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Hello, friends of Indivisible!


For our featured action for the week, we are joining the massive voter registration event in South Bend on March 24. One of our featured events is Thursday’s presentation by environmental expert, Jesse Kharbanda. Thursday’s presentation is an Indivisible IN-02 event - it is co-sponsored by our Kelly B and her Indivisible IN2enviro group, so we hope you will join!! The other featured event that we are attending one of Saturday’s March for Our Lives.


Just as a heads up, next week, Indivisible’s Equality group is hosting their second West Side Housing Forum on Thursday evening. Please add it to your calendar and join us!


In the email below you will find (1) helpful links; (2) our featured action, (3) our featured event, (4) other urgent actions, and (5) other local events.


For the Indiana-wide actions, check out this video:


Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you on Thursday and Saturday!!




Bethany, Cheri, Katelyn, & Carmella (on behalf of Indivisible Indiana District 2)


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(1) On Thursday, Indivisible IN2enviro is pleased to co-sponsor a presentation by Jesse Kharbanda of Hoosier Environmental Council. Jesse Kharbanda is one of Indiana's most prominent Environmental advocates.


(2) Attend one of the many March for Our Lives events on March 24: There are events in Goshen, South Bend, Allen County, and Valpo!






Action Topic Key. 1: Support School Bus Drivers. 2: Register voters (March 24). 3: Sanctions against Russia. 4: Fight the NRA’s top priority. 5: Guns in School. 6. Sign up to be a Poll Worker for the Primary!.


Action 1: Support South Bend School Bus Drivers. “The South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) bus drivers need our support. SBCSC pays drivers significantly less than nearby districts (up to $5 less per hour), resulting in high turnover, low morale, and an ongoing transportation crisis where there are not enough drivers to get every kid to school on time each day. In fact, some students have been getting to school up to two hours late every day for months. This is a labor issue with serious negative community effects: not only are drivers demoralized, but students miss important tests and see their grades fall, working parents stress as they must find alternative ways to get their kids to school, and teachers have to juggle lesson plans with only partially full classrooms. Even residents without a direct relationship to the issue suffer, because a successful city demands a thriving public school system.


What can we do? The bus drivers, represented by AFSCME #686, are currently negotiating a new contract, and wages are a priority issue. Contact SBCSC Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells, urging him to agree to raise driver pay so that it’s competitive with nearby school corporations: email at, or call at 574-393-6128. Call or email the members of the SBCSC School Board, urging them to support driver pay increases that are competitive with nearby school corporations. Individual members' contact information can be found here. Attend the next SBCSC Board Meeting on Monday, March 19, at 5:30 pm, at 215 S. Dr. Martin King Jr. Blvd., to show your support for the bus drivers. Email Dan Graff at to sign up for more updates.”


Action 2: Volunteer through Register your Rights SJC. Learn about voter registration and canvassing efforts in St. Joseph County (, and sign up to volunteer:


Action 3: Sanctions against Russia. Ask Representative Walorski to demand that President Trump implement the Russian Sanctions signed into law in August 2017. Trump's decision to not identify or implement sanctions against Russian organizations and individuals is unacceptable and disregards the will of the public and Congress.…/demand-trump-implement-russian-sanctio…


Action 4: Fight the NRA’s top priority. The House passed it last year. The Senate expects to take it up this year. Read our resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and contact your Senators before this bill comes up for a vote.


Action 5: Guns in School. “Thanks to Moms Demand Action and your calls the Indiana House did not vote on SB33 "Guns In Schools". But now they are going to use an old trick by using HB1214 a cannabis oil bill as a "vehicle bill", a tactic that uses one bill that has passed most of the hurdles of legislation to carry an entirely different language and subject, in this case guns. In short SB33 the Guns in Schools bill lacked the credibility to even get a vote in the IN House, so they are just bypassing all the due diligence of the process and making HB1214 a zombie bill to get a gun bill on the fast track to the Governor. Tell your Indiana representative: "STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH OUR LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. STOP THE GUN-PLAY WITH OUR COMMUNITIES AND VOTE "NO" ON HB1214 OR ANY ZOMBIE BILL ON GUNS." Find your legislator here:


Action 6: Sign up to be a Poll Worker for the Primary! The St. Joseph County Dems need poll workers for Primary Election Day on May 8. To volunteer, please visit, and click on the button for "Submit Poll Worker Application." You can also call Voter Registration directly at 574-235-9530 and ask for Arielle, Muhammad or Jennifer (the Democratic Party members).






Tuesday (3/20) 6-7:30pm - St. Joseph County Sheriff - Primary Candidate Debate (DEMS).


