October 3 Mass Action Newsletter

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Editor's Note

Deep breaths, everyone. The chaos and almost unbelievable depravity exhibited on our screens daily are enough to make us all feel nauseous. Take heart from the activists all across the country who are working together toward justice and dignity for all people, not just a fortunate few.

This will not be over on November 4, regardless of the election's outcome. Our movement and activism must continue, because we, not any one leader, are our own saviors.

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again”–Thomas Paine

October 3, 2020

IN TOUCH WITH INDIVISIBLE

Fight Voter Suppression: Protect the Vote and Results

Weary after the Presidential Debate? Or more like livid and tired of all the lies, disinformation and out right voter suppression tactics that Trump screamed into the TV cameras. Your best option is to keep your focus and activism work going to get out the vote which gives the voters a positive and accurate message to counter the GOP disinformation and voter suppression efforts.

Indivisible Mass Coalition and Swing Left Greater Boston are working together to stop voter suppression in two phases: You can become an Election Defender as part of our Phase 1  Protect the Vote efforts! Sign up here as an Election Defender.
Unlike traditional poll watchers, the Election Defenders will work to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water) election and voter defense, de-escalating right-wing intimidation tactics, and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out.   

Mark your calendar on October 22 at 7:00 PM and plan to join the Indivisible Mass Coalition Statewide Call focused on the Protect the Results efforts. Learn how to become part of the phase II effort with Protect the Results, which is a network of more than 90 grassroots organizations led by Indivisible National and Stand Up Democracy to mobilize Americans across the country if Donald Trump loses and refuses to concede the election or otherwise attempts to undermine the results. 

We won’t get all of the results on election night—it may take days or even longer for states to properly count the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots needed to conduct a safe election during a pandemic. That’s why we need to be ready to respond if Trump or his allies try to prematurely declare victory.  Every vote, in every state, will be counted.

Please update your mobile phone number here and tell us if you want to be part of the effort.

Submitted by Deb Paul, Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition Coordinating Board
Meet Nes Correnti, Candidate for CD-8 Rep to IMC Board

Nes Correnti is an Indivisible from Congressional District 8 (CD-8) who you’ll all want to meet and get to know so you too can do activist work with her. The Coordinating Board Members of Indivisible Mass Coalition are all very enthusiastic as Nes has submitted her Bio and wants to represent CD-8 Indivisibles on the Coordinating Board.

Just like many of us, Nes began her activism in 2017 and since then has been politically awakened and engaged in her community. Nes says she began her activism when, “searching Indivisible National for a specific protest event near me and I met up with South Shore Action. As a result, I got involved in postcard writing, organized postcard and letter writing campaigns with like-minded people in surrounding towns, meeting with my elected officials and even running for office myself. I have come to appreciate that, although Trump has negatively impacted our Country, he is the reason why so many people are mobilizing and getting active in our democracy.”

Indivisible Mass Coalition is hosting a virtual Get to Know Nes Correnti event on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM for all CD-8 Indivisibles. You’ll be getting an email invitation to participate in this event so check your email early next week if you live in CD-8. All Indivisible members in CD-8 are eligible to vote for Nes as your Representative to the Indivisible Massahusetts Coalition Coordinating Board. If you’re not sure you’re a member or want to become a member or update your membership information, you can fill out this simple form.

Submitted by Deb Paul on behalf of the Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition Coordinating Board

MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS

Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!
Support the Breathe Act

The Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives has launched the BREATHE Act. This bill, “a 21st-century Federal civil rights bill that will help communities of color not just survive, but thrive”, is being sponsored in the House by Reps Alanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who need our help in urging our representatives to support them--which we can do here. We can also become a community co-sponsor, and tell our representatives at the state and federal level that we support radical change to our criminal justice system through the Breathe Act. Let's also use this toolkit to learn how we can grow the grassroots movement on social media. We can use the sample tweets and Facebook and Instagram posts, and share graphics.

H/T Rogan's List
Thank the WNBPA

Thank President Nneka Ogwumike and all the players of the WNBPA (Women’s National Basketball Player’s Association) for their long-standing advocacy for racial justice, and the WNBA’s dedication to social justice in 2020. Share why you appreciate using one’s platform to speak truth to power.

Address: 1133 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036

H/T Americans of Conscience

IMC AD HOC TEXTING TEAM

Last Chance to Get in Shape for the Text-a-Thon!

Text-a-Thon II: Blast Off! on October 10 (that’s next Saturday!) is shaping up to be an out-of-this-world party with special guests, professional DJ’s and great activists like you!

We’ll reach out to one million voters to support Biden/Harris and all Democrats in key swing states. The texting will be with the National Democratic Committee’s 2020 Victory National Text Team for Biden/Harris using the ThruText texting website and Slack.

