Happy Monday fellow RUWMI activists.

Well it was a tough Super Bowl Sunday for those of us in New England for sure.  We can take a day or two to sulk, and then we brush ourselves off and get back to the important work of preserving our democracy!

RUWMI Announcements

It’s almost our birthday so time for a celebration! We will be gathering together on Feb 26th, at Uno’s by the Basket Ball Hall of Fame for night of “Drinking Liberally”.  Please come and join the fun and help us celebrate turning one!  Details in the event section below.

 

Action Items
  • RUWMOneSmallThing – Montpelier High School in Vermont is flying a Black Lives Matter flag for Black History Month and is already receiving criticism. This week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to send a letter of support to Montpelier High School:
    • Racial Justice Alliance, Montpelier Public Schools, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602;
    • Principal Mike McRaith, Montpelier Public Schools, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602.

 

  • Join our local rapid response rally if special counsel Mueller is fired! – ‘Nobody is Above the Law Rally’ is an event planned as a rapid-response protest in the event that Donald Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller or acts in other ways to seriously threaten the Trump-Russia investigation. This local action will be one of over 700 nationwide. Rallies will begin just hours after national events are triggered:
    • If actions are triggered BEFORE 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ 5 p.m. local time.
    • If actions are triggered AFTER 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day.
    • Our local action will take place at the Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building, 300 State Street, Springfield.

RSVP to let the event host know that they can count on you to attend the event and to be notified if an event is triggered.

Once you sign up, make sure to invite friends to join you at the event!

Note: If you choose to attend an event, you agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values.

Let’s show Donald Trump that nobody is above the law.

 

 

  • Donate to Reunite Refugee Families Separated by ICE and CBP! This action comes from Rogan’s List. Many undocumented children are being separated from their families. A YouCaring fundraising account has been set up to reunite Refugee Families Separated by ICE and Customs and Border Protection. “All money raised will go toward paying bond for parents who have been separated from their children, plus any reunification-related expenses. Any money leftover will be used to help other immigrants be released from detention.”  Let’s help however we can.

 

  • Honor black women making history – Feb is Black History month. From Wall-of-Us comes these ideas for celebrating women making black history.
    • Read and share this letter or this video from Senator Kamala Harris.
    • Read and share these stories of black women making history.
    • Check out the ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

 

  • Find your town’s Democratic caucus date and attend! Use this link to find out when (between February 3rd, 2018 and March 4th, 2018) and where the Democratic Caucus meeting for your town will be. The caucuses are held to elect delegates to the 2018 convention which will be held in June. Attend the caucus and hear from the people who want to be delegates for your town/ward.  Feeling adventurous?  How about being a delegate yourself?  Learn more about it here.

 

  • Share your story – Why I March, an event scheduled for March 9th in Northampton, is looking for speakers to share their story! At “Why I March,” a large and diverse group of Valley women activists and advocates share what connects them to their cause and what keeps them going. If you’d like to be a speaker and give a 3-5 minute talk, let them know by Feb 15 using this link. In addition, you can also send us a video if you like. (see form for instructions).  Coaching and support will be offered for all speakers. You can also learn more about the event

 

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

 

  • Town Hall Phone Call with Senator Liz Warren – Feb 7, 7:45 PM Online. To mark the one-year anniversary of Mitch McConnell throwing Elizabeth off the Senate floor, join Elizabeth Warren for a telephone town call on February 7, 2018 at 7:45 PM Eastern — where she’ll talk and answer questions about how she’s still persisting for families in Massachusetts and across the country. RSVP using this link with the phone number that you’d like to use to participate in the call, and they’ll call you when the call is about to start to join in.

 

  • Roe v. Wade 45th Anniversary Event – Feb 10, 4:00PM-6:00PM, The Red Barn, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst. Join our annual commemoration of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing the right to safe, legal abortion care! A reception will be followed by our guest speaker, Liza Fuentes, DrPH, an activist and Senior Research Scientist at the Guttmacher Institute – a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing reproductive rights and health. 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. Click here for more information.

