News & Events the Week of January 21, 2019
When: Open meeting, Monday, January 21, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence.
This Week: Martin Luther King Day
This Monday’s meeting (1/21/19 – MLK day!) we’ll be following the Rev. King’s example by taking ACTIONS TOGETHER! We’ll have all the materials needed (postcards, addresses, etc). So come help us raise and sustain our voices (and pens) in the name of democracy and justice for all!
Help Lindsay Sabadosa Celebrate Filing Day
The deadline for filing legislation in Massachusetts is January 18, 2019 at 4:59:59 PM. Lindsay, our new State Representative, whose campaign our chapter endorsed, will be filing bills on everything from medicare for all to abortion access to criminal justice reform, and she wants to celebrate with her constituents at her office, 76 Gothic Street in Northampton, for a Filing Day Celebration! Updates will be posted on the Facebook event page and she will be answering any questions you may have on these bills. Come with questions (or baked goods)!
Saturday, Jan.19th, noon – 3, beginning at Sheldon Field, and ending up City Hall. We’ll be marching with our banner – come join us! Indivisible Northampton will also be staffing a table at the Action Fair at the First march, at the First Churches on Main St. after the march. We can use help in the march and at the table! Let’s show up, Indivisible Northampton!!
The Elections team had a good meeting on January 3, at which we began to discuss our focus for the upcoming year. We will continue that discussion at our next meeting on January 31 at 7:15 at Packard’s. All are welcome to join us.
Protecting Democracy Team
Our group meets upstairs at Packards at 7:30PM on the third
Wednesday of each month.
Our next meeting will be in February.
Medicare For All Team
Western Mass. Medicare for All is joining forces with Mass-Care (https://www.masscare.org/), a Boston-based coalition advocating for single-payer health care to cover all Massachusetts residents. This should be a mutually beneficial alliance and strengthen the movement.
To increase co-sponsorship of the Medicare for All bill in the Massachusetts legislature, we are sending emails to our friends in other areas of Massachusetts asking them to write to their representatives and senators urging their support for the House and Senate bills, which will be posted on January 18, and to join the Medicare for All Caucus (in both houses) to help build support in the legislature and in their communities. Below is a sample message. Please send it to your friends in other districts to support this initiative.
Separately, we are planning to go to a lobby day at the State House Boston on Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to build support for the bills. Car pools are leaving from here to go to Boston. Please contact me at LPareles@yahoo.com to join in a carpool to go there.
We are marching in the Women’s March this Saturday, January 19th, and tabling at the Activist Fair at First Churches afterward.
Dear Representative/Senator (name),
I am writing as your constituent, asking you to ask you to co-sponsor the new House and Senate bills to implement a Medicare for All plan in Massachusetts. There is very strong public support for a single-payer health plan here, and I would like you to co-sponsor these bills. I also ask you to join the Medicare for All Caucus to support these bills.
Please work hard to implement a Medicare for All plan in our state. This would be a more comprehensive, universal healthcare financing plan that would provide better coverage, and save money too.
Please work to pass these bills to improve our healthcare now.
Thank you very much.
Last, but not least…
The Medicare For All team would like to thank our new State Representative, Lindsay Sabadosa for her work on Medicare for All for Massachusetts. Our Northampton chapter of Indivisible proudly endorsed her candidacy and platform. She is currently filing a Medicare for All bill in the state legislature, co-sponsored by Jo Comerford and many others. We are grateful to Lindsay and will continue to support her efforts.
Our next meetings are:
Full Western Mass. Medicare-for-All group:
Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 pm,
in the Community Room at Hampton Court,
20 Hampton Ave, Northampton
Northampton Hub of West Mass. Medicare For All
Tuesday, February 26, at 7 pm,
at Pathways in Florence.
(Our hub group meets on the third Tuesday of each month).
Everyone is invited and welcome to either or both meetings.
The Campus Outreach Committee
Our next meeting will be in February, time and place TBA.
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!