Update on the Presidential Election and the Supreme Court Crisis
We will start the meeting at 6 pm sharp, so please make sure you arrive before then.
Our agenda will begin with Ann Schwartz of Flip the West. The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club is teaming up with Flip the West and Commit to Flip Blue for a phone bank focused on flipping U.S. Senate seats, every Wednesday 3 to 5 pm Pacific Time Zone now until the November 3 election. The Senate is key to promoting racial justice, protecting the courts, healthcare, the environment, and many other critical issues.
We will then hear from Lynn Mueller of Indivisible Berkeley on how to become further engaged with phone banking efforts to take back the White House, U.S. Senate, and hold onto the U.S. House. Indivisible Berkeley targets voters in Michigan, Arizona, and in California’s 10th congressional district, U.S. Representative Josh Harder’s district. Indivisible Berkeley is doing three phone banks each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday and more often during GOTV, beginning in mid-October this year. We encourage volunteers to sign up for phone banks as early as possible as voting is beginning in some swing states.
We will hear from the East Bay chapter of Swing Left on phone banking efforts into calling key Super State voters to make sure they turn out to vote.
Next, we will turn our attention to an update on the new Supreme Court crisis’ presidential election. We will hear from Rose Mendelsohn of Bay Resistance and Seed the Vote, and Max Elbaum of Organizing Upgrade.
Then, we will focus on the fight at home with statewide ballot propositions and local ballot measures. We will talk about Oakland Measure RR with Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb and Alameda County Measure W with Sharon Cornu and Keara O’Doherty. Additionally, we will focus on California Proposition 14 – Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative, Proposition 19 – Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment, and Proposition 24 – Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative.
Last week, we lost a living legend. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, died on Friday, September 18, 2020, at 87. ”The Notorious R.B.G.,” as she was respectfully dubbed, was a trailblazer in many regards and ardent defender of gender equality and women’s rights. Undoubtedly, Justice Ginsburg will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history.
With the tragic loss of Justice Ginsburg, the stakes for the November 3, 2020, general election are vital. The balance of the Supreme Court in jeopardy. The issues we are about are at stake: voting rights, police accountability, abortion rights, campaign finance reform, workers’ rights, health care, LGBTQIA+ rights, climate change, environmental rights, gun safety, and more.
We must continue our fight for a better society. We must continue to fight for someone we don’t know. Another world is possible. Let’s build it together.
This coming Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 6 pm, we will plug you into the fight to save our democracy. With only six weeks out until Election Day, we need all hands on deck.