Volume I, Issue 36 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible Lexington November 21, 2017
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
In this special Thanksgiving issue of the Muster, we want to pause and give thanks for everything you've done since Minuteman Indivisible was founded this past February. We are grateful to be working side-by-side with you!
Instead of long lists of actions and events, we wanted to share a heartening presentation we recently attended and offer a fun activity suitable for patriots of all ages. Since Indivisible is planning a national day of action on the #TrumpTaxScam next Monday, November 27th, this issue does describe actions you can take to fight the tax proposal that the Senate will be debating starting that day.
We hope that you have time this week to enjoy good food and the company of family and friends, and to get re-energized for the many fights still ahead.
Your Devoted Muster Editors
As we head into Thanksgiving, it is important to acknowledge and be thankful for what we have. This was highlighted the other day when several of us went to hear Khizr Khan at First Parish Church in Cambridge.
Khizr told us how as a young man in Pakistan, who had lived under martial law twice, he discovered the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and was fascinated by these documents. He said that the idea that a people could decide that it was time to declare their independence (versus it being granted) was revolutionary for him. The love of these documents eventually led him to immigrate to the United States. He is adamant about protecting the Constitution and relayed that message several times in his talk. To that end, we want to remind everybody to do the same because as Woody Guthrie’s song states “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land” and we need to protect it. Here is a great video of that song being performed by Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and Seeger’s grandson in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.
Stopping the#TrumpTaxScam is still our top priority this week. The Senate is planning to take up its version of the bill as soon as it returns from Thanksgiving recess next Monday, November 27th. Since Congress hopes to act quickly, Indivisible is asking groups to participate in a national day of actionon the 27th to help defeat this awful proposal.
Call Your Members of Congress Now!
We are asking everyone to call your Members of Congress (MoC) to share your personal stories about how these proposals will affect your family and friends and thank them for opposing this scam. You can find more information and links to suggested call scripts here. Our MoC have told us repeatedly that your calls and personal stories are powerful ammunition that they need to fight these proposals. Even if you have already called, please call again - every call gets tallied.
Then Call Governor Baker
Also call Governor Baker and ask him to speak out forcefully against these proposals which will have a disproportionate negative impact on Massachusetts. You can find more information and suggested call scripts here.
Ask Voters in Key States To Call Their Senators
Indivisible is again providing a way for us to call progressive voters in key states with GOP Senators that have expressed concerns about the bill. This tool, which our members found very easy to use, was instrumental in helping defeat the GOP healthcare bills this summer - learn how it works and sign up here. If you prefer to text rather than call, MoveOn has a tool that you can also use to urge progressive voters in key states to call their Senators.
Learn More About the Tax Scam
You can find more information about the tax bills on Indivisible's website or on ours. Our previous Muster article about House tax bill that included links to tax policy websites and articles can be found here. Follow our Twitter account (here or on the bottom of our homepage) for any late breaking details.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Since Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, there are no events scheduled until Monday, November 27th. Next week's Muster will have a complete list of upcoming events, but here are the remaining events happening in November.
Constitutional Democracy Team Meeting
Monday, November 27th 7:00-8:45PM Lexington Community Center, Room 221
Collusion with the Russians. Gerrymandering. Voter suppression. ICE roundups. Racism. If these issues are important to you, then join the Democracy team and help us support policy changes and keep the pressure on.
Senator Cindy Friedman Office Hours
Tuesday, Nov 28th 9:30-10:30PM
Lexington Community Center
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions or share your concerns with State Senator Cindy Friedman.
Healthcare Team Meeting
Tuesday, November 28th 7:00-9:00PM Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Join us as we work on planning actions to resist efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and cut healthcare funding in the tax plan. New members welcome.
Weekday Warriors Team Meeting
Wednesday, Nov 29th 11:00AM-12:30PM
Lexington Community Center, Room 217
Join us as we work on a craft project, either sign making or something similar. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch or snack.
Randy Bryce for Wisconsin 1st (Seat Currently held by Paul Ryan)
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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