Volume I, Issue 11 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible Lexington May 17, 2017
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
What do we want? An Impartial Investigation. When do we want it? Now!
Between James Comey’s firing and President Trump potentially obstructing justice, this Russia investigation continues to create more drama. Given that a special prosecutor looks narrowly for specific crimes, it may not unearth all the truth. An independent commission can investigate but has no ability to prosecute anyone for wrongdoing. A special congressional committee sounds good but doesn’t hold much more power than the current congressional committees that are investigating. If you are like me, you now have a headache. One should not have to be a constitutional law professor in order to ask for the truth. What do citizens want? We want the truth about Russian Influence in the 2016 presidential election and we want that investigation to hold weight.
The Senate has introduced bill S.27 and the House has introduced bill H.R.356 – both in support of a commission to investigate.
Call your MoCs and call the Department of Justice. Tell them that you want an independent commission and a special prosecutor.
The Department may be contacted by phone at the following:
Comment Line: 202-353-1555
Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000
In addition, tell them that you support H.R.365 / S.27. Call today. Call tomorrow. Keep calling until we get the facts.
Jay Kaufman's "Democracy Demands Engagement" Series Part 2 Tomorrow Night
The next topic in the series is “Identifying and Overcoming Divisions”, which will invite us to look behind today's challenges to identify the systemic roots of our divisions and those who exploit them for political gain.
The first in the series was held two weeks ago. Over one hundred people met together to tell their stories, identify shared values, and think about the obstacles to building a community that represents those values. The night began with one-on-one conversations, where participants took time getting to know their neighbors, asking questions like, "What matters to you and why?" From those conversations, important themes began to emerge that helped paint a broader picture of where we are as a country and what challenges we face. We hope you can participate this week to continue the discussion. Event details can be found in our events calendar below.
UPCOMING MI MEETINGS
Healthcare Team Meeting Wednesday, May 17th
7:15-9PM Lexington Community Center, Room 246
39 Marrett Road, Lexington
The House passed the AHCA. What now? The team is updating our conversation starters and other materials to include information about what this means for folks with ACA coverage. All are welcome. Additional questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elections Team Meeting Tuesday, May 23rd
7:15PM - 9PM Lexington Community Center, Room 217
39 Marrett Road, Lexington
It's our Social Media workshop. Come learn to tweet and Facebook for a purpose! MI tweeter extraordinaire Lisa Baci will share with you the basics of Twitter, how to tweet and retweet as well as more advanced strategies to use Twitter to get the word out - especially focused on campaigning. Also, expert Facebook-er Teresa Wright, from Battle Road Action Committee, will similarly demonstrate how to use Facebook for more than just your vacation picture sharing and perhaps reaching a few voters. All are welcome to this meeting!
Democracy Team Meeting Tuesday, May 30th
7PM - 9PM Lexington Community Center, Room 221
39 Marrett Road, Lexington
Come to the next meeting of the Democracy Team. Get the status on our actions related to RussiaGate, Conflicts of Interest, Human Rights, and more.
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
(Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
RUSSIAGATE: We want an Independent Investigation. Now.
Between James Comey’s firing and President Trump potentially obstructing justice, this Russia investigation continues to create more drama. Given that a special prosecutor looks narrowly for specific crimes, that may not unearth the truth. An independent commission can investigate but has no ability to prosecute anyone for wrongdoing. A special congressional committee sounds good but may not have more power than the current congressional committees. We say, Call your MoCs and call the Department of Justice. Tell them that you want an independent commission AND a special prosecutor. Also, tell them that you support H.R.356/S.27. Call today. Call tomorrow. Keep calling.
RUSSIAGATE: Help the Grandmas put pressure on!
Support the Grandmothers In Action effort of sending postcards to Republican senators that sit on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The message is simply "Restore our democracy’s integrity - insist on uncovering the ties between Russia, Trump, and the campaigns. We are counting on you”. The Democracy team has kits that supply addresses, scripts, and postcards to anyone that wants to participate contact email@example.com. For all the details see minutemanindivisible.org/Resources.
HEALTHCARE: More pressure for AHCA
Republicans got TrumpCare passed in the House by making it even more extreme than the version rejected by congress earlier, to pass muster with the Freedom Caucus by gutting protections for pre-existing conditions, and so much more. (Take a look at this comparison chart of the ACA to the AHCA prepared by our health care team).
