• Sun. June 18th: Indivisible Eugene Hike 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 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!
  • Tues. June 20th: Resist Trump Tuesday “Save the ACA12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene  This Tuesday’s rally theme is “Don’t You Dare Touch My Care”, in opposition to the repeal/replace of the ACA. This critical issue will impact all of us in some way.
  • Wed. June 21st: Pink the Night Out 8:00 – 9:00 pm Planned Parenthood Eugene-Springfield Health Center, 3579 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, Oregon 97403 Please join us for a “Pink the Night Out” sunset rally. Wear pink to show your support! This month, we’re putting it all on the line, turning up the heat, and lighting the world PINK! As momentum heats up in the Senate to move a dangerous “defunding” measure forward quickly, now is the moment for Planned Parenthood supporters to show up and pink the night out to show Congress we will not stand by and watch services be stripped from our communities. Join us to light the night sky with pink lights, to hear from patients who would be directly affected and to demand that Congress protects access to care at Planned Parenthood and oppose Trumpcare.
    Parking will be limited. We encourage you to ride the EmX, which stops right in front of the health center. Or you can “pink out” your bike and ride over to the rally!
  • Sun. June 25th: Queer & Trans Pride March and Celebration 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Park Blocks 8TH Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97401  United FRONT’s Trans Justice Campaign is organizing a Pride event that strives to be inclusive of all of the queer and trans community! We will have a couple of speakers, march in the streets for liberation for all, and return to the park blocks for a community celebration! (Hosted by United Front: Families Resisting & Organizing Nonviolently Together)
  • Wed. June 28th: Health Care Policy Primer 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?
  • Wed. July 12th: Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.
  • Sun. August 6: General Indivisible Eugene Membership Gathering2:00-5:00 pm, Alton Baker Park, Eugene.

 


 

  • 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. 
  • TIMELINE: The Senate GOP’s plan is to pass this bill FAST—by June 30. Call your MoCs daily until TrumpCare is brought down.
  • If you post healthcare stories on Twitter & Facebook use the #paybackproject tag to get them posted at paybackproject.org
  • 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 Monday June 12th we had our first  “Call Congress” Coffee Social at Theo’s Coffee House. We hope to make this a reoccurring event soon so keep an eye out in this newsletter and on FaceBook!
  • On Tuesday June 13th we joined Take Action Eugene in another Resist Trump Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse.  We will be seen and heard until this regressive agenda stops!
  • 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.

 


  • Verify First Act. On Tuesday our Rep. Peter DeFazio voted to support the Verify First Act. National Indivisible had recommended against this bill, calling it an anti-ACA and anti-immigrant bill: it will deprive eligible immigrant families, including those with citizen kids, from accessing the ACA, and it will hurt the ACA by keeping young healthy immigrants from participating in the marketplaces.
    • Action: If you find this problematic, contact Rep. DeFazio by phone (541-465-6732) or email.
  • Financial Choice Act. On June 8 the House of Representatives voted to pass HR 10, which will weaken many of the consumer protections enacted with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Called the “Financial Choice Act”, Sen. Jeff Merkley has dubbed it the “Wrong Choice Act” and asserts that if passed by the Senate as well it would lead to another Great Recession. The New York Times reports that the Act is expected to receive significant opposition and/or revision in the Senate. Oregon’s Rep. Peter DeFazio did not vote on this bill.
    • Action: Contact him by phone (541-465-6732) or email to find out why not and make your opinions known. And contact Sen. Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden to tell them how you want them to vote when the bill is heard in the Senate.
  • SWAMP Act. California Rep. Ted Lieu introduced the SWAMP Act (HR 2414) last month. Among other things, this bill limits Presidential expenses on travel which has been an issue of concern to many taxpayers as President Trump makes frequent weekend trips to Florida yet advocates cutting allocations for various programs and agencies. Lieu’s bill has 18 co-sponsors, but Oregon’s Peter DeFazio isn’t one of them. Call his office (541-465-6732) or send him an email to find out why not and offer your opinions.
  • Worker’s bill of rights. Last month Pres. Trump’s administration issued a letter announcing their intention to re-negotiate NAFTA. Rep. Peter DeFazio released a statement on June 12 noting that he’s been fighting against NAFTA regulations for decades. He urged the administration to consider the points made in the “Worker’s Bill of Rights” (House Resolution 132) that he introduced in the House in February which would increase parity in member nations’ adherence to environmental, safety, and labor standards, as well as including rules preventing currency manipulation. DeFazio sent his recommendations to the U.S. Trade Representative, which is conducting a public comment period. You can contact them at correspondence@ustr.eop.gov.
  • Net neutrality. Senator Wyden recently spoke against the expected move by the FCC to roll back the title II classification of internet service, commonly referred to as “net neutrality”. John Oliver recently released a “Last Week Tonight” segment explaining the proposed changes, while this article covers the history of internet regulation in more detail. The FCC has received approximately five million comments about this so far, and comments are still being accepted. Additionally, groups such as the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Greenpeace are coordinating with companies including Amazon and Etsy for an upcoming day of action” on  July 12th.
  • Honoring the Portland good samaritans. The Senate passed a joint resolution honoring Rick Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and David-Cole Fletcher, who were recently attacked in Portland. The Eugene Weekly and The Portland Tribune describe the resolution, while video of Senator Wyden’s comments about this can be viewed on KOBI.
  • Resources: how to fight Trumpcare. The national Indivisible group reports that a Senate vote on the American Healthcare Act (“Trumpcare”) is expected during the last week of June. In response, they have published this action plan, which encourages coordinated calls and letters, as well as these sample scripts. Wall-of-us outlines similar actions and provides this contact list for Senators in key states.
  • Resource: GOP and climate science. Following Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, this article, How GOP leaders came to view climate science as fake news, ran as the headline story of the New York Times on Sunday, June 4th.
  • Resource: On resisting Donald Trump, and what comes after. Public radio’s On Point did a comprehensive and instructive program on Naomi Klein’s Call For An Unapologetic Trump Resistance.
  • Resource: Helpful quote. “In the end, the Resistance must be bigger than impeachment; it must be about political realignment. It must be built upon solid rock of principle and not hang solely on the slender hope of expulsion.This is a long game and will not come to an abrupt conclusion. Perseverance must be the precept; lifelong commitment must be the motto.” — Charles Blow

Consider joining or forming a Self-Help Group (SHG).
It may be easier to stay focused on self-care when you’re not going it alone.
You can find more information about this idea HERE.


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.


“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