MISSION: Inspired by Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda and the Indivisible on Offense guide, we are uniting folks in Oregon’s 4th & 5th congressional districts to defeat the right-wing agenda. We are fighting for a better and more just future for all, today and every day.
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SCOTUS IS OUT OF CONTROL!!!! WIN THE MIDTERMS, THEN EXPAND AND RE-BALANCE IT!
THE STOLEN, RADICAL “SUPREME” COURT HAS OVERTURNED ROE V. WADE—ALLOWING STATE ABORTION BANS WITH NO EXCEPTIONS FOR RAPE OR TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER!
THESE EXTREMISTS HAVE ALSO GUTTED THE EPA’S ABILITY TO REGULATE CLIMATE CHANGE, INTERFERED WITH SENSIBLE GUN LAWS, AND NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL TAKE A CASE THAT WILL LIKELY HAND PARTISAN STATE LEGISLATURES ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER VOTING FOR FEDERAL ELECTIONS IN THEIR STATES, WITH NO RECOURSE TO STATE COURTS OR CONSTITUTIONS! TRUMPISTS CONTROL LEGISLATURES IN 30 STATES, SO THIS WOULD MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR DEMOCRATS TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, EFFECTIVELY IMPOSING A ONE-PARTY SYSTEM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL! WE ARE LOOKING AT THE ABSOLUTE DESTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY AND FREE ELECTIONS WITHIN A YEAR!
WE NEED AN ENGAGED PUBLIC TO STAND UP AND SAY, ENOUGH! WE NEED EVERYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THESE DECISIONS TO MAKE THEIR PRESENCE FELT AT THE BALLOT BOX IN NOVEMBER! AND ONCE WE WIN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, WE MUST PUSH RELENTLESSLY FOR CONGRESS TO EXPAND THE COURT AND RESTORE BALANCE!!!! NOTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES THE COURT TO BE SET AT 9 MEMBERS!
EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PROTECT THEIR BASIC INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS NEEDS TO GET ENGAGED, RIGHT NOW, IN ELECTING CANDIDATES WHO WILL DO SO! HARNESS YOUR RAGE TO PRODUCTIVE ACTION!
While it won’t all happen overnight—these things rarely do—this dangerous and radical court is quickly rolling back all the gains in individual rights over the last 60+ years. And by the time we realize how much freedom we’ve lost, there may not be much we can do about it within the legal confines they’re imposing. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. WE ARE AT THE POINT, RIGHT NOW, WHERE A FREE SOCIETY TIPS INTO FASCISM. THE SUPREME COURT IS ATTEMPTING TO IMPOSE THEOCRACY ON THE REST OF US. IT MUST BE STOPPED.
In order to get politicians who will vote to CODIFY ROE V. WADE with national legislation and PROTECT OUR RIGHTS to privacy and control over our own bodies—as well as protecting our right to FREE elections nationwide, and our right to regulate big business to protect our climate, environment, safety and future—WE MUST VOTE. WE MUST USE OUR RIGHTS TO THE FULLEST IMAGINABLE EXTENT, OR LOSE THEM. WE MUST VOTE FOR, RELENTLESSLY CAMPAIGN FOR, AND DONATE HEAVILY TO PRO-CHOICE, PRO-DEMOCRACY POLITICIANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AT ALL LEVELS. We must have a decisive majority of the U.S. House in pro-choice hands. We must have a Senate with enough GENUINELY PRO-CHOICE and PRO-DEMOCRACY members to break (or vote to abolish) the filibuster, so national legislation protecting our right to choose and right to vote can pass, and so we can expand and re-balance the sick joke of a scotus that is now gleefully stomping its boot on our necks. The current razor-thin Democratic “majorities” are not enough; we need greater numbers of solidly, reliably pro-choice and pro-democracy politicians (and politicians who support expanding the court) in both houses! We must FIGHT BACK WITH EVERYTHING WE HAVE against these extremist, authoritarian rulings and their enablers, AND WORK HARD to elect a WAVE of pro-choice politicians into solid majorities to protect all our rights. We must retake not only Congress, but statehouses and governorships across the country.
Obstructionists such as Manchin or Sinema, masquerading under the “Democratic” label without being willing to take any practical action to protect our rights, must be made irrelevant by greater numbers of genuinely pro-choice and pro-democracy senators, so the obstructionists’ votes are no longer needed.
