Pumpkin spice and sunscreen

Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

Please everyone, stop talking like it’s fall already.  I just took my SUMMER vacation! It is only mid-August and I haven’t even shaken the sand out of my suitcase yet.  Please keep your pumpkin spice out of my sunscreen, at least until Labor Day 😉
Seems that you can’t escape politics even when on vacation.  I was in RI when the news came of the ICE guard who drove his truck into peaceful protestors at the Wyatt Detention Center,  just outside Providence.  Hate knows no season.

On a lighter note, I was able to capture this gem while on vacation – couldn’t help myself.

  RUWMI Announcements

Mark your calendars for our next monthly postcard/letter writing event with Swing Left Pioneer Valley. Join us on Sunday, September 8 at 10:00AM at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. We will write to help get voters registered and to the polls in critical swing states. Our hosts at Gateway City Arts will have their yummy brunch available for purchase (and I won’t even mind if the conversation turns to pumpkin spice 😊) most wonderful brunch menu (pro tip: you should definitely order the popover). See the events section below for more details!
 

Action Items   

  • RUWMOneSmallThing –  At a rally last week Trump (predictably) shifted his talk from “background checks” to “mental health”.  We cannot let our advocacy for gun safety slip from our focus simply because there hasn’t been another mass shooting this week in the news! So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to sign this petition to tell Walmart to stop selling guns. (h/t Women’s March) .                                                                                                
  • Join Stacy Abrams in Fair Fight 2020 – (h/t Indivisible MA) Stacy Abrams has launched Fair Fight 2020 to build voter protection teams across our country to protect the right to vote. Starting immediately, Fair Fight 2020: Works with Democratic state parties or local allies and ill help staff, fund, and train robust Democratic voter protection operations in battleground states. Join to support her effort.                                                                                                                                          
  • Donate to Help Victims of the Mississippi ICE Raid – (h/t Indivisible MA). The best thing you can do to help the victims of the Mississippi ICE raid is donate supplies to the food pantries and churches that are working on the ground in the region. If you speak Spanish or have legal experience, you can also volunteer remotely or in person with organizations like the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance or the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative                                                                            
  • Call for Gun Reform Measures – (h/t Indivisible MA). Tell Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call an emergency session to vote on common sense gun reform measures: H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 112, as well as banning sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.  Enough is enough. You can reach him here: Sen. Mitch McConnell, 317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510. Phone: (202) 224-2541                                                                                                            
  • Learn about Medicare for All – Check out this FAQ document from Western Mass Medicare for All) to learn all about Medicare for All in Massachusetts. Get answers to your questions and then use your newly acquired information to educate others!                                                                        
  • Demand that all presidential candidates #FixDemocracyFirst – (h/t Represent Us). Sign this petition from Represent Us, to demand that all presidential candidates, including President Trump, pledge to pass comprehensive democracy reform in the first 90 days of their administration.                                                                                                                  
  • Want even more action items?  You can get additional action items delivered directly to your inbox by signing up with Rogan’s List, and Americans of Conscience Checklist.
 

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events      

  • Meet the Candidates for Mayor & City Council – Tuesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30PM, Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State St, Springfield. Get to know the candidates for Mayor and City Council. Find out where they stand on the issues and let them know your concerns before you cast your vote in the Preliminary Election. Register to vote, make sure your registration is active, and confirm where your polling place is. The Mason Square Branch Library will be closed for regular business but the doors on the State Street and Monroe Street sides will be open for you to come in. View event details here.                                                                                         
  • Longmeadow Special Town Meeting – Tuesday, August 20, 7:00PM, Longmeadow High School, Grassy Gutter Rd. Longmeadow. Come and vote YES on Article 1! Stand Up to Columbia and Tennessee Gas! The proposed by-law amendment will ban the “installation and use of meter stations, take stations, city gates, and connected facilities” in Residential Zones in Longmeadow.                                                                                                
  • Women’s Equality Day Breakfast 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 10:00AM-12:00PM, The Boylston Rooms, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton. A Celebration of the Right to Vote on the 99th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Join us for a unique event celebrating women’s leadership here in the Pioneer Valley today because Democracy is stronger when we all participate. It is a non-partisan/non-profit celebration of the right to vote. It is not only for women to attend. It is not a fundraiser for any candidate. All are welcome. Event details and link to purchase tickets can be found here.                                                                                   
  • 13th Annual Democrats of Distinction Awards Banquet – Wednesday, August 28, 6:00-9:00PM, Springfield Lodge of Elks # 61, 440 Tiffany St, Springfield. Please join the Springfield Democratic City Committee as we revive and celebrate the 13th Annual Democrats of Distinction Awards Banquet, honoring Democratic activists in our community for their commitment to advancing the ideals of the Democratic Party and moving our City of Springfield forward. For more details and link to purchase tickets, please view the event on Facebook here.                                                                             
  • Western Mass Young Democrats Hampden County Monthly Meeting – Thursday, August 29, 6:00-7:00PM, Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield St, Springfield. Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss initiatives in Western Mass. [This meeting will be located inside the community room]. We will also be continuing to fill some of the open leadership positions within our chapter. For more information contact us at western_mass@ydma.org or view event details on Facebook here.                                                        
  • RUWMI-Swing Left Monthly Action – Sunday, September 8, 10:00-11:30AM, Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke. Come join us for our September postcard/letter-writing event!  It’s fun, easy, and effective. We’ll supply postcards and stamps and all the information you will need. You just bring yourself (and maybe a friend), good cheer, and a limber writing hand! (Donations of 35-cent postage stamps, or cash to cover stamps greatly appreciated but not required). Election Day 2020 seems a long way off, but now is when we need to begin making sure that Democratic voters in critical swing states, get registered and show up at the polls! You can sign up here so we’ll know how many people to expect and you can view the event on Facebook here.                                                                                                              
  • Chicopee Municipal Candidate Meet and Greet – Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8:00PM, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee. This is your opportunity to meet Chicopee’s Municipal Candidates before primary day: September 17, 2019. You will be able to shake hands with candidates and ask questions face to face in a relaxed environment. Children and families welcome, light refreshments will be served. This is FREE and OPEN to the public. View event details here.                                                       
  • 2019 MassDems State Convention – Saturday, September 14, 7:30AM-5:00PM, MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St, Springfield. The 2019 MassDems Action Agenda Convention is an important opportunity to come together and talk about how we fight to make progress on real issues like climate change, healthcare, education, immigration, and civil rights. During the convention, you’ll join breakout sessions to work collaboratively with other delegates to develop strategies to organize for critical issues facing our Commonwealth. For more information (including link for guest tickets) visit their website.                                                                                                                
  • 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

It was a B-I-G weekend for Indivisible.
Over three action-packed days just outside D.C., we built a shared vision for the next phase of the Indivisible movement. We discussed our advocacy in 2020 and beyond, including crucial work on democracy reform and immigration through the 2019 budget process. We talked about how to engage presidential candidates to move our issues forward and encourage a healthy primary. We built skills and knowledge to keep building power back home and the know-how to train other local group members and activists. And, we deepened relationships among group leaders and our staff here at Indivisible HQ. Check out the welcome from Indivisible co-executive directors Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin here.
 

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