Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

This email is a day early – because TOMORROW we take ACTION against Trump’s #FakeNationalEmergency and you’re gonna need some time to make a sign!

RUWMI Announcements

We have been officially activated!  MoveOn’s Crisis Response Network (working with Indivisible, Win Without War, and CREDO), will be holding actions nation-wide TOMORROW at NOON. 

As of the writing of this newsletter, there is one event in the local Springfield area. The action will take place at the Springfield-Longmeadow border, on Columbus Ave., between the entrance to Forest Park and the intersection of Columbus Ave and Forest Glen Road. Participants can park in the Forest Park parking lot. Here is the link to the event on Facebook and here is the link to RSVP.

There are also many other locations nationwide and you can use this link to find the one nearest you. Check back frequently as hosts will likely be updating event info.

Come join us tomorrow at noon with your signs showing your opposition to Trump’s fake crisis, racist deportation force and illegal power grab (please avoid impeachment themed signs at this event).

See you tomorrow!

Action Items

  • Write a letter to the editor – From MomsRising: It is critically important for EVERYONE to speak out against this power grab by President Trump! Write a letter to the editor! Members of Congress are on recess right now and home in their districts. Use this simple tool to quickly and easily send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Support Transgender People in the Military – From Rogan’s List: Last week, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced legislation (S. 373) which would “prohibit the Pentagon from discharging any currently serving member of the military solely on the basis of gender identity.” It would also say that “recruits cannot be denied entry into the military solely based on their gender identity.” The bill currently does not have any other cosponsors, Democrat or Republican. Let’s call our senators and tell them that we support our troops and transgender people’s rights, and that we expect them to do the same by cosponsoring this legislation. Senator Warren: 413-788-2690, Senator Markey: 413-785-4610
  • We are looking for a few good organizers – RUWMI is partnering with Swing Left to target the eleven states that will (1) win the Presidency, (2) win the Senate majority and (3) fix the Gerrymandered districts in 2020.  In 2019, we will start with voter registration in these 11 states. Here in Springfield, that means holding a series of “VRBM” (Voter Registration by Mail) parties.  If you’d like to help us organize these, contact Erin (ern@riseupwesternmass.com) to join the VRBM planning committee.  If you’d rather just come to the parties, check the Events section of this newsletter over the next few weeks!
  • Run for something! – From: Rogan’s List. It’s been said the “all politics are local” and much of what happens in our communities is affected by local politics. While Republicans and Koch-backed groups like ALEC and the Tea Party have known this for years and filled up many such offices uncontested, the tide is starting to turn as more Democrats step up to turn their communities Blue. Now Emily’s List has a tool to help us get started. Curious about which local offices you could currently run for? Check here using this new tool from Emily’s List. Just enter you address, and you will get a list of local offices open for candidates: 
  • Thank CA Governor for Pulling Troops from Border – California Governor Gavin Newsom has followed in the footsteps of New Mexico’s governor and is pulling California National Guard troops from the border. Let’s thank Governor Newsom for standing up to Trump’s charade by emailing him here.
  • Join our Facebook Group – We have launched our new community Facebook group and we need your help to bring it to life!  This group will allow you, our members, to share information and engage in conversations. Use this link and send a join request.  You will be directed to two screener questions and then admitted into the group.  Let’s connect!

