Happy Monday fellow RUWMI activists.
This week we march!
We bundle up, we grab our signs, we pull on our pussy hats, we band together, and we march. We show this administration that we are still here, stronger and wiser than we were a year ago, and we aren’t going away.
We march commemorating the anniversary of the powerful Women’s March last year. We march with the message that this time we are bringing power to the polls and not just to our voices.
As a group RUWMI will be marching in Northampton. Here is what you need to know.
- The March is THIS SATURDAY, January 20th 11:00AM – 1:00 PM. It begins at Sheldon Fields and ends at Northampton City Hall (with rally and speakers).
- We will gather as a group at 10:30, in the northwest corner of the main parking lot of Sheldon Field (Old Ferry Road, first parking lot on the left) – look for the RUWMI signs and banner. See the map here.
- We will have a few extra signs but please bring one if you have one.
- After the march there will be an activities fair (specific location TBA) and RUWMI will have a table for writing postcards for AVR (automatic voter registration). Please plan to stop by and fill out a few postcards!
- The march is family friendly and all are welcome to join us – feel free to bring a friend to march with our group.
- For more information about the march use this link. (also see the events section below with information about more “after march” events).
- RUWMOneSmallThing – We were all witness to the cruel irony of Trump spewing his racist rhetoric on very same weekend we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There is talk of censuring Trump which is a start. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to sign this petition, requesting that Trump be censured.
- Learn about MLK – We need to amplify Dr. King’s message so that it echoes louder this week than Trump’s racist comments. Here are some things to read and share!
- Volunteer to help at our local Women’s March – Many hands make light work, and the organizers of the NoHo march could use a few extra hands. If you have some time to spare to this very short-term commitment, please let them know. Use this form to sign up and help.
- Voice your opposition to expanded offshore drilling – On January 4, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revealed a draft plan for expanding the sale of federal offshore drilling leases to the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans, as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Late Tuesday, he announced that Florida’s two coasts would not be included in the expansion (hmmm right where Mar-A-Lago is….).
- You can voice your opposition to this expanded offshore drilling by commenting directly on the proposal at gov.
- Use FaxZero to send a free fax to Governor Baker
and tell him to oppose the Trump administrations offshore oil drilling plan. Senator Markey and Congressmen Moulton have written a letter urging him to do so which you can read here.
- Write a letter to the editor expressing your support of the Safe Communities Act. There is a statewide campaign going on in MA right now to put letters-to-the-editor or op-eds in every online/print media outlet in the Commonwealth in support of the Safe Communities Act.
- Register new citizens to VOTE – You can volunteer to help with MIRA’s voter registration drives. These happen directly after naturalization ceremonies throughout the state of Massachusetts, often at Faneuil Hall or other landmarks in the Greater Boston Area. They are typically on Thursday afternoons, and volunteers are usually needed for about an hour (1:30–2:30 pm). Registering new voters is fun and easy, and all materials—clipboards, forms, and pins—are provided. To see all our upcoming voter registration drives and sign up, use this link.
- Tell Congress: It’s time to fix the Voting Rights Act – Because of a disastrous Supreme Court ruling, the Voting Rights Act is weaker now than when it was passed 50 years ago. Fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act and block new efforts to suppress African-American and Latinx votes. You can read more about it and sign the petition here.
- Passionate about Climate Change? – Here are some actions you can take spearheaded by Indivisible Acton (Mass) and Mass Power Forward. They are looking for more interested Indivisible members from around the state to join their efforts. You can find out more about how to get involved on Indivisible Acton’s website here. If you are interested in coordinating other area people in this effort you can email Catherine Loeb firstname.lastname@example.org or Joris Wils email@example.com
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Express Yourself! Sign making for the Women’s March – January 17, 6 PM – 8 PM, WWII Club, Northampton. Join us, have fun, further the Resistance and EXPRESS YOUR BEAUTIFUL SELF! Let’s make signs together for the upcoming Jan. 20th Women’s March in Northampton. We’ll have some amount of supplies but please bring poster board, markers, etc., if you can. No artistic experience needed. Inspiration, humor and attitudes welcome. View event on Facebook
- Walking the Tightrope: Parenting and Activism – January 18, 5:00-6:30 PM. Easthampton Council On Aging & Enrichment Center, 19 Union St, Easthampton. Parenting children while actively participating in movements for justice challenges us to balance competing demands and needs. How can we work hard for change, nurture our children, and stay sane in the process? Drawing from personal experience and the shared lessons of past and present activists from around the country, this program addresses practical ways for parents to do political work while building secure childhoods and passing on their values to the next generation. The class is free but registration is required. For more information check the event on
- Women’s March 2018 Northampton – January 20th 11:00AM – 1:00 PM. The March will begin at Sheldon Fields and culminate at Northampton City Hall, where we will rally with inspiring speakers and performers. This is a peaceful, family-friendly event. Parking is available at Sheldon Fields as well on-street parking throughout Northampton. As a group, RUWMI we will be gathering in the northwest corner of the main parking lot at Sheldon Field (Old Ferry Road, first parking lot on the left) at 10:30 AM so we can march together as a group. See more information about the Northampton March here.
