- Sun. December 3rd: Yes on 101 Rally and Canvass! 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, 125 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can visit a doctor or nurse, or get medicine when you’re sick. Measure 101 protects healthcare for vulnerable Oregonians, including seniors, people with disabilities, and 400,000 children. Join Yes for Healthcare volunteers at our Eugene Rally and Canvass to help make sure every voter knows to vote YES on Measure 101 on January 23!
- Tues. December 5th: “Open to All” Resisting Discrimination on Trump Tuesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. The ACLU is preparing to head to the U.S. Supreme Court to represent Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, a couple who were turned away from Masterpiece Cakeshop when they tried to purchase a cake for their wedding reception because they are gay. The decision on this case will profoundly impact every one of us. Indivisible Eugene, Take Action Eugene and ACLU People Power are mobilizing to show that cities across the country stand with Charlie and Dave. Supreme Court arguments begin December 5th.
- 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.
New Indivisible Eugene apparel available now!
We are excited to announce that we are now ordering INDIVISIBLE EUGENE HOODED SWEATSHIRTS! They will be our signature blue color with a white Indivisible Eugene logo on the front, and white #RESIST on the back, just like our t-shirts. They are high quality products, by the same manufacturer as our t-shirts. And speaking of t-shirts, we are replenishing our t-shirt inventory! Sizes Small through 2XL will soon be available at $15 apiece ($2 extra for 2XL).
Available sizes of sweatshirts are Small through Extra Large, for $30. 2XL through 5XL are also available for an added cost of $2 for the 2XL, $3 for the 3XL, $4 for the 4XL, and $5 for the 5XL. If you’d like larger than 5XL, you can provide your own shirt and we will print the logo for $5. Payment will be accepted in cash or check made out to Indivisible Eugene at the time of pick up. Please submit your orders to Debbie Simmons.
LET’S FLOOD EUGENE WITH OUR BLUE AND OUR MESSAGE! (While staying warm). We think it’s a great cause and message, and hope you do too!
- 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 Debbie Simmons, for getting our new batch of t-shirts and sweatshirts ordered!
- Text: Want a way to get involved with Indivisible Eugene? Typing skills, Sunday afternoons free? We need a regular note-taker for our bi-monthly organizer meetings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!Click here for more information!
- Looking to join a team of concerned activists made up of medical professionals and other volunteers to monitor, triage, and do basic first aid during marches, rallies, and other potentially volatile events? If so, we would love to hear from you!We are offering free training in CPR, Basic First Aid, deescalation of mental health and behavioral issues, triage guidelines, and other issues that may occur in crowds. Our trainings will begin in January with certified and experienced trainers. We also have supplies including defibrillators (we will offer a training in proper use), well-stocked backpacks of medical supplies, vests identifying ourselves, and wheelchairs.
Please email Pam Garrison for more information.
- On Thursday November 16th we hosted an open meeting at Drinking Gourd Elementary School—and it was a huge success! These meetings have three goals: to give possible volunteers a way to check out our group, to give our wider community information and discussion on timely topics, and to give all of us some social time with people of like mind. About 40 people filled the gathering room to hear State Representative Julie Fahey and representatives of Health Care for All Oregon, the work Julie has been doing in the legislature, and the dangers of the upcoming Measure 101 special election in January. A lavish potluck, songs led by Do Mi Stauber, and lots of inter-group networking raised our spirits. And eight people signed up to volunteer with Indivisible Eugene! Our next open meeting is January 25th, speaker to be decided. We hope you will join us!
- On Sunday November 19th 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 21st we hosted the NotOnePennyTaxScam Primal Scream Resist Trump Tuesday Rally at the Federal Courthouse.
- On Tuesday November 28th we co-hosted the No GOP Tax Scam! Resist Trump Tuesday Rally with Take Action Eugene at the Federal Courthouse. Resist Trump Tuesday rallies are ongoing events that happen every week. Signs are available at the site for those who stop by during their lunch break. We hope you will join us.
- On Tuesday November 28th we also hosted our first ever post-rally #TrumpTaxScam Calling Party at Theo’s Coffee House in Eugene. By following these guidelines/using this peer-to-peer dialing tool, Indivisible volunteers can call voters in key states with a swing Republican senator. We are hopeful these events will help encourage people to get out the vote and use their voice.
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. Sen. Wyden has a townhall scheduled in Clackamas County on December 2, and Multnomah County on December 3. Sen. Merkley and Rep. DeFazio do not have townhalls currently scheduled. The US House and US Senate will be on recess the weeks of December 18 and 25 (House calendar,Senate calendar).
- Tax reform and economic justice. The Senate continued to work towards creating a tax reform bill that would satisfy enough Republican Senators to pass without the support of any Democrats. Oregon’s two Senators and Lane County’s Representative have all criticized both the Senate and House tax revision efforts. During an interview with KLCC, Rep. Peter DeFazio called the House version “one of the meanest spirited bills” he’d ever seen and noted that “it still creates trillions of dollars of new debt”. He also noted that many of the bill’s advantages for middle class taxpayers depend on the assumption that tax cuts for corporations will trickle down in the form of increased hiring and wages for workers. The House bill passed last week, despite the lack of Democratic support.
- The Senate voted on their version yesterday, resulting in a major tax overhaul bill that passed late Friday night with a narrow 51-49 majority. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the only Republican senator to vote against the legislation. In a column in OregonLive, Sen. Jeff Merkley called these proposals “the biggest bank heist in American history” that would increase taxes for many middle-income Americans “while delivering virtually all of its benefits to corporations and the richest Americans”. He noted that deductions for student loans, adoptions, and medical expenses, among others would be eliminated. If the deduction for state and local taxes is removed, many people, including 675,000 Oregonian families, according to Merkley, would essentially be double-taxed.
