Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
We had a great time canvassing for Antoni Delgado in NY-19 this weekend. The energy was palpable and it felt good to be an active part of The Last Weekend (check FB for the pics!). We know that many of you participated as well in a variety of ways and we wanted to say thanks for your efforts. Democracy is NOT a spectator sport and this weekend none of us were sitting it out!
Voting and Candidate Information
TUESDAY November 6th – Let’s do this! #TheVoteOfYourLife
Here are helpful links to bookmark and share!
- Find your MA voting location here.
- Find candidates worthy of your vote here.
- Lyft and Uber are providing low-cost and no-cost rides.
KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES – Here are the Democratic candidates who will appear on our ballot. Check out their Facebook pages, websites, and event links. Get to know them and where they stand on issues so you can cast your vote with confidence!
- Richard Neal for U.S. Congress
- Jay Gonzalez for MA Governor
- Quentin Palfrey for MA Lieutenant Governor
- 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 – This week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, is likely to be the single most important thing you do this year – vote, Vote, VOTE! Do it, talk about it, post about it, ask your friends if they have voted, etc.
- Participate in one of these last minute GOTV actions – There is still time to make a difference on election
day. Here are some ways to get involved.
- Make calls with MoveOn – You don’t have to just hope for a blue wave. You can lead it, even if you don’t live in or near a highly competitive district. Sign up here to start making calls to the voters who can end GOP control of the House — right from your own home.
Whether you have volunteered for every election or never even imagined it, this is your time. Will you join thousands of MoveOn members who are calling the voters who will decide which party controls Congress?
- Text friends
to GOTV with MoveOn – MoveOn members are using Outvote to have a conversation with their
friends about this upcoming election. Look at your contact list and see which
of your friends live in our endorsed districts. Then help get out the vote for
the MoveOn-endorsed candidate.
- Take action with SwingLeft – We need to flip 23 seats to take back the House in 2018—and we need your help. Each of us has the power to make a big difference in a key race by talking to voters. Don’t just vote this year—volunteer! Will you be there when it matters?
- Make calls with the ACLU – In the next 48 hours, we’ll be calling voters about: What’s at stake for immigrants’ rights in Kansas and Oregon, Modernizing elections and expanding access to the ballot in Michigan and Nevada for thousands of people who would otherwise be denied the right to vote, Returning the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million Floridians who have paid their debts and served their time.
- Call voters with MomsRising – Do you have just 20 minutes to help get out the vote RIGHT NOW from any quiet place you happen to be with a stable internet connection, including from your own home? Then join MomsRising and help get people to the polls.
- – Tuesday, November 6, 7:00PM-12:00AM, The Deuce (World War II Club), 50 Conz St, Northampton. Join us as polls close on November 6th to watch live election results with your local elected officials! Enjoy good food, drink, and community while cheering on progressive candidates in our district and across the country. Local celebrity Bill Scher, a political pundit and analyst, will share results and offer analysis of the evening. This event is family friendly, and we’ll have activities to keep the kiddos busy! Hosted by: Lindsay Sabadosa for State Representative, 1st Hampshire, Jo Comerford for State Senate, Mary Olberding Hampshire County Register of Deeds, Northampton Democratic City Committee, Take Back the House Coalition. Event details can be found here.
- – Thursday, November 8, 6:00-7:30PM, Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, 580 Meadow St, Chicopee. Our Commission meets monthly and works towards gender equity in our county with the input and experiences of local women/girls.
This is our first regional public hearing and it allows the Commission to collect testimony to further advance our work to achieve equity for women and girls in our region. This is a free event and we encourage you to attend to share your thoughts. Please make sure to RSVP through our Eventbrite link.
- – Sunday, November 11, 3:00-5:00PM, Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St, Northampton. Healing Across the Divides (HATD), Critical Connections and Edwards Church present a program about the inspiring and successful grassroots public health initiatives serving vulnerable populations in Israel and occupied territories of Palestine supported by HATD. Join Mehlaqa Samdani, Executive Director of Critical Connections, as she interviews the Israeli and Palestinian program directors of Healing Across the Divides. Since 2004, HATD, a Northampton based organization, has worked to improve the health of marginalized people in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories via community-based intervention. Click here for more details.
- – Tuesday, November 13, 6:00-8:00PM, Arthur T Talmadge, 1395 Allen St, Springfield. Join At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman along with Ward 7 City Councilor Tim Allen, Ward 5 City Councilor Marcus Williams, At-Large City Councilor Tracye Whitfield, At-Large School Committeewoman Latonia Monroe-Naylor, and At-Large School Committeewoman Denise Hurst for a Town Hall Style meeting at Talmadge Elementary School. All residents are invited to come share their questions, thoughts, concerns, and ideas for Springfield in a community setting, and hear updates on the work being done by your elected officials. View event details here.
- Not in Our Name: Civilian Casualties in American Wars – Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00PM. Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main St, Easthampton. Civilian deaths in American-backed wars are likely to increase under the Trump administration, which has substantially intensified bombing campaigns in Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. And yet many of us remain oblivious to the civilian toll of U.S. military interventions abroad. What explains this lack of awareness and what are its implications? What are our obligations as citizens when civilian casualties in U.S. operations take place in our name? Join us to hear Professor John Tirman (Author, The Death of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars) respond to these questions and more. View the event details here.
- Rally For Love and Justice! Say NO to hate and violence! – Sunday, November 18, 12:00-1:30PM, Greenfield Town Common, 14 Court Sq, Greenfield. In response to all of the recent acts of Domestic Terrorism and the President’s incessant Fear Mongering, we call upon people of good heart and conscience to come together and rally for love and justice, to send a signal to our leaders that we will not be cowed or bullied into acquiescence as they attempt to transform our nation into a state that operates on fear and terror. We denounce all acts of hateful violence and call upon everyone, on all sides, to love one another. This action is meant to get at the heart of the matter. This is an opportunity for many different coalitions to come together and stand as one! View the event on Facebook here.
- 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.
A little pep talk from Indivisible National –
This is not a drill. But we’ve all been trained. We know what to do. We’ve mapped out our battle stations (err, polling places). And, if we could, we voted early.
We’re ready for this. That much has been proven — over and over. We showed up at the Women’s March and the airports. We made noise at town halls and defeated TrumpCare (twice!). We stood with immigrants to fight for DACA and against family separation.
As the countdown begins, we know you’ll want to look back on the final days of the election and know that you did everything in your power to bring the blue wave crashing down on the GOP on November 6.
Here’s what you can do to get out the vote.
→ Confirm your polling place location. Sign up for our text list and we’ll send you your polling place at 9am (your local time) on election day!
→ Sign up for to phonebank for our endorsed candidates. If you’re ready to make some calls, click this link, sign up for a phone bank shift, and help drive voters to the polls for our endorsed candidates. We’re phonebanking each. and. every. day. until this election is over to support the great work Indivisibles are doing on the ground, in their districts and states.
Make a plan to vote. If you haven’t voted yet, take a few moments to ask yourself a few simple questions to make sure you’re ready:
- Do you know where your polling place is?
- Will you be voting before, during, or after work?
- How will you be getting to the polling place? Walking? Driving? Carpooling?
- Then ask all your friends, family, and coworkers if they have a plan to vote!
The More You Know
Can we really trust political polls?
- Which Pollsters To Trust In 2018
- Can we still trust polls?
- The Polls Are All Right
- The sky is not falling’: Two major studies show election polls are not getting less accurate
- How trustworthy are the polls, more than a year after the 2016 election?
Check This Out
Midterm Ad by SNL – Yup, we are biting our nails (but in a totally confident way).