Electing GREATER MAJORITIES in a BLUE HOUSE AND SENATE will make it easier to expand the Supreme Court—as will be necessary to prevent it from imposing a radical right-wing agenda—and more difficult for trumpists to steal the next presidential election, as they will doubtless try to do in 2024. We must, at all costs, keep the White House in Democratic hands in 2024, to prevent anti-choice zealots from appointing any more Supreme Court justices. The vicious extremists on the current Court have lost the last shred of their legitimacy and the trust of the public.
THE TIME TO FIGHT BACK IS NOW. THE ELECTION IS IN NOVEMBER.
LET’S GET IT.
Latest actions from Indivisible Oregon, updated frequently:
Volunteer for the Democratic candidate for our local U.S. House District 4, Val Hoyle!
Volunteer for the Democratic candidate for local U.S. House District 5, Jamie Mcleod-Skinner!
Volunteer for Tina Kotek, Oregon’s Democratic candidate for Governor!
She’s in a tight 3-way race with a Republican and a right-wing, anti-gun safety “independent” who’s outspending her. DON’T TAKE THIS RACE FOR GRANTED!!!! https://www.tinafororegon.com/get-involved/
Volunteer for and donate to Secretary of State campaigns across the country, especially in swing states!
Secretaries of State across the country oversee elections in their states, and can have huge impacts on how votes are counted (and whose vote is counted)—and trumpists intent on stealing the next election are DRASTICALLY outraising Democrats—$33 million to $4 million so far in 2022. https://thehill.com/…/589480-secretary-of-state-races…
PLEASE DONATE TO AND/OR VOLUNTEER FOR SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE COMMITTED TO DEMOCRACY AND SUPPORT OF VOTING RIGHTS–NOT TO THROWING OUT RESULTS THEY DON’T LIKE ON BEHALF OF THE TRUMPIST PERSONALITY CULT. Secretaries of State are a last line of defense for democracy, and we MUST NOT let trumpists corrupt these offices and use them to do what they failed to do on January 6th. Please donate as often as you possibly can. But don’t forget that volunteer time–phonebanking, textbanking, and reaching out to your friends in the relevant states—is even more valuable than donation dollars.
Control of state legislatures will also play a big role in determining voting rules and procedures in the 2024 election! Donate to the DLCC (Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee) to boost Dems in state legislatures around the country!
Donate to tight Senate races to defend and expand our majority, so we can abolish or overcome the filibuster, and protect democracy and our right to choose!
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—Ron Wyden (OR’s U.S. Senate seat): https://secure.actblue.com/donate/stand-with-ron-wyden
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DEMAND FULL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE JAN. 6TH COUP ATTEMPT!
-Remember each trumpist who voted against accountability for a violent coup, and let’s WORK LIKE HELL to flip their seats this year!
– Demand that Congress use the 14th Amendment to ban trump and other insurrectionists from ever holding public office again. Help others to do the same. Every single day.
After trump’s incitement of a VIOLENT ASSAULT AND COUP ATTEMPT AGAINST CONGRESS, he has been impeached a second time, but acquitted by depraved cult followers in the Senate. He MUST NOT BE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE EVER AGAIN! Contact your Senators NOW and DEMAND THAT THEY BAN TRUMP FROM EVER HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE IN THE FUTURE!
“Seven races that could decide the Senate majority,” go HERE
”Seven races that could determine control of the House,” go HERE
—Further info on the upcoming scotus case likely to impose the “independent state legislature” doctrine and make it impossible for Democrats to win the presidency in the electoral college:
The Supreme Court is poised to cut the heart out of majority rule.
“If the court’s conservatives adopt the independent state legislature theory, they would be making up law to create an outcome of one-party rule.
The Supreme Court’s extremist justices are aiming their next dagger at the heart of the entire democratic enterprise: voters’ right to pick leaders of their choice.
The Supreme Court’s extremist justices are aiming their next dagger at the heart of the entire democratic enterprise: voters’ right to pick leaders of their choice.
On Thursday, the court announced that it will hear Moore vs. Harper, a North Carolina case involving gerrymandered congressional district maps drawn by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature. Those maps would probably give Republicans control of 11 of 14 congressional districts in the state.
North Carolina’s Supreme Court rejected the maps because they violated the state Constitution in illegally favoring Republicans. While the Moore case involves legislative districts, how we choose presidents is in the court’s sights. More on that in a moment.
In Moore, Republican state legislators petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court, advancing a debunked right-wing doctrine innocuously labeled the “independent state legislature” theory. It maintains that state courts can play no role in overseeing their legislatures in federal election matters.
Hence, according to this baseless notion, state legislatures can do whatever they want in manipulating elections no matter how extreme the results — principles of voter equality and fairness be damned, along with the state’s constitution, its governor and its courts.
