Hello, friends of Indivisible!
Indivisible Indiana District 2 is preparing to send out our candidate questionnaires for the general election, and we want to know what questions, issues, and policy positions are most important to you. In the form linked below let us know what questions you most want answered by candidates running for federal, state, and local office. We will be aggregating the results and using them to formulate the questionnaire. Thank you for your help! https://docs.google.com/…/1QXI7NAzQE45M6AECI5p5Y4…/viewform…
For our featured action for the week, we would like you to contact Donnelly and Young (especially Donnelly) and ask them to vote “no” to another extremist Supreme Court Judge. We’ve included a script below. The wrong appointment will have an impact on our justice system for a very long time, so it’s important that we get it right this time. Indivisible has provided a guide on this issue. We encourage you to look it over before making your calls: https://www.indivisible.org/…/2-step-strategy-win-supreme-…/
Our featured event is Envirofest 2018 at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart. EnviroFest is the region's largest environmental festival celebrating our community and all things sustainable. Come to Elkhart for another great event this year. Check here for more information: https://www.elkhartindiana.org/topic/index.php…
If you’re interested, we still have a limited number of Families Belong Together t-shirts for sale. You have until July 14th to order. Proceeds of these sales will go to La Casa de Amistad. We’ve already raised close to $700! Order your shirt here: https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleIN02/posts/1894727103898938
In the message below you will find (1) helpful links; (2) our featured action, (3) our featured event, (4) canvassing opportunities, (5) other urgent actions, and (6) other local events.
For the Indiana-wide actions, check out this video: https://www.facebook.com/ITI.CTA/videos/887590158108004/
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for everything you do.
Bethany, Cheri, Katelyn, & Carmella (on behalf of Indivisible Indiana District 2)
In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
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FEATURED INDIVISIBLE ACTION OF THE WEEK
Ask Donnelly to vote against another extremist judge in the Supreme Court. Call, call, and keep calling to let him know that we don’t want a Supreme Court packed with right-wing judges. Learn more here: https://www.indivisible.org/…/2-step-strategy-win-supreme-…/
FEATURED INDIVISIBLE EVENT OF THE WEEK
EnviroFest 2018. The Elkhart Environmental Center Presents the 23rd Annual EnviroFest! This event will be held on Friday, July 13th at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The Elkhart Environmental Center, WVPE, and Wellfield have partnered once again to bring you the region's biggest environmental festival. Stop by from 5-9pm for food, live music from Stampede String Band, a fun Kids' Area, a Raffle & Silent Auction, to check out all their cool vendors and exhibitors, a local Beer & Wine Garden by South Bend Brew Werks, and more! New this year: Bike Valet. You can find information about the event on their website: www.elkhartindiana.org/EnviroFest
** To sign up, contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Wednesday (7/11) 4-8pm in Clay Township (St Joseph)
Thursday (7/12) 4-8pm in Osolo Township (Elkhart)
Saturday (7/14) 11am-5pm in Harris Township (St Joseph)
**To sign up contact Inna at: 317-625-6680, email@example.com
Wednesday - Meet at 6:00pm at Heritage Square Martin's Upstairs, canvass from 6:30p - 8:30pm.
Saturday - Meet at 9:30am at Heritage Square Martin's Upstairs, canvass from 10:00a - 2:00p (or part of that time)
OTHER URGENT ACTIONS
Action Topic Key. 1. Say no to extremist judges. 2: Keep immigrant families together. 3: Let the St. Joseph County Council know your concerns on the mega-industrial complex. 4: Advocate for Vote by Mail.
Action 1: Ask Donnelly to vote against another extremist judge in the Supreme Court. Call, call, and keep calling to let him know that we don’t want a Supreme Court packed with right-wing judges.
Here is a script to use when calling Senator Donnelly:
Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me what Senator ___ plans to do about the Supreme Court vacancy?
Staffer: The Senator intends to [wait and see who Trump nominates / wait until after there have been hearings / looks forward to the process in the Senate].
Caller: That’s terrible. There’s no need to wait and find out who the nominee will be. We know from Trump’s list of 25 that they are all unqualified, or too extreme to sit on the Supreme Court. I expect Senator ___ to use every tool at his/her disposal to stop Trump from filling this vacancy with anyone on this list.
Staffer: The Senator will vote against any pick he/she doesn’t support, but he/she has to find out who it is first.
Caller: Again, there is no need to wait. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality. We expect a strong commitment from the Senator now.
