Hello fellow RUWMI activists, TOMORROW WE VOTE!

RUWMI Announcements

What an incredibly busy weekend it has been, and we are so grateful to those of you who answered the call and came out to canvass for Tahirah!  We are also grateful to those of you who worked on the campaigns of other progressive candidates who will be on the ballot tomorrow.  Whatever the outcome of the election, we know we worked hard to be part of positive changes in our corner of MA!

Voting and Candidate Information   

The Primary is here! –
Here are some helpful links for tomorrow!

  • Find your MA voting location HEREor HERE
  • Find candidates worthy of your vote HERE

Here are last-minute events and needs from candidates

  • Elizabeth Warren for Senate
    • Unity Weekend Springfield Canvass – September 8, 10:00AM and 1:00PM, 54 Island Pond Road Sign up here
    • Holyoke Canvass – September 9, 11:00AM and 2:00PM, Holyoke HQ, 284 High St Holyoke. Sign Up Here
  • Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
    • Phone Banking – Election Day Sept 4, 10AM-12PM, 12PM-2PM, 2PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM, 6PM-8PM. Northampton of from your own home. For details and to sign up email Jonathan Goldman jonathan@joshzakim.com
    • Poll Shifts – (Greeting voters and handing out campaign literature in your own town) Sept 4, 7AM-9AM, 9AM-12PM, 12PM-3PM, 3PM-6PM, 6PM-8PM. For details and to sign up email Jonathan Goldman, jonathan@joshzakim.com
  • Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor 
  • Tahirah Amatul-Wadud for Congress
    • Canvasses for Tahirah (email John Stewart, jps122189@gmail.comwith questions) or use this link to sign up.
      • Holyoke– ELECTION DAY –Tuesday September 4th, all day, 495 Appleton Street.
      • Chicopee– ELECTION DAY – Tuesday September 4th, all-day, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm, 10 Center Street #208A
      • Longmeadow– ELECTION DAY – Tuesday September 4th, 10am-1pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm, 6-9pm 61 Ellington Street.
    • Phonebanking for Tahirah (email John Stewart, jps122189@gmail.comwith questions) or use this link to sign up.
      • Sep 4 @ 8am-7pm (Election Day!)
    • Drive-a-Voter – Offer free rides to the polls on Election Day, Sept 4th. Enter your preferred shift and city/town you can serve.
  • Lindsay Sabadosa for State Rep
    • Election Day Needs – Email susan.e@gmail.comto join.
      • Phonebankers – Sept 4, 3-7:30
      • Sign holders – Sept 4, all day, various polling locations.
    • Amaad Rivera for State Senate
    • Chelsea Sunday Kline for State Senate
      • Election Day Needs – Use this link to sign up.
        • Literature dropping – Sept 4, 5:00AM-7:00AM
        • Phone banking – Sept 4 – 9:00AM-12:00PM, 12:00-4:00 PM, and 4:00-8:00PM, 89 Market St, Northampton or remotely
        • Door knocking – Sept 4, 12:00-2:00PM. 2:00-4:00PM, 4:00-6:00PM or 6:00-8:00PM
        • Polling locations – Sept 4, 6:00-9:00AM, 9:00AM-12:00PM, 12:00-3:00PM, 3:00-6:00PM, 6:00-9:00PM.

Action Items   

  • RUWMOneSmallThing– Tomorrow is primary day! So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to VOTE!!  Not sure where your local polling station is?  Find it
  • Trip to Flip– Check out this opportunity from Swing Left, and sign up if you have the time.  Flipping the House from Red to Blue in November is the quickest and most certain way to stop the Trump agenda in its tracks. Trip to Flip is recruiting and supporting modern day patriots who are willing and able to volunteer their time, energy and talent for an extended period of time in support of winnable US house district campaigns. So, what is needed is a massive volunteer effort by individuals who can spend three days at a minimum (and hopefully more) in a particular district. Trip to Flip volunteers are ready to answer questions and provide meaningful information about the opportunity, the challenges, and the district choices as well as the work to be done. Send Swing Left your name and phone numberand a volunteer will reach out to you with more information.
  • Tell DeVos: NO to Spending Education Funding on Guns!– From MomsRising: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering a plan that would allow states to use federal funding to buy firearms for teachers in order to prevent school shootings. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment program is designed to provide a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for learning, and improve the use of technology for digital literacy in the schools that need it most. It is not intended to pay for guns! Sign the petition hereto tell Betsy DeVos not to authorize the use of federal education funding to purchase guns!
  • Join Lunchtime for Change– from Families Belong Together:  This virtual event will take place every Wednesday, starting Sept 5. The atrocity of tearing apart families seeking refuge and asylum must end. Families that have been torn apart must be reunited, and the impacts of their separation must be addressed. If you want to take action from wherever you are, join this weekly virtual event. Between 12 and 1 PM each Wednesday (or whenever your lunch break is), take as many of the actions on this list as possible. There will be new actions every Wednesday! Sign up and view the actions here.
  • Share your election day pictures!– Are you voting in tomorrow’s primary?  (of course you are!).  Are you holding a sign, or doing some last-minute canvassing, or calling for your favorite candidate?  If so share your photos with us!  You can email them to Jackie@riseupwesternmass.comso we can share them on FB, Twitter or on our website!
  • Learn about The People’s Agenda 2018 – MA Jobs with Justice is working to get the word out to voters about the 3 Ballot questions this November. Read about them hereand then share the information with your friends.  Remember want to vote YES, YES, YES on all 3!
    • Safe Patient Staffing: This ballot measure will improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.
    • Advisory Commission on Corporate Personhood and Political Spending: The Initiative asks voters to establish a non-partisan Citizens Commission to advance the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to address the undue influence of concentrated money on elections and government policy.
    • Transgender Rights: This ballot initiative would uphold current legislation protecting trans people’s basic right to access public accommodations.

