Volume 2, Issue 11 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible March 13, 2018
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
Please note that the Elections Team Meeting originally scheduled for tonight, March 13th, has been rescheduled to March 20th due to the storm.
The week's Spotlight section highlights our Climate and Environment team. For the past year, they've been working to pass carbon pricing legislation in MA. Join them at their meeting next Monday, March 19th, when they'll be discussing several new initiatives planned for the spring. See the Upcoming Events section for details and check out the Morning Coffee Actions section for steps to take at both the state and local level to protect our environment.
Minuteman Indivisible and other local organizations continue to work hard to prevent gun violence. See the Morning Coffee Actions section for actions you can take to support key state legislation and for the latest updates on the student walkouts planned his week and the March for Our Lives on March 24th. Check the Recommended Reading section for more information on state legislation and organizations working to prevent gun violence and see the Upcoming Events section for two Moms Demand Action New Member meetings scheduled for this weekend.
We operate on a shoestring budget, but do need some money for events, postage, and fees for the technology that keeps us all connected. If you made a donation at our birthday party last month or in response to our first fundraising email last week, thank you very much! If you didn't receive the email and would like to help support our efforts, you can make a secure donation on our website using this link.
Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings and at the March for Our Lives next week!
Your Devoted Muster Editors
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
(Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
Lobby to Improve MA Gun Safety Laws
Help get one of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bills (H3610 & H3081), which are currently stuck in committee, passed by the MA Legislature. Ask your state legislators to support these bills and urge leadership to bring them to a vote. Five states already have ERPO laws, and after the Parkland tragedy, 28 more have them in the works. While Massachusetts is a national leader in gun violence prevention - the Commonwealth has an assault weapons ban - the state does not have an ERPO law. Want a call script? Our friends at Lower Cape Indivisible have prepared a great one here. The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is also looking for volunteers to pick up materials about ERPO near Government Center and deliver them to state representatives' offices - sign up here if you can help.
Support Students Working to Prevent Gun Violence
• Students are planning school walkouts in solidarity with the students in Parkland this Wednesday March 14th. See this link to find out whether one will be held in your community and this link to get more details about the walkouts being planned at Lexington and Minuteman High Schools and both Lexington middle schools.
• Survivors from the Parkland shooting are organizing a #MarchforOurLives in Washington, DC on March 24th and more than 680 sister marches are planned worldwide, including several in Massachusetts. Find a march near you here. Lyft is offering free rides to marchers, and groups in some local communities, including Lexington and Wayland, are organizing bus transportation to the Boston March.
• Support the Boston March for Our Lives. Organizers for the Boston March are asking people to register using this link so that they can plan appropriately. You can also volunteer to help out with the March, or donate or purchase merchandise to help defray expenses. MI is organizing carpooling - click here if you need a ride or are willing to offer one.
Demand Passage of Clean Energy Legislation in MA
We need to increase the pressure on legislative leadership to ensure that the bills we support will pass during this state legislative session. Please call your state representative and ask them to speak to House leadership about ensuring that the following clean energy policies (which are included in Senator Pacheco's new climate bill) are included in any House version:
1. Increasing the renewable portfolio standard by 3%
2. Reforming the Department of Public Utilities (H.3400)
3. Implementing solar policies to benefit low-income communities (H.3396)
4. Codifying Environmental Justice regulations from the Patrick administration
5. Setting new emission standards for 2030 and 2040 under the Global Warming Solutions Act
Oppose the Proposal to Station Secret Service Agents at Polling Places
Support MA Secretary of State William Galvin in opposing the Trump's administration'sproposal to dispatch Secret Service agentsto polling places during federal elections. Galvin is urging Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to oppose the plan, which he writes would lead to a atmosphere “more like a totalitarian government,” and would discourage voting. The proposal is included in a bill that has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and will be assessed in the Senate. Call Secretary Galvin at 1-800-392-6090 to express your support and Senators Warren and Markey to make sure this provision is not included in the final bill.
Help Swing Maine CD-2 Blue!
Our friends at Swing Left have launched an effort to support the future Democratic challenger in ME-2 to Swing Maine 2 Blue. You can join the movement by signing up for local events happening this week. This Thursday, March 15th, MI Elections Team member Susan Jureidini is hosting a Stitch & Resist event for all needlewomen and men; you can get the details and RSVP here. On Sunday afternoon, March 18th, meet up with our Cambridge-based friends from Force Multiplier to learn about the Democratic primary candidates in the Maine CD-2 race at a fundraising party at WeWork in Central Square; RSVP here. They hope to write a big check to the winning candidate after the primary, a critical moment in the campaign. Can't attend? Contribute to the 3/18 fundraiser here.
Tell Governor Baker "Eight is not Great"
Last week, local media outlets reported that U.S. News and World Report ranked Massachusetts #8 in the nation for places to live - that's a drop from the #1 place last year. The state got high marks for education and access to health care, but not for issues where the Governor often touts his efforts including affordability, infrastructure, transportation and fiscal stability. Perhaps Governor Baker needs to be more responsive to citizens' needs and more transparent about how he's addressing their concerns. Call him at 617-725-4005 and ask him to work harder to lead our state back to the #1 spot!
Think Globally, Act Locally
Lexington Town Meeting starts on March 26th and there are at least two citizen warrant articles that are important to Minuteman Indivisible teams: Ban Plastic Bags (Article 33) and Make Lexington a "Welcoming, Inclusive, Safe Community" (Article 34). If you live in Lexington, please contact your Town Meeting Members (TMMs) and ask them where they stand on these warrant articles. Information for contacting at-large and precinct TMMs can be found here; the text of these two articles can be found on pages 15 and 16 of the Town Warrant, which was also mailed to all households, and information prepared by the sponsors of Article 34 can be found here.
