We hope all of you who are fathers or father figures had a wonderful day yesterday. And yet, while we relish this time with our families, we are keenly aware of the sanctioned abuse being perpetrated upon children at our own borders, by our government, in our name. You’ll notice our disgust and outrage at this reflected in the number of related action items this week.
Our new issue groups have been hard at work behind the scenes to formulate goals for the next few months. They have connected via email and we will be holding a Zoom meeting with all of the groups for an update later this month. We will have summaries from Voter Rights and Climate Action at that time. For now, we can update you on Elections and Racial Justice:
- Tahirah Amatul-Wadud: We are currently working with Indivisible National to determine the best way for our group to support Tahirah’s campaign moving toward the primary. We will be coordinating our efforts with other Indivisible groups in our area who have also endorsed Tahriah.
- Amaad Rivera: One of our own members will be hosting a meet and greet for Amaad this Thursday (details in the Candidate’s Corner below)
Racial Justice – Erin Freed has been working to coordinate with the ACLU of MA to host a Court Watch training for our area. In addition, she attended the ACLU conference in D.C. last week. She writes: “I, along with about 2000 other people from across the country, had the honor of attending the 2018 ACLU Membership Conference, “You Belong Here” last week (6/10-12). It was amazing. The speakers included Bryan Stevenson (author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption), Richard Painter and Joyce Vance (both often seen on MSNBC), Lewis Black (comedian extraordinaire), Kerry Washington (star of Scandal), and the keynote speaker was our own Elizabeth Warren. You can see her talk here. On Monday night, the ACLU gave life time service awards to Patrisse Cullors (founder of #BlackLivesMatter) and Rep John Lewis. More to come about all the great workshops and the ACLU’s continuing work in our next newsletter!”
One last reminder that we STILL NEED YOU to get more involved. We have more issues to tackle and we need people to coordinate. If you are interested in joining us in a more active way just email to Jackie@RiseUpWesternMass.com.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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
- Rally/Lobby DAY-Speaker DeLeo must stop handing families to ICE! – June 20, 8:00AM-2:00PM. Boston State House. We will meet at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center office at 8:00AM for orientation, give you a target list, talking points, and literature drop materials. We will then carpool to Boston. Goal: 10 to 20 people. RSVP AND Register here: View event on Facebook
- 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
- Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley Weekly Meeting – Cathy McNally “3 Minute Message” – June 24, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Click Workspace, 9½ Market St, Northampton. : Cathy McNally of Women Speak Up will talk about how to organize a two-three minute persuasive speech, the kind you might give at a city council meeting, a hearing, or a conversation with a legislator. View the event on Facebook
- MassDems Campaign Bootcamp – June 24, 12:00-3:00PM, Massachusetts – want to learn from local campaign experts skilled in the Massachusetts political arena? Are you eager to take the first steps to join our efforts to get Democrats elected up in all corners of the Commonwealth? Topics will include but are not limited to: canvassing best practices, how to use MiniVAN, Votebuilder trainings, how to recruit and manage volunteers, how to use virtual phone banks and Hubdialer to reach voters, using handy Google forms for organizing events and volunteers, and how to use social media to promote your events. Whether you’re just now getting engaged in the Party and campaigns or you’re looking to expand upon your skills, this Bootcamp will have something for everyone. The training is FREE but registration is required. For more information, please contact Ray Drewnowski firstname.lastname@example.org. View the event on Facebook
- ACLU Supreme Court Tele-Town Hall – June 26, 3:00-4:00PM, The current Supreme Court term features cases that will strongly impact the future of civil liberties in America. Join us as David Cole, our National Legal Director, discusses what’s at stake for the Muslim ban, voting rights, immigrant detention, equality for same-sex couples, and more. He will share his insights about the court’s decisions and Justice Neil Gorsuch’s impact on the rulings. David will be joined by Michele Moore, ACLU Chief Communications Officer, for a conversational interview, followed by Q&A. Register for the call here.
- Western Mass. Medicare for All Outreach Training – July 1, 12:00-3:00PM, 100 Bigelow St., Holyoke. This lively and interactive program will present the current context for Single Payer advocacy and explore our own hopes and concerns about the transition to such a system. We will also be discussing the non-binding ballot question to appear in six local districts in November, specifics about Medicare for All and proposed state legislation, and strategies for countering opposition arguments. Anyone interested in doing outreach with WMM4A – tabling, speaking to individuals or groups, writing letters or opinion pieces – will benefit from this training. We may need to cap the number of participants, so please RSVP as soon as possible! Register for this training by sending your name, phone number, and email address to Beth Eisenberg, our Training Coordinator: jubilada@iCloud.com
- Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly – July 2, 6:00PM, The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. What is Sanctuary in the Streets? Sanctuary in the Streets is a rapid response network of 2,000 people and 40 congregations mobilizing against raids and deportations, workplace abuse, and hate crimes. We have a 24-hour response hotline and have trained 800 people to rapidly mobilize as a detention is taking place. Thus far, we have accompanied over 40 individuals/families facing immigration detention and/or deportation and have worked with dozens of workers to win justice in cases of wage theft, retaliation, and sexual harassment. What happens at the general assemblies? At our general assemblies, all our committees meet: fundraising, education and media, logistics and technology, events and training, and our newly formed mutual aid committee. If you’re new, you’ll attend an orientation to learn about the network and the current projects of each committee. You’ll then be ready to join a committee or plug into existing projects! View event on Facebook here.
- Take Back the House Western Mass 2018 Phone-banking and Canvassing Events – Events scheduled to work on taking back the House in a number of races (NH, NY) from June 21-August 1 in the Northampton/Amherst area. Take Back the House 2018 Western Massachusetts is a campaign to connect Western Mass progressives with democratic races in contested states to amplify our impact and take back the House in 2018. Have you wondered “What can I do from a blue state to help take back the House in the midterms?” The answer is “Plenty!” and our help is greatly needed. Join Western Mass activists who are coming together to support efforts to flip the U.S. House from red to blue. To sign up for area events use this link. Or for more information visit the their
- 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.
- Phonebank for Amaad! – June 20, 4:30-8:00PM, 8 Crescent Hill St, Springfield. Event details
- Meet and Greet with Amaad Rivera – June 21, 5:00-6:00PM at the home of our own Gladys Franco. Please RSVP to Gladys by text at 413-209-2814.
- Democratic candidates’ forum! 2nd Hampshire MA House Seat – June 21, 7:00-9:00PM, South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley. Event details here.
- Chelsea Kline Office Opening and Canvass – June 24, 1:00-4:00PM, 89 Market St, Northampton. Event 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
There will likely be two immigration votes in the House.
Paul Ryan cut a deal this past week: to avoid an open immigration debate on the House floor, he agreed to allow votes on two immigration bills. Both bills hold Dreamers hostage in return for radical changes to our legal immigration system and billions of dollars in funding for the border wall. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the best way to protect Dreamers isn’t taking a bad deal; it’s electing MoCs who will fight tooth and nail for a permanent protection for Dreamers. Read more about it here.
The More You Know
The North Korean Summit Postgame Analysis
- A historic handshake … but what did the Trump-Kim summit really achieve?
- 4 winners and 4 losers from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore
- Lingering questions from the Trump-Kim summit
- The Trump-Kim Summit Was Unprecedented, but the Statement Was Vague
Check This Out
The White House made this propaganda video for Kim Jung Un. Trump says Kim liked it very much. (please note: this is NOT satire)