Hello, friends of Indivisible!
Today (April 9th) is the last day to register to vote if you want to vote in the primary elections on May 8th. Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ to check your status, and please ask your friends and family to do the same.
For our featured action for the week, we hope you will contact WSBT to let them know that you want our local news to stay local. Currently Sinclair Broadcasting stations require their anchors to report scripted content. Since Sinclair is one of the most conservative broadcasters in the country, and it has been supporting Trump since before the election, the scripted content is now becoming part of the Trump propaganda machine. Let WSBT know that you will be contacting and boycotting their advertisers if they continue to report scripted content. If you are looking for more information, Mother Jones published a fairly detailed explanation of what has been happening last year, and CNET published an update just last week. A Sinclair Strike is planned on May 15th.
There are lots of events happening this week so it was difficult to choose just one to feature, however our featured event is the Candidate Forum hosted by the Islamic Society of Michiana on Sunday (4/15) from 5-7pm at the ISM Community Center, 3310 Hepler, South Bend. Republican, Democrat and Libertarian primary candidates for federal, state, and countywide offices will have time to meet and greet. Come out, hear from the candidates, and ask your questions. https://www.facebook.com/events/667624963628417/.
Please take some time to look at the other events going on in the area (below). There are lots of events to choose from, including the March for Science, several Save Our Streets events, another Congressional Candidate Debate, and a Register your Right phone bank event hosted by the St. Joseph County Dems.
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: https://www.facebook.com/ITI.CTA/videos/833143620219325/
Have a wonderful week and thanks for everything you do!
Bethany, Cheri, Katelyn, & Carmella (on behalf of Indivisible Indiana District 2)
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FEATURED INDIVISIBLE ACTION OF THE WEEK
Contact John Nizamis General Manager for WSBT. Jbnizamis@sbgtv.com. Or call 574-233-3141 and ask for his voice-mail and let him know we want our local news media to be local and not part of a politically controlled monopoly. Also let him know that their advertising base is at risk. (Shout out to Stephen Miller/Adam Zeigler for this one!) https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/sinclair-must-runs-read-by-south-bend-news-anchors/article_eaf12292-d5ef-566d-8ff3-fadf380c35d6.html
FEATURED INDIVISIBLE EVENT OF THE WEEK
Sunday (4/15) 5-7pm - Candidate Forum. The Islamic Society of Michiana and URC will again sponsor a candidate forum. On Sunday at the ISM Community Center (3310 Hepler, South Bend), Republican, Democrat and Libertarian primary candidates for federal, state, and countywide offices will have time to meet and greet. Come out, hear from the candidates, and ask your questions. https://www.facebook.com/events/667624963628417/
OTHER URGENT ACTIONS
Action Topic Key. 1: Sinclair Broadcasting. 2: Support Our Lady of the Road. 3: Protect Mueller.
Action 1: Contact John Nizamis General Manager for WSBT. Jbnizamis@sbgtv.com. Or call 574-233-3141 and ask for his voice-mail and let him know we want our local news media to be local and not part of a politically controlled monopoly. Also that their advertising base is at risk. (Shout out to Stephen Miller for this one!) https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/sinclair-must-runs-read-by-south-bend-news-anchors/article_eaf12292-d5ef-566d-8ff3-fadf380c35d6.html
Action 2: Help Our Lady of the Road go Solar. Our Lady of the Road provides showers, breakfasts, and laundry services for the most vulnerable people in our community. Helping them go solar will save almost $10,000 per year in electricity bills, enabling Our Lady of the Road to assist more people. https://www.youcaring.com/ourladyoftheroad-1128824
Action 3: Ask Congress to protect Mueller’s Russia investigation. It is the duty of Congress, as a separate co-equal branch of government, to guard against abuses of the Executive Branch. That’s why the framers of the Constitution created separation of powers. Our elected officials need to speak out and make clear that firing Mueller would be a red line that Trump must not cross. Senators can co-sponsor legislation to protect against a Mueller firing: S. 1735 led by Senators Graham and Booker, and S. 1741 led by Senators Coons and Tillis. Representatives in the House can co-sponsor H.R. 3771, led by Representative Cohen.
Action 4: Stop Trump’s War Cabinet. Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State will likely happen on April 12. Pompeo is a torture supporting Islamophobe and climate change denier. Call your Senators this week and tell them that they must say no to Pompeo!
