- Thurs. January 4th: Measure 101 Town Hall w/ Sens. Manning & Beyer and Rep. Fahey 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Viking Sal Senior Center, 245 W 5th Ave., Junction City. Before the vote on Ballot Measure 101 on January 23rd there needs to be a thorough public discussion. This measure directly threatens Oregon’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Measure 101 asks voters whether to move forward with a previously legislated medical provider assessment (an assessment already present in 49 other states). How will this impact our communities? Are we really fixing health care by diminishing access and making it more expensive? Please join us, Senators Manning and Beyer, and Representative Fahey as we come together to discuss these questions and more. If Measure 101 fails, 350,000 Oregonians (primarily, children, the disabled and the elderly) will immediately lose coverage. An additional 210,000 could see their premiums rise, and 37,000 private sector jobs could be lost.
- Sat. January 20th: Women’s March for Action 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. Indivisible Eugene will be leading this 2nd Annual Women’s March on Saturday, January 20, 2018. We are inviting all of our allies and members of our community, calling it “Women’s March for Action” because there is much work to be done and we need to come together to make a difference!
New Indivisible Eugene apparel available now!
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! 100% of proceeds to benefit Indivisible Eugene’s various activities.
We are still taking orders for 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 Debbi Simmons via email. She will confirm your order with you.
- 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 long-time volunteer John Kimball, for consistently providing our newsletter with crucial updates on our Members of Congress and government legislation, and for being such a hard worker and all-around wonderful human being!
- 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 Sunday December 3rd we hosted the Yes on 101 Rally and Canvass! at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. 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.
- On Tuesday December 5th we hosted the “Open to All” Resisting Discrimination on Trump Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse. Indivisible Eugene, Take Action Eugene, and ACLU People Power have been mobilizing to show that cities across the country stand with 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. Supreme Court arguments began December 5th.
- On Wednesday December 13th we attended Portents and Parallels, December Lecture by Jeanine Cunningham at Tsunami Bookstore. The lectures are free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover the use of the space.
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 weeks of December 18 and 25 (House calendar, Senate calendar). Our senators and representative do not have town halls currently scheduled.
- Calls for Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Gillibrand, Booker, Sanders, and Hirono to call upon President Trump to resign due to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
During recent weeks congressmen from both parties have resigned following similar accusations, and a growing number of Democrats have publicly questioned why allegations against Trump have yet to be investigated. Earlier this month Senators Wyden and Merkley joined more than two dozen others to call for Democratic Senator Al Franken to resign from office due to accusations of several incidents of sexual harassment prior to his election. After Franken announced on December 7 that he would resign and Trump tweeted a sexist comment about Senator Kristen Gillibrand on December 12, concerns about the president’s pre-election behavior have been renewed.
CNN noted that in a fundraising email on December 8, Merkley stated emphatically, “Donald Trump should resign the presidency,” and on December 12 he noted that if the president doesn’t resign there should be a congressional hearing into the claims that he harassed numerous women. Wyden agreed, tweeting that “No one is above the law”.
- Net neutrality and online rights. On Thursday FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, selected by President Trump earlier this year, followed through on plans to reverse regulations and policies that ensure net neutrality. The change allows service providers to sell “fast lane” access so that some content gets priority and reaches consumers faster than that of non-paying sites.
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.
On December 12 Oregon’s Representative Peter DeFazio posted on Facebook that “We must ensure that the internet remains a free and open space for everyone – not just big corporations”. He joins both Oregon senators in maintaining that all internet data should be treated equally, regardless of content, application, website, etc. In a recent interview on PBS’ Think Out Loud, Senator Wyden explained his opposition to anticipated reversal by the FCC of the Title II classification of internet service.
Meanwhile, the legality of government surveillance of American citizens is still in play. Pushback from Senators Wyden and Paul, among others, has made it likely that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s controversial Section 702 will expire before being reauthorized by Congress. Lawyers from the Trump Administration have responded to this by reinterpreting the provision’s expiration date as occurring in April of 2018, rather than at the end of the year.
- Immigration and refugees. Last week on Thursday congress approved a two-week stopgap spending measure temporarily averting a government shutdown. National Indivisible’s blog said “With the clock running out on 800,00 Dreamers’ protections under DACA, a vote for the continuing resolution without protections for immigrant youth is a vote to deport Dreamers.”
National Indivisible notes that Sen Merkley was one of only eight senators to vote against reauthorizing government funding, as leverage to protections for Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants. Sen Wyden did not.
ACTION: National Indivisible invites us to use this call-script to elicit support for DREAM Act legislation.
- Bill to impeach tabled. A bill by a group of House Democrats to impeach President Trump failed overwhelmingly last week. House Democratic leaders Pelosi and Hoyer viewed the measure as a distraction, given the Republican majority. Oregon’s representatives (including Rep DeFazio) joined with the majority of representatives to vote to table the bill.
- GOP Tax reform. Senator Wyden has continued to be a vocal critic of the Republican tax proposals. He recently called upon the Treasury Department to explain why it has neglected to release its analysis of the tax plan; and he has expressed mistrust of the bill’s conference committee process. Senator Merkley, meanwhile, has been credited with successfully blocking a rider proposed by Senator Toomey, which would have created a special exemption for one specific conservative college.
- 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.
- Healthcare. Senator Wyden wrote an article in the Portland Tribune, outlining his continuing efforts to promote the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Earlier this year, the Trump Administration cut the open-enrollment period for health insurance in half. Senator Wyden joined Senator Murray this week to urge the Department of Human Services to extend the period from December 15 to January 31.
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. Change up the way you make decisions. Decide something with your heart if you usually use your head. Or if you tend to go with your heart, decide with your head.
2. Take another route to work. Mixing up your routine in small ways creates new neutral pathways in the brain to keep it healthy.
Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Body:
1. Narrow your food choices. Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week.
2. Take a quick nap. Ten to twenty minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.
Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Soul:
1. Help someone. Carry a bag, open a door, or pick up an extra carton of milk for a neighbor.
2. Write out your thoughts. Go for fifteen minutes on anything bothering you. Then let it go as you burn or throw away the paper.
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