As elders with a strong sense of history, we actively promote peace, social and economic justice, and environmental sustainability.
    

What's Happening Now...

We will all be taking a short breather to recoup from the election frenzy... but we'll be watching closely for developing events in case we need to rally folks to come out and protest.

  • See our Post-Election Update (next section)
  • Remember that Resist Trump Tuesday's still continue (below).

Photo from the Protect Mueller emergency rally Thursday November 9. Four hundred folks turned out on short notice.
Photo courtesy of Indivisible Bend.

Post-Election Update

So what just happened?  At the national level The Blue Wave was just that.  A wave but not the tsunami that some of us hoped for.  While the Democrats took the House, they lost seats in the Senate. In Oregon people elected Kate Brown as governor and gave the Democrats supermajorities in the House and Senate. This is great news, both for labor and education. Oregonians also soundly defeated ballot measures that would have eliminated our status as a sanctuary state, limited women’s right to choose, and embedded a tax break for corporations into the constitution.   Bend also chose great people for mayor and city council.  We send our cheers and best wishes to the winners we supported: Barb Campbell, Gena Goodman-Campbell, and Sally Russell.
 
But outside the cities the Blue Wave was met by rural Oregon’s Red Sea. Deschutes County now has three Republican supervisors, and Walden is still our Congressman.  Jamie ran an excellent ground game, and did better than anyone else who has run against Walden, but eastern Oregon is still deeply Republican.
 
We can take heart that in Deschutes County, 72.1% of registered voters voted. That is a great turnout for a midterm election, and the highest percent of any county with 100,000 or more residents. And Jamie beat Walden by 628 votes, the first time a Democratic candidate has beaten him here.  This is thanks in large part to the work of The Vocal Seniority and Indivisible Bend, and the incredible support team that Jamie built. 
 
Traditionally, a significantly higher percentage of Republicans vote in midterm elections.  This year in Oregon 79.8% of registered Democrats voted, compared to 79.6% of Republicans. Unaffiliated voters were at 45.3%.
 
There is more good news. Across the country, a less visible but very important change took place at the state level.  Republicans have long dominated governorships and state legislatures, which has allowed them to gerrymander voting districts and suppress minority voting in egregious ways.  Democrats just flipped seven governorships and gained total control of thirteen more state legislatures.  It is critical that this trend continue because, in 2020, state legislatures will draw up voting districts based on the new census. We have to stop their gerrymandering and voter suppression.
 
The Vocal Seniority is not going away. To paraphrase The Lone Ranger, our work is not done here. We need to maintain our strong activism --  to raise “cane.”   Trump, of course, makes this easy.  At the same time, we need to find ways to communicate with people in eastern Oregon’s Red Sea.  About half the people in Walden’ district are living at or below the poverty level. We have to find common ground with these people.  We need to convince them that we are not their enemy, and that they are often voting against their own self-interest. We all want affordable health care, economic security, safe schools, and meaningful employment. The Republicans, beholden to their wealthy donors, have no intention of delivering these basics.
 
An example of our staying power was the rally at Peace Corner on Thursday night (November 8).  Exhausted from the election, with freezing temperatures and only a day’s notice, 401 people showed up.
 
And look at the wonderful community of like-minded people we have become!! Who knew that Bend had so many committed activists?  We can make activism fun!!
 
Barring Trump’s making an overt move to shut down the Mueller investigation, we are taking a short intermission between now and the new year.  A that time we will send a survey out to you, asking for direction in the coming year.
 
Happy Holidays!  Or, for those of you who watch Fox News, Merry Christmas!!

Resist Trump Tuesday

Where:  Peace Corner (Wall & Greenwood)
When: Tuesday, November 20, 11:30-12:30

Where do we even START?? There are so many things upsetting about the Trump administration that one just start anywhere. Come join us on Peace Corner and keep the Trump madness in the minds of our fellow citizens.

Important Reminder: 
We may be an unruly lot at times, but we must remain a peaceful one. Please DO NOT ENGAGE with any counter-protesters that may be present. There’s plenty of room for all.