News & Events the Week of June 17 2019


Starting Early this week!

When: Next open meeting, Monday, June 17, 7:15 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!


June 17: Ranked Choice Voting & Ending Child Detention

The Elections Team will host a calling party for Ranked Choice Voting. This is the event that was originally scheduled for the May 20 Indivisible Northampton meeting.

Bring your phone and a laptop and join us for a phone bank to advance Ranked Choice Voting in MA. The Elections Team section below has instructions on what you can do between now and June 17 to get set up so our action can be as effective as possible. You can also see the Instructions here.

If you’d rather write than call (or write and call), come and join our postcard campaign to help stop child detentions!


More on Ranked Choice Voting

(from Voter Choice MA): Ranked Choice Voting is a simple, fair, and easy way to give more voice and more choice to Massachusetts voters. Instead of picking just one candidate, Ranked Choice Voting allows you to rank the candidates on your ballot — as many or as few as you prefer — in your order of choice. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 — and this simple change has the power to save our democracy.

Ranked Choice Voting gives voters more power to express their full opinion about the candidates, ensures that the winning candidate has majority support and that similar candidates can’t split the vote or “spoil” the election. And, finally, Ranked Choice Voting ensures that the candidates with the best ideas, not the biggest bank accounts, have a fair shot at running and winning.

RCV is already working in Maine – let’s bring it home!

PLEASE GET PREPARED

The Elections Team section below has instructions on what you can do between now and June 17 to get set up so our action can be as effective as possible.


More Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 15
Impeach Trump Rally
Pulaski Park 1:45-3
Speakers:
Rep McGovern
Senator Jo Comerford
Rep Sabadosa
Rep Mindy Domb
John Bonifaz
Jennifer Taub

Monday, June 24

Speaking of Ending Child Detention, join us on Monday, June 24th, 7:00pm to hear a Report Back from local activists who will have just returned from a week of actions at the Homestead, FL Child Detention Center. We’re co-sponsoring this event with Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice. We’ll also have a sign up sheet for folks interested in joining a new Indivisible team focusing on immigration and refugee rights! Interested, but can’t make the meeting? Let me know!

Wednesday, June 26

Impeachment on your mind?? Follow up Saturday’s Impeachment Rally with an informative (as only Bill Moyers can do) film that we’re co-sponsoring with the Resistance Film series: “Impeachment of a President, Bill Moyers Journal” is a history of impeachment with constitutional scholar Bruce Fein who wrote the first article of impeachment against President Clinton, and with The Nation’s John Nichols, who wrote “The Genius of Impeachment: the Founders Cure for Royalism.
June 26 Wed 6:45 – 8:30pm, Forbes Library
Discussion follows with Amherst-based John Bonifaz, co-founder and president of Free Speech For People and co-author of “The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump”

And, after the movie, join us for a Debate Watch Party! Wednesday, June 26th, 8:45pm at 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence (Pathways Cohousing)! Let’s gather in community to kick off the beginning of a new day in our White House! Gather with activist friends to hear the Democratic primary contenders side by side as we consider who’ll best represent our bold progressive values – and win!

We’ll have snacks and BYOB!
RSVP here: https://act.indivisible.org/event/attend-local-actions/143310

Team News

Elections Team

Ranked Choice Voting in MA!

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which allows voters to rank the candidates on the ballot in order of preference. RCV would make Massachusetts elections more competitive and fair by encouraging the participation of more candidates and parties, and by ensuring outcomes that more accurately reflect the will of the voters.

Within the next few weeks, we urge you to do the following to prepare so that it’s a smooth and fun meeting.

  1. Visit vcma.us/callhub to set up an account on CallHub. It will be VERY HELPFUL if you do this in advance of June 17.
  2. Read the following documents to become familiar with ranked choice voting and this calling campaign.
  3. Test the System: Try making 5 or 6 calls from home. Email callhub@voterchoicema.org for the name of the Call Campaign to make some test calls.
  4. Show up: Attend the Call Party on May 20 at Pathways! Bring a laptop or tablet plus your cell phone. You need both of these in order to use CallHub efficiently. Earphones are also helpful.

If you do a few calls prior to the meeting, you will be ready to go on June 17 and be able to make more calls along with other Indivisible members. If you have any problems making those calls, please let Rachael Naismith know at rachael.naismith@gmail.com. If you don’t have time to make those six calls, please show up anyway! This is an important topic that can help in future elections to ensure that candidates are elected with a majority.


Protecting Democracy Team

Next meeting: TBD

Our group is now focusing on immigration. We’ll write some postcards to various MOCs together, and discuss proposals for a Democratic platform on immigration.

Our group meets upstairs at Packards, (in the back in a booth next to the “Library.”) at 7:30PM, usually on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.


Medicare For All Team

The Medicare for All team sent a delegation to the State House in Boston on 6-11-19, and testified before the joint House and Senate Health Care Finance Committee in support of Single Payer Medicare-for-All . The hearing was well attended and lasted for the full day. We presented and heard many of the ways our current health insurance system is failing, and how the Single Payer bills would benefit everyone in the state. The next issue is whether the leadership will allow the committee to report the bill out favorably, which would then lead to a serious discussion on the floor.

We are planning further actions for the summer to inform, build support for legislation, and increase our membership.

Useful Links:


Our next meetings are:

General Assembly of the Mass. Medicare-for-All group:
Wednesday, July 1o, at 6:30 pm,
at the Green Computing Center,
100 Bigelow Street, in Holyoke
(The Full group meets at this time and place on the second Wednesday of each month.
Contact Larry if you would like to carpool. )

Northampton Hub of West Mass. Medicare For All
Tuesday, June 25, 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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