CNN should hold firm. Freedom of the press shall not be threatened by the Federal Government. Contact CNN and let them know to stand firm. Same should happen with the White House. Tell Pence & Trump to quit threatening freedom of the press.
“Vice President Mike Pence’s office is barring top public health officials from appearing on CNN, the network reported.
The ban will remain in effect until CNN agrees to carry the daily White House coronavirus briefings in their entirety, instead of breaking away after the president is done speaking, the network said it was told.”
Our Supreme Court did not rule with a pandemic in mind. Thank you RBG for your dissent, but sadly this doesn’t help our nation’s right to fair elections. Let your senators know this 5-4 decision is not acceptable. All states need VOTE BY MAIL.
Senator Merkley: 541-465-6750 Senator Wyden: 541-431-0229
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a disturbing dissent on Monday as the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in Tuesday’s upcoming Wisconsin election with a move she warned co...
1). Due to the Coronavirus state closure, we will not be having a March Monthly Meeting. We will cross our fingers that we can either meet physically or perhaps online on the 4th Sunday in April. We will keep you posted.
2). In addition, we have not been having any postcard parties, however several regulars have met to pick up postcards and have either become verified writers through postcardstovoters.org and are ordering their own scripts and postcards, or I am ordering what they can write weekly and emailing them.
If you wish to get postcards, I can drop them off Sunday at 3:00pm in the former Shopko parking lot off Coburg Road. Email me at email@example.com if you want 1 month’s worth of postcards and advise how many you will need for 1 month. Thanks, Jeri
Call Senator Wyden’s office. Make sure he knows you want him to follow through with his opposition.
Phone: (541) 431-0229
Call Senator Merkley’s office to let him know he must fight this as well.
Phone: (541) 465-6750
We know they will, but they need to hear from us. Believe us when we say those supporting the Jordan Cove project will be calling their offices.
************** For Immediate Release: March 19, 2020
Wyden Statement on FERC Decision to Approve Jordan Cove Energy Project in Oregon
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., opposed today’s decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve the controversial and complex Jordan Cove energy project in Oregon over the objection of all three of Oregon state environmental regulatory agencies and while the Commission remains imbalanced and the country is in the midst of a public health crisis.
Wyden released the following statement:
"A few days ago, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell stacked the decks when yet another Republican commissioner was confirmed to FERC, leaving the Commission unbalanced. This is despite current law that says the FERC should be an independent and bipartisan commission.
"Today, a stacked and incomplete FERC approved the controversial and complicated Jordan Cove project. There was no rush. A balanced and full FERC should have made the decision.
"If that's not bad enough, the Commission has decided to disregard local private property rights and environmental concerns identified by Oregonians. Both shortcomings and additional ones have been documented in the strong objections to the Jordan Cove project by three Oregon state regulatory agencies. All this adds up to a clearly rigged process designed to advance Trump-McConnell corporate interests over Oregonians.
All these violations are contrary to everything the Oregon Way stands for – fairness, transparency and accountability. I now have to oppose this project.”
Wyden, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in January called for Donald Trump to appoint a full and bipartisan commission before the Commission rules on complex projects, such as the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Oregon. ... See MoreSee Less
Our page went over 3000 likes a while back. With everything going on we've been too busy to celebrate. So we just wanted to take minute to say "Thanks." We are deeply humbled and inspired by how this community has responded over the last 3 years. Thank you all and let's keep it up!🌊🌊🌊 ... See MoreSee Less
#1 We all need to read Walter Shaub’s statement below and take his advice daily! Especially to take action, Take Action, TAKE ACTION!
#2 Most groups are working hard for our democracy. “We can take turns carrying the baton, but it makes no sense to fling demoralization bombs at those carrying the baton for you.” We Dems are in this together. Trump loves nothing more than for Dems to divide their party. Let’s be sure to come together once we have a Democratic candidate and “Vote Blue, No Matter Who!”
#3 Breathe, then take action!