Come for a reception with the candidates after the debate. The debate will be held at IUSB and will also be aired on ABC57. Participating Candidates: Tim Corbett, Bill Redman, Bill Thompson


Tuesday (3/20) 6:30-8:15 PM, HISTORY OF THE ENGMAN NATATORIUM. Roger B. Francis Branch Library at The Pasture. 52655 N Ironwood Rd., 574-282-4641


George Garner, curator at the South Bend's Civil Rights Heritage Center, will present the history of the former Engman Natatorium


Wednesday (3/21) 5-7pm - Sean Coleman for Trustee fundraiser at Macri’s Bakery.


Wednesday (3/21) 6:30-8pm Community Forum Addressing the Problem of Homelessness at the Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library.


Wednesday (3/21) 6:30-8pm - Elkhart County Sheriff - Republican Primary Candidate Debate. Hear Investigator Fred Mock, Captain John Perry, and Captain Jeff Siegel respond to a series of questions about their experience, priorities, policy positions, and plans for the Elkhart County Sheriff Department. The three men will participate in a candidate debate at IU South Bend's Elkhart Center.


Thursday (3/22) 5:30-7pm - Register your right voter registration training at the UAW Local 5. Planning to volunteer on March 24 to re-register voters across St. Joseph County? Come to this training to get the information you need.


Thursday (3/22) 7-8pm - Jesse Kharbanda of Hoosier Environmental Council. Indivisible IN2enviro is honored to co-sponsor this lecture from one of Indiana's most prominent Environmental advocates.


Friday (3/23) 12-3pm - National Youth Violence Prevention Conference. (Hammond, Indiana) This event is held to promote positive social community interaction, raise awareness to violence prevention.


Friday (3/23) 7-9:30pm - ND Center for Arts & Culture Five Year Celebration.


Friday (3/23) 9am-6pm - Education, Literacy, Community and Citizenship: Community Conference. This one day conference is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. “Please join us on Friday, March 23, 2018 (9:00 am-6:00 pm, Eck Visitors Center, University of Notre Dame), for a day of diving into questions about how education and citizenship intersect.”


Friday (3/23) 6-8pm - Community Forum: No Second Chances for Minorities? This a continuation of the Fighting Racism in South Bend event that we had in late September. However, whereas that forum was focused on solutions, this forum will be focused on revealing the unjust nature of today's society as it relates to the disenfranchised.


Saturday (3/24) - Register your right canvassing days in South Bend, IN. Join us as we knock doors across St. Joseph County to re-register purged voters and get them excited about the 2018 election season!


Saturday (3/24) 11am-2pm - Goshen March for Our Lives - This event is to support students in our community. We will march if we can, if not we'll gather at the courthouse. 101 N. Main St., Goshen, IN.


Saturday (3/24) 5pm - March for Our Lives - South Bend. Gather in solidarity with the students from Parkland, FL in support of common sense gun control. Location TBA




Saturday (3/24) 8-11pm - StarHeart Marching for Lives at Chicory. Join StarHeart after the “March for Our Lives” South Bend event to continue the rally! All proceeds generated by the band (their fee and tips) will go to South Bend Equality.


Sunday (3/25) - Michiana VegFest 2018. “We are proud to bring you the inaugural Michiana VegFest on March 25th, 2018! The event will be held in the beautiful new Notre Dame facilities, Downes Ballroom in Corbett Family Hall. Please save the date. The event is free of charge and ALL are invited! Hear from well-known speakers and authors, learn from experienced and talented chefs, taste delicious foods! Enjoy childrens' activities and browse dozens of vendors and exhibitors.”






Tuesday (3/27) 6-7:30pm - Congressional Candidate Debate: IN-2 Democrats (Primary). Democratic Primary Debate. Indiana's Second Congressional District. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M., Reception following.


Wednesday (3/28) 6pm - State Campaign Finance. Pre-registration required.


Thursday (3/29) 6:30-8pm - West Side Housing Forum: Problems and Policy. Sponsored by Indivisible IN-02. Continuing the conversation from the last West Side housing forum, Indivisible District 2 has assembled a panel of city officials including Mayor Pete and representatives from the Office of Community Investment to discuss housing policy and some of the problems currently facing homeowners and communities on the West Side. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the panel discussion will start at 6:30.


Monday (4/2) 8am-6pm - Dyngus Day Bus Trip - Join the St. Joseph County Democratic Party and celebrate Dyngus/Solidarity Day responsibly. They will have a bus that will transport individuals to each of the stops.…/


Monday (4/2) - Dyngus Day Events - Full listing of Dyngus Day Events provides by the St. Joe County Dems.


