May 26 Mass Action Newsletter

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Editor's Note
Here's some encouraging news!
  • Stacy Abrams is now the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, and if elected would become the first black woman to run a state. Donate here.
  • Amy McGrath has won the Democratic primary in Kentucky’s sixth Congressional district with 48.5 percent of the vote, beating out Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, who earned 40.9 percent of the vote. McGrath will face Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) in the general election this November.
Also, the core team at Indivisible MA is working hard to help us strengthen our movement by holding monthly calls. Be sure to mark your calendars and register!
 
May 26, 2018
 
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!
Push the House to Vote on Net Neutrality
The ACLU and other groups have fought tirelessly for Congress to save net neutrality – and our action is working. Now that the Senate has voted to reverse the FCC's decision, the pressure is on the House. It's clearer than ever that the vast majority of people in this country – regardless of political party – want an internet that's fair, free, and open. So our representatives must decide: answer to the will of the people, or cave to the interests of Big Telecom.

Here's how you can help:
  • Send a message to your representative now to demand that they use the Congressional Review Act to save net neutrality.
  • Use these tools at Battle for the Net  to tweet, write, email, or visit them.
  • Use this form provided by the ACLU.
Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton, and Kristan Smith-Park, Indivisible Acton Area
Sign On to Protect Medicare and Medicaid
Republicans are moving forward with a devastating plan to cut $800 MILLION from Medicare and Medicaid. This is on top of raising taxes for middle-class families and sabotaging Obamacare.

It’s clear: The GOP will stop at nothing to help their wealthy donors make more money off the backs of seniors and working families.

Add your name now to demand Republicans keep their hands off of Medicare and Medicaid

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton
Keep Immigrant Families Together
While President Obama used military bases to house unaccompanied immigrant child refugees in 2014 on an emergency basis, the administration now wants to use them for children they intentionally plan to separate from their families.   

Let’s tell our MoCs and Homeland security that we want families to stay together.

Sen. Jamie Eldridge’s amendment #1147, which would add 4 key protections to immigrants, has a good chance of passing, but we need to get as many Senators as possible to co-sponsor – and be ready to fight for it. Call your Senator and Senate Ways & Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka today by using MIRA’s Phone2Action tool.  

Submitted by Kristan Smith-Park, Indivisible Acton Area
Text to Protect Marriage Equality
Marriage equality became Massachusetts law 14 years ago. Unfortunately, today there are Attorneys General across this country who want to take this right away.  Join Open Progress and text to help elect Attorney Generals who will stand up to fight corruption, protect our environment, defend out healthcare, stand up for immigrants, and protections for our LGBTQ+ community.

Submitted by Kristan Smith-Park, Indivisible Acton Area
Get the Indivisible Guide to #NeverAgain
Another school shooting.  Read Indivisible's guide to learn what you can do right now to say #NeverAgain.

Submitted by Kristan Smith-Park, Indivisible Acton Area
FEATURE ARTICLES
Sign Up Now for Indivisible MA Statewide Calls
Please put these dates in your calendars so we can all connect!

You have to register before joining these meetings. As a group leader, if you can not attend, please share the link with someone else from your group who can join us to represent your group. Thank you! Submitted by Monica Burke, Indivisible Acton
Mark Your Calendar for the Climate March on September 8
On September 8, after months of organizing and movement-building, the People's Climate Movement will move tens of thousands of people across the country into action, joining partners from around the world, to show our elected leaders that we demand action on climate change.  

Eight weeks later, millions more will take those demands to the polls, making Climate, Jobs, and Justice central issues in the mid-term elections and beyond.

Get more information and RSVP here.

In the past year Trump has launched unprecedented attacks on our environment, the clean power plan, and the Environmental Protection Agency. His administration has trampled on the rights of frontline communities hardest hit by climate change and deregulated protections for our precious natural resources. The good news? More than ever, people are ready to take action, to hit the streets, and fight back.

With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, now is the time to engage and mobilize our communities for climate, jobs, and justice.

Throughout 2018, using the Global Climate Action Summit and the 2018 mid-term elections as motivating moments, the Peoples Climate Movement will execute a comprehensive organizing, mobilizing, and movement-building program.

Launching this spring and escalating throughout the summer, our 2018 plans will manifest on September 8 in hundreds of events across the country with tens of thousands of people taking part in events and actions for climate, jobs, and justice. Then, even more civically-engaged Americans will demand climate action at the ballot box in the mid-term elections.

Pledge to join tens of thousands of people taking action to demand bold climate action on September 8th, and beyond.

We will be calling for a transition to a new 100% clean and renewable energy future that creates millions of family-sustaining jobs and ensures that racial and economic justice are core to action on climate in every community.

Our communities, our planet, and our future depend on a climate movement that reaches all corners of this country. To change everything, it takes everyone — and with your help we can build a sustainable world for generations to come.

