pm PDT
Virtual Letter Writing with Swing Left/Vote Forward/IndivisibleNWPortland: Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Letter Writing Party to Defeat Trumpism: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Write Letters to Voters Virtually with Indivisible Oregon and Swing Left! Saturday, July 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Write Letters to Voters Virtually with Indivisible Oregon and Swing Left! Saturday, August 1st at 12:00 p.m.
Virtual Indivisible Tuesday at Sen. Merkley's: Tuesday, July 21st at 11:30 a.m.
Reclaiming a Thriving Future: Climate Action, Justice & Resilience in the Time of Covid: Tuesday, July 21st at 1:00 p.m.
Profs & Pints Online: The Truth Behind White Picket Fences: Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Strength In Numbers BLM Protest Portland: Friday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Abolish ICE Rally: No Human Is Illegal: Friday, August 7th at 3:00 p.m.