Consider this a call to action
Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
There is so much happening, I hardly know where to start! Bear with me as I try to fit it neatly into one tidy newsletter. But the best way to sum it up is to consider this a…
Three important things to tell you about this week!
- TOMORROW we rally with the National MoveOn IMPEACH & REMOVE EVENT. Join us on Tuesday evening to support Rep Neal in his vote for impeachment the following day. This will be a somber day for our country, but one that will hopefully be remembered for centuries.
- Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 300 State Street in Springfield, MA.
- 5:00 PM – Stand Out with signs and chants, 6:00 PM – Speakers
- ORDER NOW. We are one of the groups working on this year’s Pioneer Valley Women’s March, which will be in Springfield on January 18, 2020. If you want a shirt for the march you have to get your order in by 12/27. Check out the merchandise here Here is just a small sample of items/colors available! (we even have youth sizes, tote bags and doggie shirts!)
- Letters with SwingLeft. This Sunday we hosted another successful letter writing event with SwingLeft. We wrote letters to unregistered (likely democratic) voters in Ohio, to encourage them to register before the next election. It was easy, fun, and effective. If you missed it this month, don’t worry, we’ll be back at it again on January 19.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Are you able to attend your local Impeach and Remove event tomorrow? If you are then great, you are already doing your part! It’s important that we make these events as large and as publicized as possible. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing is to share the information about the event widely! You can share this link which will allow friends anywhere to find the event nearest to them.
- Tell Hallmark Shame on You – (h/t Human Rights Campaign). Hallmark — the company who promotes “sending the very best” and “warmth and spirit” for the holidays — just left us in the cold. How? They caved to pressure from an anti-LGBTQ group and pulled an amazing ad featuring a loving same-sex couple on their wedding day kissing. Why? Because they claim it “violated their policies” and was “deemed inappropriate.” Yet they let a nearly identical ad featuring an opposite-sex couple be aired. You can sign the petition here.
- Call Your Rep and Senator on Impeachment – (h/t Indivisible MA). Calling your senators and representatives is the best way to have an impact on how they vote, and with a vote in the full House on Wednesday, we’re running out of time – fast. It takes under 5 minutes and has a huge impact. Here’s your three-step plan for taking action today:
- Support Dignity for Women and Girls in MA – (h/t Indivisible MA). Dignity Matters is a Massachusetts-based non-profit that “collects, purchases, and supplies feminine hygiene products, bras, and underwear to women and girls who are homeless or disadvantaged, in order to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.” Let’s learn more about Dignity Matters and see how we can help.
- Protest SNAP Changes – (h/t Indivisible MA). SNAP, which used to be known as food stamps, works really well. (Here’s a great article summing that up nicely). The administration has proposed three changes to the program. The Urban Institute studied the impact of those changes and determined that 3.7 million Americans would lose benefits. (Read the study here.) The changes will also cause one million kids to lose access to free school lunches. Call on your member of Congress to oppose this new rule and demand they do something.
- Research Candidates Using the Indivisible Scorecard – (h/t Wall of Us) Millionaires and Michael Bloomberg and Marianne, oh my! This Democratic primary season has been a weird and wild ride. But with less than 2 months until the Ohio caucus, it’s time to buckle up and get down to brass tacks. With the Indivisible Scorecard, our friends have made it easy for all-of-us to see where the nominees stack up on the issues that matter to our movement. Take some time check out the scorecard and keep your eye on this resource as your primary approaches.
- Help register friends and family to vote – (h/t Indivisible) Indivisible makes registering to vote easy. Click this link and follow the steps to get registered or apply for an absentee ballot. Bookmark this handy page on your phone and ask friends and family at your holiday gatherings if they are registered or will be able to vote. Then just pull out your phone and have them do it right there!
