Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
Welcome March – dare we even dream that spring may be just around the corner? In MA we know this is the season of down parkas one day and t-shirts the next. In the world of politics however it seems the stormy season continues in full swing; no rest for the weary here.
We are going to DC!
RUWMI is organizing a bus to take 50 people from Springfield to Washington DC, so we can represent western Mass in our nation’s capital for the March for Our Lives on March 24th. We’ve worked to make the trip as low-cost as possible (roundtrip bus fare and one-night double occupancy in a hotel for $160 per person) We will fill the seats on a first come first served basis. You get all of the details and sign up for the bus trip here.
We recognize that $160 may be cost prohibitive for students and people with low incomes. So, we are raising additional money through a GoFundMe to defray the cost for those who would like to attend but wouldn’t otherwise be able to. If you are able to contribute to the GoFundMe to enable others to attend the march you can do so here.
If you are unable to join us in D.C. we hope you will participate in our local Springfield March for Our Lives, which RUWMI is co-sponsoring. The Springfield march is being organized by students from local area high-schools including: Longmeadow High School, Sabis International Charter School, East Longmeadow High School, Springfield Central, High School of Commerce, and Westfield High. You can view the event details here.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – On the heels of a week where a string of companies have distanced themselves from the gun industry, thanks in part to the voices of customers, we are keenly aware of the power that customers have. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to say thanks to one or more of those retailers. Here are some ways to do that.
- If you are out shopping make a purchase at one of those retailers and let the management know that you are shopping there in support of their decision to distance themselves from the NRA.
- Go to the company website and submit a comment via email or their online support. Here are a couple to get you started: Dicks Sporting Goods (click the “chat now” link) and Delta Airlines
- Make Some Signs – We have another march coming up and from the looks of it so far, it’s gonna be huge; so, you’ll need a sign! Take some time this week to make a sign or better yet make two (one for you and one to share with someone who doesn’t have one at the march). If you’re looking for company you can join this sign-making event hosted by the Badass Activists on March 18th. Or simply gather some friends, some poster board (and maybe a glass of wine) and get creative at home!
- Sign this Petition from Bernie Sanders – Trump is waging an illegal war in Yemen. In 7 days, the Senate will vote on a bill by Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and try to stop him. Sign Bernie’s petition if you agree:“It is long past time for Congress to exercise its constitutional authority on matters of war, and that if the United States is going to participate in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, there must be a debate and a vote. Otherwise, our involvement is unauthorized and unconstitutional, and it must end.”
- Commit to Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections – This action comes from Rise Stronger. They note: If we want America’s government to reflect our values, each and every one of us must play a role in shaping it — and that means voting. Use this link to make your commitment to vote. You can also check your voter registration status and register to vote if you need to. Lastly share the link with a friend or two.
- Text Bank for Connor Lamb – From Indivisible National: The PA-18 special election is our first big opportunity in 2018 to remind politicians that we are a force. We need hundreds of Indivisibles to text voters in PA-18 over the final two weekends of GOTV. Remember, peer-to-peer texting is the single best way we can have the personal, positive conversation that will sway voters and secure a victory for Democrat Conor Lamb. And don’t forget – because this is done through an app, your phone number stays private, you don’t get charged for texts, and you can do this all at home in your pajamas. We’ll provide a quick training to brief you on the race, walk through the texting platform, and answer any questions you may have about peer-to-peer texting. Sign up here.
- Contribute to Our GoFundMe – to help subsidize the cost of the bus trip to the March for Our Lives in DC, for students and people with low incomes. Help make this event in our nation’s capital accessible for more people. You can donate (in any amount) here.
- Send the White House some mail – Pick your topic, there are so many we can complain about. On our minds in particular this week (via Rogan’s List) is the role that the blatant nepotism has played in the filling of crucial White House positions to the detriment of our country. In particular, Jared Kushner whose security clearance was downgraded and who continues to be in the center of massive conflicts of interest. You can send your mail to: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20500
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- International Women’s Day Events – March 8, The Springfield Women Organize will host the 2nd Annual International Women’s Day on March 8th.
- 12:30-3:00, Springfield Library 220 State Street. They will bring together women from around the city to network and enjoy speakers, performers, poetry, and songs with a delicious hors’d’oeurves & refreshments! for all attendees! They will honor 6 Amazing Women from the Springfield Community who have made a major impact in Western Mass and Beyond! The event will have speakers that will highlight this year’s theme “Self-Care for Women”.
