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Hello, friends of Indivisible!

 

Thanks to all of you who made calls and/or sent emails regarding the rezoning request made by the Women’s Care Center over the last couple of weeks. Mayor Buttigieg has vetoed their request to set up shop directly next to the proposed location for the Whole Women’s Health Clinic, which will provide abortions. The Women’s Care Center clearly hoped to intimidate and humiliate women who are exercising their constitutionally protected right to control their own bodies. If you have the time, please contact Mayor Buttigieg and thank him for vetoing this request (mayorpete@southbendin.gov).

 

Last week we received answers to your questions from the three main Democratic candidates who hope to run again Walorski. Here are the questions that were posed:

 

1. What do you believe to be the place of monetary donations in a functioning democracy, and what reforms do you believe are necessary for campaign finance?

 

2. What will you do in Congress to both protect and expand voting rights? What legislation would you support to safeguard our election process?

 

3. Which specific measures to prevent gun violence do you support, and why?

 

4. What is your plan for mitigating the effects of climate change we are already experiencing, locally, nationally, and globally?

 

5. How will you continue to be politically active if your campaign is unsuccessful?

 

Their responses are attached to the Facebook post here.

 

This week is relatively quiet. Our featured event is Cinco de Mayo! Visit the Tolson Center to Celebrate the 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/

 

Please remember to vote early! Midterm elections are on May 8th. Check your registration and voting locations at https://indianavoters.in.gov/.

 

In the message 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/842771502589870/

 

Enjoy the great weather and have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Being attentive to the things that add meaning to our lives alongside politics will help us inform our politics with the values that really do make America great. - Mayor Buttigieg.

 

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HELPFUL LINKS

 

Get more involved in Indivisible IN-02: https://tinyurl.com/JoinIndivisible

Support our Action Fund: http://tiny.cc/in02actionfund

Our website: www.in02.net

Order an Indivisible T-shirt: https://goo.gl/forms/5jNvLhUgT8n7fYB42

State Representative Contact Info: http://tiny.cc/in02-Statereps

Add an event to this email: https://goo.gl/forms/2SGCW5zFRaKNz6YA3

Personal, hand-delivered messages to congress in DC: https://stampslicked.org/

Rogan’s List (Awesome, daily actions): https://roganslist.blogspot.com/

5Calls - Get background, scripts, and calling information for federal issues. https://5calls.org/

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FEATURED INDIVISIBLE ACTION OF THE WEEK

 

Contact Mayor Buttigieg (mayorpete@southbendin.gov) and thank him for vetoing 05-18 - the rezoning request made by the Women’s Care Center, an anti-abortion group - to move in next door to the Whole Women’s Health Clinic.

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FEATURED INDIVISIBLE EVENT OF THE WEEK

 

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/

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OTHER URGENT ACTIONS

 

Action Topic Key. 1: Thank you, Mayor! 2: Advocate for Clean Energy. 3: Protect Mueller. 4. Vote. 5: Block Haspel.

 

Action 1: Veto 05-18. Contact Mayor Buttigieg and thank him for vetoing 05-18 - the rezoning request made by the Women’s Care Center, an anti-abortion group - to move in next door to the Whole Women’s Health Clinic.

 

Action 2: Advocate for Clean Energy. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is in the process of planning how it will supply electricity to the communities it serves for the next 20 years, giving Hoosier a great opportunity to weigh in with our vision for a clean energy future that protects our health and the environment. After thousands of customers called on I&M to close the Rockport coal plant, one of the worst polluters in the U.S., the company has stated it may phase out the plant by 2028. Let's keep up the momentum for I&M to close the Rockport coal plant, replace it with clean energy, and invest in energy efficiency programs that serve low-income residents: tinyurl.com/INM20YearPlan #RepowerIndiana.

 

Action 3: Ask Congress to protect Mueller’s Russia investigation. Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect Mueller. The bill codifies DOJ regulations that only DOJ officials could fire Mueller, or any other special counsel. The bill will now head to the full Senate for a vote. Right now it doesn’t have the necessary support to pass, and that’s where we come in. Please contact both Senators Donnelly and Young and ask them to support the bipartisan legislation to protect the work of the special counsel.

 

Action 4: Don’t wait until May 8th to cast your vote! Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ to find your early voting location.

 

Action 5: Block Haspel. Gina Haspel tortured people and destroyed the evidence. She’s totally unfit to lead the CIA. Visit our one-stop shop on everything you’ll need to have your senators publicly oppose Gina Haspel’s nomination for CIA Director! http://haspel.indivisible.org/

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OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

 

Thursday (5/3) 4-7pm - Wellness for Women on the Go. Allied Physicians of Michiana presents “Wellness for the Women on the Go” 2018 Women’s Health Fair. The purpose of the event is to provide access to services and resources of health and wellness for the women on the go. Visit our event page fore more information. The event will be held at Allied Physicians of Michiana (6301 University Commons, Ste. 230., South Bend). https://www.apom.com/2018-womens-health-fair/. https://www.facebook.com/events/772796829591385/

 

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 lthill@macog.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.

