Hello fellow RUWMI activists,
To those of you who were delegates or volunteers at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention this weekend, kudos to you taking such an active and important role in our democracy. You are great activists!
To those of you who took care of your homes, your families or your work responsibilities this weekend, kudos to you for honoring your obligations outside of the resistance. You are great activists!
To those of you who took time to relax and have some fun this weekend, kudos to you for engaging in the self-care necessary to be recharged and ready for this week’s events and action items. You are great activists!
If ever there was a time in your life when YOU were needed to serve your country, this is that time! You are being “called” to action, and we dearly, dearly need you.
If you ever felt the need to protect our children from aimless gunfire, now is the time to step forward.
If you’ve ever wanted to provide a safe haven for immigrants who fled from terror to sail the seas of misfortune only to fall into the jaws of a monster, now is the time to raise your hand.
If you’ve ever raged over the injustice that rains down on the backs of black and brown people by our police, our courts and our prisons every day, now is the time to stand and be counted.
If you’ve ever thought “something should be done” to stop the rich and powerful from suppressing the right of hard working citizens to vote, now is the time to break your silence.
Your country is in crisis right now, and you’re being called to serve it. None of us can afford to sit back and expect to inherit a functional democracy. Every generation has to earn it. Let us not be the first generation to fail in that earning. Let us do what it takes to turn the tides of destruction and redirect them toward the higher principals of our founders. Liberty and Justice for All. Now. Do more than you thought you could. Because we need you, and you are hereby, officially, being called.
Come to our meeting on TOMORROW night. We need you, 7:00 PM, Chicopee Public Library.
Agenda for Organizational Meeting: 6/5
- Overview of Snowflake Model
- Setting Goals, Strategies, and Tactics
- Commitments – time and responsibility to the group
Building our “Snowflake”
- Nodes (we have 5 so far – if you would like to add a node, let us know):
- Racial Justice – Criminal Justice, Court watches
- Campaigns & Elections – Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Maura Healy, Elizabeth Warren, Gov Candidate, others?
- Supporting Immigrants – Support Safe Communities Act
- Voter Rights – Voter Registration, Supporting AVR
- Gun Sensible Legislation – Supporting the Teens
- Any others we want to add?
- Point people for each node
- Outreach to fill in the rest of the snowflake
- Communication (how to best communicate within and between nodes) -closed FB group? Email?
- Meeting in summer? Location?
- Action items
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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. We need you and your input! 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! Please join us and help us build a stronger and more efficient organization! Tues June 5th, 7:00-8:30 at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, in the conference room (lower level). View event on Facebook
- Wednesday For the Win: Raise Up Day of Action! – June 6, 12:00PM-8:00PM, at multiple area locations. Massachusetts is SO CLOSE to being a better home for workers. We are 60,000 signatures away from getting two critical initiatives on the Mass ballot this November: a statewide minimum wage of $15/hour, and a new paid family leave policy to support maternity/paternity and family care leave. When we fight, we win!! We’ll have signature gathering opportunities throughout the region and throughout the day! To view locations and sign up for a shift, click here.
- Intersectionality, Feminism, and Socialism from the 60s to Today – June 9, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke. A panel and conversation about the historical and present-day feminist movement through the lens of socialism, labor, race, and sexuality with clips from the documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”. View the event on Facebook
- Special Badass Activists Weekly Meeting – Nuclear Ban.Us – June 10, 10:30AM-12:00PM, Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton. Speakers, Vicki Elson and Tim Wallis are co-founders of nuclearban.us, an organization working with Northampton and other cities and states, as well as faith communities, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals/clinics, businesses and individuals on how to comply with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed by the U.N. in July, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.nuclearban.us/. Please join us!
- Panel to Address Human & Sex Trafficking in Springfield – June 14, 6:00PM, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke. Please join us for an educational seminar on Human and Sex Trafficking presented by the Junior League of Greater Springfield! View the event on Facebook
- Immigrant Rights are Human Rights! – June 14, 12:00PM-2:00PM, Specific Location TBD. The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status. And yet, ICE, Border Patrol, and other agencies are separating the children of immigrants and asylum-seekers and sending them to faraway detention centers. We can’t allow these agencies the ability to continue doing infringing on human rights. Immigrant Rights are Human Rights. It’s time to take a stand. 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.
- Tahirah Amatul-Wadud – Press Release – Amatul-Wadud Announces Food and Agriculture Policy Statement, Cites Neal’s Record. Read the press release here.
- Campaign Kickoff for Chelsea Kline for State Senate – June 5 @ 6:00-8:00PM, Black Birch Vineyard/ Black Birch Winery, 108-109 Straits Road, Hatfield. Details can be found here.
- Canvassing for Lindsay Sabadosa for State Rep – June 9 @10:00AM-1:00PM, (and every Saturday until Sept). 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Details can be found here.
- Amaad Rivera Canvass Kick-Off – June 10 @12:00-4:00PM, 8 Crescent Hill, Springfield. Details can be found here.
Massachusetts Democratic Convention 2018, by Erin Freed
Worcester, June 1 and 2, 2018
On Friday and Saturday of last week, more than 6,000 Mass Democratic delegates converged in Worcester for the 2018 Democratic Convention. It was a rip-roaring convention with passionate speeches like the one Elizabeth Warren delivered on Friday night, and interviews like the one Jay Gonzales gave on Saturday.
I had the pleasure of volunteering at this awesome event. On Friday night and Saturday morning, I helped with registration, and even registered our own Eric Lesser. And, on Saturday afternoon, I worked in the “Count Room” where the counts of the votes took place. It was truly inspiring to see our democratic process up close and personal.
The delegates voted to endorse candidates in three races. In the race for Governor, against Republican incumbent Charlie Baker, the delegates endorsed Jay Gonzalez by a wide margin, and his contender, Bob Massie, received over 15 % of the vote, so he too will be on the Democratic Primary ballot on September 4th.
In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Quentin Palfrey won 59% of the vote, and his contender, Jimmy Tingle, the Beat humorist, won enough to be on the ballot in September as well.
And for Secretary of State, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim picked up 54.8 percent of the vote, securing himself the party nomination over long-time incumbent Bill Galvin, who has served in the office since 1995.
The More You Know
What happens to immigrant children at the border?
- A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies and Responses
- What happens when a child arrives at the U.S. border?
- Immigrant children: Here’s what’s happening with kids at the border, policywise
Check This Out
A Dutch comedy segment shows what the world thinks about the U.S. and guns – and it’s brilliantly done.