The bill was even passed without having a chance to be evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office, so it's hard to know just how bad it will be. So, how to respond to this?
Here is a Daily Kos article listing MoCs who voted for the AHCA who live in vulnerable districts. Consider a donation to the campaign fund for democratic opponents in those districts. (Also listed in the article - it's called a "nominee fund", allowing you to donate now to encourage the candidacy of a potential opponent.) . Also donate to Archie Parnell -- send a real immediate message that we want no more AHCA supporters in congress.
This bill now goes to the senate. Please call and/or write your senators to express your opinion of this bill. When done with that, encourage your family and friends, especially those with GOP senators, to do the same. Note that the thirteen senators selected by Mitch McConnell to craft the senate version of the bill are all white men. Need a primer on the process this bill takes to go through the congress? Here's one.
ELECTIONS: Help Archie Parnell Flip SC 5th!
Archie Parnell needs our help to win the South Carolina 5th District's seat in the House. We are writing postcards to voters now - if you can commit to adding a handwritten note to 25 pre-printed postcards and mailing them before June 14, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions and cards.
CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT: Sign up to support carbon pricing legislation
Sign up on the climate and environment team's page on the MI website to join our Massachusetts carbon pricing campaign. There are currently bills pending in the Massachusetts legislature that would place a price on carbon, ending free carbon pollution. The bills would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10%, save 340 lives, and save $2.9B in health costs, all without raising taxes!
CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT: Support the Paris Climate Agreement
Ivanka Trump claims to be a "moderating influence" on her father and it's been widely reported that she has argued for keeping the U.S. in the Paris agreement. With enough pressure, we might be able to persuade her to push harder to persuade the president that sticking with Paris is the right move. Call the White House Comment Line 202-456-1111 and leave a message for Ivanka Trump. Partial script: Abandoning the Paris agreement would have disastrous consequences for our country and the planet. It would also have serious consequences for our relationships with other countries, making the U.S. a global pariah.
Lexington Solar Ribbon Cutting and Tour Thursday, 5/18
Town of Lexington Composting Facility
Hartwell Avenue, Lexington
The Town of Lexington is cutting the ribbons on a new 2.2 MW solar energy system on Hartwell Avenue that will provide 30% of Lexington's municipal electricity demand. Local leaders and legislators will be on hand for a ribbon cutting and tour of the new facility.
Jay Kaufman Four Part Workshop "Democracy Demands Engagement" - Part II Thursday, 5/18, 5/25, 6/15
7PM - 9PM
Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St., Lexington.
State Rep Jay Kaufman is hosting the second of a four part public workshop "Democracy Demands Engagement" Thursday evening, May 18th. In the first session, participants discussed what moved/concerned them and how to unite around these concerns. This next session, “Identifying and Overcoming Divisions,” will allow attendees to look behind today’s challenges to identify the systemic roots of divisions and those who exploit them for political gain.
Join Jay and other members of our community as we engage in these very important discussions. For more information on the series, see Rep. Kaufman's website.
Lexington Discovery Day May 27th, 10am to 3pm
Downtown Lexington, Massachusetts
Minuteman Indivisible will be represented at Discovery Day in Lexington. This is a great opportunity to let the people of Lexington know about our organization and to answer questions about our climate, democracy, healthcare, elections, marches and outreach teams. If you are willing to take a shift at the booth, please email Mcemenska@minutemanindivisible.org.
Sign Making Workshop Thursday, 6/1
Monroe Center of the Arts, 1403 Mass. Ave., Lexington
Please join us to make your own sign to bring to the March for Truth, which is taking place on Saturday, June 3rd on Boston Common. All materials provided free of charge to make your sign, just bring a slogan! To sign up for the free workshop, please click here.
March for Truth June 3rd, 12pm to 3pm
Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts On June 3rd we will be joining the March for Truth in Boston. The purpose of the march is to call for an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the US election and ties to the Trump administration. The march is from 2pm-5pm. If you are interested in carpooling, contact email@example.com. We will also be holding a a sign-making workshop at the Munroe Center for the Arts on Thursday, 6/1 (See above).
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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
by Rick Perlstein
Its a tome, but well worth the read in these times as it also describes the divisive political state the brought us to Nixon, as well as the chilling perspective of how much more eminently qualified for the presidency Nixon was over Trump.
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