There are election-oriented events like fundraisers and postcard parties and issue-oriented events like Statehouse actions.
This Muster is chock full, but so much is happening (and so quickly) that you should check our website homepage and calendar for updates and additional events sponsored by our fellow Indivisible groups and allies that we weren't able to include in this newsletter.
Time to charge ahead to protect our democracy, advocate for social justice, and restore sanity to our government.
Postcards for Carolyn Bourdeaux for GA07
Saturday January 25, 1-3:00 pm Please join us in Lexington to write postcards for Carolyn Bourdeaux to her volunteers. Carolyn Bourdeaux is a Minuteman Indivisible supported candidate for Georgia's 7th congressional districtWe will be writing postcards to previous volunteers for Carolyn's campaign on Saturday 1-3:30pm, 35 Reed Street Lexington MA. Please RSVP for Postcards for Carolyn Bourdeaux GA07
Fundraiser for Jaime Harrison Monday January 27, 5:30-7:00 pm
Jaime Harrison is a candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, running against Lindsey Graham. The reception event will be held at Nixon Peabody, Exchange Place, 53 State Street, Boston, on the 31st floor. Jaime would love to meet you in person and talk with you about his race. You can click here to rsvp/contribute. For more information, please contact Makenzie Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaime Harrison is the son of a single teenage mom and was raised by his grandparents in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jaime overcame the challenges of grinding poverty with the help of teachers and mentors who believed in him. From a mobile home, to Yale University, to Georgetown Law, Jaime never forgot who he was or where he came from.
MA Leaders Call for Maine
Wednesday January 29, 7:30pm This is a monthly call for all leaders who are interested in working in Maine. The goal is to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening in Maine for 2020 activism field work. We’ll hear about what’s working and what’s not, share information and coordinate, and suggest ideas and approaches as we begin to move closer to the heart of the campaign season. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/swingleftboston/event/208908/.
Fundraiser for Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA07) Sunday February 9, 6-7:30 pm Note the date change Please join us for a fundraiser for Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic candidate for GA 7th Congressional District in Lexington on Sunday from 6 to 7:30 pm. Cocktails and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP below to let us know if you can attend and meet Carolyn.You may have heard about the Georgia 7th Congressional District last year, when Carolyn Bourdeaux – a public policy professor and first-time candidate – came 433 votes away from unseating an incumbent Republican. Carolyn is the clear favorite in the Democratic primary and has been endorsed by Emily's List, Andrew Young, Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, and Senate candidate (and former House candidate) Jon Ossoff. The incumbent is not running for reelection and the seat will be the top targeted House district in the nation. Her likely opponent is Renee Unterrman, a main sponsor of the anti-abortion "heartbeat bill".Even if you can’t join us, please consider making a donationhttps://secure.actblue.com/donate/minutemen2020to help Carolyn reach the voters she needs.
Please RSVP here to get address: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/minutemen2020
Monthly Activism Evening
Monday February 10, 7-9:00pm
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd., Lexington All members are encouraged to attend the next monthly meeting of Minuteman Indivisible. The Theme or Focus for February is "Get Ready to Get Out the Vote." We will talk about Voter Registration, Fund-raising, Training for Texting, Training for use of "Slack", our communication tool, & you can try post-carding and learn how to host a postcarding event in your home.
A Celebration of Purpose Minuteman Indivisible Membership Meeting January 13, 2020
A crowd of enthusiastic Resisters attended the first membership meeting of 2020. The meeting agenda covered goals and objectives for the year and asked members to plan for participation and action. Clearly, the focus is on electing candidates who will work on the issues closest to our hearts and pass legislation to address the serious concerns that members have about climate, justice, democracy, healthcare, government corruption, etc.
Among the many folks who stepped up to volunteer in 2020 are: Teresa Wright (Event planning)
Melanie Thompson, Al Montgomery, Jim Siwila (Newsletter)
Nina Hackel (Hosting & Bartender)
Rosalynn Minassian (Event organizing)
Lakshmi Rao (Texting)
Freda Flammer (Fundraising)
Paul Alexander (Lauren Underwood captain)
Travis Roland (Outreach to Lincoln)
Betty Ruth (Outreach to Waltham)
Joan Lester (Student Voter Registration)
Dan Olleander (Gun Violence Prevention Champion)
Volunteers continuing in their roles, or adding new duties, include: Jean Milburn (New Member Services/Facebook)
Michelle Olson (Elections)
Bob Avallone (Ranked Choice Voting)
Karyn Rose (ROE Act/Reproductive Rights)
Bob Kvaal (MA Climate Legislation)
Marci Cemenska (Right Whale and Tax Transparency)
April Smith Ziegler (Election Security)
Grant Carrow (Impeachment & Texting)
Rina Schneur (Gun Violence Prevention)
Melanie Thompson (Voting Rights)
Ruthy Bennett (Elections)
Marisa Sulkamara (Elections)
John SantaMaria (All things Computer)
(If your name was not mentioned, we love you, but the author is a really poor note-taker)
After lively discussion and many introductions, the group enjoyed refreshments, chocolate "Blue Wave" cake, and each other's company. Energy is high as we charge into a new year of challenges and opportunities!
