Indivisible 2021 – Rebuilding our Democracy

Indivisible Cedar Mill is a progressive, grassroots political group that follows the Indivisible Guide. We have monthly meetings (Zoom during Covid) with local guest speakers. Our meetings are informational with a focus on following our local political scene as well as State and Federal. Our membership is activist in nature with an emphasis on members being active in the community through our county Neighborhood Leader program as well as letter and postcard writing. Our speakers range from State representatives to activists in other progressive causes. We regularly call our Members of Congress to urge them to support or oppose legislation. We also participate in bi-weekly zoom calls with our legislators.

ICM is thankful for YOU!

On this day after Thanksgiving, we want to say “Thank You, one and all” for taking action over and over again. We couldn’t have written over 45,000 Vote Forward letters, 3,000 Reclaim Our Vote postcards, called our Members of Congress over and over and worked with COIN and Indivisible USA to push the needle toward people, not corporations, toward Justice, and toward democracy in a time when it is threatened–without you!

Let’s continue to do all we can to get everyone the right to vote in Americans, to work for justice for those who are marginalized, and to address our threatened planet.

There’s no meeting in December. Take time to rest, refresh and reflect and come back ready for mid-term actions!

Monday’s Monthly ICM Meeting- Learn, Advocate, Act!

What’s the latest? What can we do? How can we exert our power in a positive direction?
Our speaker is Rep. Campos from Aloha to talk to us about Oregon redistricting and there is much, much more.

Come to the meeting on Monday at 7 pm to find out.

Zoom link is in your e-newsletter (check your spam folder if you don’t find it) coming today! Be there!

Critical day for calls to our Members of Congress!!!!

Our actions in the coming day will make all the difference for the future of our democracy.

That’s because right now is likely the best chance we’ll have for years to pass the Freedom to Vote Act — which is newly moving through the Senate. And you are a critical part of getting it over the finish line.

This bill would change far more than just fixing voter suppression and gerrymandering, or blocking the dangerous and shocking attempts at election sabotage we’re seeing in multiple states — although doing so is of the utmost importance.

Just think about how different the current debate over infrastructure would be if lobbyists and Big Money special interests weren’t calling the shots in the legislative process.

Just think about what we could accomplish if our leaders had the courage to stop Mitch McConnell’s filibuster from shutting down our democracy.

ICM Supports Oregon Indivisible’s WeCare effort to Show Appreciation to our Local Healthcare Workers.

Let’s show healthcare workers that In Portland WE CARE!
All ICM’rs and friends are invited to Providence St. V’s event on  Monday, October 18, 2021 at 6 p.m. (Please arrive a little early.)

 

WHAT:
  • Handing out gift items to healthcare workers.
  • We are waiting to hear if all the items will be placed on a cart and rolled indoors, or whether we will hand them out to individual nurses ourselves. Stay tuned for this detail.
  • In any case, we will also show support by clapping (quietly) or waving signs that express gratitude. Bring your own if you feel moved to make one. I will have five or more signs to hand out.
WHERE:
  • Providence St Vincent Medical Center.
  • We will meet at the entrance opposite the employee parking lot. To find the employee/North parking lot, consult this map: https://tinyurl.com/mde9e2sa
  • PARKING: ONA will get back to us on where we can park. Stay tuned.
  • To find the medical center: https://tinyurl.com/hc5n6bhx
SIGNS & VIDEO:
  • There will be five signs to distribute. If you feel like making your own sign, please do so. They can be used for the second event on Friday of next week. Feel free to use the graphic below.
  • We need someone to take some video footage – let me know if you’re willing to be that person. No special skills needed – just a steady hand.
STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES BEFORE MONDAY.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER MONDAY:
  • Let’s sign up to buy things to donate to the next WeCare event (Providence Portland Hospital)
  • We are collecting items for the 22nd now.  Here is a list of items we need: https://tinyurl.com/7fcw2u98
  • Once we has sign up for items, we will be contacted via the email they provided, and will be directed to a drop-off at Karyn’s house.
  • We will assemble gift-baskets for Friday’s event on Thursday or Friday morning.  Look out for a Doodle in that regard.
  • If you can procure in-kind donations from small (or large) businesses, please enter their information here: https://tinyurl.com/3sp2syv4
Thanks for caring!