- 7:30 PM, March to Shine a Light on Women’s Issues, Gather at City Stage, 1 Columbus Circle, Springfield. We’ll gather at City Stage to and begin a march to Court Square; (or join us directly at Court Square (across from City Hall, Springfield) and end the night with a Candlelight celebration to “Shine a Light On Women’s Issues”. See event page here
- Democrats for Diversity: Love is a Family Value – March 8, 6:45 – 8:30PM, Senior Center & Council On Aging, 45 Post Office Park, Wilbraham. LOVE WINS! The WDTC is hosting a critical conversation about diversity and discrimination. Through individual stories from members of the LGBTQ community, we will explore important and potentially awkward questions relating to diversity and discrimination in our town while identifying areas of progress and growth. Bring an open mind and interesting questions. All are welcome! For more information contact Anna Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Linda Dagradi (email@example.com). View the event here.
- Why I March – Women Activists Speak Out – March 9, 7:00-10:00 PM,Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. Come be inspired – or inspire others! Join local women activists who will be sharing their passion for a cause and what keeps them motivated. Join as an audience member – or sign up to be a speaker here (And you don’t have to be a perfect speaker – you can use notes! And you don’t need to be the world’s most active activist!). View the event on Facebook.
- Accompaniment Training – March 11, 2:00-4:00 PM, South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St, Springfield. Pioneer Valley Project is organizing our community to respond to the fear, pain, and loss of members in our community as a result of increased immigration enforcement and other acts of hate. As people of faith and shared values, we are standing with our brothers and sisters in their time of need. No one in our community will stand alone. We are mobilizing to accompany our immigrant friends and neighbors to ICE check-ins and other ICE interactions and to ensure that they continue to live here with their loved ones and as part of our community. View the event on FB here.
- Springfield Community Briefing – March 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St, Springfield. The legislature needs to hear from us, in every corner of the Commonwealth, that it’s time to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave and a $15 Minimum Wage. Now that we’ve collected enough signatures to put both of these questions on the ballot, our message to the legislature is clear: let’s do this. Join us with legislators from across the region to make 2018 the year that these campaigns are realized for all workers and families across Massachusetts! For more information view the event on Facebook.
- Meet Congressional Candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud – March 19, 7:00-8:30PM, Chicopee Public Library, Community Room, 449 Front St, Chicopee. RUWMI is hosting Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for Congress, MA-Dist. 1. She will speak about her platform and her vision for Western MA, and answer your questions. You can learn more about Tahirah on her website. For more information and to RSVP please view the event on Facebook.
- March for Our Lives – March 24. The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida have called for a nationwide day of action to protest the unending gun violence in the U.S. There are many marches nationally. Here is the info for some you might be interested in
- Springfield – 12:00 PM, Court Square, Springfield. On March 24th, we will fill the streets of Springfield in conjunction with March For Our Lives to make sure no student or teacher will have to risk their lives waiting for change to happen. We will address that it is not okay for Smith and Wesson, who have their corporate headquarters in Springfield, to be selling assault rifles, such as the AR-15 that was used in the Stoneham Douglass shooting, to the public. Through this march we will demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. We will demand that our voices be heard and that our safety and lives become a priority. As students we should not be worrying about what we would have to do during an active school shooting, we should be learning, playing, and growing. RUWMI is proud to co-sponsor this event. For more information click here.
- Northampton – 12:00 PM Northampton High School, 380 Elm St, Northampton. Meet at Northampton High School and march to Pulaski Park in downtown Northampton. Hear from high school students who have been failed by politicians, gun companies, and the NRA. The march will also feature a “lie in” in Pulaski Park to symbolize the needless deaths of high school students and other victims of American gun violence. View the event on Facebook here.
- Boston – 12:00 PM, Boston Common, Boston. View the event here.
- New York – 10:00 AM, Location TBD. View the event here.
- Washington D.C. – We have a bus taking us to DC. For more information about the bus trip click here. For info on the DC event click 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
The Process for Using the Congressional Review Act to Protect Net Neutrality, Explained
Previously, we’ve told you about how Democrats can use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to fight to protect net neutrality on the federal level, and about how states and localities can resist Trump’s attempt to destroy the foundation of the open internet. In this document, we’ll give you more specifics on what the fight will look like in the Senate and in the House, including what the timeline is in each chamber.
In this document:
- The FCC starts the process by formally publishing the regulation
- The fight in the Senate
- The fight in the House
- If the CRA doesn’t work: Pass a new law protecting net neutrality
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