Upcoming Events   

  • Springfield Prison Strike Support: Public Phone Zap– Friday, Sept 7, 12:00-2:30PM, We are in the midst of one of the largest national prison strikes in U.S. history, but the mainstream media has not been adequately covering it. To support the prisoners and incarcerated people who are protesting and going on hunger strike nationwide, some local organizers are holding two public phone zap actions: one in Springfield (event link here) and one in Northampton on 9/6 (event link here). Please come out to stand with us in protest of modern incarceration practices. Learn more, make a call, and stand by prisoners. We’ll be in front of the courthouse!
  • 2 Mile Walk in Honor of Jafet Robles – Tuesday, Sept 11, 5:30-8:00PM, Szot Park, Palmer Avenue and Bemis, Chicopee. “We need to come together and unite, organize and strategically plan… Never underestimate the power of people who organize. Life is short, this is a short ride.” – Jafet Robles. Friends and Family of Jafet Robles invite you to our first 2 mile walk to honor Jafet on Tuesday September 11th at 5:30pm, Szot Park Pavilion in Chicopee. We will then walk to the Chicopee Police department and make our presence known, and then return to Szot Park for a candlelight vigil. Please join us in peaceful remembrance and solidarity as we walk to honor his legacy. View the event details
  • Third Western MA Health Equity Summit – Friday, September 14, 8:00AM-3:30PM, Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst. The Summit will bring together practitioners, students, planners and community leaders from across sectors and our four counties. We’ll work, learn, and take important steps toward creating greater health equity in Western MA. Participate in unique networking and collaboration opportunities. Attend workshops and roundtables on policy, power, the toxicity of racism, and data & analysis challenges. For details including speaker list, view the event details
  • Immigration Talk “What’s Going ON?” and Potluck with Lucio– Monday, Sept 17, 5:30-8:00PM, First Church Amherst, 165 Main St, Amherst. Please join us on Monday, September 17 at 5:30 pm for our next Potluck Dinner with Lucio Perez Featuring a Guest Speaker at First Church Amherst. Lauren Burke will present on the topic of “What’s Going ON? A Look at Our Country’s Immigration Past, Present and Hopes for the Future” at 5:30 in the First Floor Main Sanctuary, followed by dinner in the lower level dining room at 6:30. Details can be found
  • How To be A Muslim: An American Story with Haroon Moghul – Sunday, Sept 23, 1:00-3:00PM, Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow. Please join us in September to hear renowned author and scholar, Haroon Moghul, speak about his book, ‘How to be a Muslim: An American Story’, teaching Islam at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and the challenges and opportunities of navigating Jewish-Muslim relations here in the U.S. and in Israel/Palestine.  This event is hosted by Critical Connections. For more information view the event details
  • The People’s Agenda: Understanding the 2018 Ballot Questions– Tuesday, Sept 25. Join us (along with MA Jobs with Justice) as we discuss the 3 questions that will be on our ballots in November. Learn what the questions are about and why MA Jobs with Justice is supporting “Yes” votes on all three.  Event details coming soon.
  • Chicopee Democratic City Committee Breakfast – Sunday, Sept 30, 9:30AM-12:30PM, Castle of Knights, Memorial Drive, Chicopee. The Chicopee Democratic City Committee is proud to honor: Democrat of Distinction – Suzanne Bump, Democrat of the Year – Karen Hansmann, Activist of the Year – Shanique Spalding, Special Guest Speaker – National Presidential Advisor Nick Carter. Join us at 9:30 for coffee. Program and breakfast at 10 AM, $30. View event details
  • 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 Calendarfor 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: news@indivisible-ma.org.

Indivisible National

Legislative 101: Whipping the Vote
What does it mean to “whip the vote,” anyway? Unity ahead of a fight is a key ingredient to legislative success, and MoCs in leadership have a fleet of tools at their disposal to make sure that their caucus stays together.
Sometimes issues are so black and white that a party caucus will all hold together without any influence from leadership. But sometimes, certain members need a little… nudging… to vote with the rest of the caucus—and that’s where whipping comes in. Whipping is the name for deliberate pressure exerted on rank and file members by leadership, so that the member votes the way leadership wants. It’s a standard practice on both sides because it’s a necessary part of any legislative victory. Read more here.

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