Our hearts are with the families of Destinee Mangum and her friend who were verbally assaulted last Friday on the Max train in Portland.  We can’t express the heart break for those three brave and socially conscious people who stood up to an intolerant monster.  We recognize Micah David-Cole Fletcher, Rick John Best, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche as heroes who either lost their lives or were injured while standing up against violence and hatred. At least four crowdfunding campaigns were started the day after the attacks.

  • Tri-Met Heroes (via GoFundMe), launched by Portland restaurateur Nick Zukin, has a goal of $600,000 to support the families of Best and Namkai-Meche.
  • Tri-Met Hero Recovery (via GoFundMe), which has a goal of $300,000, was started by friends of survivor Micah Fletcher.
  • LaunchGood campaign Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes, organized by the Muslim Education Trust and CelebrateMercy (both Islamic groups), is intended primarily to benefit the victims’ families has a goal of $600,000.
  • Girls Who Survived Portland’s MAX Attack (via YouCaring) has a goal of $200,000 to raise on behalf of the two young women on whom the attacker’s racial hatred was focused.

Thank you for being a part of Indivisible Eugene! We would like to thank you for what you are doing! We all are really making a difference. If you have a friend who signed up for the newsletter but isn’t seeing it in their inbox, please have them check their spam/trash/promotion folders, and also search “membersupport@indivisibleeugene.org.”

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  • Sat. June 3rd: National March for Truth 1:00- 3:00 pm at the Federal Courthouse, 405 E 8th Ave, Eugene.  Join us! 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
  • Sun. June 4th: Indivisible Eugene Hike 9:00- 12:00 am Spencer Butte Trail (meet at the main parking lot and look for Melanie wearing an Indivisible button.), 85401 S Willamette St, Eugene. Self-care is important for persistent resistance. This is a family- and dog-friendly hike; bring your kids and canine friends. We will be hiking rain or shine. Spencer Butte Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail with a 721ft elevation gain located near Eugene, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate.
  • Tues. June 6th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene (hosted by INDIVISIBLE Eugene). Join us in our weekly persistence of resistance gathering of like minded individuals. Bring your sign or use one that we have and make your resistance seen!
  • Wed. June 28th: Indivisible Eugene Informational Program 7:00 – 8:00 pm Unity 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.

 


 

  • Give Indivisible Eugene only three minutes of your time to help us improve. Our volunteers want to target their precious, limited efforts, and your answers to these five questions in this VERY BRIEF survey will provide guidance. It’ll takes only three minutes … or less. We promise!
  • 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.
  • We are still collecting funds to cover costs for the March for Truth HERE.
  • Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are gathering stories of how working families, mothers, fathers, kids and grandparents would be impacted if Trumpcare passes. Will you share your story? By sharing your stories, we can show the faces of the working families, seniors, and vulnerable Americans this health care bill would devastate. (click their names to go to their respective forms)
  • 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 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.

 


  • Our Teams have been working hard to get the “March for Truth” march together for Saturday June 3rd!  You can still donate funds through ActBlue to fund the March for Truth HERE.
  • On Monday May 29th we hosted an Indivisible Eugene Sewing/ Button Making event. We made sashes and buttons for the March for Truth. Thanks to Lise, Terry, Tricia, Do Mi, Torey and Steve for showing up and making it a delightful and productive day! We made 18 sashes from start to finish with four sewing machines and 75 buttons in three hours!
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week Kira, Torey and Steve from our Creative Team made another 17 sashes and then screen printed and finished 29 sashes for Indivisible Eugene and 6 for a sister indivisible group!  We will be all be wearing them at the March for Truth Saturday June 3rd!
        
  • On Tuesday May 30th Take Action Eugene hosted the Resist Trump Tuesday for Truth at the Federal Courthouse. It was another great rally with energizing folks who stood in solidarity and persistent resistance.
  • On Thursday June 1st we hosted the Indivisible Eugene March for Truth sign-making party at Sam Bond’s Brewing Co. A wonderful group of people joined together in creative solidarity. Many signs were made for our big event!
 
  • We will be 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.

 


  • Honoring fallen heroes. Sen Wyden attended Memorial Day services honoring fallen veterans and the Good Samaritans killed in the Portland attack.
  • Contribute ACA stories. As the Senate considers the House’s AHCA bill to replace much of the Affordable Care Act, Oregon senators Wyden and Merkley both have called for people to send in their personal stories on how having the ACA has affected them. These stories will be used to publicize how the ACA has helped people and why destroying it would cause devastation to millions. Contribute your stories on Wyden’s and Merkley’s websites.
  • Call to action on healthcare. Indivisible Oregon addresses the Republicans’ attack on health care in their May 30 “Call to Action” which includes background information, the senators’ contact information, and sample scripts for phone calls.
  • Paris Climate Agreement. Senators Wyden and Merkley joined a letter to Trump calling on him not to quit the Paris climate agreement.
  • Voter suppression and vote by mail. Oregon’s Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer (Portland), along with numerous co-sponsors including Senator Jeff Merkley, introduced a Vote-by-Mail bill (SB 1231) which would reduce voter suppression, expand voting access, and nearly eliminate voter fraud. Wyden has introduced similar bills in the past, but current anger over recent election results has given it renewed relevance.
    • Action: Contact Wyden, Merkley, and Representative Peter DeFazio to let them know you support this bill.
  • Trumpcare and Trump’s budget. Sen Wyden heard from constituents worried about Trumpcare and Trump’s proposed budget cuts in Bend and Portland. Both Senators Wyden and Merkley joined other senators objecting to rural development cuts in the Trump budget.
  • Medicaid/AHCA quid pro quo. Sen Wyden accused Trump’s Medicaid head of using poor Americans as a political bargaining chip, and said the White House is stonewalling on providing information about the issue.
  • Town halls. Sen. Wyden held several town halls, including Gladstone and Philomath, as well as a Skype conversation with LaGrande high school students. Sen. Merkley also had multiple town halls, including Warrenton and St Helens.
  • Resource: Collected list of tools for contacting your MoC. Wall-of-Us has gathered a list of tools for contacting your MoC.
  • Upcoming special elections. The special election in Georgia is coming up June 20. You can volunteer with the Ossoff campaign. SwingLeft also suggests holding a “Call Your Ossoff” house party. Curious about what other special elections are on the horizon? Countable has a list.


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, 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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