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  • Tues. January 16th: YES on Measure 101 Rally 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave., Eugene. We need to take to the streets to remind everyone to mail in their ballots by January 17 or drop into a ballot box before January 23 – and to VOTE YES on Measure 101! 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! 

    Short Rally is from 1:00-1:30pm at the Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Avenue in Eugene, with the March from 1:30-3:00pm. Congressman DeFazio has secured a professional sound system to ensure that all attendees will be able to hear.

    CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: 
    * Congressman Peter DeFazio
    * More Power: The Eugene/Springfield NAACP Youth Council
    Members will stand with President Kai Isaia and Program
    Coordinator Brittany Judson
    TWO MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

    Since the November election, a new wave of activism has washed over the country. Young, diverse voices are shouting in outrage, saying we will not see the rights women fought so hard to achieve vanish.

    Some declare, “We will rise,” while others defiantly warn, “We will not lie back down.” People are learning to actively participate in policy decision-making by contacting their government officials to let their voices be heard.

    March organizers across the country hope that these marches are just the beginning, a rallying cry, a call to action, a show of numbers and new energy that will help swell the ranks of organizations already doing human rights work. It is the hope that each person will find the cause that resonates most dearly in his or her heart and, with newfound passion work to see concrete changes in our society.

    Silence is not an option. We are striving to build lifetime relationships that will form stronger foundations for the movements to transform our country. Join us!

    DISCLAIMER:
    By choosing to attend this event, you are acknowledging the risks involved, and you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, and to work to de-escalate confrontations with opposing persons or others. You agree (i) not to engage in any act of violence or violation of any applicable law and (ii) to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and law enforcement authorities.

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    Note: Indivisible Eugene hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts have arrived, and will be available at IE’s table at the Women’s March and at Tuesday rallies thereafter.

  • Tues. January 23rd: Portents and Parallels January Lecture by Sharon Luk 5:30pm – 6:00pm, Tsunami Bookstore, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene. Sharon Luk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. Luk will discuss her recently published book (UC Press, 2017), which examines the evolution of racism and confinement in California through a study of letter correspondence across three different regimes and historical periods: immigrant detention (1880s-1920s), civilian internment (1930s-1940s), and contemporary mass incarceration (1960s-present). Luk analyzes the letters of the incarcerated in light of global capitalism, racial logics, and different modes of social control, demonstrating how correspondence becomes a poetic act of reinvention and a means of community survival.
  • Thurs. January 25th: Indivisible Eugene’s First Anniversary Party Celebration! 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Whirled Pies, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. Indivisible Eugene’s first anniversary party celebration!!! Thursday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 pm. Whirled Pies, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. All are welcome!! Music, really good cake, history, appreciations, sharing our plans for 2018, fun. This is a good time to find out about Indivisible if you have been wondering and celebrate with us!

 

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  • 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!

Volunteer Corner:

Stay in touch with all things volunteering! Opportunities, special thanks, kudos and more.

KUDOS:
This week we would like to extend special kudos to our long-time volunteer and organizer Lin Woodrich, for organizing all public relations and media-related details for our upcoming Women’s March for Action! We could not do it without her!

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • 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.

 

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  • On Thursday January 4th we attended Measure 101 Town Hall w/ Sens. Manning & Beyer and Rep. Fahey at Viking Sal Senior Center in 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? 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.
  • On Friday January 12th we attended Senator Ron Wyden’s Town Hall at Lane Community College in Eugene. Town hall meetings are great opportunities for students and constituents to directly voice their comments, questions, and/or concerns to Senator Wyden. We hope to see you there in the future!

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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.

North Korea. Following tweets threatening a potential war with North Korea, Senators Wyden and Heinrich wrote to Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, to ask for an assessment of the risk created by the President’s comments.

Department of Health and Human Services. Senator Wyden was one of several to express concerns regarding the Trump Administration’s nomination of Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services. During confirmation hearings, Senator Wyden criticized Mr. Azar’s previous work in the pharmaceutical industry, asking “Did you ever lower the price, ever, of a… drug sold in the United States?”

Tax reform. Senator Wyden joined Senator Neal this week to write to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, David Kautter. The senators expressed concerns that the Trump Administration may pressure the department to release tax withholding tables that overemphasize the benefits of the recently-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They also wrote the Government Accountability Office, asking the agency to monitor the implementation of the new law.

Environment. The Trump Administration announced plans last week to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling operations in nearly all U.S. coastal waters. In response, Senators Merkley and Wyden joined more than 30 others to write to Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, and denounce the plans as “…sacrificing public trust, community safety, and economic security for the interests of the oil industry.”

Ninth Circuit Court. Late last year, Senators Wyden and Merkley objected to the Trump Administration’s nomination of Ryan Bounds to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Last week, the Administration nominated Mr. Bounds a second time.

Marijuana laws. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, recently rescinded an Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecution relating to marijuana in states where it has been legalized. A wide swath of Oregon lawmakers criticized the move; including Senator Wyden who stated that “Any budget deal Congress considers in the coming days must build on current law to prevent the federal government from intruding in state-legal, voter-supported decisions.”

Immigration. In addition to a list of “hardline” immigration demands presented to Congress last week, the Trump Administration has announced the deportation of thousands who had previously been allowed to stay in the United States through the humanitarian Temporary Protected Status program. The New York Times describes efforts by the Trump Administration last year to pressure the Department of Homeland Security towards this action; and it states that the affected individuals include 2,500 from Nicaragua, 45,000 from Haiti, and nearly 200,00 from El Salvador, so far. The status of individuals from Honduras is still being decided, the Times reports.

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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. Punctuate your day with a mini-meditation with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations; one minute of focused attention on breathing; and one minute of awareness of the body as a whole.
2. Fix a small annoyance at home that’s been nagging you—a button lost, a drawer that’s stuck, a light bulb that’s gone.

Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Body:
1. Be still. Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
2. Inhale an upbeat smell. Try peppermint to suppress food cravings and boost mood and motivation.

Tiny Self-Care Ideas for the Soul:
1. Have a self-date. Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you (reading, your hobby, visiting a museum or gallery, etc.)
2. Take a home spa. Have a long bath or shower, sit around in your bathrobe, and read magazines.

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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Click to see our latest Thankful Thursday article by Kristin Bruckner

“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