Hello fellow RUWMI activists,

Last week was a VERY bad week for Trump, and some believe we are starting to see the light at the end of that very dark tunnel.  Nonetheless, we CANNOT slow down our efforts now – there are only 8 days until our primary and we still have lots of work to do!

RUWMI Announcements

TOMORROW – Please join us tomorrow, Aug 28, 6:30-8:00PM at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee library for OUR FIRST MEETING after the summer break. Our focus will be all about the MA primary election on Sept 4th!  We will discuss action items and “last weekend” ideas to make that final push to the polls, as well as share any calls to action from our progressive candidates.  Come, bring a friend, and leave with ideas you can take (along with the potato salad) to your Labor Day BBQ!  View the event and RSVP here.

 

Also, we want to send a huge thank you to those who came out to write postcards for Tahirah with us at Panera last week.  Together we wrote over 280 postcards (and had some good food and good conversation as well).

 

Voting and Candidate Information

Our primary is next week! Tuesday, September 4th. It’s time to GOTV!

Here are important voting related dates to put on your calendar!

  • September 4thThis is the day for primary elections in MA. Voting in the primaries is not only important, it is VITAL! Make sure that you will be able to vote even if you are going to be away for Labor Day. If you are away or otherwise unable to vote on Tuesday, September 4 (the day after Labor Day!), apply online for an absentee ballot.
  • October 17th – This is the last day to register to vote in the November general election!
  • November 6thNationwide mid-term elections. Also known as BlueWaveDay.  We need to show up in record numbers and take back the house!  #TheVoteOfYourLife

 

Here are helpful links to bookmark and share!

  • Register to vote or update any information on your registration in MA (Note, young people turning 18 on or before election days can also register!)
  • Find your MA voting location
  • Find candidates worthy of your vote
  • Download an MA absentee ballot application (You can also pick up a ballot at your local town or city hall.)

Here are ways to connect with and support individual progressive candidates in our area! **In these last final weeks, candidates are adding new events all the time. Please check their Facebook and Webpages for the most current list of events**

  • Elizabeth Warren for Senate
    • Holyoke Phonebank – August 29, 5:00PM- 7:00PM, Holyoke HQ, 284 High St, Holyoke. Event details here
    • Unity Weekend Springfield Canvass – September 8, 10:00AM and 1:00PM, 54 Island Pond Road, Sign up here
    • Holyoke Canvass – September 9, 11:00AM and 2:00PM, Holyoke HQ, 284 High St Holyoke. Sign Up Here

 

  • Jay Gonzalez for Governor
    • No upcoming local events posted as of this printing
    • To view a complete list of Jay’s events – click

 

  • Bob Massie for Governor
    • No upcoming local events posted as of this printing
    • To view a complete list of Bob’s events – click

 

  • Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
    • Canvasses for Josh – for details and to sign up email Jonathan Goldman jonathan@joshzakim.com
      • Amherst – August 28, 4:00-6:00PM, 6:00-8:00PM
      • Holyoke – August 29, 3:30-5:30PM, 5:30-7:30PM
      • Northampton – August 30, 3:30-5:30PM, 5:30-7:30PM
      • Amherst -August 31, 10:00AM-12:00PM
      • Northampton – August 31, 2:00-4:00PM
      • Easthampton – August 31, 5:00-7:00PM
      • Pittsfield – September 1, 10-12
      • Greenfield – September 1, 2:00-4:00PM
      • Holyoke – September 1, 5:30-7:30PM
      • Pittsfield – September 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM
      • Greenfield – September 2, 2:00-4:00PM
      • Holyoke – September 2, 5:30-7:30PM
      • Pittsfield – September 3, 10-12
      • Greenfield – September 3, 2:00-4:00PM
      • Holyoke – September 3, 5:30-7:30PM
    • Phone Banking – Northampton of from your own home. For details and to sign up email Jonathan Goldman jonathan@joshzakim.com
      • Election Day – 9/4, 10AM-12PM, 12PM-2PM, 2PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM, 6PM-8PM
    • Poll Shifts – (Greeting voters and handing out campaign literature in your own town), 7AM-9AM, 9AM-12PM, 12PM-3PM, 3PM-6PM, 6PM-8PM. For details and to sign up email Jonathan Goldman jonathan@joshzakim.com
    • To view a complete list of Josh’s events – click

 

  • Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor
    • No upcoming local events posted as of this printing
    • To view a complete list of Quentin’s events – click

 

