News & Events the Week of October 1, 2018

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Open meeting

When: Monday, October 1, 7:30 – 8:45 PM
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence.

(NOTE: We’re starting 1/2 hour early this week)

This Week’s Meeting:

We will be hosting speakers to talk about the 3 questions on the state ballot this November with a panel to advocate for both sides of question 1:

  1. Patient to Nurse Limit
    • MNA will speak to “YES on 1”
    • Speaker TBA will speak to “NO on #1”
  2. Limiting Election Spending & Corporate Rights
  3. Transgender Anti-Discrimination

Our Next Meeting (October 17):

Indivisible Northampton is having a Membership Drive!

As the last few days have harshly demonstrated, democracy, justice and equality are needing ‘All hands on Deck!’ right now!

Bring friends to our October 17th Action/Orientation/Party meeting where

  • new folks will have a chance to learn about what iNorthampton and our teams are all about
  • everyone will be able to take important actions right there
  • new teams could be created (anyone interested in a team focused on electing a Democratic governor??)
  • and we’ll also have some wine and desserts to help make everything a little sweeter

Team News

Elections Team

Now that the MA primary is over and so many of our local races have been decided, we need people to turn all that attention and energy to flipping the House! Please join your friends and neighbors at phone banks and canvasses that are happening every week in New York and New Hampshire. Dates, details, and more information.

Indivisible Northampton is hosting a phone bank every Thursday night between now and the election. All phone banks are 6-8pm at 18 Center St. Sign up here.

The next election team meeting will be on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30
at Pathways Cohousing, 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence.
We will be phone banking starting at 6 that evening–everyone is welcome!

Protecting Democracy Team

The Protecting Democracy team is continuing to work on the Court Watch project. We are also thinking about volunteering for a project called Ballots Over Bars. The project, which aims for maximum voter registration of incarcerated people.


In MA, people who are currently incarcerated on misdemeanor charges are eligible to vote. People who are incarcerated for felony convictions are not eligible to vote until they are release from prison.

In June 2018, Ballots Over Bars launched their first-ever Jail Voting Signup Project, to ensure that the approximately 10,000 eligible voters who are incarcerated in Massachusetts are able to cast their ballots and make their voices heard in the 2018 primary and general election.

Elly’s organization is working with volunteers across the state to: contact their local sheriff, explain that the majority of people incarcerated in county jails are eligible to vote, and offer to bring absentee ballot applications into the jails to help people sign up to vote.

Volunteers will then follow up with town clerks to ensure that absentee ballot applications are received and handled appropriately, and assist voters in filling out the absentee ballots, once received.

The next team meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30, upstairs at Packard’s.

Medicare For All Team

The Western Mass. Medicare-for-All Healthcare Group sponsored a seminar for healthcare providers this week (on 9-24) in Amherst. This was a forum to address questions specifically relevant to healthcare professionals involving a Single-Payer program in Mass. Speakers included Deborah Levenson, Beth Eisenberg, and Jerry Friedman [U.Mass. Economist], and it was very successful, with about 50 attendees, and some very perceptive questions from the audience.

The main work of the Medicare-for-All group is now focused on the upcoming ballot question in the November election. We want to demonstrate strong support for this question, to inform and advise our representatives to move this forward in the state house and senate.

We urge everyone to please vote “Yes” on (non-binding) question #4, for Single-Payer Health Care in Mass. And to talk-up support among your friends, family, colleagues, ie., everyone.

A Single-Payer plan would set up a publicly funded trust to provide comprehensive care to Mass. residents. It would save money, improve outcomes, simplify care, and be a much better plan than the currently failing private health insurance market. It would solve many problems, and be better for everyone.

The question about Single-Payer will appear on the Nov. 6th ballot in 6 legislative districts, including those currently represented by Kulik, Mark, Vega, Solomon-Rose, Scibak, and Kocot (formerly).

The question is:
“Shall the Representative from this District be instructed to vote for legislation to create a single-payer system of universal health care that would provide all Mass. residents with comprehensive health care coverage including the freedom to choose doctors and other health care professionals, facilities, and services, and that would eliminate the role of insurance companies in health care by creating a publicly administered insurance trust fund?”

We will be using all available avenues to publicize and support this question.

Additional information is available in our leaflets at upcoming Indivisible meetings, and on our website Please look here for info, and check the “Events” page on our website too. We encourage and welcome your help and support.

The Campus Outreach Committee

Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 1 at 7pm,
at 18 Center St.
(You can join us at the chapter meeting afterwards)

Useful Links

Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible
Resistance events in the 413 area on ‘413 Taking Action’

Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7:30 – 8:45. All are welcome
Come and join one of our teams!

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