Join us, spread the word, and pledge to take action on September 8 and beyond.

In Solidarity,
Paul Getsos,
National Director, People's Climate Movement

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton
MA EVENTS CALENDAR
Pre-Convention Indivisible Call for Dem Delegates
Join the call where you can ask questions, plan to meet up, strategize, and more!  In the meantime, please ask questions on the #delegates_june_2018 Slack channel.

Day    Monday, May 28
Time   8:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Place  Join by computer: zoom.us/j/5543487958
           Dial in (audio only) 646-876-9923 (PIN 554-348-7958)

Here are some additional resources for delegates.
Submitted by Monica Burke, Indivisible Acton
Can Your Group Collect 50 Signatures for Ballot Questions?
Can your group commit to gather signatures for two different MA ballot questions: minimum wage and paid family medical leave?

If 20 local groups each agree to get 50 signatures, that would be 1,000 and big boost to this critical effort. This signature drive is short and we have only 24 days until the end of signature collection on June 17 in advance of the June 19 deadline to hand over the signature forms to officials in cities and towns.
  1. Organizers need all groups to start their signature programs and start reporting. As of now, 51 organizations have set goals, but only 18 have reported signatures.  Click on this link to report. 
  2. Sign up for the Transit Day of Action on Wednesday, May 30, and choose a T stop where your group will collect signatures. You can sign up to collect signatures on our spreadsheet here. Our goal is to get 100 sign ups and collect 5,000 signatures in one day.  Right now, we've got 6, so 94 to go. Here's a link to the signature timeline.  
Kudos to CSJ, JALSA, JP Progressives, Mass Peace Action, MVP, Rosie's Place, and Worcester Foodbank for being over their 90% benchmark.
Elizabeth Warren Campaign Training Session
Get updates on Elizabeth Warren's reelection campaign and learn how you can get involved in 2018. The meeting will include a training on how to use MiniVAN, a tool to make canvassing easier and more efficient!

Day    Saturday, May 26
Time  11:00 AM
Place  Plymouth Center For The Arts, 11 North St., Plymouth
Information here

Submitted by Monica Burke, Indivisible Acton Area
Clean Energy Campaign in Full Swing
A series of education, advocacy, community events are planned to raise awareness and grow excitement for enacting Clean Energy MA legislation in the current session ending July 31, 2018.

Our legislators need to hear from the communities they represent! Schedule a MASC training, film, parade in your community to spread word that S2302 will die in July, if the public doesn't know it's a possibility, and advocate for it.

Come learn how we can move Massachusetts forward, green our economy, and lead the nation in the transition to using renewable  power for electricity, transport, and buildings. All programs are free, open to the public, and family-friendly.
  • Monday June 11, 7 PM. MA Sierra Club’s Deb Pasternak presents an update on the legislative progress and need for public advocacy of energy and environmental justice bills pending in the state legislature, including An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future S.2302 and corresponding House bills. First Parish Hall, 40 Church Street, Northborough.
  • June 16, SOuLAR Jazz fest, cool technology and hot jazz. 11 am – 6 pm. 40 Church Street, Northborough.
  • June 21, Screening of Bag it! Is your life too plastic? Executive Producer Judith Kohin will speak about the film and its impact on municipal single-use plastic bag bans. Northborough Public Library, 7 PM.
Submitted by Jeanne Cahill
Getting to the Point with Former AG Eric Holder
Eric H. Holder Jr. will visit the Institute for a Getting to the Point conversation on gerrymandering and its impact on the American political system. Mr. Holder served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, is a partner at Covington, and serves as the Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. He is the third longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African-American to hold that office.
This event is free.

Please register online. NOTE: seating is first come, first served

Registration and doors close 15 minutes after the start of the program. Some seats have obstructed views.

Day     Wednesday, May 30
Time   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Place  Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

Submitted by Monica Burke, Indivisible Acton
Make Calls for Candidates
Join us to take action together as part of the #BlueWave2018!

Indivisible Acton is making calls on behalf of our 10 endorsed out of state candidates who are running in the most flippable districts. Training included.

Call for one of them or a couple - you choose your favorites!

Bring your laptop, cell phone, and headphones.

More information here.        

Day    Thursday, May 31
Time   6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Place  Acton Memorial Library, 2nd Fl. Conf. Rm 486, Acton
Submitted by Monica Burke, Indivisible Acton
Help New Citizens Register to Vote
One way of making a difference in the upcoming election is to help new citizens register to vote. Thursdays, May 31 and June 7 are  New Americans Voter Registration Drives.

They are at various Boston locations. See details and sign up here.

Submitted by Patricia Boyden, Indivisible Canton
Turn America Orange to Stop Gun Violence
Orange has long been the color of gun violence prevention, and on June 3 residents, survivors, students, elected leaders, community leaders, parents, and kids in Boston will join together to #WearOrange and show indisputably that there is a movement of Americans committed to stop gun violence.

