- Sun. November 19th: Sunday Burrito Brigade – Indivisible Volunteer Opportunity 11:00am – 2:45pm, First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St., Eugene. We are making burritos on #BurritoSunday! We welcome all volunteers. Opportunities for service are: 11:30am – 12:30pm Burrito prep, 1:00 – 2:00pm Burrito rolling, and 1:45 – 2:45pm Burrito distribution or cleanup. Bring a bike or come walk with us for distribution.
- Tues. November 21st: NotOnePennyTaxScam Primal Scream Resist Trump Tuesday Rally 12:00 – 1:00pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. This is an ongoing event that happens every week. Signs are available at the site for those who stop by during their lunch break. We hope you will join us.
- Wed. December 13th: Portents and Parallels, December Lecture by Jeanine Cunningham 6:15 – 7:00pm, Tsunami Bookstore, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene. Jeanine Cunningham is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon, and will be presenting on “Taking Back America: Right-Wing Framing, Mobilization, and Collective Identity in the Post-Obama Era.” The lectures are free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the use of the space.
- 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!
Stay in touch with all things volunteering! Opportunities, special thanks, kudos and more.
This week we would like to extend special kudos to our volunteer Janet Jamison, who has served as typist and has been taking notes at INDIVISIBLE Eugene’s organizer meetings for several weeks now.
Text: Want a way to get involved with Indivisible Eugene? Typing skills, Sunday afternoons free? We need a regular notetaker for our bi-monthly organizer meetings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Click here if interested!
- On Sunday November 5th, we volunteered with the Sunday Burrito Brigade at First Christian Church. Burrito Brigade is an all-volunteer community group working to alleviate hunger in Oregon. Opportunities for service are: 11:30am – 12:30pm Burrito prep, 1:00 – 2:00pm Burrito rolling, and 1:45 – 2:45pm Burrito distribution or cleanup. Bring a bike or come walk with us for distribution.
- On Tuesday November 7th we hosted the TrumpTaxScam Primal Scream Resist Trump Tuesday Rally at the Federal Courthouse. This is an ongoing event that happens every week. Signs are available at site for those who stop by during their lunch break. We hope you will join us.
- On Sunday, November 12th we hosted a group hike along the Goodman Trail located near Dexter, Oregon. Self-care is important for persistent resistance. Look for us on Facebook if you are interested in updates about future group hikes.
- On Tuesday November 14th we hosted the Resist Trump Tuesday Climate Change Day of Action at the Federal Courthouse, and were featured nationally on NPR! About 30 people gathered with us near the Federal Courthouse, to decry the GOP tax bill, Trump’s cabinet picks, and the President’s inaction on gun control following mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. Huge thank you to Brian Bull with KLCC for submitting the story!
- On Wednesday November 15th we attended the Portents and Parallels, November Lecture by Michael Dreiling at Tsunami Bookstore. This lecture was entitled “Ruling Class Schisms and Ideological Polarization in America: Some Limits and Possibilities to Our Present Crisis.” The lectures are free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the use of the space.
- On Thursday November 16th we hosted an Indivisible Eugene Open Meeting/Potluck at Drinking Gourd Elementary School. We had fun coming together for some mutual support and delicious food! Special thanks to Representative Julie Fahey and Health Care for ALL Oregon for attending, and leading discussion on important issues such as affordable healthcare.
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.
- Calendar. The US House and US Senate will be on recess the week of November 20, and the weeks of December 18 and 25 (House calendar, Senate calendar). Our MoCs currently have no town halls scheduled.
