ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

Trump needs to go. His destructive handling of George Floyd’s death and COVID-19 are hurting all of us every day. This on top of refusing to protect our elections, cozying up to Russia, massive grifting, tragic harm to immigrants and repeated dictatorial power grabs. I ask my elected official to call for his resignation and removal—loudly and repeatedly. Thank you.

ACTION Two: CALL YOUR House reps

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SAMPLE SCRIPTs FOR Representatives:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

Trump needs to go. His destructive handling of George Floyd’s death and COVID-19 are hurting all of us every day. This on top of refusing to protect our elections, cozying up to Russia, massive grifting, tragic harm to immigrants and repeated dictatorial power grabs. I ask my elected official to call for his resignation and removal—loudly and repeatedly. Thank you.

ACTION THREE: Donate to Bail Funds

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Background:

Demonstrators against racism and police violence are putting themselves at great risk. Besides facing more violence, they also face catching COVID-19. Remember that emergency?

Trump’s failure to lead and protect us from COVID-19, his cruelty, amorality and incompetence, are so painfully obvious. Countries rich and poor, with different forms of governance, tightly packed cities or sprawling farmlands have contained the virus’s spread without destroying their economies or killing 100,000 people. 

Past experience with SARS made a big difference. The populations understood the value of staying at home, social distancing, wearing facemasks, and handwashing. Leadership was another important factor. All these countries had leaders who modeled those protections themselves:

  • Hong Kong: densely populated, next door to China. 1,100 confirmed cases and four deaths. Average 1 case a day.
  • Taiwan: 450 cases and seven deaths.
  • Singapore: just over 35,000 cases and 24 deaths. 
  • New Zealand: 1200 cases, 22 deaths.
  • Germany: 184,000 cases, 8,600 deaths, most between mid-March and mid-April. 

Now let’s contemplate Trump’s response…..

Is there any doubt that he must go? We must not give up stating the obvious to politicians who refuse to see. Call our MoCs. Call friends in other states. Call for Trump to resign.

 

Sources: 

The Atlantic, April 20, 2020: “The Secret to Germany’s COVID-19 Success: Angela Merkel Is a Scientist” https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/04/angela-merkel-germany-coronavirus-pandemic/610225/  

Science Magazine, May 26, 2020: “Japan ends its COVID-19 state of emergency”  https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/japan-ends-its-covid-19-state-emergency  

The Atlantic, May 6, 2020: “What’s Behind South Korea’s COVID-19 Exceptionalism?”https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/whats-south-koreas-secret/611215/

Medium, June 1, 2020: “What We Can Learn From South Korea’s Coronavirus Response” https://elemental.medium.com/what-we-can-learn-from-south-koreas-coronavirus-response-97a4db5c9fef