- And once again, the Republican-controlled Senate and House are attacking the Affordable Care Act by removing the individual mandate in their tax reform bills. This time, the Congressional Budget Office estimates 13 million Americans would lose healthcare, premiums for many others would rise, and funds for Medicare would be drastically cut. Sen. Ron Wyden called the tax proposals a “middle class con job,” according to the New York Times.The New York Times offered this outline of the current tax proposals; and analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has suggested that changes to health insurance would create particularly detrimental effects for low-income individuals. At the time of this writing, seven GOP lawmakers have expressed concerns about the bill.
Before the Republican tax proposals left the Senate Finance Committee, a heated exchange occurred between Senators Brown and Hatch. This was prompted by an amendment proposed by Senator Wyden, which stated that the tax cuts for corporations would be rescinded if employee wages did not grow in response.
ACTION: While there may be short-term tax benefits for many Americans, depending on what is included in the final bill, most phase out over time. On the other hand, most of the tax benefits for corporations and the wealthiest Americans are permanent. With the passing of the Senate legislation, both chambers of Congress will go into Conference Committee to finalize the bill. Contact your congress members to offer your opinions on tax reform and on their efforts. (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).
- Voting rights and electoral integrity. Sen. Ron Wyden, among others, is concerned about the security of the American election system. To gather more information, he contacted five of the main voting machine companies in the country last month requesting details about what they had done to protect their machines from threats. The companies (Dominion Voting, Election Systems and Software, Five Cedars Group, Hart Intercivic, and Unisyn) provided answers which varied in completeness and relevance to Wyden’s questions. Election Systems and Software, for example, has machines and voter registration systems in 42 states and noted that they had “multiple safeguards in place”. This assertion doesn’t reassure Wyden, according to an article in fcw.com.In addition to possible threats to the machines used during elections, there have been attacks on voter registration systems. Increasing cyber security and improving protection to our election system need to be addressed long before the 2018 elections.
ACTION: Electoral interference and voter suppression will likely be major issues in next year’s election. Vulnerable voting systems add the risk that actual hacking will taint the reliability of election results. Let your congress members know how you feel about these dangers to American democracy. (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).
- Online rights and net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission, headed by Trump appointee, Ajit Pai, has released its plan to repeal the Title II classification of internet service (i.e. “Net Neutrality“). Sen. Wyden has been a vocal critic, while Rep. Walden has praised the change.
ACTION: A form for contacting MoCs, pointers to local protests, and other information are available here.
- Sexual misconduct. On November 16, Sen. Wyden joined Sen. Merkley and others in calling for an ethics investigation into Sen. Al Franken, who has been accused of several incidents of sexual harassment and assault. When interviewed on November 27, Wyden declined to call for Franken to resign, however. “He’s called for an ethics inquiry,” Wyden said. “I think that’s appropriate and I want to see the results.”
- Nominations. President Trump has nominated Billy Williams to maintain the position of U.S. attorney for Oregon. Williams is noted to have bipartisan support, with Senators Wyden and Merkley expressing satisfaction with the choice. Among other activities, however, Williams has recently spoken and written in opposition to the Sanctuary practices followed by some law-enforcement officers.
- Environment. In an article “Democrats Are Shockingly Unprepared to Fight Climate Change”, Sen. Merkley was praised as the author of two significant bills which are examples of climate leadership.Rep. DeFazio, Sen. Wyden, and Sen. Markley have objected to an effort by a Utah congressman seeking to re-open an area near pristine creeks and rivers in southwest Oregon to nickel mining.
Sen. Wyden recently criticized the Trump Administration for falling to include financial aid for wildfire responses in a recent disaster-relief package. He also proposed legislation that would finance the responses to these events by classifying wildfires as natural disasters. Debate has continued on this issue, however, as Republicans have aimed instead to finance wildfire responses through increased logging activities.
- International relations and trade. The Office of the US Trade Representative has released an updated account of its objectives in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. This comes after Senator Wyden placed a hold on upcoming nominees to the department. “The American public is rightfully skeptical of trade negotiations conducted in the dark,” Wyden wrote. “The administration needs to continue to provide the public with more information about its goals, and to listen to stakeholders about what a successful trade policy should look like.”Rep. DeFazio was a leader in a bipartisan effort supporting US negotiators’ proposed solution to “long-standing highway safety issues” in NAFTA — specifically, that Mexican trucking companies operating in the US do not have to follow the same safety rules (hours of service, drug and alcohol testing, etc.) as US companies. Also, in response to an article about corporations lobbying against NAFTA, Rep. DeFazio tweeted “Big corporations are pushing to get rid of worker protections and incentivize outsourcing in NAFTA negotiations. If the US withdraws from the deal, it will be thanks to corporate lobbying.”
What does self-care involve?
In the midst of constant chaos and stress, it is important to take care of ourselves, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
The best way to do this is to implement tiny self-care habits every day. Here are our suggestions:
Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Mind:
1. Start a compliments file. Document the great things people say about you to read later.
2. Scratch off a lurker on your to-do list, something that’s been there for ages and you’ll never do.
Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Body:
1. Give your body ten minutes of mindful attention. Use the body scan technique to check in with each part of your body.
2. Oxygenate by taking three deep breaths. Breathe into your abdomen, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest.
Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Soul:
1. Imagine you’re your best friend. If you were, what would you tell yourself right now? Look in the mirror and say it.
2. Use your commute for a “Beauty Scavenger Hunt.” Find five unexpected beautiful things on your way to work.
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