Join us this week at our new Wayland action meeting or monthly Book Club discussion, let Indivisible National know how you feel about impeachment, and save the date for next month's Update & Action meeting when we'll be learning more about ranked choice voting!
The MA legislature is working on the FY20 budget. Read on to learn more about several amendments that our state representatives will be voting on this week, then contact your State Rep. today.
TAKE ACTION IN WAYLAND
We're pleased to announce the first in a series of monthly action meetings in Wayland! Join us to write postcards in support of progressive candidates at Jean's home (near the Lincoln town line). Snacks provided. Casual, convivial event. Bring your friends!
Pleasecall your State Representative onMONDAY 4/22and ask them to cosponsor House Budget Amendment 1285 as the amendments (already submitted and sponsored) are to be voted on this week.
TheMassachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is supporting House Budget Amendment 1285 to raise YouthWorks budget to $16 M to make up for past lost jobs because funding hasn't kept up with wages or inflation. YouthWorks is a state-funded employment program targeted at teens in low wage earning families in cities across the Commonwealth to help these teens get the skills and experiences they need to find and keep jobs, thus addressing one of the underlying root causes of gun violence - lack of opportunity.
SUPPORT ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD
The MA Healthy Incentives Program(HIP) allows SNAP families to purchase fresh, healthy, local food from farmer's markets. The Campaign for HIP Funding is asking for $8.5M for FY20. Call your State Representativeto encourage them to sign on to budget amendment #476 to increase funding to $8.5M. This is a win for SNAP families and a win for MA farmers. See this link for all the information that you need.
PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT
TUESDAY, APRIL 23:
TALK BY STATE SENATOR MARK R. PACHECO
State Senator Pacheco, founding Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, is speaking at First Parish in Cambridge (3 Church St.) at 7pm. He will talk about current legislative proposals and strategies for implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act, especially in the environment of the Green New Deal and the climate action urgency highlighted in the latest U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report. He will also discuss how to best support state legislative proposals for the climate!
FRIDAY, APRIL 26:
GREEN NEW DEAL TOWN HALL
Congresswoman Lori Trahan will be speaking about the Green New Deal at 6:30pm at First Parish in Concord (20 Lexington Rd). She will be joined by a panel of young climate activists from the Sunrise Movement. Free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.
BAN PLASTIC BAGS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Humans produce about 600 billion pounds of plastic per year and every year about 20 billion pounds ends up in the ocean. Over 90% of produced plastic has never been recycled and it takes more than 400 years to break down naturally. Recently China put stricter rules on what it is willing to accept, which has actually created a recycling crisis in Massachusetts. Currently 96 cities and towns in MA have passed plastic bag bans and legislation to reduce plastic bag pollution has been filed at the state house: H.771 and S.462. This legislation was assigned to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. We are drowning in plastic and here is a practical, doable step toward helping with the issue.
Join us at the Lexington Community Center at 7:15 pm to discuss The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America by Robert Wuthnow. The book highlights characteristics that rural communities share and examines how economic decline, religious beliefs, and other factors shape rural attitudes and political decisions. New members are always welcome and the MI Book Club page has information about the book for those who haven't had a chance to read it yet. RSVP here.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25:
NEW AMERICAN VOTER REGISTRATION
Volunteer at this voter registration drive, organized by MIRA, which happens directly after a naturalization ceremony. Volunteers fill out voter registration forms for newly sworn-in citizens. All materials—clipboards, forms, and pins—are provided. No prior experience necessary - MIRA will provide training; RSVP here.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
With the Justice Department’s release of a redacted version of the Mueller report, and Congresswoman Tlaib’s recent introduction of a resolution of impeachment, there’s been a renewed discussion on the topic of impeachment and the potential removal of Trump from office. Impeachment would be no small thing, and Indivisible National wants to make sure they hear directly from Indivisible members on this issue. They've put together a quick survey to collect your thoughts on an impeachment campaign: click here to review the survey and share your thoughts.
MARCH FOR SCIENCE
SATURDAY, MAY 4:
MARCH FOR SCIENCE BOSTON
On Saturday May 4, join the third annual March for Science on the Cambridge Common at 11am to make a difference, advance scientific research, and raise support for evidence-based policies in New England. See this link for more details.
LEARN ABOUT RANKED CHOICE VOTING
MONDAY, MAY 13: MI UPDATE & ACTION MEETING
At our May Update & Action meeting, Jacob Silterra, a volunteer for Voter Choice Massachusetts, will be speaking to us about Ranked Choice Voting. He will explain how this simple but powerful reform has the ability to transform our political process and ensure outcomes that more accurately reflect the will of the voters. In most elections today, you pick one candidate. With Ranked Choice Voting, you can rank multiple candidates in the order you prefer them — 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on. If your 1st choice can’t win, your vote instantly counts toward your backup choice.
The Muster is coming to your inbox on a biweekly schedule this spring. Meanwhile, keep checking theMI Calendar on our website for the most current line-up
of events and opportunities.