WE DID IT!!
Today we received an email from our regional Indivisible rep. It reads:
“Congratulations on getting to a National Endorsement for Tahirah Amatul-Wadud! This was a true people-powered movement. Thanks to each of you and your members, we had one of the highest turnouts of any of our endorsement processes, and 95% voted yes for Indivisible to endorse Tahirah. If elected, she would be the first woman of color ever elected to U.S. Congress from MA. If you haven’t seen yet, she proudly posted the result to Facebook”
Shout out to the wonderful RUWMI members who answered our call to action last week! It was wonderful to see some new faces at our meeting and we made significant headway into filling in our “snowflake”. As a result of that productive meeting we have groups already working together to make things happen in the areas of voting rights and climate action!
This is a great start, but it is only a start. We still have MANY other issues we want to address (Racial Justice, Campaigns/Elections, Gun Sense and Immigrant Rights) and we need people power to make that happen. Of course, there is always room for more people in Climate Action, Voting Rights and on the Steering Committee as well.
You are still being called and we dearly need people just like you to take a more active role in the group. If you feel that now is the time to do more, let us know by sending an email to Jackie@RiseUpWesternMass.com
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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
- Stop Separating Immigrant Children from their Families! – June 14, 5:30-6:30PM. City Hall, Northampton. 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. Please stand with us in solidarity with Immigrant Families. Vital action steps will be given. Please bring, make or wear hearts to symbolize the broken hearts of families who have been torn apart by this inhumane policy. This is a peaceful, family friendly, solidarity vigil. Click here for more information.
- Dia de Solidaridad con Independencia de Puerto Rico de Colonia – June 15, 5:00-7:00PM, 1550 Main St, Springfield. We want to Organize, Engage, Educate and Invite communities to understand and support The Decolonization of Puerto Rico. On Friday June 15th W. Mass Boricuas will host a rally at 1550 Main St, Springfield, Ma to stand in solidarity with the Decolonization and Independence of Puerto Rico. After last speaker, we will have a small rally, chanting songs and to culminate, there will be a Candle Silent Vigil in which we will pay our respects to the all the victims that died because of the devastation of the hurricanes, Irma and Maria. we will distribute the candles and will light them there. View the event on Facebook
- Vigil for Their Lives – June 15, 9:00PM-10:00PM, Court Square, Springfield. We’ve petitioned Smith and Wesson, we’ve talked to our elected officials, we’re fighting against an incumbent with an A rating with the NRA, and we’re not going to stop fighting for what we believe in: common sense gun control. However, we need to stop and honor the lives that were lost during these senseless killings. Students, with futures. Teachers, with a future to give. Their deaths could’ve been avoidable. We honor them on June 15th, rain or shine. View the Facebook event
- Juneteenth Community Celebration by Arise – June 19, 4:00-7:00PM, Hennessey Park, 143-165 Oak Grove Ave, Springfield. A totally free, all-ages event with food and entertainment in celebration of Juneteenth!! Let your talent shine through by offering your poetry, dancing, singing, etc. as part of the day’s entertainment! Learn about Juneteenth here. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Event details can be found
- 2nd Annual People’s Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony – June 20, 12:30-1:30PM, Carlos Vega Park, Holyoke. Join us for the 2nd Annual People’s ceremonial flag raising of our Puerto Rican flag in the heart of the Puerto Rican Cultural District! We will also raise the official flag of the Puerto Rican Cultural District. With words of welcome and gratitude from; Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse. This year during the ceremony the district will be honoring three women/groups; Maria Pagan, Holyoke Public Library, Illeana Cintron, Holyoke Public Schools, Mujeres a La Vanguardia. 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. 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.
- Candidates Night – Kocot and Rosenberg’s Former Seats – June 13, 6:00-8:30, Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm St, Northampton. You’ll hear from the following candidates running for the 1st Hampshire State Representative position: Diana Szynal, Lindsay Sabadosa. You’ll also hear from the following candidates running for the Senate seat representing Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester: Chelsea Kline, David Murphy, David Morin, Jo Comerford, Ryan O’Donnell, Steve Connor. See details here.
- Swing Dance-Fundraiser for Tahirah For Congress – June 24, 5:00-8:30PM, Hawks & Reed Restaurant, 289 Main Street, Greenfield. Event details
- Canvassing for Lindsay Sabadosa for State Rep! – Join us every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm for canvassing around 1st Hampshire District. Event details
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