- Tues. October 17th: Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene. (Hosted by Take Action Eugene)
- Wed. October 18th: Portents and Parallels October Lecture by Kenneth Calhoon 6:15 – 7:00 pm, Tsunami Book Store, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene. This popular lecture series is returning with the start of the school year. Hope to see you all again! Lecture is by Kenneth Calhoon, Professor of Comparative Literature and German at the University of Oregon. Title: “‘We Write Symphonies’: Donald Trump and the Problem of Culture.” The lectures are free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the use of the space.
- Tues. October 24th: No To White Supremacy Rally 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Federal Courthouse, 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 11 and in the House on Tuesday, Sept 12, was purposely introduced as a joint resolution, which requires the president’s signature, rather than a concurrent resolution, which does not.
- 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 October 10th we hosted the Solidarity Rally for Peace at the Federal Courthouse at noon. It was a day for everyone with a compassionate heart and open mind to come together and celebrate love and unity! Our President Lin spoke at the event, thanks Lin!
- Also on Tuesday October 10th we participated in the Solidarity Rally for Peace at the Federal Courthouse at 5:15 pm. We joined Rush Hour Resistance and many ally groups to rally and speak about working toward a peaceful nation. This event was in coordination with the Nationwide Solidarity March. The goal of all these events was to unite people of all political and religious affiliations, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, disabilities, ages and every other aspect of a human being.
- The Indivisible Eugene Organizing Group does and is more than just the events and gatherings it hosts. It’s a relatively small group of volunteers who share a common goal of resisting the regressive agenda and doing so by following the Indivisible Guide. With the help of wonderful experienced people like Barbra Date we are investing time into developing our own internal culture and organizational well-being.
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.
- Environment. On October 10 Sen. Jeff Merkley declared in a press release that the “Trump-Pruitt attack on the Clean Power Plan is an assault on clean air, a safe environment and our children’s health. It is politics trumping the public interest.” The Clean Power Plan was enacted during President Barack Obama’s term and involved regulations that would curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Plan was developed as a way to encourage states to move away from reliance on coal and towards using fuels less likely to increase global warming. President Trump and EPA chief Scott Pruitt maintain the regulations are burdensome and repealing them was one of Trump’s key campaign promises. Over 2500 premature deaths and 140,000 asthma attacks in children were estimated to be prevented by the Plan, according to the EPA during President Obama’s term.
ACTION: Contact Sen. Merkley (205-224- 3753) and Scott Pruitt (202-564-4700) to voice your opinions.
- Taxes. Both the House and the Senate have begun to consider tax reform and hope to be able to vote on their proposals by the end of the year. Although most agree revising the tax code is overdue, the current Republican plans have been criticized for focusing on eliminating the estate tax and lowering the corporate tax rate — both of which would benefit the wealthiest Americans, as well as probably increasing the deficit, further burdening the middle class, and reducing funds for programs, such as Medicare and Social Security, that benefit the most vulnerable populations. Rep DeFazio has tweeted “New tax plan provides huge giveaways for the very wealthiest, but somehow Trump swears it’s not a good deal for him”. According to cnn.com, both Democrats and Republicans have voiced concern about various aspects of the plans so far being discussed. And, since the Republicans plan to invoke the reconciliation process, as they did when trying to revoke the Affordable Care Act, they’ve determined to attempt tax reform without consulting with the Democrats and, instead, to devise enough compromises within their own party to ensure passage by a simple majority vote. In a recent interview on “Here and Now”, Senator Wyden criticized the “trickle-down” tax plan, calling it a “scam” and saying, “We have seen this movie before.”
ACTION: In anticipation of the GOP’s upcoming tax plan, the national Indivisible group offers this guide, which outlines key elements and offers call-scripts. Contact Congressman Peter DeFazio and Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden to let them know what you think about tax reform. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244; EUG: (541) 431-0229; Webmail. Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753; EUG: (541) 465-6750; Webmail. Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416; EUG: (541) 465-6732; Webmail.)
