- Sun. July 23rd: I.E. Creative Team Sign Making 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Drinking Gourd Elementary School 2809 Shirley St, Eugene. Join us in making Indivisible Eugene signs for the upcoming parade on the 30th. We will be making signs that say what Indivisible Eugene represents. “We are strong”, “We are compassionate”, “We are fierce”, etc. Some supplies will be provided, please feel free to bring your own as well. We look forward to being creative together! (Hosted by Indivisible Eugene)
- Tues. July 25th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene. (Hosted by Take Action Eugene)
- Thurs. July 27th: Sister District Meetup 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Claim 52 Brewing, 1030 Tyinn St Eugene. They will be talking about actions volunteers can take to support the two “sister races” in WA and VA in upcoming Nov. elections. They’ll also be writing GOTV postcards for the VA election. (Hosted by Eugene Sister District)
- Sun. July 30th: Eugene Parade – Look Up To 2018 10:00 – 12:00 pm, Monroe Park to Park Blocks, Eugene. Parade begins at 10:30am. We need to gather prior to marching, so have listed time as 10:00am. This is a united “RESIST” entry led by Congressman Peter DeFazio with Indivisible Eugene, Take Action Eugene, and other community organizations. Together, our voices are one and we call on our community to stay engaged, stay active, and RESIST. LOOK UP- 2018 IS COMING!
- Tues. August 1st: Eugene Seniors Town Hall Meeting with Peter DeFazio 10:00- 11:00am, Campbell Community Center (155 High Street).
- Tues. August 1st: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene. (Hosted by Indivisible Eugene)
- Tues. August 1st: Eugene Town Hall Meeting with Peter DeFazio 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Churchill High School Auditorium, 1850 Bailey Hill Rd.
- Wed. August 2nd: Springfield Seniors Town Hall Meeting with Peter DeFazio 1:00- 2:00pm, Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W C Street.
- Sun. August 6: Indivisible Eugene Open Meeting/ Potluck 5:30 – 7:00 pm, (**PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE**) Drinking Gourd Elementary School, 2809 Shirley St, Eugene, Oregon. No-pressure potluck (bring a dish if you can, if you can’t don’t worry about it.) You can come see what Indivisible Eugene is up to and enjoy the company of a great group of people that care about what’s happening in the world. If you plan to come, help us out by clicking the “Going” button at the link above so we can get an idea of the number of people planning to come. This location is ADA accessible. Please let us know if you have other needs. If you have questions or need more information you can call: 541-510-6450.
- Sun. August 6th: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration 7:15- 9:30 pm, Alton Baker Park’s small shelter, near the duck pond and park entrance. There will be a talk by Mayor Lucy Vinis, drumming by Eugene Taiko, traditional Japanese Obon dancing, and music by the Eugene Peace Choir. The event will close at dusk with the floating of candle lanterns on the duck pond while Koto master Mitsuki Dazai plays traditional Japanese music. The ceremony honors those who died when the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Contact: Michael Carrigan, CALC, 541-485-1755, c 541-844-4677, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Sponsored by: Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), Womens Action for New Directions (WAND), Justice Not War Coalition, Japanese American Association, Beyond War Northwest.)
- Sat. August 12th: 2017 Eugene-Springfield Pride Day Festival 12:00 – 6:00 pm, 100 Day Island Rd, Eugene, Oregon 97401. Family and Friends – come one come all! A day long event at Alton Baker Park featuring live entertainment, food, drinks, vendors and fun.
The Pride Celebration is a social venue for our LGBTQIA community. While it is primarily a community event, it also exists for families, friends, allies and guests from all over the Northwest. Come show your PRIDE and celebrate the creativity and talent of our amazing queer community.(Hosted by Eugene PRIDE Day Equality Project.)
- Sun. August 13th: Resistance Summer “Get Out The Vote 2018” kick off! 2:00 – 5:30pm, Drinking Gourd Elementary School, 2809 Shirley St, Eugene. We’ll meet for canvasser training at the Drinking Gourd School. We will launch at 2:30 pm paired with an ally group TBD and be finished by about 5:30pm.
- 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. We have three specific roles we are looking for.
- Fund Raising Coordinator
- T-Shirt Wrangler: Organize and coordinate t-shirt inventory.
- Members for a Rapid Response Team (for example, If Mueller gets fired, we need a list of people we can call on a moment’s notice to show up as Resistors).
- Attend and/or share any events from above that you can. Being visible, creating a community 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. Share with your friends. If you know of an event that you think should be in our newsletter let us know!
- Now that we have our paperwork filed you can donate to our group and help fund the resistance! Donate here!
- Debbi has ordered a fresh batch of Indivisible Eugene Shirts! The price is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, as per past pricing. 2XL’s are plus $2.00. We can take orders for larger sizes, with 3XL being plus $3, 4XL plus $4, 5XL plus $5. We will have them for sale prior to the Eugene Parade at Monroe Park from 9:30 – 10:00 am on July 30th. All who are marching with us are encouraged to wear an Indivisible Eugene shirt and/or sash if possible. There are restrooms at the park where people can change into IE shirts for parade. Please contact Debbi at her email email@example.com or by phone 541-246-8059 if you want to make a pre-orders or need to make special arrangements. Payment accepted via cash, or check made out to Indivisible Eugene.
- On the weekend of July 8th – 9th we participated in “Peace and Justice booth” at the Oregon Country Fair as I.E. We gained a lot of exposure thanks to our member Pam Garrison who helped arrange our involvement. Also a big thank you to Do Mi and the others who worked shifts at our booth.
- Also on Saturday, July 8th we attended the Ron Wyden Town Hall at the Springfield High School Gym. It was well attended but not “packed” like in previous town halls which is still impressive considering the time of year and weather! Thanks to Lin, Adonna, Jeri, Chris, Dennis, Christine and the others who assisted!