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • Dinner & Dialogue: Leadership and Blackness in America – Thursday, February 21, 7:00PM, American International College, 1000 State St, Springfield. Join us on February 21st for Dinner and Dialogue as we discuss leadership and Blackness in America.  What this means is entirely up to you, our panelists and our keynote speaker for the evening. What is leadership? Who is leadership? What is the criteria for leadership? What does it mean to be Black and Who decides? These questions and more will be placed on the dinner table for discussion. There are no right or wrong answers, just perspectives. View event details here.
  • PVCLC Annual Legislative Breakfast – Friday, February 22, 8:30-11:00AM, Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr, Chicopee. This event provides an opportunity to outline labor’s state legislative agenda to an influential group of lawmakers. Our legislators are invited to confer with us about current hot topics and issues affecting the working community. To register for the event: visit www.pvaflcio.org or email mail@pvaflcio.org or call (413) 732-7970. Deadline to register, February 8, 2019. No walk-ins, please. View the event on Facebook for more details.
  • Our History; Our Health – Saturday, February 23, 12:00-2:00PM, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke. Join us for a panel discussion with experts and impacted people about inequities and disparities in health care as they relate to communities of color. Hosted by: Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, Western Mass. Jobs with Justice, Out Now, Arise for Social Justice, 413 Black Lives Matter, and Western Mass. Medicare for All. RSVP here and view the event on Facebook here.
  • Volunteers Make the Movement – Saturday, February 23, 1:00-2:30PM, Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke – Board Room. Movements require motivated, trained, and well-supported volunteers to do their work successfully. This class will explore the basics of volunteer engagement – recruitment, involvement, retention, and recognition – that can help take our organizing to the next level. We will discuss best practices as well as some of the common challenges of volunteer management. No experience necessary – everyone can learn how to engage volunteers in the work we are passionate about! A free offering, registration is required at truthschool.org
  • Roe v. Wade 46th Anniversary Event – Saturday, February 23, 4:00-6:00PM, The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst. Join our annual commemoration of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing the right to safe, legal abortion care! A reception catered by The Black Sheep will be followed by our guest speaker, scholar-activist Katie Watson. Advance tickets are available for $35 by emailing info@arfwm.org. Tickets are available at the door as space permits. Students are admitted free with student identification. View the event on Facebook here.
  • Town Hall Meeting w/ Springfield Elected Officials – Tuesday, February 26, 5:30-7:30PM, East Springfield Neighborhood Council, 1437 Carew Street, Springfield. Join At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman and Ward 2 City Councilor Michael Fenton along with Council President Justin Hurst, At-Large City Councilor Kateri Walsh, and At-Large School Committeewoman LaTonia Monroe-Naylor in collaboration with the East Springfield Neighborhood Council for a Town Hall Style Meeting. Share your questions, concerns, and ideas for Springfield with your representatives. Doors open: 5:30 PM Program: 6:00 PM. All are welcome. For more information contact City Councilor Jesse Lederman at (413) 285-3041 or by e-mail at JLederman@springfieldcityhall.com or view the event on Facebook 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: news@indivisible-ma.org.

Indivisible National

A message from Indivisible National:

Dear Indivisibles,

This is a full-fledged attack on our democracy.

Trump declared a national emergency to build his vanity wall after signing the funding bill (that passed both the Senate and the House last night) which will lead to even more detention, deportation, and family separations at the border.

Make no mistake — this is an illegal, anti-democratic power grab rooted in racism. The only emergency at the border is the one created by Trump and the Republicans enabling his temper tantrum. Congress and the people have already rejected Trump’s wall. Going around constitutional separations of power and declaring a fake emergency as a desperate attempt to get his way is an abuse of his executive power.

We will not let Trump get away with this. Trump is setting up a dangerous precedent to justify almost limitless future abuses of presidential power. Abuses that can result in far-reaching harm to us all, especially communities disproportionately at risk.

Take your energy to the streets

On Monday, February 18, we’re joining MoveOn, Win Without War, and CREDO in a mass mobilization to call on Congress to act on Trump’s fake national emergency. We’ve got to let every single member of Congress know that they need to fight back. Here’s how:

Sign up to take action this Monday. Join us, MoveOn, Win Without War, CREDO, and more at an event near you to call on Congress to put an end to Trump’s fake national emergency. You can also text “MOBILIZE” to 977-79 to get updates and the national event map when it’s live!

Call your MoCs and tell them to reject Trump’s fake emergency. Congress has an obligation to check Executive Branch abuses, and there is a clear path for them to do this. They need to act to protect our democracy by passing a resolution to terminate this phony emergency and protect the people (the majority of which reject Trump’s vanity wall).

Read more on how you can demand Congress launch investigations into this abuse of power. With their new oversight powers in the House, Democrats should immediately schedule hearings and investigations into Trump’s illegal power grab.

This is the move of an authoritarian, reckless human filled with hate and a stubborn need to fulfill his campaign promise. Trump will not get away with it and our MoCs must uphold the mandate that they accepted the day they were elected into office to fight back and protect our democracy.

Together we’re stronger than Trump’s racist, hateful agenda. We’ve got this. Stay tuned and get ready to take to the streets.

In solidarity,
Indivisible Team

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