Fed, State and Local Activity June 10 – 17

We are going to begin canvassing again! After recuperating from the 2018 midterms and working on legislative issues this spring, we are ready to dive back into knocking on doors in East Gainesville. We remain firmly convinced that deep canvassing (having conversations with community members about their concerns and providing feedback, not just the month before an election but in a sustained manner) is the most effective means of increasing voter turnout. This is supported by a ton of solid research. And afterwards we will be having a picnic at a nearby park.

Our first outing will be Saturday, June 28, from 10am until noon. We will meet at Cynthia Chestnut Park (2315 SE 35 St, 32641).

If you are interested in helping, you can sign up here. Or you can donate much needed funds for pamphlets and food, here. (Put a note that this donation is for canvassing if you don’t mind.)

LOCAL

ALL THIS WEEK
Project Fresh Start Spread the word! For one week only, June 10 – 14, 2019, the Alachua County Clerk’s Office will accept payment on overdue Alachua County traffic fines and court costs and waive the collection agency fees. This is a rare and unique opportunity to save up to 35% in collection surcharges. Details and more information can be found here.

TUESDAY
Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting The description of the meeting and a link to the agenda can be found here. Please note that there will only be a morning session; the evening session has been cancelled.
Time: 11:30am
Location: Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209) Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street)

SUNDAY
Our own Sandy Parker will be giving a presentation on the Green New Deal at Sunday Assembly of Gainesville. The discussion will lay out why this resolution is part of an American tradition of goal-driven private-public projects, not a radical departure from it. More information can be found here.
Time: 11:00am
Location: CIED – Santa Fe College (530 W University Ave, 32601)

There will be a talk by members of MOVE, whose home was literally bombed by Philadelphia police in 1985. (More information can be found here. There is a documentary called Let the Fire Burn that is worth tracking down. It may or may not be on YouTube.) From the Facebook event, which can be found here: “After surviving a police siege on their home and forty years in prison, both Mike and Debbie were released from prison in 2018. They were then reunited with their son, who Debbie was pregnant with when she was imprisoned. Mike and Debbie were locked up along with seven other members of MOVE, a revolutionary environmental Black liberation organization, in 1978.

“Come listen to the Africa’s as they detail their story of love, black liberation, family, and resilience in the face of state terror!” Please RSVP at the Facebook event page.
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Location: MLK Center (1028 NE 14th St, 32601)

STATE

Governor DeSantis signs dozens of bills into law, including HB5, which will severely inhibit gathering signatures for ballot initiatives. More information can be found here.

FEDERAL

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 also, don’t forget to take the We Are Indivisible 2020 Pledge here.

An Open Letter to Congressman Ted Yoho Concerning the Mueller Report

 

(Please note: a different version of this piece originally appeared in the Gainesville Sun.)

Congressman Yoho,

The Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election that Robert Mueller submitted to the Department of Justice made a point to underscore the fact that it was not exonerating President Trump from obstruction of justice. It stated on page 182 of Volume II: “[If] we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

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Indivisible Gainesville Summer Canvassing & Picnics

After recuperating from the 2018 midterms and working on legislative issues this spring, we are ready to dive back into knocking on doors in East Gainesville. We remain firmly convinced that deep canvassing (having conversations with community members about their concerns and providing feedback, not just the month before an election but in a sustained manner) is the most effective means of increasing voter turnout. This is supported by a ton of solid research.

In an effort to generate even more interaction with community members in East Gainesville, we plan to host summer picnics after each monthly canvass at a local park. We will provide food for our canvassers and any community members that want to join us. Therefore, we will need canvassers as well as volunteers to help with food prep and serving.

Please fill out the poll at the link below with your availability for our three summer canvassing (10am – 12pm) & picnic (12pm – 2pm) dates!

https://forms.gle/Z7CHfVWhH5Hb8Gcc6)

June 29
July 13
August 17

Details about the location of these events and a canvassing script will be provided soon!

We will also need money for printing canvassing materials and purchasing food for the picnics. If you can spare anything, please feel free to donate here: https://indivisiblegnv.org/make-a-donation/

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