 

Friday (5/4) 6-8pm - Mental Wealth, with Aespyne Alix. Aespyne Alix is a South Bend artist whose art focuses on the black experience. To spark more conversation about mental health within the African American community, the Civil Rights Heritage Center is hosting a presentation of art and discussion. Led by Ms. Alix and featuring some of her original pieces of art, the discussion will focus on the historical adversity faced specifically by African Americans in the U.S. regarding mental health and emotional wellness resources and lifestyles. The discussion will highlight contributing factors that damage emotional wellness, such as race based traumas, poverty, incarceration, and film and television depictions of Black culture. The exhibition features a series of illustrated portraits of local South Bend residents who have found a way to “keep their peace” on their journey to mental health and emotional wellness. https://www.facebook.com/events/1992604207434226/

 

Friday (5/4) 6pm - Marshall County Democratic Rally. Held at the American Legion in Argos. Doors open at 6:00pm; all local and state candidates will be invited (mainly to come and fire up folks to vote – no speeches). Finger foods will be provided; Legion will have their regular menu if you want more and their cash bar. There may be a band starting around 8pm. Stay tuned for facebook event post (Marshall County Dems page) - best to RSVP that way; no FB? Email Ally Shook at allison.shook26@gmail.com or text her at 574-780-0867. We need a good count for food purposes so only RSVP if you are pretty certain you can come!

 

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/

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FUTURE EVENTS

 

Tuesday (5/8) 5:30-8:30pm - County Council Meeting. Show your support for Environmental Protections by attending the St. Joseph County Council meeting on Tuesday May 8th (6pm at the County-City Building downtown South Bend room 411). The Environmental Network of Northern Indiana, including members of Indivisible's IN2Enviro team, will be addressing the Council regarding concerns about the proposed Northwest Industrial Logistics Master Plan. Presentations will be made to the council demonstrating the need for environmentally sound land use. The point of getting people to the county council meeting is to demonstrate that we are paying close attention to what the county is proposing and want a seat at the table for environmental justice and sustainable development. Email IN2Enviro@activist.com if you would like details about this issue or to learn about opportunities to join ENNI in supporting this effort. where people want to live! This requires transparency, planning and prioritizing the health of all populations! https://www.facebook.com/events/293152014553949/

 

Thursday (5/10) 5:30-8pm - NNN Annual Meeting and Mixer. Join the Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. at the NNN Community Center (1007 Portage Ave., South Bend) for light hors d'oeuvres and conversation to celebrate 2017 and look ahead to 2018. https://www.facebook.com/events/2143424019220253/

 

Saturday (5/12) 10-11:15am - Steps to Sustainability. Understand sustainability principles and applications. Past, present, and future social practices will merge in this educational presentation, as you learn to green your daily actions and inspire others to do the same through simple sustainable steps. Hosted by MoonTree Studios (9638 Union Rd, Plymouth, Indiana 46563). https://www.facebook.com/events/2108437702773549/

 

Saturday (5/12) 1-5pm - The Revolution Against Poverty. Hosted by the Nu Black Power Movement of South Bend at the St. Joseph County Courthouse. This is an empowerment event for people of all shades and characteristics to learn the ins and outs of the black experience as well as the impoverished experience that most residents of this country are plagued with. The idea of this event is to express truths of poverty and the urgent need of solutions. Come out and enjoy. Pet friendly and all are welcomed.T.R.A.P = The Revolution Against Poverty. https://www.facebook.com/events/379527555878808/

 

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)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1897986990511900/

 

Saturday (5/26) 7-11pm - Twist-ED Euchre. Hosted by Ed Liptrap for State Senate at the Clay Township Civic & Democratic Club (109 E Pendle St, South Bend, Indiana 46637). Join us for a one-of-a-kind Euchre tournament to benefit Vote Liptrap! Play for prizes, play for glory, but most of all play for a progressive Democrat to swing the 11th Indiana State Senate seat.

Entry in the tournament is $20, and single-use cheat cards will be for sale to all with a small additional donation. You can save a total of $16 if you purchase a whole table! Enjoy beverages, snacks, cards, and company on May 26th at 7 PM!

Saturday (6/2) Power of One Vote Indivisible Freeze Mob! Details are in the works, but this will be a voter registration event.

 

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/

 

Thursday (6/14) - South Bend Cubs Pride Night with the LGBTQ Center - Join the South Bend Cubs and the City of South Bend to celebrate Pride Week. A special $23 ticket package will be available through the LGBTQ center that will include an exclusive t-shirt, hat, and ticket to the game!Proceeds from the ticket package will go directly back to The LGBTQ Center.

Tickets are Will-Call. The day of the game, attendees will need to go to the --- gate and pick up their shirt, hat and ticket from The LGBTQ Center table. https://www.facebook.com/events/391065771359294/