  • Tahirah Amatul-Wadud for Congress
    • Hor d’oeuvres & phones for Tahirah for Congress – Tuesday, August 28, at 5:00PM. Click hereto email the campaign for details.
    • Canvasses for Tahirah (email John Stewart, jps122189@gmail.com with questions) or use this link to sign up.
      • Holyoke – August 28th, 2-5pm, 495 Appleton Street, Apt#3.
      • Easthampton – August 28th, 2-5pm, 14 Shaw Road.
      • Chicopee – August 28th, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Chicopee – August 29th, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Springfield – August 30th, 5-8pm, 45 Reed Street
      • Chicopee – August 30th, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Chicopee – August 31st, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Easthampton – September 1st, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 57 Garfield Avenue
      • Chicopee – September 1st, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Longmeadow – September 1st, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 61 Ellington Street
      • Easthampton – September 2nd, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 57 Garfield Avenue
      • Chicopee – September 2nd, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • South Hadley – September 2nd, 6:30-9:30pm, The Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street-Upstairs
      • Longmeadow – September 2nd, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 61 Ellington Street,
      • Holyoke – September 3rd, all day, 495 Appleton Street, Apt#3,
      • Chicopee – September 3rd, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Longmeadow – September 3rd, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 61 Ellington Street,
      • Holyoke – ELECTION DAY –Tuesday September 4th, all day, 495 Appleton Street.
      • Chicopee – ELECTION DAY – Tuesday September 4th, all-day, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Longmeadow – ELECTION DAY – Tuesday September 4th, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm 61 Ellington Street.
    • Phonebanking for Tahirah (email John Stewart, jps122189@gmail.com with questions) or use this link to sign up.
      • Aug 28, 5-8pm, 10 Center Street #208A, Chicopee, MA 01013
      • Aug 28, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 57 Garfield Avenue, Easthampton
      • Sep 4 @ 8am-7pm (Election Day!)
    • Drive-a-Voter – Offer free rides to the polls on Election Day, Sept 4th and the week before (For absentee voting). Enter your preferred shift and city/town you can serve.
    • To view a complete list of Tahirah’s events – Click

 

  • Lindsay Sabadosa for State Rep
    • GOTV!! Canvassing – Now until the primary! Saturdays: 10-12, 12-2, 2-4 or 4-6. Sundays: 11-1, 1-3 or 3-5, and Weeknights: 5-7 pm. Sign up here. Prefer to stand out instead? Saturdays from 10-11 at the campaign office (76 Gothic Street).
    • Phone Banking for Lindsay – Daily until the primary. Email info@lindsaysabadosa.comto get the link to the phonebank.
    • Election Day Needs – Email susan.e@gmail.comto sign up.
      • Sign holders – Sept 4, all day, various polling locations.
      • Phonebankers – Sept 4, 3-7:30
    • To view a complete list of Lindsay’s events – Click here

 

  • Amaad Rivera for State Senate
    • Canvass for Change – Aug 28, 4:00-8:00PM, Event details
    • Phone Bank for Change with ELM – Aug 29, 4:00-8:00PM, 15 Crescent Hill, Springfield. Event details
    • Stand-Out for Amaad – August 30, 3:30-5:30PM, Mason Square Library, Springfield, before the Hampden Senate Debate. Contact field director, Andrew Pauker for more info (646)-808-4426.
    • Get Out the Vote with ELM! – Sept 3, 4:00-8:00PM, 15 Crescent Hill, Springfield. Event details
    • To view a complete list of Amaad’s events – Click here

 

  • Chelsea Sunday Kline for State Senate
    • Phone Bank for Chelsea Kline – Aug 28, 5:00-8:00PM, 89 Market Street, Northampton. 8/29 – Event details
    • GOTV Phonebanking and Canvassing for Chelsea – Daily Aug 29 – Sept 3. Use this link to sign up.
    • Election Day Needs – Use this linkto sign up.
      • Literature dropping – Sept 4, 5:00AM-7:00AM
      • Phone banking – Sept 4 – 9:00AM-12:00PM, 12:00-4:00 PM, and 4:00-8:00PM, 89 Market St, Northampton or remotely
      • Door knocking – Sept 4, 12:00-2:00PM. 2:00-4:00PM, 4:00-6:00PM or 6:00-8:00PM
      • Polling locations – Sept 4, 6:00-9:00AM, 9:00AM-12:00PM, 12:00-3:00PM, 3:00-6:00PM, 6:00-9:00PM.
    • To view a complete list of Chelsea’s events – Click

 

  • Jo Comerford for State Senate
    • Hampshire County Phone Bank – August 30, 5:30PM, 39 Main St, Northampton. Event details
    • To view a complete list of Jo’s events – Click

 

  • Ivette Hernandez for State Representative
    • No upcoming local events posted as of this printing
    • To view a complete list of Ivette’s events – click here

 

Action Items

 

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – It’s vital that we help as many people get out and vote as possible. For some people, the only barrier is difficulty physically getting to the polls. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to help someone you know get to the polls on Sept 4th!  You can offer a ride to a neighbor, friend or family member who would have difficulty getting there on their own. You can also sign up to give rides to others using this link from Tahirah Amatal-Wadud’s campaign. Fill in your contact information at the top and then scroll to the bottom to sign-up to “Drive-a-Voter.”

