- Tues. February 27th: Russians Indicted by Mueller – Resist Trump Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced Friday. The new indictments serve to confirm what we already knew. We rally on Tuesday to call on the President to #Enforce the Sanctions and protect our elections!
- Sun. February 25th:
- Thurs. March 1st: Indivisible Eugene Open Social Meeting 5:30-7:30pm Beer Garden, 777 W. 6th Ave., Eugene (Find the table sign and the blue Indivisible shirts.) Join us if you want to get to know the indivisible organizers, unwind and enjoy some social time with like-minded people, have some fun, great food, and drink. We so look forward to meeting you!
- Sun. March 11th: Activist Playshop 1:00-3:00pm 150 Shelton McMurphey Blvd Stellaria Community Room Anyone who needs to recharge, rejuvenate, and reconnect with their more joyful self will enjoy this 2-hour play session designed to help participants let go with laughter in order to do the work that lies ahead.
- 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 unity is all about!
- 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!
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This week we want to thank all of you! It is your energy and support that we value at Indivisible!
- Looking for ways to show your community support? Looking for a group dedicated to local outreach and grassroots organizing in our community? We are interested in welcoming volunteers to do research, organize events, maintain databases, oversee social media pages, and/or help to form a better place for all, indivisible.
- Diane Peterson, our Mom’s Demand Action speaker at our “Stop Gun Violence” Tuesday rally yesterday has an important **CALL TO ACTION** for everyone:
Senate floor vote on gun violence prevention bill HB 4145 is TOMORROW, Thurs 2/22 in Salem! Likely between 10:45 am – 12:45 pm – to be confirmed. We need the gallery to be packed with red shirts, advocates, survivors and students too! Can you make it?
Thanks to Diane Peterson for her great speech! For those who weren’t able to attend the rally, here is Diane’s speech:”Well here we are again. Rallying against gun violence after yet another mass shooting. Another SCHOOL shooting. 17 dead, 15 injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. More beautiful, irreplaceable, young lives lost, more life-long trauma for the survivors.If you’ve seen the news, you know what happened, and what the response has been. You may have seen the passionate speech by Emma Gonzalez, a student survivor of the Parkland shooting. You may have seen the #NeverAgain campaign started by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students. You may know that there was a “die-in” in the nation’s capital yesterday to protest gun violence. You may know that there are national school walkouts being planned in March and April, and that the Parkland students are leading the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. on March 24. You may be seeing more politicians, more policemen, more responsible gun owners, and more of your own friends and family speaking out against gun violence.
You may feel that we are at a tipping point.
Here’s the thing: with the level of gun violence in this country, we could always be at a tipping point. But what we need to tip over is a swelling of people who not only speak out once but continue to speak and take action relentlessly until we meet the goal of keeping our communities safe from gun violence.
If you are ready to join the movement to end gun violence, here’s what you can do:
Be vocal. Because you can be sure that the opposition is vocal, no matter how nonsensical their argument. The simple fact of speaking matters. So USE your voice. Use it in everyday conversation, on social media, writing a letter to the editor, contacting state and federal lawmakers. Use it on every platform available to you.
You can also support a specific piece of sensible gun legislation moving through the Oregon state legislature right now. HB 4145 passed the House last week and had a hearing on the Senate just this morning. It may go to a vote on the Senate floor very soon. This bill restricts access to guns by domestic abusers and convicted stalkers, and authorizes law enforcement to follow up when a restricted person attempts to purchase a gun. Call your state senator now to urge a YES vote. Our amazing and sensible Governor Kate Brown is waiting to sign the bill as soon as it comes through.
You can fight a dangerous bill moving through Congress now – Concealed Carry Reciprocity – which would allow for anyone with a concealed carry permit in any state to carry concealed across state lines. There are 11 states with no regulations for obtaining a permit. There are many states with looser regulations than Oregon for obtaining a permit. This bill passed the House by a vote of 231 – 198 and could move on to the Senate at any time. Your voice MATTERS. Contact Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and tell them how you feel. They will agree, but they need to hear from you. Ask your friends and family in other states to do the same.
You can support the Parkland students in their movement to end gun violence. Like their facebook page, Never Again. Attend the March 24 March for Our Lives in DC if you can make it, or a local affiliated march. These are incredible kids who have experienced what no kid should ever have to, and they are using their voices to put an end to it, once and for all. They have the support of a coalition of gun violence prevention organizations that are ready to help them take this fight to the next level. Their campaign is not even a week old and they have millions of supporters. Just today George Clooney donated $500,000 to their campaign!
If you own guns, you need to store them safely! Too many unintentional shootings occur from guns acquired because of unsafe storage. According to research by Everytown for Gun Safety, nearly 2 million Americans live in homes where guns are not stored properly, and there have already been 31 unintentional shootings by children in 2018. Ask your friends and family who own guns to make sure they are stored safely.
You can join a group. The Eugene chapter of Moms Demand Action holds a monthly meeting every second Monday from 6:30-7:30 pm at Natural Grocers on Coburg Road. Please, join us! Or just ask me for more info.
You can get involved in campaigns for candidates who support common sense gun laws. Moms Demand Action is preparing endorsements for local and national candidates and more information about this will be forthcoming. Gun law reform is becoming a winning platform. Demand it from every candidate in every position.
If you are a TEACHER, support the Moms Demand Action Educators campaign to keep guns off campus and out of schools: text EDUCATORS to 64433.
If you are a STUDENT, and want to join the newly-launched Students Demand Action, text STUDENTS to 64433.
And you can stay tuned for more action items, because this is what we do.
To get to the tipping point, we need every person, every voice, to speak up and demand action from our legislators. If they won’t support safer gun laws, we need to Throw them out!! This is an election year for many state and federal legislators. They better be ready. Because we will be there to hold them accountable.”