Hello fellow RUWMI activists,
Starting the newsletter this week with some good news – Tahirah Amatul-Wadud has received enough signatures to be on the ballot! Today I had the honor of accompanying Tahirah to the Secretary of State’s Office in Springfield to accept the official acknowledgment of this milestone. What a great way to start the week!
We have been working on our next event scheduled for May 7th 6:30 PM and want to make sure you have it on your calendars Speaking Out about Sensible Gun Legislation: A Panel Discussion. We we will be hosting members of Teens for Action Springfield, the student led group who planned the local March for Our Lives. Their work locally is focused on Smith and Wesson, whose headquarters are in our backyard. Come and learn what they are working on and how we can best support them as they continue fighting against gun violence here in Springfield, and the nation. How lucky we are to have such dedicated and committed young people on our community!
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Lobby Day for the Safe Communities Act Amendments – May 1, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St Ste 195, Boston. Join students and community members traveling to the Boston State House to meet with Senators and Representatives to share stories of immigrants in our state and urge them to vote yes on Safe Communities Amendments. Transportation and lunch will be provided. Details here.
The three amendments we are asking Senators and Representatives to support would significantly reduce the pervasive fear in immigrant communities, and cultivate a safe, welcoming Massachusetts for all. All three were included in the original SCA and in the later version of the bill.
- End collaboration between local sheriffs and ICE.
- Ensure that police and other law enforcement officials do not inquire about immigration status unless required by law.
- Inform people in police custody about their basic rights.
- Workers and Immigrants May Day 2018 – May 1, 5:30-9:00, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave Suite 200, Northampton. For May Day, our Worker Committee has partnered with the Northampton Mayor, David Narkewizc to reveal a series of city actions to support workers and immigrants! Timeline of events:
- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Press Conference at City Hall – Pioneer Valley Worker’s Center and Mayor David Narkewicz will be unveiling a series of laws and procedures to protect immigrants and workers.
- 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Flash Dance Mob and May Day March – March in solidarity with community organizations, labor unions, and the immigrant community through Northampton!
- 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm May Day Fiesta in Pulaski Parl – A celebration to support workers’ rights and the rights of immigrants! We’ll have a Piñata, snacks and dancing!
- Check the event here for more details!
- Voices of Working People’s History – May 4, 7:00-9:00PM (doors open at 6:30). Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke. A free program of dramatic readings and lots of songs, with emphasis on Western Mass. voices, telling the origin story of May Day as International Workers’ Day in Chicago with an inspiring introduction to US labor history up to present-day voices of workers rising up ~ inspired by Howard Zinn. Hosted by Western Massachusetts Jobs With Justice. Seats are limited so please register here in advance.
- PRIDE on the Green – May 5th, 5:00-7:00PM, First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, 763 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow. Join us for the second event in our Saturday Celebrations series. Taco bar dinner, activities for kids and a lineup of musical entertainment: The Pioneer Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, The Hampshire College Chorus, with new director Dan Inglis, The Hampshire College Bowties, First Church Chancel Choir. View the event here.
- Court Watch Training – Hampden County – May 6, 4:30-7:00PM, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave, Springfield. Court watching is a way to hold your district attorneys (DAs) accountable for the decisions they make in the court room. By attending court hearings and documenting what happens, you will gain a better understanding of how the decisions DAs make every day impact members of our communities. It also helps us push for changes in the policies and practices that lead to major racial disparities, excessive punishments, and over-incarceration. This training is hosted by the ACLU of Massachusetts, Mass Bail Fund, Families for Justice as Healing, National Lawyers’ Guild, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. These trainings are free and open to the public. All are welcome. Sign up here: View the Facebook event here.
- Speaking Out about Sensible Gun Legislation: A Panel Discussion – May 7th, 6:30-8:00PM, Springfield City Library – Community Room lower level, 220 State Street, Springfield. Join us for a panel discussion about sensible gun legislation from a local perspective. We are pleased to welcome members of Teens for Action Springfield, the student led group who planned the local March for Our Lives. Their work locally is focused on Smith and Wesson, whose headquarters are in our backyard. Come and learn what they are working on and how we can best support them as they continue fighting against gun violence here in Springfield, and the nation. View the event and RSVP here.
- Carbon Pricing in MA – A Key To Solving A Warming Climate – May 8, 6:00-8:00 PM, Dever Auditorium, Parenzo Hall, Westfield State University, Westfield. WSU’s Dept. of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Dept. of Environmental Science will co-host this public educational forum which will: provide a brief overview of the current science on climate change; describe bills by State Rep. Benson & State Sen. Barrett proposing state-wide carbon fee and rebate legislation, and an omnibus bill by State Sen. Pacheco that would also institute carbon pricing; and lay out the ethical and moral dimensions for addressing a warming climate. Attendees will learn how each of these MA carbon pricing bills is economically designed to create jobs, improve the health of MA residents and fairly protect vulnerable populations and businesses while lowering state-wide carbon emissions. Click here for more information.
- 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. Also, to be “in the know” about what Indivisible groups are doing across Massachusetts, sign up for the MA ACTION newsletter by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Indivisible National
April 26, 2018 – Indivisible Reacts to Senate’s Vote to Confirm Mike Pompeo
Today, the Indivisible Project’s foreign policy manager Elizabeth Beavers issued the following statement:
“Today, Trump and his Republican allies managed to confirm the nominee they wanted for Secretary of State. This should have been an easy win for Republicans; they control both chambers of Congress and the White House. But Indivisible groups worked hard to make sure this vote wasn’t easy, and they have a lot to be proud of.”
“Several Democrats made bold stands against Mike Pompeo and what he represents. Almost every one of them had been targeted by grassroots pressure from constituents at home—calls, letters and rallies—and they listened. We see and value those senators’ leadership and we know their home state Indivisible groups do too.”
“Nevertheless, seven caucusing Democrats decided to vote for Pompeo—and against the interest of their constituents. While better than the 15 that voted for him the last time he faced Senate confirmation, this is still seven too many. No Democrat should help Trump build his war cabinet. That’s exactly what these senators did.”
“Constituents are next looking for their senators to lead by doing everything in their power to block Gina Haspel’s confirmation. She personally helped carry out torture and ensured the evidence was destroyed. There is no excuse for a single Democrat to support her nomination, and constituents will be watching.”
The More You Know
National Memorial for Peace and Justice
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- The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
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Check This Out
White House Correspondents Dinner – Michelle Wolf
There was controversy in this year’s roast by comedian Michelle Wolf; some saying she crossed a line and others saying it was simply giving the White House back a bit of what they dish out daily.
You can decide for yourself by viewing the roast here.