 

  • LWV Feb Meeting: Inside City Hall – Feb 11, 3:00-5:00PM, Springfield City Library, 225 State Street, Springfield. Springfield League of Women Voters meeting. Political blogger and Springfield government savant Matt Szafranski joins us to present “Inside City Hall,” a primer on what the Springfield’s “strong mayor” form of government is and how it works. Matt’s presentation will provide a foundation and background refresher for civic engagement in Springfield. Matt’s blog is Western Mass. Politics & Insight. LWV members and friends are invited to attend. The hour-long program will be followed by time for LWV committee work. View the event on Facebook

 

  • Who’s Policing the Police? – League of Women Voters/Springfield – ‎ Feb 13, 20, 22, and 24 (at various Springfield Locations). With the issue of reinstating a police commission in Springfield still unresolved, the League of Women Voters invites citizens to one of four community forums to explore the options for civilian oversight of our police department. The more diverse the participants, the richer the discussion will be.

    We will present various models from around the nation and participants will use the National Issues Forums format to make choices with each other about ways to approach this difficult issue, and to work toward creating reasoned public judgment to share with our elected officials as they work to resolve the issue. Questions: Message LWV or call 413-655-1837.

 

  • Feb 13, 5:30-8:00PM, Sixteen Acres Library
  • Feb 20, 5:30-8:00PM, Brightwood Library
  • Feb 22, 5:30-8:00PM, Indian Orchard Community Center
  • Feb 24, 10:30AM-1:00PM, Springfield Armory

 

For more information view the event on Facebook.

 

  • Birthright: A War Story – Documentary Film Screening – Feb 14, 7:00PM-9:00PM. Old Chapel UMass, 44 Chapel Road, Amherst. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.” BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. A discussion will follow. For more information see the event on Facebook here.

  • Vigil for Racial Justice – Feb 17, 10:00-10:30 AM, Center Church of South Hadley, 1 Church St, South Hadley. More than fifty years after the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, systemic racism is still a driving force in our social institutions, including education, housing, law enforcement, and government agencies. Through his comments and policies, our highest elected official, with the support of his top advisors, is attempting to normalize white supremacy in the White House. We cannot let this happen. We must stand for racial justice. Members and friends of Center Church in South Hadley will hold a Vigil for Racial Justice in front of the church, across from the Village Commons. They welcome all who oppose racism in all its forms to join. Signs will be provided. View the event on Facebook here.

 

  • Drinking “Liberally” as RUWMI Turns 1 – Monday Feb 26, 6:30-8:30 PM, Pizzeria Uno, 820 Hall of Fame Ave (W. Columbus Ave), Springfield (adjacent to the Basketball Hall of Fame). We’ll plan to meet at Uno’s and mark our first birthday by drinking, eating, talking, (and hopefully even laughing) liberally. Drinks (sodas, shakes, and bar beverages) as well as food will be available for purchase as per the Uno’s regular menu. We hope to see you there.  Please RSVP via the Facebook event so we can give Uno’s a head’s up as to how many people might show up!

 

  • 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

 

#ReleaseTheMemo is a Fake Scandal Designed to Obstruct Justice

 

“There’s a confusing and just plain strange conspiracy campaign that has made its way through right-wing Internet channels and landed in our news feeds. It’s #ReleaseTheMemo, and you’ve probably seen more than a few headlines about it. Here’s what it is, and why it matters.

 

WHAT IS “THE MEMO”?

First of all, it’s not really a memo. It’s a very short (apparently little more than three pages) collection of talking points put together by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA). Yes, that Nunes – the one who once claimed he was recusing himself from the Russia investigation (he’s now back on the case).

 

Nunes and other congressional Republicans want the public to believe that the “memo” (based on classified documents) contains dramatic evidence showing that current and former FBI and Department of Justice officials improperly gathered evidence on the Trump Administration’s connections with Russia, rendering the entire Mueller investigation an illegitimate witch hunt.

 

For weeks, Nunes and congressional Republicans have built up demands to “release the memo” (which remember, is their own political fabrication), implying that congressional Democrats are somehow withholding important information from the American people that would prove the Mueller investigation is really a politically-motivated FBI witch hunt against Trump.

 

THIS SEEMS REALLY ABSURD.

It sure does. That’s because it is.  Continue reading here.

 

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