Upcoming Indivisible Eugene Hosted/ Co-Hosted/ Ally Events:
- Sat. April 15th: Eugene Tax Justice March 1:00-3:00 pm at Alton Baker Park 632 Day Island Rd, Eugene, Oregon 97401 (see route map below) (Ally Event- hosted by Taxes for Peace Not War)
- Tues. April 18th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene (Ally Event- hosted by Take Action Eugene)
- Wed. April 19th: Doomsday Clock’s It is 2-1/2 Minutes to Midnight Lecture Series Portents and Parallels 6:15–7:00 pm at Tsunami Book Store, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97405 In brief lectures, area academics discuss some aspect of their field of knowledge that sheds light on our current political climate.The lectures are free, with a suggested donation of $3-5 to cover overhead for use of the space. This lecture is by: Gina Herrmann, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon. The lecture title: “Models of fascism and anti-fascist resistance from World War II” (Ally Event- Hosted by Indivisible Eugene)
- Sat. April 22nd: March For Science Eugene 12:00-2:00 pm at University of Oregon Memorial Quad. Join scientists, activists, and concerned citizens to stand and march for science, research, investigative integrity, and the environment! (Ally Event- hosted by March for Science)
- Tues. April 25: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene (Hosted by Indivisible Eugene)
- Sat. April 29: March for Climate & Safety 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave. (Ally Event- Hosted by: 350 EUG and 3 others)
Actions You Can Take:
- The Member Support Team is interested in your tips for survival and sanity for inclusion in this newsletter. Please send us an email!
- 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.
- Help organize INDIVISIBLE Eugene. If you want to help organize this effort, we welcome your energy! There are lots of ways to contribute. Send an email to Member Support to let us know you’re interested. The next step will be talking with Member Support to help you figure out which team you would like to join.
What are the Indivisible Eugene Organizer’s up to this week?
- We participated in the April 8th Trans Justice March and Vigil at the Old Federal Building 211 E. 7th Street that was hosted by United Front.
- On April 11th we hosted the weekly Resist Trump Tuesday.
- The Member Support team met and had a productive meeting about goals, roles and responsibilities. We have some new ideas coming your way including some purely social ones.
- The Event team held a large conference call to discuss the upcoming tax march as well as a few other events that are still in the planning stages.
- Thanks to Kristin Bruckner we have a weekly (as time allows) Thankful Thursday post for our Facebook page!
MoC and Legislative Tracking Team report:
- CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL FOR MILITARY ACTION Last Thursday President Trump ordered a missile strike against a Syrian airfield in response to a gas attack against civilians. Given Trump’s capriciousness, further actions are hard to predict. How far can and should the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that Congress passed in 2001/2002 be stretched? Back in February, our Representative DeFazio introduced a war powers bill to reaffirm Congress’s traditional role in deciding to commit US troops to conflict; last month he led a letter to President Trump demanding he seek approval from Congress. After last Thursday’s missile strike, Senator Merkley spoke against the President’s actions; and Senator Wyden stated “Any significant commitment of United States troops or long-term military operation in Syria will require the President to consult the American people and to come before Congress.” ACTION: Call our MoC’s and ask them to demand that Congress fulfill its traditional role.
- TAXES Unlike most presidential candidates over the past 40 years, Donald Trump refuses to release his tax information, and continues to keep these documents private. On April 15 starting at 1 p.m. at Alton Baker Park, Eugeneans can join other groups around the country to protest this secrecy, and urge President Trump to clarify his interests. Supporting this, Senator Wyden will be joining Maxine Waters, of the House Financial Services Committee, to publically call for Trump to release his taxes at the Washington march. Senator Wyden also recently asked IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, how the agency would handle information regarding national security, were it found in Trump’s returns. Related, The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will soon be considering tax reform legislation that could have major impacts on working families. ACTION: Demand President Trump release his tax returns. Demand U.S. corporations pay their fair share. Oppose the Republican plan to eliminate the tax deduction on home mortgage interest for low-income families.
- GORSUCH’S CONFIRMATION Last week the Senate confirmed Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, after Republicans changed Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster (taking the “nuclear option”). Our Senators Wyden and Merkley voted in favor of saving the filibuster, and against confirming Gorsuch. Before the votes, Senator Merkley spoke for more than 15 hours overnight to protest — historic, though not technically a filibuster. With town halls in the near future, hopefully he did not strain his voice! ACTION: Write Wyden and Merkley and thank them for fighting Trump’s nominee.
- IMMIGRATION Senators Wyden and Merkley joined others to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release Emmanuel Ayala Frutos, a DACA recipient who was living in Portland before being detained. The ACLU offers this script in support of Mr. Frutos’ release. Related, Senators Wyden and Merkley have co-sponsored “The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act”, which limits ICE enforcement at locations such as schools, hospitals, and places of worship, except under exigent circumstances. ACTION: Call Senators Wyden and Merkley to thank them.
- PRIVACY Twitter was briefly suing the Trump administration, in response to an order to unmask the identity behind ALT Immigration, an account that is critical of the Trump Administration, and claims to have ties to a government agency. Twitter dropped its suit following the withdrawal of the order. Senator Wyden has criticized the actions of the Department of Homeland Security, writing this letter to Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Kevin McAleenan. Related to this, efforts towards “extreme vetting” have led to U.S. citizens being ordered to provide their cellphones and passwords for inspection at U.S. borders at three-times the previous rate. In response, Senator Wyden has joined Senators Paul and Polis to introduce the “Protecting Data at the Border Act”, which increases protections to include personal devices. ACTION: Call MoC’s and ask them to support this legislation in both the House and the Senate.
- TRANSPARENCY Two nonprofit government-transparency groups filed suit against the administration Monday, demanding that the White House publish its visitor logs, as well as those from Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort in Florida and Trump Tower in New York.
- PUBLIC EDUCATION “We are at a crossroads……the forces of privatization are positioning themselves to sack public monies…… through commercialization schemes such as vouchers, for-profit charter schools, and standardized-testing dominance. The resistance movement to defend public education must take place at the local, state and national levels.”
- TOWN HALLS continue April 10- 21. Senator Wyden and Representative DeFazio both have upcoming events. Senator Merkley’s schedule does not include any planned events at this time. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, adds to the Indivisible resource library with tips on effectiveness and accountability at Town Halls.
- INTERESTING RESOURCES
- The national Indivisible group has expanded its library with new resources to help with coordination between local groups. Check it out here.
- Need a better way to make sense of the “shock and awe” of the day’s events? WTF Just Happened offers readers a digest they can enjoy “in moderation”.
- Want to see Trump-supporting legislation by state and topic? Check out Our States for an overview.
Be Still. We live in such a rushed, over-stimulated, over-gadget-ized society. Find somewhere beautiful – a park, the woods, your kitchen – and just sit there, still. Absorb the sound of the wind through the trees, the light and the shadows, the peace, and just appreciate the stillness. It’s meditative and calming. Make time for stillness regularly.
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 and fairness, 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.
Resist Trump Tuesday 4/11/17