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Your Opinion Needed

Dear POP Members,

Your help is needed to make sure we get legislation in Oregon we want, and that we don't get legislation we don't want.

The statewide COIN (Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network) Legislative Team has been tracking a number of bills and will continue to do so throughout the 2021 session. So you'll be seeing more requests like this one. There is a fairly rigorous process these bills go through before COIN officially endorses a bill, and the last step is getting approval from at least 10 Indivisible groups in the state and no significant opposition. That's where you come in! Please email debiferrer@gmail.com YES or NO for all the bills listed below, or YES or NO for specific bills. Our statewide Indivisible groups have a growing influence. Bills supported by COIN will get a big boost and extra publicity, so your participation in this part of the vetting process is really important.

The following bills have been recommended for endorsement by the Legislative Team. For more information about each bill, click this link to a folder with the research done for each bill by the Legislative Team - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m1Xb2bj4IgmT_8g-pxbJiaFX0v6YMIwk.... You can also go on the OLIS website https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/ to read the actual bills or just Google them to find out more.

HB2678 - Establishes ranked choice voting for local non-partisan races and for state and federal partisan primary races.

HB2685 - Companion bill for HB2678 allows for ranked choice voting for military and overseas voters.

HB2686 - Companion bill for HB2678 assures new voting equipment will be compliant with ranked choice voting methods.

HB2921 - For Oregon senate and representative races, a candidate opting in to the Small Donor Election program would agree to accept only contributions of $250 or less and each contribution would be matched with public funds up to a maximum cap.

HB2945 - Will expand on and streamline the provisions of a 2015 bill that require the phase out of toxic chemicals in products for children.

HB2842 - The Healthy Homes bill provides grants to assist low income households with home repairs and retrofits.

TThat's it for now. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of the democratic process!

Debi
debiferrer@gmail.com

Events and Actions for the Week of Feb 22

Dear Poppers,

I hope you can make it to our meeting on Tuesday and at least one of these other events.

Monday Feb 22 at 5:30 pm there's a TD City Council meeting at which Google's proposal for its next stage of building/development will be discussed. This is potentially a huge amount of money for our community. If you want to be a part of the discussion, click here to join this public hearing - http://www.ci.the-dalles.or.us/Live_Streaming and scroll down to "Live Sessions."

Tuesday Feb 23 at 6:30 pm is our February POP meeting via Zoom. Lots happening locally, as well as at state and national levels that need help from POPPERS. Click here to join the Zoom meeting - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84766695952?pwd=RXl5MTBiaVBYVTdDZFFyK2x1NWpVZz09 or join by phone - (253) 215-8782.
Meeting ID: 847 6669 5952 Passcode: 095495

Also, Tuesday is our statewide CALL day, so please visit https://www.indivisibleor.org/daily-actions for information, a call script, and phone numbers for our Members of Congress. The topic this Tuesday will be the necessity of passing HR 1- For the People Act.

Wednesday Feb 24 at 5:30 pm is a town hall hosted by our state legislators, Sen Lynn Findley and Rep Daniel Bonham. They'll be telling constituents about their favored legislation but it will also be our opportunity to tell them about ours. We'll be discussing some of that legislation at the POP meeting on Tuesday. To register for the town hall, please click here - https://bit.ly/2Z4r06y

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call, email, or text me.

Thanks!
Debi Ferrer
541-980-2047
debiferrer@gmail.com

POP Meeting

Our February POP meeting will be at 6:30 pm on Tuesday the 23rd via Zoom. Here is the link to join -
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84766695952?pwd=RXl5MTBiaVBYVTdDZFFyK2x1NWpVZz09

Meeting ID: 847 6669 5952 Passcode: 095495

To join by phone, dial - (253) 215-8782

On our agenda will be local elections in May, Google's next construction phase in The Dalles, state Indivisible activities and legislation tracking, federal actions including HR 1, John Lewis Voting Rights Act, DC Statehood, Court Reform and eliminating the filibuster. These actions can help create a democracy more immune to the future rise of an autocrat like Trump. Please plan to join us to help with this critical work.

If you've had trouble using Zoom in the past, call or email me and I can do a practice run with you before the meeting to make sure you can join us on Tuesday at 6:30.

Also, I sent out a newsletter by email yesterday with lots more information. If you did not get it, check your junk or spam folder. If you can't find it, let me know and I'll make sure you're on the email list to get it.

Debi Ferrer
541-980-2047
debiferrer@gmail.com

Notes from POP Meeting and New Calls to Action

Dear Poppers,

I wanted to get these notes out to folks right away as there are some items that are time sensitive. And, I’d like to encourage those who couldn’t make it to last night’s meeting to get involved in one of the many opportunities coming up during the next month to help strengthen our democracy and support progressive causes. The more people who participate, the more informed and engaged and effective our group can be.

Please click on the link to Read More, and you’ll find a pdf attachment with the notes and sign-up opportunities, as well as a request for action on the recent statement by the Republican Party of Oregon's claim that the Capitol insurrection on January 6 was a "false flag operation" by liberals to make President Trump look bad. Seriously?!?!

