Volume 2, Issue 18 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible May 1, 2018
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
We often say that Minuteman Indivisible has something for everyone and this week’s Muster backs up that statement. Passionate about advancing women’s rights, protecting the environment, preventing gun violence, maintaining access to healthcare, preserving public education, or standing up for transgender equality - check out our Morning Coffee Actions and Upcoming Events. Looking for an opportunity to interact with Governor Baker or trying to find out where he stands on the issues - we’ve got resources for you. Want to learn how to lobby your legislators more effectively or use texting to support candidates or issues - read on! Worried about the erosion of our democracy - come discuss timely books on how to fight back at our monthly Book Club meetings. Eager to elect progressive candidates? Join our elections team at their upcoming meeting, take a walk along the historic Battle Road, or dance the night away to raise funds to turn seats blue - see the Upcoming Events and Fundraising sections for all the details.
Does the latest news make you want to drink liberally? This month we'll be hosting a social event for all of our members and friends at artlounge in Arlington Heights. Mark your calendars for Monday, May 21 from 5-8pm and make plans to join us! We'll have more details in next week's Muster.
Your Devoted Muster Editors
P.S. The text isn’t the only place where there are links to more information. We’ve taken advantage of the photos to include a few more!
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
(Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
Help Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution
The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering a bill (H.4234) to prohibit stores from providing single-use carryout bags to customers at the point of sale on or after August 1, 2019. If the bill passes, reusable grocery bags or recycled paper bags could be provided or sold as an alternative. While 65 cities and towns in MA have passed similar bans, this legislation would provide a consistent retail environment for businesses and reduce plastic bag pollution even more. The bill was reported favorably out of the Natural Resources Committee and is now in the House Ways and Means Committee. Please call your state representative and ask them to support this bill. See this fact sheet for more details.
Sign Up to Help Moms Demand Action Prevent Gun Violence
Sign up for a Moms Demand Action new member meeting in Winchester (May 16th at 7:30) and learn how you can join with them to promote gun safety and help prevent gun violence. Their meeting in Lexington a few weeks ago filled up quickly, so sign up right away using this link.
Help Fight Against Medicare Cuts
The Trump administration is reportedly planning to propose up to $25 billion in spending cuts, including targeting safety net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 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). Alternatively, you can call your MoCs or email them via webform, thank them for their past support of Medicare and urge them to fight against any cuts to Medicare or other safety net programs. You can check your MoCs’ voting records on Medicare here.
Text for Candidates and Issues
You're likely familiar with phonebanking and postcarding, but have you considered texting? Several organizations host texting actions, and they make it super easy to join. Open Progress, MoveOn, Working Families Party, and RapidResist each provide instructions and sample text for their various campaigns. If texting from your computer or phone sounds like your thing, check them out! Open Progress Text Troop Move On Text Team Working Families Text4Resistance RapidResist
Keep Up With Governor Baker
Governor Baker rarely has events on his public calendar so one must do a bit of research to find out where he is going to be. One resource is MASSterList, a daily summary of the latest news on Massachusetts politics, public policy, and government. You can signup to get a free copy delivered to your inbox every weekday morning! Also check out this week's Recommended Reading section below which contains several resources for tracking Governor Baker's actions, speeches, and funding.
Tracking Governor Baker
Indivisible is all about holding your elected officials accountable. Our Democracy team, which has a subgroup that focuses on Governor Baker, recommends these resources to learn more about the Governor's actions and positions:
Vote Smart compiles detailed data on candidates and public officials. Enter "Charlie Baker" in the search box, then select one of the folders to learn more about his votes, statements, or funding. Unfortunately, the Governor has not been willing to provide information about his positions on key issues.
Dossiers are so "in" - here's one that you might like to check out - the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts' dossier on Governor Baker.
Good News from the State House
In last week's Muster, we encouraged you to call your state senators to support S. 2304, An Act Relative to Consumer Protection from Security Breaches. We're pleased to report that the bill was passed by the Senate late last week. Since a similar bill was passed by the MA House in February, differences will be worked out by a conference committee and then the bill will be off to the Governor's desk.
