Volume 2, Issue 26 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible July 10, 2018
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
Last month, many of you marched in rallies to protest the Trump administration's policies to separate families crossing our borders. Today, July 10th, there's another rally, this time at the State House, to ask state legislators and the Governor to support measures to protect immigrants right here in Massachusetts. If you have the flexibility to be in Boston today, we urge you to attend this lunchtime rally to send a powerful message to our state officials - see the Upcoming Events section for details.
There are fewer meetings and events scheduled this month, but there's still lots of important work to do on both federal and state issues. Over the next few weeks, we'll need all hands on deck to prevent Trump from appointing an ultra-conservative judge to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. At the same time, the MA legislative session will be ending this month and we need your help to get many of our legislative priorities over the finish line. See the Morning Coffee Actions section for a variety of actions you can take on these and other issues
As we get closer to the midterm elections, our work to support candidates and ballot questions is heating up, so it should come as no surprise that election issues are highlighted in every section of this week's Muster. Find out the schedule for our “Summer Activism” events, learn more about the congressional candidates we're supporting, or see the Recommended Reading section for a great new resource for helping to turn Congress blue.
Although there’s lots of work to be done, summer brings a change in routines. Several of our teams will be meeting less frequently over the summer and we’ll be sending out this newsletter every other week during July and August. The next issue of the Muster will come out on July 24th; in the meantime, please use our website, Facebook pages, and social media accounts to stay in touch.
Your Devoted Muster Editors
Countdown to the Nov. 6, 2018 Midterm Elections:118 days! .
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
(Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
#SaveSCOTUS: Stop Trump's Choice for the Supreme Court
Last night, Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court, selected from the “short list” of potential nominees that was prepared for him by far-right activists using two key criteria: overturn Roe v. Wade and commit to striking down the Affordable Care Act. If the Senate confirms Kavanaugh to sit on the Court, we can anticipate attacks on voting rights, environmental protections, and LGBTQ rights. Judge Kavanaugh also does not believe that a sitting president can be indicted, and thinks that presidents should have wide latitude to hire and fire special counsels.
Indivisible has prepared this resource outlining a strategy to stop this nomination and containing call scripts for all Senators, with special attention to Minority Leader Schumer and those Democrats or Republicans that may be swing votes. Senators Warren and Markey have already indicated they will fight this nomination - please thank them for their support. If you'd like to help influence Senators in other states, you can join Move On's texting team and participate in their campaign to get constituents in key states to call their Senators and urge them to oppose this nomination. If you have friends or family represented by Senator Schumer (NY), Collins (ME), Murkowski (AK), Manchin (WV), Heitkamp (ND), or Donnelly (IN), please share Indivisible's call scripts and urge them to contact these Senators.
Urge State Legislators to Act Now to Protect Immigrants
The actions being taken by the Federal government increase the urgency of getting key provisions from the Safe Communities Act into the conference committee version of the State Budget; as this recent editorial in the Boston Globe points out, these "modest immigration reforms in Mass. can send a powerful message." Even if you've already called before, please contact your state representatives TODAY and ask them to go to House Speaker DeLeo and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jeff Sanchez to make sure the provisions included in the Senate Budget last month end up in the final budget bill. See this link for a sample call script.
...and Ask the Governor to Change His Position
Although these provisions have broad support, including from police organizations, Governor Baker has indicated he would veto them. Please call (617 725-4005) or email the Governor and add your voice to those of the hundreds of citizens who stood outside his office at the State House last month urging him to support these provisions that protect public safety, provide due process for everyone in MA, and restrict the use of State resources to help the Trump administration's cruel and inhumane efforts to separate families here in MA.
Get Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) Passed in the State Senate
Great news! Your calls, emails, and personal visits to legislators made a difference - on June 27th, the MA House passed the AVR bill (H.4320) by a 131-20 vote. This week, the Senate is expected to vote on AVR as early as Wednesday. Call your state senator, or use this link to send them an email, to urge them to vote YES on AVR and support more inclusive, accurate, and secure elections in the Commonwealth! See this letter (signed by a coalition of many statewide groups) for suggested talking points.