- The Census is Coming: Learn about it with MIRA – (h/t MIRA) The 2020 Census is coming and there is much we need to know about it. MIRA has a great explainer here, which discusses what the census it, why it’s important and whether it’s safe for undocumented immigrants to participate in.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Rally to Support Impeachment – Tuesday, December 16, 5:00 Standout, 6:00PM Speakers. Richard Neal’s Office, 300 State Street, Springfield. Join us for a celebration of our constitution and how Congress is using it to protect our country from further damage by Trump. Our Founders were no fools. They knew that something like this could happen one day … and here we are. We’ll gather in front of Neal’s office on the eve of the House vote. Our message: We support you in voting in favor of impeachment. We look forward to seeing you there! Sign up here
- Racial Justice & Immigration Committee meeting – Tuesday, December 17, 5:30-7:00PM, 1199 Seiu, 20 Maple St, Springfield. Join us for the next meeting of the WMALF Racial Justice & Immigration Committee! This committee is dedicated to helping build a more inclusive and diverse labor movement for ALL working people in Western Mass. All are welcome and pizza and drinks will be provided. Click here for more information.
- Relational Organizing Course: Info Session! – Tuesday, December 17, 6:00-8:00PM, Holyoke Public Library Central Library, 335 Maple St, Holyoke. This will be an info session about the free community course to be offered in the Spring of 2020. Come learn more about this course to connect with community, activists and organizers. Course Start Date: 2/05/20 Course End Date: 4/29/20 Cost: FREE. Time: Wednesdays from 5:30- 8:00 PM (Some dates will end earlier) Location: TBD — depending on location of participants, likely Springfield or Holyoke. Follow the event on Facebook here.
- Film/Talk Back on Migrant Detention with Activist Josh Rubin – Tuesday, December 17, 7:00-10:00PM, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. Josh Rubin, of Brooklyn, the subject of a new film, “Witness at Tornillo” by Carbon Trace Productions, will be present to talk about his work, 7 pm Tuesday, December 17. Admission by voluntary donation. Rubin lived in an RV for two months as a solitary witness in the desert, reporting daily on Facebook about the first the detention center for migrant teens in Tornillo, Texas, His posts went viral and sparked the national movement that shut down the camp of some 3,000 kids in Tornillo, Texas, then its replacement in Homestead, Florida. We are showing the film AND having Josh come and talk about his work. Please come hear him–and spread the word! View details here.
- 4th Annual Pioneer Valley Women’s March – Saturday, January 18, 12:00-3:00PM, Springfield! Women, gender-oppressed people and our allies are uniting across communities to stand in solidarity, fight for our rights and demand immediate action on the climate crisis – join us! The march will step off at 12pm from Northgate Center (1985 Main Street, Springfield), where we will march down Main Street to City Hall for a rally starting about 1pm. View event details here. Get your t-shirt and other official march items here.
- RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Monthly Action – Sunday, January 19, 10:00-11:30 AM, Panera Bread, 601 Memorial Drive, Suite G, Chicopee. Come join us for our December postcard/letter-writing event! It’s effective, it’s easy, and it’s fun. We’ll supply postcards/letters and all the information you will need (from Swing Left). You just bring yourself (and maybe a friend), good cheer, and a limber writing hand! We will have stamps to use but donations of stamps, or cash to cover stamps is always appreciated. Election Day 2020 seems a long way off, but now is when we need to begin making sure that Democratic voters show up at the polls! We will be meeting at Panera in Chicopee, so food and beverages will be available for purchase. Click here to view the Facebook event.
- New Safe Communities Act Hearing (Rescheduled) – Friday, January 24, 10:00AM-5:00PM, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. We have a new date for our biggest mobilization yet! On Friday, Jan. 24, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hold a day-long hearing on the Safe Communities Act, in the largest room in the State House, Gardner Auditorium. What will your role be on this big day? Please use the RSVP link to help us plan and organize. You can find it in the event link 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.
Indivisible MA Conference Brings Us Together for 2020 and Beyond
The best yet Indivisible MA annual conference attracted 435 MA activists and created connections all across the state.
The Indivisible MA Conference featured:
• 36 partnering organizations
• 68 speakers
• 50 workshops
• plus, Senator Markey, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Jim McGovern, Ezra Levin and Jimmy Tingle
The conference’s rich content ranged from making the most impact in the 2020 elections to tackling issues like climate change to building and strengthening our groups. We got educated, we debated, we got connected with familiar and new fellow activists, and finally we put it all together to plan specific ways to take actions. Now we have to put it all into action, building on this great foundation to create a coalition working together to make it all happen in 2020.
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