- Gun violence. Senator Ron Wyden, along with several others, introduced three gun-control bills in reaction to the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1.These bills are: The Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act addresses a loophole so as to make it illegal to modify semi-automatic weapons to enable them to fire at an automatic weapon rate; automatic weapons themselves have been illegal for three decades. The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act would repeal 2005 legislation that provides immunity from liability to firearms manufacturers, distributors and dealers. And the Background Check Completion Act would require federally-licensed gun dealers to wait up to 72 hours for a completed background check before selling to a gun buyer. Referring to the shootings in Las Vegas, Senator Wyden said “These tragedies require more than ‘thoughts and prayers.’ They demand common-sense action and that’s what each of these three bills would provide”.
On the House side, Rep DeFazio co-sponsored HB3947, the “Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act”, to prohibit such modifications. Rep DeFazio also withdrew his support for the Republican-backed “Hearing Protection” bill intended to make it easier to buy silencers for guns.
On the flip side of the arms’ race on US streets, Senator Wyden also joined with Senators Paul and Schatz to introduce the Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act, which intends to reduce the transfer of military equipment to police departments.
Contact our Senators and Representative to voice your support of these and other measures to curb gun violence. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244; EUG: (541) 431-0229; Webmail. Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753; EUG: (541) 465-6750; Webmail. Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416; EUG: (541) 465-6732; Webmail.)
- Health care. Senator Wyden recently joined Senator Hatch in negotiating a renewal for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which supplements Medicaid coverage for the children of low-income families. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to pass the renewal before the program’s funding lapsed at the end of September. The program does enjoy broad support, however, and continues to be discussed. Separately, the Finance Committee also introduced the CHRONIC Care Act, which aims to improve Medicare services for older individuals with chronic conditions. This bill passed the Senate unanimously, and is now headed for a vote in the House.
ACTION:Amid concerns that the Trump Administration has been making deliberate efforts to “let Obamacare implode”, Wall-of-Us reminds us that open-enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act begins on November 1st. Use your contacts and social media to share the word.
- Immigration and refugees. The New York Times reports that the Trump Administration has announced a series of “hardline” demands for negotiations of protections for DACA recipients. Senators Wyden amd Merkley discussed DACA with DREAMers and immigration rights activists at a Portland roundtable. Senator Wyden met with several DACA recipients at the University of Oregon recently, and stated that he plans to share these individuals’ stories on the Senate floor. Wyden is also supporting three pieces of related legislation. These include a bill to extend the DACA program for three years, a bill to protect the identities of DACA recipients, and a bill to grant legal protection to approximately one million individuals who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 18.
- Transparency and the free press. Earlier this month, Jeff Sessions stated that the Department of Justice would expand its efforts to restrict the publication of sensitive information. On Tuesday, Senator Wyden issued a letter to the Attorney General, asking for details of the Department’s current practices, and urging the Department to limit, rather than expand, its efforts.
- Election integrity and voter rights. In continuing investigation of Russia’s influence in the 2016 election, Senator Wyden recently sent letters to the country’s top six voting machine manufactures, inquiring about their security practices.
- War powers. Though the president’s bluster about North Korea is often in the news, Saudi Arabia’s US-supported war in Yemen is getting little attention, even though it is regarded as a major humanitarian crisis. Rep. DeFazio co-sponsored HCR81, which per the War Powers Act directs the president “to remove United States Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in the Republic of Yemen.”
- Criticizing the Trump swamp. Senator Wyden has criticized several members of the Trump Administration during the last weeks. Two weeks ago, Senator Wyden criticized FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, before his re-nomination. Last week, Senator Wyden criticized Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, for plans to reopen designated conservation areas for oil and gas development, which may threaten local wildlife. Senator Wyden further criticized Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, for her rollback of Obama-era guidelines regarding sexual assaults on college campuses; and he joined Senator Merkley at Portland State University to discuss the matter with students and administrators. Senator Wyden also criticized Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, for his travel expenses; and he has requested documentation verifying that the expense were properly authorized.
This tip comes from Indivisible Somerville:
What does self-care involve? You can imagine it as the instructions on a plant: “Place in partial sun. Water thoroughly. Apply fertilizer twice a year. Repot as necessary.” Practicing self-care means that we learn what we need to thrive, and then we provide ourselves with those things.
Find your community. Plants flourish best in an interconnected ecosystem, and so do people. So seek to surround yourself with people who affirm your experiences and welcome your authentic self. Join communities that share your passion for justice and inclusivity. Prioritize real-time interactions (face-to-face if possible!), where your energy can build and reflect off each other. None of us can do this work alone, and none of us should have to.
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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.