Once again, this week we march!
Trump’s executive order didn’t end the problem of the human rights violations happening at the border (read details below in “The More You Know” section below). So once again we grab our signs and on Saturday, we take to the streets. Where will you be marching?
We (like you) have the inhumane separation of migrant children from their parents at the forefront of our minds. We wonder if THIS will be the issue that finally motivates the GOP to speak truth to power. We wonder if we are truly witnessing our country slide toward authoritarianism. We wonder how it is possible that despite all of our collective grassroots efforts, we have still managed to sink this far as a nation. We also wonder how much worse it would be had we not been active this past year.
It is not hyperbole to say that we are working to save our democracy. It is not hyperbole to say that each action we take matters. And it is not hyperbole to say that now more than ever, WE NEED YOU to take as active a role as possible with us. Contact us at Jackie@RiseUpWesternMass.com to get more involved.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- ACLU Supreme Court Tele-Town Hall – June 26, 3:00-4:00PM, The current Supreme Court term features cases that will strongly impact the future of civil liberties in America. Join us as David Cole, our National Legal Director, discusses what’s at stake for the Muslim ban, voting rights, immigrant detention, equality for same-sex couples, and more. He will share his insights about the court’s decisions and Justice Neil Gorsuch’s impact on the rulings. David will be joined by Michele Moore, ACLU Chief Communications Officer, for a conversational interview, followed by Q&A. Register for the call here.
- Roundtable on Fake Women’s Health Centers in the Pioneer Valley – June 26, 6:00-8:00PM, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton. Did you know that there are four Fake Women’s Health Centers in Pioneer Valley?!
Join us for a roundtable discussion with local health professionals, NARAL staff, and community members on the threat Fake Women’s Health Centers pose in Massachusetts, the potential impact of the upcoming Supreme Court decision in #NIFLAvBecerra, and strategies we can use to fight back. View the event on Facebook here.
- Kids on the Border: Film Screening and Attorney Activist Q and A – June 26, 6:30-8:30PM, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, 20 Hampton Ave Suite 200, Northampton. Come and watch the Academy Award Winning Documentary Film “Which Way Home” which follows children attempting to cross the border and seek asylum in the U.S. Following the film screening will be a Q and A discussion with former immigration attorney and current advocate Lauren Burke, a resident of Western Mass who has directly represented more than 500 individuals in the U.S. immigration system and who has been recording live videos on the current crisis at the border.
Light snacks provided. Film begins at 6pm with the Q and A beginning at 7:30. View Facebook event here.
- Massachusetts Bail Fund Hampden County Launch Party! – June 29, 6:00-9:00PM, Out Now, 1695 Main St, Fl 2, Springfield. The Massachusetts Bail Fund recently began taking referrals in Hampden County – we hope you can join us to mark the occasion! This event is hosted by the Massachusetts Bail Fund and the Western Mass Prison Abolition Network. MBF Volunteers post bail of up to $500 for people who cannot afford their bail. The Western Mass Prison Abolition Network observes and reports courtroom practices in Springfield, fundraises and works to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people through building relationships with other organizations working on prison abolition and strategic reforms. Volunteers from the Bail Fund will be present to talk about the work we do, but mostly we want to celebrate building the prison abolition movement throughout Western Mass! View event details here.
- Liberate ALL Families/ Liberar TODAS Las Familias – June 30, 11:00AM-1:00PM, One Financial Plaza, Springfield. This is our local march, one of over 600 planned nationwide. Across the border and in communities of color here in Massachusetts, immigrants and people of color are being targeted by ICE and the police, exploited at their jobs, and separated from their children and loved ones. At the border, children are being separated from their parents and their own brothers and sisters while corporations and private prisons and jails are profiting off of detention and deportation.