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
One Book, One Michiana events throughout the month of April. Check the schedule of events here: http://sjcpl.lib.in.us/one-book. This year’s book is The Distance Between Us. “Grande's book is an effort to understand and explore the hardships and conflicts faced by families who leave their children behind as they search for a better life in a different country. The most contemporary of our One Book picks, The Distance Between Us portrays one side of the immigrant experience and offers insight on a topic that is part of our national discussion.”
Tuesday (4/10) Noon-2pm - Equal Pay Day, 2018 - a Virtual Rally! This year, the Feminist Federation of South Bend is having a virtual rally for Equal Pay Day, 2018. Before or on April 10, please post your stories, sentiments, experiences, and commitment to equal pay for equal work. See more information in the thread! Learn more here: http://www.equalpaytoday.org/equalpaydays/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/164659341030532/
Tuesday (4/10) 4-7pm - Get your South Bend ID at the Civil Rights Heritage Center. South Bend has its own official identification card honored at schools, libraries, and many places within South Bend city limits where legal ID is required. You showing a South Bend ID helps make it more well-known. Get yours and support those in our community who use this as their primary method of identification. To ensure your spot, appointments are recommended by calling La Casa de Amistad at (574) 233-2120, or, feel free to come by and get yours on a first come, first served basis. This community initiative is sponsored by La Casa de Amistad. For questions and additional information, call (574) 233-2120 or visit http://lacasadeamistad.org/.
Tuesday (4/10) 6:30-8:00pm - Congressional Candidate Debate. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, IUSB, and the AASCU American Democracy Project at the IUSB Elkhart Center. This debate features candidates who have filed with the state/county and are running a serious campaign (e.g. headquarters, fundraising, volunteer base, media coverage, and visible campaign activities). A light reception will follow the debate. https://www.facebook.com/events/145678112816583/. The debate will also be aired on WMYS, My Michiana, Channel 69.
Wednesday (4/11) 6:30-8:00pm - Republican Prosecutor Candidate Debate - Elkhart County. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Elkhart at the IUSB Elkhart Center. A light reception will follow the debate. https://www.facebook.com/events/364287580738884
Thursday (4/12) 4-5pm - Environmental Policy Lecture. “Challenges to Framing the Value of Policy in a post Paris (post Trump) World.” A lecture by Gary W. Yohe, member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The lecture will be held in DeBartolo Hall, room 138, Notre Dame campus. https://www.facebook.com/events/910913989112438/
Thursday (4/12) 6:30pm - Beyond the Barricades: Class Power and Black Lives. Please come to the Civil Rights Heritage Center Thursday, April 12 at 6:30pm to observe the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth with Professor Cedric Johnson's talk "Beyond the Barricades: Class Power and Black Lives." While Marx is often credited with furthering an understanding of class and capitalism, less is said about ways a Marxian critical tradition has spoken to issues of racial justice -- a tradition that includes Marx's own writings on the Civil War to 20th Century radicals such as Harry Haywood and the Black Panther Party. African American Studies professor Cedric Johnson will discuss the complex legacy of Marxian thought in the long struggle for racial equality and political freedom. For more information about the event please contact Benjamin Balthaser email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/events/2147186975510567/
Friday (4/13) noon-1pm - Lunch with the League Welcomes Jill LaFountain of Girl Scouts. The League of Women Voters is pleased to welcome Jill LaFountain as the speaker for their upcoming Lunch with the League event on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend. Ms. LaFountain is the Chief Development Officer and Director of Advocacy of the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana. She will give a brief history of the Girl Scout movement, where they have been and where they are going. More than cookies, camp, and crafts, the Girl Scouts is empowering young leaders. This isn't your Mother's Girl Scouts anymore! This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to arrive early to purchase lunch before the talk. https://www.facebook.com/events/1902967379734822/
Friday (4/13) 6-8pm - El Otro Lado: Immigration Stories From the Other Side. Hosted by the Civil Rights Heritage Center and La Casa de Amistad. Learn more about local patterns of immigration, as well as viewing artworks by students in La Casa de Amistad's after school programs inspired by their family’s migration experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/182971155829721/
Saturday (4/14) 8am-2pm - Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. Adopt-a-Block/Mulch Madness. The NNN is excited to announce the 2018 Adopt-a-Block date! Come to the the NNN Community Center for donuts and coffee, to receive instructions, and to pick up supplies.
