- Sun. June 25th: Queer & Trans Pride March and Celebration, 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Park Blocks, 8th Ave, Eugene. 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)
- Mon. June 26th: “Call Congress” Coffee, 10:00- 11:30 am, Theo’s Coffee House, 199 W. 8th Ave, Eugene. Join other Indivisible Eugene members in calling our Members of Congress! 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. (Hosted by Indivisible Eugene)
- Tues. June 27th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene (Hosted by Take Action Eugene)
- 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? (Hosted by Indivisible Eugene)
- Thurs. June 29th: Indivisible Eugene Open Meeting/ Potluck, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Drinking Gourd Elementary School, 2809 Shirley St, Eugene, Oregon 97404, No-pressure potluck (bring a dish if you can, if you can’t don’t worry about it.) Let’s come together for some mutual support. You can come see what Indivisible Eugene is up to and enjoy the company of a great group of people that care about what’s happening in the world. If you plan to come, help us out by clicking the “Going” button on the link above so we can get an idea of the number of people planning to come. Thanks! This location is ADA accessible. Please let us know if you have other needs. If you have questions or need more information you can call: 541-510-6450
- Sat. July 8th: Ron Wyden Town Hall, 11:00 – 1:00 pm, Springfield High School Gym, 875 7th St , Springfield. Join Indivisible Eugene and local constituents at Senator Ron Wyden’s town hall at the Springfield High School gym! Bring your questions! Feel free to add your questions to this event listing and we will add them to our question suggestion sheet.
- 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.
- Attend and/or share any events from above that you can. Being visible, creating a community and working together is what the resistance to this regressive agenda is all about!
- 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 Sunday June 18th we hosted a hike at the Dorris Ranch loop trail in Springfield. It was a beautiful day for a hike and socializing. We hope to see you at a future one.
- On Tuesday June 20th we hosted the Resist Trump Tuesday “Save the ACA” at our normal place in front of the Federal Courthouse. The rally theme was “Don’t You Dare Touch My Care,” in opposition to the repeal/replace of the ACA. This critical issue has never been more important as the Senate comes closer to a possible vote this coming week. We had lots of friendly faces there as well as a few new ones. Once again the feedback we get is overwhelmingly positive from the drivers as well as our MoC’s. They want the Resistance to last so come every week you can! Please share as well!
- On Wednesday June 21st we attended and live-streamed the “Pink the Night Out” event hosted by Planned Parenthood Eugene-Springfield Health Center on Franklin Blvd. The speakers shared powerful stories that demonstrate just how vital Planned Parenthood is to our country. 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 Congress that we will not stand by and watch services being stripped from our communities. Let’s demand that Congress protects access to care at Planned Parenthood and oppose Trumpcare.
- We are continuing to work 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. If you have any suggestions just reply to this email.
- Trumpcare. The Senate Republicans have sent their version of a health no-care bill to the Congressional Budget Office. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that a draft of the Senate’s version of the American Healthcare Act will be released this Thursday, and it will be brought to the floor for a vote within the next week. Senators Ron Wydenand Jeff Merkley have denounced the secrecy and speed practiced by the Republican leadership and have worked to disrupt it. On Tuesday Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that there would be no committee consideration or debate of the bill and that members of each party would have only 10 hours to debate the bill before the vote.
- In efforts to draw attention to the exclusionary process used to negotiate the American Healthcare Act, Senator Wyden has stated “Whenever I’m asked about Russia, I’ll talk about healthcare first.” He also made this statement on the Senate floor; and he joined several others in calling upon the Government Accountability Office to investigate complaints that the Department of Health and Human Services violated ethics rules in promoting the AHCA’s passage.
- Wall-of-us recently reminded us that calls to representatives have returned to pre-inauguration levels; and the national Indivisible group has updated the Stop Trumpcare toolkit to include suggestions to encourage Democratic Senators to obstruct the bill’s passage. The national group has also shared this article describing pushback to the secretive process that the GOP has been using, as well as this state-by-state estimate of expected healthcare losses.
- Emoluments. Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and nearly 200 other members of Congress have instituted a lawsuit against President Trump for violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Merkley declaredon June 16, “No one is above the law! If Trump won’t comply with the constitution and put the American people ahead of his personal profit, we will see him in court.”
- Wyden interview. David Leonhardt, on the Charlie Rose program, recently interviewed Senator Wyden about actions in Syria, investigation into the Trump Administration, and the American Healthcare Act. The interview can be viewed here.
- Domestic surveillance. Following discussion from June 7th, Senator Wyden has written a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, requesting a public statement regarding the agency’s possible collection of private domestic communications. These articles by US News, Lawfare, and TechDirt consider the implications of Senator Wyden’s question.
- Infrastructure sales. Trump’s promise to revitalize US infrastructure is becoming a plan to sell off public assets to monied interests. Oregon Livereports “Trump’s proposal to sell most of the Northwest’s electrical grid would be a sweetheart deal for a private buyer, financially destabilizing for the Bonneville Power Administration, and an expensive outcome for ratepayers throughout the region, according to outside experts.”
- Resource: Tracking MoC votes. FiveThirtyEight is tracking how the votes of particular senators and representative agree or disagree with Trump.
Get outside. There is more sunlight to indulge in during the summertime. Whether it’s sitting outside and enjoying a good book, going for a walk in your local park or getting to the beach, enjoy the incredible weather! Before you know it, the rain and overcast days will be back, so take advantage of the sunshine while you can.
Go off the grid for a bit. Stepping away from social media, toxic messages. Even if it’s putting your phone on airplane mode for a bit of the day, you won’t be worried about what’s going on in that little phone of yours and instead you’ll enjoy the vast world around you.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Getting off the grid helps you avoid comparing yourself to others. As long as you are enjoying yourself and how you are spending your summer, that’s all that matters.
Be kind, especially to yourself. Being kind to yourself allows you to spend more time focusing on enjoying your summer and spreading that same kindness to others. You deserve nothing but kindness and it will spread far beyond you.
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