Hello fellow RUWMI activists,
You may have noticed that we’ve reorganized our newsletter a bit, moving the candidates’ events to the top. You also may have noticed that it has grown recently as well! That’s because we’ve packed it full of really important information for the upcoming elections. We feel that supporting progressive candidates and helping voters get to the polls is THE most valuable use of our activism energy in these crucial weeks leading up to the election.
It’s time for us at RUWMI to start back up again, hosting meetings and events. So, we are pleased to announce that we have scheduled our first meeting of the “fall”. We will gather on August 28th and our focus will be all about the primary election! We will discuss action items and “last weekend” ideas to make that final push to the polls. Details and link in the events section below.
Voting and Candidate Information
Election season is here! That’s why it is imperative that we each vote, but also that we 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? Why don’t you take a minute to register now, let me show you how!” (helpful links below)
Here are important voting related dates to put on your calendar!
- August 15th – last day to register to vote in MA in order to vote in the primary. Even if you are registered, it’s important 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. And, because we live in a strongly Democratic state, the primary will determine the winner in many races. Make sure that you plan 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 6th – Nationwide mid-term elections. Also known as BlueWaveDay. We need everyone 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
- Apply online for an MA absentee ballot (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!
- Elizabeth Warren for Senate
- East Longmeadow Canvass – August 9, 5:30PM, meet at Shelburne Fall Coffee Roasters, 60 Shaker Rd, East Longmeadow. Event details
- Holyoke Canvass – August 11, 10-12 OR 2:30-4:30, meet at 284 High St. Holyoke. Event details
- Chicopee Canvass – August 12, 2:30PM, meet at 449 Front St. Chicopee. Event details
- 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
- Town Hall with Josh Zakim in Amherst – August 7, 7:00-8:00PM, 43 Amity Street, Amherst. Event details
- To view a complete list of Josh’s events – click
- 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, August 7, 14, 21, 28, at 5:00PM. Click hereto email the campaign for details.
- Phone banking for Tahirah (Easthampton) – August 7, 1:00-6:00PM, 57 Garfield Ave, Easthampton. Event details
- Canvassing for Tahirah (Springfield) – August 9, 5:00-8:00PM, 45 Reed St, Springfield. Event details
- To view a complete list of Tahirah’s events – Click
- 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
- 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
- Phone Bank for Change – August 8, 4:00-7:00PM, Event details
- Phone Bank for Change – August 9, 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
- House party for State Senate Candidate Chelsea Kline – August 7, 6:00-8:00PM, Greenfield. Event details
- Amherst House Party for Chelsea Kline for Senate – August 8, 5:30-7:30PM, 142 Columbia Dr, Amherst. Event details
- Northampton House Party for Chelsea Kline – August 9, 5:30-7:30PM, 11 Church St, Northampton. Event details
- Live Music Night in Support of Chelsea Kline – August 9, 9:30 PM, The Sierra Grille, 41 Strong Ave, Northampton. Event details
- Door Knocking for Chelsea – Aug 11, 11:00-2:00, 89 Market St, Northampton. Event details
- To view a complete list of Chelsea’s events – Click
- Jo Comerford for State Senate
- House party for Jo Comerford in Northampton – August 8, 6:00-7:30PM, 55 Finn St, Northampton. Event details
- House party for Jo Comerford in Northampton – August 15, 6:00-7:30PM, 55 Grant St, Northampton. Event details
- Hampshire County Phone Bank – Every Thursday until August 30, 5:30PM, 39 Main St, Northampton. Event details
- To view a complete list of Jo’s events – Click
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Last week we told you about our new CPR (Community Public Response) program designed to enable to you take small hyperlocal (in your own town) actions in response to major events when they arise. No experience is necessary and the only things needed are sign (we can help you with wording) and a desire to occasionally give a small amount of time to make a big difference! So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to send an email to email@example.com to learn more or to sign up.
