This week Florida was battered by the unusually powerful Hurricane Michael while we in MA had to turn the AC back on. Hard to imagine anyone not recognizing the effects of climate change this week. Yet, Trump (when asked about the frightening new climate report) responded with skepticism because he questioned who “drew it.” Gotta wonder. Where is he coming from, and how much money is he being paid to ask that? Just gotta wonder.
Oct 24th – POSTCARD PARTY!! 6:30-8:00 PM – Panera Bread, 450 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA. We’ll write postcards to our fellow First District voters to GOTV and Vote “Yes” on the ballot questions. Bring all your friends for a fun night of political productivity! Sign up here.
Nov 3rd and 4th – “The Last Weekend” Canvass for Anthony Delgado in Chatham, NY. Carpool with us to the NY-19, a major swing district. Research shows that talking to people face to face on the weekend before election day is the most impactful thing you can do to help flip the house! Watch this video about “The Last Weekend.” Link to video. Sign up for the Nov 3rd carpool here and the Nov 4th carpool here.
Voting and Candidate Information
Onward to November 6th! #TheVoteOfYourLife
Here are important voting related dates to put on your calendar!
- TWO MORE DAYS!!!! October 17th – This is the last day to register to vote in Massachusetts for the November general election!
- November 6th – Nationwide mid-term elections. We need to show up in record numbers to make that blue wave happen!
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 day 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.)
KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES – Here are the Democratic candidates who will appear on our ballot in November. Check out their Facebook pages, websites, and event links. Get to know them and where they stand on issues that are important to you and contact them if you have questions. Campaign events will be added as they become available.
** We have not included Candidates for State Rep because there are too many to list all of them and most of the races are uncontested. If there is a particular State Rep candidate you are interested in seeing listed here, please email us.
- Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate
- Richard Neal for U.S. Congress
- Jay Gonzalez for MA Governor
- Quentin Palfrey for MA Lieutenant Governor
- William Galvin for MA Secretary of State
- Maura Healey for MA Attorney General
- Jo Comerford for MA State Senate (Hampshire/Franklin/Worcester)
- Eric Lesser for MA State Senate (First Hampden/Hampshire)
- James Welch for MA State Senate (Hampden)
- Brian Ashe for MA State Representative (2nd Hampden)
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Got 5 min? Send GOTV postcards for free via MomsRising. Research shows that handwritten notes are one of the most powerful ways to get an infrequent voter to the polls on Election Day. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to use this link to send just 5 postcards to women and moms who haven’t always voted on Election Day in the past. MomsRising will send you a packet of pre-addressed, pre-stamped postcards. All you need to do is write a quick note of encouragement and drop them in the mail. How easy is that?
- Tell Brian Kemp: Stop Suppressing Georgia Voters! – Click here to send him an email and tell him not to suppress the 53,000 Georgia residents who signed up to vote in this election, 70% of which were African American, and would likely want to vote for Stacey Abrams. Their votes count too!!
- Check out and Share this ACLU Criminal Justice Resource – It’s no accident that the United States incarcerates more people than any other country on earth – it’s the result of deliberate choices by our elected officials to fuel a racist, unjust criminal justice system. That’s why we’re arming voters with everything it takes to fight mass incarceration and win back our democracy this fall. Check out org. Enter your address and learn how your candidates measure up on reforming abusive policing, cash bail, the war on drugs, broken parole, extreme sentencing, and more. Share this resource with friends in other states as well.
- Sign this Letter to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford – Read and sign this letter of gratitude and love to Dr. Ford, penned by Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.
- Keep this important story in the news! – (from: Rogan’s List) We cannot be sure why the New York Times dropped this bombshell, took-a-year-to-investigate story, but it was easy for it to get lost in all the noise: It is a remarkable story of the lies that undergird Trump’s origin story (like the ‘I only got a one-million-dollar loan from my father’ ones) and the massive tax fraud that has marked his family’s financial path. Let’s get more familiar with the details (summary available in this podcast episode of The Daily: ) and then let our MoC know that the fraudulent past of our president warrants close examination and is unacceptable.
- Encourage your friends to vote with this app! – (From: Rogan’s List) VoteWithMe relies on a database of publicly available voting records and compares it to your contact list, with permission. The app then shows which friends are registered as a Democrat or Republican, or are unaffiliated, and which ones live in tight districts where their vote is especially impactful. Armed with that information, users can send messages to their friends reminding them to vote. Check it out
- Help Jobs with Justice pass the People’s Agenda – MA Jobs with Justice needs your help to make sure people vote “Yes, Yes, Yes” on the 3 ballot questions in November! That means that no matter your age, experience, or abilities — whether you have a lot of time to give or just a few hours — there are important ways you can pitch in!
The 3 Ballot Questions Are:
- 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.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Check out all of the volunteer opportunities here.
- Read and share this blog post: Why the People’s Agenda ?
- Take this pledge to vote for the people’s agenda.
- Attend the POSTCARD PARTY on Oct. 24th. Sign up here.
- Help RUWMI Spread the Word! – We can’t expect everyone to take the actions we post or show up to events we advertise, unless a lot of people know about them! Thus, we at RUWMI are on a mission to get this newsletter into as many inboxes as possible. Can you help?
- Forward this email to three friends and add a note telling them to click on the link at the bottom so they can sign up.
