Hello fellow RUWMI activists,
Yay you opened this email, great! Now I ask. do you usually read the whole thing? If the answer is no, how about trying it this time? Or maybe you do read it but don’t do any of the action items. Could you commit to trying one this week? What could we accomplish collectively if we each just took one small step toward increased activism? What better way to honor Memorial Day and those who died in service to our country, than to commit to becoming just a tad more active in our democracy than we were last week?
We are just going to come right out and ask – will you do these two important things for us this week?
First – Take literally 30 seconds and sign up to vote in Indivisible’s National Endorsement. RUWMI, along with other MA-01 Indivisible groups, have endorsed Tahriah Amatul-Wadud for Congress and her nomination for a national endorsement from Indivisible was approved! Now it’s up to us to vote to make it happen. Register to vote here BY 5/30 and then you will get a ballot via email on 5/31. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ORDER TO VOTE ON THE ENDORSEMENT. We need to have as many people registered to vote as possible.
Second – Please mark your calendar and plan to attend our organizational meeting on June 5th. Nov 6th is coming fast and we need your input as we expand our impact and build out the next group of strategic committees. Details in the events section below (and more to come). Also, please read the Indivisible Regional Conference section below as we discuss our organizational model.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Chicopee Public Hearing on the School Department Budget – May 30, 7:00PM, Chicopee School Dept, 180 Broadway St, Chicopee. Please come to this Public Hearing on the School Department Budget. If you are concerned about our teachers and your child’s education. Please come and voice your concerns. View the event on Facebook
- Springfield Town Hall Meeting – May 31, 5:30-8:00PM, Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield St, Springfield. Join At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman, Ward 1 City Councilor Adam Gomez, Ward 3 City Councilor Melvin Edwards, State Representative Carlos Gonzalez, District 1 School Committeewoman Maria Perez, and At-Large School Committeewoman Latonia Monroe-Naylor for a Town Hall Style Meeting in the Community Room at Brightwood Library. Panel of elected officials still forming. Others are expected to join and will be announced in the coming days. Come share your questions, concerns, and ideas with your elected officials. View the Facebook event
- 2018 Mass Democratic State Convention – June 1-2, DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester. The Massachusetts Democratic Party will hold its 2018 State Convention on Friday & Saturday, Jun 1 & 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester! #mapoli. Sign up to attend as a guest here. View the event on Facebook
- National Gun Violence Awareness Day – June 1, 4:00-5:00PM, Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St, Holyoke. On Friday, June 1st, Mayor Alex Morse will host the event to bring awareness to gun violence. Citizens from across the country will be participating in the “Wear Orange” campaign in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, a teen shot and killed in Chicago just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. Mayor Morse encourages all attendees to wear orange in solidarity with those who have lost someone to gun violence. The event will follow a program of speakers including the Mayor who will issue a proclamation declaring June 1st as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Holyoke. Anne Thalheimer, a survivor of a college shooting and gun violence activist, will speak on their experiences and the impact gun violence has made on their lives. Click here for more details.
- Outrun Hunger ’18 – 5K run/walk – June 3, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Rachel’s Table, 1160 Dickinson St, Springfield. Join to alleviate childhood hunger! 5K run timed by Greater Springfield Harriers, 5K walk, and one-mile walk! Presented by the Rachel’s Table Teen Board and the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. For more information, contact Rachel’s Table-413-733-0084 or view the event here or sign up to run/walk
- Organizational Meeting – We need you and your input! – June 5, 7:00-8:30PM, Chicopee Public Library (Community Room – lower level), 449 Front Street, Chicopee. As RiseUpWesternMass Indivisible continues to grow and expand we are finding the need to finesse our organizational model. Many other Indivisible groups are using a “Snowflake Model” where we create a web of interdependent leaders who focus on one particular area but also support each other. We’re exploring this model and want to know what issues you have the energy to take on. Please join us and help us build a stronger and more efficient organization! View 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. 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.
- Campaign Office Grand Opening – May 29 at 5:30 PM, 76 Gothic St, Northampton. Details can be found here.
- Meet Lindsay Sabadosa – May 30, 6 PM – 8:00 PM, Lindsay Sabadosa for State Representative, 1st Hampshire. Wellness House Northampton, 27 Brewster Ct., Northampton. Details can be found here.
- Reception for Amaad Rivera – May 31, 5:30-7:00PM, 6B Lounge, 6 Beacon St, Boston. Join Amaad for this Boston Fundraiser. Details can be found here.
Indivisible Regional Conference
Indivisible Regional Conference notes continued:
We discussed the “Snowflake Model” and how it helps groups pass the “alien abduction test”: If the leaders of the group were suddenly abducted by aliens, would the group still be able to function and continue its work? The answer should be “yes”. And what do snowflakes create when they work together? An Avalanche!
Here is a graphic representation of the Snowflake Model.
The center circle represents the steering committee, and the nodes coming from it are the issues/actions the group is focusing on. There is at least one group member identified as the point person in each node. Moving further out, the smaller nodes could be individual people on that team or specific tasks, again with at least one point person for each node. The beauty of this model is that there is clear connection, commitment, and communication within and between nodes and the responsibility is shared by all. Also, the model is infinitely expandable; there can be greater or fewer nodes at each level as best fits the group’s needs.
Currently RUWMI has a steering committee and lots of supportive members, but we have identified five nodes using the priorities we voted on at the start of the year: Voting Rights and Voter Mobilization, Racial Justice, Elections and Candidates, Immigration Rights, and the more recent addition of Sensible Gun Legislation. Also, if you are passionate about working on another issue (i.e. Healthcare, Global Warming) come to the meeting and talk to us. See you on June 5th!
The More You Know
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