News & Events the Week of March 18, 2019

When: Next open meeting, Monday, March 18, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence.

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Thanks – and see you at our next meeting!

Jo Comerford, March 18

Senator Comerford will provide an update on her legislative priorities (both the bills she filed and those she co-sponsored) and discuss opportunities to work together to move them forward. She will look forward to hearing from resistance group members to discuss questions, concerns and ideas for shared action from our State House to our neighborhoods.

Coming up Next Month:

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.

Team News

Elections Team

Help Bring Ranked Choice Voting to MA!

On Wednesday, March 27, the Elections Team will host a calling party to help get ranked-choice voting (RCV) passed in Massachusetts. Please come make phone calls with us!

We will call supporters of RCV who live in Franklin and Hampden counties to ask them to call their state representatives. Specifically, we’ll be reaching out to constituents of Rep Susannah Whipps and Rep John Velis.

There will be a script for you to follow, and we will teach you all you need to know. Please bring a laptop or tablet, a cell phone, and earbuds with you.

Join Us!
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:15pm at Pathways

Protecting Democracy Team

Next meeting: March 27, at 7:30 at Packard’s
(in the back near the “Library”).

We will discuss ways to intervene in the real current “crisis” — the separation of families, the detention of children, and the contravention of international asylum laws and agreements. We also are working to prevent the possibility of an “Article V convention,” promoted by ALEC and the Koch brothers.

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 organize support for a single-payer healthcare system in the Commonwealth. We are a subsection of the state organization, Mass-Care, which has deeper roots in eastern Massachusetts and works closely with the legislators in Boston.

At our March 13 meeting, we adopted, with unanimous approval, a Statement of Governance, including by-laws and a plan that formalizes the organization of our group and its mission to spread knowledge about and support for single-payer health care.

As part of that mission, we hold educational meetings and are creating new hubs in the surrounding towns and cities, including Springfield and Worcester. We often use the movie “Fix-It, Healthcare at the Tipping Point” to begin discussions of the benefits of universal healthcare. Click the link to watch it on YouTube.

Soon, the Medicare-for-All Caucus in the Statehouse in Boston will be meeting for the first time. We hope this caucus will be a force in moving single-payer legislation through the House and Senate.

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, March 19, 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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