Hello, Friends of Indivisible,

 

It’s the time of year to give thanks. This year we can be very grateful that Congress has been flipped, and there is now at least one branch of government that can slow down the Trump agenda. We can hope that they will enact some measures to hold him accountable (such as sharing his tax returns!) We are still burdened with Representative Walorski, but we can be grateful that she publicly stated MANY times throughout her campaign that she is in favor of protecting access to healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions. We can use that to hold her accountable should she make moves to rescind that protection in the future.

 

The Indivisible Indiana District 02 Steering Committee met last week to begin to discuss next steps. The national Indivisible organization has issued a new guide to help us work with our brand new Congress: https://indivisible.org/re…/indivisible-offense-introduction, and we in IN-02 are still interested in finding ways to influence local organizations and politicians as well. With that said, we are always happy to hear your suggestions for future actions and events. You can contact us through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/394197204260879/), and you can now contact steering committee members by emailing us at this address: in02-steering-committee@googlegroups.com. As always, you are welcome to let us know about existing events or suggest an event here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSchqsjzl90-VW0k3e…/viewform.

 

This is going to be a quiet week, event-wise, so please take some time to relax, be thankful, and be kind to one another. If you have time, please feel free to contact Senator Young and Congressperson Walorski and demand that they protect Mueller from his absurd new boss. Sample scripts for calling in are available here: https://indivisible.org/…/trump-just-interfered-mueller-inv…

 

One thing we are thankful for is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which gives 1 free book each month to kids up to 5 years old in St. Joseph County. To learn more or to sign up, go to a local library or here: https://www.cfsjc.org/…/early-years-co…/imagination-library/

 

In the message below you will find (1) helpful links; (2) our featured action, (3) our featured event, (4) canvassing/volunteering opportunities, (5) other urgent actions, and (6) other local events.

 

We hope you have a restful Thanksgiving!

 

Sincerely,

Indivisible Indiana District 02

 

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. - Aesop

 

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HELPFUL LINKS

Contact the Indivisible Indiana District 02 steering committee: in02-steering-committee@googlegroups.com

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

Michiana Observer: https://www.facebook.com/MichianaObserver/

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

 

Protect Mueller: Call Representative Walorski - (574) 204-2645 - and demand two things:

Matthew Whitaker must recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation

Congress must launch investigations into Trump’s obstruction of justice—and Democrats should be publicly committing to do so when they take control of the House in January.

Sample scripts for your call are available here: https://indivisible.org/…/trump-just-interfered-mueller-inv…

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FEATURED INDIVISIBLE EVENT OF THE WEEK

 

Rest and relax.

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Action Topic Key. 1: Protect Mueller. 2: Contact John Zody about voter suppression in Porter County 2. Looking for Aquifer Experts. 3: Project Homecoming. 4: Advocate for Vote by Mail.

 

Action 1: Protect Mueller: Call Representative Walorski - (574) 204-2645 - and demand two things:

Matthew Whitaker must recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation

Congress must launch investigations into Trump’s obstruction of justice—and Democrats should be publicly committing to do so when they take control of the House in January.

Sample scripts for your call are available here: https://indivisible.org/…/trump-just-interfered-mueller-inv…

Action 2: Call John Zody at 317-231-7100 or email him at jzody@indems.org and demand that we, as the democratic party, throw our full weight behind supporting our candidates and our democracy to find a solution and demand an investigation.

 

Action 3: Aquifer Experts: ENNI, the Environmental Network of Northern Indiana, is concerned about the mega-industrial complex being planned for thousands of acres around New Carlisle, and would like to find a water expert to help learn more about our aquifer and the impacts of already existing industry as well as what can the aquifer sustainably give in the future. ENNI has lots of reports and could really use some help understanding them. If you or someone you know could help, please notify Debra Durrall at debradurall@gmail.com.

 

Action 4. Donate to Project Homecoming. Please consider giving to Project Homecoming for their annual donation drive. They will be accepting donations until Friday, December 7th. They are located at 701 S. Main Street, South Bend, 46601. They will accept monetary donations, or any of the following items:

Winter Coats (Adult Men/Women-Sizes L, XL, and XXL)

Winter Hats (Adult Men/Women)

Winter Gloves (Adult Men/Women)

Winter Scarves (Adult Men/Women)

Chapsticks/Sunscreen/Purell, Etc.)

Personal Hygiene Items (Adult Men/Women)

Please contact Allen Childs at achilds@ihcinc.org for additional information, or you can learn more at their website: http://www.indianahealthonline.org/

 

Action 5: 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.

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OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

 

 

Monday (11/19) 11am-10pm - Let’s Drink for TREES. Raise a pint and celebrate trans visibility with the folks from Michiana Girls Pint Out, South Bend Brew Werks and TREES (Transgender, Resource, Education & Enrichment Services, Inc.). Sample a special flight of beers and a portion of the cost will be donated back to TREES, Inc. to support their work. There will be goofy bar games going on from 6-8. More info about TREES, Inc. at www.webetrees.org. https://www.facebook.com/events/375015183038826/

 

Monday (11/19) - 5-6pm - South Bend Venues Parks & Arts Board Meeting. The Board meeting will be held at the O’Brien Recreation Center at 403 W. Western Ave., South Bend. https://www.facebook.com/events/2116126881983784/?event_time_id=2116126898650449

 

Tuesday (11/20) Town Hall about the Recent Police Brutality in Elkhart. There is a Town Hall on Tuesday November 20th from 6:00-7:30pm at High Dive Park, 500 E. Beardsley Ave. https://www.southbendtribune.com/…/article_401f6756-613b-53…

Info about the Town hall is at the end of this summary: https://www.wndu.com/…/Elkhart-town-hall-discusses-recent-p…

 

Tuesday (11/20) 8-10:30am - Thanksgiving Meal (Volunteer Event). The Monroe Circle Community Center will serve a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings on Tuesday, November 20 during their open café. Volunteers can come anytime between 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. to get plugged in to serve a meal to neighbors starting at 11:00 a.m. Sign up here to volunteer: signupgenius.com/go/70a0b4fada82da4fa7-thanksgiving. Email if you have any questions: info@monroecircle.com.