Will you be one of the thousands of Americans joining together to recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day this June? Join us in Boston for family-friendly fun, music, games, guest speakers, and activism to #EndGunViolence.

Guest speakers include student leaders from March for our Lives: Boston and MSD Strong New England, and Boston City Councilor At-Large, Ayanna Pressley.

Sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

RSVP here.
Text Orange to 644-33
email bostonmetrogroup.ma@gmail.com

Day     Sunday, June 3
Time   3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Place  Lena Park Community Dev. Center, 150 American Legion Hwy, Dorchester
    
Submitted by Rina Schneur
CD-3 Candidates Face Off in Foreign Policy Debate
All CD-3 candidates running for Niki Tsongas's seat will participate in a foreign policy debate.

The U.S. - North Korean summit has now collapsed: where does that leave U.S. policy for Korean peninsula disarmament? Come find out what actions and safeguards your next U.S. House Representative will propose and fight for.

All CD-3 candidates will meet to answer questions about what they see as global pivotal issues and to showcase their knowledge on foreign policy, including not only North Korea, but Iran, Syria, the Middle East, and other pertinent and pressing engagements that are vital to U.S. security.

Register here.

Be informed -- our choice this September in the primary will have an impact for years to come!

Day     Tuesday, June 5
Time   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Place   Devens Commerce Center, 33 Andrews Pkwy, Ste 207, Devens

Submitted by Margaret Scarsdale, Indivisible Nashoba
March to Protect Transgender Rights
In Massachusetts, a bill seeking to repeal the state’s 2017 transgender anti-discrimination law secured enough signatures to make it on the ballot this year.

If the Massachusetts Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum is successful, it will scrap Senate Bill 2407, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in public places — such as hotels, restaurants and stores. Massachusetts’ referendum would be the first statewide vote on whether to maintain or scrap legislation that protects transgender people, according to the ACLU.

Register to March with Joe Kennedy on June 9th, 2018, and show your support for keeping these protections alive for our Transgender friends and Family in MA!

Day     Saturday, June 9
Time   9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Place   Lir Pub, 903 Boylston Street, Boston

Submitted by Kim Spencer
Day of Amity Event in Foxboro
In observance of Race Amity Day 2018, as proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts, the Foxborough Race Amity Day Committee is pleased to announce the showing of the TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson, “We need to talk about an injustice…” at the Orpheum / Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center on Race Amity Day, Sunday, June 10.

Light refreshments and discussion will follow after the film.

YOU are welcome to join us – Open to ALL !
For information contact:
  • Julie Jaberi:                 JulieJaberi19@gmail.com; 413-237-3688
  • Neda Joury-Penders:     NJouryPenders@yahoo.com; 617-851-5072
Day    Sunday, June 10
Time   Noon – 3:00 PM
Place  Orpheum Theater, 1 School St., Foxboro

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton
ACLU Volunteer Opportunities
The ACLU is looking for volunteers to help in its Boston office, and is also sponsoring phone banks and a training session for court watchers.

Volunteer Sessions
Join us for our volunteer sessions at the Boston office! We're always looking for help with letter stuffing, admin/data entry, and other organizational projects.

We are prepping for the Bill of Rights dinner this week, so please come by!

RSVP to osantoro@aclum.org.

Day     Every 1st and 3rd Friday (Unless otherwise noted)
Time   11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Place  211 Congress St, 4th Floor, Boston

Court Watch Training
As part of our What a Difference a DA Makes campaign, the ACLU is partnering with Mass Bail Fund, Families for Justice as Healing, National Lawyers’ Guild, and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for a series of court watch trainings throughout the state. At these trainings, you'll learn what happens inside our criminal courts and about the roles prosecutors play. This training will show you what to look for when you're in a courtroom.

Lunch will be served. To RSVP, sign up here.

Day     Sunday, June 3
Time   12:30pm-3:00pm
Place   211 Congress St, 4th Floor, Boston

Submitted by Patricia Boyden, Indivisible Canton
Join Action Together SEMA at Dem Gubernatorial Forum
The New Bedford Democratic City Committee is hosting an open fair and a gubernatorial candidates forum in New Bedford.

The candidate forum is designed to inform South Coast voters –especially New Bedford  voters-- of different issue positions of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates. It encourages wide participation from youth and adults, all ethnicities and residents. It is a great opportunity to voice our requirements for policy actions and commit them to earn your vote. Come and score the candidates on how each respond to local, state, and global concerns.

The open fair will have booths that offer voter registration Information, candidate advocacy briefing materials, a local farmer’s market and welcoming local music. Democratic candidates will meet and greet voters.