Four justices — Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh — had previously signaled support for this idea. One more justice would provide a majority to give state legislatures absolute control of electoral votes in presidential elections.
One of the two constitutional provisions the independent legislature theory purports to rely on is directly at issue in the Moore case. The Constitution’s elections clause provides: “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.”
Yet in North Carolina, the Legislature itself expressly specified that the “manner” of holding elections would include the state courts’ final authority to overturn improper districting decisions. The state’s General Assembly has even detailed the findings courts must make, how and where such challenges must proceed, and the courts’ authority to impose an alternative map. Using the independent legislature idea to throw aside North Carolina’s election law would, therefore, violate the elections clause itself.
And even in states whose legislatures haven’t specifically assigned their courts a role in elections, any ruling granting legislators alone unfettered election authority would contradict our whole constitutional scheme. It would rip all 50 state legislatures from their moorings in the state constitutions that create those legislatures and limit their authority within three branches of state government. Such a holding would commandeer states’ constitutions, the ultimate repository of the power the 10th Amendment “reserves to the States respectively, or to the people.”
No less fundamental, the U.S. Constitution’s Article IV guarantees each state “a republican form of government.” In a republic, the people elect their representatives to make the law. That fundamental principle would lose all meaning if the Supreme Court decided to shred state constitutional provisions governing state election laws.
Going into this November’s elections, 30 state legislatures are firmly in Republican hands, including in most of the battleground states that determine presidential election outcomes. Adopting the independent state legislature theory would amount to right-wing justices making up law to create an outcome of one-party rule.
Take Arizona. In 2015, a 5-4 Supreme Court decision upheld the state’s nonpartisan redistricting system, which voters adopted by initiative, empowering an independent body to draw electoral districts. Now, under the independent legislature theory, the court could strike down Arizona’s nonpartisan scheme because the state’s Constitution allowed voters to make election law.
Next look at Pennsylvania, a key battleground state. In March, the Supreme Court declined to block a Pennsylvania state court decision striking down Republican-drawn gerrymandered congressional maps. If the conservative justices adopt the independent legislature idea, such long-standing oversight would be stripped from the state’s courts.
Constitutional textualists such as former federal judge J. Michael Luttig, the preeminent conservative jurist, already see what lies ahead.
Luttig recently wrote that the pushers of this debunked theory would also seek to apply it to presidential elections to “‘steal’ from Democrats the presidential election in 2024.” Those pressing the idea claim that state legislators may ignore the people’s vote — not to mention the state judiciary and state election procedures that the legislators have themselves enacted into law — because the Constitution’s electors clause directs each state to “appoint” electors “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.”
Our freedom to govern ourselves is at stake if the conservative justices embrace this theory.
One possible defense is for Congress to enact the John L. Lewis Voting Rights Act, which could be invoked to defeat the way the independent legislature theory disenfranchises the state’s people. Arizonans and West Virginians must prevail on Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin to end their resistance to eliminating the filibuster on that bill. The Constitution gives Congress the power to set elections rules nationally for federal elections, no matter what any renegade state legislature might try to do.
Voters can also elect state legislators committed to respecting the will of their constituents, regardless of the gimmicks dangled in front of them by autocrats posing as lawyers.
Keeping our power as citizens to choose our leaders and keeping our republic are one and the same. We need to recognize the great peril we now face and speak out fiercely against what we can foresee unfolding in state legislatures and on the Supreme Court.”
Laurence H. Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University professor emeritus at Harvard Law School. Dennis Aftergut, a former federal prosecutor, is currently of counsel to Lawyers Defending American Democracy.
“The Supreme Court Case Voting Rights Experts Say Could Bring Chaos to Elections,” go HERE.
”Expand radical supreme court to save America,” go HERE
“Arizona Democrats censure Sinema for blocking voting rights bill,” go HERE
“American Democracy Is tottering. It’s not clear American Care, ” go HERE
“Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun,” go HERE
Our State & Federal Delegation Contacts:
Sen. Merkley D.C. office: (202) 224-3753
Sen. Wyden D.C. office: (202) 224-5244
Rep. Schrader D.C. office: (202) 225-5711
Rep. DeFazio D.C. office: (202) 225-6416
U.S. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121.
Sen. Sara Gelser: 503-986-1708 https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gelser
Rep. Dan Rayfield: 503-986-1416 https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/rayfield
Governor Kate Brown: 503-378-4582 https://www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/contact.aspx
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Indivisible on Offense: https://indivisible.org/resource/indivisible-offense-introduction
Indivisible state-by-state: https://indivisible.org/resource/indivisible-states-introduction