 

Tuesday (11/20) 5:30-7pm - November Green Drinks. Join South Bend Green Drinks at Purple Porch Co-op and enjoy the story of the Paw Paw and sample some too! All ages welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/2235296110023631/

 

Tuesday (11/20) 6:30-8pm - Transgender Day of Remembrance. Annual service honoring the lives lost to violence against our Transgender siblings and cousins. All are welcome. The service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of South Bend. https://www.facebook.com/events/2786847491341005/

 

Wednesday (11/21) 5:30-8pm - Elkhart Greendrinks: What’s Your Superpower? Pedal Power! For their November meeting (at the Five Star Dive Bar), Jay Little will share what's going on at Elkhart's community bike shop - Pedal Power. Many people living in the area around this shop rely on public transportation and bicycles to get around - even in the winter. Learn how the shop helps them get around. Learn how the shop is funded. Learn how local business owners like Steve Peterson of the Elkhart Bike Shop support its mission. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, you simply pay for your own eats and drinks. https://www.facebook.com/events/2178686782345910/

 

Saturday (11/24) All Day - DTSB Small Business Saturday. Start and end your day in downtown South Bend! Celebrating and supporting local downtown businesses by shopping and dining in downtown South Bend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1000956410112848/

 

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FUTURE EVENTS

 

Tuesday (11/27) 10-11:15am - Indiana Appeals Court - Live Oral Argument. Come for a real-life Appeals Court case. The Appeals on Wheels program allows people across Indiana to our legal system up close. Experience an actual court hearing and take advantage of a Q&A sessions with the judges immediately following the hearing. This event will take place from 10:00 – 11:15 A.M. on Tuesday, November 27th. Attendees should plan to arrive about 10:00 A.M. to start reading the case background. The hearing will begin promptly at 10:15 A.M. and will last 40 minutes. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the judges. Once the bailiff calls “all rise” nobody will be let in or out of the room. Be sure to arrive on time! Courtroom Etiquette & Procedure: Attendees will need to observe the following rules during the oral argument: no cell phones, no cameras, no talking, no eating, and no drinking. Please remember this location will be serving as a courtroom and attendees should dress appropriately; this includes no hats. The bailiff will call the Court to order by banging the gavel and asking everyone in the room to rise or stand. Q & A Session: After the oral argument, the judges will conduct an informal Q&A session about the law, justice and the judiciary in general – but they are unable to speak about the case they’ve just heard. This session can include questions for the arguing attorneys as well. TICKETING: Most of our tickets (170) are reserved for students attending with their classes. Additional tickets (50) are "first come - first serve." Get them while they last! Please arrive before 10:00 A.M. with your ticket in hand. At 10:05 we will start seating people without tickets until every seat is filled. https://www.facebook.com/events/450119852142872/

 

Tuesday (11/27) 4-5pm - Racism, Xenophobia and the Rise of the Far Right at Home and Abroad: Navigating the Call of Justice. Join the Kroc Institute for a conversation on the strategies for understanding, naming, and confronting the rise in far-right populism in the United States and beyond. This event will be held at the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus. https://kroc.nd.edu/…/racism-violence-and-xenophobia-confr…/

 

Thursday (11/29) 5-7pm - Indiana Landmarks Holiday Open House in South Bend. Enjoy refreshments and the company of Indiana Landmarks members, staff and board at their Holiday Open House in South Bend at the St. Paul’s Memorial United Methodist Church. Tickets are available here: https://www.indianalandmarks.org/…/holiday-open-house-sou…/…

 

Monday (12/3) 6-8pm - Meet and Greet with Alex Giorgio-Rubin. Join Alex for South Bend at Large at the Brain Lair Bookstore. https://www.facebook.com/events/2284328751788849/

 

Tuesday (12/4) 6-8pm - Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (film). Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center and a panel of local lawyers to screen "Anita: Speaking Truth To Power," and Professor Hill's lasting legacy on sexual harassment and the #MeToomovement. https://www.facebook.com/events/251540282138195/

 

Friday (12/7) 5:30pm - Holiday Ball with the Democrats. The event is a great opportunity to celebrate the Holiday season with Hoosier Democrats.I hope you can join us as we kick off our 2019 Municipal Elections! Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.Sponsors' Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.General Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/hb2018

 

Monday (12/10) 6pm - The 19th annual Community Celebration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will take place on December 10th, 2018, 6 PM in the UAW Hall, 740 S. Michigan Street, South Bend. The focus will be on Article 14 which states, “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” Indivisible District 02 is a proud co-sponsor of this event!

 

Thursday (12/13) 6-7pm - La Vida Sana Group. Come join the Community Wellness Partners and La Casa de Amistad to build strong community bonds among South Bend residents, to ensure all members of the community have access to health care and practice a healthy lifestyle. The group will focus on health, wellness, nutrition education, diabetes, tobacco cessation and more in the Latino/Hispanic community. There are no income requirements, there are no residency requirements, and all classes are free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1022369324607833/?event_time_id=1022369331274499