The NNN will be taking a group photo before heading out into the neighborhood! At 11AM Mulch Madness will start in the NNN Community Center and head out to mulch Sherman, Harrison and Cottage Grove between LWW and California. Join neighbors and UND volunteers in this worthy effort to reduce exposure to lead. BYO wheelbarrows and shovels if you can. The Local Cup will be open from 7:30 – 1 on Saturday to keep your morning mood perky!!! (P.S. There are still a few blocks to “Adopt” if you plan to come. Call 574-232-9182 or email Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org). https://www.facebook.com/events/1630243750375214/
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. 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). http://backthebend.nd.edu/
Saturday (4/14) 10am-2pm - Register your Right Early Voting Phone Bank. Please join the St. Joseph County Dems at the Democratic Headquarters (135 S. Lafayette Blvd.) to make calls to both voters that were re-registered in the 3/24 canvass as well as strong/lean Democrats. Participants will be reminding voters about early voting, changes to polling places, and rides to the polls. Shifts will be in two hour blocks, from 10a-12p and 12p-2p. Please sign up using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/7IaEf76LAVCQ6WVw1 If you have any questions, please direct message them on Facebook or email email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/events/241540099751694/
Saturday (4/14) 2pm - The Other Side of Immigration, Film & Discussion. This documentary explores the reasons behind the Mexican immigration to the United States and the impact it has on the family members and communities left behind. Hear a variety of perspectives on the topic of immigration during a special session following the film. Panelists include Maria Blumenfeld, National Justice Immigration Center, Leonard Sanchez, Saint Mary's College, Gabriel Popescu, IU South Bend, and Tammy Fong-Morgan, IU South Bend. http://sjcpl.lib.in.us/node/12141
Saturday (4/14) 2-6pm - March for Science. Marchers will begin gathering at 2 pm in Leeper Park, and then will march to the Jon R. Hunt Memorial Plaza in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center where there will be speakers and activity tables. A committee of scientists and concerned citizens organized the march due to recent government policies preventing federal science agencies from sharing their findings as well as decreases in funding for scientific and educational programs. Scheduled Programming:
2-3pm- Gathering at Leeper Park/Sign Making/T-shirt Pick up and Sales
3-4pm- MARCH! From Leeper Park to Jon R. Hunt Memorial Plaza
4-5pm- Invited Speakers!
4-6pm- Celebration of Science: Information/Teaching Stations/Demos.
6pm-?- Afterparty TBD https://www.facebook.com/events/200640537198287/
Saturday (4/14) - Save our Streets events.
SOS Youth Workshop noon-3pm at 218 Sycamore St. Event for the Youth of South Bend and neighboring cities. Fun, arts and crafts with a special guest from Cartoon Connect. Giving the youth a way to spend their Saturday afternoon. There will be fun, food, education and empowerment. https://www.facebook.com/events/1966836143569487/
The SOS Save our Streets SB Rally & Benefit Concert 5-8pm will educate and inform people about the issues directly affecting the African American Community. This event will include guest speakers, live music, a candlelight vigil, and a call to action. Jon R. Hunt Plaza at the Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend. https://www.facebook.com/events/410284262766847/
SOS Party with a Purpose 9pm-3am at the Arabesk Palace (1701 N. Ironwood Dr.) The event is the after party to the SOS Rally and Concert. In hopes of coming together for fun, music, and networking. All proceeds will go to sponsoring organizations. https://www.facebook.com/events/215223092585303/
Sunday (4/15) 3pm - Meet Me at the Main Street Grille. Hosted by Vote Westerhausen. Come meet and chat with Dr. Don Westerhausen and learn about his platform and share your ideas about a more inclusive, balanced Indiana State government. https://www.facebook.com/events/367673167082219/
Sunday (4/15) 5-7pm - Candidate Forum. 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/667624963628417/
Tuesday (4/17) 5:30-7pm - Portage & Elwood Neighborhood Center Visioning Workshop. The City of South Bend and consultant Opticos Design, Inc. will lead a series of community workshops to develop a vision for the Portage & Elwood Neighborhood Center. Neighbors and community members are invited to attend an evening presentation and workshop to learn about the visioning process and provide input to help create the vision for the area. This meeting is the first in a series of engagement opportunities related to the project, including multiple chances for public involvement during a 4-day design charrette process May 6-9. Additional information will be shared closer to the event. The neighborhood center is bounded by Portage Ave. to the east, Elwood Ave. to the north, Wilber St. to the west, and Vassar Ave. & the former railroad tracks to the south. The event will be held at the Near Northwest Neighborhood community space (1013 Portage Ave.). Additional information can be found at www.SouthBendIN.gov/PortageElwood
Tuesday (4/17) 6:30pm - Candidates Night. At Ancilla and open to all Democrat and Republican Candidates who are on the Primary Ballot. (More details to follow)
Wednesday (4/18) 6pm - Building a Volunteer Base. Pre-registration required. The Democratic Party hosts monthly webinars for county parties, volunteers, and candidates. Linked below is information on upcoming webinars and past recorded webinars. Each link is password protected. To obtain the password, please email Adi Ben-Yehoshua at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/
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. https://humanrights.nd.edu/news-events/fighting-for-fair-housing-conference/
Friday (4/20) 7:30-9am - United Religious Community of St. Joseph County - 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; email@example.com.
