September 12 Mass Action Newsletter

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Editor's Note

The youth-led Sunrise Movement was key in Ed Markey's victory. Alex O'Keefe, Creative Director of the Sunrise Movement, was interviewed on how they created the impactful "Ed Markey Green New Dealmaker" ad, and their philosophy behind it.

"When the Sunrise Movement makes a political ad,...the purpose is to make people believe we can win and that our politicians can broker a new revolutionary deal with the American people," O'Keefe said. "...With Sunrise it's always our strategy to lean into a controversy we believe that we can win. That's kind of rare in the Democratic party, people try to play it safe, but we want to expose the contradictions of the political machine and assumptions about electability that are used to tell us why we can't demand more."

See the whole interview here.
Support the Sunrise Movement here.
Watch the ad here.

September 12, 2020


Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!
How to Advocate for Ranked Choice Voting

We continue to support the movement for Ranked Choice Voting, which will be on the ballot here in Massachusetts this fall! But sometimes it's hard to explain how exactly ranked choice voting works, so click here for a video from Fair Vote to help explain.

Here's another video from Represent Us.

Check out Yes on 2 to learn more about ranked choice voting and to find out how you can help.

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton
Tedra Cobb (NY-21) Calls Out Incumbent Elise Stefanik

Tedra Cobb is the Democrat running to represent NY21, a seat currently held by Trump defender Elise Stefanik. She called out Stefanik succinctly, and her words apply to all Republicans.

#Tedra Cobb for Congress tweeted:
"EliseStefanik  cares about protecting Donald Trump, and her own political ambition. That’s why she doesn’t have the courage to stand up. Until she comes out and unequivocally condemns his words and actions, they are hers."

Full article here.
Donate here.

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton
Read: A Labor View of Racial and Economic Justice

Last year, the AFL-CIO launched a Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice to facilitate a broad conversation with local labor leaders around racial and economic disparities and institutional biases, and to identify ways to become more inclusive.

The site has a good summary of labor relations, "A Brief History of Labor, Race, and Solidarity." It's a long read, so you might need another cup of coffee, but worth it if you like history.

Submitted by Denise Falbo, Indivisible Canton


Find Indivisible Texting Events - Promote Your Event

Texting has been shown to be effective in increasing voter turnout. If you'd like to learn texting, or if you're a veteran texter who would like to text with others via Zoom, the IMC Texting Team can help you out!

Get started with texting
The Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition textbanking page has a great overview of texting and links to find training (at the bottom of the page).

Join a texting event
Interested in joining an Indivisible text bank? Go to this document, which is a list of regularly scheduled times where groups gather to do text banking.

Help grow the list
Add your event to the list using this form.
Make sure your event meets these criteria before you add it.
Events must:
  • Either be dedicated to text banking or include a text banking component.
  • Be a repeated series, not a “one off.”
  • Include a link to event details and sign-up information.
  • Provide at least one name and email address where those with questions may be directed.


Extra Innings for the ROE Act!

The ROE Act is one of many bills we are hoping will finally make its way to the floor for a vote, but first it needs to be passed favorably out of the Committee of the Joint Judiciary by November 12.

The Indivisible Mass Coalition’s Ad Hoc ROE Act team is a collaboration of Indivisibles and Boston Red Cloaks members.

The Ad-hoc ROE Act Team has also been amplifying the message of the majority of MA voters to pass the ROE Act with social media videos and podcasts. You can find the videos here and listen to the amazing 33 podcasts here with activists, legislators, candidates, and ordinary people!

Please share our materials widely! Let us know if you would like to help us pass the ROE Act! The Ad-hoc ROE Act team would love to hear from you:

Submitted by Laurie Veninger, Indivisible Mass Coalition Ad Hoc ROE Act Team


Book Club Update: Read, Discuss, and Take Action!

The book club is taking a break during September and October to allow everyone time to focus on the crucial work we’re doing to protect our elections and build a blue wave across the country. We’ll be posting more information about these books and the dates for each meeting in this newsletter and on our website this fall. In the meantime, you can join discussions about racial justice, safeguarding our elections, and the books we’re reading on the IMC Slack. Not a member of our Slack workspace yet? You can sign up here.


Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) lists the following events that may be of interest to members. IMC has not endorsed any of the mentioned candidates.
Pennsylvania is a Must Win State
Indivisible is hosting a phone banks to defeat Trump in Pennsylvania. Horace Small of Black Ballot Power says “Biden can’t win without PA,” so PA must vote Blue. Your action on the phone lines to PA is essential for Biden to win PA and the Presidency!

The phone banks will be hosted by Indivisible National trainers who will get you started with a training, help you with any technology issues, and answer your questions so you can be super effective with your phone banking time to PA.

Sign up for one of these shifts:
Monday September 14, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday September 16, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We are all in it to win it so make it happen and see you on the phone banks!

