Happy Thanksgiving fellow RUWMI activists!
We are focused this week on giving and giving thanks and we at RUWMI wanted to say thanks to all of you! We are thankful for your time, energy, passion, talent, knowledge and continued commitment to our mission. We wish you all a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends and food.
As the “holiday season” kicks into high gear this coming weekend, we want to take the time and do a bit of looking ahead ourselves. There are two things we wanted to draw your attention to.
- Resistance Resolutions – We are having a planning meeting to discuss where we’d like to see RUWMI headed and what we want to focus on in the new year. Come and be a part of the discussion; make your voice heard and give us your input! Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 7th for our “Resistance Resolutions” meeting, and help create our list of 2018 priorities. Details coming soon!
- RUWMI Swag is here! – planning to start your holiday shopping this weekend? Check out our new online store for RUWMI shirts. Lots of styles to choose from and you can choose your own shirt color too!
- RUWMOneSmallThing – It’s almost Thanksgiving and many of you are likely heading to the grocery store this week. Those of us lucky enough to have more food than we need can help those who are food insecure.
So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to donate food to your local food bank or an organization such as Rachel’s Table or Open Pantry (psssst, you can also donate money).
- Say thank you to Senator Maize Hirono – During the fight for our healthcare, Senator Mazie Hirono was on the frontlines, reminding her fellow senators about their efforts to support her during her cancer fight (on government-sponsored healthcare), and asking them why they weren’t doing the same thing for their fellow Americans. Check her out here. We need more MoC like Senator Hirono. Let’s send her our well wishes: (202) 224-6361 or 730 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510 or 300 Ala Moana Blvd. Rm. 3-106, Honolulu, HI 96850.
- Thank Governor Baker for Signing the Contraceptive ACCESS Bill – We want to make sure to reinforce actions we want to see more of from the Governor in the coming months. On November 20th, Governor Baker signed the Contraceptive ACCESS bill after it was overwhelmingly passed by the State Legislature. This critical piece of legislation will ensure 1.4 million Massachusetts women continue to have access to no copay birth control, regardless of President Trump’s latest attack on birth control coverage.
Send Governor Baker a note using this link to thank him for signing ACCESS and protecting birth control coverage in Massachusetts. (From Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, Inc.)
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Sit-In Against the Trump Tax Plan – Monday, November 27 at 12PM – 1PM, Northampton City Hall, Northampton. Bring your top hat and come join us for a sit in at City Hall (downtown Northampton) to protest the Trump Tax Plan. Hosted by Pioneer Valley Women’s March and Indivisible Noho. 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.
From Indivisible National
We’re grateful for you
When our team sits down to our respective tables this coming Thursday, one of the big things we’ll be giving thanks for is you: the incredible people that have stepped up this year. We say it time and time again, but we mean it… we are not the leaders of this movement. You are.
We’ll be in touch a few times over the holiday to prepare for a big week following, but we hope you are getting the time you need to give thanks and be with those you love.
Thank you, deeply, for everything.
The Indivisible Team
Keep Your Eyes On
These Thanksgiving conversation starters:
- Opinion: Teaching kids about Thanksgiving or Columbus? They deserve the real story
- 5 Insightful questions to ask during Thanksgiving dinner: How to unlock your family history
- 15 Books to Share Stories of Native American History and Experience with Kids and Teens
- DCCC guide to Thanksgiving with your Republican relatives.
- Don’t avoid politics this holiday season. Use these 5 tips for productive conversations.
Check This Out
Another shameless plug for our RUWMI merchandise! – But really, it is worth at least a peek isn’t it? Check it out here.