Action 2: Keep immigrant kids with their families. ICE is acting without conscience or due process and separating immigrant children from their families to keep in holding cells, and Trump’s new executive order does not fix the crisis. These families include asylum seekers to the US and ICE is carrying out these actions with no oversight from the federal government. Contact Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young as well as Representative Walorski today and demand that congress intervene to forbid ICE from separating children from their families. Indivisible has pulled together more information about this cruel policy here: https://www.indivisible.org/…/trumps-new-cruel-immigration…/.
Action 3: Let the St. Joseph County Council know your concerns on the mega-industrial complex. The County Council and Economic Development Office have been responsive to the community demand for a seat at the table in the plans to build a 15,000-acre industrial Complex now known as the Indiana Enterprise Center. For more information, check out this South Bend Tribune article: https://www.southbendtribune.com/…/article_3f90720f-f711-5d….
The next step is attend the St. Joseph County Council Meeting on Tuesday July 10 at 6 PM in County-City Building in South Bend. You can also email your thoughts to your County Council Members using the information here: https://www.stjosephcountyindiana.com/404/County-Council.
Action 4: Advocate for Vote by Mail. Voting by mail provides a secure paper trail and costs millions of dollars less to administer than our current voting system. Vote by Mail saves money, simplifies elections, eliminates voting lines, and best of all, it increases voter participation. Ballots are mailed to every registered voter prior to election, and are secure and trackable throughout the process. Electronic scanning registers ballots, and verifies voter identification, and the process eliminates the possibility of ineligible voters, and anyone voting more than once. Voters can still choose to vote at a polling site, if they choose. Learn more here: https://indianavotebymail.com/. Please consider writing a letter to the editor to show your support for vote by mail.
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
Tuesday (7/10) 8:00am - Free Benjamin Hicks. Benjamin Hicks was unlawfully incarcerated in a work release program in South Bend back in November. You can read more about his case here: https://medium.com/…/the-curious-case-of-benjamin-hicks-793…. His case is going before Judge Miller in the St. Joseph County Courthouse and he could use your support. https://www.facebook.com/events/671325039872714/
Tuesday (7/10) 6:00pm - St. Joseph County Council Meeting. The County Council will be meeting at the County-City Building (227 W. Jefferson Blvd., Room 411, South Bend). Some New Carlisle residents plan to go to the meeting to ensure that the county council members know they have many unaddressed concerns about the mega-industrial complex, now the Indiana Enterprise Center. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/412707122569567/
Tuesday (7/10) 6:30-8pm - South Bend Children’s Museum Community Planning Meeting. Be part of the beginning stages of planning a new children's museum in South Bend. The meeting will be held in the Colfax Auditorium in the basement of the main library. Everyone is welcome. Bring your kids! https://www.facebook.com/events/2004211016462220/
Wednesday (7/11) 5-7pm - SBBW Community Partners Happy Hour. Meet at South Bend Brew Werks and get to know the nonprofit organizations that the Beer4Good program benefits: The Music Village, Neighborhood Resources Connection, and La Casa de Amistad. https://www.facebook.com/events/2028117250839449/
Friday (7/13) 10:30am-5pm - Redman for Sheriff Golf Invitational. The event format is a 4-person scramble. The scramble format allows all participants, regardless of skill level, to have fun and contribute. You may put together your own team, or they will be happy to put you with a group or indicate who you want to golf with. This event will be held at the Whispering Pines Golf Course. https://www.facebook.com/events/212711372874458/
Friday (7/13) Noon - Mayor Buttigieg to speak at LWV lunch. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters' "Lunch with the League" event at noon July 13 at the South Bend Chocolate Café, 122 S. Michigan St.
