- Now! Order your Indivisible Eugene t-shirts, pre-order deadline is Friday, May 19th! They will be here before the June 3rd March for Truth, and we’d love to see plenty of them worn in the march! Color will be medium-to-dark blue, with white lettering. They will say “Indivisible Eugene” on the front, and “Resist” on the back. Price is $10 for members. We’re taking pre-orders RIGHT NOW, Submit your order, You can pay in cash, or check made out to “Debbi Simmons” when shirts arrive (at the march is OK if easiest for you). Shirts will also be available for sale at the March for Truth as a fundraiser (price to general public will be higher). Let’s show them who we are, and stand INDIVISIBLE!
- 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.
- Tues. May 23rd: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene
- 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. May 27: Senator Wyden Town Hall 2:30- 3:00 pm, Philomath High School auditorium
2054 Applegate St. Philomath, OR
- Sun. May 28: Senator Wyden Town Hall 11:00- 12:30 pm, Florence Event Center 715 Quince St Florence, OR
- Thurs. June 1st: Indivisible Eugene March for Truth sign-making party! 4:00- 7:00 pm Sam Bond’s Brewing Co. 540 E 8th Ave, Eugene 97401 Extra added BONUS is live music at Sam Bond’s that night. Some sign-making materials will be available–markers, posterboard–but it will be helpful if participants bring their own materials, or any materials you’d like to donate to the cause. This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about Indivisible Eugene and the March for Truth; so bring your friends and join us in a fun activity!
- 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
- Wed. June 28th: Indivisible Eugene Informational Program 7:00- 8:00 pm Unity church 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?
- Sun. August 6: General Indivisible Eugene Membership Gathering2:00-5:00 pm Alton Baker Park.
- 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.
- Volunteer for March for Truth! Planning this event is coming together well. We need megaphones to borrow so if you have one please use the link below to email Debbi. Also, we still need volunteers for a few tasks below. If you are able to help with any of these items, please email Debbi Simmons.
- Help tabling at march, inc. set-up, take-down, IE T-shirt sales
- Groundskeepers to mark off-limits areas, place saw-horse barriers, tidy area post-march, etc.
- Distribution of flyers to local bulletin boards, and distribution of handbills; as far-and-wide as possible, to boost turn-out
- Peacekeepers, brief training provided just prior to march
- Roamers with sashes and IE info envelopes
- Guides, help direct marches to stay on-route, re-start chanting en route
- March for Truth: How You Can Help in Three Easy Clicks
1) Visit the March for Truth Facebook event page.
2) Click “Going” button
3) Click “Share to your timeline”
4) Click: “Share: ‘Invite Friends’
Done and done!
- 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.
- 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. The next step will be talking with Member Support to help you figure out which team you would like to join.
- On Tues. May 16th we attended the Resist Trump Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Federal Courthouse. It was another great rally with energizing folks who stood in solidarity and resistance of the latest news of our governmental calamities.
- Our Teams have been working hard to get the “March for Truth” march together for Saturday June 3rd.
- 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.
- Call for special prosecutor. We are encouraged by news that the Justice Department has appointed Robert Mueller to take over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. This would not have happened without the immense pressure from the public, and from Indivisible groups around the country. Constituents will demand that Mr. Mueller be allowed to conduct a truly independent investigation, without further interference from the Trump administration. After POTUS Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, our MoCs reacted. Rep. Peter DeFazio renewed his call for an independent special prosecutor; he has co-authored legislation (H.R. 356) calling for the creation of an independent commission into interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by foreign governments or their agents. Other Oregon Democrats in the House agree; Republican Rep. Greg Walden has been silent. In the Senate, Democrats are putting together a bill. Sen. Wyden stated “a fully independent special counsel must be appointed to lead this investigation”. He has called on Attorney General Sessions to resign. Sen. Merkley called into question the integrity of administration officials, and noted “In case the need for an independent special prosecutor … wasn’t clear enough already, it sure is now.”
- What are the options for investigating the Trump team / Russia connections? What kinds of investigations are already going on? National Indivisible provides several Truth or Trump resources, including a guide to three options for investigation. Also, Wall-of-Us provides a FAQ, and a script for calling our MoCs.
- Hold on nomination. Sen. Ron Wyden placed a hold on the nomination of Sigal Mandelker for Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence on May 10. Wyden insisted on the necessity to examine Mandelker’s financial information — which had yet to be submitted — before allowing a vote on her nomination to this sensitive position, particularly considering the ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump team and representatives of the Russian government. Wyden noted, “I have stated repeatedly that we have to follow the money if we are going to get to the bottom of how Russia has attacked our democracy.” You can read his statement here.
- AHCA. The health care bill (AHCA) that was passed by the House moves to the Senate this week for discussion. Republicans have formed a partisan committee of 13 white men to discuss significant changes which they hope to bring to a vote by mid-summer. The Nation penned an article on Sen. Merkley’s potential role, asking “Can Senator Jeff Merkley Help Democrats Reclaim the Health-care Narrative?” Action: Call senators Wyden and Merkley to remind them that the majority of Americans want to retain and improve the ACA passed in 2010 and don’t want reduced benefits and care.
- Electronic rights. A few weeks ago legislation signed by Trump rolled back consumer privacy protections and allowed internet service providers to sell information about their users’ use of the Internet. ACLU Oregon is asking people to take action to counter this at the state level by asking legislators to amend and pass HB2813 and increase consumer privacy protections. Now Trump’s FCC is considering rolling back net neutrality. Senator Wyden joined Al Franken and the former FCC chair to call on Trump’s FCC chairman to protect net neutrality.
The Health Benefits of Laughter by Melissa Tabb
Laughter is powerful medicine for soothing both body and mind. It can boost your immune system, reduce pain, and serves as a protective factor against the ravages of stress. Being doubled up with laughter may just help in the following ways:
A good belly laugh can actually relieve tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes
Laughter reduces the stress hormones and simultaneously cuts the anxiety and stress impacting your body, and may results in higher immune system performance. When you laugh, you activate T cells that play an important roll in fighting off infection, thus improving resistance to disease
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates, which promote overall sense of wellbeing and can relieve pain
Frequent laughter is found to improve function of blood vessels and increase blood flow, which can protect against heart attack and other cardiovascular problems
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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