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Hello, friends of Indivisible!

 

Happy New Year! After a nice break, we hope you will join us in renewing our commitment to change this year. Indivisible is excited to announce that our focus for 2018 is on this year’s elections and taking our government back. From registering voters, to supporting Vote By Mail, to working hard to get our people elected, we are fired up for 2018.

 

We are especially happy that plenty of folks are stepping up to run for township, State Senate and Representative, and U.S. Congress. We are also proud to announce that one of Indivisible’s very own, Ed Liptrap, is running for State Senate District 11 (seat currently held by Joe Zakas). Please like and follow his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/voteliptrap/. More details about his campaign kick-off on January 19th can be found below. If you don’t know your State officials, you can look them up here: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

 

For our featured actions for the week, we are asking folks to (1) Make sure you are registered to vote in your precinct. Check here to make sure your current address is associated with your voter registration. https://indianavoters.in.gov. And (2) Learn about precinct chairs and consider filing for this important position that supports voter engagement and progressive candidates! Read about them precinct chairs here (http://tiny.cc/in02pc) and email us if you have questions (indiv02candidate@gmail.com)! Legislatively, we are focused on Children’s Health Insurance Program, the DREAM act, and stopping offshore drilling expansion. See below for more information. Our featured event is A Little Taste of Peace on Saturday from 6-8:30 pm. 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 Saturday!!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

FEATURED INDIVISIBLE ACTION OF THE WEEK

 

Check your voter registration! Make sure the address is correct. https://indianavoters.in.gov

Precinct Chair. Make a big difference in voter engagement! Manageable time commitment! Learn about politics! Meet your neighbors! For TONS of info: http://tiny.cc/in02pc. CAN-37 Form: https://drive.google.com/open…

 

FEATURED INDIVISIBLE EVENT OF THE WEEK

 

Saturday (1/13) 6-8:30 pm - A Little Taste of Peace. This event hosted by the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph County (3202 Shalom Way, South Bend) offers a real opportunity to share in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a kickoff for study circles on race. Registration is required by January 11 at 5 pm. Bring a dessert or finger food to share (no pork please). To register online, visit: http://www.ywcancin.org/.

 

OTHER URGENT ACTIONS

 

Action Topic Key. 1: Precinct Chairs. 2: Stop Offshore Drilling Expansion. 3: Support Dreamers. 4: Vote By Mail. 5: CHIP - Contact Governor Holcomb

 

Topic 1: Precinct Chair. Make a big difference in voter engagement! Manageable time commitment! Learn about politics! Meet your neighbors! For more info: http://tiny.cc/in02pc. CAN-37 Form: https://drive.google.com/open…

 

Topic 2: Stop Offshore Drilling Expansion. This month Trump’s Department of the Interior has proposed the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever -- expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic. This gift to Big Oil and Gas is an attempt to overturn protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed in 2016. At that time, millions of people had spoken out in support of protecting our coasts. If Trump's plan becomes reality, spills will be inevitable -- and devastating. Even without spills, offshore oil causes pollution. We can't allow this administration to jeopardize our waters, wildlife, climate, and coastal communities. Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the public has spoken: no more offshore drilling!

 

* * * Online commenting at regulations.gov begins on Monday, January 8, 2018. * * *

 

Internet comments should be submitted via the Federal internet commenting system at http://www.regulations.gov. BOEM requests that commenters follow these instructions to submit their comments via this website:

 

1. In the search tab on the main page, search for BOEM-2017-0074.

 

2. Locate the document, then click the “Submit a Comment” link either on the Search Results page or the Document Details page. This will display the Web comment form.

 

3. Enter the submitter information and type the comment on the Web form. Attach any additional files (up to 10MB).

 

4. After typing the comment, click the “Preview Comment” link to review. Once satisfied with the comment, click the “Submit” button to send the comment.

 

Topic 3: Support the Dreamer Pledge. Support the DREAMER Pledge. Light up the phones and show up. You can use our page DreamerPledge.org to get scripts to call your Democratic Senator to stand up for Dreamers. We also need to show up to put pressure on members of Congress -- even ones who have stood with us on other issues this year. Bonus. This coming Tuesday at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific you can join the Indivisible organizing and policy teams for an update on how to push your Democratic Members of Congress to stand strong for a clean DREAM Act. From Indivisible, “Last night, both the House and Senate passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government open for another two weeks. The House passed the CR 235-193, with 18 Republicans voting no and 14 Democrats voting yes. Just two hours later, the Senate passed their CR 81-14. Let’s be clear: this vote was a vote to deport Dreamers.”

