October Action Items

  • RUWMOneSmallThing – By now you have all heard the story of this little girl who was taken to a detention center by border control agents as soon as she was released from the hospital following gall bladder surgery. She is now being held in a children’s detention center for immigrants, over 150 miles away from her parents, who are both undocumented. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to sign this petition by MoveOn to let her go!
  • Automatic Voter Registration Actions list – From Joyce Hackett.  If you missed the talk, here is a link to Joyce’s new AVR website with lots of good background information.  In short, the message is simple “AVR modernizes our election systems while improving the accuracy and security of our voter rolls”.  So how do we get this message out and to whom?  Here are some actions you can take.
    • Tweet about AVR and use #AVRinMA
    • Call your MA House Rep – ask if they support it.  If they do, thank them and tell them how important it is to you.  If they don’t, give them they simple message above! Find the number here
    • Write to your rep – using this easy Common Cause online form
    • Write a letter to the editor – here is more info
    • Talk about it – to your friends, your family, and ask them to call and write too!                                                                                                              
  • Act to support Dignity for Incarcerated Women – From Wall-of-Us: Have you heard of the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act? Neither had we and shame on all-of-us, given that the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population but 30% of the world’s incarcerated women. The Dignity Act was introduced on July 11th by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Richard Durbin (D-IL). The goal of the act is “to improve the treatment of Federal prisoners who are primary caretaker parents.” The Dignity Act includes provisions such as more visitation rights for incarcerated mothers and preventing shackling pregnant women (which we do, even during birth). Prisons will also be required to provide women with feminine products and basic gynecological care (which we don’t currently provide). The Dignity Act is effectively being ignored, with no hearings or votes scheduled. Alicia Keys is attempting to change that through the We Are Here Movement. All of us must raise our voices in support of incarcerated women too.
    • Watch and share this video
    • Sign this petition                                                                                               
  • Sign up to March On – Fellow Women’s March Supporter, On January 21, 2017, millions of people marched around the country and across the world to raise our collective voices in hope for a better future. Since that day, the work has continued in local communities and organizations. We’ve protested. We’ve made calls. We’ve started a critical discussion and asked tough questions. And now, leaders of sister marches from across the country are coming together to unite behind a political agenda. Now, it’s time to MARCH ON. MARCH ON is turning the incredible moment of the marches into a movement. First, we’ll crowdsource our political platform together, then we’ll take on a political and electoral agenda that will operate at the national, state and local levels to make real, honest-to-goodness changes. This army — women-led but open to all — is committed to taking our country in a better direction. Sign up for more information here.                                                                                          
  • Defeat Trump’s Tax Scam – From Indivisible: After Republicans drop their bill on Wednesday. Many of our national allies are planning a national call in day on Thursday, November 2, so mark your calendars and get ready to light up those phone lines! You can find information to contact our Democratic MoCs here.                                                                                          
  • Sign up to Get Out the Vote in Virginia from Your Home State – From Indivisible.  Virginians go to the polls on November 7 in the first statewide election since November 2016. They’ve built a tool for Indivisibles ANYWHERE in the US to phone-bank or text-bank Virginians to remind them to vote. Want to help? Sign up for a volunteer shift now!