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February 19, 2024
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    • The right-wing U.S. Supreme Court may overturn 40 years of policy that enables the federal government’s regulatory agencies to function. This policy allows agencies interpret and create rules that enforce laws passed by Congress and it prevents angry corporations from challenging those rules. For more details see:

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MEETINGS & EVENTS
For the safety of our community, we are conducting our meetings online until conditions permit us to resume assembling in person.
Monday February 19th at 7 PM

Winning Democracy in 2024 Through Grassroots Power!
with
Julian Sena
  

As we begin (or continue!) the work of 
fortifying our democracy from the threats of MAGA extremism, where and how best do we focus our activism - whether writing, calling, canvassing, donating - or some combination of these tactics?

Many national groups are starting to lay out their strategies for the next 9 months(!) including how our grassroots power (and we ARE powerful!) can most effectively be deployed!

Come hear Julian Sena, Indivisible National's Deputy Political Director,
on the House & Senate races to prioritize, and strategies to focus our grassroots skill, determination & persistence - our SUPERPOWERS - to make the biggest impact in 2024!
 
Fortifying Democracy Across the Country in 2024
Indivisible's Grassroots Strategies
Monday, Feb. 19th, 7pmET
 
Click to Register in advance for this meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkc-CgqDgqEtTfNeREMhBjV9J9xgZKVvG2
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Bring your questions, your thoughts and your friends!
Sunday, March 24th

New Crisis Pregnancy Center Documentary Screening & Meeting with the Filmmakers!
  
Please mark your March calendars for a virtual screening of PRECONCEIVED, a powerful new documentary about 'crisis pregnancy centers' - the ground game of the anti-abortion movement - and Zoom discussion with the filmmakers, experts featured in the film, and activists working to stop these groups from undermining our reproductive health and rights in Massachusetts!

See the Preconceived trailer here and watch for an invite soon to register. Do share by email through your networks - but NOT on social media!
ACTIONS
Phone
Banking
Illustration by PA Phone Banker, Nora Brown


 
Phone Bank
 We flipped NY-3!
 
After a SUCCESSFUL campaign to flip U.S. House seat NY3 (George Santos's old seat), the phone team is taking a brief hiatus before beginning our next campaign (tbd - stay tuned!) on a Thursday evening coming soon!  
Writing
Let's Onward to Pennsylvania!!

 
Pennsylvania, and its 20 electoral college votes, will have a significant role in the 2024 Presidential election. While historically it has usually gone blue, in today’s politics nothing can be taken for granted–as 2016 taught us!

And so, we will turn our efforts to providing information to help fight voter suppression in Pennsylvania….

There are so many ways to suppress the vote! In PA, one way of doing so is to make people sign up to Vote By Mail annually, and then only send them a ballot for the first election of the year - meaning the primary, not the November election - unless they specifically mark that they want to Vote By Mail for all the elections in that year. In this campaign organized by Activate America, we will write to registered Democrats  who have not yet signed up for their annual VBM status to make sure they have the information they need to vote by mail in their local primary AND the November election!

Sign up here to reserve a packet of postcards/address labels/optional stamps. Postcard cost is covered by IN-SLWM; 30 stamps cost $16. A subsidy of $10 per order is available. The script to be written and timeline is below.

Many thanks!
Marta for Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western Mass

Deadline: Please mail your postcards as soon as you complete them and by April 6 at the latest.

Script to be Handwritten on postcards:
Dear [Voter’s first name],
Voting by mail requires an annual application!
● Go to Vote.PA.gov
● Click “Mail-In and Absentee Ballot Application”
● Complete the online application ASAP (before 4/16)
● Pick the option to receive mail-in ballots for all elections this year!
Thanks, [your first name], Volunteer

 
In the Streets
Show Up for Abortion Rights
Join the Counter-Protest of '40 Days for Life' Vigils
Springfield, MA Planned Parenthood
Extremist Evangelical Christians are holding 40 Days for Life prayer vigils at health centers that provide abortion care across MA, including here in Springfield. Their goal is to dissuade pregnant people from receiving reproductive health care, including abortions.

We aim to counter that message.

While the 40 Days vigils are literally 40 days, Michael Hutton, of Indivisible MA Coalition's Feminist Action Team will be leading Stand-Outs on 3 upcoming dates, and all are encouraged to join him.

Those dates are:
  • Friday, Feb 16th, 2-4:30pm
  • Friday, March 1, 2-4:30pm (IN-SLWM will be showing up especially on this date!)
  • Friday, March 15, 2-4:30pm

The address: Planned Parenthood 3550 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01107  
Parking can be on the street, or in any of the adjacent Baystate hospital lots.


(Anyone who'd like to show up on other dates or times are encouraged to coordinate with Michael: (MichaelHuttonWoodland@gmail.com
TELL COSTCO TO
CLEAN UP ITS CREDIT CARD
 

Call on Costco to drop dirty bank Citi as its credit card partner because of Citi’s role in funding catastrophic climate change.

Did you know?

Costco’s credit cards are issued by Citi - one of the dirtiest banks on the planet. Citi pumps billions into building new oil, gas, and coal projects that are creating toxic air pollution and worsening deadly fires, floods, hurricanes, and extreme heat. Since 2016, Citi has provided more than $332 billion in financing to polluting fossil fuel companies, threatening our homes, our jobs and our lives. Costco is a big, popular company -- more than 30% of Americans are Costco shoppers (and who doesn't love the free samples!). Its motto is "do the right thing", and it's already made several climate commitments. Costco can continue to solidify its lovable brand by dropping its toxic partnership with Citi.