Topic 4: Vote by Mail. Sign up for updates at indianavotebymail.com! Sign the petition! Follow Indiana Vote by Mail on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/114609082558971/)! Contact your state senator and rep to express support! For more info: https://docs.google.com/…/1Tp0rdS7skmM6L6hGQgemv_8Ugh…/edit…

 

Topic 5: CHIP - Contact Governor Holcomb. Update (12/22/17): Congress has passed a temporary budget that only extends CHIP through March, leaving long-term funding up in the air. While Republicans in Congress focus on ramming through their unpopular tax plan, two critical sources of healthcare for vulnerable Americans are still awaiting funding reauthorization. On September 30th, funding expired for both the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Community Health Centers Fund. Gov. Holcomb: 317-232-4567. https://5calls.org/issue/pressure-governors-support-chip

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

 

Monday (1/8) 5-6:30 pm - Showing up for Racial Justice Monthly Meeting. Come out to the First Unitarian Church (801 E Washington Street, South Bend) for SURJ’s monthly meeting.

 

Tuesday (1/9) 6-8 pm - The Borinqueneers (CRHC film). The Civil Rights Heritage Center (1040 W. Washington Street, South Bend) is hosting a documentary to chronicle the story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history—exploring stories of courage, triumph and struggle through rare archival materials and compelling interviews with veterans, commanding officers and historians. Narrated by Hector Elizondo, it reveals how the 65th Infantry Regiment served meritoriously in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, even as they faced discrimination within the Army.

https://www.facebook.com/events/162794297664377/

 

Tuesday (1/9) 6-7:30 pm - St Joseph County Young Democrats Monthly Meeting. Come to the first meeting of 2018 to discuss elected positions and precinct chairs still in need of Democratic nominees, hear about open positions for the SJCYD executive board, help plan the first fundraiser of the year, and much more! As always, food will be served and everyone is welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/170639763550938/

 

Wednesday (1/10) 5:30-7:30 pm - Indiana Vote By Mail 2018 Legislative Event in Indy. The grassroots group, Indiana Vote by Mail, is working to increase voting access for all Hoosiers. Currently there are 3 bills that are (hopefully) going to the State Legislature Election Committee for a hearing. Find out what each bill would do, and how we can move this process forward.

Bonnie Horlander, leader of Indiana Vote by Mail, will bring us the latest updates. If you are interested in bringing democracy to Indiana, we urge you to attend! If you have the chance to make the drive to Indianapolis, the meeting is taking place in the Nora Library Meeting Room (8625 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis). https://www.facebook.com/events/134483200676469/

 

Friday (1/12) 4-7 pm - Meet Dr. Don Westerhausen Fundraiser. Join Dr. Don Westerhausen, Democratic candidate to represent Indiana House District #5. Admission $10.00 - includes a Mostaccioli Dinner at DeAmicis Italian Club (302 W. 11th Street, Mishawaka). Cash Bar. Pay on entry. No tickets needed. Music, fun and conversation.

https://www.facebook.com/events/143069756393597/

 

Friday (1/12) 6:30-8:30 pm - Out with the Old! In with the New! Meet Yatish Joshi. Yatish Joshi has a New Year’s Resolution: to beat Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and bring new representation to Washington. Team Joshi wants to hear and respond to your ideas about what Northern Indiana needs. Come meet Candidate Yatish Joshi at Campaign Headquarters (218 Sycamore Street, South Bend). They will have finger foods and drinks available for everyone who attends. https://www.facebook.com/events/1981185738770002/

 

Saturday (1/13) 6-8 pm - Exhibition “Misconceptions” Opening. Detroit based artist Waleed Johnson’s work explores what happens when one looks upon another only skin deep, and how those misconceptions impact the emotions of others. Join him as he talks about his art along with a reading of original poetry from Jenai Jackson. This free artist talk and poetry reading marks the official opening of the "Misconceptions" exhibition at the Civil Rights Heritage Center (1040 W. Washington Street, South Bend). His artwork and poetry by Jenai Jackson will be on view at the Center from Tuesday, January 16 through February 28, 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/events/252739228594720/

 

Saturday (1/13) 6-8:30 pm - A Little Taste of Peace. This event hosted by the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph County (3202 Shalom Way, South Bend) offers a real opportunity to share in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a kickoff for study circles on race. Registration is required by January 11 at 5 pm. Bring a dessert or finger food to share (no pork please). To register online, visit: http://www.ywcancin.org/.

