Category Archives: Indivisible Gainesville

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech”, or Taking Away Your Healthcare.

CALL TO ACTION: Last weekend, Donald Trump intentionally threw gasoline on the flames of the culture wars when he called for the firing of NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. His statements have bounced around the internet and grabbed the attention of the media. While all of this has been going on, there is still a bill in Congress to repeal and destroy Obamacare. Read more

Fight To Protect A Fair Democracy

I voted for Hillary Clinton yet I am responsible for the election of Donald Trump. Why would I assume this responsibility?

As I processed the implications of the decision our country made on Nov. 8, I became perplexed with how this happened: If a majority of Americans voted against Donald Trump, why was Trump elected? Read more

Dear Rick Scott, Climate Change Is Real

“While we do not yet know whether Scott’s actions played a part in the inexcusable deaths at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills after Irma, it is clear he values corporations more than the safety and care of our elderly.”

Governor Rick Scott did a good job in the week preceding Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall. But before we heap on too much praise, we should remember all that Scott has done during his tenure to make Florida residents more vulnerable to storms like Irma. His championing of government deregulation and continued denial of the effects of climate change have increased the risk that Floridians face during hurricane season. Read more

The Politics of Harvey

We are pleased to share a Letter to the Editor written by Indivisible Gainesville member, Kimberly de Vries

The devastation in Houston is due to a weather event made worse by humans. While no single storm event can be blamed on climate change, we know that hurricanes will be stronger, wetter and more frequent. What was once a 500-year storm may well become a 100-year storm.

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Gainesville Community Comes Together to Reject Hate

We did it! We united as a community. We stood up against hate. Our hearts are full of pride and love for the people of Alachua County, Gainesville, and the University of Florida. We thank you for calling and writing in opposition to Richard Spencer speaking in our town. We also thank President W. Kent Fuchs for protecting his students, faculty, staff, and community from the risk of imminent violence. Read more

NOAA: Indivisible Gainesville Comments on Marine Mammal Harassment during seismic tests for oil drilling

Numerous reputable studies have confirmed that whales and other marine animals experience stress, if not direct physical harm, from exposure to seismic surveys such as those currently being proposed. These surveys have clearly been shown to affect the foraging and mating behaviors of ecologically sensitive species.  They have been linked to transit from feeding and mating grounds. In addition, multiple incidences of mass beaching of whales have resulted from exercises with military sonar.  This evidence alone should give pause to those who would undertake these surveys. Read more

Call to Action: The DREAMers Need Our Help Now!

CALL TO ACTION: Tell Congressman Yoho to support the American Hope Act of 2017 (HR 3591) and protect DREAMers! Please contact him by calling his DC office at (202)225-5744; his Gainesville office at (352)505-0838; or email him through his website. https://yoho.house.gov/contact.

Here is the backstory: Because of Congressional unwillingness to pass an immigration plan, specifically one that contains a resolution for dealing with children (commonly referred to as DREAMers) who were brought into the United States by undocumented immigrant parents, then-President Obama issued two directives. One directive in 2012 that provided temporary protection from detainment or deportation to those children (the DACA directive) and another in 2014 that applied to undocumented parents of children born in the US (the DAPA directive). Read more

INDIVISIBLE GAINESVILLE THANKS GPD

On Friday, July 28, President Donald Trump spoke to a group of law enforcement officials in New York, and, at one point, explicitly encouraged police to manhandle suspects, saying,

[W]hen you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay? Read more

INDIVISIBLE GAINESVILLE: ANOTHER YOHO FAILURE AS HE DEFENDS HIS VOTE TO PASS “FINANCIAL CHOICE” LEGISLATION

Indivisible Gainesville, a local group of nearly 2000 citizens, is again compelled to address a letter in which Congressman Ted Yoho defends his vote on June 8, 2017 to pass the “Financial CHOICE” legislation that effectively repeals the protections created by the Dodd-Frank Act. Read more

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