Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
Last week was rough on all fronts: the Iowa Caucus debacle, the disappointing but predictable impeachment vote, Trump’s State of The Union His Mind Address, his bizarre speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, and his rambling and threatening East Room victory rally. Then, we capped off the week with Trump beginning his promised revenge by removing people from his ‘enemies list’. Through it all the GOP remained silent, and Susan Collins remained ‘concerned’.
The conclusion? WE ARE NOT OK.
The hope? We can be.
Once again, we were called to the streets in a rapid response, this time to the GOP impeachment sham. Even with fewer than 48-hours’ notice, we had almost 50 people show up in Springfield! Thanks to those who joined us!
- RUWMOneSmallThing – You can’t vote if you aren’t registered! In MA, our primary date is March 3 (Super Tuesday). You must register by WEDNESDAY, FEB 12 in order to vote in the primary. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do to make a difference is to register to vote. If you are already registered, take a moment to check that you still are registered and then share this link so your friends can check too! Use this link for all your MA voter registration needs.
- Help Us Refill Our Stamp Stash – As you know we partner with Swing Left each month to write letters or postcards to help GOTV! We could really use donations of postage stamps (postcard stamps in particular this month). If you’re planning to join us this month and want to donate stamps, simply bring them with you. If you aren’t able to join us but want to help, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange donation, or pop them in the mail to us at Rise Up Western Mass, P.O. Box 60533, Longmeadow, MA 01116. Thank you!
- Thank our Senators – (h/t Rogan’s List). Trump was acquitted on both counts in the Senate. Let’s reach out to our Senators to say thank you for voting to convict. And while we may not agree with Romney on policy, let’s take a moment to thank him for doing the right thing siding with his country, and not party, and crashing the narrative that this was solely partisan
- Senator Warren -1550 Main Street, Suite 406, Springfield, MA 01103, 413-788-2690
- Senator Markey – 1550 Main Street, 4th Floor, Springfield, MA 01103, 413-785-4610
- Senator Romney – 124 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-5251
- Nominate Adam Schiff – (h/t Rogan’s List). Despite the Republican Senate’s complicity in the impeachment cover-up, we can nominate House Intelligence Committee Chair and Lead Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff for his relentless diligence, determination, and perseverance in speaking truth to power. If we haven’t watched his “Midnight in America” closing argument, let’s watch it here. And then let’s nominate Congressman Schiff for a Profile in Courage Award by going to this link. The deadline is February 15.
- Volunteer to work on the campaign to elect Alex Morse – As you know both RUWMI and Indivisible National have endorsed Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in his bid to challenge Neal for the MA-1 House seat. This is a perfect chance for you to be part of a grassroots campaign and take action locally while making a national impact. You can email us at email@example.com and we can connect you to the campaign to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- 2020 Democratic Town Caucus Dates – (please let us know if you are aware of other scheduled town caucuses and we will add them)
- Chicopee – Saturday, February 22, 9:30-11:30AM, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee. View event details here.
- Holyoke – Saturday, February 22, 10:00–11:30 AM. Holyoke Public Library 250 Chestnut Street Holyoke. View event details here.
- West Springfield – Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:00PM. West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St, West Springfield. View event details here.
- Longmeadow – Saturday, February 29, 1:00-4:00PM, Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow St, Massachusetts. View event details here.
- Springfield Ward 6 – Saturday, March 7, 11:30AM-2:00PM, Forest Park Library, 380 Belmont Ave, Springfield. View details here.
- Alex Morse for Congress Grassroots Fundraising Phone Bank – Thursday, February 13, 5:00-9:00PM, Cubit Coworks, 164 Race Street, Holyoke. Alex Morse for Congress invites you to join us for our inaugural Grassroots Fundraising Phone Bank. Volunteers should have an interest in people-powered movement building and be excited about supporting a progressive candidate and campaign. We’re especially excited about people who haven’t been able to volunteer or contribute formally to a campaign in the past but are eager to do so. Because this is a 100% grassroots-powered campaign, we need everyone to join us to make calls and help us grow our movement. All you need is a phone and we’ll train you on the rest. Pizza will be provided. We hope to see you on the 13th! RSVP here.
- Mighty Earth Day of Action – Friday, February 14, 2:00-4:00PM, at UMASS in Amherst. Join us to generate 50+ social media posts tagging Stop & Shop and Cargill to put pressure on both companies to clean up their meat production practices. Mighty Earth is working in the Pioneer Valley to get Stop & Shop to cut tie with its meat producer, Cargill, which is polluting our waterways and contributing to deforestation around the world. Click here to view the event details.
- Alex Morse for Congress Easthampton Organizing Summit – Saturday, February 15, 1:00-3:00PM, Events at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street Suite 145, Easthampton. Come meet Holyoke Mayor and Congressional Candidate, Alex Morse! Learn about this people-powered movement and how you can be a part of it. Let’s elect a member of Congress who will fight for everyday people. Whether you’re an old pro grassroots organizer or it’s your first rodeo, we are here to welcome you to the Morse Force. Together, we’ll take a look at the state of play, establish goals to win this race, and lay out a plan to bring change to our district. AND we’ll hear directly from Alex and the Team. Here’s your first chance to meet other volunteers, get a feel for the campaign, and be a part of the grassroots movement we’re building. RSVP 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! This time we will be writing to Democrats in Denton County, Texas, getting them to confirm their registration status. To read more about why this county was chosen by Swing Left, read the details in our Facebook link here. 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! Donations of stamps, or cash to cover stamps is always appreciated. We will be meeting at Panera in Chicopee, so food and beverages will be available for purchase.
- Towards Freedom, Justice, and Peace – Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-8:30PM, Integrative Learning Center, Communication Hub, 3rd Floor. UMass Amherst. The Stand with Kashmir chapter at UMass Amherst is happy to invite you for their inaugural event. The desire for freedom and peace unites the Kashmiris, Kurds, Palestinians, Syrians and many others living under military tyranny, political oppression and occupation. What also connects them is their resilience and their will to fight for freedom, peace, justice, and the right to self-determination. The fight for daily survival forms the basis for the affinities and unities among these struggles. This panel brings together coalitions of scholars and activists from Kashmir, Syria, Rojava, and Palestine to talk about their histories of resistance, imaginaries of liberation and decolonization. View event details here.
- White Identity Politics and the 2020 Election – Wednesday, March 18, 7:00-9:00PM, Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St, Northampton. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Debbie Schildkraut (Tufts University) who will discuss the political consequences of white identity politics and what this means for the upcoming presidential election.
- 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’s Payback Project
Indivisible’s Payback Project is an accountability initiative of Indivisible Action, a Hybrid Political Action Committee fueled by the grassroots movement to win elections and build local, independent progressive power nationwide.
The impeachment process is just the latest in a string of GOP injustices. Senate Republicans have been working for years to destroy democratic norms and hold up progressive change in favor of benefitting a few super-wealthy interests. It’s time to fight back. We could just set our sights on cancelling Collins, or getting rid of Graham, or ditching Mitch, or ejecting Ernst, or sending Perdue packing, but we need to do more. We’re ready for payback, nationwide.
Defeating this many Senate Republicans will not be easy — it will take a massive awareness campaign to expose the truth of their complicity to voters and a growing grassroots army on the ground ready to ensure their Democratic opponents have the funding and people necessary to knock doors, activate voters, and win. We have a comprehensive, four-pronged approach to make sure Republicans Senators are held accountable for their actions, their votes, and their enabling of Donald Trump. You can read more about it here.
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