This. Is. Epidemic.
Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
Mosques, synagogues, churches, schools, concert venues, university campuses, nightclubs, shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants.
What do these places have in common? You instantly knew the answer to that question didn’t you?
This. Is. Epidemic.
As members of the CD1 Progressive Coalition, one of our steering committee members was part of a group who met directly with Congressman Richard Neal in his Springfield office last week. The group was able to ask Neal questions about the issues on the minds of many of constituents. Here is a summary of that meeting.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has proposed a regulation set to be finalized in June 2019, called the Rebate Rule which eliminates drug rebates from the drug pricing process. Removing rebates from the supply chain erases the savings passed on to Medicare Part D beneficiaries and is the only check on Big Pharma’s unilateral control over prices. This “Rebate Rule” will raise Medicare premiums for consumers and grant the pharmaceutical industry a $137 billion bailout! Yet sadly, this has gotten precious little press. As Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Neal is in a strong position to oppose the Trump Administration’s Rebate Rule. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to call Congressman Neal (413) 785-0325 and let him know you oppose the Rebate Rule. (If you want to take further action, read the next action item for more ways you can help on this important and time-sensitive matter.)
- Take Further Action to Defeat Big Pharma’s Rebate Rule Regulation – Jordanne Anderson (203) 710-4545, is organizing a grassroots effort in Massachusetts to bring light to this deeply concerning regulation. She can supply social media content, letters to the editor drafts, and personalized op-ed drafts. Have a little more time to help defeat the new Rebate Rule? Here are a few more ways you can help!
- Use this tool to send an email to Congressman Neal to oppose the Rebate Rule
- Submit a Letter to the Editor in your local paper
- Submit an op-ed to your local paper
- Tell Your MoC to Support Medicare for All – The House is about to have the first-ever hearing on Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act (Indivisible has an explainer here if you want to learn more). This is a really exciting development and an important step in making sure we pass a strong health care bill once we take back the Senate and White House in 2020. The best thing you can do if you support M4A is to make sure your MoC has sponsored the bill. You can use this link to contact your MoC.
- Speak Out Against Detaining Migrant Children for Profit – “The Homestead shelter [in Florida] is the only for-profit child detention center in the country, as well as the largest in the nation. As the only temporary emergency shelter in the country, the Homestead center is exempt from federal regulations limiting how long authorities can hold migrant children, which normally is 20 days.” Yet, instead of being closed as protesters would like, the facility is adding children. Let’s sign this petition asking the facility to be closed. (h/t Indivisible MA).
- It’s always the right time to talk about gun control – This weekend we had another mass shooting and Trump spoke to cheering fans at the NRA (see the problem?). We aren’t going to get help from the White House so it is on us to keep talking about gun control. Share this sobering link on your own social media.
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Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Public Comment on RCV: Northampton Charter Review Committee – Tuesday, April 30, 6:00-9:00PM. John F. Kennedy Middle School 100 Bridge Rd, Florence. The Northampton Charter Review Committee is holding a public forum on election issues on Monday, April 30 from 7 to 9 PM at the JFK Middle School, in the Community Room. The meeting will be broadcast by HCTV. Voter Choice MA will be there to make a 15-minute presentation on how Ranked Choice voting works and the advantages for Northampton. Join us as we talk with members of the community about RCV in Northampton and voice your own support before the committee! Find out more here and
- May Day! Primero de Mayo! 2019 – Wednesday, May 1 8:00AM-midnight. Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave Suite 200, Northampton. Join us at all or any part of our day of celebrating International Workers Day. For details and the schedule for the whole day, view the event on Facebook
- Voices Carry! – Wednesday, May 1, 7:00-8:30PM, Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St, Holyoke. Voices Carry! – In a spoken-word performance, women who were previously incarcerated and are in recovery, share writing created in on-going supportive community writing groups. Through their voices they de-stigmatize incarceration, mental health, and addiction and promote better understanding of the particular reasons women can become addicted and incarcerated in our society. Voices Carry! is a program of Voices From Inside. This event is sponsored by the Holyoke Local Cultural Council. View details on Facebook here.
