Thursday, March 1st: Open Social Meeting 5:30-7:30 pm. Beer Garden, 777 W. 6th Ave., Eugene Information about our group, meet our organizers, enjoy social time with like-minded people and great food and drink. This is a good way for prospective volunteers to check us out. Look for our table sign and blue Indivisible Eugene t-shirts! We look forward to meeting you!
Sunday, March 11th: Activists Playshop 1:00 -3:00pm. Stellaria Community Room, 150 Shelton McMurphey Blvd. Presented by Lee Ann Jasheway, M.P.H. Stress Management and Humor Expert Recharge your batteries and refresh your passion for community activism with laughter and play. Open to anyone trying to make a difference in our community. Register in advance by e-mail at email@example.com
Saturday, March 24th: March for our Lives – Eugene 10:00am-1:00pm. Starting point TBA, “Created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that have become all too familiar. Enough! Not one more!” Written by students on the local FB page. Join us as we join students in a student led, student inspired, student organized march for gun sense in America.
- 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. Share with your friends. If you know of an event that you think should be in our newsletter let us know!
- Call your Members of Congress every day! We recommend 5calls.org or Countable if you want an easy guide.
- It takes time and money to put on events and rallys. If 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 want to thank Do Mi, organizer of the Member Support team and member of the Social Justice team and governance task team. She shares her energy and enthusiasm meeting and welcoming new members. Do Mi is a dedicated volunteer helping new folks adjust to their resistance experience with Indivisible Eugene. We appreciate everything you do, Do Mi, thank you!
Want to become a policy wonk? Our research team is moving to issue-focused research, and is looking for people who want to specialize in one or two specific policy areas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Looking for ways to show your community support? Looking for a group dedicated to advancing progress in our community? We are interested in welcoming volunteers to do research, organize events, maintain databases, oversee social media pages, and/or have fun with a group dedicated to resist.
Want to join a new initiative Indivisible Eugene is excited about?
“Informed Democracy: Combating Media Bubbles, Disinformation, and ‘Fake News’ in our Communities”.
Activities could include Open educational sessions on:
– Recognizing right-wing and left wing disinformation.
– Breaking out of your media bubble.
– Constructively engaging friends and relations who spread fake news.
– Promoting well-informed democracy on social media.
– An effort to address the prevalence of corporate-sponsored right-wing media in rural Lane County. Other activities are possible!
If you are interested in helping to make this happen contact us at email@example.com
On Wed. February 21st: Attended Portents and Parallels February Lecture by Erin Beck at Tsunami Bookstore, Title “Learning From Guatemala’s Attempts to Combat Violence Against Women”.
On Wed. February 21st: Senator Merkley Town Hall on LCC main campus, Eugene. Senator Merkley updated constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answered questions and informed constituents about how he plans to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America. A very good way to hold your Senators accountable is to attend town halls and ask your questions.
indivisible VOICES Women’s March 2018
Check out our Women’s March for Action Podcasts – January 2018 on our
YouTube channel “indivisible VOICES Podcasts” thanks to Kate Baker!
Look for more podcasts in the future with our allies – we will become more and more indivisible as the year progresses!
team has been monitoring the last two weeks regarding the activities (or inactivities) of our
Members of Congress,
in response to the Trump agenda.
• Congressional calendar. Congress is scheduled to be working the weeks of February 26th and March 5th (House calendar, Senate calendar). There are no upcoming townhalls scheduled by Sen. Wyden, Sen. Merkley, and Rep. DeFazio .
• Recent town halls. Sen. Jeff Merkley held town halls on February 20th and 21st in Tillamook, Clatsop, Dolumbia, Lane and Benton counties.
At his townhall in Lane County he said he would introduce the Build Act which would provide $20 million in federal funding to improve and invest in career and technical education(CTE) in schools. He was joined at this townhall by the Superintendent of the Springfield school district who talked about the difference that adding CTE to the curriculum made in increasing the high school graduation rate.
On Feburary 22nd through 24th, Sen. Ron Wyden held town halls in Hood River, Wasco, Marion, Josephine, and Jackson counties. Sen. Wyden was noted for taking positions at Town Halls against President Trump’s suggestion to arm school teachers and in support of increased background checks for gun purchases.
Sen. Wyden was also criticized for refusing to clearly commit to oppose a gas pipeline planned for Coos Bay.
• DACA. In September 2017 President Donald Trump declared that the Senate had until March 5 to pass a bill assuring protections and a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump said he would “take the heat” if necessary and, as recently as last month, claimed he would support a bipartisan bill.
