Hello fellow RUWMI activists,
With a lawyer like Rudy Giuliani, who needs enemies? There was likely a lot of popcorn consumed this week by people watching the Rudy Giuliani interviews. It was such an eye-popping show each time, popcorn just seemed fitting! See for yourself here, here, and here.
We wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to Sarah Reyes, Amelia Trahan, Madeline Choiniere Barr, Chinaly Chanvong and Treyvaughn Smith, the five teens from Teens for Action Springfield, who came to speak with us this evening at our event Speaking Out about Sensible Gun Legislation: A Panel Discussion. We had a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion about a very hot-button issue. If you missed the event, check our Facebook page as the video will be uploaded soon!
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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.
- Disturbing the Peace – May 9th, 6:30-8:30PM, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton. The film “Disturbing the Peace” follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian armed fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace. Click here for more information.
- Reparations Campaign Kickoff – May 12, 1:00-3:00PM, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. Hosted by Western Mass SURJ – Showing up for Racial Justice. Join the Western Mass chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) as we launch a local reparations campaign, intended to educate people about the need for reparations and wealth redistribution. At this event, you will have the opportunity to: learn about reparations at a national and local level, work through thoughts and questions you may have, and commit to joining a movement to redistribute wealth for racial justice. This event is free, and there is free parking on-site. Food and childcare will be provided. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or view the event here.
- Mom, Democracy & Apple Pie – May 13, 3:00-5:00PM, Springfield City Library, 220 State St, Springfield. The League of Women Voters/Springfield invites those who love mom, democracy and apple pie to gather on Mother’s Day for a dynamic, interactive journey leading through and beyond 1920 when American women were enfranchised to vote. We’ll experience how the right to vote has been denied to women and so many other American citizens – and how it continues to be threatened today. Join us for a powerful Mother’s Day afternoon. Bring mom. Bring your children. Bring your allies. We’re all in this together. AND SHARE DELICIOUS APPLE PIE! RSVP at this link so we have enough pie for everyone:
- Amaad Rivera Campaign Kick-Off – May 15, 6:30-8:30PM, Smiths Billiards, 207 Worthington St, Springfield. Amaad Rivera, candidate for state is officially kicking off his campaign. Please join Amaad and fellow supporters at Smith’s on May 15th! To make sure Amaad has the resources he needs to win, make sure you buy a ticket before the event. You can get a ticket here. Momentum is building, people want bold new leadership to challenge the status quo, stand up the Trump Administration and support public policy that makes our lives better. Thank you all for your support and help. You can view the event on Facebook
- School Safety & Gun Control Discussion with Senator Eric Lesser – May 18m 4:00-5:00PM, First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, UCC, 763 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow. For students in grades 6-12. Ask Senator Lesser questions and let your voice be heard during this open forum to discuss what citizens can do to promote school safety and gun legislation reform. Learn about actions to take that would truly make a difference. Open to all students Grades 6-12. View the event 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. 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: email@example.com.
From Indivisible National
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