- Northampton Pride Parade (Springfield College marchers) – Saturday, May 4, 8:30AM-3:30PM, Northampton. The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Springfield College will be marching in the 38th Annual Parade and Pride Event in Northampton, MA. Rain or shine, the event is set to start at 11am from Old South St. marching down Main St. to the 3 County Fairgrounds in Northampton. We will depart from SC at 8:30, and return around 3:30pm. Transportation will be provided. Breakfast and snacks will be provided, please bring money for lunch at the fairgrounds. If you are interested in marching with us as students, faculty, staff members or alum, please RSVP! We would love to see you there!
- Springfield Democratic Committee Spring 2019 Meeting – Saturday, May 4, 11:00AM-1:00PM, Sixteen Acres Library, 1187 Parker Street, Springfield. Join the Springfield Democratic City Committee for our Spring 2019 Quarterly Meeting! All are welcome! Whether you are already involved in the Democratic Party, or are fired up and ready to learn how you can get involved. Our guest speaker will be Kareem Kibodya from the Office of Congressman Richard E. Neal. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Chairman Jesse Lederman at 413-285-3041 or view the event on Facebook
- Jack’s Walk – Saturday, May 4, 11:00AM-4:00PM, Jack Jonah Foundation, 42 Sean Louis Circle, West Springfield. Join us for a 5K (3.1 mile) walk around the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, one of Jack’s favorite places! This walk is a fun way to bring awareness to our community about the opioid crisis. $10 for walkers 25 and under, $20 all adults, Payable at the door. All contributions are tax deductible. View the event on Facebook
- Rally for Medicare for All in Holyoke! – Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-9:30PM, Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St, Holyoke. Join us as we rally to support a proposed city council resolution in Holyoke in favor of Medicare For All in Massachusetts. In the 2018 election, Holyoke voters made their desire for a single payer system known with a 67% vote in support. Now we are urging the City Council to echo the voices of their constituents and pledge to support transforming our health care system. View event details
- Voter Choice Pioneer Valley Chapter Meeting – Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30PM, UMass Center at Springfield, 1500 MAIN St, Springfield. Bring a laptop/notebook and get involved with other nearby Ranked Choice Voting activists, to continue our legislative push to pass two RCV bills by the end of this summer. Pioneer Valley has co-sponsors in 8 of our 21 senate / house districts, but there’s more work to be done to win over the remaining 13 legislators! Find out more here and here.
- Pioneer Valley Smart Growth Summit – Thursday, May 9, 8:00-12:00AM, Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke. Join us for a summit about how cities and towns in the Pioneer Valley can build stronger communities today in the face of the challenges posed by climate change and inequality. We’ll look at the built (and unbuilt) environment, including land-use and housing, climate adaptation, transportation, public health, and economic development. How can we break down silos to tackle complexity? How can we create a more nurturing and resilient community at the local and regional scale? Use this link to register for the event. View more about the event on Facebook
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Are Indivisible 2020 Pledge
As of this writing there are 21 (!!!) Democratic candidates in the race. 21 people running to become the next President of the United States. 21 people ready to prove that they’ve got all of our best interests at heart. And most importantly, 21 people who are ready to unseat Trump. That’s where the We Are Indivisible Pledge comes in.
We’re launching a massive grassroots campaign to get you, every Democratic presidential hopeful, and every activist to sign onto a simple promise: that no matter our differences in the primary, once Democrats have a nominee, we’ll do everything in our power to get the nominee elected.
There are three major parts of the pledge that pertain to all of us:
- Make the primary constructive. We’ll make the primary election about our hopes for the future, and a robust debate of values, vision and the contest of ideas. We’ll remain grounded in our shared values, even if we support different candidates.
- Rally behind the winner. We’ll support the ultimate Democratic nominee, whoever it is — period. No Monday morning quarterbacking. No third-party threats.
- Do the work to beat Trump. We’re the grassroots army that’s going to power the nominee to victory, and we’ll show up to make calls, knock doors, and do whatever it takes.
It’s exactly the same pledge for every candidate (duh), and we’re asking Indivisibles and activists across the country to sign on too, because the movement has never been led by candidates — it’s always been led by you. You can sign the pledge here AND scroll down to see which presidential hopefuls have already signed on!
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