Fed, State & Local Activity May 27 – June 2
Alachua County Commission Regular Meeting. There will be a discussion about an ordinance to ban the controversial practice of conversion therapy on minors. This is long past due. There is a call to action for people to attend the County Commission to show their support for a conversion therapy ban. That information can be found here.
(The author recommends a podcast series called UnErased, which is devoted to detailing the history on consequences of this dangerous practice.)
Details, and a link to the agenda, can be found here.
Time: 11:30am and 5:00pm
Location: 12 SE 1st Street, Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209)
Gainesville City Commission Rental Housing Subcommittee Meeting.Indivisible Gainesville wholeheartedly endorses the protections for renters that the Alachua County Labor Coalition has advanced and that the City Commission has been discussing. (Read our endorsement here.)
This is scheduled to be the last subcommittee meeting.
The agenda for the meeting can be found here.
Location: City Hall Auditorium (200 E University Ave)
Please note that Indivisible Gainesville Postcard Writing will be taking the summer off.
Indivisible Gainesville’s June Chapter Meeting
This will be our last meeting of the summer, you will see why below!
We are going to discuss our big initiatives for the summer and fall! First will be our three canvassing and picnic get togethers we have planned (more info here):
- June 29 from 10am to 2pm
- July 13 from 10am to 2pm
- Aug 17 from 10am to 2pm
We will have the locations finalized at the meeting.
And second, we are going to tutor elementary students at the Boys and Girls Club at Woodland Park (Gainesville Housing Authority) next school year (more info here).
Community leader Ty Loudd will join us to discuss a wonderful program that hopes to re-unite qualified candidates who have been charged with crimes but not convicted with their families for Father’s Day. It is called Father’s Day Bail Out and it highlights some of the pitfalls in our judicial and mass incarceration systems, especially when it comes to families and the negative effects of unnecessary imprisonment.
Location: Gainesville Friends Meeting House – 702 NW 38th St, 32607 (To thank the Gainesville Friends for letting us use their space so many times, we are asking for donations to help with their ongoing collection for Gainesville Community Ministry. Please bring a dry good or hygiene product as you are able!)
Indivisible National, has begun to put together a weekly newsletter focused on federal activity and actions that we can take. Visit their website here and fill out the Join the Movement box to get the email each week, usually on Mondays.
And don’t forget to take the We Are Indivisible 2020 Pledge here.
In honor of Memorial Day, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their nation, we would like to close this week’s newsletter out with an excerpt of a speech given by James A. Garfield, who was an Ohio Congressman at the time, at Arlington Cemetary, on May 30th, 1868:
I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept; plighted faith may be broken; and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.