 

  • Sign this petition from the ACLU – Zainab Merchant, a Muslim-American writer, Harvard grad student, U.S. citizen, and mother of three young children, is subjected to humiliating searches and detention every time she flies. She doesn’t know why – because the government won’t tell her. DHS has denied Zainab Merchant her rights, and she isn’t alone. Travelers are regularly subjected to invasive security screenings because they’re on government watchlists, which overwhelmingly impact members of Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. Add your name to demand that DHS stop excessively screening Zainab Merchant and conduct a full review of its policies so that no other passengers are forced to endure such abuse.

 

  • Show Senator Markey we support his stand on Kavanaugh – Our own Senator Markey recently announced that he would not be taking a meeting with Kavanaugh. Let’s call Senator Ed Markey’s office at 413-785-4610 and share our support of his decision.

 

  • Read up on why Charlie Baker has got to go – Indivisible Mystic Valley, CAST and Progressive MA gathered the facts, made a list, and came up with 13 reasons (Baker’s dozen) why Charlie’s bad for the bay state. You can view (and even download the list here) and share it! Also check out the related website.

 

  • Watch this video – Watch this video about new legislation that our own Senator Warren is proposing to help level the playing field and make capitalism work for everyone (not just the corporate shareholders). Then share the video on your own social media to spread the word.

 

  • Oppose Trump’s Energy Plan – From Indivisible MA: The Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) is Trump’s roll back of Obama’s Clean Power Plan. While the Obama plan’s objective was to reduce carbon emissions and help slow down climate change, Trump’s plan is all about how companies, especially the fossil fuel industry, can make more money.  Many health organizations have already voiced their opposition to Trump’s ACE. Now it is our turn.  Let’s make a public comment about how the ACE is not the way to go.

 

  • Learn about The People’s Agenda 2018 – MA Jobs with Justice is working to get the word out to voters about the 3 Ballot questions this November. Read about them here and then share the information with your friends. Remember want to vote YES, YES, YES on all 3!
    • Safe Patient Staffing: This ballot measure will improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.
    • Advisory Commission on Corporate Personhood and Political Spending: The Initiative asks voters to establish a non-partisan Citizens Commission to advance the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to address the undue influence of concentrated money on elections and government policy.
    • Transgender Rights: This ballot initiative would uphold current legislation protecting trans people’s basic right to access public accommodations.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • 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 summer break. Our focus will be all about the MA primary election on Sept 4th! We will discuss action items and “last weekend” ideas to make that final push to the polls, as well as share any calls to action from our progressive candidates.  Come, bring a friend, and leave with ideas you can take (along with the potato salad) to your Labor Day BBQ!  View the event and RSVP

 

  • Hampden Senate Candidates Forum – Wednesday, August 29, 6:00-7:00PM, Focus Springfield Community TV, 1200 Main St, Springfield. The community is invited to join the candidates for the Hampden Senate District seat. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the candidates Amaad Rivera and James Welch about issues of importance to you. The hour-long format will include prepared questions from the League and co-sponsors, an exchange of questions between the candidates, and questions submitted by the audience. The event will be broadcast live and live-streamed on the internet and Facebook. View the event details

 

  • Hampden Senate Debate – Thursday, August 30, 5:30-7:30PM, Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State St, Springfield, The Democratic Ward Committees of Springfield are proud to host a debate between the candidates for Hampden Senate. Join us on August 30 at the Mason Square Branch library for a conversation between the candidates for the September 4 primary in the Hampden Senate election: Amaad Rivera and James Welch. Doors open at 5:30pm with the event to begin at 6:00pm. All are welcome! Don’t know if you’re in the Hampden Senate? Check at this link. View event details

 

  • Training for Rideshare and Court Accompaniment – Thursday, August 30th, 6:30PM OR Saturday, Sept 1, 10:00AM, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave Suite 200, Northampton. Rideshare drivers provide essential transportation for immigrants in times of crisis, and support the Lucio Perez family in maintaining regular visits to their dad. After taking our one-hour Rideshare training, volunteers are added to the Rideshare list and sign up for rides when they are able. The new Court Accompaniment program trains volunteers to drive immigrant community members to court hearings and ICE check-ins. This one-hour training is available to everyone who has completed the Rideshare training. Sign up for the trainings

 

 

  • Third Western MA Health Equity Summit – Friday, September 14, 8:00AM-3:30PM, Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst. The Summit will bring together practitioners, students, planners and community leaders from across sectors and our four counties. We’ll work, learn, and take important steps toward creating greater health equity in Western MA. Participate in unique networking and collaboration opportunities. Attend workshops and roundtables on policy, power, the toxicity of racism, and data & analysis challenges. For details including speaker list, view the event details

 

  • 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: news@indivisible-ma.org.

 

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