Sat. March 17th, Linn County Town Hall, 2pm at the Linn-Benton Community College Gymnasium in Albany Senator Wyden will be holding a Town Hall Meeting- Please join us! Come out and hear your Senator and bring your questions!
Tues. March 20th: Rally-Resist Trump Tuesday 12-1:00pm
Federal Courthouse. 405 E 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
Theme TBD. Come rally with us!
Saturday, March 24th: March for our Lives – Eugene 11:00am-2:00pm
Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse 405 E 8th Ave Eugene,
“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 Eugene March for our Lives FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/105095783653607/?ti=icl
Join us as we join students in a student-led, student-inspired, student-organized march for gun sense in America.
Monday, April 9th, Indivisible Eugene Open Meeting, 6:00-8:00 pm, downtown location TBD. Support, inspiration, singing, fun, information about Indivisible activities, and postcard writing to help flip close races across the nation! This is a good way for new and prospective volunteers to get oriented and meet Indivisible people.
This open meeting features a fun Postcard Writing Party! These postcards are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. All supplies and voter addresses are provided. We use Postcards to Voters, which has easy guidelines and information about the race. We’ll plan to complete the postcards at the party or commit to mailing them the next day.
Questions about the meeting? Call Do Mi at 541-510-6450.
Questions about postcard actions? Email Jeri at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Justice March Sunday, April 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Taxes for Peace Not War, with the cooperation of several allied organizations including IE, is sponsoring their annual march beginning at the EWEB Building. More details to follow as plans unfold, but please mark your calendars and support them!
- 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.
We give kudos to Jeri Linn this week, who has jumped in with both feet to coordinate our very important Flip Congress Blue team, as well as starting our original Ally Outreach efforts last year, and sending out steady and excellent information to the community on our Twitter feed.
Would you like to help plan speakers and activities for our monthly open meetings? Email the Member Support Team to get involved.
Looking for ways to show your community support? Looking for a group dedicated to advancing progress in our community? We want your energy! 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 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 Member Support to get involved!
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
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 week of 12 March (the House is off Monday) and 19 March (the House is off Friday). (House calendar, Senate calendar)
Sen. Wyden has townhalls scheduled in Lincoln and Linn counties. Sen. Merkley has townhalls scheduled in Baker and Malheur counties. Rep. DeFazio has no townhalls scheduled.
• Contacting our MoCs.
DC: (202) 224-5244 EUG: (541) 431-0229 Webmail
DC: (202) 224-3753 EUG: (541) 465-6750 Webmail
DC: (202) 225-6416 EUG: (541) 465-6732 Webmail
• Environment. On March 8 Rep. Peter DeFazio voted against HR 1119: The SENSE Act which allows facilities that use coal refuse as fuel to bypass some emissions regulations of the Clean Air Act. Critics noted that coal refuse piles frequently pollute nearby water, but that burning this waste only pollutes the air instead. Despite these concerns, the Act passed on a largely partisan vote in the Republican-majority House.
Senators Wyden and Merkley and Rep. DeFazio, along with Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), sent a letter to the Department of the Interior calling for a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Sen. Merkley wrote “Considering the fact that under a best-case scenario, oil and natural gas drilling would be a detriment to our traditional, sustainable economies, and under a worst-case scenario it could create an unprecedented environmental and humanitarian crisis, we believe that our stakeholders should have an appropriate amount of time to provide comment. […] Given the incredible number of stakeholders in this process, it is critical that each one of them is given a voice so they can speak for their future.”
• Transparency and corruption. On February 28 Sen. Ron Wyden wrote a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee urging them to further investigate any ties Trump and his administration have or had with Russian nationals. Wyden noted: “Following the money is a critical component of any counterintelligence investigation, particularly when there are this many indicators of extensive, long-standing and illicit financial relationships”. As a member of both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden has pushed his colleagues several times to “follow the money” in order to determine the existence and extent of any relationships between the current administration and foreign citizens.
During the last two weeks, Senator Wyden encouraged the Senate Intelligence Committee to hold public, rather than private, hearings regarding President Trump’s finances. Wyden also requested details from the Treasury Department relating to the Trump Organization’s potential violations of the Emoluments Clause; and he sent a follow-up letter to the NRA, asking for further explanation of the group’s relationship with Russian oligarch Alexander Torshin.
• International relations and trade. Trump is considering additional military strikes against the Assad government in Syria, without congressional authorization. Rep DeFazio and Walter Jones (NC-03) sent a letter, co-signed by 37 other members, asking Trump to provide legal reasons for the use of military force in Syria. Rep DeFazio has repeatedly introduced legislation attempting to clarify the President’s war-making authorities.
In coming days Sen Merkley will introduce the Level the Playing Field Act of 2018: “If we don’t make things in America, we won’t have a middle class in America. There’s no doubt that we can and should do more to combat countries that are unfairly undercutting the market for American products — but we need to do it in a thoughtful and targeted way……..There’s a better way to fight back against countries that dump products and that undercut our workers with rock-bottom labor laws and environmental standards. In the coming days, I will introduce the Level the Playing Field Act of 2018, and show what fighting back against unfair trade practices should look like.”
ACTION: National Indivisible notes that the Senate will hold a rare debate and vote on American involvement in a war — the Yemen civil war — due to bipartisan resolution S.J.Res 54. They provide background resources and a call script to urge our Senators’ support. If passed by both chambers of Congress, the resolution would declare the U.S. participation in the Yemen war unauthorized, and would end American support for Saudi war crimes.
• Economic justice, the budget, and tax reform. Sen Merkley voted against bringing the Senate bank deregulation bill to the floor for consideration, saying “Working Americans have never asked for higher bank profits that come at the expense of consumer protections and taxpayer-funded bailouts.” On Twitter Senator Merkley has pointed out that “Banking bill the Senate is debating this week would make redlining discrimination and predatory practices against minority neighborhoods worse.”
Sen. Merkley remains skeptical about the administration’s infrastructure plan. He has called it “moving chairs around on the deck of our infrastructure Titanic” because of the net loss in infrastructure spending. Rep. DeFazio has called for an increase in the gas tax to pay for infrastructure, a move backed by the US Chamber of Commerce.
ACTION: The CBO has concluded that the Senate bill S.2155 will significantly increase the likelihood of government bailouts of financial institutions due to irresponsible lending practices; it also erodes protections of vulnerable Americans. There is a script and instructions from 5Calls and from National Indivisible for calling our Senators about stopping the rollback of Dodd-Frank protections.
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.
Am I doing this thing right?
Self-care methods — personalized rituals that allow people to take a step back from this messy world to prioritize their well-being and preserve their mental health — differ for each individual and in each scenario, so there’s really no right or wrong.
Self-care isn’t selfish
Some people abstain from self-care for fear that their behavior would come across as selfish. They simply can’t resist the urge to put other people first.
Don’t be afraid to take a mental health day.
Your mental health is important, but it’s also extremely easy to ignore. When your job gets too overwhelming or events in your personal life prevent or distract you from doing your best work in the office it’s time to take a step back.
Give social media and screens a rest
Social media usage often starts with the intention of getting caught up on current events and quickly spirals into a black hole of negativity.
Transform your cell phone into a self-care hub-
Put positivity on display
One form of self-care can be as simple as not being so hard on yourself all the time. It sounds simple, but it can be a serious challenge at times. Visual reminders can help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Though the term self-care sounds like an isolated practice, it doesn’t have to be.
Our mission is to build a local, inclusive resistance movement to oppose regressive policies by collaborating with ally groups to promote a just democracy and support the common good.