Hello fellow RUWMI activists,
Our newsletter turns 1 this week!
It was one year ago that our members overwhelming voiced the desire for a weekly email. Thus, our newsletter was born! It was delivered via email for the first time on 8/1/17 and has been delivered faithfully to your inbox every week since then. The layout and content have developed (hopefully for the better) over the course of the year, but the original mission remains the same: to deliver consolidated, up-to-date information, action items, and events to motivate and facilitate active participation in our democratic process!
Thanks to all of you, our faithful newsletter readers who have made this endeavor worthwhile, and to those of you who have shared it with friends to help grow our readership. Most importantly, thanks to all of you who called, texted, wrote, signed, marched and rallied in response to what you have read here. Onward and upward!
RUWMI is excited to announce the beginning of a new program!!
One of our members, Jonathan Ball, reached out to us with a desire to be more active but a need to so in a more hyper-local way. His original concern was about the apparent lack of local public response to the Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit (as there had been in response to the Parkland shooting, and the separation of migrant children etc.) This led to a discussion about the challenges of serving a group which encompasses such a large geographic area, spanning several towns. What is “local” for some people, is too far for others. So, we put our heads together and created a program we think will address these challenges. We are calling it the CPR Network.
What It Is:
CPR, is an acronym for Community Public Response. It was conceived as a way for smaller numbers of people to quickly react/gather and publicly resist adverse governmental/political policies on a local level, (e.g. by town or smaller sections of cities) without the need to travel long distances to participate in a peaceful protest.
How It Works:
The idea is to have 1 or 2 primary contacts for each town in the First Congressional District that would like to participate in peaceful protest. Jon would serve as the CPR Network coordinator and he would contact individual CPR point-persons via email to call for a Community Public Response when one is needed. Each point-person then would contact their local CPR members to announce the reason for calling the rally, and the time and place of the rally being held in their town.
This program is still in its infancy and as such there are still details to be worked out. However, we do know that our next step is to see how many people are interested in being part of the CPR Network, and how many of our towns we can cover in this way. So, we are asking that anyone who is interested in being part of this program email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Election season is literally right around the corner. That’s why it is imperative that we not only make sure we each vote, but that we actively work to ensure as many other people as possible vote too. So, for the next few weeks, every conversation you have should start with “Hi, are you registered to vote? No? Well here is a link to do so. Why don’t you take a minute to register now?”
Then, make sure these dates are in your calendar!!
August 15th – last day to register to vote in MA. Also, even if you are registered, make sure to check that your registration information is accurate for your current address.
September 4th – This is the day for primary elections in MA. Voting in the primaries is not only important, it is VITAL! We need to be talking about this upcoming date now, but even more importantly we need to plan how to remind people the weekend before. Now is a good time to think about how you can work some reminders into your Labor Day Weekend plans!
November 6th – Nationwide mid-term elections. Also known as BlueWaveDay. We need to show up in record numbers and take back the house! #TheVoteOfYourLife
Elizabeth Warren for Senate
- Canvassing for Elizabeth Warren – August 4, 10:00AM at the Holyoke Headquarters, 284 High Street, Holyoke. August 5, 11:00 AM, Nathan Bill Park, Plumtree Rd, Springfield. August 5, 2:30 PM, West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, W. Springfield.
Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
- Meet Josh in Easthampton with Rep. Scibak & Councilor Zaret! – August 7, 5:00-6:30PM. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St (12 Rear), Easthampton. Event details
Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor
- Holyoke Reception for Quentin – August 14, 6:00-8:00PM, 27 Jarvis Ave, Holyoke. Event details
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud for Congress
- Hor d’oeuvres & phones for Tahirah for Congress – Tuesdays, July 31 August 7, 14, 21, 28, at 5:00PM. Click hereto email the campaign for details.
