- Tues. September 19th: Singing Through the Hard Times – Uniting with Music 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. What does democracy look like when we come together to sing songs of peace and hope? Join local musicians and sing along to find out! Lyrics, instrumental accompaniment, and positive thinking provided. For further information: 541-579-6332
- Fri. September 22nd- 24th: Now I Am Your Neighbor Play 7:30 pm Fri., Sat and 2:00 pm Sun., Very Little Theatre Stage Left, 2350 Hilyard St., Eugene. **Sunday performance has ASL interpretation available. Now I Am Your Neighbor, an original play telling the true stories of courage, hopefulness, and resilience of Lane County immigrants, will be produced as a staged reading. Produced by CALC, in partnership with Minority Voices Theatre (MVT), the stories, generously shared, were woven together in a creative narrative by local playwright Nancy Hopps. Directed by Carol Dennis with original music by Ricardo Cardenas, the play will be produced as a staged reading by readers who are immigrants themselves or very close to the immigrant experience. Tickets are available at the door only, with a suggested donation of $5- $25. For more information, contact CALC at 541.485.1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sat. September 23rd: Senator Wyden Oakridge Town Hall 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Oakridge High School cafeteria, 47997 W 1st St., Oakridge. Bring your questions to Senator Wyden’s Town Hall in Oakridge! Senator Wyden is on the following Senate Committees: Joint Committee on Taxation, Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on the Budget, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Finance.
- Tues. September 26th: No To White Supremacy Rally 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Court House, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. Congress has unanimously passed a resolution that condemns white supremacy and calls on the Trump administration to do more. The measure, which passed in the Senate on Monday, Sept 11th and in the House on Tuesday, Sept 12th, was purposely introduced as a joint resolution, which requires the president’s signature, rather than a concurrent resolution, which does not. The final version calls the killing of Heyer a “domestic terrorist attack” and says that Congress “rejects White nationalism, White supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
- Tues. October 10th: Solidarity Rally for Peace 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Court House, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene, We are having TWO rallies today (on our usual Tuesday) in support of the Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace happening on October 14. Please join us for both rallies!
- Tues. October 10th: Solidarity Rally for Peace 5:15 – 6:45 pm, Federal Court House, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene, There is a march planned in Portland on October 14 with this same theme. We have chosen to do a rally on the Tuesday before. Please drop by to join Indivisible Eugene, Rush Hour Resistance and many ally groups who are coming together to rally and speak about working toward a peaceful nation.
- 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 Tuesday, September 5th 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.
- Last week was a time of floods and fires, with forest fires continuing across the Pacific Northwest this week. To underscore these climate-related disasters, we dedicated the September 12th Resist Trump Tuesday noon rally to the climate danger our planet faces, and to the urgent need for the US to take definitive action now to switch from an economy based on fossil fuels to one based on clean renewable fuel and power. To make that point, we had two incredible and speakers join us. First Debbie McGee of 350 Eugene reminded us what’s at stake. She told us the raw truth. “ACT FREAKED OUT!!” she told us…and she’s right.We should be acting as though our children’s lives depend on our urgent action. When the Trump administration pursues policies in denial of scientific fact, he places the entire planet in peril. We support our allies at 350 Eugene in demanding that the United States lead the way to a clean energy future. To learn what you can do to take action and fight for clean energy, visit the 350 Eugene website. Next, we heard from Julia Olson of Our Children’s Trust. Julia is one of the lawyers representing 21 youth plaintiffs suing the Trump Administration for failing to protect the rights of our youth to an atmosphere and planet free from climate chaos. The trial date is scheduled for February 5th, 2018 here in Eugene at the Federal Courthouse. To learn more about the landmark case and what you can do to support it, visit the Our Children’s Trust website.
- The Indivisible Eugene Organizing group is busy developing a rapid response team, the Resistance Summer “get out the vote” 2018.
- We are currently expanding our teams as well as actively taking steps to build our teams and teamwork!
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.
- DACA. On September 5, President Trump announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with the phase-out beginning on March 5, 2018. Sen Merkley stated, “President Trump’s move to go back on our promise to DREAMers is not only heartless, it’s shortsighted.” Senator Wyden tweeted that “Ending DACA to fulfill a bigoted campaign promise is cruel, unnecessary & undermines our values.” Rep. DeFazio is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act; he stated “There’s no doubt that our immigration system is broken, but targeting nearly a million vulnerable, law-abiding youth, who were brought to this country through no choice of their own and who have built their lives in the U.S., is not the answer.”
