Turning leaves and turning tables
Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
We’ve been holding monthly letter writing parties for several months now and we’ve gotten into a good rhythm. Our group seems to grow each time and collectively we’ve written hundreds of letters and postcards to voters in key states! Our hosts at Gateway City Arts have even started giving us our own room! (and they always have great food for purchase). We always have at least one or two “first timers” so each event is always the perfect time for you to join us for the first time! Mark your calendars for our next letter writing brunch on Oct 13th. Details in the events section below.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Nancy Pelosi has started the impeachment inquiry process and instructed key committees to gather needed information. One of those committees is Ways and Means, and our own Congressman, Richard Neal is the chair. We know he’s been slow to get crucial tax documents and they are even more crucial now. You can read more about it here. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to call Neal’s office (413) 785-0325, and tell him to be more aggressive at getting Trump’s returns.
- Demand unbiased and contextualized reporting from major U.S. newspapers. (h/t AOC Checklist) Write to the Executive Editors of the NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and USA Today and urge them to make it their editorial policy to avoid using derogatory terminology when referring to undocumented people. You can use this script “: Define American, with MIT and Harvard researchers, has conducted a study around how immigration reporting in four major U.S. newspapers (Add, where applicable: including [MY NEWSPAPER(S)]) has changed under the current administration. The report shows that in the past four years, these once-trusted publications have shown a noticeable rise in the use of denigrating terms for people who are undocumented, and a disturbing 90% increase in citations of anti-immigrant groups as neutral sources. I urge you to make it your editorial policy to avoid using derogatory terminology when referring to undocumented people, as well as to avoid quoting extreme anti-immigrant, nativist, and white supremacist groups without providing context of these groups’ history, mission, funding, and ties to government officials and agencies.” You can contact the papers at the following addresses:
- Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, New York Times Company, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
- Norman Pearlstine, Executive Editor, Los Angeles Times, 2300 E. Imperial Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245
- Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post, 1301 K Street NW, Washington DC 20071
- Chris Davis, Executive Editor, USA TODAY Newsroom, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108
- Help Support Impeachment – (h/t Rogan’s List). Let’s check to see which MoCs support an impeachment inquiry using this resource from Politico. (Spoiler, all 9 MA reps have come out in support, though some needed more urging than others to do so *cough*Neal*cough*). Share this link and this information on your social media and encourage all like-minded friends to call their MoCs and ask them to support the impeachment inquiry. Those of us with MoC’s who do support impeachment can call make calls of thanks! We can all also call the White House daily to ask for Trump’s resignation: 202-456-1111.
- Check your voter registration status – (h/t MomsRising). This week was National Voter Registration Day, an important day to celebrate democracy by taking a few moments to register to vote or to check your voter registration. Each and every vote you cast is important and is needed. Making sure our democracy delivers on freedom and justice for everyone depends on as many eligible voters as possible voting! This means participating in elections big and small, from electing your local school board members all the way up to electing the President of the United States. When we’re all voters, we all win. Check your voter registration status now.
- Send a message of thanks to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford- (h/t NARAL). One year ago, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously delivered a powerful four-hour testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee to share her horrific story of attempted rape at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh. “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter.” Her bravery was met with vicious hostility, attacks by the conservative media, patronizing incredulity from Republican senators, and a torrent of death threats against her and her family that forced them out of their home for their own safety. Today, we still believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford just as we did a year ago. Text BRAVE to 21333 or use this link to sign our card and send your message of thanks to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
- Watch: Suppressed – The Fight to Vote – (h/t Fair Fight). Commit to watch the Brave New Films documentary, Suppressed: The Fight to Vote. This film exposes what we’ve known all along: the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America, particularly for voters of color.
Add your name here and we’ll send you a link where you can stream the 38-minute documentary right from your computer, tablet, or smart TV. Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.
- Learn about these other young climate activists – (h/t Rogan’s List). This past weekend, over 500 young activists came together from around the world for the UN Youth Climate Action Summit. While many of us are familiar with Greta Thunberg, there are still more outspoken activists whose words have not gotten traction in mainstream media. Let’s take the time to learn about these nine other young leaders, listen to what they have to say, and take their advice to heart to do our own part in protecting the earth:
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Springfield Solidarity Training: RideShare, Court Accompaniment – Saturday, October 5, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave, Springfield. Put your solidarity into action by becoming part of the Sanctuary in the Streets Rideshare and Court Accompaniment networks. Sign up View the event on Facebook here for more information.
- Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Confronting White Supremacy Today – Sunday, October 6, 2:00-4:00PM, Edwards Church of Northampton. Join us for a community dialogue with civil rights leaders Rev. Nelson and Dr. Joyce Johnson. Forty years ago, five young labor and anti-racist organizers were murdered by white supremacists in Greensboro, NC. We will share with the community the living lessons of that experience and its aftermath. Click here for more details.
- GOTV VA Letter Writing – Sunday, October 6, 4:30-6:00PM, Barnes and Noble Café, 7 Holyoke Street, Holyoke. Why are writing to voters in Virginia? The GOP holds slim majorities in both the State Senate (21 -19) and the State House of Delegates (51 – 49.) All of these seats are up for election this November. In the Pioneer Valley we can help Virginia Democrats win majorities in both houses with our letters to potential Democratic voters. A victory will mean that Democrats can address gerrymandering and bring the state’s focus to important climate and immigration issues. Sign up here to help Virginia Democrats take back two houses.
- Medicare for All: A Discussion about Healthcare – Thursday, October 10, 6:00-7:30PM, Southampton Town Hall, 8 East St, Southampton. Watching the presidential debates and getting confused about what Medicare for All actually is? Come by the Select Board room at Southampton Town Hall on October 10th for a discussion with State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, lead House sponsor of the Massachusetts Medicare for All legislation, on the topic of Medicare for All. Bring your questions and comments! View the event on Facebook
- S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Trends and Trajectories – Thursday, October 10, 7:00-9:00PM, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley. With Iran-U.S. tensions rising, geopolitical alliances shifting, and U.S. influence waning, what will be the future of U.S. policy in the Middle East and broader Muslim world? Join us to hear renowned Middle East experts, Dr. Trita Parsi and Dr. Stephen Walt discuss the broad contours of the Trump administration’s approach to the region and implications for stability. Our speakers will examine the administration’s rhetoric and policies and will discuss how these reflect its priorities in the region. Click here for more details.
- RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Monthly Action – Sunday, October 13, 10:30AM – 12:00PM. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke. Come join us for our October postcard/letter-writing event! It’s fun, easy, and effective. We’ll supply postcards/letters 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 view the event on Facebook here.
- Northampton – Reach out to Virginia Voters October 21 – Monday, October 21, 5:00-6:30PM, Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St, Northampton. Please join us in encouraging likely Democratic voters to register to vote. The ability to turn out the vote will make or break this upcoming election for Dems. All materials are provided. You just write a brief note and address the envelope. It’s easy and a good way to meet like-minded people. Please bring 15 stamps or a donation of $8 to cover their cost. RSVP 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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