So, what is Massachusetts doing to protect immigrant families? The state Senate passed a budget amendment with 4 basic protections, to stop police from helping detain immigrants (287g program) and to protect civil rights and due process. But the House is doing NOTHING, and Governor Baker has threatened to veto the Senate measure. We need to be loud and clear. Join immigrant workers and people of color from across the state as we say NO to detention, NO to deportation, NO to separating families at the border, NO to incarceration, NO to police brutality, and NO to foreclosure here in Massachusetts! View event details here. To search for all marches use this link.
- Western Mass. Medicare for All Outreach Training – July 1, 12:00-3:00PM, 100 Bigelow St., Holyoke. This lively and interactive program will present the current context for Single Payer advocacy and explore our own hopes and concerns about the transition to such a system. We will also be discussing the non-binding ballot question to appear in six local districts in November, specifics about Medicare for All and proposed state legislation, and strategies for countering opposition arguments. Anyone interested in doing outreach with WMM4A – tabling, speaking to individuals or groups, writing letters or opinion pieces – will benefit from this training. We may need to cap the number of participants, so please RSVP as soon as possible! Register for this training by sending your name, phone number, and email address to Beth Eisenberg, our Training Coordinator: jubilada@iCloud.com
- Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly – July 2, 6:00PM, The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. What is Sanctuary in the Streets? Sanctuary in the Streets is a rapid response network of 2,000 people and 40 congregations mobilizing against raids and deportations, workplace abuse, and hate crimes. We have a 24-hour response hotline and have trained 800 people to rapidly mobilize as a detention is taking place. Thus far, we have accompanied over 40 individuals/families facing immigration detention and/or deportation and have worked with dozens of workers to win justice in cases of wage theft, retaliation, and sexual harassment. What happens at the general assemblies? At our general assemblies, all our committees meet: fundraising, education and media, logistics and technology, events and training, and our newly formed mutual aid committee. If you’re new, you’ll attend an orientation to learn about the network and the current projects of each committee. You’ll then be ready to join a committee or plug into existing projects! View event on Facebook here.
- Take Back the House Western Mass 2018 Phone-banking and Canvassing Events – Events scheduled to work on taking back the House in a number of races (NH, NY) from June 21-August 1 in the Northampton/Amherst area. Take Back the House 2018 Western Massachusetts is a campaign to connect Western Mass progressives with democratic races in contested states to amplify our impact and take back the House in 2018. Have you wondered “What can I do from a blue state to help take back the House in the midterms?” The answer is “Plenty!” and our help is greatly needed. Join Western Mass activists who are coming together to support efforts to flip the U.S. House from red to blue. To sign up for area events use this link. Or for more information visit the their
- 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.
- Canvassing for Lindsay Sabadosa for State Rep! – Join us every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm for canvassing around 1st Hampshire District. Event details
- Phonebank with Amaad Rivera – June 27, 4:00-8:00PM, 15 Crescent Hill St, Springfield. Event details here.
- Sunday Canvass with Amaad Rivera – July 1, 12:00-4:00PM, 15 Crescent Hill St, Springfield. Event details
- Party with a Purpose: Forest Park – Meet and greet for Amaad Rivera. July 7, 6:30-7:30PM, RSVP, please email Amaad’s Campaign Manager, Ben Schiller at email@example.com!
Donald Trump is a National Security Risk. Here’s the current #TrumpThreatLevel.
From his tweets to his bluster to his white supremacist policies, Donald Trump poses a security risk to the United States. He is actively making us less safe with each day in office. Here is a running list of just some of the ways he has threatened our safety—and don’t forget to check out our new website, where you can learn more about the current #TrumpThreatLevel.
The More You Know
What Trump’s executive order did and did not do.
- Anatomy of an executive order: What President Trump’s order on family separation does
- Watch this Facebook video breaking down what Trump’s new executive order does and – more importantly – what it fails to do. Then, pass it on so that everyone has the facts.
- Trump’s executive order only protects against family separation for 20 days
- Immigrant Advocates: Trump Executive Order Would ‘Replace One Crisis For Another’
- Trump Retreats on Separating Families, but Thousands May Remain Apart
- Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations
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