Saturday (4/21) 12-2pm - Families Potluck with Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, The LGBTQ Center hosts a Families Potluck for members of the community to socialize in an affirming atmosphere of acceptance. This Families Potluck will be April 21 from 12-2 pm, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be attending. The event is always free, however, you are encouraged to bring a dish or non-alcoholic beverage. This event is potluck style and kid-friendly. If you have any questions, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/events/1777920628924706/
Sunday - Saturday (4/22-4/29) - IDEA Week. “IDEA Week is an innovation festival hosting business, technology, and entertainment events to provide entrepreneurs, students, and community members in our region with the practical knowledge, creative inspiration, and social foundation they need to innovate within their own careers, studies, and communities.” Registration is free. More information is available here: https://idea-week.com/
Tuesday (4/24) 6-8pm - Meet the Candidates, Hosted by the League of Women Voters. This event will feature candidates for Second Congressional District, St. Joseph County Sheriff, and other candidates on your St. Joseph County ballots. Co-sponsored by St. Joseph County Public Library and American Democracy Project, and will be held in the Humphrey’s Room at the Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library. https://www.facebook.com/events/175391826409014/
Sunday (4/27) 3pm - At the River I Stand. Help celebrate International Workers Day (May 1) AND commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1968 with this powerful documentary exploring Martin Luther King’s final campaign, the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. A panel discussion of scholars and activists will follow the screening. The movie will be shown at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame campus. https://socialconcerns.nd.edu/events/film-classics-river-i-stand
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1061924690611336/
Saturday (4/28) 7:30 - On the Row. On The Row is a staged reading of stories from the heart of Arkansas' Death Row, presented by The Prison Story Project, a storytelling initiative that benefits incarcerated women and men. Inmates explore their truths through story, poetry, creative writing, literature, song writing, and visual art. Their writing is curated into a staged reading by actors. The goal of The Prison Story Project is to enable those whose voices have been locked away to tell their stories, allowing communities to witness the humanity of the incarcerated through their own words. The event will be held at the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. It is sponsored by the University Writing Program, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, and the Poverty Studies Program, and is free and open to the public, although a $10 donation is suggested to support the project.
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 https://www.volunteerlawyernetwork.net/events/2017/4/21/trivia-night https://www.facebook.com/events/1860797067278146/
Friday (5/4) 5-8pm - Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive. Celebrate "May the Fourth" with free electric vehicle test drives during First Friday in Downtown South Bend at the Gridiron (122 S. Michigan). Get behind the wheel of all-electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Spark, and maybe a Tesla! Plug-in hybrid vehicles may include the Toyota Prius Prime, Chevy Volt, Honda Clarity, Kia Niro, and Chrysler Pacifica. Discuss the benefits of driving electric with dealers & local EV owners. If local EV owners wish to bring their vehicle for display, email email@example.com. A valid driver's license will be required to test drive vehicles. This event is brought to you by: MACOG Partners for Clean Air, South Bend Sustainability Office, Downtown South Bend, South Shore Clean Cities, and Midwest Evolve.
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/148884129117166/
Tuesday (5/15) - Sinclair Strike. A grassroots effort to resist state-run media outlets from subverting access to accurate information. On May 15th, boycott Sinclair networks (WSBT, in the South Bend area). You can also contact WSBT to let them know that you’re boycotting their station, and contact WSBT advertisers to let them know you’ll boycott them until they stop advertising on WSBT.
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)
Sunday (6/10) - Saturday (6/16) - SBPride2018 - Save the Date for South Bend Pride 2018! There are events all week long from June 10th-June 16th. As always, All Are Welcome so please RSVP and invite your friends! More event details to come soon. https://www.facebook.com/events/2024263827899824/