To text at the event you’ll need to be trained on texting for the National Text Team ahead of time. National Team training is required even if you’ve used ThruText before for state campaigns or other organizations. You can sign up for 2020 Victory for Biden/Harris training here. The list includes national training sessions as well as those provided by our own texting leaders on Indivisible MA Coalition’s Ad Hoc Texting Team.

Texting is one of the most effective ways to reach the voters we need to help us take back the White House and flip the Senate. Ninety-five percent of texts are read within 3 minutes!

Our host, Together for 2020, has an expanded list of special luminaries joining us including Mayor Pete (Buttigieg), Jaime Harrison (SC candidate for Senate), Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR), Darryl Anders (founder of Agape Soul) and singer-songwriter Ellis Hall.

After signing up for training you can RSVP for Text-a-Thon II on Saturday, October 10, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM here. And to ensure you have the best Text-a-Thon experience, practice texting for the campaign before the event.

For questions or additional information, contact the IMC Texting Team on the #adhoc-texting-team channel on IMC Slack or via email at IMC Texting Team.

Submitted by Grant Carrow, IMC Ad Hoc Texting Team

FEATURES

Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) lists the following events that may be of interest to members. IMC has not endorsed any of the mentioned candidates.
Greylock Together Remains Active and Strong

We plan to feature the work of local groups in our newsletter in addition to publicizing their upcoming events. Fittingly, our first group profiled comes from CD-1. Located in both North Adams and in Williamstown, in the far northwest corner of Massachusetts nestled against the borders of New York and Vermont, Greylock Together has remained cohesive, active, and effective even in the increased isolation imposed by Covid-19.

Their very active Facebook page, biweekly meetings and weekly newsletter help them to maintain their sense of community and accomplishment.

Jessica Dils talked about a few of the projects that her organization has worked on. They have a captain for every action they undertake. They were part of the CD-1 Progressive Coalition that attempted to lobby Rep. Richie Neal and then were very active in Alex Morse’s campaign to replace Neal. Initially collaborating with Force Multiplier and then independently, they raised over $100,000 in four events to benefit candidates in Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Montana, and North Carolina. They have written thousands of letters and postcards and have a Saturday phone bank. Aside from flipping the Senate, their projects are Vote Forward, Lift Every Vote, and Ranked Choice Voting

We all know how difficult it is to attract younger people to our mostly older demographic, but they have been successful in working with young activists, particularly with their collaboration with the Sunrise group and on The March For Our Lives and been able to retain some of these youths to work with them on subsequent projects.

Submitted by Ken Eisenstein, Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition News Team    
The Campaign for Ranked Choice Voting Needs Your Help

There’s lots of enthusiasm to pass Question 2 among voters who’ve heard about Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), but many people still don’t know what RCV involves. One simple way you can help is to share this video of Elizabeth Warren and Maura Healey explaining the advantages of RCV.

Talking to voters about the benefits of RCV is key to getting Question 2 passed, so the Yes on 2 campaign will be holding multiple virtual phone banks each week from now through the end of October to reach as many voters as possible. Get a list of upcoming phonebanks and sign up to help out here.

You can also help the Yes on 2 campaign in other ways including sending postcards to friends or displaying a window or yard sign. Get all the details here.

Submitted by Lisa Baci, Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition
Make a Difference in Michigan!
   
Want to make a difference in a crucial swing state? Take advantage of these opportunities brought to you by Swing Left Greater Boston.

Let's Get Social! Pre-Written DemCast Social Media Posts for Michigan
Have five minutes? Be a digital warrior for Michigan!

Do you have a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account? Use DemCast USA's Michigan campaign. Pre-written, snappy text and great graphics, ready to share on your favorite social media platform. So easy!

The DemCast mission to cultivate, amplify, and maximize the impact of grassroots digital media, bolstering blue electoral and policy victories at all levels of government, across America. DemCast envisions a civil, fact-based and grassroots-led conversation that is free of profit motive, where digital tools and social platforms are harnessed to maximize the connectivity, coordination, and impact of the grassroots activist community.
       
Protect the Polls in Michigan
Help protect democracy and fight voter suppression and staff the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Voter Hotline (remote opportunity).

The Michigan Dem Voter Protection team is trying to fill 1500 Poll Observer positions. Forward this sign up link to Michigander friends, family, and colleagues---and consider staffing the MDP Voter Hotline, if you live out-of-state.

"I was trained by Brittany's team a few months ago and worked in Pontiac on Primary day. It was a rewarding and educational experience and one I will be repeating on Nov. 3." ~ Paula, SWIM Co-Founder

Feel free to pass on this email to young people who may be inclined to work in-person on election day.

Learn more here and sign up with Michigan Dems here.

Virtual Voter Registration in Michigan (8 Million Voter Project)
StateWide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) and Rust Belt Rising have identified unregistered, likely Dem Michiganders, and they have a great plan to get them registered to vote!