The event is free and open to the public. Buttiegieg will provide an update on the city's administrative activities and topics related to the league's mission. Those planning to attend are welcome to arrive early and purchase lunch before the talk. https://www.southbendtribune.com/…/article_d73228e9-7d75-5c…
Friday (7/13) 5-9pm - EnviroFest 2018. The Elkhart Environmental Center Presents the 23rd Annual EnviroFest! This event will be held on Friday, July 13th at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The EEC, WVPE, and Wellfield have partnered once again to bring you the region's biggest environmental festival. Stop by from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for food, live music from Stampede String Band, a fun Kids' Area, a Raffle & Silent Auction, to check out all their cool vendors and exhibitors, a local Beer & Wine Garden by South Bend Brew Werks, and more! New this year: Bike Valet. You can also find information about the event on their website: www.elkhartindiana.org/EnviroFest
Saturday (7/14) 10am-7pm - Get Wet for a Vet. This year their goal is to present an extraordinary opportunity to our local Vietnam Veterans. August 2nd - August 5th, they are taking up to 30 veterans on a bus trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This emotionally compelling memorial pays tribute to the brave men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars. https://www.facebook.com/events/1535170069913001/
Saturday (7/14) 10pm-2am - Guerilla Gay Bar at Vegetable Buddies. Join in the fun with the LGBTQ Center at Vegetable Buddies (129 N. Michigan Street, South Bend). https://www.facebook.com/events/632589053767012/
Tuesday (7/17) 7-10pm - Lady Parts Justice League Vagical Mystery Tour. Join Lady Parts Justice League for a hilarious night of comedy and activism! LPJL’s second annual #VagicalMysteryTour will make you laugh, dance, and learn how to fight for reproductive rights! This show will not only present some of the most hilarious and sought after comedians in the business, but will include an informal post-show talkback with abortion providers and activists, who will break down what’s at stake for abortion rights in your state, and offer tangible ways for you to roll up your sleeves and fight back. Starring Lizz Winstead (The Daily Show Co-Creator), Jenny Yang, Helen Hong, and other special guests soon to be announced. Lineup subject to change. The event will be held at Vegetable Buddies. https://www.facebook.com/events/1627212260711372/
Thursday (7/19) - Sunday (7/22) - A Gathering of Faiths. Hosted By Social Action Project. A Gathering of Faiths will be an interfaith gathering with two objectives: 1, to become literate in faiths other than our own, and 2, to develop action plans for social justice. In addition to celebrations, blessings, and music, activist workshops will guide attendees in strategies for reducing huge social issues into doable chunks.
Saturday (7/21) noon-2pm - Families Potluck. Join the LGBTQ Center for their monthly Families Potluck! Every 3rd Saturday of the month they host a family-friendly potluck where the community can come together in a safe and affirming place! Bring a friend and bring a dish to share! https://www.facebook.com/events/238692556908656/
Saturday (7/21) 1-5pm (Eastern) - Progresstival. Check out the 2018 Progresstival! This year’s festivities will focus on educating ourselves to become better advocates for progressive values, with a focus on preparing for the 2018 Midterm Elections. Please come for workshops including the following topics: white privilege, empowering people powered campaigns, inclusion/sensitivity workshop, bias in the media/politics, education in the state of Indiana and more! Please come from 12-1pm (Central), 1-2pm (Eastern) for food and networking with workshops starting at 1pm (Central) 2pm (Eastern). Any groups interested in having a table should email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday (7/26) 5-8pm - St. Joe County Democrat Precinct Committee Person training. Save the date! More details later. https://www.facebook.com/events/2210352262312540/
Saturday (7/28) 11am-3pm - 2nd Annual Out of the Shadows Mental Health Awareness March. The 2nd Annual Out of the Shadows- Mental Health Awareness Walk & Resource Fair at Battell Park, Mishawaka. https://www.facebook.com/events/397652714087123/
Saturday (8/11) 3:30pm - Parade with Dee Moore. Here’s another chance to show your support for Dee Moore. She’ll be marching in the North Manchester Fun Fest parade. She’ll be lining up at Manchester High School parking lot on Market Street beginning at 3:30 pm. Dee Moore is running for State Congress in District 18. She’s a fantastic candidate. Learn more about here here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/District18DeservesMoore/issues/?tab=Most%2BRecent
Thursday-Sunday (8/16-19) - Annual IDEA Convention in French Lick. Join the Democrats for their 138th annual IDEA Convention in French Lick. Learn more here: http://www.indems.org/annual-idea-convention-in-french-lick/
Sunday (8/26) 3pm - Health Care Voter Forum 2.0 at the Century Center. NICCHC is planning another forum on Health Care. Details to come!
Sunday (8/26) 2-4pm - Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders. Celebrate Women's Equality Day by honoring twelve women who have shaped Michiana through leadership. Some are widely recognized; some have led quietly in the background. Each has changed the course of our community. Browse the exhibit, enjoy light refreshments, and join us for a short program to honor these women. https://www.facebook.com/events/2094798180795084/
Saturday (9/8) 12pm - Parade with Dee Moore. Join Dee Moore in the Roann Covered Bridge Festival Parade. Line up begins at 12 noon at the Roann Water Tower/Ball Field at 420 E Pike Street. This is another great parade to walk. Dee Moore is running for State Congress in District 18. She’s a fantastic candidate. Learn more about here here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/District18DeservesMoore/issues/?tab=Most%2BRecent