Thanks to Walter Shaub, the fired federal ethics officer, for these thoughts today: "I have some suggestions for folks feeling overwhelmed by the assault on democracy.
"First, take action. Any action in defense of democracy. Make a very small donation, even just a dollar, to something; sign up to volunteer for one hour, go learn how to register voters, go to a meeting of a group fighting for democracy; hand out literature; sign up to send postcards encouraging voters to show up and vote (just vote, no need to worry about for whom); sign up to be an election official; ask people for suggestions for other actions you can take.
"Second, if that doesn't make you feel better, do it again. Do it again after that. Do it some more. Action is a key to feeling better. If it's not working, the remedy is likely more action, not less. Be be action oriented.
"Third, bring in the horizon a little closer. Put the future out of your mind. It's not here yet. Borrowing pain from the future doesn't help. Instead, bring the horizon in to THIS day. We can control only this day. Let's ask ourselves what we can do today, and do it!
"Fourth, take breaks if needed. Everyone has a bad day. Stay off Twitter on those days. Twitter is a festering wound that rots joy. Get outside, read a book, watch an idiotic comedy you'd be ashamed to admit to watching for fear people would think you stupid, or whatever helps.
"Fifth, refrain from posting discouraging comments on Twitter (and Facebook). Don't add poison to the festering wound. We can take turns carrying the baton, but it makes no sense to fling demoralization bombs at those carrying the baton for you.
"Sixth, find sources of inspiration. For some, that might be listening to speeches of strong historical figures, for others it might be reading about acts of courage. Seek out examples of people overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. They exist!
"Seventh, again, TAKE ACTION. Any action. It's not big things that will save us. It's persistent small actions carried out by one individual, and another, and another and another across the nation. Change comes not from waiting for Some Big Action but from building momentum.
"Eighth, believe democracy prevails if we fight for it. Choose belief. Great feats follow belief. I haven't seen anyone accomplish a thing they didn't believe they could achieve. Maybe it has happened, but I haven't seen it. Ignore doubts. Believe! Then, fight for democracy!" ... See MoreSee Less
This is getting old. Do you have friends or family in a Red State District? Tell them to tell their reps to do their jobs and show up to work!! We would be fired if we chose not to go to work. Join others at the State Capitol tomorrow at 11:30am to protest. ... See MoreSee Less
Democrats on a legislative budget committee on Monday morning voted a controversial plan to cap carbon pollution out of committee. As expected, Senate Republicans announced they would boycott the Capi...
We had an exciting meeting Sunday with lots of enthusiasm. And new faces!
We discussed some of the things IE did over the past month:
1. Held a "Reject the coverup" rally that was well covered by local press. 2. Attended the "Climate Action Now" rally in Salem and met with lawmakers and staff to support the cap and invest bill. 3. Hosted several postcarding events and written postcards. (1600 postcards to WI to get them to the polls in the April primary. 500 postcards to get Florida voters registered for Vote by Mail. 100 postcards to Ammar Campa-Najjar for Rep in CA District 50.) 4. Attended and live streamed NAACP and 350's Climate and environmental justice candidate forum. 5. Attended Wyden's town hall. 6. Made tons of calls to lawmakers. 7. Written emails to state lawmakers in support of bills identified by COIN. 8. Attended Merkley's town hall & asked a question. 9. Several of us have taken the Payback Project training for TextOut, a textbanking program aimed at the purple districts to win back the Senate. More training is upcoming. Sign up at www.paybackproject.org 10. Our ongoing Tuesday noon and 5 pm Dump Trump rallies at the intersection between the federal courthouse and Whole Foods continue as usual.
We had a full discussion about how IE will better define membership and how to develop that in keeping with our values of inclusion and consensus.
We broke into our umbrella groups involving administration & support, research, public communications, and public action and outreach.
We welcomed Ken Rawles onto our steering committee and bade adieu to Steve Dear, who is stepping off the steering committee but will remain supportive and involved with IE.
We were happy to be joined by folks from the new Indivisible group in Florence.