Tuesday (4/3) 6-8pm - crhc: film series "Live and Become". The magnificent, epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses. Shlomo is plagued by two big secrets: He is neither a Jew nor an orphan, just an African boy who survived and wants, somehow, to fulfill his Ethiopian mother’s parting request that he “go, live, and become.” Buoyed by a profound and unfaltering motherly love – both in his memory and in the arms of his adoptive mother – he ultimately finds an identity and a happiness all his own. In Hebrew, French, Amharic, with English subtitles (140 min.). Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601, USA


Saturday (4/7) 10am-2pm - The Black Man’s Think Tank. Guest speaker John Carlos, 1968 Olympian and Humanitarian. Dankhe Ballroom, Duncan Hall - Notre Dame campus.


Tuesday (4/10) 6:30-8:00pm - Congressional Candidate Debate.


Wednesday (4/11) 6:30-8:00pm - Republican Prosecutor Candidate Debate - Elkhart County


Saturday (4/14) 10am - Back the Bend. Back the Bend 2018 is a continuation of the annual service event, formerly called CommUniversity Day. This is the ninth year that the University of Notre Dame has partnered with the South Bend community and other local colleges and universities to carry out upwards of twenty service projects on a Saturday in April. In its best year over 600 volunteers participated in this day of service. This year Back the Bend will be taking place on Saturday, April 14th. To browse the projects planned for this year’s day of service, see the “Sign Up” tab. Volunteers should sign up online using the “Sign Up Now” button on each project page (click on the project you are interested in first, then fill out the online form).


Sunday (4/15) 5-7pm - CANDIDATE FORUM: April 15. The Islamic Society of Michiana and URC will again sponsor a candidate forum. On Sunday, April 15, 5-7 pm at the ISM Community Center, 3310 Hepler, South Bend, primary candidates for federal, state, and countywide offices will have time to meet and greet. Come out, here from the candidates, and ask your questions. April 9 is the deadline to register to vote for the May 8 primary.


Wednesday (4/18) 6pm - Building a Volunteer Base. Pre-registration required.


Thursday - Friday (4/19-20) - Fighting for Fair Housing Conference. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, "Fighting for Fair Housing" is sponsored by The Department of Africana Studies / The Center for Civil and Human Rights / The Center for Social Concerns / IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center / Notre Dame Clinical Law Center / Notre Dame Office of Community Relations / St. Joseph Bar Foundation.…/fighting-for-fair-housing-con…/


Friday (4/20) 7:30-9am - United Religious Community of St. Joseph County - APRIL 20 PRAYER BREAKFAST TO FEATURE ALI NOORANI. Ali Noorani, nationally known speaker, podcast host and author of There Goes the Neighborhood, How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration, will be the speaker at the United Religious Community's Annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast will occur on Friday, April 20, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Century Center in South Bend. Tickets are $35/each, and tables (8) are $275. To order online, please visit: our Eventbrite site, or contact John at the URC Office if you prefer to pay with invoice, check, PayPal or other arrangements;


Tuesday (4/24) 6-8pm - Meet the Candidates, Hosted by the League of Women Voters.


Friday (4/27) 7-8pm - Community Theater for Social Justice Action Conference. (Hosted by Show Some Skin). Bringing together theater practitioners, community activists, and inclusion-driven community members who share a commitment to social justice, Show Some Skin aims to use theater as a tool to strategize for effective social justice in our society. Their focus is to engage the concerns of and give voice to historically marginalized communities. They understand social justice theater as a means to achieve building a just society.


Saturday (4/28) - Volunteer Lawyer Network Trivia Night. Are you up for the challenge? Join us for a fun-filled night of trivia - earn bragging rights and maybe even a cash prize! All proceeds go to support the mission of the Volunteer Lawyer Network, which works to provide free legal assistance and representation by local lawyers to low-income individuals in St. Joseph, LaPorte, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Starke, and Marshall Counties. For more information, please visit our event webpage at…/…/4/21/trivia-night


Saturday (5/5) 2-11pm - 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Tolson Center. Celebrating Elkhart area's Latino culture with music, dancing, food, and fun! / Celebrando la cultura Latina en la area de Elkhart con musica, bailes, comida, y mucha diversion.


Wednesday (5/23) 6:30-8:30pm - LGBTQ Speaker Panel. Issues our LGBTQ Community Still Faces in Post- Obergefell v Hodges America Panelists include representatives from:


-The LGBTQ Center


-TREES (Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services)


-PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)



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