• Mon. June 12th: “Call Congress” Coffee Social 10:00- 11:30 am, Theo’s Coffee House, 199 W. 8th Ave, Eugene.  Join other Indivisible Eugene members in calling our MoC’s! Parking is FREE in that section of downtown. If you want help installing the 5 Calls app on your phone make sure you have your user name & password. Look for someone wearing a blue Indivisible Eugene T-shirt.
  • Tues. June 13th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene (hosted by Take Action Eugene). Join us in our weekly persistence of resistance gathering of like minded individuals. Bring your sign or use one that we have and make your resistance seen!
  • Wed. June 14th: Support Rally for Our Children’s Trust Court Hearing9:00 am – 12:00 noon Wayne Morse US Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene.  Please come and support these 21 courageous youth plaintiffs, age 9- 20, and their attorneys, as they fight for their and all kids’ healthy futures. This will be an informal rally; the youth and their attorneys will be busy inside the court where Honorable Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin will hold a case management conference in his courtroom from 10 am until noon. In the afternoon they will be meeting with the defendant’s lawyers for the rest of the day. Come early for a seat in the courtroom, or stay outside with signs, banners, etc. and let the world know you support these kids.
  • Sun. June 18th: Indivisible Eugene Hike 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Dorris Ranch loop trail 205 Dorris St, Springfield, Oregon 97477 Self-care is important for persistent resistance. This is a family- and dog-friendly hike — bring your kids and canine friends. Look for Melanie wearing an Indivisible button. Hope to see everyone there!
  • Wed. June 28th: Indivisible Eugene Informational Program 7:00 – 8:00 pm Unity of the Valley, 3912 Dillard Rd Eugene. What is Happening with Healthcare? Speaker Marty Wilde serves as the Executive Director of the Lane County Medical Society. LCMS represents 800+ physicians and promotes health in Lane County. Marty has a law degree from University of Oregon, an advanced health law degree from the University of Houston and a graduate certificate in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland. About this event: President Trump has promised to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Congressional Budget Office estimates that his plan to do so will eliminate health insurance for approximately 24 million people over the next ten years – 14 million by eliminating the Medicaid expansion and 10 million from people who will no longer be able to afford or will choose not to buy health insurance. Who wins and loses under this plan? Will it pass both Chambers of Congress?
  • Sun. August 6: General Indivisible Eugene Membership Gathering2:00-5:00 pm, Alton Baker Park.

 


 

  • Give Indivisible Eugene only three minutes of your time to help us improve. Our volunteers want to target their precious, limited efforts, and your answers to these five questions in this VERY BRIEF survey will provide guidance. It’ll takes only three minutes … or less. We promise!
  • Go to any events from above that you can. Being visible and working together is what the resistance to this regressive agenda is all about.
  • Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are gathering stories of how working families, mothers, fathers, kids and grandparents would be impacted if Trumpcare passes. Will you share your story? By sharing your stories, we can show the faces of the working families, seniors, and vulnerable Americans this health care bill would devastate. (click their names to go to their respective forms)
  • Call your Members of Congress every day! We recommend 5calls.org or Countable if you want an easy guide. This week you can join other members at Theo’s Coffee and call your MoCs. (see event above)
  • Follow our public Facebook page where you’ll find other ally events as well. We encourage you to share your thoughts and information as well.
  • Get involved with INDIVISIBLE Eugene!  If you want to help, we welcome your energy! There are lots of ways to contribute. Send an email to Member Support to let us know you’re interested in donating your time. The next step will be talking with Member Support to help you figure out which team you would like to join.

 


  • On Saturday June 3rd we hosted the Eugene National March for Truth at the Federal Courthouse which featured music, singers and speakers. The March For Truth was a grassroots, volunteer-led series of events across the country organized in order to “raise awareness” and support “truth, accountability and transparency in American Politics.” Over six hundred people gathered for our local March For Truth! It was a motivated crowd!  Thank you to all of you that joined us and to Juine Chada of Senator Ron Wyden’s staff who read a statement on his behalf. Thank you to the local political figures who also spoke, including Julie Fahey, District 14 State Representative, and Phil Carrasco and Matt Keating, who are both on the board of directors for Lane Community College. We thank the Raging Grannies and Do Mi Stauber for musical entertainment! We truly appreciate all the volunteers and ally groups that came together to make this a success.

