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This past weekend, we had to ‘divide and conquer’ as there were two important events taking place at the same time.  Jackie traveled to Worcester to participate in Indivisible Massachusetts’ state-wide collaboration meeting.  We worked with Indivisibles from all around the state in order to help further develop the state level organization and to devise and share best practices for collaboration moving forward.  It was a busy and productive day.
Closer to home, Erin led our second monthly action event in collaboration with Swing Left.  Nine hearty souls showed up for our postcard / letter writing party at the lovely Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. They wrote postcards to PA Dems to encourage them to vote in the special election on May 22st.  They also wrote letters to unregistered voters in IL and to voters in GA. 
Don’t worry if you missed joining us this time, we will be hosting another action event next month! Not convinced that sending postcards and letters is effective? Watch this video from a PA campaign field director and see for yourself.
 

Action Items   

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – We have all had the experience when speaking to a friend or co-worker that we realize (with shock) that not everyone follows politics as closely as we do.  There are people for whom the name “Mueller” has little meaning. Few people are reading his report and learning the truth about Trump and the crimes of his administration.  We can help change that by sharing factual information from the report. So this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to read the report. OK so that’s not a small thing, but you can read the executive summaries.                                                                                                                                 
  • Learn about women and incarceration – (h/t ACLU) When you think about the mass incarceration crisis, it’s probably not a mother who comes to mind. But the fact is that women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the U.S., and most of these women are mothers. The stories of incarcerated women must be heard and shared.  Use this link to learn more in the ACLU’s new video series profiling women caught in the cruel cycle of criminalization and incarceration – often at the expense of their families and communities.                                                                                                                     
  • Support Future Voters – (h/t Americans of Conscious Checklist). Spread the Vote and its Project ID initiative helps citizens obtain IDs required for voting. For 2019, they set an audacious goal to support 300 future voters. You can help get more voters to the polls by donating here and/or sharing this information about the Project ID Initiative and this information about Spread the Vote to help spread the word.                                                                                                    
  • William Barr has got to go – (h/t The Other 98%) Congress is preparing to hold Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress. That doesn’t go nearly far enough. It’s pretty simple. 380 former federal prosecutors say Trump should face ‘multiple felony charges’ for his obstruction of justice, as detailed in the Mueller Report. Yet Trump’s handpicked AG has lied, spun, and obscured to confuse the press and the American people. Sign this petition to tell Congress to defend our democracy and Impeach Attorney General William Barr.                                                                       
  • Tell Congress to take action to lower prescription drug prices – (h/t Moms Rising). Prescription drug prices are continuing to rise and many families are struggling to afford life-saving prescriptions. As drug prices have risen, insurers are shifting costs to consumers and families are being impacted most. As of January of 2019, the prices on more than 250 prescription drugs increased by 6 percent or more. We cannot stand silent as this continues. Sign the petition here and urge congress to take meaningful action to lower prescription drug prices.                                                                 
  • Share your story – (h/t Human Right’s Campaign). With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day fast approaching, we wanted to hear from incredible advocates like you! Please take some time to share your pride in — or gratitude for — a supportive parent, role model, or an influential person who has impacted you in your life in a message. This is all about your experience, so speak from the heart in whatever way feels most comfortable to you. Use this link to share your story.                                                                                                     
  • 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   

  • Longmeadow Annual Town Meeting – Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-10:00PM, Longmeadow High School, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd, Longmeadow. The Annual Town Meeting will be Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 7:00pm in the High School Gymnasium. The warrant can be found here. You can also view event details here.                                                                                                                       
  • Fund Our Future Events – Thursday, May 16
    • Fund Our Future Rally at Springfield City Hall – 4:30-5:30PM, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield. Our students can’t afford another year of funding shortfalls and budget cuts. On May 16, educators, students and community members are speaking out for our students and demanding that our legislators take action on two key education funding bills, the Promise Act and the Cherish Act. View event details here.
    • Playdate Protest for Fund our Future – 4:30-5:30PM, Court Square Ave, Springfield. Bring your toddlers and kiddos to join us for a Playdate Protest in Springfield’s Court Square for Fund our Future! We’ll have music, fun and games and Arts & Crafts.  And of course, a big rally for education funding on the steps of Springfield City Hall! View event details here.
    • Rally at the Statehouse in Boston – 5:00-7:00PM, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. Students, parents, educators, and public education defenders are marching on the State House to demand action on two education funding bills, the Promise Act and Cherish Act, which would reverse years of underfunding of our public schools and colleges. RSVP for the rally and reserve free bus transportation to Boston here. View more information on Facebook here.                                                                                                                  
  • Northampton Legislative Listening Session – Friday, May 17, 1:00-4:00PM, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton. At this session, five legislators– Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, Representative Natalie Blais, Representative Dan Carey, Representative Mindy Domb, and Senator Jo Comerford– will hear from three pre-registered groups on a range of topics. There will also be an opportunity for five “walk-in” groups or individuals to sign up and share information that affects all districts, for roughly two minutes each at the end of the event. There is seating for the public, and all are welcome to attend and listen in! View details here.                                                      
  • Holyoke Democratic Town Committee 2019 Caucus – Sunday, May 19, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke. Run as a delegate!!! Become involved in our Democratic party here in Holyoke. Please join us at our caucus to elect delegates to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. View the event on Facebook here.                                                                      
  • Report Back from Venezuela and DC – Sunday, May 19, 7:00PM, Friends Meeting House at 43 Center St., Northampton. Western Massachusetts Venezuela Solidarity Coalition Invites you to a Report-Back from Lee Schlenker who went to Venezuela and Priscilla Lynch (and others) who went to the Washington D.C.’s Venezuelan Embassy to protect it.                                                                                                                             
  • Caucus To Elect Delegates to the Dem State Convention – Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-7:30PM, West Springfield Public Library, West Springfield. Registered Democrats in West Springfield will hold a caucus on May 21, 2019 at the West Springfield Public Library Rotary Conference Room, 200 Park Street to elect delegates and alternates to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the caucus will begin at 7:00pm. View the event on Facebook here.                                                                                                                                    
  • Ward 6 Dems 2019 Caucus for Convention – Wednesday, May 22, 6:00-8:00PM. 45 Sumner Avenue, Springfield. Join your friends and neighbors in Ward 6 to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held in Springfield on September 14. View event details here.                                                                                                                                      
  • Forest Park Civic Association Meeting Re: Pipeline Project – Wednesday, May 22, 7:00-8:30PM, 361 Sumner Ave, Springfield. Come join the Forest Park Civic Association, Victor Davila, and Arise for Social Justice to discuss the Columbia Gas Pipeline Project which has great potential to impact Springfield residents. Let’s work together to get educated and protect our community!! For more information view the event on Facebook 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.
 

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