- Tax reform and Healthcare. On Thursday the House passed a bill that would significantly alter the current U.S. tax code. Our Rep. Peter DeFazio voted nay on the GOP’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”; the Senate must finalize and vote on their version, after which the GOP tax plan would head to the reconciliation process.In addition to eliminating deductions for state and local taxes, lowering the corporate tax rate, reducing the estate tax on wealthy individuals, and eliminating the individual mandate for health care, the bill reduces credits and incentives for clean energy while preserving those for fossil fuels. Earlier Rep. DeFazio, in an interview on November 3, sarcastically suggested, “We should just maybe figure out a way to burn coal in cars and that would make them happy.” Senator Ron Wyden, referring to the House bill’s proposal to remove the individual health care mandate, released a statement asserting that “This is a con job on the American people”.National Indivisible recently outlined the ways in which the Republican-led tax proposal mirror the previous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act; and the New York Times provides this overview of proposed tax-bracket changes. Current elements are also noted to include reduced deductions for seniors’ Medicare expenses and increased income taxes for graduate students. More recently, the repeal of the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act was also added, following repeated encouragements by President Trump. Of the attack on the individual mandate, Senator Wyden said “This bill seems to get worse by the hour. This is not just another garden variety attack on the Affordable Care Act, this is a repeal of that law.”
National Indivisible notes that bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, introduced last month by Senators Wyden and Hatch, has now been replaced by a partisan bill that diverts funding away from the Affordable Care Act. While open-enrollment for coverage through the ACA continues in Oregon, the Trump Administration has persisted in its efforts to undermine the program.
ACTION: Contact Representative DeFazio to thank him for his vote. Contact our Senators to encourage them to fight the problematic aspects of this tax plan. (Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416; EUG: (541) 465-6732; Webmail. Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244; EUG: (541) 431-0229; Webmail. Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753; EUG: (541) 465-6750; Webmail.)
- Immigration. Following reports that a 10 year old girl was detained on the way to the hospital and then arrested in the hospital following gall bladder surgery by immigration authorities 16 senators, including Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, signed a letter on November 14 calling on for an investigation. Current Homeland Security guidelines specify that even undocumented individuals are ensured access to medical, educational, and religious institutions. The letter calls for answers to the senators’ questions about whether or not the youngster’s treatment violated the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act.
- Environment. Senators Wyden and Merkley have urged Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, to extend the comment time on the Trump Administration’s plan to reduce protections for the Greater Sage-grouse. The senators also wrote to the White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, criticizing Zinke for plans to reduce the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument; stating that Zinke failed to consult with them about the plan, and that he included significant inaccuracies in the proposal.A recent article in the East Oregonian compares “clashing proposals” for wildfire response funding made by Senator Wyden and Representative Walden.
- Nominations. National Indivisible notes that Senator McConnell has recently expedited the appointments of several judges; while speaking against the “blue slip” process that Senators Wyden and Merkley have cited in opposing Ryan Bound’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court.
- Online rights and media. Three bills have recently been introduced to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The USA Rights Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Wyden and Paul, is particularly noted for its increased protections for U.S. citizens’ private information.On Wednesday Senator Merkley joined 14 other Senators to request the FCC’s inspector general to open an investigation into the FCC’s review of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. Politico has stated that Trump’s FCC revived an obsolete regulatory loophole so that the conservative-leaning television empire can expand to reach 72 percent of U.S. households. Sinclair Broadcasting owns KVAL and KMTR; letters to the editor in the Register Guard have complained about Sinclair requiring broadcast of opinion pieces by Trump advisor Boris Epshteyn during local news (one, two).Senator Wyden recently wrote to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to urge increased efforts to protect the personal devices of White House staff members.
- Transparency and corruption. Senator Wyden was one of several representatives who called for investigation into Whitefish Energy’s contract to help restore Puerto Rico’s energy grid. Questions stemmed from a lack of competition in selection process, possibly due to personal ties with the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.
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.
Recognize when you need help. Sometimes we hit a crisis point. A crisis can emerge from bleak world news, personal loss, physical illness, even simple overcommitment — anything that yanks you out of your healthy equilibrium. So tally the resources that you have access to, whatever they are — partners, family, friends, health care, finances, faith communities, mentors — and learn how to recognize when it’s time to get outside help. Plan your strategy before a crisis hits: where can you go for help? What commitments can you safely put on hold? Then, when a crisis does happen, you can follow that strategy despite any swarming thoughts of inadequacy or despair.
For the full article you can see it HERE.
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