Help Overturn Citizens United!
Come help People Govern, Not Money gather signatures for a ballot initiative to help overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics. They need to collect 90,000 signatures by Nov 22. This is a short, intense campaign that requires all hands on deck. Jump in and help in this historic effort. They have a great network of support and action and would love to have help. They will be at the Lexington Farmer's Market for the remaining Tuesdays in October and at other nearby locations including the Burlington Mall. Check their home page for an updated schedule of where they plan to collect signatures and sign up to help using this link.
Go HERE for additional actions for this week!
Spotlight on "Weekday Warriors" Daytime Team
Our new daytime team met jointly with the existing Weekday Warriors group begun by Indivisible MA District 5 on Wednesday Oct 11 at the Robbins Library in Arlington. We discussed ways to write effective letters to the editor and the policies for submitting them to the Boston Globe and our local newspapers. Laura from Indivisible MA District 5 designed beautiful postcards supporting the Contraceptive ACCESS legislation in Massachusetts (S.499 and H.536) and we used them to send personal messages to our State Senators and Representatives. We also filled out postcards supporting the MA ACLU's Freedom Agenda. Kim, from People Govern, Not Money, explained how to gather signatures for a ballot question to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and provided signature sheets. We also reviewed what each of our Indivisible groups is currently working on and discussed future actions for the daytime group including possible visits to our MoC. We plan to meet monthly and will be announcing our next meeting date soon. If you're interested in being part of our group, just use this form to let us know.
Don't Miss the MI Book Club Meeting this Tuesday, Oct. 17th
You've heard of the Koch Brothers, the Mercers, and Betsey DeVos. Now come learn how they have been spending their money for years to affect our democracy. Save these dates for the next MI Book Club meetings at the Lexington Community Center: Tuesdays Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. Both nights we’ll be discussing “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer and “The Third Reconstruction” by Rev. William Barber. Join us even if you haven’t had a chance to read the books or can make only one of the evenings - we'll provide a summary of the books. Rev. Barber will also be speaking in Boston this Thursday, October 19 at Trinity Church in Copley Square - you can watch it online if you can’t be there in person. See this link for more information.
Save the Date! Breakfast with Chrissy Houlahan
On Friday, October 27 from 8-10AM, the Elections team is hosting Chrissy Houlahan, candidate for the US House for PA 6. Chrissy is endorsed by Seth Moulton, the DCCC, and Emily's List. She is also one of the four candidates the Elections team has selected for our support. Come meet her and contribute to the effort. Use this link to RSVP.
Join Us at Voices on the Green
On Saturday evening October 28, First Parish Church will be presenting a program entitled “I Protest,” as part of its Voices on the Green series. Our own Michelle Olson will be speaking about the founding of Minuteman Indivisible along with other Lexington residents who will be discussing the 1971 protest against the Viet Nam War on the Lexington Green and the writing of the protest song “Charlie and the MTA.” The evening will include music and refreshments. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets can be purchased using this link. Suggested donations are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Proceeds from the event will be shared between First Parish Church and Communities for Restorative Justice. Questions about the event can be emailed to this address.
Right to Health Organizer Bootcamp
On Saturday October 14, MI members joined dozens of other activists for an all day Right to Health Organizer Bootcamp held at Minuteman High School in Lexington. More than 90 attendees built new relationships, developed skills, and are now better equipped to demonstrate to our MA Legislature just how much support Medicare for All and Single Payer healthcare command! Now it's time to put this new capacity into action - plan to join us at the Right to Health MA Lobby Day November 14th, 10am-12pm, at the Statehouse.
Wave Day of Action!
Members of Minuteman Indivisible are always up for making waves, so we were thrilled to participate in WAVE'S Day of Action! WAVE stands for Women Acting Visibly Everywhere, and as in the Women's Marches, individuals from across the state and the political spectrum were invited to become visible in their communities, make their voices heard, and participate in collective civic action. Minuteman Indivisible supported WAVE's Day of Action by gathering at Depot Square in Lexington and spending 30 minutes holding signs and talking to local residents and tourists visiting the Lexington Battle Green.
Democracy Team Ventures Out!
On Oct 10, the Democracy team attended a meeting of Drinking Liberally held at Margarita's in Waltham. The group meets monthly and draws people from surrounding towns. DL provides a "haven for like-minded individuals to vent their frustrations with politics, learn more about how to effect positive change in the world, and connect with new friends over drinks and food," which perfectly describes the organization! Sometimes they have speakers, this month they did not. The team had a great time connecting with like minded individuals and we were able to put out the word on upcoming MI events. Hopefully, we can attend future meetings and bring events like this to MI.