Submitted by Deb Paul, Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition
North Carolina is a "Superfecta" State

Of the several swing states in the upcoming election, North Carolina offers particular bang for the buck. North Carolina is a “superfecta” state that can generate at least four major results:
  1. 15 electoral votes for Joe Biden in a key southern swing state
  2. Electing Democrat Cal Cunningham to the US Senate to help flip the Senate
  3. Re-electing Democratic Governor Roy Cooper
  4. Electing more Democrats to the state legislature to combat gerrymandering
You can make it happen by supporting candidates at the state legislative level, who can activate infrequent Democratic-leaning voters who will respond to local issues that directly affect their lives.

Democrat Dr. Frances Jackson, candidate for NC House District 45, is one such candidate. Dr. Jackson is a former high school teacher with extensive experience as a transportation planner and director. She supports expanding healthcare accessibility and increased investment in public schools and teachers. Dr. Jackson faces a tight but winnable race under newly redrawn NC electoral maps.

Join us on Thursdays from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM for regular phone banks for Dr. Jackson. Sign up here or contact Lisa Smith at for more information.

Submitted by Lisa Smith, Neighbors United Indivisible, Wellesley
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
Boston Artists Work Remotely to Flip Trump's Home District
Artist Deb Putnoi is guiding activists in hand-crafting creative yard signs that go to key campaigns in swing states. Yard signs are crazy-effective in down-ballot races. One study indicates that the name recognition that comes from effective yard signs can net the challenger up to an additional 10% of the total vote in state legislature races.

In the coming weeks, 'articipants' will be crafting attention-getting signs in Donald Trump's home voting district, Florida's 89th, for Jim Bonfiglio. Jim is a great candidate challenging the Republican who beat him by a mere 32 votes in 2018. MA activists can put Jim over the top this November and help flip the state house Blue, freeing Floridians from 10 more years of ugly Republican gerrymander.

You can join the effort by signing up for a materials kit and training session. Painting sessions are held over Zoom:
  • Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sundays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bonfiglio will be in attendance on September 16.
Sign up here.

Submitted by Jemma Kushen, Swing Left Greater Boston
Make a Difference in Michigan

Are you looking to make a difference in s swing state? Swing Left Greater Boston is connecting us to two phone bank volunteer opportunities to do just that!

Dialing with Michigan Dems: Now Seven Days a Week

The One Campaign is the Michigan Democratic Party’s coordinated field campaign designed to turn out the vote and help elect Joe Biden and Senator Gary Peters and help deliver wins for Democrats up and down the ticket. Shifts are now available Monday-Sunday, with training available before each shift.

Don’t worry if you have not done this before! There is a short training before each virtual phone bank. The shift organizer will send setup information, and train you on the script before you start dialing. The organizer is also be available (by Zoom, email, and/or text) during your shift, to answer questions and offer assistance.

As of early September, calls and training are primarily on ThruTalk (a predictive or autodialer). OpenVPB (manual dialing) is available as a backup. Learn more about the difference in the Getting Started section of the Michigan Phone Bank Guide.

Learn more, view the script, and sign up here.

8 Million Voter Project Training for Michigan

StateWide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) and Rust Belt Rising identified unregistered, likely Dem Michiganders—and has a great plan to get ’em 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 a 30 percent 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 11:00 AM.

Michigan has 7.7 million voters. Let’s make it 8 million!

Learn more and sign up here.

Sign Up to Staff a Voter Hotline

The Michigan Democratic Voter Protection team is trying to fill 1500 Poll Observer positions. Please 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, Statewide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) Co-Founder
Submitted by Lisa Plato, Swing Left Greater Boston


Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) lists the following events that may be of interest to members. IMC has not endorsed any of the mentioned candidates.
Day of Action to Elect Jaime Harrison to the US Senate

Join us and fellow supporters in South Carolina 46 days out from election day to help call voters and build our team in all 46 counties in the state, as well as get the message out about our exciting Democrats in the U.S Senate race and other important races in South Carolina.

There are lots of shifts to choose from all day, and if you've never done a dialer phone bank, don't worry we will help train you on what you need to be successful. We look forward to working with you to build a winning team in South Carolina and #FlipTheSenate!
RSVP here.    

Day    Saturday, September 19
Time  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM        

Submitted by Samantha Wilber, South Carolina Democratic Party
GOTV Virtual Rally with Sen. Sherrod Brown

With only six weeks left until Election Day, we need all hands on deck. Join Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and other high-profile special guests for this exciting virtual rally.

This special event is hosted by Swing Left Greater Boston/Swing Blue Alliance, in partnership with Together for 2020.

In this inspirational hour, you’ll learn about the different ways you can have an impact in critical swing states and get out the vote! Whether you’ve been volunteering for months or have been waiting for the final stretch, the time to make a difference is now, and this event is for you.

RSVP here.

Day     Monday, September 21
Time   7:00 PM
That's Not All...

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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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