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  • Tues. October 10th: Solidarity Rally for Peace 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. We are having TWO rallies today (on our usual Tuesday) in support of the Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace happening on October 14. Please join us for both rallies!
  • Tues. October 10th: Solidarity Rally for Peace 5:15 – 6:45 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. There is a march planned in Portland on October 14 with this same theme. We have chosen to do a rally on the Tuesday before. Please drop by to join Indivisible Eugene, Rush Hour Resistance, and many ally groups who are coming together to rally and speak about working toward a peaceful nation.
  • Tues. October 17th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene. (Hosted by Take Action Eugene)
  • Wed. October 18th: Portents and Parallels October Lecture by Kenneth Calhoon 6:15 – 7:00 pm, Tsunami Book Store, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene. This popular lecture series is returning with the start of the school year. Hope to see you all again! Lecture is by Kenneth Calhoon, Professor of Comparative Literature and German at the University of Oregon. Title: “‘We Write Symphonies’: Donald Trump and the Problem of Culture.” The lectures are free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the use of the space.
  • Tues. October 24th: No To White Supremacy Rally 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. Congress has unanimously passed a resolution that condemns white supremacy and calls on the Trump administration to do more. The measure, which passed in the Senate on Monday, Sept 11 and in the House on Tuesday, Sept 12, was purposely introduced as a joint resolution, which requires the president’s signature, rather than a concurrent resolution, which does not.

 

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Share with your friends. If you know of an event that you think should be in our newsletter let us know!
  • Now that we have our paperwork filed you can donate to our group and help fund the resistance! Donate here!

 

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  • On Tuesday September 19th we participated in the “Singing Through the Hard Times – Uniting with Music” at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. Around 50 people showed up and sang through the rain in good spirits.

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  • On September 22nd- 24th Minority Voices Theatre and CALC hosted the “Now I Am Your Neighbor” Play at the Very Little Theatre Stage Left. It had an amazing turnout with sell-out crowds!
  • On Saturday September 23rd we attended Senator Wyden’s Oakridge Town Hall! Our President Lin was there and provided her first live stream.
  • On Tuesday September 26th we hosted the “Kill the ACA Bill Before Sept 30” Rally at the Federal Court House. Thankfully it did just that!

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  • The Indivisible Eugene Organizing group is still developing a rapid response team.

 

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Here is what the MoC/Legislation Tracking team has been monitoring the last two weeks regarding our MoC’s activities/inactivities in response to the Trump agenda.

  • Health care. On Tuesday the Graham-Cassidy bill failed. This likely marks the end of this year’s GOP attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, since after September 30th passing a healthcare bill will take 60 votes, requiring bipartisan agreement.

On September 25th Oregon’s Jeff Merkley had said: “When you find out that your ‘health care’ bill takes health care away from millions, makes health care more expensive for everyone else, and threatens the very foundation of Medicaid, it’s not time to rush it through the floor; it’s time to throw it out and start over. I urge my Republican colleagues to stop this destructive repeal effort and to come back to the table to work across the aisle toward a bipartisan bill that will improve rather than destroy our health care markets.” In the end the bill failed to gain enough Republican votes, but despite the repeated failures Republicans vow to try again next year.

On Monday, Senators Wyden and Hatch introduced a bipartisan bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. Details of the KIDS Act can be found here.

ACTION: Thank Senators Wyden and Merkley as well as Congressman Peter DeFazio for their work to protect healthcare. Encourage them to fight ongoing efforts by President Trump to undercut the ACA with executive actions. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244;  EUG: (541) 431-0229Webmail.   Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753;  EUG: (541) 465-6750Webmail.   Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416;  EUG: (541) 465-6732Webmail.)

  • Tax reform. The Republican-controlled Senate has announced that it will develop a tax reform bill before the end of the year and that they don”t intend to pursue a bipartisan course. Current proposals, from the White House and the Senate, have focused on reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, eliminating the estate tax, and reducing the highest tax bracket from about 40% to 35% — all changes that would benefit the wealthiest Americans, including President Trump and his family.

If proposals such as these are rejected by the Democrats, the Republicans can invoke the reconciliation process, as they did with their attempts to repeal health care, and try to pass a tax reform bill with only 50 Senate votes (plus Vice President Mike Pence as a tie-breaking vote). This process, though, requires that any changes that would increase the national debt (as these probably would) be balanced by reductions elsewhere. The Republicans are considering cuts to various social services and safety net programs.

ACTION: Contact Senators Wyden and Merkley as well as Congressman Peter DeFazio to offer your opinions on tax reform. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244;  EUG: (541) 431-0229Webmail.   Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753;  EUG: (541) 465-6750Webmail.   Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416;  EUG: (541) 465-6732Webmail.)

  • MoC campaign fundraising. The Lund Report states that Oregon representatives have raised approximately $4.7 million in donations in 2017 thus far; and they consider contributions from the healthcare industry to Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio, and other Oregon lawmakers.
  • National monuments. Senators Wyden and Merkley criticized the Trump Administration’s plans to reduce protections for Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
  • Equifax breach and consumer protection. Several representatives have called for further investigation following Equifax’s recent security breach. Senator Wyden has joined Senator Warren and others in introducing legislation that would enable consumers to better protect their information. Wyden also posted this petition which encourages Congress to hold Equifax responsible.
  • Transparency and corruption. Senator Wyden has asked the Trump Administration to provide the names of the visitors to the President’s private clubs, as well as those he has played golf with. Explaining the request, Wyden stated that “…members of the president’s private clubs could receive special access to the president not available to private citizens.” Wyden has asked for the information to be provided by October 13.

Senator Wyden joined Democratic representatives Pallone, Neal, Murray, and Peters to call for further investigation into the travel expenses of Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price.

  • Nominations. Senators Wyden and Merkley have vowed to oppose the Trump Administration’s nomination for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ryan Bounds. Bounds was recommended by Oregon representative Greg Walden, and is expected to endorse positions that align with the Trump Administration. Wyden and Merkley had recommended a different candidate, Marco Hernandez, and they have criticized the Administration for discarding a traditional bipartisan review process. The Willamette Week notes that three Democratic state legislators have joined several Republican congressmen in urging Wyden and Merkley to withdrawn their objections, arguing that an Oregon attorney selected by the Trump Administration may be better than an unknown candidate from another state.

Senator Wyden has placed a hold on a nomination for a senior position in the Treasury Department, citing “the Treasury Department’s refusal to provide the Senate Finance Committee with Treasury documents related to Russia.” The Treasury Department has responded to this, saying that Wyden already has access to the documents through his involvement in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

 

 

 

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Our smart phones can lure us into staying overly connected with every heart-wrenching development. Here is a way to use your smart phone for self care as well.

This article has 10 suggested free self care Apps to try! 

 

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.
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“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