News & Events the Week of May 20, 2019


When: Next open meeting, Monday, May 20, 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!


To Impeach, or Not to Impeach?

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John Bonifaz
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Bill Scher

John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist, president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, and author of, among other books, ‘The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump’, will make the case for moving forward now to impeach the President.

Bill Scher, liberal pundit and political analyst, Contributing Editor to POLITICO Magazine, contributor to RealClearPolitics, and co-host of “The DMZ,” an online TV show along with conservative pundit Matt Lewis on Bloggingheads.tv, will present the argument against impeachment.


Coming up on June 3: Climate Action Now

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.

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!


Team News

Elections Team

Ranked Choice Voting in MA!
(postponed)

The Elections Team will host a calling party for Ranked Choice Voting. It was originally scheduled for the May 20 Indivisible Northampton meeting, but we deferred to the impeachment discussion and will reschedule for the near future,

We will do at least one other action at that meeting as well. 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: May 29, at 7:30 at Packard’s
(in the back near the “Library”).

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.

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 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

Good News!

The Town Councils of Holyoke and South Hadley passed resolutions supporting passage of the Medicare for All bills in our legislature. The Boston City Council unanimously passed a similar resolution a few weeks ago too.

Our next community forum will be held on May 28, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Northampton Senior Center. We will discuss Medicare for All, with a showing of the brief movie Fix-It, followed by a panel and audience discussion. Everyone is invited to attend, and to bring their questions along too.

Useful Links:


Our next meetings are:

Full Western Mass. Medicare-for-All group:
Wednesday, Jumn, 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.)

Northampton Hub of West Mass. Medicare For All
Tuesday, May 21, 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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