As always, if you have questions or want to get involved in one of the opportunities described here, feel free to contact me.

Debi Ferrer
debiferrer@gmail.com
541-980-2047

Reminder - POP Meeting Tonight on Zoom at 6:30 pm

Our next meeting is tonight, Tuesday January 26th at 6:30 pm. Please join us to help build a better nation.

To Join Zoom Meeting, Click - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86985600440?pwd=d0p3bTVIZngzS01ibjV4YVhCZG96UT09

Meeting ID: 869 8560 0440 Passcode: 065144
To join by phone, dial - 669 900 6833

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Also, for those interested, there's an interesting film-viewing opportunity tonight prior to our meeting.....

Population growth is the single biggest driver of climate change. Please
consider tuning in tonight, Tuesday 1/26 from 5 to 6 PM to watch 8 Billion
Angels https://www.8billionangels.org/, an uplifting streaming
documentary about planet and population, then join in the half hour
discussion afterwards with the film's producer.

REGISTRATION IS FREE at this link
. Made possible by The Foundation for Human Conservation, Columbia
Gorge Climate Action Network, Mt. View Grange #98 and Stevenson Grange #121.

Your vote needed regarding Bentz letter

Fellow POPPERS,

I'm working on a more lengthy newsletter, but wanted to get this out ASAP. The leadership of ORD2 Indivisible group which represents many parts of our congressional district #2 has drafted a statement regarding Rep Cliff Bentz's votes in the past two weeks. They are asking if other Indivisible groups in District #2 would like to sign on as well. They are looking to send it to Mr Bentz, submit it as an LTE in the Oregonian, Eastern Oregonian, and elsewhere. Please email me YES or NO by Saturday if you think POP should sign on to this letter - debiferrer@gmail.com. Thanks. Below is the text of the letter...

After four years of Greg Walden, we at ORD2 Indivisible thought we’d seen it all.
We had watched our Congressman jump on the Trump Train in 2017, and we raised our voices – every single day – to hold him accountable.

But in one short week, Cliff Bentz has actually outdone Greg Walden.
We are stunned – and we are calling for his resignation.

The person who represents us in Washington should believe that every vote counts. He (or she) should trust our courts. And when a president incites a mob and directs them to march on the U.S. Capitol, when he tells them to undermine a fair election and the peaceful transfer of power, when he tells them the Vice President and Speaker of the House should pay a price, and people die, the person who represents us in Washington should know the right thing to do and do it.

No matter what his party.

No matter whom he wishes had won.

No matter how loud the “base” is shouting in his district.

Cliff Bentz has failed every test of a statesman in one short, terrible week.
We understand that he’s new at this and that being a member of Congress is hard. The issues are complicated, and you certainly have to make a lot of difficult decisions. We know he’s never going to make everyone happy. But these were easy decisions. Bentz chose half-baked conspiracy theories over the truth, and he chose to defend a president who said he loved those angry white “patriots.” Bentz is a lawyer who took an oath to the Constitution and he should have put our democracy first.
His decisions are unforgivable.

So, Bentz has a choice. He can resign. Or, he can spend the next two years dealing with us. He can ask his staff, many who worked for Walden, about our withering daily calls, constant letters to the editors, blistering social media posts, and embarrassing rallies outside his offices. They can help him master the Waldenesque act of hiding and making sneaky trips into town to avoid us.

We’re not going anywhere. But we hope he does. We hope he goes home and lets someone with dignity and decency represent the people of District 2.

~The ORD2 Indivisible Steering Committee

Call Cliff Bentz TODAY to vote for Impeachment

Call Bentz's Washington DC number - 202 225 6730. Ask everyone in your household to call. Ask your friends who live in District 2 to call. Feel free to forward this message on to those friends.

As I'm sure you know, our newby Congressman voted last week to object to the Electoral College vote from Pennsylvania, even after the insurrection we all witnessed at the Capitol. That vote was inexcusable. There will likely be some consequences for him in District 2 as a result, but that is for a little later.

For right now, we need to demand that he vote in favor of the Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump tomorrow. Be polite but firm. Keep it simple. This is a numbers game. If enough people call, perhaps he will consider it politically in his interests to do so, because he has made it clear that his votes will be based on his own political interests. He has even less integrity that Greg Walden had. Right now, we need this to be a bi-partisan vote against Trump, and we need Bentz to help. There will be time later for Bentz to face some accountability.

Here's a sample script:

Hi, my name is _____ and I live in ____. I'm a constituent of Congressman Bentz. I'm calling today to ask that Mr Bentz vote in favor of the Article of Impeachment against Donald Trump tomorrow. The nation watched Mr Trump incite hundreds of his supporters to commit insurrection, which led to injury and death. If this is not an impeachable offense, then nothing is. I implore Mr Bentz to put aside partisan politics and do the right thing for our country.

