• Sat. May 13th: White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, and Building a Resilient Community 5:45 – 8:30 pm, Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave., Eugene  Join Jessica Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project, one of Oregon’s foremost experts on rising white supremacist activity in our state, for this presentation. This is a collaborative effort to inform, connect, and protect communities at risk. Dinner will be provided by TBI. Please register.
  • Tues. May 16th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene
  • Wed. May 17th: Oregon Journalist Floyd McKay  6:00 – 7:30 pm, Downtown Library, 100 W 10th Ave., Eugene  Join veteran journalist Floyd McKay for a talk about the action, the players, and the consequences that shaped modern Oregon, with a particular focus on the political rivalry of Bob Straub and Tom McCall. McKay is the author of “Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State.” His reporting and commentaries range from analysis of the “Tom and Bob” rivalry, to the Vietnam War’s impact on Senators Wayne Morse and Mark Hatfield, to the landmark Beach Bill and Bottle Bill and the emergence of a new generation of Portland activists.
  • Sun. May 21st: Indivisible Eugene Hike 9:00- 12:00 am Mount Pisgah Arboretum (meet at the pay station), 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. Eugene  Self-care is important for persistent resistance; join us and meet other Indivisible members for weekly hikes. Look for Melanie wearing an Indivisible button. We will be hiking rain or shine! Meeting spot will be at the pay station.
  • Thurs. May 25th: Doomsday Clock’s It is 2-1/2 Minutes to Midnight Lecture Series Portents and Parallels 6:15–7:00 pm, Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene  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”
  • Sat. June 3rd: National March for Truth 1:00- 3:00 pm at the Federal Courthouse 405 E 8th Ave, Eugene  Join us for the March For Truth is a grassroots, volunteer led series of events across the country organizing in order to restore faith in American government. Our goal: demand an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the US election and ties to Donald Trump, his 2016 campaign, his administration, and his associates. #MarchForTruth

 

  • Indivisible Eugene, we are looking for sign and banner slogan ideas for rallies, marches and the Oregon Country Fair. (For example, 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.
  • 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.

 

  • On April 30th our Event Team had a full-day retreat and invited Coordinators from other teams to participate.  It was energizing and they made progress on their vision statement as well as how to engage members.
  • On Sunday May 7th Indivisible Eugene hosted its first hike from 9:00 – 12:00 at Spencer’s Butte in Eugene. We hope as the weather improves we will see more of our members join us for some socializing.
  • Later in the day on May 7th we held the twice-monthly Organizers meeting and discussed hosting the National March for Truth here in Eugene. Among other things we are working to form a new team for our group called the Creative Team that will be making banners, signs, pins, sashes etc.
  • On Tuesday, May 9th, Indivisible Eugene hosted Resist Trump Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene.
  • We have been confirmed for a space 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.

 

  • Firing the FBI Director. Senator Wyden sharply criticized President Trump’s firing of FBI director, James Comey, saying “…Donald Trump’s decision to fire him now, in the midst of an investigation into Trump associates and their ties to Russia, is outrageous.… There can be no question that a fully independent special counsel must be appointed to lead this investigation.” In response to the Comey firing, on Wednesday Democrats used procedural moves to grind the Senate to a halt; Senator Merkley said the aim was to force lawmakers from both parties to come together to address the future of the FBI probe into possible Trump team / Russia collusion.
    • ACTION: 5calls.org provides a script to help when calling our MoCs and the DoJ to demand a special prosecutor to investigate Trump team / Russia connections. The ACLU has a petition. Also, watch for information on the upcoming March for Truth.
  • AHCA at Town Halls. The New York Times summarized the major provisions of the Republican health care bill that passed the House last week (was that just last week?). And health care was a major topic last week, when Senator Wyden met with constituents at Town Halls in Hillsboro, Grants Pass, and Cottage Grove; as well as with social service providers in Springfield and Medford. “This health bill that came out of the house is a prescription for trouble for Oregon families,” Wyden said. “I’m going to fight it every single step of the way.” Meanwhile, Oregon Representative Greg Walden was one of the Republicans who faced blowback at his town halls, and defended his vote in favor of Trumpcare.
  • Rep DeFazio on AHCA. Representative Peter DeFazio blasted the House’s passage of the AHCA, stating that “the only choices that this bill gives Americans who need coverage the most are between poverty, bankruptcy, or death”. You can read his entire statement. And you can hear DeFazio’s floor speech. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Senator Wyden tweeted that the House vote was “unconscionable” and Senator Merkley tweeted that he’d be “fighting tooth and nail”.
    • ACTION: Call their offices to support their positions.
  • Resources for fighting the AHCA. The national Indivisible group has released the Enough Is Enough: Stop TrumpCare toolkit, which includes: How Every Member Voted on the Health Care Bill — a handy cheat sheet; TrumpCare Passed the House — Now What? — an explainer on the rest of the legislative process; The 10 Worst Things About TrumpCare — our MoC Rep DeFazio voted no, but we hope folks whose MoC voted yes will hold their MoC accountable for these terrible provisions; Call Script: Hold Your Representative Accountable — conversations you can have with your MoC and their staff, no matter how your MoC voted; How TrumpCare Harms Us All — talking points for your phone calls and office visits; Die-In Planning Guide — to take your accountability tactics to the next level; and The Narrow, Tortured Passage of the GOP Health Bill Reflects a Much Larger Struggle Ahead — a guest blog post by Families USA co-founder Ron Pollack.
  • Clean Energy for America Act. On 5/8/17, Senator Wyden introduced the Clean Energy for America Act, which aims to “measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector.” The bill’s introduction received praise from the Renewable Fuels Association and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Legislative text can be found here. A one-page summary of the bill can be found here, and a longer summary can be found here. The bill’s progress can be tracked here.
  • Jordan Cove LNG Terminal. On 5/3/17, Senators Wyden and Merkley responded to Trump’s chief economic advisor, Gary Cohen, urging caution for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed for Coos Bay.
  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. On 5/8/17, Senators Wyden and Merkley sent a letter to Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, stressing the need for consultation with the Oregon congressional delegation, as well as local federally-recognized tribes, regarding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Statements  from the Trump Administration suggest the monument may be targeted by rollbacks of the Antiquities Act. The public can comment on this beginning 5/12/17, by visiting http://www.regulations.gov and searching for “DOI-2017-0002”.
  • Resource: Red for the Blue. Are you wondering what your more right-wing relatives and friends are seeing in the conservative media (but can’t stomach following it all for more than a brief time)? Red for the Blue provides a twice-weekly newsletter covering the trending topics in Fox, Breitbart, conservative talk radio, right-wing Twitter, and more.

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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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