News & Events the Week of June 3, 2019


Starting Early this week!

When: Next open meeting, Monday, June 3, 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!


Regenerative Farming, Forests and Food Systems

Join CAN’s Marty Nathan who will speak about the “Green New Deal” and a newly formed group who will speak about “Regenerative Farming, Forests and Food Systems Alliance of Climate Action Now” A Holistic Approach for Climate/planetary, public and personal health; Because stopping Fossil Fuel Emissions is Not Enough.

We focus on natural solutions that actively remove carbon from the atmosphere and sequester (store) it in healthy soil, through supporting Regenerative agriculture, Forest protection and a healthy, just food system, as part of a holistic approach to improve the health of the planet and all living beings.


Coming up on June 17: Ranked Choice Voting

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.

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.

Impeachment

Thanks to all who helped pack the house for our Impeachment Forum, at our last meeting. Thanks, as well, to our outstanding speakers, John Bonifaz and Bill Scher. We asked participants to let us know how the speakers affected their opinions about impeachment by taking a quick survey – here are the results thus far, with about half of the participants responding.

Here’s what Indivisible National says about Impeachment, and the steps we should take.You can take this survey to let them know what you think.

Some people in our group have expressed an interest in starting a team to move impeachment forward. If you want to get involved, contact Beth.


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 May 20.
  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 May 20 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 held a showing of the short documentary “Fix It: Healthcare and the Tipping Point” at the Northampton Senior Center, followed by a community discussion led by our members. The event was well attended, and the sophisticated questions about Single-Payer healthcare demonstrated more community engagement and knowledge.

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, June 12, at 6:30 pm,
at a new location to accommodate our growing numbers:
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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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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