Hello fellow activists!
Connect *Affect* Elect – that was the theme of the Massachusetts Indivisible Statewide conference we attended yesterday. Over 500 people came together from 140 cities in MA to attend 2 dozen workshops at Worcester State University. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Jim McGovern were our keynote speakers, and our own Alicia Fleming was the MC. It was an amazing day of learning and networking and I think it is safe to say we all came away invigorated and in possession of some great new resistance tools!
WEDNESDAY – Please join us and bring a friend to our meeting at 6:30 PM in the Central Library Community Room. We have Lindsay Sabadosa of the Safe Communities Act Coalition of Western Massachusetts who will discuss the Safe Communities Act (Bill S.1305) and what we can do locally to support this important legislation. This will be our regular monthly meeting and we will have time for other meeting business as well.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Congress is working to push through Trump’s tax scam and our democratic MoCs need to hear from us repeatedly about our opposition to it! So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to call your MoC (more than once if you can). Here are is a link with call scripts. Remember to reference that you are a member of RUWMI. There is strength in numbers!
- Demand a Clean Dream Act – From “Here To Stay”: DACA provided a pathway for undocumented immigrant youth to achieve their dreams. Those dreams are now on the line. The 2017 Congressional session ends on December 15th. That gives us a month to pass the Dream Act in the House and in the Senate. The urgency is now.
- Support Doug Jones – From “Wall-of-Us”: Alabama has a special election on December 12 to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. The extremist Republican candidate, Roy Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl while in his 30s, according to a Washington Post investigation. If that wasn’t enough, Moore was twice removed from his state Supreme Court position for judicial misconduct. All-of-us must try to help Democrats clinch one of Alabama’s senate seats for the first time in 20 years. If financially supporting a candidate is something you are comfortable doing, consider contributing to Doug Jones’ campaign, click here to make a donation
- Voice your condemnation of Roy Moore – Sign this petition from the DCCC. Add your name to condemn Roy Moore and the GOP members who continue to support him.
- Stop the rollback of the Johnson Amendment – From “5 Calls”: Buried within the House GOP’s 400+ page tax reform plan, is a provision that would allow the politicization of churches and other tax-exempt organizations. Currently, the 1954 Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and houses of worship from endorsing candidates or making campaign contributions. The House GOP tax plan rolls this back by permitting any tax-exempt nonprofit or religious entity to engage in political speech in their “ordinary course” of business with “de minimis” spending. This provision is written with extremely vague terminology and would erode our ability to enforce the Johnson Amendment. It must be removed from any tax reform plan moving through Congress. Use this tool to make your call
- Help make sure our state representatives pass robust and meaningful criminal justice reform – From ACLU of MA: In a big victory for the ACLU, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a criminal justice reform bill that addresses some of our key priorities, such as a repeal of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. Now, the State House of Representatives is taking up the issue and will vote by Wednesday, November 15th. You can help by calling fellow ACLU supporters and urging them to contact their representatives. While the phone banks will be held in Boston and Worcester, remote phone banking is also available.
Sign up here to phone bank
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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
- Postcards for Contraceptive Access – Nov 16, 6:00-8:00 PM, Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton. This event is hosted by Pioneer Valley Women’s March. The hearing for the Act relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State (ACCESS), which will ensure affordable access to birth control for MA residents, regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act at the federal level, was October 3 and now we want to get the bill reported favorably out of committee and written into law! Stop in to write a postcard or ten with us in support of this legislation in Massachusetts. We may have a couple of fun postcards you can send to other electeds as well. Drinks and snacks available for purchase and children, as always, welcome. View event on FB here.
- A Community Information & Advocacy Meeting on Economics & Transportation Policy Issues – Nov 16, Nuestras Raices, 329 Main St, Holyoke. Andrea Freeman, the Field Director for the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) will give a presentation and provide fact sheets about some of the transportation and economic policy issues in Massachusetts that are impacting Holyoke and the region. Learn about the fair share constitutional amendment; the advocacy efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour and provide paid family and medical leave; and efforts to improve transportation options in Western MA. Check here for more information.
- Athena Girls Workshop: Activism 101 (For Girls ages 12-16) – Nov 18, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton. A workshop for girls ages 12-16. How can you create positive change when you can’t even vote? Girls will learn how to plan, structure, and launch campaigns that can have an impact on the world around them. Learn how to set goals, brainstorm creative strategies and tactics, and measure success. This is a participatory workshop, so come with ideas of things that you’d like to improve in your school, your town, or the world! Presenter: Jo Comerford, National Campaign Director for MoveOn.org. More information.
- 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
The stunning results from Tuesday night’s elections prove our theory that the progressive movement is energized, locally-led, and unapologetic in rejecting Trump’s style of hate and fear-mongering. And in 2017, we’ve shown that this movement has the energy to change elections and force candidates to reckon with us.
This week we launched Indivisible435, a nationwide electoral campaign advocating for progressive values and candidates in every single congressional district across the country. And the results in Virginia show that we’ve built the power necessary take back the House in 2018, and the Senate and White House in 2020. Read more here
Keep Your Eyes On
Can felons vote?
- Org State Felon Voting Laws
- These Ex-Felons Are Psyched They Can Finally Vote Again
- In Virginia, Ex-Felons Voted For The First Time After Regaining Their Rights
- 6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016
Check This Out
Are your state representative fighting for your progressive values? Progressive Massachusetts keeps track of how they each vote on the bills the organization has chosen to support. Follow this link to find your reps and see their voting record.