“…it also does not exonerate him”
Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
The CD1-Progressive Coalition, held its second Town Hall (without) Richie Neal. This time the meeting was in the Berkshires and there were lots of really important questions and topics discussed. It’s too bad our congressman wasn’t on hand to hear them. You can view the video here and see for yourself.
We don’t know if the Mueller report will get Trump out of office – but we DO know that a strong democratic showing in the 2020 election will!
So RUWMI has teamed up with Swing Left to put our energy into just that! We will start by registering voters specifically in 11 targeted states which are most important to: elect a Democratic president, flip the Senate blue while maintaining the majority in the House, AND neutralize extreme right-wing gerrymandering. (Swing Left has done the research on this!)
Join us for our RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Kickoff Meeting, onSaturday, April 6, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Chicopee Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee! For more details see the events section below!
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Be prepared to respond! Mueller’s report has now been handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review. Congress has been notified of the transfer. We need to be prepared to take immediate action should Barr or Trump move to hide the report from the public. If that happens, we will take to the streets (again) to demand that they #makeitpublic & #releasethereport. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to register now with MoveOn’s Nobody is Above the Law Rapid Response. There are two Springfield-based response teams as well as responses located all around the country. To find the one nearest you, follow this link and put in your zip code.
- Get on your Indivisible Soap Box – From Indivisible: The Mueller investigation is over. The Special Counsel has delivered his findings to Attorney General Barr, and now Barr must disclose those findings to Congress. We demand that these findings be made public, and will support the congressional investigations that are still pending. Record your video now that tells your friends and family that you’re demanding the Mueller report be made public and that you support Congress in using their power to continue the investigations they’ve started.
- Help Planned Parenthood Defend TitleX – It’s all hands on deck right now as we fight to defend our health and rights against the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous gag rule, which threatens care for 4 million people in the Title X program. Title X is the nation’s only federal program dedicated to helping people access reproductive health care — basic stuff like birth control, STI testing, and cancer screenings. The gag rule has language specifically designed to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers. What’s more, it’ll “gag” health care providers in the program from referring patients for abortions. Download Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s digital toolkit so you can plaster the internet with support for Title X and Planned Parenthood. You can also Sign Planned Parenthood’s “people’s brief” supporting patients and fighting to stop the gag rule.
- Read the Women’s March 2019 Agenda – From Women’s March: The Women’s Agenda is a tangible declaration of how we will protect and defend our rights, safety, health and communities. Our Agenda will serve as a work plan to Congress and will create the roadmap we will use to mobilize our constituents into 2020 and beyond. Our intersectional feminist policy agenda is the first of its kind. Read the full agenda here and join us in taking action in the halls of power. *If you still have reservations about the Women’s March movement in the wake of the criticisms of anti-Semitism, you might be interested in viewing this related conversation from Critical Connections.
- Support the ACLU Suit Against the FBI Targeting Black Activists – From Indivisible MA via Rogan’s List: The FBI is grouping unconnected black people under the label “Black Identity Extremists” for surveillance and investigation, despite the fact that no such group exists. They have refused to provide critical information requested by the ACLU to learn why this classification exists and which people and black-led organizations have been targeted. As of March 21, the ACLU and the Center for Media Justice brought suit against the FBI. They are asking us to sign this petition in support of this suit.
- Want even more action items? You can get additional action items delivered directly to your inbox by signing up with Rogan’s List, Americans of Conscience Checklist or Wall-Of-Us.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Medicare for All Phonebank – Tuesday, March 26, 5:00– 8:00PM, 125 Casino Ave, Chicopee. Join us to phone bank and talk to voters about Medicare for All! We’ll talk to residents about Medicare for All, ask for their support, and ask them to call their Representative. Please be sure to bring a laptop/tablet, your cell phone and charger to make calls with! This phone bank is one of hundreds of events that are happening across the country as activists come together to win Medicare for All. View event details here.
- Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group – Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 PM, Longmeadow High School Auditorium, 20 Williams Street, Longmeadow. Join us for a public hearing by the FERC. Please come and bring neighbors. For more information, view the event on Facebook here.