- Campaign to flood Collins and Murkowski with postcards – Here is an action item sent to us from another Indivisible group looking for help. Both Collins and Murkowski have stated that they have not heard from constituents in the numbers they heard about ACA. It’s time they did……This trump nomination of Brett Kavanaugh affects all of us. Among other things it will totally destroy our system of checks and balances. Basically, Trump will be able to do anything he pleases. Write a postcard to both Collins and Murkowski telling why he should not be confirmed. Then mail your postcards (together in one envelope to the Indivisible Group Boros and Beyond. To get the address (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org). You can include postage or their group will take care of that. They will forward to a contact person in the respective state, and they will forward them to the senators.
- Help “Flip the House” – Here are several actions you can take to help support races in other states working to flip the seats blue (or blue-er).
- August 7th– Phone bank for Danny O’Connor in Ohio-12. Use this link to sign up for a virtual phone banking shift. You’ll be talking to supportive voters, with a script provided by the campaign—and every single person you remind to get out to vote will bring us that much closer to victory!
- Canvass for Annie Kuster in New Hampshire-02 – Every Saturday & Sunday in August at 10 am & 1 pm. If you’d like to join any of the upcoming New Hampshire canvasses, please register by visiting this website, select “NH-02” under “Canvass Sign Up”, then select the dates you’d like to canvass. Carpools will leave from Sheldon Field in Northampton & Pioneer Valley Co-housing in Amherst. If you would like to carpool or have any questions about NH-02 canvasses, please contact Wendy Berg/Lan Katz at email@example.com.
- Canvass for Antonio Delgado in NY-19 – Every Saturday & Sunday through Election Day. If you’d like to join any New York canvasses, please register by visiting this website, select “NY-19” under “Canvass Sign Up”, then select the dates you’d like to canvass. Carpools will leave from Sheldon Field in Northampton. If you would like to carpool or have any questions about NY-19 canvasses, please contact Elaine Fronhofer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- August 13th Write Postcards for Bobby Tyler and Felicia French in AZ – Odyssey Bookshop at 9 College Street, South Hadley next Monday at 7pm. Bring pens and magic markers if you have any, and $ to reimburse for the postcards @ $.42 each. Please RSVP to email@example.com so we know how many postcards to prepare.
- Check out this list of Indivisible Endorsed Candidates – and contact the campaigns directly (links provided in candidates’ profiles) to see if they have any phone or text-banking opportunities, or make a donation if you are able. View the candidates here.
- Tell our Senators to Stand Firm on their opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee – Use this handy SCOTUS tracker from Indivisible to find out where each senator stands in the fight to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Notice that both Warren and Markey are firmly in the “oppose” column. Let’s call and thank them and encourage their continued opposition! Also, if you have any friends whose senators are in the “neutral/waffle” category, pass this info on to them and encourage them to call! Senator Warren: (413) 788-2690, Senator Markey: 413-785-4610
- Help support local people in need – The Springfield Rescue Mission desperately needs peanut butter, oatmeal and pancake mix. During the summer there are so many more children that need to be fed and we are in desperate need of these items. You can bring your donations to 10 Mill St, Mon-Sun, 8am-8pm. The Rescue Mission depends on your donations…Thank you for your help!!
- Support those working to uphold the freedom of the press – From: Wall-of-Us. This week Human Rights experts at the United Nations strongly denounced Trump’s treatment of journalists. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and Edison Lanza, the IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression issued a joint statement in which they warned that “these attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law.” Dictators gain power by denying the truth and creating an alternate reality. A constant attack on the press is essential to that strategy. That’s why all-of-us must fight for our democracy by fighting for a free press. Consider making a donation to one of the organizations listed in this article or to this organization.
- Tell Governor Baker to NOT veto the family cap repeal. – From the ACLU: In July, legislative leaders took a principled stand by repealing an old and irreparably harmful law – the so-called “welfare family cap.” The law cruelly denies financial assistance to children born while their families received public benefits. Instead of signing the repeal bill, however, Baker went out of his way to attack children’s economic security. He sent it back with a “poison pill”  amendment which would cut welfare to thousands of children with a severely disabled parent who receives supplemental income assistance. Use this link to call and call script to demand that Baker stop attacking children’s economic security!