Gubernatorial candidates Robert Massie and Jay Gonzalez and other candidates for federal, state, and local offices are expected at both fair and forum. Day     Sunday, May 27
Time   Open Fair: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
           Candidate Forum:12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place  Zeiteron Theater, 694 Purchase St., New Bedford

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton

NEWS FROM the BERKSHIRES to BOSTON

Links to Local News From Around MA
Voter Registration at Cape Cod Libraries
The non-partisan community volunteer group Cape and Islands Vote! 2018 has organized a three day voter registration event at more than 25 libraries across the Cape and Islands on June 14, 15, and 16.

Non-partisan volunteers will be on hand with all the materials necessary to answer questions, help with absentee ballots, register voters from MA and visitors from around the country.
  • Have you moved since you last voted?
  • Not sure if you’re registered?
  • Other questions about voting?
Get answers!

Submitted by Laurie Veninger

NATIONAL and OUT of STATE ACTIONS

Sign Up to Help Protect Our Democracy
For almost a full year, a group of organizers in Boston comprised of members of Indivisible groups, as well as March for Truth, has been working with the coalition of MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, and Not Above the Law to be at the ready to protest, should Trump attempt to fire Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, or pardon key witnesses.

Such an act would be a completely unjustified, outrageous attempt to undermine the Russia investigation, and part of a long and disturbing series of actions undertaken by the Trump Administration to interfere with that investigation. This would be construed as an attack on our democracy, and might be discovered to be collusion by the Trump campaign itself. Over 900 rallies are planned in all 50 states; at this time there are more than 350,000 signed up to show up - but we know that is a gross under-estimation of the feet that will actually hit the street in the face of such a crisis!

If such an announcement is made before 2pm local time, protesters will take to the streets at 5pm; if an announcement is made after 2pm, then they will gather at noon the following day. There are currently 31 events planned in the State of Massachusetts. The rally in Boston will take place on the Boston Common, across from the State House.
  • To find (and sign up for) the event closest to you, click on this link and fill in your zip code.
  • To join our group on Facebook, where we occasionally post relevant items of interest, go here.
Recently, the Boston Steering Committee has broadened its coalition to include representatives from Indivisible MA, Common Cause, ACLU MA, CAST, Lawyers for Good Government, and organizers from Climate marches - and other groups continue to join.

This is an abbreviated list of the group's initial demands:
  • That members of Congress act immediately to protect the special counsel’s office, including preserving its files and staff;
  • The creation of a modern-day version of the Senate Select Watergate Committee to investigate all matters involved in the Russia scandals and Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of justice;
  • The start of bipartisan hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on obstruction of justice and abuse of power;
  • That our elected State Representatives stand up for our democracy in the face of the apparent obstruction of justice by the current Administration;
  • A comprehensive investigation by the Attorneys General into the firing of Rosenstein or Mueller.
The fact is that we can't stop at just one protest on one day - we must keep the pressure on until we get to the truth! The steering committee in Boston is currently discussing what the follow-up wave of actions will look like for their group. Input will come from the national organizing group (as "together we are stronger"), but must also make sense for us here in Massachusetts. We will keep this group apprised of discussions and plans along the way.

Submitted by Kim Spencer

RECOMMENDED READING

Mueller Investigation
Here are a couple of articles to explore the implications and possible outcomes of Mueller's investigation:
New Yorker: Will Robert Mueller Explore Trump's Business Ties by Adam Davison
New Yorker: Is Comey the Beginning of the End for Trump by David Remnick
NY Times: Former C.I.A. Chief Tells of Concern Over Possible Russia Ties to Trump Campaign 

Background Reading
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right 
Hillbilly Elegy offers one type portrait of the rise of the right in the US. This book by New Yorker writer/reporter Jane Mayer offers up quite a different story. Through extensive research, she illuminates the history of an elite cadre of plutocrats, headed by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys, all of whom have bankrolled a systematic plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.  

“Deeply researched and studded with detail . . . Seems destined to rattle the Koch executive offices in Wichita as other investigations have not.” —Washington Post

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Learn More About Indivisible Statewide Teams
Are you new to Indivisible?  Join one or more of our statewide issues and actions teams!
If you'd like to contact one of our team leaders their contact emails are below. Although many teams have more than one team leader, for simplicity's sake, we list just one contact point.
  • Elections       Monica Burke - monica@indivisibleacton.org
  • Legislation    Mark Dyen - mark.dyen@gmail.com
  • Newsletter    Michelle Olson - michelleolson@me.com
  • Web Site       David DuBuron - dduburon@yahoo.com
  • Fundraising   Jeff Swann - jldswann@gmail.com
  • Press             Margaret Scarsdale -scarsdale.margaret@gmail.com
  • Operations    Jeff Swann - jldswann@gmail.com
  • Training        Michael Ansara msansara@gmail.com
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