- Share this newsletter sign-up link on your own social media
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Less than Human? Perceptions of Immigrants, Muslims, Refugees – Wednesday, October 17, 7:00-9:00PM, Jones Library, 43 Amity St, Amherst. Professors Linda Tropp (UMass-Amherst) and Emile Bruneau (UPenn) will share groundbreaking research around dehumanization, what leads us to value certain communities over others, explore the social and political implications of treating some people as less “human,” and discuss ways in which we can repair and build community relations. Event details, including speaker bios can be found
- Instant Issues: Mahsa Khanbabai on the Human Face of the Travel Ban – Thursday, October 18, 12:00-1:00PM, One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St, Springfield. Attorney Mahsa Khanbabai will speak at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on The Human Face of the Travel Ban. Attorney Mahsa Khanbabai has dedicated her legal career to immigration and naturalization issues, representing individual, nonprofit, educational and business clients. She received international attention recently due to the case of her client Maziar Hashemi, an American citizen in need of a bone marrow transplant from his brother, who was initially denied a visa to travel from Iran. She is representing other clients in similar situations. View the event on Facebook
- Team Warren Pre-Debate Rally in Springfield – Sunday, Oct 21, 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Elizabeth is getting ready for her second debate on Sunday, October 21st – and she’s asking you to help us cheer her on outside the studio! Elizabeth will face off against her opponent, Geoff Diehl, in a live debate hosted by WGBY. Following the rally, come join us for a watch party at a nearby location! Here’s the FB event: here.
- West Springfield Democrat of the Year Brunch – Sunday, October 21, 9:30AM-12:00PM, Storrowton Tavern, 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield. Please RSVP by purchasing Tickets through Actblue, or by mailing a check to: West Springfield Democratic Committee, c/o Dan Kelly, Chair, 1583 Riverdale St., #41, West Springfield, MA 01089. Please include the names of all attendees. Please join the West Springfield Democratic Committee for our 18th Annual Democrat of the Year Brunch, Sunday, October 21st., Storrowton Village Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. Coffee and registration starts at 9:30am. Democrat of the Year: Dan Kelly, Advisor, West Springfield High School Democrats. View event details
- POSTCARD PARTY to GOTV for District 1 – 6:30-8:00 PM, Panera Bread, 450 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA. You are cordially invited to our postcard party at Panera Bread in East Longmeadow. We’ll write postcards to our fellow First District voters to GOTV and Vote “Yes” on the ballot questions. Bring all your friends for a fun night of political productivity!
- Chamber Legislative Breakfast – Thursday, October 25, 7:30-9:00AM, The Lord Jeffery Inn, N 30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst. The annual legislative breakfast brings together legislators, local officials, and business leaders to network and discuss current and upcoming policy issues. Please join us for an opportunity to reach out to other Chamber members, and enjoy our guest speakers. Senator Eric Lesser, Keynote, Remarks by: Solomon Goldstein-Rose, State Representative, Jo Comerford for State Senate, Mindy Domb for MA State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District. View the event on Facebook
- Pioneer Valley Public Hearing on Women’s Issues – Thursday, October 25, 4:30-6:30PM, Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. We want to know about the issues that affect you, your children, your family, and your community. Each year the MCSW holds hearings across the Commonwealth to hear testimony from citizens, government officials, and local organizations that provide assistance to women about the issues they are facing in their communities. The testimony presented at this hearing informs both our research and legislative work at the Commission, and is reported to our appointing authorities. Oral and written testimony will be accepted. Oral testimony should be kept to 2-3 minutes. Open to the public. RSVP here. For more information view event details
- Civics Fest 2018 – Thursday, October 25, 6:00-9:00PM, Springfield College, 263 Alden St, Springfield. Civics Fest 2018 will engage prospective voters in a fun event dedicated to fostering civic knowledge and celebrating democracy in order to build community, to increase informed voter participation, and to promote critical thinking about government as a tool for change through trivia questions. Civics Fest teams are minimum of three students, maximum of four students apiece to compete on civics topics. In addition to the student portion, the event will offer a civics trivia contest with elected officials and community-member teams. View the event on Facebook
- Muslim Women in Politics: Shaping Narratives and Perceptions – Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT, 297 Main St, Northampton. More than 90 Muslim-Americans, one-third of them women, sought and are seeking elected office this year. What are the cultural and political forces driving their decisions? What are the challenges and opportunities they face in running for political office? Please join us for a conversation with Ms. Tahirah Amatul Wadud and Professor Shaheen Pasha. Co-hosts: Pioneer Valley Interfaith Action Group and Critical Connections. View and sign up for the event here.
- “The Last Weekend” Canvass for Anthony Delgado in Chatham, NY., Nov 3 and Sun., Nov 4th. Carpool with us to the NY-19, a major swing district. Research shows that talking to people face to face on the weekend before election day is the most impactful thing you can do to help flip the house! Watch this video about “The Last Weekend.” Link to video. Sign up for the Nov 3rd carpool here and the Nov 4th carpool here.
- Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly – Mondays, November 5, December 5, 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 this recurring event on Facebook
- Drop Everything and Vote! – Tuesday, November 6th. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
- 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.
- Winning the 2018 Midterms – Build the Blue Wave! Indivisible-ma.org is holding weekly meetings on Thursday nights at 8 PM from now until the midterms. If you can log in, fantastic! Here is the link to the FB event.
The More You Know
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