News & Events the Week of April 15, 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!


Action & Impact

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!

Coming up on May 6

Our May 6th meeting will feature Gina-Louise Sciarra, current Northampton City Councilor for Ward 4, and now running to represent all of Northampton as our Councilor at Large.


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!


News and a request from Ezra and Leah

First, the news: Indivisible is getting a book this year! You may have heard a bit about it from your Indivisible state organizer, and we’re providing some more details below. Short version: the title is We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump (see cover below!), it’s being published by Simon & Schuster in November (a year before the election), we’re writing it now, and 100% of our proceeds are going to the new Save Democracy Fund at Indivisible. There will be an article from the Associated Press breaking the news about it tomorrow, so please don’t share until then!

Second, the request: A big part of this book is the story of the Indivisible movement. We’ve spent the last few months chatting with group leaders and hearing their stories, but we can’t have one-on-one chats with everybody. If you have a couple minutes, we’d love to hear from you here. We set up a webform to take in your reflections on what Indivisible means to you. Appreciate any stories and thoughts you’d like to share — and we might be able to include what you send us in the book!


IN TOUCH WITH INDIVISIBLE NATIONAL

Your Thoughts Needed: Do You Support Impeaching Trump?

With the Justice Department’s intransigence in releasing the full Mueller report, and Congresswoman Tlaib’s recent introduction of a resolution of impeachment, there’s been a renewed discussion in our movement on the topic of impeachment and potential removal of Trump from office.

We know working on impeachment would be no small thing, and we want to make sure we’re hearing from Indivisibles directly on the issue. That’s why we’ve put together a quick survey to collect your thoughts on an impeachment campaign. We’re asking everyone (including group leaders, group members, and general supporters) this month to complete the survey individually. Click here to review the survey and share your thoughts


Team News

Elections Team

Ranked Choice Voting in 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”).

We are working on three things.

  1. Writing a proposal for a Democratic platform on immigration.
  2. Writing postcards to members of the House all over the country to support H.R. 6 to protect Dreamers and TPS immigrants,
  3. Writing to Senators to support S 397 (Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act) and S 662 (Fair Day in Court for Kids Act) about unaccompanied children facing an immigration judge.

We’ll explain this at the meeting on Monday and ask other Indivisibles to send stamped cards in envelopes to friends in the states of the MOCs and Senators.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 at Packard’s (in the back in a booth next to the “Library.”

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


Medicare For All Team

We are expanding, with hubs developing in Springfield and environs. And the local hubs have frequent meetings too!

The Boston City Council recently passed a resolution supporting Medicare-for-All in Massachusetts, with a unanimous vote, and more resolution efforts are underway in our area, including in Amherst, Easthampton, and South Hadley.

The Massachusetts Medicare for All Caucus met for the first time in the State House on March 19th. The meeting was convened by Reps. Lindsay Sabadosa and Tami Gouveia and Sens. Jo Comerford and James Eldridge. This new, working caucus aims to expand education on. and visibility of, the Medicare for All bill throughout the Commonwealth.

The Mayor of Holyoke is starting a new advocacy group: “Massachusetts Mayors for Medicare-for-All”. We hope this will grow into a statewide advocacy group to grow further grassroots support.

We are planning a community showing of the movie “Fix-It: with a panel discussion afterwards, at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, on Tuesday, May 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All are welcome.

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:
Website: www.wmMedicareforall.org
Facebook: WMM4A
Email: info@wmMedicareforall.org.


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 www.warren.senate.gov . 413-788-2690 . @SenWarren
US Senate . Ed Markey . www.markey.senate.gov . 617-565-8519 . @SenMarkey
US House . Jim McGovern . mcgovern.house.gov . 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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