Pre-Town Hall Prep Meeting Wednesday at 5pm

There will be a Zoom meeting to discuss topics and strategies in preparation for the Findley/Bonham town hall on Wednesday January 13th at 5 pm. See my previous POP Alert for why this is important. Here is the link to join the prep meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82922661564?pwd=YXhFRmd3Q2tNaWlkcE9hLytvS0Zldz09
Meeting ID: 829 2266 1564
Passcode: 760300

To Join By Phone, Dial 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 829 2266 1564
Passcode: 760300

Thursday January 14 at 5:30 pm is the day and time for the virtual town hall with our state legislators, Lynn Findley and Daniel Bonham. Registration is required. Here's the link to register - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wQR5LahZQO2QMCIBZi6pRQ After you register, they will send you a link to join that meeting on Thursday.

Email debiferrer@gmail.com if you have questions.

Findley and Bonham to hold virtual town hall

Mark your calendars...Thursday January 14 at 5:30 pm...for a virtual town hall with our state legislators, Lynn Findley and Daniel Bonham. Registration is required. Here's the link to register - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wQR5LahZQO2QMCIBZi6pRQ

Now is the time to start asking hard questions of our elected officials, like why they voted the way they did during the recent December special session. Below is a summary of the bills that were discussed and how they each voted. Additionally, we need to let them know that we expect them to stay and work during the upcoming legislative session. Walking out is not governing. If any of you are interested in meeting by Zoom earlier next week to come up with some good questions to ask or statements to make, email me at debiferrer@gmail.com.

Summary of their recent December votes...

HB 4401 - Findley and Bonham voted against it. It passed anyway.
Requires Housing and Community Services Department to provide distributions to certain residential landlords for unpaid rent after April 1, 2020. Requires department to report to Legislative Assembly on grants by September 15, 2021. Sunsets January 2, 2023. Extends until December 31, 2020, emergency period during which residential evictions for nonpayment are prohibited. Extends until June 30, 2021, prohibitions of terminations without cause, emergency period and repayment date for nonpayment by tenants declaring financial hardships. Extends 72- and 144-hour notices for nonpayment of rent to 10- and 13-day notices and increases penalty for landlord's retaliatory conduct until June 30, 2021. Tolls statute of limitations for residential landlords' claims for nonpayment through June 30, 2021. Declares emergency, effective on passage.https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020S3/Measures/Overview/HB4401

HB 4402 - Findley and Bonham voted yes. It passed.
Limits liability of school districts, union high schools, education service districts, public charter schools, private schools providing instruction to any grade from kindergarten through grade 12 and community colleges for certain claims arising during COVID-19 emergency period.
https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020S3/Measures/Overview/HB4402

SB 1801 - Findley No, Bonham Yes It passed.
Allows holder of full on-premises sales license to sell and deliver mixed drinks or single serving of wine in sealed containers for off-premises consumption.
https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020S3/Measures/Overview/SB1801

SB 1802 and 1803 regarding liability of hospitals and health care providers during Covid emergency period...neither bill was voted on, both were referred to general session.

SB 5731 Findley and Bonham voted yes. It passed
Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Emergency Board for allocations during current biennium
https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020S3/Measures/Overview

What Next?

Dear POPPERS,

Like many of you, what happened yesterday was not a surprise to me. We all knew what Trump was capable of when we joined Indivisible and formed POP four years ago. What WAS surprising was that so many Republicans helped him do it by promoting his fantasy that he won the election, including our own newly-elected Cliff Bentz. Mr Bentz voted to certify the AZ electoral college vote, but he voted AGAINST certifying the Pennsylvania vote last night, thereby becoming a member of the "Sedition Coalition." Perhaps he was trying to protect both flanks or just couldn't commit to a decision based on principle, as is evidenced by this interview with the Oregonian - https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2021/01/oregons-only-republican-in-c...

I am unsure of what to do next, but two things come to my mind.

First, I need your help in keeping track of any articles, FB posts or tweets, or other information about Cliff Bentz. Sign up for his congressional newsletter. Send me anything you see that we can use for an LTE and for other ways to call him out for his behavior or his votes against the interests of Oregonians. I will keep a file. Jamie McLeod-Skinner has formed a PAC intended to recruit, train and provide resources for potential rural leaders and candidates. After yesterday's vote, it's clear that Mr Bentz will be a major target for us in two years. If anyone is interested in helping on a sort of "Bentz-tracking" team, please let me know. Other groups in OR District 2 are also planning to do this, so we will likely be working with them. And of course, feel free to call his office (he's using Walden's old phone number - 202-225-6730) or email him at https://bentz.house.gov/contact. I understand several of you were unable to get through on his phone line.

Second, I'd like to do something to celebrate what we have achieved. We have much to celebrate. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take office two weeks from today. We won the Georgia Senate races and will take control of the Senate. We have accomplished our goals to DUMP TRUMP AND DITCH MITCH! I'm not sure how to do this responsibly while Wasco County is at "extremely high" risk for spread of covid. I welcome any suggestions you may have. Please email me ideas, or post them on the POP Facebook page. Next week is Indivisible's Week of Action. Perhaps we can aim for something during that week.

I welcome any other suggestions for Indivisible!

Debi Ferrer
541-980-2047
debiferrer@gmail.com

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