News & Events the Week of April 1, 2019

When: Next open meeting, Monday, April 1, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence.

Rides needed/Rides offered!
An important way to make change is to bring along more activists into the work. Literally!! Please let us know (link to my email) if you need a ride (and where you live), or if you can give a ride! We especially need drivers – but really, we (and this country!!) need all of us!!.

Email us with your info. and we’ll get back in contact with you.

Thanks – and see you at our next meeting!

Immigration 101, April 1

Come prepared to learn about the nuts and bolts of:

  • immigration law
  • what is happening to support immigrants
  • Lobby weekend for immigration reform in Washington,DC

Q&A to follow


Sarah Brown-Anson received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in February 2019 where she studied the economics of immigration and worked on projects related to immigration and refugee policy. She currently works for a Northampton-based immigration law firm as a Paralegal and will lobby for immigration reform in Washington, D.C. in late March 2019.

Elizabeth Goss specializes in the representation of physicians, researchers, trainees and students in the higher education and health care fields, securing their temporary and permanent visas. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in representing professors, scientists, and artists under the extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, and national interest waiver immigrant visa categories. She also has extensive experience representing multinational corporations and entrepreneurial ventures in a wide array of immigration matters. Ms. Goss is an immigration practitioner with in-depth experience providing strategic immigration advice on a variety of complex business related issues.

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Exciting Action + Input meeting coming up! (April 15th)

Ever wonder how Indivisible National decides what policies to promote? and which candidates to endorse?

For the 1st time, National is asking us – local chapters – to let them know OUR opinions on the issues, priorities and candidates as we look ahead to 2020! Check out this survey from national, and come to the meeting prepared to share your thoughts via a fun, sticky dot, flip chart process we’ll explain.

AND, we’ll have an ACTION TABLE (or a few) going on the whole time, too – so once you’ve weighed in on the issues – you can help impact those issues and make change together!

Team News

Elections Team

Help Bring Ranked Choice Voting to MA!

Thank you to everyone who came to our calling party for ranked choice voting! We had about 10 people making calls asking people to request that their representatives support the two bills currently in the legislature. Not sure what ranked choice voting is or how it works? Watch this video for a quick primer.

Next meeting at the end of April–details TBD

Protecting Democracy Team

Next meeting: April, at 7:30 at Packard’s
(in the back near the “Library”).

During our last meeting, the Protecting Democracy Team talked about two different projects:

  1. helping the League of Women Voters in New Hampshire work to persuade the legislature in New Hampshire to rescind their previous approval of an Article V Convention. (This project is sponsored by Common Cause.)
  2. finding ways to help immigrants fight ICE detaining orders. (We hope that Monday night’s speakers will be helppful!)

Our group meets upstairs at Packards at 7:30PM, usually on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Medicare For All Team

Western Mass. Medicare-for-All continues to work to increase support for Single-Payer universal healthcare in Massachusetts.

We continue to hold informational meetings around the area to spread knowledge and discuss the issues.

The Medicare-for-All Caucus held its first meeting at the State House in Boston recently. Rep. Sabadosa and Sen. Comerford are on the leadership team of the new M4All Legislative Caucus.

Rep. Sabadosa and Sen. Comerford are working to move Medicare-for-All bills forward in the State House and Senate.

We oppose the “Hogan Bill” which proposes a study for implementing Single-Payer healthcare in Mass., because the proposed study commission is very biased and lacks any representation from Single-Payer advocates, healthcare providers, labor organizations, or other impacted groups. It is currently in the Health Care Financing Committee.

There have already been multiple studies of Single-Payer plans, and all of them project that Medicare-for-All plans would save significant money, while also providing comprehensive healthcare to everyone in the state. The current system still leaves 200,000 Massachusetts residents uninsured. And still underserves hundreds of thousands more who have medical insurance, but cannot afford to see medical providers due to the high costs of co-pays and deductibles.

Useful Links:

Our next meetings are:

Full Western Mass. Medicare-for-All group:
Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 pm,
in the Community Room at Hampton Court,
20 Hampton Ave, Northampton
(The Full group meets at this time and place on the second Wednesday of each month.)

Northampton Hub of West Mass. Medicare For All
Tuesday, April 16, at 7 pm,
at Pathways in Florence.
(Our hub group meets at this time and place on the third Tuesday of each month.)

Please come visit or join our dynamic and growing organization. We always welcome and appreciate new members.

For additional information, see:
Facebook: WMM4A

The Campus Outreach Committee

No news at this time.

Useful Links

Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible
Resistance events in the 413 area on ‘413 Taking Action’
Indivisible MA and the Indivisible MA Newsletter
Massachusetts Peace & Justice Network

Elected Officials

US Senate . Elizabeth Warren . 413-788-2690 . @SenWarren
US Senate . Ed Markey . . 617-565-8519 . @SenMarkey
US House . Jim McGovern . . 413-341-8700. @RepMcGovern
State Senate . Jo Comerford . General Court Website . 617-722-1532 . @Jo_Comerford
State House . Lindsay Sabadosa . State House Website . 413-270-1166 . @SabadosaMA

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