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1 month ago

Indivisible Eugene

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 9:02 AM
The rally is postponed. They are still asking folks to attend the city council online and send in public comment. Addresses in letter below.

Sponsored by SAFER, Escudo Latino & City Wide Unión de Activitas
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1 month ago

FOR OUR PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY

Possibly only the Great Depression caused more angst among Americans then what we are living through now. Because each one of us is more important than our politics, here are a few words in support of us more personally, and a few additional words about our precious democracy.

Self Care

Give yourself permission for quiet time away from it all to relax and reflect.

You may not think that the world needs you, but it does. For you are unique, like no one that has ever been before or will come after. No one can speak with your voice, say your piece, shine your light. No one, repeat no one, can take your place, for it is yours
alone. "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." -- Buddha

"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." -- Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

Imagine yourself as a small child, “free yet vulnerable, running around and often knocking things over along the way” Invoke a sense of wonder and affection for that child within. “Wouldn’t you feel instinctively protective toward this child? Instead of negative judgment, criticism and reprimand, would you feel tender and caring?” Thinking of this image as yourself as a child, “lets these feelings of tenderness and caring toward your child-self permeate your heart.”

Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." Re-examine all you have been told and dismiss what insults your soul. Harvey Feinstein

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Never forget that there is an imprisoned splendor in each of us. "Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is our core and the supreme unifying principle of life hardwired for affection and warmth.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. CAMUS

DEMOCRACY

I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Jefferson to Madison 1787

They may be the FAT CATS but we’re the alley cats and there’s more of us then them. Jim Hightower

A very great vision is needed, and the one who has it MUST FOLLOW IT as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.”― Crazy Horse

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

Beyond resistance “the possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react” remembering that a limit on what you will do puts a limit on what you can do

It's not what you look at that matters it's WHAT YOU SEE. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do- Goethe

Do we fight to change things or do we fight to punish?” - OR why do we REALLY do what we do? (A frequent question asked by Gandhi of his followers during India’s fight for Independence and just as relevant TODAY).

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they ALWAYS fall. Think of it, always. Mahatma Gandhi
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1 month ago

Indivisible Eugene

Experienced in text banking or phone banking? We’d love to connect with you! There’s much work to do before people cast their vote! Comment here or private Message. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Indivisible Eugene

Postcarding today in 90+ degree weather and masks. Have you ever seen such fantastic social distancing? The line just kept growing as the afternoon went on.

Want to postcard to Get Out The Vote (GOTV)? Every Tuesday & Thursday we meet at the Shopko parking lot off Coburg Rd at 2pm and then in S Eugene at the Viking Braggot parking lot across from Cappella’s Market at 3pm.
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2 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

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2 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

News release from the Senate on the Census:

Merkley, Wyden and Colleagues Press for Accurate 2020 Census Count for Native Communities:

A thorough count is essential for just and fair allocation of federal resources
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with 17 of their Senate colleagues, are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to honor their previously announced 2020 census completion date to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community.

On April 13, 2020, the Commerce Department and Census Bureau announced a modified timeline for 2020 census operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which extended the deadline for field data collection to October 31, 2020. On August 3, the Bureau reneged on its April 13 announcement and indicated instead that it will cease all collection by September 30, 2020.

Census response rates have been and remain low in tribal communities in part because tribal governments have taken necessary measures to keep their communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, as tribal communities have experienced some of the highest mortality rates in the nation from the virus. The Bureau’s newly accelerated timeline threatens to result in another severe undercount of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

“American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian leaders have spent months coordinating with the Census Bureau to prepare their communities for the 2020 count and to meet the Bureau’s October 31st deadline. Their herculean efforts to get out the count even during a pandemic should not be discounted or cut short,” the senators wrote. “Failure to get a complete and accurate count of these community populations will have long term and devastating impacts – from redistricting data, to federal funding, to congressional representation. A fair and accurate census is critical to Native communities’ continued and future prosperity.”

“We strongly urge you to honor the previously announced 2020 census completion date of October 31, 2020, and to continue operations under the modified timeline as detailed in the Bureau’s April 13th announcement,” the senators continued. “We look forward to working with you to uphold the federal government’s constitutional obligation to ensure a fair and accurate count for Indian Country and all Native populations within the United States.”

