Alliance for Democracy

Working Families Party, Rep Schrader supports “Free Trade”; Medicare Option bill introduced in Congress.‏

Posted in Medicare Option by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 13, 2010

Want to share several items with all of you. 
 
1. The Working Families Party of Oregon is having kind of a kick off event on Tuesday, March 30.  Details below.
2. Rep. Schrader is supporting free trade agreements, saying recently that he supports the Bush negoitated “free trade” agreement with Korea. Please call or write his office and ask him not to support free trade agreements. Remind him of all the labor support he received during his campaign.
3.  US Representive Grayson has introduced HB 4789 during the past week which would allow anyone, including those younger than 65, to buy into Medicare.  This would be a step closer to a Healthcare For All, single payer system.  Details below; call your representitive or go to their offices and state you support for this bill. 

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter, 503.232.5495


1.
You are invited to the first Oregon Working Families Party meeting of 2010. Since fusion voting passed in July of last year, we have been working hard to make the promise of the WFP real, and we want you to be a part of it. We will be having meetings around the State over the next few months, but we’re starting in Portland on March 30.

So, please join us at the Kennedy School on Tuesday, March 30th, at 6:00 PM, for discussion about the issue campaigns we are working on, our voter registration drive, and our plans to take full advantage of the first year of fusion voting in Oregon. Most importantly, please join us for the socializing (and even dancing if you are so inclined) that will follow as soon as the business wraps up.

What: Party for the Party! Portland Area WFP Meeting (and party!)
When: Tuesday, March 30th, 6:00 PM
Where: The Kennedy School Gym, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland (at Jessup St)

Please RSVP by replying to this email. And please share this invitation with your friends, especially folks who are interested to learn more about the WFP. We’ve included a sample email invitation below.
 
See you on the 30th!

Barbara Dudley and Dave Strader
Oregon WFP Co-chairs

P.S. Online voter registration is here, which means you can join the Working Families Party in two minutes if you have your drivers license. Just go to www.oregonvotes.org and click the button that says “register now!”

Sample Invite Email

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Subject: Party for the Party!
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Dear friends,

I want to let you know about an event coming up. On Tuesday, March 30th, at 6:00 PM, the Working Families Party is having its first meeting (and party) of the year. The WFP is a new political party here in Oregon that’s fighting for issues that all of us care about, like good jobs, good schools, and healthcare for all. Come learn more about the most exciting new political party on the scene, and stick around for the party as soon as the business wraps up!

What: Party for the Party! Portland Area WFP Meeting (and party!)
When: Tuesday, March 30th, 6:00 PM
Where: The Kennedy School Gym, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland (at Jessup St)

To RSVP, email info@oregonwfp.org. And check out their website at www.OregonWFP.org.
 
I’m going to be there, and I hope you will too!


2.

Ask Congressman Schrader to Stop Supporting Trade Deals that Offshore Oregon Jobs
Oregon can’t afford any more business-as-usual trade agreements that send local jobs overseas…
  • Trade policies like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) force local employers to compete with companies that take advantage of sweatshop working conditions overseas
  • Since the mid-1990s, approximately 75,000 Oregonians have lost jobs under these policies, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data conducted by the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
  • Job losses have primarily been in the manufacturing, forest products and agricultural sectors, but are increasingly also being seen in “white collar” service sectors of the economy
  • A 2008 analysis of state employment data found than an additional 279,000 Oregon jobs are now vulnerable to offshoring
  • Offshoring also puts a downward pressure on the wages and benefits of jobs that are left, costing most American households an average of $2,560 each year
Recently, Congressman Schrader said he wants to expand free trade agreements into new countries like South Korea, and that he opposes trade reform policies like the TRADE Act that would allow local employers to compete on a level playing field.
Please call Congressman Schrader today at (503) 588-9100 and leave a message letting him know you want him to stop supporting job-killing trade agreements.  3.
We have a very important and extraordinary mission for you, on which our entire democracy may depend. We are asking all our participants in OR-03 to personally visit their local congressional district office to pressure them for what YOU really want in health care reform, and here’s why: 

There is a brilliant and simple idea on the table for real health care reform, which is to let people younger than 65 buy into Medicare, which would strengthen Medicare, and at the same time give us all a better deal for our health care dollar as well. It’s being called “The Medicare Option”, and we must demand this as an iron clad condition of the passage of any other health care bill. 

Representative Alan Grayson introduced it as HR4789 a couple days ago, it already has 64 sponsors in the House, and there is a movement building to pass it NOW, as the REAL fix for the health care reconciliation they are talking about. 

But in particular House member Earl Blumenauer, YOUR own  representative in the OR-03 congressional district, was one of 60 who had already signed a letter a number of months ago, not asking, but demanding that, 

“any legislation that moves forward through both chambers, and into a final proposal for the President’s signature, MUST contain a public option.” 

The capital letters “MUST” in the quote above are not ours, they are from the original. And the fact is, there has never been a real public option EXCEPT for Medicare. And that is why we are asking you to get out of your chair as early this week as possible, and go down to one of these offices and press the people’s case, and in particular to press Representative Earl Blumenauer, to honor the stand they took on this issue, and to pass a real public option, “The Medicare Option”. 

Portland Office, 729 N.E. Oregon Street, Suite 115, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503-231-2300, Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm (open to appointments also) 
We called all the district offices and asked them if they had “open” office hours and when they were. So unless there are some special notes above you should just be able to drop in and ask to speak to someone. The most important thing is that we have a parade of people showing up at their door so THEY know the people are ON this. The fact that you took the time to go there in person lets them know we are really serious about this. 

You certainly should be able to make an appointment too if you like, but time is of the essence. We have to make an impact the first couple days of this coming week. And if they won’t give you an appointment, or try to tell you it’s not necessary, you must tell them politely, no, no, no, it IS necessary, and go down their anyway, if only to leave a copy of the letter referred to above which they had endorsed. And you can print out the first page of that letter from this link. 

http://firedoglake.com/files/1/files//2009/08/sec-sebelius-ltr-081709.pdf

If they try to tell you that “they” don’t have the votes, you can politely but firmly say, “Have the member of Congress speak for themselves. When they take a strong position like this will they stand by it when it really counts or not? And if not, why would we believe they would EVER actually fight for us when it matters?” 

If they try to tell you The Medicare Option can be passed later, you must tell them, “No, no, no, we have the LEVERAGE now, a temporary window through it can be done with 51 votes. Unless it is done now, it will just sit on the shelf for years like HR676, and it will never be brought up again, and we the people KNOW it.” This is our one and only chance and we must prevail. 


 
So please print out the letter from the link above as evidence, bring it with you, and demand The Medicare Option be incorporated immediately into the reconciliation bill for a fair up or down vote. Only you as a local constituent in OR-03 can apply the pressure to hold your representative to account to honor their stand. You and only YOU can make an incredible difference in the next couple days, and literally change the course of American political history. 

We are the leaders we have been waiting for. When the people lead the politicians will follow. Round up all your friends and go down there together. Forward this letter to everyone else you know in the district so they can do the same thing. We are the heroes we have been waiting for. Be that hero now, and make your presence felt in your local district office. We must have The Medicare Option now!  
Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible. 

If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so at http://www.millionfaxmarch.com/in.htm

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