- Sat. April 29: Rally for a Climate of Safety! 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave. Our booth will be located at Sam Bond’s, across the street. Keep the EPA Strong and Support the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump has already put a freeze on all EPA grants and Contracts. The Trump Budget calls for a reduction of 31% to the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump has indicated that he would like the US to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. We need to influence Congress to fight these moves.
Mon. May 1st: Día De El Trabajador May Day Rally 9:00–11:30 AM Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave. “We are calling on all residents of Lane County to join us. We hope you will join us for a day-long celebration of the enormous contributions immigrants make to our region and show them our community supports them. We want our communities to come together and unite to show we are not afraid anymore.“
- Tues. May 2nd: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene
- Sat. May 6th: ORLC presents Indivisible 11:00-1:00 PM, Theo’s Coffee House
199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97401 Join us for a quick overview of what the Indivisible resistance movement is about, who Indivisible Eugene is and how you can get involved!
- Thurs. May 25th: Doomsday Clock’s It is 2-1/2 Minutes to Midnight Lecture Series Portents and Parallels 6:15–7:00 pm at Tsunami Books, 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: Luke Habberstad, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Oregon Lecture title: “Secretive Rulers and Leaking Officials: The Case of Early Imperial China”
- Indivisible Eugene, we are looking for sign and banner slogan ideas for rallies, marches and the Oregon Country Fair (i.e. this is the one for National Organization for Women is: “We need each other, NOW more than ever”)Email us here!
- You can send a Mamas Day card to honor the love and sacrifice of immigrant and Muslim mamas by going here. They’ll deliver it to an immigrant or Muslim mama so they know you’re with them in spirit, on Mamas Day.
- 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.
- Call your Members of Congress every day! We recommend 5calls.org or Countable if you want an easy guide.
- See our MoC and Legislative Tracking Team Report below for additional actions that you can take.
- 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.
- We participated in the March For Science here in Eugene on Sat. April 22nd at the University of Oregon to the federal courthouse. We joined 2000-3000 scientists, activists, and concerned citizens to stand and march for science, research, investigative integrity, and the environment! We live streamed the speeches and event.
- We had another great Resist Trump Tuesday on April 25th at the Federal Courthouse.
- We have been confirmed for a space in the Peace and Justice Booth in the Community Village at the Country Fair this year.
- The organizers met and filled out the questionnaire designed by the national Indivisible representative in Portland.
- At the last organizers meeting we voted unanimously to continue to call ourselves “Indivisible Eugene” and we will follow the Indivisible Oregon designation as a 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization. With this we will need a board and two officers. We unanimously decided to have the Coordinators Group be the Board (1-2 members of each of the 7 teams). The two officers will be the President and Treasurer. LeeAnn Ford will be the Treasurer and the President will be voted on at a later date. The position of President will be symbolic only, as we have decided on a cooperative organizational structure.
- We considered whether or not we should combine efforts with the Rush Hour Resistance but after polling everyone at The Resist Trump Tuesdays none were interested in coming at 5pm. Therefore, we will continue past the 100 days as we have been from noon to one at the Federal Courthouse. The Rush Hour Resistance group have decided to move their day from Wednesday to Tuesday at 5pm.
- The Resource Team (The Back House) are discussing sponsoring a mediated group conversation with a Trump supporter and a member of the resistance in a fishbowl format. That is, the public would be invited to watch the conversation, and perhaps, react to it at the end.
- 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 the kids activities.
- Electronic privacy Our Senator Wyden, along with Rand Paul, is asking the Trump Administration’s Director of National Intelligence for more transparency about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. ACTION: On a related note, the ACLU has a petition asking the Department of Homeland Security to reject proposals to require visitors to the US to provide their passwords as a condition for entering the US.
- Trump/Russia Investigation We learned that the Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election is so far devoting minimal resources to actually investigating. Our Senator Wyden is expressing concerns about the lack of progress of the probe. ACTION: Wall-of-Us encourages people to write a letter to a national or local newspaper insisting that, despite distractions, they continue to focus on the need for a full independent investigation; Wall-of-Us provides a template.
- Our Representative Democracy – Can it Survive? The City Club of Eugene in partnership with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon hosted Congressman Peter DeFazio in a special Friday Forum on April 21, 2017. Mr. DeFazio spoke on Our Representative Democracy — Can it Survive? a topic recently much discussed in Congress as the Nation approaches 100 days in office for the new administration. From the Watergate Era to today, Rep. DeFazio traced the origins of campaign finance reform, the rise of ‘Dark Money’, and the impact these developments have had on today’s elections.City Club members and the public asked Congressman DeFazio direct questions at the conclusion of his remarks.
- Canadian lumber President Trump has slapped tariffs on Canadian lumber. Our Senator Wyden praised the move, welcoming tariffs on “unfairly traded Canadian lumber”. Representatives DeFazio and Walden also applauded the move.
- Sessions’ war on pot Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t like legal marijuana, bucking a trend toward regulated marijuana that has spread even to West Virginia. Representative DeFazio, Senator Wyden, and Senator Merkely have each suggested signing a petition opposing the potential plan.
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.
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