Merkley and Wyden were joined in sending the letter by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Angus King (I-ME), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV).
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2 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

Let your Members of Congress know what's important to you. Today we're calling about protecting our Postal Service and our democracy. Script and numbers to call are here:
www.indivisibleor.org/daily-actions/protect-election-security-gfbkd-dk89r-mxws6-5tffj-a8phw-b4kk7...
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2 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

Trump’s executive actions aren’t likely to deliver cash to struggling Americans. Congress needs to pass the HEROES Act NOW. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

Let your Members of Congress know what's important to you. Today we're calling because we need Congress to protect the Postal Service. It is a lifeline for all Americans, especially those who are rural, low income, older, or disabled. It is also the safest way for us to vote during the pandemic. Script and numbers to call are here: www.indivisibleor.org/action/08-06-2020 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

From Sen. Ron Wyden on 8/6/2020-

"Take a look at these three statistics:

Law enforcement officials arrest Black Americans at more than twice the rate of white Americans.

Approximately half of people in jail have been told by a mental health professional that they have a mental illness.

Prosecutors are more likely to recommend "pretrial diversion," including mental health treatment, to white defendants than to Black or Hispanic defendants in similar circumstances.
Our country is facing a mental health care crisis. It's long-past time that access to mental health care became a right for all that need it, not a luxury for the fortunate few.

That's why I just introduced a bill to expand nationwide the successful CAHOOTS program run by White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon.

My bill would build on its ideas by increasing Medicaid funding to both limit over-policing in communities of color and knock down access barriers to sorely-needed mental health resources.

CAHOOTS has been leading this fight for 30 years, and through its work, and seeing the proven success of sending health care responders, not police, to address mental health-related crises, we need to bring the Oregon way to the national level.

It's time for our country to value mental health care the way we do physical care. Because when communities feel secure - physically and mentally - everyone's health outcome improves.

Ron
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3 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

Join Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) in pledging to re-elect Tobias Read!COIN endorses Tobias Read for Oregon Treasurer. We trust Tobias to continue to protect state investments, kids, families and seniors. COIN is Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network, a central hub for #Indivisible groups. Indivisible Guide #TobiasForTreasurer ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

We are sharing this event from SURJ regarding a rally about DACA. Come with masks, social distance, sunscreen and hand sanitizer! Be safe! Dreamers need to know they are heard and supported!! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Proud of you MOMS! Although I'm not sure about federal vs state/local authority in this matter, it seems to me that protecting first amendment rights of protesters as well as local/state and federal property should be the responsibility of the Portland police. What if THEY moved in (right now) between Trumps thugs and the protesters? Either way, THANK YOU MOMS!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Indivisible Eugene

From Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty today. We cannot ignore Trump’s monument edict as benign. We cannot become a dictatorship. Call our Senators and demand a stop to this. Let Oregon’s Attorney General know you support his request for a Federal internal investigation. Contribute to organizations that will take this to court, such as the ACLU.

“Last evening the best of Portland was on full display. On short notice, thousands of Portlanders came out to exercise our constitutional right to free speech and peaceful assembly. This was a united call to end the occupation of our city by federal troops and demanding an end to the aggressive violence being perpetrated on our city by both federal troops and the Portland Police.

We had impassioned speakers sharing a variety of perspectives and opinions. We lit candles. We sang. We danced with the incredibly talented Portland Hip Hop community. We talked about the work ahead and how we are going to re-imagine community safety. My heart was full of love and inspiration towards every single person that came out last night.

But not long after I closed out the speaking portion of the event - while hip hop artists where still performing, while my staff, speakers, and attendees I love were still on the ground – there was another unprovoked brutal attack by our federal government. Later that evening, Portland Police once again joined in the aggressive clampdown of peaceful protest.

Mayor Wheeler, I’m sick of writing these statements day after day. We know that Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner met with DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. We know Portland Police are collaborating with this federal occupying force. You are putting our community in danger. You are putting my staff in danger.

We need you to be better. We need you to stop denying the violence being perpetrated by our own police force and make it clear and unambiguous: Portland police are directed from the top to never collaborate with 45’s goon squad, to take off their riot gear, and to stop contributing to the violence that was occurring before the feds arrived and still continues night after night.

I demand action right now. Mayor Wheeler, if you can’t control the police, give me the Portland Police Bureau.”
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