- 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) – Friday, March 29, 7:30AM-4:30PM, MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St, Springfield. Now entering its 24th year, the WLC is the region’s premier women’s leadership event for professional and personal networking, skill-building and enrichment, attracting up to 2,000 attendees annually. The WLC has featured over the years, 160 prominent speakers including Barbara Walters, Arianna Huffington, Queen Latifah, and Dr. Madeleine Albright. In addition to keynote speakers, 4 focus sessions with nationally recognized speakers will be offered throughout the day. Stay tuned for updates on our speakers. Get tickets here.
- Keep SNAP Accessible Postcard Writing Party – Friday, March 29, 6:00-8:00PM, Lindsay Sabadosa, State Representative, 1st Hampshire District, 76 Gothic Street, Northampton. This past December, Sonny Perdue, the Trump-appointed Secretary of the USDA, proposed a rule that targets “able-bodied adults without dependents” between the ages of 18 and 49. The new rule states that this demographic can’t access SNAP benefits for more than 3 months during a 3 year period unless they’re working 20 hours a week or are in school. Help keep SNAP benefits accessible to those in need! Stop by my office for a postcard writing party to let your federal-level elected officials know you do not support this rule. Light refreshments will be served, and please feel free to bring snacks! Kids are always welcome! View event details here.
- Join the Bail Fund in Hampden County! – Sunday, March 31, Make-It-Springfield, 168 Worthington Street, Springfield. The cash bail system currently keeps thousands of people in jail awaiting trial, simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. Learn how you can join the Western Mass Prison Abolition Network and Massachusetts Bail Fund and work to end this system so that people can be with their families and communities while they resolve their cases. This event is free and open to the public. Make-It Springfield is located on the first floor. There is free street parking. View the event on Facebook here.
- Progressive Mass 2019 Lobby Day (Boston) – Wednesday, April 3, 9:30AM-12:30PM, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. Join progressives from around the state as we lobby for our agenda of shared prosperity, racial and social justice, good government and strong democracy, and sustainable infrastructure and environmental protection.
- Righting Wrongs: The Role of Apology and Reparations for Slavery – Wednesday, April 3, 7:00-9:00PM, Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St, Northampton. Throughout U.S. history, ongoing resistance to offer a state apology and reparations for slavery and Jim Crow has served to deepen divides and continues to adversely impact our nation’s social fabric. Why has the U.S. refused to formally apologize and pay compensation for its treatment of African-Americans? What are the moral, ethical, and practical considerations associated with a state apology and reparations, and what impact would these reparative processes have on addressing historical grievances? Join us to hear Dr. Theodore R. Johnson, a public policy expert on race and social justice, and Dr. Ali Aslam, Assistant Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke, explore these questions and more. View event details here.
- RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Kickoff Meeting -Saturday, April 6, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Chicopee Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee. For more details view the event on Facebook here.
- Showing Up Whole in Racial Justice Work – April 6 and April 7, 9:30AM (Two-Day Workshop), Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 125 Elm St, Northampton. Noticing how and understanding why we show up to work for racial justice is essential to our collective liberation. Through exploring our individual identities and their connection to social power, participants with connect with what motivates them to engage in racial justice work. Together, we will examine the ways we are impacted by and sometimes perpetuate multiple interlocking systems of oppression. This interactive workshop will challenge us to develop a vision for and actions toward racial justice rooted in a deep love for ourselves and others. For important registration information, view the event 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.
The Forth Red Line
For more than a year now, we’ve been ready to mobilize when Trump crosses a red line. If you aren’t signed up to host or attend a rapid-response protest, you can do so here. As a reminder, here are the red lines that could trigger these protests while the Mueller investigation is still proceeding:
Trump firing Mueller
Trump pardoning key witnesses (like Paul Manafort)
Trump preventing the investigation from being conducted freely, such as by firing Mueller’s boss Rod Rosenstein (he crossed this one already when he forced Sessions to resign and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker!)
But note: there’s a fourth red line for when the investigation ends: The Mueller investigation releases findings showing significant wrongdoing by Donald Trump. Or Congress or the administration blocks the public from seeing Mueller’s findings.
Now that the investigation is complete, it’s worth digging into what crossing that fourth red line could look like in practice. Read about it here.
The More You Know
How different are Democrats and Republicans?
- Voting Records of the Parties
- Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters’ Party Identification
- Democratic, Republican voter bases are more different than ever
- Political Polarization, 1994-2017
Check This Out
Check out this interesting tracker from FiveThirtyEight