Ask State Representatives to Pledge to Protect Our Climate
Last month, the MA State Senate passed a Clean Energy bill that would (among other things) price carbon, divest the pension fund from coal, triple the rate of increase of renewable energy generation within Massachusetts, set binding interim caps for our climate pollution, and codify environmental justice into law. This is the exact type of response a state like Massachusetts needs to offer in the face of extreme weather events beginning to batter society - and in the face of the total absence of federal leadership. But the MA House is now considering their own legislation that is shaping up to be less ambitious. With the legislative session ending July 31, there are only a few weeks left to get the House to act. Here are a couple of specific ways you can help:
Environmental groups are planning to generate multiple call storms over the course of the next month - sign up here to be notified about when to call and what to say.
Send Postcards to Unregistered Voters in MA
Pick up that Pen! Sister District Project: MA & RI is collaborating with MassVOTE to send postcards to unregistered Massachusetts voters. Boost voter registration right here at home – from your own home, on your own time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started, and click here if you're interested in doing further voter registration work locally and elsewhere.
Postcard and Phonebank for an Ohio Special Congressional Election
We've got our next chance to flip a House seat in a special election for Ohio's 12th Congressional District on August 7th, where young county official Danny O'Connor is the Democratic nominee against Republican Troy Balderson, a longtime member of the extremely conservative state senate.
Let's do what we can to help! Postcards to Voters is writing postcards to get out the vote for Danny O'Connor - sign up to help here. We can also make calls with the campaign to help them identify their voters - the virtual phone bank is here and instructions can be found here.
Support AARP in Their Efforts to Protect Healthcare
If you are over 50 and not already a member consider joining AARP. Membership is only $16 per year and you’ll be supporting their fantastic lobbying efforts for healthcare and their work getting out the vote for the midterms. AARP has a campaign for people to tell Congress to protect Medicare. You can help by filling out AARP’s online form to automatically contact your Members of Congress (MoCs) and help them reach, or exceed, their goal of 100,000 submissions.
Help Defend MA's Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Law
In 2016, a bipartisan group passed legislation updating the Commonwealth’s nondiscrimination civil rights laws to include protections for transgender people in places of public accommodation - medical facilities, restaurants, retail shops, and restrooms. These protections are now at risk via a November ballot referendum. Here are 3 ways you can help:
Volunteer to talk about the referendum to patrons at the Lexington Farmers Market (coaching available).
Participate in phonebanks with Freedom Mass. Training provided.
Join our LexVotes4TransRights email group for weekly updates.
Summer Activism: Help Flip Congress!
Want to help flip the House in November? We're holding a series of summer activism afternoons and evenings to postcard, phonebank, or text bank for the candidates we are supporting and hope you can join us! An enthusiastic group of 15 members participated in our first Summer Activism event on June 23rd when we mailed 220 VoteByMail forms to voters in NJ-11 (Mikie Sherrill's district) and phonebanked to help get Danny O'Connor elected in the OH-12 special election in August. We have three more events planned this summer - see the Upcoming Events section below for details on the next meeting this Thursday eveningJuly 12th in Reading and mark your calendars for the other events on Saturday, July 28th, from 4-6pm in Concord and Thursday, August 9th, from 6-8pm in Lexington.
Dancing to Support People Govern, Not Money
We danced. We sipped. We laughed. And we raised money for People Govern, Not Money!
Minuteman Indivisible and People Govern, Not Money joined forces to hold a dance
party on Saturday, July 7th at First Parish Church in Lexington. The party featured the NuRythm Band, which played great music that people couldn’t resist dancing to. Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, the Concord-based organization that works with groups across the country to support a 28th amendment to the Constitution, and Nancy Heselton spoke to the crowd and announced that People Govern, Not Money had been officially notified by the Secretary of State on July 6th that they collected enough signatures for their petition to get big money out of politics to be on the MA ballot in November! We look forward to supporting the ballot question and hope you'll join with us to ensure that it passes in November. If you couldn't attend, please consider donating to this cause by using this secure ActBlue link.
Click the photo to see a short video from the party Nancy Heselton and Jeff Clements
Swinging Maine 2 Blue
MI members and friends gathered by a local pool in Lexington on a warm summer morning in late June to write postcards in support of Jared Golden's campaign to flip the ME-02 congressional seat from red to blue. If you'd like to join us on a Tuesday morning this month (7/10, 7/17, 7/24), use this link to let us know and we'll email you with the details. See the Events for Out-of-State Candidates section and this Swing Left newsletter for more ways to help turn this seat blue.
Rallying to Keep Families Together
On Saturday, June 30th, we joined thousands of others at rallies across the country to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and say that Families Belong Together. MI members heard our Senators speak at the large rally and march in Boston and also participated in well-attended events in Natick MA, Portsmouth NH, Bar Harbor ME and other communities. Please continue to let our MoCs know that we appreciate their efforts to help reverse this policy and reunite children who have been separated from their families, and check the Morning Coffee Actions section for steps to take to protect immigrant families here in Massachusetts.
