It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
I know it is bad news. I know that all of the crazy, democracy-threatening actions taken by the Trump administration, are terrible for all of us. I know I should be saddened and angered as each breach of Constitutional duty is unearthed. And yet… And yet, if I am being honest, I am not sad or angry. I’m (dare I say).…hopeful. Actually, that’s not even entirely accurate. I am more than hopeful; I am happy, at times I am even downright giddy! As I turn on the news each day and witness the rapid-fire accumulation of proof of Trump’s “high crimes”, I feel that impeachment is becoming a very real possibility, and I love it. Don’t judge me for enjoying watching this administration’s train wreck – I know we are also on that train. I understand that what is happening means we are in the worst of times, but perhaps it is also OK to believe that we are finally witnessing the beginning of the best of times.
This coming Sunday (10/13) is our October postcard writing event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. It’s fall activism, it’s brunch, it’s a morning with like-minded people, conversation, and even some laughs – what other reason could you need to join us? You can read more in the event section below or here in the Facebook event.
RUWMOneSmallThing – Clearly the topic of the week is impeachment and with so much rapid-fire news coming at us, it can be hard to keep up. However, it is important that we amplify the facts to help support impeachment. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to become informed about the impeachment case against this president. Here are some resources
Check out this special ImpeachNow website which is a joint project from Indivisible, MoveOn and a host of other organizations.
View daily updates from Indivisible on their Facebook video series “The Impeachment Daily”. You can find the first episode here – and follow their Facebook page to see each new episode as it is posted.
Donate to groups supporting Roe! – (h/t NARAL and Women’s March). The Supreme Court just announced it will hear the first major abortion case since Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. The case involves Louisiana’s clinic shutdown law, which, if upheld, would give states a road map for eliminating access to abortion by simply shutting down almost every abortion clinic in the state. Trump put Kavanaugh on the bench for cases just like this. What can we do to help? First, let’s read a bit about the Supreme Court case here, here, and here. Next, if we are able, let’s donate to groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Women’s March, fighting the hard fight to keep Roe from being gutted.
Learn about this important Supreme Court case – (h/t Human Rights Campaign). On Tuesday, the Court will hear three major LGBTQ civil rights cases that could decide how federal non-discrimination laws apply to LGBTQ people. In each case, a worker was fired –– not because of their performance or work ethic, but because they are part of the LGBTQ community. The decision made in these cases will impact millions of LGBTQ people across the country, so it’s important that you stay in the know. Text SCOTUS to 472472 and HRC will update you as the cases progress and send you the decision as soon as it comes down this spring. In the meantime, check out our explainer infographic and share it with friends –– it breaks down what this case is all about and why the decision will be so significant to us. You can also read more in this article.
Sign to stop the T-Mobile/Sprint Megamerger – (h/t Our Revolution). The proposed megamerger between T-Mobile and Sprint is bad news for consumers and workers. If the deal moves forward, it would mean higher prices for consumers, 30,000 lost jobs across the United States, and lower wages for wireless workers. Trump’s Department of Justice has already approved the merger, but we still have a chance to stop it. Attorneys General from 17 states and D.C. (including our own AG Maura Healey) are pursuing a lawsuit to block the merger in an effort to stop these two corporate giants from gaining excessive market power at the expense of workers, consumers, and communities. T- Can you join the fight to stop the T-Mobile/Sprint merger by signing the petition to stand with the Attorneys General? Click here to add your name.
Boot This Anti-Semitic App from the App Store: (h/t Sleeping Giants via Rogan’s List). A couple weeks ago, Mother Jones broke the story of a neo-Nazi group sharing a list of Jewish people on Telegram App. For the people discovering themselves on the list, it’s utterly terrifying. But more importantly, this anti-Semitic intimidation campaign is in clear violation of the App Store’s terms of service. So why hasn’t Apple’s leadership booted Telegram from the App Store? Help us find out: Contact: Matt Fischer, VP App Store at Apple. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @mattfischer415. We can find an e-mail template here.
Share this story – (h/t RepresentUS). On August 6th, 1965, America passed the Voting Rights Act. This landmark victory secured greater voting rights for all Americans, protecting the right to vote nationwide. But amid election security concerns, voter purging, and an increasingly corrupt political system, these freedoms are once again at risk. That’s why 54 years later, on August 6th, 2019, Renaldo Pearson embarked on a 700-mile walk to raise the alarm and save our democracy. Renaldo’s walk is a moment that will make its mark on history. Throughout the coming years, we will hear, tell, and share the story of “the man who walked 700 miles for democracy.” Already, 12 presidential candidates are on the record with a promise to make fixing America’s corruption crisis their first priority. Take a minute to see this incredible anti-corruption story and share it with people everywhere so we can bring in the next victory.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
Springfield Solidarity Training: RideShare, Court Accompaniment – Saturday, October 5, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave, Springfield. Put your solidarity into action by becoming part of the Sanctuary in the Streets Rideshare and Court Accompaniment networks. Sign up here. View the event on Facebook here for more information.
Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Confronting White Supremacy Today – Sunday, October 6, 2:00-4:00PM, Edwards Church of Northampton. Join us for a community dialogue with civil rights leaders Rev. Nelson and Dr. Joyce Johnson. Forty years ago, five young labor and anti-racist organizers were murdered by white supremacists in Greensboro, NC. We will share with the community the living lessons of that experience and its aftermath. Click here for more details.
GOTV VA Letter Writing – Sunday, October 6, 4:30-6:00PM, Barnes and Noble Café, 7 Holyoke Street, Holyoke. Why are writing to voters in Virginia? The GOP holds slim majorities in both the State Senate (21 -19) and the State House of Delegates (51 – 49.) All of these seats are up for election this November. In the Pioneer Valley we can help Virginia Democrats win majorities in both houses with our letters to potential Democratic voters. A victory will mean that Democrats can address gerrymandering and bring the state’s focus to important climate and immigration issues. Sign up here to help Virginia Democrats take back two houses.
Holyoke’s Latinx History Panel Discussion – Thursday, October 10, 11:00AM-12:30PM, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke. This #HispanicHeritageMonth panel features Betty Medina-Lichtenstein, Orlando Isaza, and Miguel Arce. These long-time contributors to the quality of life and best interest of the #Latinx community in western Massachusetts, but especially in #Holyoke, will share their personal experiences as educators, organizers, changers of policy, and great mentors for the Latinx community, especially our large #PuertoRican community. View the event on Facebook here.
Medicare for All: A Discussion about Healthcare – Thursday, October 10, 6:00-7:30PM, Southampton Town Hall, 8 East St, Southampton. Watching the presidential debates and getting confused about what Medicare for All actually is? Come by the Select Board room at Southampton Town Hall on October 10th for a discussion with State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, lead House sponsor of the Massachusetts Medicare for All legislation, on the topic of Medicare for All. Bring your questions and comments! View the event on Facebook here.
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Trends and Trajectories – Thursday, October 10, 7:00-9:00PM, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley. With Iran-U.S. tensions rising, geopolitical alliances shifting, and U.S. influence waning, what will be the future of U.S. policy in the Middle East and broader Muslim world? Join us to hear renowned Middle East experts, Dr. Trita Parsi and Dr. Stephen Walt discuss the broad contours of the Trump administration’s approach to the region and implications for stability. Our speakers will examine the administration’s rhetoric and policies and will discuss how these reflect its priorities in the region. Click here for more details.
RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Monthly Action – Sunday, October 13, 10:30AM – 12:00PM. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke. Come join us for our October postcard/letter-writing event! It’s fun, easy, and effective. We’ll supply postcards/letters and stamps and all the information you will need. You just bring yourself (and maybe a friend), good cheer, and a limber writing hand! (Donations of 35-cent postage stamps, or cash to cover stamps greatly appreciated but not required). Election Day 2020 seems a long way off, but now is when we need to begin making sure that Democratic voters in critical swing states, get registered and show up at the polls! You can view the event on Facebook here.
Northampton – Reach out to Virginia Voters October 21 – Monday, October 21, 5:00-6:30PM, Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St, Northampton. Please join us in encouraging likely Democratic voters to register to vote. The ability to turn out the vote will make or break this upcoming election for Dems. All materials are provided. You just write a brief note and address the envelope. It’s easy and a good way to meet like-minded people. Please bring 15 stamps or a donation of $8 to cover their cost. RSVP here.
Our City, Our Voices Community Action Meeting – Tuesday, October 29, 6:00-8:00PM, Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St, Springfield. Join us as we take public action and ask for public commitments from our elected officials on important issues including education, housing, the opioid crisis, ending gun violence and more! PVP is united for dignity and justice for all of our people! Hosted by Pioneer Valley Project. View event details here.
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: email@example.com.
An impeachment survey Each month in their newsletter, Indivisible co-founders, Leah and Ezra, post a survey. This month they are asking about impeachment noting “it’s what’s on everybody’s mind, and we want to add your voice to the conversation. This isn’t a complex survey – just a quick opportunity to share how you’re feeling about impeachment, and what you’re prepared to do with your Indivisible group in the coming weeks. Please provide your thoughts here.”
The More You Know
The Whistleblower Report – Many GOP members said they haven’t “had time” to read the Whistleblower Report, even though it’s only 9 pages long. Read it for yourself in one of these places.