Lindsay Sabadosa for State Rep
- Canvassing for Lindsay – Every Saturday until Sept 1, from 10 am – 1 pm for canvassing around 1st Hampshire District. Event details
- Phone Banking for Lindsay – Every Tuesday until Aug 28 @6:00PM, 76 Gothic St, Northampton, MA. Event details
- 1st Hampshire State Representative Candidate Forum – July 30, 6:30-8:00PM. JFK Middle School. Event details
- Young Voters Day – August 14, 6:00-8:00PM, 76 Gothic St, Northampton. Event details
- Northampton House Party – August 19, 6:00PM, 26 Liberty St, Florence. Event details
Amaad Rivera for State Senate
- Party with a Purpose: McKnight Neighborhood – July 31, 6:30-8:00PM, Event details here
- Phone Bank for a Change – August 1 & August 2, 4:00-8:00PM, Event details
- Party for a Purpose: Bloke 4 Amaad – August 4 at 9:30 PM – 2 AM, Bishop’s Lounge, 41 Strong Ave, Northampton, Event details here
Chelsea Sunday Kline for State Senate
- Meet Chelsea Sunday Kline candidate for State Senate – Aug 6, 7:30-8:45PM, 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence. Event details
- Door Knocking for Chelsea – Aug 11, 11:00-2:00, 89 Market St, Northampton. Event details
Jo Comerford for State Senate
- Greenfield Door Knocking for Jo Comerford – Saturday July 27th: 11:30a-1:30p, 1:30p-3:30p, 3:30p-5:30p and Sunday July 28th: 11:30a-1:30p, 1:30p-3:30p, 3:30p-5:30p. Meet at Green Fields Market, Upstairs Community Room,144 Main St, Greenfield. RSVP
- House party for Jo Comerford in Northampton! – July 31, 7:00-8:30PM, 20 Fruit St, Northampton, MA. Event details
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Summer Voter Engagement – Tues, July 31, 6:00-630PM, Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield St, Springfield. Ward 1 Democratic Committee promoting civic engagement and voter’s participation. Bring family, friends, and neighbors. View event on Facebook
- Join Indivisible MA’s monthly Call – Wed, August 1st, 8:00PM, via phone or computer. We will get an update from Indivisible National and then review some tools we can use to help coordinate our resources. We will get an overview of a new channel for interacting with others on a national level called the “Middle Tier” and then hear a wrap-up of the recent MA legislative session. Use this link to register for the call.
- 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
- Prisoners Demand the #right2vote Workshop – Thurs., August 2, 6:00-8:00PM, Out Now, 1695 Main St, Fl 2, Springfield. Prisoners in Massachusetts want their #right2vote returned to them. Started in 2016 and conceived by prisoners, Ballots Over Bars’ initial project, #DonateYourVote, pairs free-world registered voters with disenfranchised prisoners in Massachusetts to discuss the various elections. Then the free-world voter will go to the polls for the primary (Tuesday, September 4th) and the general election (Tuesday, November 6th) and vote the way their incarcerated partner would vote if they had the #right2vote. Sign up to #donateyourvote: Come out for an interactive workshop on the history of Massachusetts prisoner disenfranchisement and prisoner resistance. Learn more about the #DonateYourVote project and ways to get involved to ultimately return the #right2vote to people in prison. Questions? Need childcare or other things to make this event accessible for you? Let us know at EmancipationInitiative@gmail.com. Free. Open to everyone. Facebook event link here.
- The World We Want: Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Never Again! – Sunday, August 5, 7:00-8:30PM, Nashawannuck Pond (downtown, at the intersection of Lake St. and Williston Ave.), Easthampton. Join us for our annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. Last year yielded such a wonderful turnout, we’re going again have it in Easthampton, with music, signing, and more! There will be music by Mountain River Taiko and Jayme Winell of Flame n’ Peach. Jones will play the flute during the lantern ceremony.Michelle Marroquin and dancers will take part in this event as well. View the event details here.
- Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly – Mon., Aug 6, 6:00-8:00PM, The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. 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. 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 the event on Facebook
- League of Women Voters Springfield Challenge – Tues., 7, 4:00-8:00PM, Holy Name Social Center, 53 Alderman St, Springfield. The LWV/Springfield has accepted a challenge from sister Leagues in Springfield, Missouri, and Springfield, Illinois, to see who can increase mid-term voter turnout by the greatest percentage! We need your help to register and engage voters. Click here to volunteer. Today in the Forest Park neighborhood’s National Night Out event, we will be registering voters and sharing information on our upcoming voters’ guides and candidate forums. We’ll sign voters up to receive our text reminders for the fall elections. Facebook event details here.
