Consider yourself invited!
Happy New Year fellow RUWMI activists!
4 years ago, a friend asked me to join her at the Women’s March in Boston. I had heard about the march but hadn’t planned on going. She convinced me and so I quickly knitted a pussy hat and joined her. It was my first protest and my first foray into activism of any kind. I could not possibly have imagined the journey that first step would have led me on. I am so grateful for that invite as it was the gentle push I needed to step out of my comfort zone and into a whole new world. This year, consider me that friend, inviting you to march – let’s do this!
This week we march!
Millions of people around the world participated in the first Women’s March on Jan 21, 2017, the largest single-day protest in US history. Maybe you were one of those people? Maybe you went to DC, or NY, or Boston? Maybe you stayed closer to home and marched in Northampton? This year, we have the exciting opportunity to march together right here in our own community. Let’s show up and make the march in Springfield a huge success! Here is everything you need to know!
MARCH STARTING POINT – Northgate Center, 1985 Main Street, Springfield
GATHERING & PRE-RALLY START TIME – 11:00 am
MARCH STEP OFF TIME – 12:00 pm
RALLY LOCATION – Springfield City Hall
RALLY TIME – 1:00 pm (approx.)
For more details including a march route map and transportation and parking information click here.
At the end of the march join us for the activist fair at City Hall. Click here for information.
- RUWMOneSmallThing – From the Pioneer Valley Women’s March: “The theme of our 2020 march is “Unity Across Communities to Save Our World,” a call to unite across identities and geography to demand action on the climate crisis…We also acknowledge that no issue exists in a vacuum and that we must continue to fight for all the issues that affect us”. So, this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do to make a difference is to take one action steps suggested by the Women’s March.
- Let’s make some signs – Get ready for the march this weekend by making your sign. There are several local sign-making events that you can join
- Call our senators and voice your support for a fair and open impeachment trial – (h/t Indivisible). The House of Representatives has made the case to the American people that Donald Trump has corrupted the office of the presidency and that he tried to cover it up. And now, the House has voted to impeach him. But that doesn’t mean our work is done. We’ve seen the mountain of evidence that proves Donald Trump is a criminal and has no business serving as President of the United States. The Senate is responsible for holding a trial that will determine whether or not Trump is ultimately removed from office. That process is supposed to be fair and impartial, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said that he will “coordinate” with Donald Trump to set the rules for Trump’s own trial. This is classic GOP behavior: they can’t win on the merits, so they rig the rules instead. We can’t let that happen. We need to call our senators and let them know that we need a fair trial. For Democratic senators, demand that they speak out loudly and firmly about the need for a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate. You can reach our senators using this link
- Help Australia fight the fires – (h/t Cnet) They write “Australia is facing an unprecedented national crisis, as bushfires tear through rural communities across the nation. Since September, at least 20 people have died and over 1,500 homes have been destroyed. Another 28 people have been confirmed missing after bushfires tore through busy tourist hubs in eastern Victoria at the turn of the new year. The scale of the threat is immense, and fires continue to burn, with authorities calling for people to evacuate their homes as the country braces for another weekend of catastrophic danger.” This is in addition to the unimaginable numbers of animals that have been killed. You can read the full Cnet article here and learn all about the fires. At the end of the article you can view all the ways you can help, and organizations you can support.
- Volunteer with the Pioneer Valley Women’s March – (h/t PV Women’s March). The Pioneer Valley Women’s March is calling all volunteers! They have positions for march marshals, chant leaders, activist fair helpers, set up/clean-up crew and more! Use this link and let them know how you can help!
- 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
- Longmeadow “Your Town Committee Openings” Informational Meeting – Wednesday, January 15, 6:00-7:00PM, Over Sixty Room of the Greenwood Adult Center Community Center, 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow. The openings on four committees will be discussed: The Conservation Commission, the Recycling Commission, the Historical Commission and the Building Demolition Committee. The speakers will cover the purpose of each committee, the terms and responsibilities of each opening and the application process. A light dinner will be served.
- WMALF Racial Justice and Immigration Committee Meeting – Thursday, January 16, 6:00-7:30PM, 1199 Seiu, 20 Maple St, Springfield. Join us for the next meeting of the WMALF Racial Justice & Immigration Committee! This committee is dedicated to helping build a more inclusive and diverse labor movement for ALL working people in Western Mass. This meeting will also include a presentation and training on the Worker and Family Mobility Act. This important act would grant the basic right to obtain driver’s licenses to all qualified applicants regardless of immigration status, making our roads and communities safer while respecting immigrant’s basic rights to mobility. View the event on Facebook here.
- Springfield, MA Political Leadership School – Saturday, January 18, 9:00AM-5:30PM, HB&R Associates; 240 Caldwell Dr, Springfield. The Foundation’s Political Leadership School will help you understand how the political process REALLY works, because when you understand how the political process works, you can make it work to advance the issues and causes you believe in that will restore America to its small-government, constitutional roots. This is not a class on political philosophy or ideas. This is practical, no nonsense and tested information on how to be effective in politics. Read more here.
- 4th Annual Pioneer Valley Women’s March – Saturday, January 18, 12:00-3:00PM, Springfield! Women, gender-oppressed people and our allies are uniting across communities to stand in solidarity, fight for our rights and demand immediate action on the climate crisis – join us! The march will step off at 12pm from Northgate Center (1985 Main Street, Springfield), where we will march down Main Street to City Hall for a rally starting about 1pm. View event details here.
- PVWM Community Activist Fair – Saturday, January 18, 12:00-3:00PM, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield. Want to do more than march? Have lots of energy that you want to put to good use? Come to the Pioneer Valley Women’s March Community Activist Fair to find out how you can make a difference! The PVWM Community Activist Fair will be held indoors at City Hall on the first and ground floors during and after the march, 12-3pm. If your organization would like to table at the fair and meet hundreds of potential volunteers and activists, register here. There is no cost to participate. Admission is free; however, donations to the Pioneer Valley Women’s March will gladly be accepted at the Fair to help cover expenses. View the event on Facebook here.
- RUWMI-Swing Left 2020 Monthly Action – Sunday, January 19, 10:00-11:30 AM, Panera Bread, 601 Memorial Drive, Suite G, Chicopee. Come join us for our December 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 seems a long way off, but now is when we need to begin making 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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