News & Events the Week of May 6, 2019


When: Next open meeting, Monday, May 6, 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!


Gina-Louise Sciarra

Our May 6th meeting will feature Gina-Louise Sciarra, current Northampton City Councilor for Ward 4, and now running to represent all of Northampton as our Councilor at Large.


Coming up on May 20: Ranked Choice Voting

At the May 20 Indivisible Northampton meeting, the Elections Team will host a calling party for Ranked Choice Voting. It’s going to be fun. SEE DETAILS BELOW

Indivisible Northampton Shows Up

Thanks to all those who showed up to participate in National’s 1st survey of local chapters’ opinions on the most important issues of the 2020 Presidential campaign. National wants to be responsive to its grassroots (that’s us!) and so has asked every chapter to respond to a list of questions to help guide the setting of it’s priorities and actions. Here’s a link to our chapter’s responses. We’ll let you know when national compiles all the results. This is what grassroots activism looks like!


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!

At the May 20 Indivisible Northampton meeting, the Elections Team will host a calling party for Ranked Choice Voting. 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 15 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 at 7:30PM, usually on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.


Medicare For All Team

We were very pleased that our Congressman James McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee, held the first ever hearing on Medicare for All on April 30. You can watch a video of the hearing at this website. We’ll be keeping our eye on how this bill proceeds in the House of Representatives.

We continue to present our case to the community, using the movie Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point as a discussion opener, followed by a brief panel discussion and Q&A. We have had very interesting and worthwhile discussions in multiple communities. Our next program will take place on May 28, 1- 3 pm at the Northampton Senior Center.

Useful Links:


Our next meetings are:

Full Western Mass. Medicare-for-All group:
Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 pm,
at a new location: 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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