Please save the date for the next for the next Sustainable Middlesex gathering,
Saturday, February 29, 9:00–noon
Jenks Center 109 Skillings Road
WinchesterThis will be a follow-up on last year’s event with Senator Mike Barrett, Representative Benson and Michael Green (CABA), which was attended by climate activists from over 30 towns and organizations. (Sustainable Middlesex Wikedlocal)
We are hopeful that even more towns will get involved.This time, Senator Barrett will be joining us again, along with others (TBD), to discuss the progress of putting a price on carbon in Massachusetts, Bill S.1821, as well as other major climate change initiatives, such as:
Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)
DEMAND A FAIR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IN THE SENATE
Last month, we joined fellow Indivisibles across the country to show support for the articles of impeachment that were voted on by the House of Representatives. Now we need to insist on a fair trial in the Senate. Please take a moment to thank our MA Senators for supporting a process that includes hearing from witnesses and getting relevant documents and urge anyone you know in states with Republican Senators to call their Senators to insist on a fair trial.
SUPPORT ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION
Every election, Massachusetts disenfranchises thousands of its own citizens by denying eligible voters the ability to register or update their information on election day. Two out of three people who were prevented from casting a ballot are actually registered but are rendered ineligible because their registration contains simple and fixable errors. Election Day Registration (EDR) will help fix that.
Last fall, our elections team selected the Maine Senate race as a key one to focus on to help flip the Senate. In 2020, we'll be coordinating with our friends at Swing Left Greater Boston who've been working in Maine since last year.
Help Register Maine Voters
In the past six months, Swing Left has registered over 1000 voters in Maine and they have several voter registration trips scheduled in January. Get more details and sign up here.
See Swing Left Greater Boston's 2020 Maine webpage for additional resources and more ways you can help turn Maine blue.
PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
SUPPRESSED: THE FIGHT TO VOTE
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a film by documentarian Robert Greenwald, weaves together personal stories to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election and the threat it poses in 2020. Join our Steering Committee member Jean at the Wayland Public Library at 10am to watch a 9-minute excerpt from the film and engage in a brief, facilitated discussion. Attendees will also have an optional opportunity to fill out postcards encouraging eligible voters who have been purged to re-enroll and vote! Get more detailshere.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS:
HOW THE POWER OF PEOPLE CAN SAVE OUR REPUBLIC
Lexington Community Education is sponsoring this talk on the Constitution at the Lexington Depot at 7pm by local resident Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. Get more details and purchase tickets ($10) here.
Help at the Polls on Election Day
Many communities, including Lexington, are looking for people to work at the polls for both the primary election this spring and the general election in November. Learn more here, then contact your local election officials for more information on how you can help.
HELP NEW CITIZENS REGISTER TO VOTE
For the past several years. MI members have volunteered at events sponsored by MIRA to register new citizens immediately after their naturalization ceremony. It's an easy and inspiring way to spend an hour! No prior experience necessary and MIRA provides training and all materials—clipboards, forms, and pins. Most of the ceremonies happen on Thursday afternoons at Faneuil Hall, but a few happen at the JFK Library in Boston. Get details and sign up for events in January and February here.
GET READY TO PASS RANKED CHOICE VOTING IN 2020
In December, the MA Secretary of State office certified more than 110,000 signatures for the ranked choice voting ballot question, well over the approximately 80,000 that were needed. The Legislature now has until early May to take action on RCV. If they don't, we'll need to collect about 20,000 more signatures in May and June from people who didn't sign the ballot petition this fall.
Thank you to the many MI members who signed the ballot petition, helped collect signatures, and volunteered to help sort petitions at the RCV field offices. We look forward to working with you in 2020 to get RCV passed here in MA!
CONNECT WITH US AND OTHER ACTIVISTS ON SLACK
Slack is essentially a chat room for our organization, designed to replace email as your primary method of communication and sharing. Its workspaces allow you to organize communications by channels for group discussions and allows for private messages to share information, files, and more all in one place.
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