Standing Up For Democracy
Minuteman Indivisible is delighted to join with Indivisible MA District 5 and other groups in supporting a special program, A Crisis of Democracy: A Forum on Election and Voting Rights, being organized by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee's Issues Subcommittee. Please join us on Tuesday, March 27th at 7pm to hear from panelists Chery Clyburn Crawford from MassVote, Greg Dennis of Voter Choice, and Joyce Hackett from Lift Every Vote. Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, will moderate. See the Upcoming Events section for more details.
Working to Prevent Gun Violence
Moms Demand Action held a meeting for new members in Lexington this week and so many people wanted to attend, they had to close the sign up well in advance of the meeting date. We're proud to see Minuteman Indivisible members leading, attending, and speaking at this action-oriented meeting that focused on variety of actions everyone can take starting right away. If you weren't able to attend, check out the Upcoming Events section for several other meetings scheduled in the MetroWest area this weekend.
SPOTLIGHT ON OUR CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT TEAM
After a bit of a hiatus, the MI Climate and Environment Team is reforming and getting ready for action. Please join us next Monday March 19th as we discuss several important initiatives and how we can affect change (see the Upcoming Events section below for details).
We have so much to talk about and do! The State Senate has made great strides and is working to get a very interesting omnibus climate bill through the Ways and Means committee and onto the Senate floor. Costs for solar and wind power have plunged, making them increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. In a few weeks, Lexington's Town Meeting will be considering a ban on certain types of plastic bags. And then there is the off-shoring drilling plan proposed by the federal government. Separate from these specific issues, there is much to discuss about the continually maturing Indivisible MA organization and how MA Indivisible groups are networking around climate and environmental issues.
Please join us to help strengthen our MI efforts and coordinate with other Indivisible groups to sustain a livable world for our children and grandchildren. Meet our new team leader, Robert Kvaal, who will be pulling these initiatives together with the team’s help. You can review the Climate and Environment Team Charter here and RSVP using this link.
Learn More about How to Prevent Gun Violence
There are many state and national organizations working to prevent gun violence. Read more about these groups and how to get involved to take action. This section also includes several resources on gun control legislation in MA and other states.
Moms Demand Action. Check this Facebook page for the latest information on their activities in MA and see the Upcoming Events section below for details on meetings this weekend in Framingham and Newton. To be included on any calls for action, text ACT to 64433
MI Book Club Meeting Wednesday, March 14th 7:15-8:45 PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 217
Join us for the March meeting of the MI Book Club when we'll be discussing Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild. New members are always welcome and there's no need to have already read the book. If you provide your email using this link, we'll send you a short summary before the meeting. Check our homepage for any weather-related updates.
Moms Demand Action New Member Meeting - Framingham Friday, March 16th 7:00-9:00 PM
Framingham High School, 115 A St., Framingham
A Moms Demand Action representative will talk about the group's initiatives in preventing gun violence in our schools. Special guest speakers will include state and local politicians and officials who will discuss ways in which initiatives are being enacted on a state, local, and school level to prevent gun violence. More info here. Due to limited seating and overwhelming interest, seats must be reserved via this Eventbrite link.
Moms Demand Action New Member Meeting - Newton Sunday, March 18th 7:00-8:30 PM
Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St., West Newton
Learn about Moms Demand Action and the ways we can work together to end gun violence in our communities and across the country. More info here. Space is limited, please RSVP using this link.
Climate and Environment Team Meeting Monday, March 19th 7:00-9:00 PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 237
Join us for the relaunch of the C&E Team! Let's think global, act local. We'll be discussing initiatives that range from the proposed plastic bag ban in Lexington, to the omnibus climate bill in Massachusetts, to federal policies that have particular importance in Massachusetts. We will present information on how we can work with local organizations and Indivisible MA to amplify the message. We'll be serving refreshments, so let us know you're coming using this link.
Elections Team Meeting Tuesday, March 20th 7:15-8:45 PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 242
Join the Elections team as we discuss updates on what our candidates in KY-06, NJ-11, PA-06, and CA-04 need now; decide how to best respond to requests for support from compelling candidates in other House races; and introduce a new tool, currently under development, for following and supporting House races. We welcome new team members.
Democracy Team Meeting Wednesday, March 21st 7:00-9:00 PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 245
Join the Democracy team as we discuss conflicts of interest, voting rights, AVR, Charlie Baker - see what we're working on and help us decide our next steps!
March For Our Lives - Boston Saturday, March 24th 12:00-4:00 PM
Join us at this local march in support of the students from Parkland FL who are holding a march for gun control in Washington DC. Details on the local march here; RSVP using this link. Some local communities, including Lexington and Wayland, are organizing bus transportation to the Boston March. MI is organizing carpooling - click here if you need a ride or are willing to offer one.
A Crisis of Democracy: A Forum on Election and Voting Rights Tuesday, March 27th 7:00-9:00 PM
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St, Arlington
MI is one of several groups supporting this free program organized by the Arlington Democratic Town Committee's Issues Subcommittee. Panelists include Chery Clyburn Crawford from MassVote, Greg Dennis of Voter Choice, Joyce Hackett from Lift Every Vote and Pam Wilmot from Common Cause will moderate.
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.)
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We the peopleof Minuteman Indivisible are a team of concerned citizens living in the greater Lexington, Massachusetts area, home of the American Revolution. Our mission is to advocate for the rights and dignity of all people, informed by science and humanitarian principles. We are networked with many Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts and the nation to build a strong and effective resistance movement against racism, authoritarianism, and corruption, and to promote a vigorous democratic process.