Get ready for 2020!

Hello fellow RUWMI activists!

While the holidays can be a busy time, it’s nice to step away from politics and activism and to focus on family and friends for a while.  Let’s take these last few days of 2019 to recharge so we are READY for 2020!

RUWMI Announcements

Indivisible Endorsement Time! 

Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible and the CD1 Progressive Coalition have officially endorsed Alex Morse for Congress and an application for Indivisible’s 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 to make this endorsement a reality.  In order to receive a ballot and to vote, you MUST first be registered with Indivisible.  

Take two minutes 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.

Action Items

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – 2020 is going to be a big year for activists and we’re going need to make sure our batteries are fully charged to be ready for the challenges ahead.  So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do to make a difference is to take time for self-care. Start by reading this article and then check out these self-care apps here.
  • Get Impeachment Updates from Indivisible – (h/t Indivisible). Impeachment will be in the news as soon as the Senate is back in session.  We will be inundated with information so it’s helpful to find easy ways to keep up. Text IMPEACH to 977-79 to get the latest updates action items on Indivisible’s Senate strategy. We impeached Donald Trump! But will still need Indivisibles engaged in this fight to have any hope at removing him from office. To get our most rapid response content, and the most up to date info and calls to action, opt in to our Impeachment Fighters text group and we’ll make sure you have all the information you’ll need to keep the pressure up.
  • What’s on the ballot – Before we make our way to the polls, it’s important to educate ourselves not only about the candidates but also the ballot questions.  Take a few moments to read this article about what ballot questions MA residents will be voting on in 2020.  
  • Call our senators and voice your support for a fair and open impeachment trial – (h/t Indivisible). The House of Representatives has made the case to the American people that Donald Trump has corrupted the office of the presidency and that he tried to cover it up. And now, the House has voted to impeach him. But that doesn’t mean our work is done. We’ve seen the mountain of evidence that proves Donald Trump is a criminal and has no business serving as President of the United States. The Senate is responsible for holding a trial that will determine whether or not Trump is ultimately removed from office. That process is supposed to be fair and impartial, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said that he will “coordinate” with Donald Trump to set the rules for Trump’s own trial. This is classic GOP behavior: they can’t win on the merits, so they rig the rules instead. We can’t let that happen. We need to call our senators and let them know that we need a fair trial. For Democratic senators, demand that they speak out loudly and firmly about the need for a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate. You can reach our senators using this link 
  • Volunteer with the Pioneer Valley Women’s March – (h/t PV Women’s March). The Pioneer Valley Women’s March is calling all volunteers! They have positions for march marshals, chant leaders, activist fair helpers, set up/clean-up crew and more! Use this link and let them know how you can help!
  • 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. 
  • PVWM Community Activist Fair – Saturday, January 18, 12:00-3:00PM, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield. Want to do more than march? Have lots of energy that you want to put to good use? Come to the Pioneer Valley Women’s March Community Activist Fair to find out how you can make a difference! The PVWM Community Activist Fair will be held indoors at City Hall on the first and ground floors during and after the march, 12-3pm. If your organization would like to table at the fair and meet hundreds of potential volunteers and activists, register here. There is no cost to participate. Admission is free; however, donations to the Pioneer Valley Women’s March will gladly be accepted at the Fair to help cover expenses. View the event on Facebook 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:

Indivisible National

Be counted! Everything you need to get involved in the 2020 Census.

The 2020 Census is essentially a count of every living person in the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories. And its impact cannot be overstated. The information collected through the census determines everything from how much federal funding is allocated for your local schools, hospitals, roads and other public goods, to how lines are drawn for your congressional and state legislative districts, to the number of seats your state will have in the House of Representatives. That is an incredible amount of power, and it will affect our communities for years to come.

The federal government puts tons of resources behind the census to ensure strong participation, but the coming census already faces an uphill battle. There’s been a lot of misinformation about next year’s census as a result of the Trump Administration’s attempt to include a question about citizenship status. Had this question been included, it would have meant many non-citizens (including those who are undocumented), and members of their families who are citizens, would have avoided participating out of fear of deportation. This would have resulted in severely inaccurate counts and substantially less federal funding for areas with high immigrant populations. The good news is that the Supreme Court ruled against the administration this summer, and the question will not be included in the 2020 Census documents. But many are still nervous about taking part.

Indivisibles cannot sit this out — we need to make sure local groups and activists get involved in the 2020 Census! Every home should receive an invitation to participate by April 2020, which means that census takers will be knocking on doors in just a few months. Now is the moment to make your plans to get involved! However, much time and energy you’re able to contribute, there are coalitions and community organizations across the country that are ready to make sure you have everything you need to GOTC (aka Get Out The Count!). Continue reading here.

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Year in review 

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