- Women’s March – after March events. All events January 20th in Northampton.
- Activities Fair – Directly after the March. Action items for you to take. Specific location TBA.
- Women’s March – Pioneer Valley Film Screening – 3:00-5:00, First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St, Northampton. WOMEN’S MARCH is a film about democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in America today.
On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. That same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world. It grew into the largest one-day protest in American history (film is 30 min). Free and open to the public. See event on Facebook here.
- 45 Years of Roe v. Wade: A Sweet Celebration – 6:00-8:00, Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton. Come learn more about the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts to see how you can continue to support these vital Reproductive Rights services in our region…. all while nibbling on some sweet treats! Donations to both organizations gratefully accepted. Read more here.
- Fierce Femmes of the 413: Women’s March After-Party – 9:00 PM-1:00 AM, Bishop’s Lounge, 41 Strong Ave, Northampton. As the official after-party for the Pioneer Valley Women’s March, we come together on this night “to reaffirm our commitment to a positive and just future for all, to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year.” With a desire to honor the tradition of woman musicians and artists of the Pioneer Valley, Nest Productions and PRIA Music Marketing present a special night showcasing some of the valley’s favorite lady musicians: Ursula Elmes, EMMA JUNE, Courtney Parker, and Fire Letters. Come honor woman’s contributions to our community and our society at this unique night of music and activism. Tickets $5 at the door. View the Facebook event here.
- Women’s March – other locations. Here is information about some other area marches.
- Hartford – Women’s March-Second Annual-Marching On (Hosted by Women’s March CT – We March On)
- Providence – Women’s March – 2018 (Hosted by Women’s March on Washington – Rhode Island)
- New York – 2018 Women’s March on NYC (Hosted by Women’s March Alliance)
- WSDC Meeting – Guest Speaker Jimmy Tingle, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor – January 24 at 7 PM, West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St, West Springfield. Hosted by West Springfield Democratic Committee. View the event on Facebook
- Franklin County Continuing Our Political Revolution gathering for Tahirah Amatul-Wadud – candidate for Congress for First Congressional District (currently held by Rep. Richard Neal). January 28, 2:00 PM (doors open at 1:45). Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Rd., Shelburne. You can find out more about Tahirah at here
- Western MA Peace, Climate and Social Justice Activists Party for Bob Massie for Governor with Co-host and Speaker Frances Crowe: – January 28, 2:00-3:00PM, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst. After this event a brief Delegate Training will take place to prepare for the caucuses and the Democratic convention.
- Voices for Sanctuary Benefit Concert – January 28 at 4 PM – 6 PM, Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst. The Leverett Chorus will perform a benefit concert, “VOICES FOR SANCTUARY”, in collaboration with the First Church Amherst’s Immigrant Sanctuary Fund. This concert is a benefit to support the family of Lucio Perez who is in Sanctuary at First Church Amherst. In addition to raising much needed funds for Lucio’s family, struggling economically without Lucio’s income, the concert will celebrate through song the loving, generous, strong community that continues to grow in support for Lucio, immigrant justice and resistance to cruel deportation policies. Suggested $10 donation (or more if inclined) at the door. Donations will go to the First Church Amherst’s Immigrant Sanctuary Fund, are tax deductible, and will go to Lucio’s family. View the event on Facebook here.
- Senator Markey Hosting Amherst Town Hall – January 28 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM, Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst. Ed invites you to join him for a town hall discussion on the GOP tax bill, climate change, immigration, net neutrality and more. Any questions, please call their Springfield office at 413-785-4610. View event on Facebook
- Secrecy, Surveillance, and National Security – January 30 at 7 PM – 9 PM, Jones Library, 43 Amity St, Amherst. Since 9/11, successive U.S. administrations have kept Americans in the dark about controversial and sometimes illegal counterterrorism programs. In 2018, as the Trump administration doubles down on its national security strategy, how do we ensure the rights of all Americans are protected? How can we hold the government accountable when it resists oversight and transparency? How should we understand the tradeoff between security and privacy? What models do other democracies offer to guarantee government accountability and the rule of law when it comes to national security? Join us on January 30 to hear constitutional law expert, Sudha Setty, unpack this complex issue. This event is co-sponsored by Critical Connections and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. For more information view the Facebook event
- Automatic Voter Registration – Lobby Day – January 31 at 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 24 Beacon St, Boston, Room 428. The Election Modernization Coalition will be hosting a lobby day on January 31st to convince legislators to make Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) a top priority in 2018. Lobby day is a day when members of the public meet with their representatives at the State House to explain why an issue (in this case, AVR) is so important. We will spend an hour teaching you the tips and tricks to speaking with legislators before sending you off to attend scheduled meetings with your representatives to advocate for this vital reform. Registration begins at 9:30, and the program will run from 10:00-12:30. Sign up here. Get more information in the Facebook event If you are interested in carpooling email us at Riseupwesternmass@gmail.com and we will try to connect you with others in the group who are planning to attend.
- 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
Capitol Calendar – Did you know that Indivisible has a calendar that allows you to track what’s happening in Congress? They do, and you can view the calendar here.
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