What Does Democracy Look Like?

This is What Democracy Looks Like!

Facebook Posts

7 days ago

A UNIQUE GESTURE BY A UNIQUE WOMAN

A few days ago Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) did something NO ONE has done in recent history. She made an extraordinary public appeal - “Here’s what we have to say to all America’s men and women falling in the grips of hatred and white supremacy: COME BACK! It’s not too late. You have neighbors and loved ones waiting, holding space for you. And we will love you back”. Although threatened herself, she asked that all of us go a little deeper and consider the humanity even in those who commit despicable acts of violence and insult. This not only speaks volumes about her but gives the rest of us an opportunity to move beyond fear and condemnation.

I think what brought her to this is an inherent empathy and knowing that racism, hatred and fear will not diminish until we change the way we think about it. I’m guessing that part of her thinking includes the following: Racism FOLLOWS a feeling of unworthiness of being personally, socially, economically and politically victimized - of being a failure. Feeling insignificant, isolated, wronged and unloved cries out for someone to blame and hurt. To better understand the roots of racism it is absolutely imperative that we understand this ORIGINAL distress.

Legislating, law enforcement and condemnation while necessary will never solve the problem of racism. The roots are too personal. We need to be as face to face as possible reaching out as AOC is recommending with emotional and material supports and values that in real life demonstrates our genuine concern for their lives and they for ours. They need to feel the real possibility that they can matter and belong beyond their supremacist group. This can be done in the context of personal dialogs proliferated throughout the nation. A bold Progressive agenda can include a Community component where supremacists can verbalize their anger, fears and aspirations and for the first time actually feel heard, seen and known. There are no illusions here. Listening to each other would be very difficult at best. But we are smart enough to make it work or at least know we tried.

Self loathing and material fears are at the roots of racism. But underneath it all, I believe with Ralph Waldo Emerson that there is an imprisoned splendor in each of us - a light, a beauty, a fundamental goodness regardless of who we are or more accurately who we’ve been. We can turn this around if we think anew and continually reach for our highest and best. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

A UNIQUE GESTURE BY A UNIQUE WOMAN

A few days ago Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) did something NO ONE has done in recent history. She made an extraordinary public appeal - “Here’s what we have to say to all America’s men and women falling in the grips of hatred and white supremacy: COME BACK! It’s not too late. You have neighbors and loved ones waiting, holding space for you. And we will love you back”. Although threatened herself, she asked that all of us go a little deeper and consider the humanity even in those who commit despicable acts of violence and insult. This not only speaks volumes about her but gives the rest of us an opportunity to move beyond fear and condemnation.

I think what brought her to this is an inherent empathy and knowing that racism, hatred and fear will not diminish until we change the way we think about it. I’m guessing that part of her thinking includes the following: Racism FOLLOWS a feeling of unworthiness of being personally, socially, economically and politically victimized - of being a failure. Feeling insignificant, isolated, wronged and unloved cries out for someone to blame and hurt. To better understand the roots of racism it is absolutely imperative that we understand this ORIGINAL distress.

Legislating, law enforcement and condemnation while necessary will never solve the problem of racism. The roots are too personal. We need to be as face to face as possible reaching out as AOC is recommending with emotional and material supports and values that in real life demonstrates our genuine concern for their lives and they for ours. They need to feel the real possibility that they can matter and belong beyond their supremacist group. This can be done in the context of personal dialogs proliferated throughout the nation. A bold Progressive agenda can include a Community component where supremacists can verbalize their anger, fears and aspirations and for the first time actually feel heard, seen and known. There are no illusions here. Listening to each other would be very difficult at best. But we are smart enough to make it work or at least know we tried.

Self loathing and material fears are at the roots of racism. But underneath it all, I believe with Ralph Waldo Emerson that there is an imprisoned splendor in each of us - a light, a beauty, a fundamental goodness regardless of who we are or more accurately who we’ve been. We can turn this around if we think anew and continually reach for our highest and best. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Indivisible Eugene

****CALL EVERY DAY****

•••••TAKE ACTION TODAY •••••
PLACE 3 PHONE CALLS TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS*

>> Call:
Representative Peter A. DeFazio at (202) 225-6416,
Senator Jeff Merkley at (202) 224-3753,
Senator Ron Wyden at (202) 224-5244.

Tell the staffer who answers the phone:

1) You are a constituent.

2) You Support a Ban on Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines (H.R. 1296/S. 66) (H.R. 1186/S. 447).

3) You Support prohibiting people convicted of violent hate crimes from acquiring or possessing firearms after conviction. (Disarm Hate Act H.R. 2708/S. 1462)

4) You Support the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act (H.R.1236/S. 506). (ERPO) a law to enable family members and law enforcement to petition a court for a temporary order prohibiting a person from purchasing or possessing firearms.

5) You Support National Licensing & Registration of Handguns (S. 1884)

Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Indivisible Eugene

Be sure to come out tomorrow, 8/6, at noon and support your cause on the four corners of E 8th & Mill St. We think #EnoughIsEnough and that the Senate needs to get off their “hands” and pass the House bill for background checks. Ban assault weapons and large magazines. How about you?

You’ll find like-minded people at the corners every Tuesday at noon. Join us! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Indivisible Eugene

Timeline Photos ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Indivisible Eugene

Rep. Defazio Town Hall ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

Indivisible Eugene

Thank you, Rep. Defazio! Let's hope that your colleagues hear from their constituents over the August recess, and that they come back in Sept ready to get moving on an inquiry ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

Indivisible Eugene

Ways To Learn What’s In The Mueller ReportAs Special Counsel Mueller repeatedly said, everything the American people need to know is in the report (Spoiler alert: it’s not what the President claims). Here is a compilation of various ways to take in the information:

READ

There are many searchable PDFs of the report online. Here is one example:
Politico Mueller report

Several book versions are also available. Avoid the one with a foreword by Alan Dershowitz.
www.powells.com or a local bookstore near you.

www.multcolib.org or your local library branch—ebooks available (place a hold!)

Read it together step-by-step
www.muellerbookclub.com/

A weekly reading assignment by Politifact
Vol I & Vol II

Mueller Daily Read with Indivisible Oregon
We finished volume II and will get started with Vol I soon. Link to catch up coming soon

LISTEN

www.audible.com free audiobook

Podcast with legal analysis by lawyers
www.lawfareblog.com/introducing-report-podcast-series-lawfare?fbclid=IwAR0av-Kkt7L-bZttrtL1rtQdfI...

Another great podcast
www.muellershewrote.com

WATCH

PBS summary
www.pbs.org/video/the-mueller-report-s-major-findings-in-less-than-30-minutes-1560798767/

Dramatic reading in ten acts
lawworksaction.org

Watch people read it to you
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G73iRRgoLKg

We’ll keep updating this list, so keep checking in! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

About Indivisible Eugene

Who are we?

We are strong, we are compassionate, we are fierce, we are unyielding, we are loud, we are...

Read More

Browse by Category

Browse by Month