Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

We learned today that Barr will release his redacted version of the Mueller report on Thursday.  We at RUWMI were able to secure an advanced copy.  Here is a peek so you’ll know what to expect. (h/t to @wardqnormal on Twitter for the image)

RUWMI Announcements

RUWMI is working on two important upcoming events.

April 27th 1:00-3:00PM As part of the CD1PC we are helping plan the next Town Hall for Constituents of Richie Neal.  This time we are headed to Shelburne Falls.

May 11th 1:00-2:30PM In our work with Swing Left on the 2020 election, we are planning our next Monthly letter-writing action.  This time we will be meeting at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke

Details for both of these events are in the Event section below.

Action Items

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – Stop and Shop employees are on strike and they could use our support.  The most effective way we can support the workers is to not shop at the store. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to NOT CROSS THE PICKET LINE!.  Here are some other ways you can help
    • Honk and wave to demonstrators as you drive by
    • Stop and demonstrate with the workers.  Support is especially needed later in the day up until 8:00 p.m.  Identify yourself to the workers and let them know why you’re there.  Find out who the manager inside is, and go in and tell him/her that you’re a customer standing with the workers.
    • Take food—donuts, coffee, waters and juices, anything a striker might want—to the strikers.
  • Support Legal Aid Funding in MA – (h/t Indivisible MA). On Thursday, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its FY20 budget recommendations, including $22.5 million for civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) line-item. That is an increase of $1.5 million over last year’s appropriation. Although this increase is welcome news, it is not enough to meet the overwhelming demand for civil legal aid in the Commonwealth. To ensure that legal aid is adequately funded, Representative Ruth Balser is filing an amendment to increase MLAC’s appropriation by an additional $1.5 million, for a total of $24 million. Please support Rep. Balser’s amendment by filling out this quick form and pass the link along to all your friends.
  • Send a Letter to the Editor this Tax Day – (h/t Moms Rising) The only people who are happy right now during tax season are the corporations and the top 1%, who are getting a windfall from the Trump Tax Plan. We have one major message at Tax Time: The Trump Tax Scam is AWFUL and should be repealed. Use this link to send a Letter to the Editor to your local paper now and call on Congress to repeal the Trump Tax Scam and instead pass tax policies that lift up working families!
  • Suspend Trump from Facebook and Twitter – (h/t Women’s March). Trump has launched a despicable and irresponsible attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, sharing a propaganda video questioning the Congresswoman’s loyalty to the United States. This is as dangerous as it is unprecedented. Representative Omar is receiving countless death threats as the president of the United States is inciting violence against a Black Muslim sitting member of congress, putting her life at risk. Tell Jack Dorsey from Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook to take down Trump’s hateful video and permanently suspend his Twitter account. We don’t have to give hate a platform. Add your name here.
  • Submit a Comment on Air Pollution (h/t Rogan’s List). The EPA proposes  that it is no longer “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollution from coal and oil-fired power plants because, they insist, the costs outweigh the benefits;  the rule the EPA hopes to put in place would dispense with reviews currently required by the Clean Air Act and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) We have only until APRIL 17 to submit our comments and point out the devastating and irreversible effect on public health and the climate of rolling back the MATS standards.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

  • Earth Dance, People’s March and Green New Deal Forum – Monday, April 22, 2:00-8:00PM, First Churches, Northampton. Beginning in front of First Churches let’s dance to the music of:  Stephen Katz, Climate Healing Band, Radio Free Earth & Expandable Brass Band, Let’s be moved by: Been Around, Still Around Flash Mob Dancers, MuZen Theater Giant Puppets & Ritual Theater…and more! and then let’s march, to the Northampton High School with the Berkshire Bateria to the Green New Deal Forum led by NHS Environmental Students! For more information view the event on Facebook here.
  • Fundraise for Our Lives – Monday, April 22, 6:00-8:00PM, Springfield (register to receive address). A year ago, we marched in Springfield against gun violence. Now, we want to do more than march: we want to help our community by addressing gun violence in all its forms, at every stage. Help us grow the next generation of leaders through outreach and internship programs. Support us in expanding civic education and voter registration efforts in Springfield. Make it possible for us to create programs that will bring mental health resources to under-served communities. Join us for an evening of celebrating past success and hope for the future, and help us fund these efforts.  Use this link to register for the event.
  • Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon – Tuesday, April 23, 6:00-8:00PM, Spare Time Northampton and City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St, Northampton. We’re lacing up our bowling shoes and getting to work! Join us to #FundAbortionBuildPower. Your participation could be the difference between someone getting the abortion they need and being forced to go without. Last year we raised over $7000 for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts — we hope you’ll join us again as we work to surpass last year’s goal! Start fundraising today by creating or joining a team at https://bowl.nnaf.org/wmass. Remember – there will be prizes for top fundraisers and best team name (and more!) so get creative and get fundraising!
  • Town Hall for Constituents of Richie Neal – Saturday, April 27, 1:00-3:00PM, Shelburne Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Rd, Shelburne Falls. Join the CD-1 Progressive Coalition as we host our third town hall for residents of MA CD-1, as constituents represented by Chairman Richard Neal. We will once again invite Rep Neal to join us, and will update this event when we hear back from his office. If Chairman Neal cannot meet with us during this time, which has been designated specifically for reps to do in-district work, we can support each other and make sure he knows we are here, waiting. We will join together to discuss issues we want our Congressman to address, particularly given his role as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Ample time will be allowed for us to gather your questions and concerns which we will compile and deliver to the Congressman’s office. Please RSVP using this link.  You can also view the event on Facebook here.
  • RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Monthly Action – Saturday, May 11, 1:00-2:30PM, Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke. Want to help UNIFY DEMOCRATS and build an even BIGGER BLUE WAVE in the 2020 election? Come and spend an hour and a half with us to impact the 2020 elections using the “Super State” Strategy developed by Swing Left. Check out this 5-minute video. We will bring all the letter writing materials, including pre-printed letters, and you add your comments and inspirational messages! Donations of $10 or so to cover the cost of stamps and printing are appreciated, but not required. You can sign up for the event on Facebook here. Don’t like Facebook?  Sign up through the Action Network, instead using this link.

  • 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

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In We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump, the co-executive directors of Indivisible tell the story of the movement. They offer a behind-the-scenes look at how change comes to Washington, whether Washington wants it or not. And they explain how we’ll win the coming fight for the future of American democracy. We Are Indivisible isn’t a book of platitudes about hope; it’s a steely-eyed guide to people power—how to find it, how to build it and how to use it to usher in the post-Trump era. 100% of our proceeds are going to Indivisible’s Save Democracy Fund. Publication in November — one year before the 2020 election. The publication timing is intentional. We’re releasing this ahead of the first presidential primaries, and it’s intended to be relevant both for the election and as we head into the post-Trump era in 2021. Learn more (and pre-order your copy!) here.

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