What do we do now?
A credibly accused sexual predator now sits on the Supreme Court.
Some of us are angry, some are sad, some of us feel defeated and others feel empowered to fight back; all valid and important feelings. The question now is, how do we parlay those feelings, whatever they may be into meaningful action?
I don’t have the answer. The only thing I do know for sure is that in 29 days we will vote in what will likely be one of the most consequential elections in recent history.
The Last Weekend (details updated)
Swing Left/”The Last Weekend” Carpools from WMass to NY-19.
Calling all canvassers! We need a few hearty Western Mass-ers to knock on doors in NY-19 where Democrat, Anthony Delgado, is running against Republican incumbent, John Faso. This race is too close to call right now, but YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Join us as we fill up following carpool slots: (The trip one-way from Springfield to Rhinebeck is approximately 2 hours). CONTACT: email@example.com to sign up.
Sunday 10/14 – Rhinebeck, NY, 12-3 and 3-6 shifts – Need 3 more people
Sunday 10/28 – Rhinebeck, NY, 12-3 and 3-6 shifts – Need 3 more people
Saturday 11/3 – Rhinebeck, NY 10-12 and 12-3 shifts – Need 1 more person
Sunday 11/4 – Rhinebeck, NY, 10-12 and 12-3 shifts – Need 2 more people
Never canvassed before? No problem! Watch this video from Swing Left and learn more about it.
Women’s March 2019
It’s never too early to plan for the next Women’s March on Washington 1/19/19!
So, we are gathering info to make plans that best fit the needs of our members.
- RUWMI Members! – We want your input! Click this link to take a 4-question survey to tell us how you’d like to participate in the Women’s March on Washington on 1/19/19.
- Become a member of the National Women’s March by supporting them with a recurring monthly donation of $3 or more. To see details and contribute now, click here.
Voting and Candidate Information
Onward to November 6th! #TheVoteOfYourLife
Here are important voting related dates to put on your calendar!
- October 17th – This is the last day to register to vote in Massachusetts for the November general election!
- November 3rd-4th – “The Last Weekend” canvassing and phone banks in swing districts near us (NY-19 for Antonio Delgado and NH-02 for Annie Kuster)
- 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 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.)
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 – October 17th is right around the corner and it is the last day to register to vote in MA. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to make sure that you (and your kids, friends, etc.) are registered to vote! – If we want a Blue Wave in Nov we need to get people to the polls. But you can’t vote unless you are registered! Use this link to check your MA registration status and also to register if you haven’t yet. Then share this info with all of your MA friends and family!
- Phonebank with the ACLU – Phonebank like your rights depend on it, because they do! Phonebanking is one of the most effective ways to talk with voters about what’s at stake for our civil rights and civil liberties and increase turnout in the 2018 elections. The ACLU is engaging in ballot initiatives across the country to directly expand or protect the civil rights and civil liberties of millions. We need you help to call as many voters as possible through election day in these key states so that civil rights and civil liberties win on November 6th! We will provide you with everything you need – a script, training resources, and the means to call voters in these key states, you just need a phone and a computer or tablet. Let’s do this.
- Make GOTV calls with Indivisible – Join Indivisible’s national phonebanking team and call progressive voters in key districts and states around the country to increase voter turnout where we can collectively make the most difference. We must flip the House if we’re going to put pause on Trump’s nightmarish agenda. Sign up here. Not sure how exactly phonebanking works? Watch this video to find out.
- Make your voting plan! – Tuesday, November 6th is rapidly approaching and it’s almost blue wave time. But it WON’T happen unless YOU vote. There is no vote more important than YOURS! Make a voting plan now! #TheVoteOfYourLife
- Don’t know where your polling location is? Find it here (MA residents only) or here (Anyone)
- Did you know that Lyft and Uber are providing low-cost and no-cost rides to the polls?
- Polling hours can vary by town so check with your local officials so you can plan to vote around your work schedule etc.
- SHARE THIS WIDELY!
- Fight Voter Suppression – (From Rogan’s List) Black Voters Matter is currently dedicated to fighting back against voter suppression and turning out Black voters across 7 states in the south. They are currently helping people vote in FL and NC. We can join them in texting voters with these simple steps:
- Have some political dollars to spend? – If you have some money you wish to donate (outside of our MA candidates) here are some trending fundraisers
- Help RUWMI Spread the Word! – We can’t expect a lot of people 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
- Canvasses for the People’s Agenda – Jobs with Justice is hitting the doors in to get the word out about the 2018 ballot questions so we can win these campaigns, fight back against the corporate agendas and continue fighting for the people!!! We’ll provide an overview of the campaigns, training and a partner so you can get on the doors to get out the vote. As always, feel free to let us know if you would like to canvass at an alternate time or in another location. We can arrange all the details to make it work for you. See you in the streets!
- Northampton Canvass for the People’s Agenda – Wednesday, October 10, 5:00-7:00PM, R. K. Finn Ryan Road, 498 Ryan Rd, Florence
- Holyoke Canvass for the People’s Agenda – Thursday, October 11, 4:00-6:30PM, The Dam Café, 2014 Northampton Street, Holyoke.
- Northampton Canvass for the People’s Agenda – Sunday, October 14, 11:00AM-2:00PM, K. Finn Ryan Road, 498 Ryan Rd, Florence.
- Springfield Canvass for the People’s Agenda – Monday, October 15, 2:00–4:00PM, and 5:00-7:00PM, Friendly’s Restaurant 65 Sumner Ave, Springfield
- Millennials and Elders Working Together for Social Change – Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM-3:00PM, The Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates St, Northampton. In this workshop, the trainers will facilitate “cross cultural” dialogue between self-identified elders and millennials. We will ask and examine key questions: What hinders these two age groups from being co-conspirators in service to social justice? What can make intergenerational organizing happen? After a “getting to know you” portion of the workshop, we will then identify a common cause, and plan a concrete action related to that cause. Trainers are Erin Joy Seibert & Doug Renick. View the event details
- Fix-It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point – Saturday, October 13, 3:00-5:00PM, Easthampton Senior Center, 19 Union Street, Easthampton. The Easthampton Hub for Medicare for All and Western Mass Medicare for All invite you to a film and discussion about Medicare for All, led by Prof. Gerald Friedman, nationally recognized expert on Single Payer. Learn how you can support Medicare for All in the November election. Learn more about the event
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Pissed off? So are we. Let’s retake power.
It’s official — the Senate just voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote.
We’re devastated by this news, but we can’t stop fighting now. Republicans could “plow through” because they hold all the power in Congress, which is why it’s more important than ever before that we take it back in November.
Channel your outrage into volunteering to get out the vote for the midterms. We have daily phonebank and textbank shifts to mobilize voters in key races that make the difference in the fights to flip the House, the Senate, and key statehouses across the country. Use this link to get involved!
The More You Know
Is the Supreme Court broken? Is this anything new?
- The Supreme Court tumbles into political dysfunction (Fareed Zakaria)
- Howard Zinn: Don’t Despair about the Supreme Court (old op-ed but still relevant)
- We’ve broken the Supreme Court
Check This Out
Check out this original song by Lynzy Lab, about why it’s such a “scary time” for men and boys right now.