- 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. 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, email@example.com. (Sponsored by: Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), Womens Action for New Directions (WAND), Justice Not War Coalition, Japanese American Association, Beyond War Northwest.)
- Mon. August 7th: Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall 11:30 am, Lane Community College, Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 E. 30th Ave. Eugene.
- Sat. August 12th: 2017 Eugene-Springfield Pride Day Festival 12:00 – 6:00 pm, 100 Day Island Rd, Eugene. 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.
- 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!
- On Sunday July 23rd the I.E. Creative Team had a sign making party at the Drinking Gourd Elementary School. Kira, the Creative Team Coordinator did an excellent job preparing for the event! We had an exciting last minute request from David Alexander a NBC16 KMTR/KVAL reporter to join us. Member Support members Do Mi and Steve were interviewed about our preparation for the Eugene Parade, what I.E is all about, as well as, what some of our concerns are. Click here to watch the coverage.
- On Tuesday July 25th we attended the Resist Trump Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse. It was hosted by Take Action Eugene who as always does a great job co-hosting this important weekly event.
- On Wednesday July 26th I.E. members Kira and Steve met with Lynne McKinney at her Access to Advocacy group meeting hosted by LILA. (Lane Independent Living Alliance) We will be teaming up with LILA to help them fight the regressive issues they’re facing and Lynne has agreed to join the I.E. organizer group to help Indivisible Eugene become more inclusive and accessible. Welcome Lynne!
- On July 30th, scores of Indivisible Eugene members marched with Peter DeFazio and a host of progressive groups united under the banner of RESISTANCE. It was a beautiful day and our troop of IE members displayed smiling faces, red-white-and-blue top hats and matching blue tee-shirts to crowds of appreciative Eugenians who lined the streets and cheered us onward! With high-fives, thumbs extended upward, and cheers pouring from what was clearly a grateful local community, we marched chanting “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!” The perfect end to such a memorable event is that the Resistance entry won the City’s prestigious “Judges Choice” award. In addition to Indivisible Eugene, a partial list of the allies that took part in the parade includes: Indivisible Yachats, Rise Up, Take Action Eugene, Community Alliance of Lane County, Our Revolution Lane County, Refugee Resettlement Committee of Lane County, Healthcare for All Oregon, People Power Eugene, Impacting Change and Democratic Party of Lane County. Thanks go out to these tireless volunteer organizations and to Congressman Peter DeFazio. We’ll see you all again next year! Click here for our Live Stream.
- On Tuesday August 1st we hosted the weekly Resist Trump Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse. Thank you to the entire event team and all those who attend each week!
- On Tuesday August 1st we also attended the Eugene Town Hall Meeting with Peter DeFazio at the Churchill High School Auditorium. Thank you Lin, Adonna, Debbi and Jerry for representing at the town hall.
- On Wednesday August 2nd we attended the Springfield Seniors Town Hall Meeting with Peter DeFazio at Willamalane Adult Activity Center.
- The Indivisible Eugene Organizing group is busy developing a rapid response team, preparing for the general meeting on Aug 6th, prepping for the Resistance Summer “get out the vote” 2018 for August 13th, as well as planning for the upcoming town halls! It’s a busy summer and a great time to help if you have been thinking about joining us,
Here is what the MoC/Legislation Tracking team has been monitoring the last two weeks regarding our MoC’s activities/inactivities in response to the Trump agenda.
- Discrimination based on sexual orientation. This New York Times article outlines three important moves made by the Trump Administration to rollback protections for LGBTQ individuals last Thursday, including the Justice Department’s argument that provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act do not protect workers on the basis of their sexual orientation, and the nomination of Sam Brownback — a vocal opponent of LGBTQ rights — as Religious Ambassador. Responding to Trump’s statement that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the military, Senators Wyden and Merkley called on the White House to reverse the decision, and threatened action in the Senate to undercut defense spending. In response to the Department of Justice’s efforts to argue that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is legal under federal law, Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement on July 27 asserting that “this continuing attack on our LGBTQ community is disgraceful and must come to an end.” He noted that President Trump promised during the campaign to protect the rights of these citizens and instead his administration is “advocating for Americans to be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or kicked out of a restaurant simply because of who they are and whom they love.” As the author of the Equality Act of 2017 Merkley has worked to enact legislation that makes it clear that this kind of discrimination is illegal. (Issue: LGBTQ Equality)
- Trumpcare. Repeal (and replace?) of the ACA have failed in the Senate — for now. Senator Wyden tweeted on July 26 that, along with Washington Senator Patty Murray, he worked to get quick action from the Congressional Budget Office to provide information and scores of the Republican bill, despite the fact that the final, “skinny” version wasn’t released until just a few hours before the Senate vote on July 27. And Senator Merkley, with the help of numerous constituents, compiled a list of over 100 amendments to propose that would have delayed the process and forced senators to publicly vote on various issues, such as eliminating Medicaid provisions for breast cancer and raising premiums for pregnant women. (Issue: Health Care and Reproductive Justice)
- ACTION: Contact both Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to thank them for all they did to help defeat the latest incarnation of the bill to repeal health care. Let them know you appreciate their work and support transparent, bi-partisan efforts to improve health care. (Sen. Wyden: 541-431-0229; email; Sen. Merkley: (541-465-6750; email)
- Immigration bills. The national Indivisible group notes that “No matter which way Trump’s agenda goes on healthcare, we know he will try to score political points with his base by attacking immigrants.” As such, they invite us to read how Trump’s agenda threatens immigrants. (Issue: Immigration)
- ACTION: National Indivisible encourages us to advocate that our Senators support the DREAM Act, and oppose budget items that would finance mass deportations. Also, Wall-of-Us reminds us that two bills which support President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric are now headed for votes in the Senate. They invite us to encourage Senators Wyden and Merkley to oppose the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (HR3003) and Kate’s Law (HR3004) using this script.
