We call BS!

Hello fellow RUMI Activists,

Another week, and another batch of bald faced lies from our president. No, Mr. Trump, actually congress is not working day and night on a tax cut for the middle class.  Congress is in recess.  And, no, actually, the caravan of people coming from Honduras are not M-13 criminals. They are victims of terror trying to protect their children, and they are praying that God will speak to the hearts of the American people and give them shelter.  Sounds like someone in the White House may be feeling a bit … desperate.  #SAD

RUWMI Announcements

Oct 24th – POSTCARD PARTY!! 6:30-8:00 PM –  Panera Bread, 450 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA. We’ll have 20 packets of 20 postcards/First District addresses each, so you can write your post cards with us at Panera, or you can stop by, pick up a packet and write them at home.  The postcard script will request the recipient to GOTV and Vote “Yes” on the ballot 3 questions. Bring your friends for a fun night of political productivity! Sign up here.

Nov 3rd and 4th – “The Last Weekend” Canvass for Anthony Delgado in Chatham, NY. Carpool with us to the NY-19, a major swing district. Research shows that talking to people face to face on the weekend before election day is the most impactful thing you can do to help flip the house!  Watch this video about “The Last Weekend.”  Link to video.  Sign up for the Nov 3rd carpool here and the Nov 4th carpool here.

Voting and Candidate Information

Onward to November 6th!  #TheVoteOfYourLife

Here are important voting related dates to put on your calendar!

  • November 3rd-4th – “The Last Weekend” canvassing and phone banks in swing districts near us (NY-19 for Antonio Delgado and NH-02 for Annie Kuster)
  • November 6thNationwide mid-term elections. We need to show up in record numbers to make that blue wave happen!

Here are helpful links to bookmark and share!

  • Register to vote or update any information on your registration in MA (Note, young people turning 18 on or before election days can also register!)
  • Find your MA voting location
  • Find candidates worthy of your vote
  • Download an MA absentee ballot application (You can also pick up a ballot at your local town or city hall.)

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES – Here are the Democratic candidates who will appear on our ballot in November.  Check out their Facebook pages, websites, and event links.  Get to know them and where they stand on issues that are important to you and contact them if you have questions. Campaign events will be added as they become available.

** We have not included Candidates for State Rep because there are too many to list all of them and most of the races are uncontested.  If there is a particular State Rep candidate you are interested in seeing listed here, please email us.

Action Items

RUWMOneSmallThing – Vote early! IN Massachusetts, early voting runs from Monday, Oct. 22 (TODAY), to Friday, Nov. 2, so this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, “one small thing you can do that will make a difference” is to click on this link, find out where your early voting times and locations are, and get that vote cast early … so you can help others vote on election day!

ON GOING ACTIONS:

  • Help Jobs with Justice pass the People’s Agenda – MA Jobs with Justice needs your help to make sure people vote “Yes, Yes, Yes” on the 3 ballot questions in November! That means that no matter your age, experience, or abilities — whether you have a lot of time to give or just a few hours — there are important ways you can pitch in!

The 3 Ballot Questions Are:

  1. Safe Patient Staffing: This ballot measure will improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.
  2. Advisory Commission on Corporate Personhood and Political Spending: The Initiative asks voters to establish a non-partisan Citizens Commission to advance the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to address the undue influence of concentrated money on elections and government policy.
  3. Transgender Rights: This ballot initiative would uphold current legislation protecting trans people’s basic right to access public accommodations.

Here are some ways you can help:

 

  • 30 minutes of calls a day makes a big difference. Just two more weeks until the most important election of our life-time. Be part of the BLUE WAVE—make calls to voters from home (in your pj’s!!). Gather friends and family together. Need help to get started? Person to person contact is the proven way to influence and get voters to the polls! Choose from 4 candidates to call for!!  Click here to make calls for Beto O’Rourke and other progressive candidates at CallOutTheVote.com — right now, or whenever you want. Click here for further information.

 

  • Help RUWMI Spread the Word! – We can’t expect a lot of people to take the actions we post or show up to events we advertise, unless a lot of people know about them! Thus, we at RUWMI are on a mission to get this newsletter into as many inboxes as possible. Can you help?
    • Forward this email to three friends and add a note telling them to click on the link at the bottom so they can sign up.
    • Share this newsletter sign-up link on your own social media

 

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • Chamber Legislative Breakfast – Thursday, October 25, 7:30-9:00 AM. The Lord Jeffery Inn, n 30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst. The annual legislative breakfast brings together legislators, local officials, and business leaders to network and discuss current and upcoming policy issues. Please join us for an opportunity to reach out to other Chamber members, and enjoy our guest speakers. Senator Eric Lesser, Keynote, Remarks by: Solomon Goldstein-Rose, State Representative, Jo Comerford for State Senate, Mindy Domb for MA State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District. View the event on Facebook

 

  • ACLU TELE-TOWN HALL: THE CRUCIAL MIDTERMS AND WHAT’S NEXTThursday, October 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. You are invited to a special tele-town hall to get a detailed briefing on the state of this urgent work and our plans for the future from the following ACLU legal and political experts: Cecillia Wang, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Faiz Shakir, ACLU National Political Director Lorella Praeli, ACLU Deputy National Political Director Michele Moore, ACLU Chief Communications Officer They will take your questions and provide insight into our massive get-out-the-vote mobilization campaign, our work to protect and expand voting rights, and our critical litigation and advocacy to protect the rights of immigrants. With just three weeks left until the midterms — and with everything on the line for our civil liberties and personal freedoms — this is an event you won’t want to miss. Please RSVP now with this LINK.

