Hello, friends of Indivisible!
Thanks! Thanks to the folks who offered to help out with event planning. We are still happy to have more people join us. If you are interested, just reply to this email!
For our featured action for the week, we are again calling our senators about Taxes. This week’s featured event is the Community Forum for Economic Justice’s event, “Save our Neighborhoods” on Tuesday night. In the email below you will find (1) our featured action, (2) our featured event, (3) other urgent actions, and (4) other local events. If you would like an event to be added to our calendar, please add your information to this google form (https://goo.gl/forms/2SGCW5zFRaKNz6YA3) so we can determine if the event is a good fit.
Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you on Tuesday!!
Bethany, Cheri, Katelyn, & Carmella (on behalf of Indivisible Indiana District 2)
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~~ Albert Schweitzer
FEATURED INDIVISIBLE ACTION OF THE WEEK
Taxes: Contact your senators. The tax bill passed the House. Now we need to put all of our focus on the Senate. For more info, see below.
FEATURED INDIVISIBLE EVENT OF THE WEEK
Tuesday (11/21) 7-9pm - Save our Neighborhoods!. “The next meeting of the Community Forum for Economic Justice will focus on the need to protect neighborhoods from economic development policies that result in the displacement of residents.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2401571830067330/
OTHER URGENT ACTIONS
Topic Key. 1: Taxes. 2: Donate to the Tolson Center. 3. Support SJCYD Ham Drive. 4. ACLU Voting Rights Call. 5: Elkhart Immigration Detention Facility.
1. Taxes: Contact your senators. The tax bill passed the House. Now we need to focus on the Senate. “Call your Senators and demand that they vote no on H.R. 1, the Trump Tax Scam -- call scripts for Democrats are here, and call scripts for Republicans are here. The time is now to let your Senators know you’re watching. We set up this tool to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (http://act.indivisibleguide.com/lte/trump-tax-scam/…) Use the tool to let your Senator know you expect them to vote no on the #TrumpTaxScam and let more people in your community know just what they’re trying to do.” Check out the Indivisible Hoosier’s CTA video: https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleHoosiers/posts/1570657746328152
2. Support the Tolson Center - As you are giving thanks for what you have this week, think about giving to the Tolson Center! Support Elkhart’s Tolson Center by purchasing something off of their Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2L0I8AV1EZ8NF. For more information about the great work the Tolson Center does: https://www.elkhartindiana.org/department/?fDD=94-0
3. Young Democrats Fundraiser with the S.O.S Ministries. The St. Joseph County Young Democrats are partnering with S.O.S. Ministries to raise money and food for families in our community so that they may have a joyous season. It has been requested, due to living conditions and mitigating circumstances, that not all families have the ability or resources to cook a full ham - thus the precooked canned ham. Your generosity in helping with this effort is appreciated. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sjcyd-food-drive
4. ACLU Voting Rights Call. The ACLU is urging our state lawmakers to pass independent redistricting commission legislation -- and make our state one of the few in the country putting voting rights ahead of partisan politics. While ACLU partners in the fight prepare to lobby on Tuesday at the Statehouse, we’re dialing in and filling up the voicemail boxes of our lawmakers to put redistricting reform in reach. Help us make history for all of Indiana’s voters -- call your state legislator now! For call scripts and more information: https://go.peoplepower.org/ca…/redistricting-reform-indiana/
5. Elkhart Immigration Detention Facility. Follow this public group (and activate notifications) to receive updates about the for-profit prison company that is trying to build an immigrant detention facility in Elkhart.https://www.facebook.com/groups/537037956640716
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
Monday (11/20) 6:30pm-8:30pm - Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance for the Michiana area will be held at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 915 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1971888453070615/
Monday (11/20) 4:30pm - Thanksgiving protest. Join us outside the Federal Building again this month to protest Thanksgiving and all the myths surrounding the holiday. Hosted by Stand up for Racial Justice. https://www.facebook.com/events/173153239932638/
Tuesday (11/21) 7pm-9pm - Save our Neighborhoods! “The next meeting of the Community Forum for Economic Justice will focus on the need to protect neighborhoods from economic development policies that result in the displacement of residents. Presentations by a panel of neighborhood activists will be followed by open discussion of how residents can remain in their neighborhoods and build stable and supportive communities. Join us with your experiences and ideas.” https://www.facebook.com/events/2401571830067330/
Tuesday (11/21) 12:30pm-1pm - All IN for Democracy “Join the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting as we rally to end gerrymandering. Help us send a clear message to the Indiana General Assembly that we expect it to pass redistricting reform this year. This rally and press conference will coincide with Organization Day for the 2018 Legislative Session and will get our activists fired up for the big battle ahead.” Takes place at the Indiana State House, 200 West Washington Street Capitol Avenue Doors, Indianapolis, IN. https://www.facebook.com/events/145311326089273/
Monday (11/27) 7:30-8:30am - Rally against TrumpTaxScam. Indivisible Indiana District 2 and the Community Forum for Economic Justice are sponsoring a rally outside of Jackie Walorski’s Mishawaka office (202 Lincolnway E., Suite 101) to protest her vote for Trump’s tax reform bill. Both of the House and Senate tax reform bills serve the interests of the wealthy and special interest groups at the expense of lower and middle income Hoosiers. We must pass tax reform legislation that will alleviate income inequality, not exacerbate it!
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/140327759952533/
Monday (11/27) 6pm - Community Forum on Focus 2018, South Bend Community School Corporation Reorganization. A listening forum will be held at the Century Center, 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., South Bend, IN 46601. This is an opportunity for residents to give feedback to South Bend Community School Corporation leaders about Focus 2018.
For more information: http://www.sb.school/abou…/focus_2018__design_for_the_future
Thursday (11/30) 9-10:30pm - Indivisible Equality Team’s Weekly Meeting. Join activists at CJ’s Pub, 236 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601 to discuss action on racial and economic equality through education and economic development. Email Nate Levin-Aspenson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us for this event.
Friday (12/1) 6-8pm - Broken on All Sides: Is There Another Way to Do Justice? The IUSB Social Action Project is sponsoring an educational event about mass incarceration at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601. Mass incarceration is a global phenomenon, and the U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than countries our government accuses of atrocities. If mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, and if the school-to-prison pipeline is the feeder, how should resistance look? Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she looks at the impact mass incarceration has had, and ways to resist it.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1914995458752566/
Saturday (12/2) - Greening the Statehouse. Our Environment Team is making a road trip to the annual Greening The Statehouse statewide environmental gathering held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana on December 2nd. Email Kelly Beduhn at IN2Enviro@activist.com if you are interested in joining us for this event.
For more information: https://www.hecweb.org/get-involved/gts2017
Tuesday (12/5) 6-8pm - CRHC Film: “Dolores.” The Civil Rights Heritage Center is holding its monthly film and discussion series at 1040 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601. Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With unprecedented access, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. From Executive Producer Carlos Santana, "Dolores" is in limited release around the United States, and this is currently the only showing in Indiana.
Thursday (12/7) 7-9pm - Indivisible Environment Team’s Monthly Meeting. Join environmental activists at 1411 Sunnymede Ave, South Bend, IN 46615 to brainstorm about future projects including how to reduce lead poisoning, how to incentivize renewable energy, and which bills to mobilize activists around for the upcoming state legislative session (January - April 2018). Email Kelly Beduhn at IN2Enviro@activist.com if you are interested in joining us for this event.