ACTION: National Indivisible provides a script and state-specific explainer for contacting our MoCs, as well as a comprehensive resource for standing up for immigrants in our communities. The ACLU provides a form for writing to our MoCs to encourage passage of the DREAM Act.
- Healthcare. The Senate has until the end of September to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act with only a simple majority (51 votes) required. After that it’ll take 60 votes to pass health care legislation, calling for including Democrats in the conversation. Although it remains a possibility until September 30, most senators of both parties are not interested in re-visiting a repeal plan. (There is one possibility — the Graham-Cassidy proposal — to remain aware of. See this explainer by national Indivisible for more.) But for most senators, attention on health care has switched to securing the current system and to expanding coverage in the future.
Since 2003 Rep. John Conyers (Michigan) has been regularly submitting a Medicare For All plan. Recently it has gained increased publicity and interest. On Wednesday Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) unveiled a similar bill in the Senate; on September 11 Sen. Jeff Merkley announced that he’d be co-sponsoring Sanders’ proposal. Merkley stated: “Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy. Right now, our health care system is incredibly complex, fragmented, and stressful. It would be terrific to have a simple, seamless system where, solely by virtue of living in America, you know that you will get the care you need.” Sen. Wyden had not yet signed on to the Sanders proposal, saying “I’m going to have to see the bill”; he is working on evaluating the possibility of implementing single-payer at the state level.
ACTION: Call Oregon’s senators to add your support and opinions to the discussion on how to improve health care coverage. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244; EUG: (541) 431-0229; Email. Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753; EUG: (541) 465-6750; Email.)
- Climate change. Senator Jeff Merkley announced on September 7 that his amendment to the State and Foreign Operations funding bill passed the Appropriations Committee on a bi-partisan basis and will now be sent to the Senate for a full vote. Merkley said: “It’s critical that America has a seat at the table when it comes to international climate policy. Climate disruption is the biggest challenge our planet faces in the 21st century, and we can’t afford to be missing in action. While we still have much more work to do to get to the bold climate action we need, today’s vote shows that Democrats and Republicans are prepared to work together to keep America engaged in the international dialogue on climate.”
This amendment adds $10 million as the U.S. contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These two groups have been funded by numerous countries, including the U.S., for over two decades, but President Trump’s proposed budget slashed our contribution. This bill, with Merkley’s amendment, restores U.S. funding to our usual level.
- Military spending. The House passed HR 2810, the Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trump’s budget requested $639 billion, but the House bill increased it to $696 billion — both of which are considerably more than President Obama’s last budget of $582 billion for defense spending, according to Forbes. Senator John McCain intends to counter with SB 1519, which is expected to add even more to the defense authorization. The Senate is scheduled to debate this issue this week.
ACTION: Call Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to let them know how you feel about expanding U.S. defense spending, which greatly outpaces that of every other country in the world, while programs protecting vulnerable populations, increasing clean energy, promoting health care, and broadening free public education, among others, are at risk.
You can also call them, as well as Congressman Peter DeFazio, with your opinion about recommendations to Trump by an advisory panel to add small, targeted nuclear bombs to the weapons arsenal, as reported by Politico this week.
- Air Traffic privatization. Rep DeFazio has been fighting Trump’s plan to privatize the Air Traffic Control system. A new GAO report requested by lawmakers undermines Trump’s criticism of the state of the system. Rep. DeFazio said “If Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration are serious about improving the air traffic control system, they should abandon their risky privatization proposal and get to work to pass a bill that will provide a stable and predictable funding stream for our aviation system.” The privatization proposal now looks unlikely.
- Blue slips for judicial nominees. Senators Wyden and Merkley are objecting to Trump’s nominee for the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; the two said they do not intend to return the blue-colored paper to the Senate Judiciary Committee that would signal support for nominee Ryan Bounds “or any other nominee that has not been selected through our judicial process.” Republican senators — who used the blue slip process to block Obama nominees — are threatening to change the long-standing rules.
You know you’re burnt out when “self-care” feels like a chore!
Here are some considerations that might help.
- Understand that the reason you’re run down is normal, and not your fault.
- Figure out what your goals are for yourself, not anyone else.
- Be honest about what you can handle.
- Give yourself a reward — you deserve it!
- If your soul feels hungry, that’s OK!
To read click on “4 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself When You’re Completely EXHAUSTED”
by Dr. Alicia H. Clark
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