Happy Monday fellow activists!
Did you all enjoy your extra hour of sleep this weekend? Feeling well rested? Good, because we’re going to need that energy – it’s election week!
Please mark your calendars for Wednesday Nov 15! Lindsay Sabadosa of the Safe Communities Act Coalition of Western Massachusetts will be joining us to discuss the Safe Communities Act (Bill S.1305) and what we can do locally to support this common sense legislation. We will meet at 6:30 PM in the Central Library Community Room. Let us know you are coming by selecting “going” on the Facebook Event. See you there!
Also, a reminder that RUWMI is co-sponsoring the Reclaiming our Future-Springfield Protest Rally on Nov 16. This action is intended to add to the #standUpCharlie actions started by the Mass Power Forward coalition of climate action groups in Massachusetts. Details can be found in the “events” section below.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – As the Russia investigation heats up the risk of Trump obstructing justice by firing Mueller increases. Let’s be proactive and prepared in the event of that. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to sign up for the local Springfield Rapid Response Protest should Mueller be fired.
- LAST CHANCE! – Sign up to Get Out the Vote in Virginia from Your Home State – From Indivisible. Virginians go to the polls on November 7 in the first statewide election since November 2016. They’ve built a tool for Indivisibles ANYWHERE in the US to phone-bank or text-bank Virginians to remind them to vote. Want to help? Sign up for a volunteer shift now!
- Take Action to Lift the Cap on Kids – From GBLS: Ask your state legislators to ask leadership to advance our bills! Thanks to the energy and commitment of our many supporters, our bills to Lift the Cap on Kids (H. 85 and S. 34) have advanced to the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees. Please click this link to e-mail your legislators a message urging them to ask Leadership to advance these bills. For the greatest impact, we encourage you to personalize your message.
- From ACLU of MA: Call Salem voters and ask them to vote Yes on 1.
Tomorrow is the day that Salem voters will head to the polls to vote on whether or not to keep the Sanctuary for Peace Ordinance, an ordinance that was passed earlier this year and declares that the city will not discriminate against residents based on their immigration status.
If the ordinance were to be overturned it would not only hurt communities in Salem, but could have a ripple effect throughout Massachusetts, damaging city and state-wide effort to say no to the Trump deportation machine. Learn how to phone bank from home. Email Olivia Santoro at firstname.lastname@example.org sign up to phone bank.
- Sign this petition to reduce sentences for prisoners fighting California fires. – From Change.org: As fires ripped through Northern California burning down over 8,000 homes and other buildings, and killing over 40 people, 1,700 of those fighting fires on the front lines have been California state prisoners. In fact, 30% of California’s forest firefighters, nearly 4,000, are prisoners. While it’s a long-standing practice for prisoners to work while incarcerated as a form of rehabilitation, we would be better served by rewarding prisoners who have demonstrated exceptional conduct in prison with a sentence reduction. Read more and sign here.
- Automatic Voter Registration Actions list – From Joyce Hackett. If you missed the talk, here is a link to Joyce’s new AVR website with lots of good background information. In short, the message is simple “AVR modernizes our election systems while improving the accuracy and security of our voter rolls”. So how do we get this message out and to whom? Here are some actions you can take.
- Tweet about AVR and use #AVRinMA
- Call your MA House Rep – ask if they support it. If they do, thank them and tell them how important it is to you. If they don’t, give them they simple message above! Find the number here
- Write to your rep – using this easy Common Cause online form
- Write a letter to the editor – here is more info
- Talk about it – to your friends, your family, and ask them to call and write too!
- Sign this petition from the Sierra Club – Instead of keeping our parks accessible to all, the Trump administration wants to increase park fees by more than double, while making it easier and cheaper for the fossil fuel industry to drill. Say no way! Read more and sign the petition here.
- Thank Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray – for advocating for the people of the United States and their right to hold banks accountable for their actions. Here is an article about his public appeal to the president to maintain full access to class action lawsuits against banks. You can send your letter of thanks to: Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, PO Box 2900, Clinton, IA 52733-2900
- Register for the Indivisible Massachusetts Statewide Conference! The conference is THIS SUNDAY and you should be there. We would love to have a good representation from western Mass and you will come away with a toolbox of great skills for the continued resistance. Use this link and register today.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Protest help needed TOMORROW, Tuesday Nov 7. in Holyoke. This comes from a local Holyoke organizer: We will be reminding local voters “DON’T ELECT SEXISTS” at a local polling place where we know one of the ward candidates is deeply conservative, anti-abortion, and ableist, to say nothing of some of the at-large candidates also on the ballot. We will be standing at the entrance to Sullivan School at 400 Jarvis Avenue in Holyoke. To the best of our knowledge it is all right to park at the street end of the school parking lot, as it is not a school day, but please stay away from the school building and polling location with any political messaging. Please join us 7:30 and 8:30 AM tomorrow morning, or between 4:30 and 6 PM tomorrow evening. WE HAVE HANDMAID COSTUMES TO WEAR (though they need to go back to their owner at the end of a shift). We’re looking for 3-4 more people to wear these costumes with us in the morning and the evening, and if we fill all the costumes you’re welcome to stand with us, hold a sign for a bit, shoot pictures and video to post to social media, etc. Thank you!
- Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee Candidates Night – Nov 8, 7:00-9:00 PM, Greenwood Community Center, 231 Maple Rd, Longmeadow. Featuring all three Massachusetts gubernatorial Democratic candidates: Bob Massie, Jay Gonzalez and Setti Warren. Click here for more information.
- Western Mass. Medicare for All, Monthly Meeting – Wed. Nov. 8, 6:30 – 8:00, the Community Room at 20 Hampton Court, Northampton. Updates, discussion, and resource-sharing. Help make Medicare for All a reality in our state and nation. New folks always welcome! RSVP to Jon and Deborah at email@example.com
- 2nd Indivisible Massachusetts Statewide Conference – Sunday Nov. 12, 9:00AM-5:00PM, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester. Senator Elizabeth Warren will be speaking on “The Way Forward” at this conference. Coming one year after the disastrous election of 2016 and one year before the critical midterm election of 2018, this 2nd statewide conference is focused on skills training, getting ready for the 2018 elections, and how Massachusetts can counteract the negative effects of the Trump agenda. There will be training and critical workshops to give groups the tools they need to up their activism game and to connect with other groups for more coordinated action post-conference. Register using this link.
- Town Hall with AG Maura Healey – Nov 13, 7:00-9:00PM, UMass Student Union Ballroom, Amherst. Nearly three years ago, the people of Massachusetts elected Maura Healey The Peoples’ Lawyer. As such, she takes pride each and every day to stand up for our shared values and priorities. Maura has built an office that has pursued the issues that matter most – expanding economic opportunity for everyone, advancing clean energy and combatting climate change, reforming our criminal justice system, reducing gun violence, and tackling head-on our state’s devastating opioid epidemic. These are critical times – for our state and our country – and Massachusetts needs to be the first line of defense. Our state has always led and now we must lead again, to fight for progress and stand up to anyone who wants to roll back the gains made. Hosted by the UMass Democrats. Doors will open at 6:30pm for UMass Students and the Massachusetts community. Please RSVP here.
- Medicare-for-All Lobby Day – November 14th, 10:00AM – 2:00PM, Massachusetts State House 24 Beacon Street, Boston. Education, demonstration, and legislative advocacy. View the event on Facebook here, or RSVP using this link. To get a ride or offer a ride on please contact Jon Weissman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Safe Communities Act: An evening of Information and Action – Nov 15, 6:30-8:00PM, Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield. Lindsay Sabadosa of the Safe Communities Act Coalition of Western Massachusetts will be joining us to discuss the Safe Communities Act (Bill S.1305) and what we can do locally to support this common-sense legislation. This meeting will also serve as our RUWMI monthly meeting for November. Join us and bring a friend for this most important topic!
The community room is located on the lower level of the library. It can be accessed either from the library lobby (all the way down the stairs on the right) or via the door just to the right of the main stairs on the street level. Parking is available in the lot across State St. Let us know you are coming by selecting “going” on the Facebook Event.
- Reclaiming our Future – Springfield Protest Rally – Nov 16, 12:15 – 12:45, Springfield State Office Building, 436 Dwight St, Springfield. We’ll be showing up outside Gov. Baker’s Springfield office at lunchtime. We have an executive order which we think Governor Baker should sign. We are protesting the policies even in our own state of Massachusetts that keep us on the path toward climate breakdown. The coalition asks that Gov. Baker to sign an executive order, which can be found at this link: You can find more information using this link
- 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.
From Indivisible National
Protecting Our Democracy: Tell Trump He Can’t Fire Mueller
Here we go. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been indicted on several charges, including conspiracy against the United States. Let that sink in: the person who managed Trump’s presidential campaign has now been charged with conspiracy against the United States. Manafort’s associate Rick Gates has also been indicted, and Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos has pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia.
This development is the latest evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to get closer to the truth. That means he is even more at risk of being fired by Donald Trump. Continue reading here.
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Who’s Who in the Russia Investigation – use this handy chart to keep it all straight.