Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
May the traditions you honor and holidays you celebrate, bring you peace and happiness.
Thanks to all the hearty souls (almost 90 of you!) who came out and joined us in the ice and cold for the Impeach and Remove rally last week. Check out this video by Eleven Films; can you spot us?
There are only a few days left to order your Pioneer Valley Women’s March merchandise. Orders taken until 12/27 to ensure your items will be delivered in time for the march! Get yours here!
Check out some of the available designs – you can customize by choosing color, style and size!
- RUWMOneSmallThing – It’s holiday time – let’s spread a little cheer. This week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do to make a difference is to do one small random act of kindness! Need some ideas? Check here.
- Year End Support – Many of the organizations and charities you support are making their end of the year push for donations. If you can donate, great. If not, you can still help them by spreading the word about the good work they do and why you support them (and of course, links to their donation pages) on your own social media.
- Support Licenses for All! – (h/t Pioneer Valley Worker’s Center) – Doing some last-minute holiday shopping or going out to dinner? Go to these local businesses (list in link here) & thank them for taking a stand against family separation in Massachusetts and supporting Immigrants’ Right to Drive. Every Massachusetts resident needs access to a driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status.
TODAY www.MaNeedsToDrive.org is going live with up to date lists of over 90 businesses who have endorsed the Work & Family Mobility Act and signed letters urging legislators to pass the bill.
- Help Flip Maine – (h/t Indivisible MA). Join this training call on Thursday, January 7 at 7:00PM, if you are interested in registering Democrats in Maine – a state crucial to holding the House, flipping the Senate, and defeating Trump in 2020. We’ll hear from the people who have been registering Democrats in Maine! We’ll also give you a strategy overview of the state, where our time will be best spent, what kind of hot spots we’ve identified… and for those who don’t live in the state, how we plan on getting there… and when.
- Register to vote on Indivisible’s national endorsements – We’ve officially endorsed Alex Morse for Congress and an application for endorsement at the national level has been submitted. One it is approved it’s going to be up to us, CD-1 residents, to vote for Alex’s national Indivisible endorsement. In order to vote you MUST be registered with Indivisible. Do it today, before it slips your mind during the busy holiday time! Be ready to vote as soon as that Indivisible National ballot comes out. You can register to vote on Indivisible’s national endorsements here.
- 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!
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- WMALF Women’s Caucus Meeting – Thursday, January 9, 5:30-7:00PM, 1380 Main St, Springfield. Join your union sisters for the first meeting of the WMALF Women’s Caucus! The Women’s caucus aims to empower women in the labor movement and in our workforce. Its goal will be to create a space for women to support each other and build the leadership and diversity of women in the Labor Movement. By putting women’s diverse expertise together in order to look at labor issues through our lens and experience we can build unions that are welcoming to women, that empower women’s development as leaders, and that can better advocate for women’s interests in the workplace. Join us as we brainstorm the ideas and direction for this committee! Find more information here.
- Sister District Postcard Writing – Thursday, January 9, 6:00PM, 44 Bircham Street in Springfield. Hosted by Ellen Schwartz. She writes “The first Sister District postcard writing project for 2020 will be to NC voters to let them know about the primary in March. It’s a postcard experiment designed to gauge the effectiveness of GOTV postcards for primaries and also to assess if mailing postcards from in-state or out-of-state makes a difference. These studies are so important – in addition to reminding voters to get out and vote, it also provides valuable targeting information to make future postcarding even more effective. Please remember to RSVP. It’s important because I need to know how many postcards to bring.”. You can RSVP using this email address.
- Springfield Fund Our Future Bootcamp – Saturday, January 11, 10:00AM-4:30PM, Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, 1 Monarch Pl, Springfield. We’re entering the next phase of the Fund Our Future campaign as we continue to fight for funding for public higher education and as we build local campaigns to spend funds provided by the Student Opportunity Act for PreK-12 public schools. Join us at the second of two Fund Our Future Bootcamps on Saturday, January 11th at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Please RSVP 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: email@example.com.
Indivisible Presidential Scorecard is here!
Over the last few months, Indivisible’s network of activists have requested again and again a tool to evaluate the 2020 presidential candidates. After a lot of work and consistent input from our Indivisible group leaders, we’re excited to share our 2020 Presidential Candidate Scorecard with the movement.
The scorecard is a living project intended to be put to use. The scorecard is not an endorsement and it’s not static: it’s living and evolving. Each candidate is graded based on their current alignment with the movements’ values, and we will continue to invite the candidates to clarify or adjust their priorities to reflect those of the grassroots. We were making changes as recently as Sunday based on new information. We expect to see the candidates’ scores change over time, hopefully improving as the months go on.
We want candidates to try to out-democracy one another. We want them to feel pressure from you and the broader Indivisible movement to take stronger positions on the issues we care about. If they do, we’ll gladly make changes to the scores to reflect their evolving positions. We would be thrilled if every candidate had a 100% score by the Iowa caucuses.
You should think of these scorecards as a tool in your activism. If your pick has a low score on an issue you care about, push them on it. Indivisibles have spent much of the last three years building relationships and power: making sure we’re pushing the candidates on our top issues is a crucial way to spend that power, and the scorecard is a tool to empower you to do that. That’s how we’ll get the strongest candidate possible who will beat Trump.
The More You Know
World Faith Traditions
Interested in learning about other faith-based traditions and holiday around the world? Check out these links.
- Library of World Religions and Faith Traditions
- Religious Commemorations Around the World
- List of religions and spiritual traditions
- 2019 Interfaith Calendar
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