Volume I, Issue 22 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible Lexington August 10, 2017
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
Active Bystander Training On August 2, twenty five people attended the Active Bystander training, which was a joint project between Minuteman Indivisible and the Lexington Human Rights Committee. We learned what it means to be an Active Bystander and how we can intercede in situation when someone is a target. Lest you wonder when these skills might be useful, check out this article
Canvassing at the Farmers Market Taking a page from the Indivisible Team's August RecessToolkit, the Democracy team is organizing canvassing at the Lexington Farmer's Market on Tuesday afternoons. This week, we handed out information on Indivisible, Minuteman Indivisible, and indicated how to sign up for the Mueller Rapid Response. If you would like to join us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daytime meeting starting this fall
Beginning this fall, we will be starting a group that meets during school hours. The purpose of this group is to enable people who have a difficult time attending evening meetings to still be involved in the political process. While the makeup of the group will ultimately dictate which actions it takes, the daytime meeting members will be uniquely positioned to make visits to MoCs, attend rallies, hearings, or lobby days, etc. The first meeting will be in September. If you are interested in being part of this group, please fill out this form with your preference for days, as well as mornings vs afternoons, so that we can start planning.
Help wanted: Lawyer
Minuteman Indivisible is organized as a 527 PAC. We would love to have a lawyer's expertise to help us read over the rules and make sure that we are interpreting them correctly. If you are willing to help with this limited request, please contact us at email@example.com.
Minuteman Indivisible Book Club
We had a great turnout for our first Minuteman Indivisible Book Club meeting - sixteen people from Lexington and several nearby towns attended on a lovely summer evening!Was it the company, the book On Tyrannyby Timothy Snyder,or the dedication of our members to learn, discuss and take action that brought us all together? Probably all three. Thanks from all of us go out to Lisa, our inexhaustible Communications Director, for pulling this event together. Keep a eye on our Minuteman Muster or Calendar of Events for the next book club meeting in September when we'll be discussing Don't Think of an Elephant, by George Lakoff. And remember, a well informed electorate is a STRONG electorate.
2018 Work Underway in the Elections Team
The elections team has been busy carefully analyzing the entire field of US Congressional races to cull districts and candidates to support over the next year leading up to the 2018 elections. The team has decided to focus our attention on US House seats. In the meeting held last night we picked the first five districts on which we will focus the team effort. They are (drum roll please...) Kristen Rosen-Gonzales in FL27, Chrissy Houlahan in PA6, Regina Bateson in CA4, Carol Shea Porter in NH1 and Mikie Sherrell in NJ11. We expect this list to grow as we further our analysis of other races. For all the districts the team supports, we will have a campaign liaison who will coordinate the team effort for that campaign. We hope to build a model that can be then applied across all the campaigns. If you have interest in learning more about the elections team efforts please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date!
September 27th we have a conference call scheduled with US Congressional candidate Jim Thompson who is running in the KS 4 seat. He ran in the special election held in June. He will talk about his experience in that campaign and update us on his current campaign.
Seth Moulton Town Hall Monday, August 14, 2017 7:00PM Bedford High School
9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA
Congressman Seth Moulton is holding a Town Hall Q&A in Bedford on Monday 8/14 and will also be live-streaming the event on Facebook for people who are unable to attend. You can RSVP here.
Signature Gathering for Ballot Questions
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 1-2:30PM Learning Center, Cary Memorial Library
The Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM) will be holding a training session for people interested in helping to collect signatures this fall to place two questions on the November 2018 statewide ballot: raising the minimum wage to $15 and establishing a program of universal insurance for paid family and medical leave. The meeting will explain the issues and the signature-gathering process. An evening meeting is also planned for September 11th at Cary Memorial Library.
How to Lobby: A Science Champions Online Training
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3-4:00PM Online
The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to their first Science Champions online training on how to lobby your members of Congress and become a compelling advocate right in your hometown. This training is free but you must register.
PDM/DDE Education Working Group
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:00PM Learning Center, Cary Memorial Library
Participants from Rep. Jay Kaufman's Democracy Demands Engagement (DDE) series and the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM) have formed a working group on Education issues that will be meeting to discuss areas of focus and future actions. New members are welcome and we encourage MI members who are interested in education issues to participate.