- Support local teens working to prevent gun violence! – Massachusetts students are planning a 50-Mile walk for gun violence prevention next month, as part of a national campaign started by youth in Wisconsin. On August 22nd, students will gather in Worcester. Beginning the next morning they will walk west to Springfield, ending on August 26th at Smith and Wesson’s headquarters. Students are demanding that Smith and Wesson stop selling guns outside of Massachusetts that are not allowed to be sold in Massachusetts, and for funding from Smith and Wesson for gun trafficking research. In order to accomplish this task, students need a variety of adult volunteers, including adult walkers, first aid helpers, meal preparers and drivers. Let’s each do our part and take one of the actions below! For more information, please contact: Zoe Grover
- Volunteer (a variety of shifts available on August 22nd, August 23rd, August 24th, August 25th, August 26th): Sign up here
- Buy a t-shirt to support their cause
- Make a tax deductible donation for food, security and permits:
- Join them at the end of their walk at 12:00pm at a rally across the street from Smith and Wesson on August 26th.
- Tell Congress: No tax cuts for billionaires and mega-corporations! – Sign this letter from MomsRising. Let congress know that you are opposed to any new tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and mega-corporations and result in cuts to vital healthcare, nutrition, and education programs. Instead, Congress should be voting to repeal the destructive tax cuts for the wealthy and mega-corporations that were passed in December under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Any “Round 2” tax plan would only serve to further harm working families and the programs they need to raise their families, while benefiting millionaires, billionaires, and mega-corporations.
- Help Support RiseUpWesternMass Indivisible – RUWMI is completely volunteer run and self-funded to date. Your donation will support the direct costs of our organizing in the greater Springfield area — things like meeting room rental, posters/art supplies, printing, postage, transportation, and more! Any amount is appreciated and you can donate via ActBlue here … and then post about it using #TheVoteOfYourLife.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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
- The Community Voting Project: Know Your Candidates – Thursday, August 9, 3:00-5:00PM, Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State St, Springfield. Bilingual Workshop: Know Your Candidates (descripcion en español mas abajo). Know your candidates and what’s on the ballot so you can be prepared to vote. Who can register for this presentation? US citizens 18+ who will be voting for the first time or US citizens who have not voted in the last 4 years. You must register for either workshop by calling 413-225-1210 or by sending an email to: TheCommunityVotingProject@gmail.com Please include your name and your phone number in the voicemail or email. Please contact us ahead of time if you will need a reasonable accommodation or an interpreter. Locations are handicap accessible. View the event here for more details.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Candidate Forum – Thursday, August 23, 5:30-7:30PM, Forest Park Middle School, 46 Oakland Street, Springfield. Join the Ward 6 Dems for a candidate forum for all races that include Ward 6. Come hear from Democratic candidates who will represent the Forest Park area of Springfield on all levels of government. 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 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
- 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.
Check out Indivisible’s new voter contact resource: A Practical Guide for Winning Elections
You know that the Indivisible team loves a good guide. (Some might say it’s kind of our thing.) And that’s why we’re thrilled to share A Practical Guide to Winning Elections, our brand-new voter contact resource!
It’s a comprehensive go-to for everything you need to know to make the most of your electoral work. In this guide, we cover every step on how to plan your next 94 days until November 6, including:
- Proven strategies behind voter contact and how it helps win elections
- Battle-tested tactics to reach voters and how to make sure your conversations have an impact, whether it’s at the door, on the phone, or anywhere else
- Advice on planning your Get Out The Vote work before the big day
The More You Know
What exactly is Citizen’s United?
- What is Citizens United? | An Introduction
- The Citizens United era of money in politics, explained
- Citizens United v. FEC | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute (Video)
- Citizens United v. FEC in plain English
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Best summer sangria recipes – because, we’ve worked hard and we deserve it! I’m also going to share my own favorite summer sangria (that always gets rave reviews).
Ingredients: 1 bottle dry white wine, 1 cup Triple Sec or Peach Schnapps, 1 16 oz bottle Nantucket Nectar Orange-Mango flavor, 1-liter bottle seltzer (I prefer unflavored or lime but feel free to experiment). Mix all ingredients, add ice and cut fresh fruit of your choice (I use orange and lime slices). Enjoy “liberally” with friends and Trump-free conversation.