Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
This week we march – again! We march in support of the student survivors in Parkland, FL. We march in support of the student activists from marginalized communities who have been speaking out for years. We take their energy, drive, and desire to actually make a change, and we march!
We have two main events this week and we hope to see a great turn-out at both.
TOMORROW NIGHT – Tahirah – We are hosting Congressional Candidate, Tahirah Amatal-Wadud. She will join us at 7:00PM at the Chicopee Public Library. Come and learn about this progressive candidate looking to make a change in our District! (details in the events section below)
March 24 – March for our Lives – Bus from Springfield MA to DC
Please help us spread the word:
$125 round trip per person (Too steep? We have GoFundMe money to support you. See below.)
2:10 AM Mar 24 – Depart from 66 Lyman Street, Springfield, MA 0110
10:00 AM Mar 24 – Arrive at Washington, DC, National Mall
12:00 NOON Mar 24 – March for Our Lives march
6:45 PM Mar 24 – Depart from Washington, DC
2:34 AM Mar 25 – Arrive at 66 Lyman Street, Springfield, MA 01103
ACCESS THE GOFUNDME MONEY TO PAY FOR YOUR BUS TICKET:
SIGN UP FOR THE BUS HERE Select State: Massachusetts, Select City: Springfield
Can’t go to DC? No problem! With over 700 marches nationwide there are plenty of local options to choose from, including our own Springfield March for Our Lives, which we are proudly co-sponsoring. Links to all local marches in the event section below.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Mass Jobs with Justice writes: The Receiver of Holyoke Public Schools wants to eliminate mini buses, wheelchair buses and monitors for school transportation. Students will have to ride federally unregulated used vans, and without a trusted monitor. This means that the Puerto Rican and greater Holyoke community could lose more than 100 good Union jobs, the UFCW will lose 100 members, and our parents, families, and students could lose drivers and monitors that they have counted on for years, that understand their specific needs and have built relationships and trust with them. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to help keep safe quality student transportation (and good union jobs) in Holyoke. Please sign this petition.
- Sign the March for Our Lives petition – Sign this petition calling on Congress to pass legislation that will protect and save children from gun violence. You can read the petition and sign it
- Help move S.1917 forward – 1917, Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 is a bipartisan bill which would overhaul sentencing and reduce mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not taking the bill to the floor for a vote. Send a letter to Leader McConnel and tell him you support S. 1917 and want a full Senate vote on it ASAP. Write to him at 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510, or call at (202) 224-2541
- Thank Lyft for the free lifts! – Lyft has announced that it will be giving free rides to students attending the March 24 March for Our Lives Rally. They write: “We believe there is something seriously wrong when the threat of gun violence is so frequent and real throughout our country. And like many, we are inspired by your leadership. We’d be honored to support your work with free Lyft rides to March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24 (please remember, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)”. Let’s thank Lyft for the free lifts by messing them on their Facebook page or on Twitter to @lyft.
- Oppose the Proposal to Station Secret Service Agents at Polling Places –Support MA Secretary of State William Galvin in opposing the Trump’s administration’s proposal to dispatch Secret Service agents to polling places during federal elections. Galvin is urging Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to oppose the plan, which he writes would lead to an atmosphere “more like a totalitarian government,” and would discourage voting. The proposal is included in a bill that has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and will be assessed in the Senate. Call Secretary Galvin at 1-800-392-6090 to express your support and Senators Warren (413) 788-2690, and Markey 413-785-4610, to make sure this provision is not included in the final bill.
- Fill out Trump’s Survey – The Republican National Committee wants to hear from people via this survey, so let’s tell them what we think about this administration!
- Support Civics Education in MA – Bill S.2306, has been introduced by the Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler to ensure that every student receives an effective civics education, preparing them with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to be engaged citizens throughout their lives. You can help support this measure by contacting your State Senator and Rep and asking for them to support this bill. You can write a letter using this template. Or call using this script.
- Sign this ACLU petition – The Trump administration has cooked up a vile new scheme: ripping children away from their parents in order to discourage immigration. It doesn’t matter how young the child, how terrible their situation, or how unnecessary their separation. They have one goal in mind: to warn immigrants not to come here, or else they might lose their children. But the Trump administration is showing signs that it will bend to public pressure. That tells us that if enough of us raise our voices, we can end this practice for good. Sign this petition to tell Homeland Security to end the vicious and inhumane practice of separating children from their families.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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.
- Ranked Choice Voting Information Meeting – March 21, 7:00 PM (remotely). Disrupt politics as usual. Give voters more power. Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting. Check out one of the largest statewide RCV movements in the nation. Meet fellow visionaries and change agents. Level up your political skills. Join Voter Choice MA (remotely) to learn about ranked choice voting and the strategy to advance it. They will be meeting in person in Lowell but you can call into the meeting remotely via the Web here, or via Phone at (641) 715-0660. The access code (for both) is 902956
- 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 to March for Our Lives to make sure no student or teacher will have to risk their lives waiting for change to happen. 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, W 72nd Street entering onto Central Park West, N.Y. View the event here.
- Washington D.C. – For info on the DC event View the event here.
- Springfield Community Briefing – (RESCHEDULED FROM 3/13). March 27, 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.
- 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
Back to basics:
Indivisible435.org, is Indivisible National’s website designed to help bring the power of the Indivisible resistance movement to the polls. The site has some great election resources and information. Here is a link to Electoral Politics 101 – Why Elections and Voting matters.
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Who is Gina Haspel?
With the firing of Tillerson and the movement of Pompeo to Secretary of State, Gina Haspel is in line to succeed Pompeo as director of the CIA. She’s a name most of us don’t know. Here are some articles about her.
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- She could be the first woman ever to run the CIA
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