Improved Medicare for All MA
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:00PM 1 Main Street, Ayer, MA 01432
Come learn about a better health care system: Improved Medicare for All Panel Discussion with Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Jen Benson & the MASS-Care Coalition. Improved Medicare for All bills have been sponsored in MA by Senator Eldridge and Rep. Benson to create a cost-effective medical care system that covers all medically necessary privately delivered care for everyone, without premiums or co-pays or pre-existing condition exclusions, tax-funded and financially managed by a state agency. Event is free but requires registration.
Daughter and Mother Camp Congress for Girls
Saturday, Oct 28th 8:00AM-5:00PM 225 William F McClellan Highway, Boston, MA 02128
Daughter and Mother Camp Congress for Girls Boston 2017 is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 and their moms (or dads) to politics. Register here.
UPCOMING MI MEETINGS
Elections Team Meeting Tuesday, September 12th 7:15-9PM Lexington Community Center
Come strategize for the congressional races the team selected to focus on at our August meeting! If you would like to volunteer for a district race or for a specific campaign action please fill out our Elections Form.
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
(Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
Signup for the Mueller Rapid Response
As the Nation speculates whether or not special counsel Robert Mueller will be fired, activists across the country are gearing up for a nationwide, immediate response. #MarchForTruth is partnering with MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, Indivisible, and many others to prepare emergency "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies that will happen directly following the firing should it occur. Members of the Democracy team encourage everyone to signup for this response to show that you are willing to take to the streets if such a constitutional crisis occurs. Go to #MarchForTruth for more information and to sign up.
Protect Mueller and the Russia Investigation
Two bipartisan bills have been introduced in the Senate to protect Mueller and the Russia investigation - one by Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and one by Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC). While the bills differ in when a judges' panel would review the firing of a special prosecutor, both plans limit the president's ability to do so. Call Senators Warren (617-565-3170) and Senator Markey (617-565-8519) and say "I support the bipartisan legislation introduced to protect a special counselor from inappropriate interference by a president." See this article for more information.
Tell Governor Baker to take a hike
The MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled that local law enforcement officials cannot detain a person solely on a request from federal immigration agencies. Governor Baker responded to this historic ruling by filing state legislation that attempts to authorize state and local law enforcement to detain people without due process. Call Governor Baker and tell him that you support the Safe Communities Act and that you think that his proposed legislation is shameful. Furthermore, tell him that you want state tax dollars going for state programs - not to enforce federal programs. Governor Baker's phone number is 617.725.4005.
Remind Secretary of State Galvin that we are in the 21st century
Two weeks ago, in a major win for democracy, the Suffolk Superior Court ruled that Massachusetts’s 20-day voter registration deadline is unconstitutional, noting that it arbitrarily and unnecessarily excludes thousands from the democratic process. Unfortunately, not everyone is cheering the decision. Secretary of State Bill Galvin is planning to appeal the ruling, suggesting that it would create “chaos” for town and city clerks if people could register closer to an election, despite the fact that we are in the 21st century.
We can’t allow that here. Massachusetts is the only state in New England without some form of Election Day Registration (EDR). It has worked for our neighbors, and it would work here. And it’s one of the most reliable ways to increase turnout. Call/Email Secretary Galvin (617-727-9180; email@example.com) now to demand that he drop his appeal, and that he stop spreading lies about Election Day Registration.
Increasing Renewable Energy in MA
MA is a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a group of nine northeastern states that participate in a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation. The program is now under review to determine if it should adopt new, stricter standards. Send an email to Governor Baker encouraging faster greenhouse gas reductions in MA, using this link.
Support Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Please support all the beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are in danger of having their immigration status terminated by Jan 2018. Presently these TPS beneficiaries are campaigning at the national level to request the support of US Citizens by signing letters that are addressed to the Governors of each state. Sign and send the attached letter to Governor Baker - support the thousands of Salvadorans, Hondurans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Syrians whose TPS will expire during the first quarter of 2018. For more information, see this link.
Learn More about MI Teams
Are you new to Minuteman Indivisible? While it is not required, one of the best ways to get involved is to join one or more of our teams! (See our website for more information on the teams.) If you'd like to contact one of our team leaders, their contact emails are below. (Although many teams have more than one team leader, for simplicity's sake, we list just one contact point.)
If you haven't had a chance to sign up for a team and would like to get more involved, just fill out this form: TEAM SIGN-UPS
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