Ask Our MoCs to Continue Fighting for DACA
Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators proposed a deal that would fund the government and protect Dreamers, but Trump and the GOP leadership rejected it, leading to last weekend's #TrumpShutdown. On Monday, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that keeps the government running until February 8th and funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, but does not deal with DACA. Massachusetts MoCs have been Dream Heroes - fighting for a bill to fund the government that protects Dreamers AND provides long-term funding for CHIP (the entire MA delegation voted against the CR on Jan. 19th; on the 22nd, two congressman - Lynch (CD8) and Keating (CD9) voted in favor). Please call or email your MoCs to let them know they have your support if they voted against these CRs and ask them to continue to fight for the Dreamers.
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Come Celebrate Our Birthday!
It's our birthday soon and we're throwing a party! Back in February 2017, this organization came to life, and we've been growing ever since. Come celebrate one year of resistance and rising at our birthday party on Thursday, February 8, 7:00-9:00 pm at artlounge in Arlington Heights. Mingle with other MI members, put a name and a face to team leaders and board members, donate to MI as a birthday gift, and make a wish for our work together as we blow out the candle on our cake! More details in next week's Muster, but save the date now.
Help Raise Funds for Mikie Sherrill
Mikie Sherrill is returning to Boston! You can meet her at a special breakfast event at the Inn at Hastings Park, 8:30-10:30 am on Thursday, February 1. She will be joined by guest speaker Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Mikie is running a winnable campaign in New Jersey's 11th district, and the Elections Team is enthusiastic about supporting her.
While the minimum donation of $100 may seem steep, remember how important it is for campaigns to post big fundraising numbers right now. Don't miss this amazing chance to spend time with Mikie and Maura! Use this link to register.
Participate in a Focus Group for the Resistance School
The Resistance School, a project developed by students at Harvard University, is looking for activists for to participate in a focus group to discuss what the Resistance School has done and could do in the future. The only requirement to participate is to be currently active in resisting - it doesn't matter whether or not you have heard of the Resistance School or watched their classes. The focus group will be meeting in Lexington this Saturday, January 24th, from 1:15-2:15pm. There are still a few spots open, so if you would like to participate, please send an email to our Democracy team using this link
Join Us to Discuss Daring Democracy
Join us this Thursday at 7pm for the second in a series of discussions on Daring Democracy, a timely new book about the many ways that people and groups are standing up to preserve and reinvigorate our democracy. We are partnering with First Parish Church in Lexington which has convened an interfaith panel of lay people to share how their faith traditions inform their actions to protect and advance democracy. Everyone is welcome - please join us even if you were unable to attend the first meeting.
Rallying at the Boston/Cambridge Women's March
Last Saturday, MI members joined thousands of others on the Cambridge Common to speak out for women's rights, human rights, and the need to protect our democracy and bring our power to the polls. Attorney General Maura Healey kicked off the rally with a rousing speech which you can view using this link. This article highlights some of the many creative signs at the event, while these NY Times photosshow the impressive turnout at other marches across the nation and beyond. Thank you to the January Coalition, which organized the event, the speakers, and Zayda Ortiz from Indivisible Mystic Valley who emceed.
Meeting the Democratic Candidates for Governor
We had great turnout for both of our meetings with the Democratic candidates running for Governor. Last week, Setti Warren spoke and answered questions at the Lexington Community Center. The previous week, a "sold out" crowd at Cary Library heard from Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie.
The Government Shutdown - Politics and the Blame Game
The news over the past few days has been dominated by the government shutdown, the first ever when one party controlled both branches of Congress and the White House. This week's continuing resolution only funds the government through February 8th, so debates over strategy and who's to blame rage on. Check out these articles from the Indivisible Team, one of our MI Members, and others for some perspectives on the process and politics and some talking points for the blame game.
Update on Massachusetts Ballot Questions
Secretary of State Bill Galvin's office announced that six more ballot questions have received enough signatures to take the next step towards getting on the 2018 ballot. These proposals now go to the Legislature; if they aren't passed by May 2, 2018, proponents must gather another 10,792 signatures by July 4, 2018 in order for the question to appear on the November 2018 ballot. This article provides more details on each of the questions, including the number of signatures proponents gathered: 6 More Massachusetts Ballot Questions Just Cleared a Hurdle for 2018