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Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
Once again, women and allies in the Pioneer Valley showed up and marched. It was such a privilege to be part of the planning of the march this year and to learn just how much work goes into pulling together an event like this. By all accounts the day was a big success! If you missed the march you can get a glimpse by watching this video. If you are interested in getting a march sweatshirt, shirt, hat, or tote, you can order one until 1/26 using this link.
Photo Credit: Kendra Malone
Two very important announcements this week!
First, as you know, our Senator, Ed Markey is facing a primary challenge in the upcoming election. Senator Markey supports a progressive agenda for 2020, has proven he can collaborate with the young new progressives elected in 2018, and of course co-authored The Green New Deal. We believe that Senator Markey is the best choice to represent us for the coming term and we would like to officially endorse him in this primary. As with all endorsement votes, this is not a unilateral steering team decision. In accordance with Indivisible guidelines, we will take a vote from our members to determine if RUWMI will endorse. You can learn more about Senator Markey here, here, and here.
Second, 2020 is a critical election year and we know it is going to require a lot of work on our part. To that end we are looking to expand our leadership team. Have you wanted to get more involved with RUWMI? Are you interested in learning about RUWMI’s 2020 plan and want to be a bigger part of it? If so then we invite you to join our upcoming leadership conference call. This call is informational and does not commit you to joining our team (though of course we hope you will want to!). Please join us on Tuesday, February 4, from 7:00-8:30PM!
- RUWMOneSmallThing – Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr, and his legacy of nonviolent activism and leadership in the civil rights movement. To that end this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do to make a difference is to use this day to honor MLK by making it a day of action! You can check out this link and this link for ideas.
- Sign the Petition: Shape Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Future – (h/t A.G. Maura Healey). Fossil fuels such as gas and oil have historically been used to generate much of our electricity. But cleaner, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are rapidly growing in our region. ISO New England manages the flow of energy throughout Massachusetts and neighboring states. It makes the rules for buying and selling energy, which affect what types of energy power our state. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office represents electricity users like you before ISO New England. Sign the petition here. We need you to make your voice heard.
- Help Make MA Schools Safe from ICE – (h/t Massachusetts Jobs with Justice). On January 6, 2020, news broke that over 130 reports from Boston Public Schools have ended up with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), jeopardizing these young people’s futures. School should be a safe haven for students, where they are free to learn and grow without fear. Even when ICE agents cannot get into our schools, our students’ information can get to ICE—and that is just as dangerous. Boston School Police officers often write reports about incidents that occur in a school, including information about the students involved. Some of those reports are shared with the Boston Police Department (BPD). We know that the BPD communicates with ICE and other federal agencies. Read more and learn ways you can take action (including signing the petition) here.
- Call for paid time off to vote in primary elections – (h/t Americans of Conscience Checklist). Call or write: Your employer. Script: Many Americans decide not to participate in elections due to the economic hardship of taking time off without pay, and state laws vary widely when it comes to getting time off to vote. The private sector can play a role in increasing voter turnout. I invite [COMPANY]’s leadership to allow employees paid time off to vote in [STATE]’s upcoming primary election. ElectionDay.org offers great resources to support this process. Thank you for considering this opportunity to support our democracy.
- Submit Testimony to Support the MA Safe Communities Act – (h/t MIRA). The Safe Communities Act hearing starts at 11 a.m. next Friday, January 24. If you cannot attend the hearing in Boston you can still get your voice heard. You can submit written testimony via email. You can find all of the details 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
- Springfield Town Hall Meeting – Wednesday, January 22, 6:00-8:00PM, Forest Park Middle School, 46 Oakland Street, Springfield. Join City Councilors Jesse Lederman, Victor Davila, Melvin Edwards, Justin Hurst, Tracye Whitfield, Michael Fenton, Adam Gomez, Malo Brown, Orlando Ramos, and Tim Allen, along with School Committee Members Chris Collins and LaTonia Monroe Naylor for a Town Hall style meeting at Forest Park Middle School. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas for Springfield. We want to hear from you! View more details here.
- 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.
- No More Coal: Rally & Street Theater – Saturday, January 25, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St, Holyoke. Join Rebels and other activists for street theater and rallying to demand ISO (manger of New England’s electric grid) stop subsidizing fossil fuels! More details to come! To keep updated, follow the event on Facebook here.
- Lobby Day for Election Day Registration – Tuesday, January 28, 9:30AM-1:00PM, State House Room 428, 24 Beacon St., Boston. Every election, Massachusetts disenfranchises thousands of its own citizens by denying eligible voters the ability to register or update their information on Election Day. Two out of three of those prevented from casting a ballot are actually registered but rendered ineligible because their registration contains simple and fixable errors. EDR is a basic reform with a 40-year proven record that has allowed millions of voters across 20 states that have implemented it to cast a ballot by registering or updating their registration to vote on election day. Now, we must act to ensure that EDR legislation gets sent out of committee and to a vote. Register here.
- Anthony Jack at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Symposium – Thursday, January 30, 7:00-8:30PM, Mount Holyoke Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, South Hadley. Please join us as we welcome Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, Author of The Privileged Poor to speak at our inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Week of Human Rights and Social Justice co-sponsored with the Division of Student Life. Click here for more details.
- Meet Candidate Alex Morse at Indivisible Northampton – Monday, February 3, 7:30-8:45PM, 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence. Come and meet Alex Morse, candidate for Congress in MA’s first congressional district. Alex Morse was recently endorsed by Indivisible National. View the event on Facebook here.
- Community Forum on Solid Waste and Recycling – Saturday, February 8, 10:00AM-12:00PM, South Hadley Town Hall, South Hadley. The South Hadley Select board will host a forum about solid waste and recycling. The forum’s focus will be trash and recycling issues on both the local and national levels. Steve Ellis, of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, will conduct a presentation, and there will be a discussion about local issues related to trash pick-up. View event details here.
- RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Monthly Action – Sunday, February 16, 10:00-11:30 AM, Panera Bread, 601 Memorial Drive, Suite G, Chicopee. Come join us for our February 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 is getting closer and we need to make 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.
- 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 National Endorses Alex Morse!
Elected Office: U.S. Representative
Candidate District: MA-01
Reason for Endorsement: Like so many of our communities, Massachusetts 1st District needs transformational change. The 1st District needs a member who remembers what it’s like to live in Western Massachusetts, and who’s familiar with the struggles the community faces – from rising medical costs, to transportation challenges, to student loan debt, the opioid epidemic, and lack of affordable housing. Alex Morse has lived in the 1st District his whole life, and he’s ready to confront these challenges head-on.
MA-01 has been represented by the same incumbent for Alex’s entire life. While Alex has served as the Mayor of Holyoke, the incumbent has ducked local Indivisibles’ requests to hold town halls in the district – prioritizing big dollar fundraisers over time in the community.
Alex knows the kind of transformational change we need in the 1st. We need affordable health care for everyone. We need a Green New Deal. And we need representation anchored in a collaborative conversation with the people of the district, where the power of government truly needs to reside.
We’re proud to support Alex in his primary challenge because of his fearless pursuit of progressive priorities. He’s up against an entrenched incumbent who is beholden to corporate interests and has failed to use his power to hold Trump accountable. Alex’s campaign is people-powered, and we know that he will fight hard in Congress for the people of the first district.
You can view the endorsement online here.
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