Life comes at you fast!
Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
This weekend we had one of those big life moments – a college graduation. It was bittersweet watching our ‘baby’ graduate. On the one hand it was a moment of pride and happiness. On the other hand, it forced me to face head on just how fast time is flying. It’s terrifying actually. But also, it means time is flying closer to 2020, and that gives me hope – hope that change is coming and it will be here sooner than we think.
It’s time for our May Action with Swing Left! This Saturday, May 11, join us at 1:00PM at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. Come and learn about Swing Left’s Super States strategy and the easy way you can help make a big difference. Come, bring a friend for some easy activism and even enjoy some food or drinks as we write letters for 2020! (see details in the event section below)
- RUWMOneSmallThing – We’ve posted before about our take on the primary elections and our belief that no matter our differences in the primary, once Democrats have a nominee, we need to do everything in our power to get the nominee elected. To that end, this week’s#RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to take this pledge from Indivisible.
Then check to see if the primary candidate you like has taken the pledge too. If they haven’t, let them know you expect them to!
- Demand that your MoC Defund Hate – (h/t Indivisible) On May 1, Trump requested billions of dollars in additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including over $1 billion in funding to expand detention (yes, more cages), hire more ICE and CBP agents, and accelerate deportations. As a member of the Defund Hate coalition, we (Indivisible) are joining them in a national call-in day on Thursday, May 9 to ask MoCs to reject the administration’s supplemental funding request. Mark your calendars, and call your MoC on Thursday to tell them to vote no on the administration’s supplemental funding request for DHS!
- Tell Mass. legislators to protect immigrant families! – (h/t MIRA) The Safe Communities Act is back before the Mass. Legislature, as S.1401 (Sen. Jamie Eldridge) and H.3573 (Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda). It’s simpler and more succinct, but has the same strong provisions, backed by a broad-based and diverse coalition: Will you contact your legislators today and urge them to advocate for the SCA with leadership and with their colleagues? You can use this link to send an email or use this link to find their phone numbers and call!
- Demand your member of Congress support Rep. Tlaib’s Impeachment Resolution – (h/t Indivisible). With control of the House, Democrats should use their investigatory power to begin investigations into whether Donald Trump has committed crimes that would justify his impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution is a good step forward. Use this link to send a letter to your member of Congress urging them to cosponsor Rep. Tlaib’s impeachment resolution.
- Sign this thank you card – One week ago, activist Ady Barkan risked his life to travel to DC to give his testimony at the first ever Congressional hearing on Medicare for All. His courage to overcome not only the physical challenges, but also share his story with the world defines what it means to truly be a hero. Because of Ady, dozens of major publications, from The New York Times to CNN to GQ, covered the hearing – giving new energy and moral weight to the fight for Medicare for All. Now, a second hearing is already planned, moving us one step closer to passing this bill. Use this link to sign the thank you card.
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Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 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
- WMM4A General Assembly – Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:00PM, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke. Note the NEW LOCATION of our monthly meeting. Join other Single Payer advocates for lively discussion, updates, actions, sharing info and resources. Join the movement for Medicare for All in Mass. New folks welcome! RSVP: info@wmMedicareforall.org and 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
- CD1 Democratic State Committee Convention Caucus Training – Saturday, May 11, 10:00AAM- 12:00PM, Greenwood Center 1188 Parker Street Springfield. New chairs, veteran chairs, anyone interested in what the new rules and regulations are for this year’s Action Agenda convention. View the event
- 2019 Springfield Ward 2 Democratic Convention Caucus – Saturday, May 11, 11:00-11:45AM, Boland School, 426 Armory St, Springfield. The annual caucus to elect delegates from Ward 2 to the state party convention will be held on Saturday, May 11th, at 11 AM in the Boland School Cafeteria. Doors close at 11:15 AM. The 2019 Convention will be held here in Springfield this September! If you’re interested in attending, come on down and run for one of our ward’s 6 male, 6 female, and 4 alternate delegate spots! View event details
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Questions from the Field – Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin – 04/30/2019
First of all—wow. Since we sent out our first Leah/Ezra email last month, we had nearly 500 questions and comments in response to our kickoff letter. And most of these aren’t one-liners—many of you wrote in paragraphs. This is great!! We read through all of them and grouped these into a few categories so that we can provide some top-line answers.
Note that there were a fair number of Mueller/impeachment questions, and we tried to address those in our newsletter. And there were a whole bunch of one-off questions that we can’t respond to en masse like this. If we didn’t get to your question, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with your Indivisible organizer. Yes, there is someone organizing your state for Indivisible full-time.
Bottom line, it is so cool to be having an Indivisible movement-wide conversation like this. We think this is working, so we’re going to keep doing it. If you’re not signed up yet to get Indivisible’s emails, you can sign up here and you’ll get the next letter from us.
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