- Personnel moves to silence climate scientists. Senator Wyden joined seven of his colleagues from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in calling for an investigation of federally-employed scientists who may have had their roles reassigned by the Trump Administration “to silence their voices, or to punish them for the conscientious performance of their public duties”. (Issue: Environment and Climate)
- ACTION: Check out National Indivisible’s new page on climate change. “It’s time to tell your members of Congress that we will not stand for Trump’s dangerous policies that destroy our environment, our planet, and our future. Are you in?” Stand Up for Our Planet.
- Trump’s budget. The recently-unveiled House GOP budget is problematic like the budget Trump released in May. The budget battle is on the horizon.
- ACTION: Wall-of-Us invites us to prepare for the upcoming budget discussions, and provides this outline of the specific impacts of proposed items. (Issue: Budget (Science, Education, EPA, Climate, etc))
- Trump’s tax reform. The New York Times explains that GOP leaders have reached agreement with the Trump Administration about the principles that will underlie their upcoming tax reform proposals. Senator Wyden joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in issuing a response that the Democratic caucus “will not support any effort to pass deficit-financed tax cuts, which would endanger critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other public investments in the future.” On Tuesday, Senator Wyden spoke, as well, about a paucity of affordable housing across the nation, and he stressed the need to protect the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit during upcoming negotiations. (Issue: Tax Reform)
- Warrantless surveillance of Americans. Senator Wyden joined Senator Paul last week in warning that the Trump Administration will likely attempt to expand federal agencies’ ability to collect information without a warrant. Last Thursday, Wyden and Paul spoke against the continued use of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Senator Wyden recently asked the Department of Justice how often it has collected information on American citizens, under an executive order which allows for the monitoring of foreign activities without a warrant. Wyden inquired how many times this has occurred, and what guidelines inform the practice. On Monday, Wyden pressed National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, again to respond to his inquires about current surveillance practices. (Issue: Digital Rights, Electronic privacy and Surveillance)
- DoJ’s concealed recommendations. Senator Wyden accused Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, of concealing recommendations made to the Department of Justice by the newly appointed Task Force on Crime and Public Safety. Wyden called for the recommendations to made public in a letter to Sessions on Tuesday. (Issue: Transparency and Corruption (including Russia ties, emoluments, etc)
- Election commission privacy violation. Senator Wyden joined Feinstein and Brown in addressing a letter to White House Counsel, Don McGhan, regarding the decision to publish the personal information of those who made comments about the Election Integrity Commission. (Issue: Digital Rights, Electronic privacy and Surveillance)
- Nomination of Christopher Wray as FBI Directory. Senators Wyden and Merkley were two of only five senators to vote against the nomination of Christopher Wray as the new head of the FBI. In a statement, Wyden said that he voted against Wray due to his stance on privacy issues. (Issues: Nominations; Digital Rights, Electronic Privacy and Surveillance )
- Testimony on meetings with Russians. Following testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Wyden stated that it is “imperative” that Jared Kushner testify under oath in an open session. Wyden added that Kushner’s recent public statement was “a world record in terms of careful lawyering,” and he reiterated that “There should be no presumption that he is telling the whole truth today.”(Issue: Transparency and Corruption (including Russia ties, emoluments, etc))
- Upcoming town halls. Senator Merkley will be having a town hall in Eugene on Monday August 7th. Senator Wyden will be holding eight town halls between August 5th and 10th; schedule of events can be found here.
- Resource: Monitoring Russian influence/disinformation. The Securing Democracy project is tracking the ongoing activity of hundreds of Twitter accounts associated with the Russian government. What propaganda and disinformation are currently being pushed to the US? See A Dashboard tracking Russian propaganda on Twitter. (Issue: Disinformation, Fake News, Social Media Campaigns, and News Literacy)
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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, 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.
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“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