(Click this picture to see the drone footage)

 
(Click above for full Live stream. More pictures and videos HERE)

  • On Sunday June 4th we held an Indivisible Eugene Hike at Spencer Butte. This was a family- and dog-friendly hike!  We had ten people hike with us and a very excited canine! We hope you will join us on the next one at Dorris Ranch. Melanie, on the left in the red hat, is the Indivisible Eugene volunteer who started these hikes!
  • Tuesday June 6th we hosted Resist Trump Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse. Do Mi lead us in an a cappella rendition of the Indivisible Song she wrote. Please see the bottom of this newsletter for lyrics! We made our resistance seen and heard!
  • Next Thursday we will be speaking to two ally groups: South Eugene (Cascade Manor) Indivisible, and new connection, the HOOD huddle group. They reached out to us and we have made dates to meet.
  • We will be in the Peace and Justice Booth in the Community Village at the Oregon Country Fair this year.
  • We are working on a General Membership gathering for August, during the MOCs summer recess. We will be inviting Indivisible families, so need to know if anyone would like to do face painting, balloon animals, etc. for kids’ activities.

 


  • Nomination for FBI director. After the announcement on June 7 that President Trump intends to nominate Christopher Wray to be the new FBI director, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley tweeted that Wray “doesn’t pass the test” due to his frequent donations to the GOP, his representation of Gov. Chris Christie during the “Bridgegate” scandal, and his law firm’s legal work for the Trump Trust and Russian oil companies.
    • Action: Wray’s nomination will have to be confirmed in the Senate, so contact Senators Merkley and Wyden to voice your concerns and questions.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees. On June 5 Senator Ron Wyden released a statement declaring that he would vote against the confirmations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, whom President Trump has nominated for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Wyden asserted that “Both FERC nominees failed to commit to avoiding political interference from the White House or maximizing public engagement in proposed energy projects”. Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley have urged the administration to increase bipartisanship and avoid political influence with FERC and similar commissions, but both of these nominees are Republicans.
  • Withdrawl from Paris Climate Accord. President Trump announced last Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Sen. Wyden stated that withdrawing from the Paris agreement will leave Americans sicker and poorer; Sen. Merkley and Gov. Kate Brown decried the president’s climate change move. In his newsletter, Rep. DeFazio said “You can be sure that that I will continue to fight for a strong federal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
  • U.S. Climate Alliance Governor Kate Brown announced June 5 that Oregon will join the U.S. Climate Alliance. This group, currently with 13 members, consists of states and territories whose governors have asserted that they will continue to strive towards meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement to minimize human effects on climate change, despite President Trump’s decision that the United States, unlike 194 other countries, would withdraw.
    • Action: Call Gov. Brown’s office to support her decision and Oregon’s commitment to reducing global warming.
  • More on local climate stances. Back in February, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was one of 17 governors agreeing to pursue clean energy goals. Both Gov. Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum have a good record on climate. And Eugene’s mayor Lucy Vinis was one of 246 US mayors who committed to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals.
  • Portland stabbings. Sen. Wyden visited a memorial for the Portland stabbing victims. Sen Merkley stated Trump bears some responsibility for the wave of violence.
  • Merkley and DeVos. Sen. Merkley confronted Trump’s Education Secretary DeVos about protections for LGBT students.
  • Resource: Facts about Russia ties. The Lawfare blog is maintaining a running compilation of what we know about the Trump team’s ties to Russia.
  • Resource: The Oregon legislature. What’s going on in the Oregon legislature? See Oregon State Legislature and particularly Oregon Legislative Information.

Self-Care Saturday: it’s the little things
By Pip McCormac

You can’t pour from an empty jug and by the time it gets to the weekend, your personal pitcher may need a top up. So here’s a simple self-care idea to try this weekend, something that makes you feel special, looked after, loved. It never takes very much, but if you’re kind to yourself, if you add a little extra joy by doing something unnecessarily thoughtful, the rewards will be almost limitless. At the very least, you’ll feel great.

Get some self-care socks. The fact that they’re frivolous, that they’re more pleasurable than what you’d normally wear, is where the appeal lies. Only someone that loved their toes would get themselves these socks.


Our Continued Mission:

As a local Eugene chapter of the national Indivisible movement, we stand together to support and hold our Members of Congress accountable to resist this administration’s regressive agenda. We value inclusion, fairness, and our members’ safety, and resist negative rhetoric. We get our message to our Members of Congress through our presence at Town Hall meetings, rallies at their offices, and member involvement including targeted phone calls and postcards. We are non-violent and lawful in our actions.



Click to see our Thankful Thursday article by Kristin Bruckner

“Indivisible Song” Lyrics
(Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!…)

They’re coming for our safety, they’re coming for our care
They’re coming for the water, they’re coming for the air
We could cower here in terror as the world turns upside down
We could watch them as they take democracy down

But when we rise we’re indivisible
We say Yes there will be justice in this land
They will hear us, they will see us
And the indivisible wall will stand!

Here in all our differences we raise each other’s pride
Shoulder touching shoulder we go forward with the tide
We’ll keep telling them our stories till they learn to empathize
And we won’t let them divide us with their lies

And when we rise we’re indivisible
We say Yes there will be justice in this land
They will hear us, they will see us
And the indivisible wall will stand!

© Do Mi Stauber