This high-return, five week voter registration initiative starts with a traceable mailing, followed by a phone “chase.”

The program has a proven track record, with 30% conversion rate in other states.

These are easy calls to the rising American electorate, including voters of color, younger voters, and female voters. Calls are made on a virtual phone bank system, and Midwest-friendly script and training is provided. Training is provided before each call, and organizers are online via Zoom to help you every step of the way!

Don’t worry if you have not done this before! Rust Belt Rising will go over everything we need to know before we start dialing. Virtual phone banks are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays at 11 AM.

As of September 17, 200 volunteers made almost 76,000 calls (16,376 just last week), and are on the second pass. Let's keep up the pace!

Learn more and sign up here.
   
Submitted by Lisa Plato, Swing Left Greater Boston

EVENTS CALENDAR

Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) lists the following events that may be of interest to members. IMC has not endorsed any of the mentioned candidates.
Phone Bank to North Carolina on Sunday

Join the statewide Indivisible Mass Coalition Action Meeting to phone bank to North Carolina.

All new or reluctant folks to phone banking are most welcome as we'll provide training and support via the Zoom meeting to all who need it. We'll review the simple script for North Carolina and the Hubdailer system, which is easy to use. You'll need a computer and your phone (cell or land line).  

Your action is more important now than ever to help counter the voter suppression narrative generated daily by none other than Trump. Let's make calls together on Sunday to North Carolina to help elect Cal Cunningham to the Senate and help Biden win the Presidency!

Register here.

Day      Sunday, October 4
Time    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Voter Suppression, Election Theft: What You Can Do!

Are you worried that the Republicans will suppress the vote? Are you having trouble sleeping thinking about Trump stealing the election and refusing to accept the results? Attend this Zoom session to learn what is actually happening, what the plans are to protect the vote and protect the results — and what you can do to help.

Speakers:
  • Liza Conrad, Director of Vote Protection for Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight. Fair Fight has built out the voter protection infrastructure for Victory2020 in 18 critical states. They are mobilizing volunteers and legal teams to empower voters and resist voter suppression
  • Quentin Palfrey, Chair of Voter Protection Corps, was the 2004 New Hampshire voter protection director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign and the 2008 Ohio voter protection director for the Obama-Biden campaign.
  • Brett Edkins is the Political Director of Stand Up America which along with Indivisible has created Protect the Results, a coalition of 100 advocacy groups and grassroots organizations mobilizing to make sure that all votes are counted and that Trump does not stay in power despite losing the election.
This Zoom event is designed to make sure there is enough time for questions and answers. You will leave the call knowing what the plans are to empower voters and protect the election. You will also learn what you can do to resist Republican voter suppression efforts and how to mobilize with Indivisible and 100 other organizations to protect the results and insist that the will of the voters be implemented.

Sign up here.

Day     Tuesday, October 6
Time   7:00 – 8:30 PM

Submitted by Michael Ansara, Together for 2020
Join Elizabeth Warren for Phone Bank Training on Question 2

With just over 30 days until Election Day, now is our chance to reach voters across Massachusetts to talk about Question 2. Join Senator Elizabeth Warren and the Yes on 2 team for a GOTV training.

Educating voters is an essential part of our campaign plan. We know that when voters understand Ranked Choice Voting, we win.

From the start, our campaign has been powered by supporters and devoted volunteers just like you, and now, in this final stretch, we need all hands on deck. We hope you will take a small step to support us this week and volunteer with Elizabeth Warren.

Sign up here.

Day     Tuesday, October 6
Time   6:00 PM
Michigan Phone Banking 101

Michigan Phone Banking 101 (Introduction to Michigan Phone Banking)

Join Michigan Phone Bank Coordinator Sherrie T. for this low pressure overview of how to confidently start phone banking (aka virtual canvassing) in Michigan.

The Michigan State House candidates really need our help to turn Michigan blue in 2020. Time is short and absentee voting has already started. Every vote counts! For example, first-term incumbent Angela Witwer won by just 700 votes in 2018.

In this 101 you’ll be given the tools needed for success:
  • How to find a session
  • What the sign up process is like
  • What it's like to join a phone bank
  • Little tricks for making the most of your time
Sherrie will also share overviews of the candidates and some perspectives on the different phone bank options to help you choose the right fit. By the end of this session we’ll have you signed up for at least one phone bank and, mostly importantly, get you excited to start!

Sign up here.