- On Tuesday, July 11th we joined Take Action Eugene at our weekly Resist Trump Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Federal Courthouse.
- On Sunday, July 16th we had an organizer meeting and agreed to change the meeting format to increase inclusiveness and effectiveness. We will no longer meet as a Coordinator group then split into teams, we will now meet as a whole group from 2pm- 5pm (leaving early if finished). The Coordinator group felt the beta test on Slack was a big success, thank you Eric! We decided to start moving all team members of the organizing group to join our Slack account. Next steps will be exploring document storage, member polls, and calendar sharing. We also agreed to participate in the Resistance Summer “get out the vote” movement. We will be teaming up with other local resistance allies to canvass with voter pledge cards. This activity has been shown to be one of, if not the most, effective way to change the outcome of future elections, starting in 2018 hopefully! We set a plan for the parade which includes a sign making party (thanks Kira) and getting t-shirts ready for sale (thanks Debbi). We also agreed to change the newsletter to every other week with email blasts in between with critical information.
- Then on Tuesday, July 18th we hosted the Resist Trump Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse with a “Kill the Bill” them. Once again this continued resistance is so important to our MoCs who have asked us repeatedly to keep up the pressure!
Here is what the MoC/Legislation Tracking team has been monitoring this week regarding our MoC’s activities and inactivities in response to the Trump agenda.
- Trumpcare. Is Trumpcare dead yet? The GOP Senate’s version, the BCRA, has failed. Majority Leader McConnell announced he’d pursue simply repealing the AHCA, but multiple Republican Senators announced they opposed that, too. Is repeal-and-delay dead too? Efforts to resurrect it are ongoing. Like a slasher-film villain, Trumpcare keeps coming back. (Issue: Health Care and Reproductive Justice)
- Trump Team / Russia ties. The New York Times recently provided this timeline of events regarding potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interests. Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both gave strong statements last week about the emails released by Donald Trump, Jr. about his meeting with Russians who claimed to have damaging information about candidate Hillary Clinton. Wyden, on the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted that there is no longer any doubt that the Trump campaign colluded with a country hostile to the United States and called on members of Congress, regardless of party to “stand up and do their duty: to protect and defend the Constitution”. Merkley, when asked during a CNN interview if the emails represented a “smoking gun” in the investigation of collusion, responded “absolutely” and declared it had “violation of law written all over it”. (Issue: Transparency and Corruption)
- ACTION: Wall-of-Us invites us to call our senators to ask them to endorse this letter, which calls upon the Department of Justice to investigate Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and Donald Trump, Jr.
- Net Neutrality. Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission chairman, has been publicizing a 1998 comment by Senator Ron Wyden to justify decreasing net neutrality rules. On July 18 Wyden released a statement re-iterating his position that he is in favor of a strong net neutrality policy and that Pai is misrepresenting the old comment. Senator Wyden said that the FCC chairman has been “willfully ignorant” when misrepresenting his opposition to the change. Additionally, Wyden points out that the internet landscape has changed considerably over the past 20 years which is why he supports the Open Internet Order of 2015 and similar regulations. Senators Wyden and Merkley joined Blumenthal, Franklin, and others on the internet “day of action” to rally against the expected decision by the FCC to rollback the Title II classification of internet service. Many internet service providers expressly opposed the “day of action”, with Comcast saying that supporters “create hysteria”, and Centurylink adding another entry to their list of anti-regulation blog posts. (Issue: Digital Rights, Electronic privacy and Surveillance)
- Border searches; Improving government email security. In response to inquiries by Senator Wyden last February, Customs and Border Protection has now stated that the agency cannot search cloud data from the personal devices of travelers entering the U.S. Following inquiries by Senator Wyden last March, the Pentagon has now announced plans to implement updated email encryption methods by July of 2018. Last Tuesday, Senator Wyden wrote to the Department of Homeland Security, advocating for increases in email security measures. (Issue: Digital Rights, Electronic privacy and Surveillance)
- Trump’s Electoral Commission. Last month, Oregon’s Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, declined a request by Trump’s newly-created Election Integrity Commission to provide voter identity information.
- ACTION: Wall-of-Us invites us to thank Mr. Richardson, by calling 503-986-1523. (Issue: Voting Rights, including voter suppression, electoral reform, gerrymandering
- Resolution stalled. A resolution drafted by Senators Wyden and Merkley to honor the victims of Portland’s MAX stabbings passed unanimously in the Senate but has mysteriously stalled in the House. A bipartisan letter from Oregon’s Representatives in the House has gone unanswered by House leadership. There is a question whether the leadership finds it unpalatable to refer to white nationalist groups (who have gained traction with Trump’s election) as “terrorists”.
- ACTION: Contact House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at (202) 225-2915.
- Recent Wyden interviews. Recent interviews with Senator Wyden can be read in the Eugene Weekly and seen on KOIN 6.
- Resource: Virtual resistance training. Wall-of-Us invites us to connect with Rhize to participate in virtual resistance training. More information and a calendar of events can be found here .
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, and 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.
“Indivisible Song” Lyrics
(Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!…)
They’re coming for our safety, they’re coming for our care
They’re coming for the water, they’re coming for the air
We could cower here in terror as the world turns upside down
We could watch them as they take democracy down
But when we rise we’re indivisible
We say Yes there will be justice in this land
They will hear us, they will see us
And the indivisible wall will stand!
Here in all our differences we raise each other’s pride
Shoulder touching shoulder we go forward with the tide
We’ll keep telling them our stories till they learn to empathize
And we won’t let them divide us with their lies
And when we rise we’re indivisible
We say Yes there will be justice in this land
They will hear us, they will see us
And the indivisible wall will stand!
© Do Mi Stauber