 

Sunday (1/14) 9:30 am - Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Kick-off at Goshen College. Join in the annual series of events honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme is "Beloved Community," and includes the first annual Atlee and Winifred Beechy Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation Lecture, featuring Leonard M. Dow, Stewardship and Development Specialist at Everence Financial. For a complete listing of the weekend's events, visit: https://www.goshen.edu/ciie/intercultural/mlk/ NOTE: Registration and advance tickets required for the Jan. 15 Community Breakfast. Tickets are available at https://gcmusiccenter.secure.force.com/ticket/

 

Sunday (1/14) 6-9 pm - All Ages Turnabout Drag Show. The LGBTQ Center (1522 E. Mishawaka Ave., South Bend) would like you to join them for their All Ages Turnabout Drag Show! In an effort to support the Center, they'll have some special guests performing. Come see some of The LGBTQ Center staff rock it out and support your community! Doors open at 5pm and the show is from 6pm-9pm.Tickets are as follows: $10 for 18yrs and up, $5 for 8yrs-17yrs, free admission for 7yrs and under. 100% of the funds raised will benefit The LGBTQ Center, Inc. This event is open to the public and is kid-friendly. https://www.facebook.com/events/1518604978229672/

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Monday (1/15) 7:30 am - South Bend Kick-off of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. South Bend Heritage will join the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County to present the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Highlights of the Celebration include the Community Service Recognition Breakfast, the Memorial March and the Youth Program. Each year the celebration brings thousands of people together to honor the legacy of Dr. King. For the schedule of events throughout the day, see this website: http://sbheritage.org/martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/

 

Thursday (1/18) 7-9 pm - District 2 Congressional Candidates Forum. The Democratic Women of Elkhart County are hosting this event at the Ivy Tech Community College, Elkhart Campus. All of the Democratic Congressional Candidates that want to represent the 2nd district have been invited to attend. This event will be moderated and and everyone is encouraged to submit their questions. You may do this by sending a message on Facebook to DWEC or an email to dwec.getinvolved@gmail.com. All questions need to be submitted by Monday January 8th, 2018 .https://www.facebook.com/events/137148890401974/

 

Friday (1/19) 5:30-8:30 pm - Ed Liptrap’s announcement event for State Senate. Yes, one of Indivisible’s own is giving voters a choice in District 11! Ed is a fantastic father, woodworker, community activist, and Navy veteran. Come join us for light refreshments and beverages (water, coffee, beer) at St. Joe Farms (52682 Currant Road, Granger, IN). Don’t live in the District? All are welcome! Please show your support for a grassroots campaign about empowering our community. Invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1177059929110173/

 

Saturday (1/20) 12-3 pm - Pat Hackett’s Campaign Headquarters Opening Celebration. Pat Hackett For Congress is celebrating the opening of their Headquarters with an Open House January 20, 2018 to mark one year of patriotic resistance and the people’s resolve! Pat and her team would like to welcome you, your voices, and your energy for continued team building and new opportunities for working together to unseat Jackie Walorski in November! Join them for light refreshments, meet and talk with Pat, and learn how her vision for Dignity and Justice for All speaks to an optimistic, inclusive future.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1875152752503545/

 

Saturday (1/20) 4-6:30 pm - The People’s Inauguration II: The State of Our Union. Indivisible is a proud member of the Michiana Social Justice Coalition, which is sponsoring this event at the Islamic Society of Michiana (3310 Hepler Street, South Bend). Celebrate a year of resilience and join us in renewing our commitment to change. There will be food, arts and crafts, and plenty of opportunities for community involvement.

https://www.facebook.com/events/563263170685094/

 

 

 

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