Monthly meeting Monday (tomorrow!) We need to keep tipping the scale so come!

ICM Monthly Meeting Mon Oct 4.6:30 Social (optional), 7-8 Meeting. The agenda is great! There are plans in the making. And we can all be together on Zoom!

Look for the Zoom link in your e-newsletter. (Sometimes this is in your spam folder unfortunately).

FIRST MONDAYS (usually) 6:30 Social (optional), 7-8 Meeting
Please put this meeting on your calendar as a recurring event so you don’t miss it!

Crucial to call your MOC’s today!!!! Why? Likely vote on Infrastructure Bill!

The Infrastructure Bill that’s up for a vote today isn’t bad, it’s just too small to meet the moment, which is why it needs to be paired with the full Build Back Better reconciliation package. Conservatives have shown time and time again they can’t be trusted to keep their word once they’ve gotten what they want, so today, to make sure the keep their words, they will vote down a bill progressives support, in order to ensure we eventually get a package big enough to help everyone.

This isn’t a minority position — 96% of House and Senate Democrats support the Build Back Better package! We can’t allow a tiny minority of conservatives to deny Americans this massively important recovery plan. So call, call, call!

ICM monthly meeting on Monday! (Oct. 4th) Big plans are in the making!

We will keep tipping the scale back to Liberty & Justice for ALL!
ICM Monthly Meeting Mon Oct 4.6:30 Social (optional), 7-8 Meeting Look for the Zoom link in your e-newsletter. (Sometimes this is in your spam folder unfortunately).
FIRST MONDAYS (usually) 6:30 Social (optional), 7-8 Meeting
Please put this meeting on your calendar as a recurring event so you don’t miss it!

Call your Members of Congress- this is the critical time! Yes, call AGAIN!

And just so we don’t forget what’s at stake, here’s what an inclusive recovery can look like:

A pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants;
Lowering drug prices, expanding Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing, and lowering the eligibility age to 60 years old;
Investments in climate, including a Clean Energy Standard (with no fossil fuels!) and a Civilian Climate Corps;
Investments in housing, especially deeply affordable housing and housing for unhoused populations;
Historic investments in the care economy including universal child care, paid leave, and home and community-based care; and
Address extreme wealth inequality by taxing the ultra-rich and big corporations so they finally pay their fair share.

The CPC made some important wins in recent days on key priorities like affordable child care and bold climate provisions. These wins were possible because we had their backs — and now they need our support more than ever to ensure this package doesn’t get watered down by Republicans and conservative Democrats.

Indivisibles- We’re on the March! Aug. 28th!

Indivisible USA sent us this post:

We’ve got plans to make history next weekend and you’re invited — join activists like you next Saturday to take part in the historic March On for Voting Rights in cities across the country. This comes exactly fifty-eight years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and led the historic March on Washington, calling on the nation to rise up and end the legalized racial discrimination plaguing the country.

Half a century later and in the middle of another racial justice reckoning, state legislatures around the country are trying to reinstate systemic discrimination at the ballot box. Now, Martin Luther King III will help lead Americans on another march in honor of his father. Whether you want to head to Washington, D.C., find a march near you, or join virtually, your members of Congress need to know that voting rights are on the line. Join us and demand that Congress act now by passing federal voting rights legislation.

Join the marches in person or online. Look for a local event!

This year alone, 48 states have introduced hundreds of voter suppression bills in an effort to stamp out participation in communities of color. Tactics like banning ballot drop boxes and mail-in voting, reducing early voting days and hours, restricting who can get a mail-in ballot, and more, are threatening our democracy in nearly every statehouse. Unfortunately, many of these racist, anti-democratic bills have already become law. Federal voting rights protections will guarantee everyone the right to vote — but we have to act now before it’s too late. Click here to sign up. And then, if you’re able, consider making a donation to help support our democracy reform efforts. 

Can’t go? Please donate to Indivisible at https://indivisible.org/