Category Archives: Town Hall Meeting

Open letter to Ted Yoho; member of the Freedom Caucus who wishes to do a Full Repeal of the ACA. From your Gainesville Constituent, Sarah Rockwell, Ph.D.

Mr. Yoho,

Please don’t take away my son’s therapy.

My son has Autism. He is an amazing kid. He loves building things – especially electronics – and he always draws and writes out plans for the things he builds. His favorite classes in school are art and science. He is his little sister’s biggest supporter and helper. He loves animals. He adores Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and can tell you every way in which the books and movies differ. He is smart and funny and loving and kind. And without ACA he’d be a mess. Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Indivisible Gainesville Engages Community and Promotes Peaceful Town Hall Message

Indivisible Gainesville Counters the Independent Alligator’s Focus on Violence.

On April 4th, the Independent Alligator published an article about the upcoming town hall with Representative Ted Yoho. Indivisible Gainesville found ourselves shocked and disappointed at the coverage. Not only was the article filled with errors—including the incorrect date for the previous town hall—but also it was inflammatory. Read more

CALL TO ACTION: SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO THE GAINESVILLE SUN

Submit a Letter to the Editor to the Gainesville Sun. As we prepare for the last scheduled Town Hall of this term in Gainesville, we need to make our concerns known. Letters to the editor are written by people in the community, just like you, to comment on issues that concern residents. We urge you to write about your experiences at the last town hall meeting, the news coverage that followed, and what you want to address at this Saturday’s town hall. Read more

From Us to You: We Hear You

We all came together and formed the Indivisible Gainesville chapter to influence our Members of Congress (MoCs) and preserve democracy. The main charge of the Indivisible Group is that we are polite, respectful, and persistent in gaining face time with our MoCs. On Saturday, March 4th, we accomplished just that. Through your letters, phone calls, office visits, and the diligent work by our admin team, we got Representative Yoho to hold a town hall with a Gainesville address. We got the congressman to hold a town hall outside of his usual format, which does not typically include any follow up questions. We got him to advertise that he was holding a town hall with greater than 24 hours notice. All of these accomplishments should not be overlooked. Read more

INFORMATION RELEASE: Updates on Yoho Town Hall Event

Time and Location

The town hall will be held March 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Countryside Baptist Church – 10926 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606). Gates will open at 8:30 AM and doors will open at 9:00am. However, arriving at that time will not guarantee admission to the event. There is limited parking on church grounds, but overflow parking is available. Florida Highway Patrol will direct traffic and assist with parking. Read more

PRESS RELEASE: After Weeks of Constituent Requests Representative Yoho Finally Agrees to Attend a Town Hall

GAINESVILLE, FL- Persistence pays off for Gainesville residents. After weeks of requests, Representative Ted Yoho (Florida 3rd District) confirms that will attend the town hall scheduled for March 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Countryside Baptist Church – 10926 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606).

Since the election of President Trump, many Gainesville residents have gained a new hobby, government participation.  Members of Indivisible Gainesville (a group founded to resist the Republican agenda through employing tactics made popular by the Tea Party), Alachua County Labor Coalition, Women’s March- Gainesville/Ocala, GainesvilleCity of Resistance, and others spent thousands of person hours calling Representative Yoho’s offices daily and protesting his Gainesville office weekly with the singular goal: Get Representative Yoho to Agree to a Town Hall.

Earlier this month, the initial venue withdrew permission to hold the event citing possible security concerns—which caused rumors of cancellation and accusations to the congressman to fly. However, leaders in Gainesville and staffers in the congressman’s office secured a new venue. This town hall is Representative Yoho’s first town hall in Gainesville in the past year.

“Over 1,000 constituents are following Indivisibles’ Facebook event for a town hall with Rep. Ted Yoho.  Over 500 constituents replied they will be attending, these numbers are unprecedented for Gainesville,” said Carrie Webb, Director of Public Relations for the Gainesville Indivisible group.

The Gainesville area is home to the University of Florida and nearly 20% of the population of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. Yet, Representative Yoho has disproportionately scheduled his visits to other areas within his district—suggesting to some that the republican may not want to hear from constituents in the largely progressive Gainesville area.

Indivisible Gainesville expects that questions asked at the town hall will cover all aspects of the congressman’s voting record, including his recent votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and disapproving the Stream Protection Rule. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 35,000 people receive health insurance from the federal health insurance exchange from the Affordable Care Act in Florida’s 3rd Congressional district. At this time, no data exists for the number of residents in the district that have benefitted from the provisions granted by the act—such as allowing children to remain on a parent’s or guardian’s insurance until the age of 26, which might be particularly relevant to the college and university community.

The Indivisible movement in Gainesville will not end with this event, “Indivisible Gainesville will not ever let the voice of our people go unheard,” said Ms. Webb “Our representatives will be held accountable, this upcoming town hall is just the beginning.”

The Art of the Question – How to Talk to Congressman Ted Yoho at our Town Hall Meeting

As we gear up for the Town Hall Event with Congressman Ted Yoho on March 4th, and as our question submission deadline (submission to us, not to him) looms, we realize that some of you may know what you want to ask, but find yourselves uncertain of exactly how to ask it. We know how you feel! We don’t want you to be so stuck that you feel too paralyzed to submit your question. It can be daunting to think about. We’re here to help. Read more

Press Release: Yoho Town Hall Meeting

Yesterday, the leader of Gainesville Indivisible along with the leaders of other groups in the resistance against the Trump Agenda (GCOR, ACLC, and the local Women’s March chapter) met with the Senior Legislative Assistant from Representative Yoho’s D.C. Office. We were assured that the town hall for March 4th would still be held as scheduled–despite the challenges with securing a venue. Read more

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