RUWMI Weekly Email – 11/19/18

Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

We are coming up on my favorite weekend of the year.  I love Thanksgiving (mostly because I LOVE pumpkin pie) and I love shopping (so yes, I do love Black Friday too).  Then after all of that excitement we still get a whole weekend before we have to head back to work! In celebration of my favorite weekend, I wanted to offer a thank-you and wish to each of you.  The thank-you is for who you are, for stepping up and making things happen, and for being our partners in this resistance.  The wish is that you take some time to do whatever makes you the most happy on this extended weekend!  Take some time for reflection and self-care, and then recharge, because we’ve got more work to do come Monday!

Lastly, I wanted to leave you with this perfect reminder of why we work so hard for justice.

RUWMI Announcements

Meeting postponed – please note that due to schedule conflicts, we will be rescheduling our next meeting.  We will update you here when we have secured a new date.  Also we will be updating the Facebook event.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please send a quick email to riseupwesternmass@gmail.com and let us know if you are interested in getting a bus to head to DC for the Women’s March on 1/19/19.

Action Items

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – Thanksgiving is just a few days away, so in the spirit of the holiday, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, is to Join Planned Parenthood’s new president, Dr. Leana Wen in sending a message of thanks. Dr. Wenwrites, “When I started as an emergency physician, I didn’t work for the thank-yous I got from patients and their families, but they certainly lifted my spirits after long, hard days….That’s why I’m hoping you’ll join me in thanking the doctors, nurses, and other dedicated professionals who work across more than 600 Planned Parenthood health centers around the country — for providing critical, nonjudgmental care to every patient who comes through their doors.” You can sign the message of thanks, and personalize it if you want.
  • Stop the confirmation of this judicial nominee – This action comes from our friends at Lift+Every+Vote – Trump’s judicial nominee,Thomas Farr argued in support of unconstitutional racial gerrymandering and an illegal voter ID law which the court said targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.” Farr has been the go-to lawyer for the North Carolina GOP in their efforts to gerrymander and suppress the black vote. We need to block him in a GROUNDSWELL. Please call your Senators ASAP, and then more importantly, call someone in a red state and ask them to do the same. You can use this call script:  “Hi, my name is [name], and I’m a constituent calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to urge you to vote NO on the nomination of Thomas Farr. He spent his career working to disenfranchise voters. His repeated partisan attacks on voting rights make him unfit to serve as a federal judge. Please vote NO ON FARR.”
  • Support Midterm Runoff Candidates – The midterms are not done! There are still two important runoff elections that could use our support: The Mississippi Senate runoff, November 27, and the Georgia Secretary of State runoff, December 4. Political Charge has rounded up all the info we need to volunteer/donate locally or remotely for both campaigns. Use this link to volunteer and help make these positions go blue! h/t Indivisible MA
  • Speak Up for Green Card Holders – From: Americans of Conscience: Go to Regulations.gov, read the proposal summary and then click the dark blue Comment Now! Button to leave your comment.  This action is particularly important if you are a person whose immigration status is secure. You can use these suggested comments but make sure to personalize the reasons to be sure your comment counts.
    • I oppose a policy refusing citizenship to families who use or have used public assistance.
    • The “public charge” rule would prevent people from working and supporting their families.
    • The “public charge” rule would deny people over age 61 a future.
    • This regulation would violate my state’s right to provide benefits to families in short-term crisis and increase federal intrusion into local issues.
    • Immigrants strengthen our communities and our economy, contributing billions in taxes.
    • I want my tax dollar to support and show decency toward aspiring Americans.
    • Even the Department of Homeland Security found the rule change could have serious public health and other consequences.
    • The proposal itself lists many negative consequences to the country as a whole, including several related to public health. I do not want this rule to be implemented.
  • Help delay the Longmeadow pipeline vote – From Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group:  Tennessee Gas and Columbia Gas companies. Tennessee Gas and Columbia Gas plan to build a new metering station and new gas pipeline on their property (very close to Wolf Swamp School and residents’ homes). At their Annual Meeting on November 28, Longmeadow Country Club (LCC) members will vote on whether or not to allow this project to proceed.  The awareness group is seeking to postpone this vote for a three-month period so that residents in Longmeadow and surrounding towns are fully informed of the health and safety risks attached to gas metering stations (including gas leak explosions and potential environmental risks). If you know any members of the LCC, please urge them to request that the November 28 vote be delayed until more complete impact information can be disseminated.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • Northampton Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018 – Tuesday, November 20, 5:30-7:00PM, Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St, Northampton. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international event to honor the lives of transgender people who have been murdered due to hate crimes. We will also recognize transgender and non-binary individuals who suffer or have committed suicide due to the complex intersection of life issues including bullying, invisibility, marginalization, rejection, lack of economic opportunity, and depression. The program will begin at 5:30 PM with a candlelit vigil that will process through downtown Northampton, followed by an hour-long indoor program at USNF commencing at 6 PM. For more details view the event here.
