Minuteman Indivisible started the year off right with a successful Day of Action that packed a punch on January 3 at Katherine Clark's Cambridge office.
Over 50 activists crammed into the small space, and about half of them were from MI. Clark's staff was impressed with the numbers, along with the passion we showed for our message to Clark to #GoBig in 2019. MI presented Clark's staff with a Thank You card for Katherine that included some personal messages from YOU about issues you care about.
Many thanks to our partners in all the CD 5 Indivisible groups, as well as 350MA Mystic Valley, for coordinating so productively on this action. We look forward to more days like this in the upcoming legislative season.
Check out the pictures and enjoy, but then be sure to read on - there are so many opportunities to ACT over the next few weeks... We're just getting started!
TODAY, January 7
Saturday, January 12
and Thursday, January 17:
2019 Voter Education Postcard Drive
Missing all the postcard parties of 2018?
Join Sister District Project MA/RI on the first of a three-part voter education postcard drive focused on low-propensity, likely Democrats in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Virginia, states that will hold elections in 2019. There are two opportunities to join locally: TODAY in Arlington, SATURDAY in Wayland, and NEXT THURSDAY in Lexington. RSVP by clicking on the day you'd like to attend.
Wednesday, January 9: Coffee with Cindy Friedman - Ranked Choice Voting
Join us for a meeting from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the State House with Senator Cindy Friedman sponsored by Voter Choice Massachusetts to discuss why Ranked Choice Voting matters and how it could improve politics in the Commonwealth. RSVP here. We know this issue is sparking great interest among MI members; be sure to come take part in the conversation with our local lawmaker who can work on this with our support!
Wednesday, January 9: Free Screening of Dark Money, Cambridge
Activist Afternoons is hosting this free screening of Dark Money, a political thriller that examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.
The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. RSVP here. The film will be shown at 7:00 pm in Central Square, Cambridge.
Thursday, January 8: New American Voter Registration Drive, Boston
Volunteer at this voter registration drive, organized byMIRA, which happens directly after a naturalization ceremony, this one at Fanueil Hall. 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.
Thursday, January 10: Indivisible National Call
Want to learn more about what Indivisible is up to in these first 100 days of the new Congress? Want to connect with other activists around the country and bring the energy back here to MI? Join the call on Thursday evening from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. Register here.
Saturday, January 12: "First We Marched, Then We Ran" Conference, MIT, Cambridge
In 2018, a record number of Democrats ran for Congress. Come meet the candidates, hear their stories, and learn from their experiences. What is it really like to run for Congress? How did candidates launch their campaigns? Why did the Democratic Party support some candidates and not others? How did running for office affect candidates’ families, finances, and careers?
Organized by Regina Bateson and a team of undergraduate research students from MIT and Wellesley, the conference is bringing together a host of participants who ran midterm races all across the country. You may remember that Regina was a candidate in CA-04 who received early support from MI Elections.
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited. See this link for details and RSVP here. For those who are unable to be there in person, the entire conference will be live-streamed.
Saturday, January 12: What's Up With Putting a Price on Carbon?, Lexington
Sustainable Middlesex is hosting a meeting at 9:30 am at the Lexington Community Center where Senator Mike Barrett, Rep. Jen Benson, and Michael Green, Executive Director of the Climate Action Business Association, will be speaking about the status of carbon pricing legislation in MA. See this link for more details.
And check out a talk being offered on Sunday, January 20 by the First Parish Climate Action Team: Professor Gilbert Metcalf of Tufts University will speak about his new book on carbon fees, Paying for Pollution. The talk is free and open to the public, 12:00-2:00 pm, at First Parish, 7 Harrington Road.
TWO Chances to Learn about Ranked Choice Voting, Wayland and Lincoln
At Sexual Health Lobby Day, sponsored by Planned Parenthood of MA, the MA ACLU, and others, advocates from across the state will come together to declare: access to sexual and reproductive health care is a basic human right. The day will begin in the Great Hall with a tabling fair and short speaking program, followed by a training to prepare you to hold effective conversations with your lawmakers. Then you'll meet with your state representative and senator to advocate for a new bill to proactively expand access to safe, legal abortion; legislation that expands access to comprehensive sex education; and funding for Massachusetts family planning, teen pregnancy prevention, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.Get more details and RSVP here.
WOMEN'S MARCH 2019 - BOSTON
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2019 Honorary Chair: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
With a coalition of intersectional feminist organizations, March Forward Massachusetts is proud to announce the 2019 Boston Women's March returns to Boston Common on January 19, 2019. On this worldwide day of action, we show up together in solidarity with women and allies, in service of those who are most at risk from an agenda that seeks to marginalize and divide us. Our work that was outlined by the original Marches is far from complete. We continue to march forward, building energy and welcoming ever more activism into the arena, until the systems of supremacy which oppress us are dismantled. The 2019 March, taking place on the weekend before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, lifts up the ongoing work in the struggle for civil rights for so many communities.
Please consider attending this reception or making a donation to support the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), an organization that promotes the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. Over the past 2 years, MI members have participated in MIRA lobby days for the Safe Communities Act and volunteered at their monthly events to register new citizens to vote. This is a great opportunity to better understand the impact of immigration policies and look beyond the headlines. Eva Millona, MIRA's Executive Director, will be in attendance and all donations received at the reception or in lieu of attendance will be matched. See this link for more details.
The Muster will be coming to your inbox on a biweekly schedule for the rest of the winter season.
Meanwhile, keep checking theMI Calendar on our website for the most current line-up
of events and opportunities.
(Hey, every event listed here
in the Muster is on our online calendar!)