We the People of Minuteman Indivisible are a team of concerned citizens living in the greater Lexington, Massachusetts area, home of the American Revolution. Our mission is to advocate for the rights and dignity of all people, informed by science and humanitarian principles. We are networked with many Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts and the nation to build a strong and effective resistance movement against racism, authoritarianism, and corruption, and to promote a vigorous democratic process. We invite you to join us, all newcomers are welcome.
Urge State Legislators to Protect Immigrants
The actions being taken by the Federal government increase the urgency of getting key provisions from the Safe Communities Act into the conference committee version of the State Budget; as this recent editorial in the Boston Globe points out, these "modest immigration reforms in Mass. can send a powerful message." Even if you've already called before, please contact your state representatives and ask them to go to House Speaker DeLeo and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jeff Sanchez to make sure the provisions included in the Senate Budget last month end up in the final budget bill. See this link for a sample call script.
...and Ask the Governor to Change His Position
Although these provisions have broad support, including from police organizations, Governor Baker has indicated he would veto them. Please call (617 725-4005) or email the Governor and add your voice to those of the hundreds of citizens who stood outside his office at the State House last week urging him to support these provisions that protect public safety, provide due process for everyone in MA, and restrict the use of State resources to help the Trump administration's cruel and inhumane efforts to separate families here in MA.
Go HERE to see more actions for this week!
Summer Activism: Help Flip Congress!
Want to help flip the House in November? We're holding a series of summer activism afternoons and evenings to postcard, phonebank, or text bank for the candidates we are supporting and hope you can join us! An enthusiastic group of 15 members participated in our first Summer Activism event on June 23rd when we mailed 220 VoteByMail forms to voters in NJ-11 (Mikie Sherrill's district) and phonebanked to help get Danny O'Connor elected in the OH-12 special election in August. We have three more events planned this summer - see the Upcoming Events section below for details on the next meeting this Thursday evening July 12th in Reading and mark your calendars for the other events on Saturday, July 28th, from 4-6pm in Concord and Thursday, August 9th, from 6-8pm in Lexington
Dancing to Support People Govern, Not Money
We danced. We sipped. We laughed. And we raised money for People Govern, Not Money!
Minuteman Indivisible and People Govern, Not Money joined forces to hold a dance
party on Saturday, July 7th at First Parish Church in Lexington. The party featured the NuRythm Band, which played great music that people couldn’t resist dancing to. Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, the Concord-based organization that works with groups across the country to support a 28th amendment to the Constitution, and Nancy Heselton spoke to the crowd and announced that People Govern, Not Money had been officially notified by the Secretary of State on July 6th that they collected enough signatures for their petition to get big money out of politics to be on the MA ballot in November! We look forward to supporting the ballot question and hope you'll join with us to ensure that it passes in November. If you couldn't attend, please consider donating to this cause by using this secure ActBlue link.
Swinging Maine 2 Blue
MI members and friends gathered by a local pool in Lexington on a warm summer morning in late June to write postcards in support of Jared Golden's campaign to flip the ME-02 congressional seat from red to blue. If you'd like to join us on a Tuesday morning this month (7/10, 7/17, 7/24), use this link to let us know and we'll email you with the details. See the Events for Out-of-State Candidates section and this Swing Left newsletter for more ways to help turn this seat blue.
Rallying to Keep Families Together
On Saturday, June 30th, we joined thousands of others at rallies across the country to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and say that Families Belong Together. MI members heard our Senators speak at the large rally and march in Boston and also participated in well-attended events in Natick MA, Portsmouth NH, Bar Harbor ME and other communities. Please continue to let our MoCs know that we appreciate their efforts to help reverse this policy and reunite children who have been separated from their families, and check the Morning Coffee Actions section for steps to take to protect immigrant families here in Massachusetts.
SPOTLIGHT ON AMY MCGRATH (KY-06)
Minuteman Indivisible is working hard to flip the House in November. This week's Spotlight section features Amy McGrath, one of the five Congressional candidates our Elections Team is focusing on. Amy McGrath inspired and energized us at a fundraising event in Newton last month. Amy is a terrific candidate and we proud to support her!
On Monday, June 25, she completed a fund raising whistle-stop through Boston at three events. Congressman Seth Moulton introduced her at the first, Congresswoman Katherine Clark attended the second, and many Indivisible activists and other supporters attended the third. In person, Amy is a phenomenal campaigner who impressed attendees with sincerity, smarts and passion. Rather than business as usual, she is running as a non-traditional Democrat and winning over wary Kentuckians, especially in rural districts. She is a former Marine combat pilot that decided to leave a Marine teaching post to run after November 2016. Despite being up against a three-term Republican expected to outspend her two-to-one, current polls show her leading in a Republican district that has recently been recast as a toss-up. Her campaign motto is "Country Over Party" which as she explains is natural for any Marine or vet. MI is hoping her campaign will return to the Boston area this fall. In the meantime, we plan to include some activities to help Amy in our summer activism events, and you can donate using this link.
Learn more about Amy and her campaign on her website and by following her on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
Swing Left Weekly Newsletter
Swing Left Greater Boston has begun sending out a weekly newsletter that highlights the work being done by lots of local groups, including ours, to help flip the House. See this week's issue to learn about local events, canvassing opportunities in neighboring states, and much more!