We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!


Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

It seems like the Mueller story isn’t quite over yet, so while we wait for the actual report (as opposed to Barr’s Cliff Notes version) let’s make sure we are clear on one point.  We are the only people who can make sure Trump doesn’t serve a second term!  We are the ones we have been waiting for!   So, between now and the 2020 election I am asking myself each day “what am I doing to be that somebody?”. I want to be damn sure that when we celebrate the day Trump is voted out of office, I can look back and list the ways I contributed to making that happen!

RUWMI Announcements

The MoveON Rapid Response has been activated!

We are planning a standout – to get the Full Mueller Report released!

WHEN:  5 p.m. on Thursday night April 4th

WHERE: In front of Picknelly Field on Columbus Ave, on the Springfield / Longmeadow border.  There will also be one in downtown Springfield.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fast pace this story is unfolding, MoveOn may decide to cancel this action on Wednesday morning, April 3rd. Once you have signed up for the event, you will receive updates as they come in.  To sign up for this event click here.  (to sign up for the downtown Springfield event, use this link instead)

Action Items

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – This week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, comes from Rogan’s List.

As the House prepares to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1585), the National Rifle Association (NRA) has announced that it will be docking grades for lawmakers who vote in favor of the legislation. The bill includes red flag provisions, which would help keep firearms out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence; a bipartisan safety measure which the NRA opposes. At last check, our Rep, Richie Neal has not yet signed on to co-sponsor. So, let’s call and ask what’s stopping him. tel:(413) 785-0325

  • Take This ACLU Pledge – (h/t ACLU) The 2020 primary field is already crowded with candidates spouting lofty promises and flashy slogans, but we both know that’s not enough. We demand a president who will defend rights for all. That’s why we’re launching a bold new campaign to get presidential candidates on the record, and put civil rights and liberties front and center this election. Take this pledge to vote for a candidate who will uphold rights for all.
  • Support the Fair Work Week Massachusetts Bill – (h/t Mass Jobs With Justice). We need to pass “An Act relative to the scheduling of employees” (S.1111 and H.3384), The Fair Work Week Bill, because all workers deserve the chance to build stable lives for themselves and their families, but for many, erratic work schedules make stability almost impossible. Hours can be assigned arbitrarily at an employer’s discretion and changed with no advance notice, leaving workers to cope with fluctuating paychecks and constant problems coordinating child and elder care, second and third jobs, and further education or professional development. Women, people of color, and low-wage workers are the most impacted.  You can sign the petition here, which will be delivered to Gov. Baker.
  • Thank Adam Schiff – (h/t Rogan’s List) Republicans are now calling for the resignation of House Intelligence Committee Chair, Adam Schiff. Let’s thank Rep. Schiff for continuing to speak truth to power in this fiery no-nonsense response, and tell him that we want him to continue pushing for the full unredacted copy of the Mueller report and investigating the many questions that remain unanswered. You can contact Congressman Schiff using this link.
  • Support Immigrant Justice – (h/t Rogan’s List). We have probably all seen by now the horrifying conditions in which asylum-seeking families are being held under a bridge in El Paso. Undoubtedly, Customs and Border Patrol is overwhelmed, though some say the current number of migrants does not approach that of the early 2000s, but rather than allocating more resources for humanitarian aid or for adjudicating asylum claims more quickly, Trump and friends are focused exclusively on deterring migrants:  Let’s sign Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D-OR) petition asking Congress to close Trump’s child prison camps: 

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • How Direct-Action Campaigns Can Build Transformational Movements – Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8:30PM, First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton. George Lakey, started a life of activist campaigning six decades ago. He will lead this lively, participatory event for this political moment. Learn the value of nonviolent direct-action campaigns for winning concrete victories while laying the groundwork for larger, broad-based movements that can transform our country. This is a free offering of the Truth School! Registration is required – email registration@truthschool.org or online truthschool.org
  • 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.

See our 191st session priority bills here: We will be meeting in Room 428 of the State House. Stay tuned for info about speakers, etc.! View the event on Facebook here.

  • 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.
  • 2020 RUWMI/Swing Left Springfield – Kick Off -Saturday, April 6, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Chicopee Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee. Join us for a presentation on Swing Left and its plan for the 2019 – 2020 elections. Swing Left has done the research and determined that to take back the Senate, take back the White House, reverse partisan Gerrymandering and protect the House, we need to target 11 “Super States.” And, after the presentation, we should have time to take some action. Click here to RSVP.
  • 2019 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference – Saturday, April 6, 9:00AM-5:00PM, Chapin Auditorium, 50 College St, South Hadley. The Students of Color Committee prides itself in creating spaces where students can continue to question, challenge and cultivate their minds in order to advance personal growth, commitment, and social advocacy for historically underrepresented communities. This year, we would like to open the Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference to all self- identifying women of color across the Five­ Colleges alongside faculty, staff, and community members. The theme for the 2019 conference is “Going Beyond Politics”, featuring keynote speakers Jossie Valentin, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud and more. This conference will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. View event details 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.
  • WMA Health Equity Policy Assembly – Wednesday, April 10, 3:00-6:00PM, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St, Fl 1, Springfield. Come learn about state policy priorities and how you can help advocate for them to advance health equity in Western Massachusetts! View the event on Facebook here.
  • Anti-Oppression Series: Screening of ‘The New Jim Crow’ – Wednesday, April 10, 4:30-7:30PM, DeCice Hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton Street, Holyoke. This session will include a screening of Michelle Alexander’s talk speaking about her book, ‘The New Jim Crow’, followed by community dialogue as led by local anti-racism consultant, Kent Alexander. The New Jim Crow is described as “a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face”.  View event details here.
  • Spring Issues Forum – Saturday, April 13, 9:00AM-3:00PM, Carpenters’ Training Center, 13 Holman Rd, Millbury. We are planning an exciting day.  The focus will be on three key issues relating to education: reforming the foundation budget formula to ensure equitable and adequate state funding of K-12 education; providing quality, affordable early childhood education and care for all families; and guaranteeing that all interested students have access to quality programs of career and technical (“vocational”) education.

In addition, we will again devote lunchtime to our “Issues Speed-Dating” program, to let you connect with people about a range of other important policy issues.  And the day will also include a workshop on effective grassroots strategies for lobbying for legislative action. Use this link for tickets.

  • 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.

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