- RUWMOneSmallThing – The deadline to register for voting in MA is August 15th. We simply cannot overstate how vital it is that you check your registration and make any necessary corrections before then. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to register (and/or check your registration) and then forward the link to 5 friends, asking them to do the same.
- Stand up for pregnant immigrant moms – Between December 2017 and April 2018, ICE has detained more than 500 pregnant women under policy directives from the Trump administration that removes protections for pregnant women in immigration detention. At least 5 women in the last few months have miscarried while in ICE custody. They spoke of being ignored when they were obviously miscarrying, described their jailers as unwilling or unable to respond to medical emergencies, and recounted an incident of physical abuse from officers who knew they were dealing with a pregnant woman. Women in detention are denied medical care, shackled around the stomach and abused. Sign this petition, from MomsRising to urge your Senators to support the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act to protect the health and safety of pregnant women in detention!
- Support local teens working to prevent gun violence! – Massachusetts students are planning a 50-Mile walk for gun violence prevention next month, as part of a national campaign started by youth in Wisconsin. On August 22nd, students will gather in Worcester. Beginning the next morning they will walk west to Springfield, ending on August 26th at Smith and Wesson’s headquarters. Students are demanding that Smith and Wesson stop selling guns outside of Massachusetts that are not allowed to be sold in Massachusetts, and for funding from Smith and Wesson for gun trafficking research. In order to accomplish this task, students need a variety of adult volunteers, including adult walkers, first aid helpers, meal preparers and drivers. Let’s each do our part and take one of the actions below! For more information, please contact: Zoe Grover
- Volunteer (a variety of shifts available on August 22nd, August 23rd, August 24th, August 25th, August 26th): Sign up here
- Buy a t-shirt to support their cause
- Make a tax deductible donation for food, security and permits:
- Join them at the end of their walk at 12:00pm at a rally across the street from Smith and Wesson on August 26th.
- Get Full Information on Brett Kavanaugh – For most Supreme Court nominations, much of their professional records are given to the Judicial Committee to review and then these documents are released. On July 18th, Senate Judiciary committee chair Chuck Grassley mentioned that this will not be the case for Kavanaugh, but instead Grassley will only ask for records that he feels are “relevant” to the nomination. Use this 5calls link to tell the committee and your senator that we must have a transparent and thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s record before sending his nomination to the floor of the senate for confirmation.
- Support Family Planning and Reproductive Rights – From Small Deeds Done. A new website – brilliantly branded as the Department of Reproductive Control, educates us about the Trump administration’s goals [for Title X] in a very ingenious way. They also make it dead simple to oppose the Gag Rule before the deadline of July 31. Click here to check out the site and then use this link to submit an official comment to the White House and Federal Register by July 31 telling them you oppose this attempt to control reproductive health care.
- Remove Discriminatory Citizenship Question from 2020 U.S. Census! – The 2020 U.S. Census is coming up soon and it is a BIG deal. It’s critical that the U.S. Census gets an accurate headcount of everyone in the United States, but here’s the bad news: The Trump Administration is using the upcoming U.S. Census as a backdoor attack on the immigrant community by adding a discriminatory question related to citizenship, with the goal of discouraging participation and threatening the accuracy of the count. But it’s not too late to stop the addition of this question! We have a chance to stop this from happening by adding our voices to the public comments being collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Click here to submit a comment urging the Commerce Department to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form.
- Follow the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing – on Tuesday, July 31, 10am ET, on the family separation policy at the border. The Senate has the responsibility of overseeing federal agencies. Finally, the Judiciary Committee is calling immigration officials to account for their cruel and irresponsible acts in separating migrant children from their parents at the border. Our Senators, Warren and Markey are not on the Judiciary Committee, but we can call or email them and ask them to attend the hearing and urge Committee members to thoroughly examine the immigration officials. You can also watch the hearing live on 7/31 using this link.
- Help Support RiseUpWesternMass Indivisible – RUWMI is completely volunteer run and self-funded to date. Your donation will support the direct costs of our organizing in the greater Springfield area — things like meeting room rental, posters/art supplies, printing, postage, transportation, and more! Any amount is appreciated and you can donate via ActBlue here … and then post about it using #TheVoteOfYourLife.
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