- Meet the Candidates for State & Local Office – Wed., Aug 8, 5:30-7:30PM, Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State St, Springfield. Hosted by Springfield City Library. Get to know the candidates for local and statewide offices. Find out where they stand on the issues and let them know your concerns before you cast your vote in the Primary Election. Register to vote, make sure your registration is active, and confirm where your polling place is. The Mason Square Branch Library will be closed for regular business but the doors on the State Street and Monroe Street sides will be open for you to come in. View details on Facebook
- Court Watch Training – Sunday, August 12, 4:30-7:00PM, Pathways Co-Housing, 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence. Indivisible Northampton is sponsoring the event but the training will be led by the ACLU. You are not obligated to continue with the project by attending the training session, although the hope is that you will. Please email Erin at email@example.com to sign up.
- Massachusetts Activist Summit 2018 – Sunday, August 12, 9:00AM-4:00PM, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke. Join FairVote and Voter Choice Massachusetts for a region-wide summit to grow the Ranked Choice Voting movement throughout Massachusetts, and across New England and the greater Northeastern US. If you’ve been wanting to get involved for a while in being an activist for ranked choice voting, but weren’t sure how, this is the event for you. RSVP by signing-up on our website. For more details view the event on Facebook
- Black Panther In The Park – Tues, August 14, 7:30-10:30PM (movie to start at dusk), Marshall Roy Park, 1437 Carew Street, Springfield. Come and enjoy Black Panther in the Park with your family and friends. Hosted by the East Springfield Neighborhood Council in cooperation with the City of Springfield. Special thanks for the financial support of the Springfield Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Rated PG-13. Free for all. View the event on Facebook
- 50 Miles More: Rally – Sunday, August 26, 12:00-2:00PM, Smith & Wesson, 2100 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield. Hosted by March for Our Lives: Boston & Stop Handgun Violence. Join us in a rally at Smith & Wesson, a company which is making guns in Massachusetts that cannot be legally sold in Massachusetts. These guns (Semi-Automatics) are commonly sold to neighboring states and then illegally transported back into Massachusetts. Smith & Wesson continues to be part of the problem and we demand that they finally become part of the solution. View the event on Facebook for more details.
- RUWMI Primary Planning Meeting – Tuesday, August 28, 6:30-8:00PM, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee library. This MOST IMPORTANT meeting will be our first after our brief summer break. We will talk about the upcoming primary (Sept 4th) and discuss specific actions we can take to make sure people show up and vote!. Event link (and more details) will be coming soon.
- 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.
Meet our latest IndivisiCandidates
We’re THRILLED about this group of candidates, and how they truly represent the power of our nationwide, on-the-ground political program. In this round, 14 candidates come from the South, running on progressive platforms in ruby red districts and states. 12 of our candidates are women (50%!), and four are women of color, who are running to change the old boys’ club in DC. Indivisibles in Tennessee have endorsed 7 (yes, SEVEN!) candidates as they work to flip six house seats and the governor’s mansion in the Volunteer State.
One of these candidates is Massachusetts’ own Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), nominated by Indivisible Somerville. The 7th District is one of the most diverse, yet most unequal, districts in the country. 30% of households make over $100,000 annually, while 16% of families in this district live below the poverty line. Ayanna is challenging 20-year Democratic incumbent Mike Capuano in the primary on September 4. She commits to being more than just a reliable vote — she wants to bring the voices of her district to DC and go to bat for bold, progressive policies. Massachusetts has also never elected a black woman to Congress… and Ayanna hopes to change that.
Indivisible National has also already endorsed our own Tahirah Amatul-Wadud. You can read more about all of the endorsed candidates here.
The More You Know
Acts of airplane resistance – This week there were several stories of airlines (employees and passengers) stepping up to do the right thing. Read about them here.
- Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany by refusing to fly
- Swedish Student Stops Deportation Of Asylum Seeker On Plane
- United Airlines donates flights to reunite families separated at border
Check This Out
Trump Regrets on Twitter – Retweets of those who regret having voted for Trump. Read them when you renewed hope a Blue Wave in Nov.