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March 2, 2020 Newsletter

Dear OSTPDX Members,


The latest Republican walkout has left many of us frustrated and angry. Despite our best efforts to urge Republicans to remain on the job and later to get back to work, they’d rather continue to play their partisan political games leaving behind their responsibilities to Oregonians. Though it may feel as though Oregon’s political environment is out of control at the moment, I invite you all to take control of what you can by continuing to call and write your representatives, attend a Swing Left letter writing event, and join us for the Secretary of State Candidate Forum & Political Action Fair. Also, the Multnomah County Democrats are urging voters to check their registrations to ensure they receive a ballot for the Primary election.

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Two minutes to change the world

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In Oregon, only registered Democrats get to choose who will be our Presidential nominee for the November election to beat Trump. We also choose for the United States Congress, and Oregon State positions that decide our path forward.


The Primary election is May 19, 2020


Deadline to change registration is April 28, 2020


Get a Primary ballot in May by changing your non-affiliated registration to Democrat.

It takes only 2 min. Go ahead and time it! Your values and your opinion matter!. Make a difference for 2020.


This year, be a Primary Voter!


Who do you want to represent you as President? Who will take action on the important issues you care about? When we all vote – you, me, our friends, families, neighbors and co-workers— our voices are heard, we choose who’s on the ballot. We can make real progress.

Lots of Oregon voters are updating their registration now to Democrat so they’ll be able to vote in the May primary. If you’re a non-affiliated voter (not registered as belonging to a political party), you’ll need to update your registration to Democrat to be a Primary Voter.

Check your status and update online at the Secretary of State’s website – it only takes two minutes. Get it done by April 28.


Announcements


Oregon Secretary of State Candidate Forum & Political Action Fair

Sunday April 5, 2:00 PM at Matt Dishman Community Center-77 N.E. Knott Street

Hosted by OSTPDX, NWGSD, IO, Indivisible 97201 and Indivisible Hillsboro

Event is FREE, but please RSVP here to reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/SOSForum


Priming for the primary:


When it comes to making government more transparent and fair elections more accessible, nothing matters more than your vote for Oregon's Secretary of State. With Oregon about to undergo her once-every-ten-years process of drawing new congressional district lines, stakes are especially high for 2020.


All three candidates on a single stage.


No other elected official holds more influence on our voting laws than Oregon's Secretary of State. And this forum gives you a unique opportunity to hear from all three primary candidates while on the same stage. Moderated by former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling, you’ll gain an in-person perspective from who’s running and why. With a Democratic primary field that includes Oregon State Senator Mark Hass, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, and Cameron Smith, it’s their chance to earn your vote. The forum will also allow plenty of time for questions from all who attend.


Let's get energized!


The forum is part of the 2020 Political Action Fair, an event hosted by a community of volunteers who support Democratic candidates and aim to energize voters for 2020. Grassroots groups include Nasty Women Get Shit Done, Indivisible Oregon, Indivisible 97201, Indivisible Hillsboro, and One Small Thing PDX. Together, we can help usher in a more just, equitable, and sustainable future in Oregon. We look forward to meeting you!


GET INFORMED, STAY ENGAGED!


Doors open at 1:40 pm, event starts at 2:00 pm.


We are committed to creating a positive and accessible experience for all attendees. Please indicate on the RSVP form if you or a member of your party requires accommodation.


Actions & Events


ORD2 Indivisible needs your help!


Want to help flip a county blue without leaving the state? Ashland- and Medford-area activists need your help to reach non-affiliated voters to get out the vote. Click here to read how you can help flip Jackson County blue!


Action by Indivisible Oregon


Our Tuesday ask: We all want and need food, housing, and medical care. But Trump's budget slashes all of these while continuing to give away money to corporations and the rich. The only way to stop Trump is to elect a Progressive President and Congress. To do this we must have election security. We ask our Members of Congress to insert election security legislation into must-pass spending bills. We are running out of time. The action will be posted on Tuesday at 6:00 AM here: indivisibleor.org/actions


OST-PDX Activist Reading Group: next meeting

Date: Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Topic: Election Season: important topics for Nov 2020 state and local elections

At: 2335 NE 24th Ave, Portland

For more information contact Ken Rosenberg (rosenbergkd@yahoo.com; 503-493-0322)


Swing Left Letter Writing Events


Swing-Left Letter-Writing Organized by Melanie Plaut

Our new location is Augustana Lutheran Church on the corner of NE 15th and Knott. Come for the early shift 3-4:30, or the later shift 4:30 - 6:00. Every Friday until November!

Bring a small donation for materials, or stamps for letters. If you feel moved, feel free to bring food or drink to share - but NOT necessary.

Spend an hour or so. Bring a friend. RSVP for people who haven't attended the prior sessions at Guilder or my house so I can get a rough idea of numbers: melanie.plaut@gmail.com


Letter-writing for a BLUE-er America!

  • IndivisibleNWPortland meets at Daily Cafe in the Pearl on Tuesdays, 1:45-3 to write letters for Swing Left/Vote Forward. RSVP required.

  • Write Letters to Voters with Swing Left and Indivisible Oregon! (Saturdays at Hollywood Senior Center) RSVP here.

  • Sunday, March 15th from 2-4 p.m. RSVP here.

Other Events:


Articles


Check out DemCast! It’s grassroots media by the people, for the people. Read why DemCast is so desperately needed. If you’re on Facebook, Demcast Oregon is now up and running.


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OSTPDX will not be endorsing any candidates before primaries. All content included in our newsletters is informational in nature and should not be considered an endorsement.


Regards,


Sara McKinney

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