Learning How to Advocate to Prevent Gun Violence
Last week, one of our Healthcare team members attended a training session at the Boston University School of Medicine organized by the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. We'll have a more complete report in an upcoming issue of the Muster, but in the meantime, here's a short video about gun violence in America and an advocacy toolkit that were shared at the training session.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Backpack Full of Cash Tuesday, May 1st 6:00-9:30 PM
Lexington High School, Science Lecture Hall, 251 Waltham St., Lexington
Narrated by Cambridge's own Matt Damon, the film Backpack Full of Cash explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Free, but RSVP using this link.
Lex Campaign to Defend Transgender Equality Wednesday, May 2nd 6:45-9:00 PM
Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road Lexington
Please join us at this follow-up to the organizing meeting held on April 25th. Choose from a variety of activities, including educational calls, planning tabling at Discovery Day & more. New members are welcome - please invite your friends, colleagues & neighbors to attend!
Elections Team Meeting Tuesday, May 8th 7:15-8:45 PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 242
The Elections team had a great discussion at our April 25th meeting about how to be strategic in selecting our next candidate to support. We considered four compelling candidates and learned about their districts. We're planning to make a decision about where to focus our support when we meet on May 8. If you're curious about how we make these decisions, join us! New team members are always welcome.
Advocacy Training Monday, May 10th 9:00-10:30 AM
YW Boston Building, Kumba Library, 140 Clarendon St., Boston
Join our Weekday Warriors team for a training on legislative advocacy, offered by Jill Ashton of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW). The training will cover the basics of how a bill becomes a law and how to advocate with your legislators, followed by a deeper dive into MCSW’s priority legislation. RSVP using this link, then email us to get details on traveling together from Arlington to Boston on the T. We hope to have some social time after the training.
Healthcare Team Meeting Monday, May 14th 7:00-8:45 PM
Cary Memorial Library, Learning Center, Lexington
The May meeting of the Healthcare team will continue our discussion about actions we can take to advocate against sabotages of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. We will also be discussing how to support the Elections team as the 2018 election cycle gets busy.
MI Book Club Meeting Tuesday, May 15th 7:15-8:45 PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 242
Join us at May's MI Book Club meeting when we'll be discussing The Common Goodby Robert Reich. Use this link to RSVP for the meeting, suggest books to read, or help us decide which books to discuss later this spring. New members are always welcome.
Weekday Warriors Monthly Meeting/Advocacy Day Wednesday, May 16th 9:30 AM-2:00 PM
MA State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston
Join us at the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) Advocacy Day. We'll arrange to meet in Arlington and take the T. RSVP for advocacy day using this link, then email us to get details on traveling together from Arlington to Boston on the T.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety Meeting Wednesday, May 16th 7:30-9:00 PM
Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St., Winchester
Join Moms Demand Action for a new member and information meeting
Including a general presentation on Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety, a Middlesex team presentation, guest speakers, and ideas on how to get involved as a volunteer or supporter. RSVP using this link.
LOCAL FUNDRAISERS FOR OUT-OF-STATE CANDIDATES
We know the number of requests for financial support can feel overwhelming, but if you're inclined to offer support and would like to meet or learn more about promising candidates, check out these upcoming parties and events in our area
Battle Road Walk for Sister District Candidate in PA Saturday, May 5th 2:00-5:00 PM
Minute Man National Historical Park, Lexington
Our friends at Sister District are hosting a walk on the Battle Road Trail in the Minute Man National Historical Park to raise funds for Melissa Shusterman, running for State Representative in Pennsylvania's 157th district. To get the details and RSVP for the walk, click here. To learn more about Melissa's campaign and make a donation before the walk, click here.
Swing Maine to Blue Dance Party Friday, May 11th 7:00-11:00 PM
Artlounge, 1346 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington
Arlington Resistance is throwing a dance party to raise money for the Democratic challenger in the Maine 2nd Congressional District. The proceeds go to Swing Left’s District Fund for ME-2 to support the eventual Democratic nominee in the Maine 2nd Congressional District, who will challenge incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin in November. We want to make sure the Democratic candidate hits the ground running in the general election -- which means giving him or her a big check after the primary on June 12th! Artlounge serves wine, beer, snacks and small plates. Get more details and RSVP here, then donate using this link.
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