Bar Harbor, MainePortsmouth, NH
SPOTLIGHT ON AMY MCGRATH (KY-06)
Minuteman Indivisible is working hard to flip the House in November. This week's Spotlight section features Amy McGrath, one of the five Congressional candidates our Elections Team is focusing on. Amy McGrath inspired and energized us at a fundraising event in Newton last month. Amy is a terrific candidate and we proud to support her!
On Monday, June 25, she completed a fund raising whistle-stop through Boston at three events. Congressman Seth Moulton introduced her at the first, Congresswoman Katherine Clark attended the second, and many Indivisible activists and other supporters attended the third. In person, Amy is a phenomenal campaigner who impressed attendees with sincerity, smarts and passion. Rather than business as usual, she is running as a non-traditional Democrat and winning over wary Kentuckians, especially in rural districts. She is a former Marine combat pilot that decided to leave a Marine teaching post to run after November 2016. Despite being up against a three-term Republican expected to outspend her two-to-one, current polls show her leading in a Republican district that has recently been recast as a toss-up. Her campaign motto is "Country Over Party" which as she explains is natural for any Marine or vet. MI is hoping her campaign will return to the Boston area this fall. In the meantime, we plan to include some activities to help Amy in our summer activism events, and you can donate using this link.
Rally to Protect Immigrants Tuesday, July 10th 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston
Meet outside on the State House steps and then enter the State House through the Bowdoin St entrance (around the side) to march to the area outside of the House Chamber (3rd floor) by 12:30 PM to let House members know that they need to ensure that the 4 key protections for immigrants are included and passed with the FY2019 Budget. More details here. RSVP using this link.
MI Elections - Summer Activism Thursday, July 12th 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Reading, (Address provided with RSVP)
Want to help flip the house in November? We are continuing our series of summer activism afternoons or evenings and we need your help. We'll be doing get out the vote mailings for Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11 and phonebanking for Dan McCready, NC-09. Hope you can join us! Please RSVP using this link for more details on this event.
Campaign Bootcamp Saturday, July 14th 12:00-3:00 PM
Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington
The MA Democratic Party is holding campaign training in Lexington and several other communities around the state. See this link for more info and RSVP here.
Meet Candidates for District Attorney and Secretary of State Sunday, July 15th 4:00-6:00 PM
First Parish Church United, 48 Main St., Westford
Indivisible Westford is hosting Middlesex District Attorney Candidate Donna Patalano and Secretary of State Candidate Josh Zakim at their General Meeting this Sunday. See this link for the meeting agenda, including the specific times that each candidate will be speaking.
Healthcare Team Meeting Wednesday, July 18th 7:00-9:00 PM
The fight for healthcare continues every day and leading up to the midterm elections. Please join us to plan out our advocacy work for the next few months. New members welcome, please email email@example.com for location details if you plan to attend.
Rep. Jay Kaufman Office Hours Monday, July 23rd 9:30-10:30 AM
Peet's Coffee, 1749 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
State Rep. Jay Kaufman will be available to answer questions and speak to any interested residents
EVENTS FOR OUT-OF-STATE CANDIDATES
We know the number of requests can feel overwhelming, but if you're inclined to offer support or volunteer for out-of-state candidates, check out these upcoming events in our area:
Stitch and Resist for ME-02 Friday, July 20th 7:00-10:00 PM
Lexington (Address provided with RSVP)
Join us to Stitch & Resist and support Jared Golden's campaign to flip Maine's 2nd Congressional district. Bring a current knitting, embroidery, or any other handwork project. RSVP using this link and please donate what you can to the Golden campaign here.
Canvassing for Annie Kuster, NH-02 Sunday, July 22nd 8:30 AM-2:30 PM
Meet in Reading MA to carpool to Salem NH
If you're interested in canvassing for Annie Kuster in Salem NH, this event is for you. Together with a group of like minded people we'll be traveling to her campaign office in Salem NH for training and then heading out to canvas. See this link for more details and to RSVP.
Swing Left Weekly Newsletter Swing Left Greater Boston has begun sending out a weekly newsletter that highlights the work being done by lots of local groups, including ours, to help flip the House. See this week's issue to learn about local events, canvassing opportunities in neighboring states, and much more!
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