 

  • Pioneer Valley Public Hearing on Women’s Issues – Thursday, October 25, 4:30-6:30 PM. Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. We want to know about the issues that affect you, your children, your family, and your community. Each year the MCSW holds hearings across the Commonwealth to hear testimony from citizens, government officials, and local organizations that provide assistance to women about the issues they are facing in their communities. The testimony presented at this hearing informs both our research and legislative work at the Commission, and is reported to our appointing authorities. Oral and written testimony will be accepted. Oral testimony should be kept to 2-3 minutes. Open to the public.  RSVP here. For more information view event details here.
  • Civics Fest 2018 – Thursday, October 25, 6:00-9:00PM, Springfield College, 263 Alden St, Springfield. Civics Fest 2018 will engage prospective voters in a fun event dedicated to fostering civic knowledge and celebrating democracy in order to build community, to increase informed voter participation, and to promote critical thinking about government as a tool for change through trivia questions. Civics Fest teams are minimum of three students, maximum of four students apiece to compete on civics topics. In addition to the student portion, the event will offer a civics trivia contest with elected officials and community-member teams. View the event on Facebook

 

  • From Common Cause: Sign up to become a non-partisan Election Protection volunteer. Click here to sign up. Together, we make that foundational principle of our democracy — that everyone should be equal on Election Day — a reality. That’s why Common Cause is asking you to step up as an Election Protection volunteer this year — to make sure no voter is silenced, and help your neighbors participate in our democracy.

 

  • Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly – Mondays, November 5, December 5, 6:00PM, The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. What is Sanctuary in the Streets? Sanctuary in the Streets is a rapid response network of 2,000 people and 40 congregations mobilizing against raids and deportations, workplace abuse, and hate crimes. We have a 24-hour response hotline and have trained 800 people to rapidly mobilize as a detention is taking place. Thus far, we have accompanied over 40 individuals/families facing immigration detention and/or deportation, and have worked with dozens of workers to win justice in cases of wage theft, retaliation, and sexual harassment. What happens at the general assemblies? At our general assemblies, all our committees meet: fundraising, education and media, logistics and technology, events and training, and our newly formed mutual aid committee. If you’re new, you’ll attend an orientation to learn about the network and the current projects of each committee. You’ll then be ready to join a committee or plug into existing projects! View this recurring event on Facebook

 

  • Drop Everything and Vote! – Tuesday, November 6th. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
  • Town Hall Style Meeting w/ Elected Officials – Tuesday, November 13, 6:00-8:00PM, Arthur T Talmadge, 1395 Allen St, Springfield. Join At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman along with Ward 7 City Councilor Tim Allen, Ward 5 City Councilor Marcus Williams, At-Large City Councilor Tracye Whitfield, At-Large School Committeewoman Latonia Monroe-Naylor, and At-Large School Committeewoman Denise Hurst for a Town Hall Style meeting at Talmadge Elementary School. All residents are invited to come share their questions, thoughts, concerns, and ideas for Springfield in a community setting, and hear updates on the work being done by your elected officials. View event details
  • To get the most up to date list of events, go to Rise Up Western Mass’s event calendar here. Also bookmark the  National Resistance Calendar for additional events. Also, to be “in the know” about what Indivisible groups are doing across Massachusetts, sign up for the MA ACTION newsletter by sending an email to: news@indivisible-ma.org.

 

Indivisible National

New Indivisible MA Resource Library

Are you looking for a toolkit to help plan your Get Out the Vote efforts before Election Day?  Or do you want videos explaining how to have impactful conversations with voters and volunteers? Maybe you are looking for a guide to using social media more effectively?    You can find all this and more, including recordings of past statewide video calls, in our new online Resource Library! Check it out and share with others! Let us know if there’s anything else you would like to see there.

The More You Know

While we’re all focused on the mid-terms, guess who’s still at work appointing far-right judges to the courts?

From Rogan’s List: This week in Congress:  The Senate is now on recess till after the Midterm Elections except for the Senate Judiciary Committee which is meeting starting Wednesday to continue hearings for judicial candidates. (Source: Judiciary Committee) Senate Democrats raised specific alarms about moving ahead on “controversial” nominees to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. More on this at Politico. Let’s continue to contact our Senators if they are on the Senate Judiciary Committee to let them know we object to their nominees. They need to know we are still paying attention.

Check This Out

Some voters will be encountering long lines at the polls—so long, that they may have to stand in line for hours. Let’s make the wait less dreary by donating to Pizza to the Polls, a group that delivers pizza to waiting voters when it receives reports of long lines at the polls. https://polls.pizza/   We can report long lines there, too!