  • Vote Her In: A Conversation About Women in Politics – Saturday, November 24, 4:00-6:00PM, 74 Florence Rd, Easthampton. Join newly elected Representative for the First Hampshire District Lindsay Sabadosa and author Rebecca Sive in conversation about her new book “Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President” and about running as a woman during the blue wave. Come support Rep. Sabadosa before her swearing-in in January, and pick up a copy of “Vote Her In” for the feminist politicos in your life! The event will be held at the home of Dr. Abbie Goldberg and Easthampton City Councilor Owen Zaret. For event details, including suggested donation, please view the event on Facebook here.
  • Kids as Currency: Immigrant Children as Pawns in the US – Monday, November 26, 5:30-7:30PM, HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St., Holyoke. Drawing on the adoption of Irish children by American couples in the 1940s and 1950s, and the 2018 crisis at the Mexican border involving the separation of children from their parents, this panel examines the historical roots of family separation, and the ways that immigrant children have, over the past 70 years, represented the biggest hopes and worst fears of American society. 5:30pm Reception, 6:00pm Panel begins. Panelists: Moira Maguire, Dean of Social Sciences at Holyoke Community College, David Hernández, Associate Professor of Latina/o & Latin American Studies, Mount Holyoke College. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information contact Mary O’Connor at moconnor@hcc.edu or 413-552-2422 or Camille Close at cclose@hcc.edu or 413-552-2277, or view the event on Facebook here.
  • Escaping Slavery, Envisioning Freedom – Tuesday, November 27, 7:00-8:30, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. Distinguished historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Barbara Krauthamer will explore how enslaved and formerly enslaved African American women envisioned and experienced freedom. This event is the fall semester finale of the UMass Amherst History Department’s Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series and the capstone event of All Hamptons Community Read, a community-wide reading of Armstrong Dunbar’s award-winning book, “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.” Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow. Click here for details.
  • Important Information concerning Tennessee Gas Pipeline – Wednesday, November 28, 7:00-9:00PM, Greenwood Park, 231 Maple Rd, Longmeadow. Find out the LCC plan to allow a gas metering station on a two-acre site now owned by the Country Club. Four buildings would be built in close proximity to homes and schools in the thickly settled neighborhoods near Shaker Road in the center of an idyllic and historic area. Click here for more details.
  • Sisters, Faith, Activism, and Struggle – Saturday, December 1, 3:00-5:00PM, 40 Center Street, Northampton. Sisters, Faith, Activism, and Struggle: Learning From and Supporting Each Other in the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Communities. Three women from different faith traditions – Naz Mohamed, a Muslim woman; Pamela Schwartz, a Jewish woman; and Ann Turner, a Catholic woman – come together to discuss how their relationships to their faith share a common purpose in their work for social justice. With Andrea Ayvazian as moderator, we will share how faith can inspire and fuel the stamina necessary for resistance. A free offering of the Truth School. Registration is REQUIRED, at truthschool.org.
  • PVP Immigrant Justice Paint Night Fundraiser – Friday, December 7, 6:30-9:00, South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St, Springfield. PVP’s immigrant organizing along with organizing immigrant allies seeks to protect and defend the dignity and humanity of our immigrant community. Want to support this movement? Join us for an evening of fun, creativity and community with local artist Juan Rodriguez! All proceeds will benefit PVP’s Immigrant Justice Fund to support our immigrant, sanctuary and solidarity organizing. Painting materials will be supplied and participants get to take their art home. Tickets are $50 and light refreshments will be served. To register, please go to this link. For more details view the event on Facebook here.
  • The #WomensWave – We are outraged. We are organized. They forgot that 5 million women lit the world on fire two years ago. On January 19, 2019, we’re going to remind them when we flood the streets of Washington, D.C., and with sister marches in cities across the globe. Save the date: The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us. Trump is obsessed with crowd size so we need to show up in masses in D.C. Join the wave by signing up 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: news@indivisible-ma.org.

Indivisible National

Did you miss our last national activist call/webinar?

Indivisible National has begun hosting monthly online webinars which you can access via the internet on your computer or by phone. These calls are for ALL indivisible members, or those interested in becoming members.  People at all levels of participation are invited.

The last call, on Nov 13 gave us all a sneak peek at what Indivisible National is working on for the new year.  If you missed that call, you can access the recording of it here.  The next call will be on Thursday, December 6th and you can register for it here.

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