Day    Tuesday, October 6
Time   6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Submitted by Lisa Plato, Swing Left Greater Boston
Phone Bank for the Safe Communities Act

The Safe Communities Act Coalition is working to get the bill to a floor vote this session by securing commitments for a “yes” vote from a majority of state legislators. You can help by signing up for phone banks to encourage constituents, especially those outside Greater Boston, to contact their legislators. Sign up for one or more of these Zoom phone banks using the links below (also posted on our website calendar). You just need a computer and a phone; training and everything else you need will be provided. Submitted by Lisa Baci, Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition
Every Saturday: Text Bank for Biden
   
Join Neponset Valley for Biden (Canton, Dedham, Medfield, Norwood, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood) every Saturday through October for text banking.  Training provided.  Sign up here. For questions or more information email NeponsetValleyforBiden@gmail.com
Join Forces to Turn Arizona Blue
   
During Covid phone banking is the new canvassing, and virtual phone banking is the most effective way to connect with voters. That’s why we are co-hosting weekly Happy Hour Virtual Phone Banks to call Arizona voters

In this election, just a handful of states will determine America’s future. Arizona, where mail-in ballots are available to all and early voting is about to begin, is one of these crucial “super states.”

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday from now until October 27. You can help deliver Arizona’s 11 electoral votes to a decisive Biden-Harris presidential victory and help elect astronaut Mark Kelly to become Arizona’s second Democratic senator—a key to flipping the U.S. Senate overall.

Sign up for Arizona Happy Hour Virtual Phone Banks.
See all the Together for 2020 actions to flip Arizona blue.

Days    Every Tuesday and Thursday
Time    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Time is Eastern time, equivalent to 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Pacific.

Submitted by Rina Schneur, Together For 2020
Join Cape and Islands Friends to Text Bank
   
Join Indivisible Martha's Vineyard and Indivisible Outer Cape for a fun and supportive way to text voters! Bring your own texts and we'll provide the fun and games! From now until the election, text banks will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

RSVP here.
     
Submitted by Laurie Veninger, Indivisible Martha's Vineyard and Indivisible Outer Cape
That's Not All...

Find more events on the Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition Calendar.

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RECOMMENDED READING

The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism    
by Thomas Frank
Rarely does a work of history contain startling implications for the present, but in The People, No Thomas Frank pulls off that explosive effect by showing us that everything we think we know about populism is wrong. Today “populism” is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But this is a mistake.

The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; it is the story of American democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing Populist Party—the biggest mass movement in American history—fought Gilded Age plutocrats to the reformers’ great triumphs under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos. Frank also shows that elitist groups have reliably detested populism, lashing out at working-class concerns. The anti-populist vituperations by the Washington centrists of today are only the latest expression.

Frank pummels the elites, revisits the movement’s provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism. The People, No is a ringing affirmation of a movement that, Frank shows us, is not the problem of our times, but the solution for what ails us.

The Half Has Never Been Told, Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
by Edward E. Baptist
Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told is the latest attempt to come to terms with slavery and its enduring legacies. As Baptist makes clear, his book is about “how slavery constantly grew, changed, and reshaped the modern world” (xxii); it reveals the violence, theft, and modernity of American slavery and what it meant for those who survived the rapid expansion of racial slavery during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State
by Megan Ming Francis
Free to download from Cambridge University Press.
Through a sweeping archival analysis of the NAACP's battle against lynching and mob violence from 1909 to 1923, this book examines how the NAACP raised public awareness, won over American presidents, and secured the support of Congress.

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander
“Two years after Obama’s election, Alexander put the entire criminal justice system on trial, exposing racial discrimination from lawmaking to policing to the denial of voting rights to ex-prisoners. This bestseller struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter.” —Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Times.

Fascism: A Warning
by Madeleine Albright
A personal and urgent examination of fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state. #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy
by Matt Stoller
A startling look at how concentrated financial power and consumerism transformed American politics, resulting in the emergence of populism and authoritarianism and the fall of the Democratic Party, while also providing the steps needed to create a new democracy.
Submitted by Matt Barron, Indivisible Williamsburg

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
by Jane Mayer
One of the New York Times best books of the year.
Who are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.

In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
by Nancy MacLean
“[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right . . . [MacLean] has dug deep into her material—not just Buchanan’s voluminous, unsorted papers, but other archives, too—and she has made powerful and disturbing use of it all. . . . The behind-the-scenes days and works of Buchanan show how much deliberation and persistence—in the face of formidable opposition—underlie the anti-governing politics ascendant today. What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort.” —The Atlantic

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life
by Eric Klinenberg
Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. In this book, he focuses on how social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarization, and the decline of civic life.

"In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg offers a new perspective on what people and places have to do with each other, by looking at the social side of our physical spaces." —New York Times

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
by Kurt Andersen
“The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.”—Lawrence O’Donnell

How Democracies Die
by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Both authors are Professors of Government at Harvard University. Based on years of research into the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, the authors present a deep understanding of how and why democracies die; an alarming analysis of how democracy is being subverted today in the US and beyond; and a guide for maintaining and repairing a threatened democracy, for governments, political parties, and individuals.
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