Win this election! Support OI endorsed candidates.
The biggest election in our lifetime is less than a month away; we cannot afford to ease up on our efforts. OI has arranged a number of ways to get involved, and help ensure the victory that is crucial to saving our Democracy. At the federal level, we must at a minimum flip the House. At the state level, we must bolster Democratic control of the legislature. At the local level, we must return the Thurston County Commission to progressive control, one Commissioner at a time.
Action: Spend at least 4 hours in the next two weeks, doing everything and anything possible to get OI supported candidates elected at local, state and federal levels. Here are some options:
OI sponsored events – Check the OI calendar for the next week, and choose one or more of the events to participate in. https://www.olympiaindivisible.com/oi-calendar.html
Carolyn Long – She is the Democrat running in opposition to Republican Congressional Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler in the 3rd district, immediately to the south of us. This is a key battleground district in the effort to “flip the house” from Republican to Democratic control. Help her to victory by doorbelling, attending a town hall, donating or volunteering at a phonebank. These opportunities are listed at: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/longforcongress/
Denny Heck – Don’t forget to give Denny a bit of help, we can’t take his re-election as our Representative for granted. His election website is at: http://www.dennyheckforcongress.com/
Irene Bowling – The Democrat running against Tim Sheldon, the incumbent in Senate District 35 who has caucused with the Republicans in the state legislature and allowed Republicans to control the Senate in earlier sessions. OI endorses her; this is one of the key battleground districts at the State level to ensure Democratic control of the Senate. Sign up to volunteer for her campaign at: https://irenebowling.com/volunteer/
Tye Menser – And at the local level, OI has endorsed Tye in his race for Thurston County Commissioner, against the conservative incumbent Bud Black. Tye's campaign is looking for at least 8 people to phonebank on 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, and 11/4 from 5:30-8:30. They're meeting at 1014 4th Ave E, Olympia (Lisa Parsley's HQ).
Fantastic news about the Carolyn Long for Congress campaign in CD3 !
Town Hall/GOTV rally with Carolyn Long
Health and Science Building, Lower Columbia College 1600 Maple Ave Longview
Town hall/GOTV rally with Carolyn Long
Santa Lucia Café 202 S Tower Ave Centralia
Make phone calls for Carolyn Long.
Wednesday night phone banking 6-8 pm Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Other days - phone bank training available by an OI member. It’s easy. Make calls from your own house on your own time or join in with others. Contact: flipCD3rsvp@gmail.com
CAROLYN LONG EVENTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 6 - SEE LINKS BELOW.
You can sign up to doorbell in two places - Centralia and Longview.
The campaign’s higher priority is for people to doorbell in Longview. It’s an easy drive.
Carpooling available. Contact: flipCD3rsvp@gmail.com
Mobilize America online signup tool for doorbelling:
General Campaign Event Link: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/longforcongress/
Win this election! Support National Indivisible endorsed candidates.
From National Indivisible:
The 2018 midterm elections have turned into a battle for the right to vote itself.
In Georgia, progressives are fighting to keep the Secretary of State (and gubernatorial candidate!) from purging the voter rolls of 53,000 newly registered voters, most of whom are people of color.
In North Dakota, a new voter ID decision will now make it harder for Native Americans to vote in the upcoming election. While Texas, a state with notorious low turnout numbers, rejected 2,400 potential voters who registered on Vote.org for not signing their forms in-person despite registering online!
We need your support now more than ever as the GOP uses every underhanded tactic they can think of to suppress voter turnout!
So click this link, sign up for a phone bank shift, and help drive (early) voters to the polls for each and every one of our endorsed candidates. We’re phonebanking each. and. every. day. until this election is over to support the great work Indivisibles are doing on the ground, in their districts and states.
Here’s who we’re phonebanking this week:
We’ve said this before but its really, really important: getting involved now through the election in direct voter contact -- phonebanking , canvassing , voter registration -- will push our movement to victory in November. And through this strategy -- district by district -- we will reshape what’s politically possible.
Killing a journalist and waging war – Stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world. The Saudi gov't continues to repress its citizens, they are waging an illegal and inhumane war on Yemen, and now they have killed a Washington Post journalist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. There is no precedent for a gov't killing someone in its own consulate in another country. Trump stated clearly this week that he did not want to halt the $100 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia as that would hurt American jobs and Russia or China instead would sell those arms. But according to Business Insider, that deal has not yet been signed and the Saudis are also already negotiating with Russia in a weapons deal. The more important question is, do Americans value profits over human rights? While Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman may be close friends with Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, he clearly is not an ally of US citizens and we should not be arming this repressive regime.
As the fallout of this has escalated, Trump threatened “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia, but the Saudi gov't is threatening the US in return and has vowed that it would respond with greater action. We know they are capable of harm, as they did fly two jets into the World Trade Center. Saudi Arabia is not capable of defeating the US, but this does present a challenge to Congress, do they stand up for human rights or sell their souls to Saudi Arabia for $100 billion in arms sales? As for Trump, now we can learn if he has any strength at all or if his words are just hot air and bluster.
Script for Republican Leadership:
My name is ____________, and I am calling to express my outrage that the US would go through with selling arms to Saudi Arabia after their continued disregard for human rights and especially the killing of the journalist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world and now they are showing that they do not have any regard for international law. The US has historically been a leading voice in human rights; we must return to those values now, and it is vital that Congress lead the way.
Note: It will be more effective if you are ambiguous about your home state and district. This is in respect to Republicans and the techniques they have employed over the years.
Senate local zip codes for their district
Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541 40202
Sen. Orin Hatch: 202-224-5251 84601
Sen. Bob Corker: 202-224-3344 38103
Sen. John Thune: 202-224-2321 57701
Sen. Roy Blunt: 202-224-5721 63105
Sen. John Barrasso 202-224-6441 82602
Sen. Cory Gardner: 202-224-5941 8020
Paul Ryan 202-225-3031 53403
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: 202-225-2915 93309
Rep. Steve Scalise: 202-225-3015 70005
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: 202-225-2006 99201
Rep. Luke Messer: 202-225-3021 47305
October 19 Friday 6-8:00 pm
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
Let's Win! RJ’s Gourmet Grill 318 4th Ave E Olympia
October 21 Sunday 1:00pm
Canvas for Democratic candidate Carolyn Long in CD3.
Meet at Santa Lucia Coffee House, 202 S. Tower Avenue Centralia
Jen Hoffman’s Americans of Conscience has additional actions you can do this week! https://americansofconscience.com/10-14-2018/2018/
This comes from one of our OI members:
I just watched a fascinating and deeply disturbing film called "Dark Money" available on PBS.com. It focuses on how Citizens United has changed political contributions, specifically in Montana but also nationally. It shows in very clear and frightening detail the forces that Indivisible is opposing. I strongly suggest you watch it. It certainly fired me up to really see what the stakes are. Not just an election but the future of freedom in this country!