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COVID-19 Resources

Hey everyone! We miss you all and hope you are doing as well as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We all know that it is more important than ever to stay indoors and practice social distancing. 

We also know that vulnerable communities are more and more directly and negatively impacted the longer this goes. While some much needed relief is on the way thanks to the passage of the CARES Act, we all want to help our friends and neighbors more directly. And while that can be tough right now, we can. Here are some resources and ideas we’ve come across. If you have any, please send an email to projectmanagement@indivisiblegnv.org and we will try to update this page accordingly (please include links and a description).

Government and Charity Assistance

First and foremost, we can let our friends and neighbors in need know how to apply for assistance programs or get basic information on organizations that are out there waiting and willing to help. 

eGovernment has a list of links for various topics on the main page, but the real gem is The Right Service link. This is a site that is run by the state of Florida. A person can plug their county and then choose their area of need (medical, food, jobs, transportation, even cash assistance) and a list of government and charitable programs will appear. 

For the personal touch, (and more helpful for people without internet access) much of the same information can be found by dialing 211. This is an information line run by the United Way. It’s like 411 but specifically for getting assistance. A person will listen to people explain their situation and point them to the best resources (government and charity) that can help.

Our friends over at the Self Help Desk of North Central Florida have some more resources listed on this page.

Last but not least, Alachua County has set up a COVID-19 Community Resource Portal, which includes a helpful FAQ

Food Drives

There are a number of food drives going on constantly in the local area that we can share with our friends and neighbors in need. We will hopefully list as many as we can on our webpage, so please let us know about them (links please!). 

There is one that we would like to draw attention to, since it is very expansive, and that is the Alachua County School Board’s meal distribution for children 18 and under that will begin March 30 and include 72 distribution points. More information can be found on this page. A list of the locations is available here.

Personal Actions

The best advice that we have seen is to assume that you have the coronavirus and act accordingly in order to limit exposing other people–namely by staying put. But we know our members want to do more, so here are some ideas for you.

Donate Blood: “As fears of the coronavirus rise, low donor participation could harm blood availability at hospitals, and the last thing a patient should worry about is whether lifesaving blood will be on the shelf when they need it most,” said Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services. There’s no evidence that this novel coronavirus can be transmitted through blood transfusions, according to the Red Cross. Contact the Gainesville LifeSouth Blood Center main office at (352) 224-1600 or visit their website here for locations and hours of operation.

Donate Money or Volunteer: We are going to resist advocating specific charities or organizations, but here are some resources that can help you decide:

Local: While this page, GainesvilleVolunteer, is old, and therefore may not reflect active charities, it is very comprehensive–most of the familiar names are there, along with contact information and website links so you can find out how to volunteer or make a donation.

National: (We’re taking this verbiage and links directly from this article): The charity rating sites Charity Navigator and CharityWatch have lists of vetted charities working around the world to address the outbreak, including Lutheran World Relief, Heart to Heart International, and Doctors Without Borders, which is working to evacuate refugee camps in Greece at risk of becoming outbreak zones. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy suggests donating to groups focused on “WASH” — water, sanitation and hygiene.

We hope this helps some. Please be careful out there, and we look forward to working toward flipping Florida with you all soon. Speaking of which, Indivisible National has an action we can all take to make sure Congress protects the presidential election in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for details about the The Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act.

Bill Radunovich: Vote the Facts, Rep. Yoho

By Bill Radunovich

On Nov. 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution formally beginning the impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump. The resolution simply sets the rules for the impeachment inquiry, and came after weeks of closed-door testimony.

Later that day, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville, posted his reasons for opposing the resolution.

Yoho stated the following

Today did not support an impeachment ‘rules’ resolution offered by Speaker Pelosi. The partisan resolution passed 232 to 196, with no Republicans voting in favor. For thirty-eight days Democrats have pushed ahead with an unauthorized impeachment probe behind closed doors. White House counsel has never been part of the process, Republicans are not allowed to call witnesses, and there is a gag order on all depositions — but Democrats leak facts to the press. That is not a fair process. There has been no transparency or official authorization to conduct these inquiries; which ignores decades of impeachment precedent.

However, today, Speaker Pelosi decided to cover her bases and offer a resolution that lays out guidelines and make the process more transparent. It seems that Speaker Pelosi has forgotten the previous bipartisan precedent established with Presidents Nixon and Clinton. You can’t conduct an impeachment inquiry for over a month and then decide to layout guidelines after the fact.

The power to impeach a sitting president is great and one that should not be used lightly. We are witnessing the abuse of power, the willful disregard of precedent, and the American people deserve better.

As Luke Skywalker said to Kylo Ren in “The Last Jedi,” “Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong.”

Let’s examine Yoho’s statement:

– Yoho calls the process an “unauthorized impeachment probe.” But it was, indeed, “authorized” in the sense that there is no authorization process. Neither the Constitution nor U.S. law specifies how impeachment proceedings are to be conducted.

In fact, there isn’t even a requirement that the House pass any resolution. Articles of impeachment can simply be filed by any member and move through the legislative process like any other bill. All that’s required for impeachment is a House vote on the matter. Once they do, the Senate conducts the trial.

‒ Yoho is upset that the White House was not part of the process, and that House Republicans were not allowed to call witnesses. This would be important and necessary in determining a person’s guilt or innocence … in an actual criminal trial.

These are congressional hearings, however. The White House is not entitled either to get an automatic pass into those hearings or be represented by legal counsel, and the minority party in Congress is not entitled to call witnesses.

‒ Yoho complains about Nancy Pelosi not following some mythical “bipartisan precedent” established with presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Given that there have only been three presidential impeachments in the nation’s history, and the last two took place almost 50 (Nixon) and 30 (Clinton) years ago, there is simply no long-term, agreed-upon way of running presidential impeachments.

This time around, the Democrats are giving Trump every opportunity to make his case that was given to Clinton, and one more protection than was given to Nixon, in that Trump’s counsel will be allowed to ask questions upon the presentation of the evidence.

Ironically, the hearings Yoho is complaining about have been carried out under rules adopted by Republicans in 2015. Once again, Republicans are crying foul when they have to operate under the same rules they want imposed on others.

Here’s a saying Yoho might be familiar with: What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. You can’t have one set of rules that apply when Republicans investigate a Democratic president, but another set when a Democratic Congress investigates a Republican president.

But there is actually one thing Yoho stated that we wholly agree: The impeachment of the president is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, Yoho and other Republicans have done the opposite: They have worked in highly partisan manner to undermine the hearings without any regard for the rules and norms of the U.S. government. They have, instead, used the process to grandstand and show their support for Trump, without regard for how their actions affect our country now or going into the future.

Rep. Yoho, as a service to your constituents and our country, please take this process seriously. Follow the rules, listen to the facts with an open mind and let those facts determine your vote.

This piece originally appeared in the Gainesville Sun on November 17.

INDIVISIBLE GAINESVILLE’S #DefundHate WEEK OF ACTION

ALL HANDS ON DECK!  

Congress comes back from recess this week and needs to pass another government spending bill by Sept. 30. 

We need those who cherish Democracy to use their power and demand that the next funding bill contains cuts to ICE and CBP, and strict guardrails to ensure that money isn’t misused.

By Defunding Hate, we can finally begin to undo the damage that has come as a result of decades of treating immigration like a security problem, and demonstrate that we stand with immigrants – not just with words but with actions. Read more

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