But by the time the Rounds-King “Common Sense Coalition” bill, designed by several Republicans and Democrats, was brought up for a vote in the Senate on February 15, Trump had made it clear that he would not sign it. The majority of Democratic senators, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, voted for this bill, despite the fact that it included many provisions they disliked, because it would have given permanent legal status to nearly two million undocumented immigrants.
Speaking of his support for the bipartisan efforts, Senator Merkley stated that “…the White House and Breitbart-led Republicans are determined to block any compromise….” In a press release, Merkley noted “This proposal was a tough compromise. It fails to protect Dreamers’ parents, and it provides a path to begin construction of a wall that stops neither people nor drugs. But this proposal also represented the best chance to protect Dreamers, and we need to do right by them.”
Although most Democrats were reluctantly willing to accept these compromises, once Trump announced that he would not sign the bill, the majority of Republicans voted against it. Wyden, who had voted against two earlier, partisan proposals, declared, “These young Americans just want to stay in the only country they know as home. We must keep fighting to give them that chance.”
In total, the Senate failed to advance three versions of bills this month that would redefine immigration policies and citizenship status for members of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Although court decisions have temporarily blocked Trump’s attempt to end DACA, this will continue to be an issue in Congress.
ACTION: Contact Wyden, Merkley, and Congressman Peter DeFazio and let them know your opinions about any future bills, whether or not you agree with the compromises they were willing to make this time, and what compromises you support or reject. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244; EUG: (541) 431-0229; Webmail. Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753; EUG: (541) 465-6750; Webmail. Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416; EUG: (541) 465-6732; Webmail.)
• Environment. On Twitter Sen. Merkley has continued with the #Mission100 Video Series to discuss climate chaos and getting to 100% renewables by 2050. Bill Nye was a guest this week on the series.
Senator Jeff Merkley also posts #TodaysClimateFact on his Twitter account every day. This past week he noted that solar creates more jobs than any other industry and that it is time to increase investments in clean energy. He also praised California, where sales of electric vehicles increased by 30% in 2017 and raised an alarm about the damage EPA director Scott Pruitt is doing by reducing or eliminating various environmental protections.
At his Tillamook County town hall on February 20 he declared that our answer to President Trump’s plan to increase offshore drilling should be to “just say NO!”.
• Net neutrality. Senator Wyden recently attended a rally in Salem advocating for legislation to respond to the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of Title II designation of internet service (“Net Neutrality”). In Oregon, a vote is planned for HB 4155, which would prohibit the State from contracting with companies that violate “net neutrality” principles.
On February 23 Senator Ron Wyden spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C. about the upcoming repeal by Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai to end net neutrality rules. Unless both the Senate and the House vote to overturn it, Pai’s proposal will take effect on April 23. According to Wyden, “if Mr. Pai has his way, what we would see is a new world where major companies would have the authority to block websites, take them down, and in effect derail the ability to get quick access to information.”
Numerous states, including Oregon, are considering bills that would negate the effect of Pai’s actions, but Wyden is still hoping that Congress moves to prevent them on a national level.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and ask your friends and relatives in other states to do the same to urge Congress to maintain net neutrality. (Sen. Wyden: DC: (202) 224-5244; EUG: (541) 431-0229; Webmail. Sen. Merkley: DC: (202) 224-3753; EUG: (541) 465-6750; Webmail. Rep. DeFazio: DC: (202) 225-6416; EUG: (541) 465-6732; Webmail.)
• Nominations. Senators Wyden and Merkley have issued a joint-statement stating that Ryan Bounds, who has been nominated twice by the Trump Administration, is not a “suitable nominee” for a lifetime appointment to the Ninth Circuit Court. This follows attention to op-eds written by Mr. Bounds during his time at Stanford University, wherein he criticized multicultural student groups for “race-think” and argued against expulsion for students accused of sexual assault unless there was proof “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Mr. Bounds has since apologized for his “misguided statements”, and resigned from his role as Chair of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.
• Healthcare. Idaho has recently allowed health insurance companies, such as Blue Cross, to offer plans which fail to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act, through service exclusion and claim limits. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, dodged concerns raised by Senator Wyden in the Senate Finance Committee, calling the lack of compliance a “cry for help”.
• Cannabis. Senator Wyden has recently introduced an amendment that would remove marijuana possession as grounds for the deportation, in states where marijuana possession has been decriminalized.
When you feel the increasing volatility of the world, self-care is more vital than ever. Read on for a list of self-care tips that will help you stay afloat.
1. HONOR YOUR FEELINGS
2. STEP BACK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA…
3…OR TURN TO IT TO FIND SUPPORT
4. FOCUS ON SELF-LOVE
5. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THERAPY
6. KNOW AND HONOR YOUR LIMITS
7. REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY
8. DEEPEN GRATITUDE AND WELL BEING
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