What Costco must do

Costco, as a huge client of Citi, can contribute to climate solutions by telling Citi if it doesn’t stop funding fossil fuels, then Costco will drop the bank as its credit card issuer. Costco should not let Citi undermine its own climate actions or harm Costco members, workers, or communities who are being devastated by climate impacts.

What you can do

Sign this petition to tell Costco that it needs to drop Citi as its credit card issuer if Citi doesn’t clean up its act. Costco has a history of listening to its paying members and caring about its public reputation. So, let’s make sure Costco hears from members and non-members alike! By signing this petition you will be taking a stand for a healthier future for your family, your friends and your community.

Learn more in Bill McKibben's blog post here that includes FAQs about Why Costco, What you can do with your Costco-Citi Anywhere Visa Card, and more about this campaign.
Other Ways to Pitch In
DONATING FOR 2024 – LET’S BUILD ON JANUARY’S GREAT START
Hello everyone,

We finished January with a total of just over $3,550 for our two funds, Movement Voter PAC and Swing Left’s Win Back the House Fund – all in less than 30 days! It’s a wonderful start, but only a start. Election Day is nine months away, and donations are less effective the closer we get to November. Candidates and grassroots groups depend on early contributions to plan, budget, hire staff, and recruit volunteers. As great as January was, though, February has been slow to get going: Halfway through this month, our cumulative total stands at just over $3,900.

It’s a tough time, I know. The news can be disheartening, both at home and abroad. The media would have you believe that the election is a horse race and not an existential crisis in the making. But these are not two equivalent political parties and not equivalent candidates for the presidency or for Congress – or for any other public office. What we do now and in the next few months matters. Our donations, phone calls, postcards, letters, and canvassing all matter. We can and must help make the difference in November.

If you gave in January, thank you! If you haven’t, now is a good time to chip in. If you gave a one-time contribution, consider making even a small monthly donation to help get us through to the end of October. Momentum is real, and we need as many donors as possible to step up as soon as possible to create that momentum. And momentum is what the grassroots groups supported by Movement Voter PAC and the candidates supported by the Win Back the House Fund need. If you want the details about these funds, you can read about them here.

Here’s what you can do today to help regain that January momentum:
  • Donate to Movement Voter PAC here.
  • Donate to the Win Back the House Fund here.
  • Spread the word! Forward this email to friends, colleagues, and family.
  • Host a house party! Email me for more information.

Let’s keep this going! The country and the world will be better off for our efforts.

Cheers
Michael
 
TEAMS
The Feminist Action Team
of Indivisible Mass Coalition
Fridays at 4PM on Zoom 
 
Join feminists from the Berkshires to the Cape as we plan and implement actions to protect and expand our rights!  Currently, we're working to expose the deceptive practices of fake abortion clinics (aka CPC's) and strengthen women's autonomy here in MA and across the country! 'See the description of our exciting March 24th documentary screening and discussion event above

Check out our continuously updated Post ROE Action Toolkit, and come to our next meeting, at this link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcuqupzsiE9BxV4B4cXB3NaP90K1aQdy- 
The Friday Action Group
On Wed evenings at 8 pm or Fri mornings at 9 am, join Paul Spector and activists from across the country to collaborate on helping Democrats win elections. At Paul's meetings, you will... 
  • hear upbeat political news
  •  share questions and comments
  •  learn about new political actions
  •  support fundraisers with special guests -- such as Swing Left, Movement Voter Project, Flip the Senate, New Georgia Project, and Bucks County Democrats
  • hear inspiring music (mostly from Playing for Change). 
Here’s the link to the group's website:   https://thefridayactiongroup.weebly.com/

Folks find his meetings educational, uplifting, and hopeful, and it's wonderful to see 50-100 other people at each of the two meetings. To check out the meeting, come Wednesday at 8 p.m. or Friday at 9 a.m. EDT, to this Zoom room:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87820043147?pwd=aXZ0K3QrZGtHR2dBUFlCZnk2TU1hQT09
Letters to the Editor (LTE) Writing Team
Adopt, Amend, & Send Our-Your Letter to the Editor 
Tuesday, February 27th, 7-8 PM


Our team is dedicated to writing letters to the editors of our local newspapers and sharing them with others to send to their newspapers, too.

Letters to the Editor (LTE’s) are effective in sharing our progressive views widely with our neighbors and community. They often attract the attention of our political leaders too, and we already have had several published.  

Our goal is to motivate ourselves and others to write valuable, high-quality LTE’s on topics which are important to us, and get them published locally and across the state. (Maybe nationally in the future). You can see some of our past work on our web page.

We meet every two weeks on Tuesdays at 7:00pm (on Zoom) to strategize and plan. Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 27th at 7PM. 

Here's the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82579566101
IN-SLWM Climate Team 

The Climate Team has evolved into a new format. We’ve started a Google Group with free exchange among team members – sharing resources like links to climate-related articles and forwarding emails from climate activist groups, discussing climate topics, and continuing to post action alerts.  


For more information contact Michael Dover at michael@in-slwm.org.
IN-SLWM Young VotersTeam
Thursday, February 22, 6:15 PM 
We are a new team. Our purpose is to reach out to young voters locally and to connect with national groups dedicated to connecting with young voters. Our next Zoom meeting is on Thursday, February 22 at 6:15. We welcome new members. 

For more information, please contact Joel Rosen at jalrose2@gmail.com.
NEWS
IN-SLWM ON FACEBOOK
We have ramped up our presence on Facebook. For some time now, members of our Facebook Page and Facebook Group have seen daily posts of Heather Cox Richardson’s commentaries “Letters from an American,” weekly posts of Jessica Craven’s (“Chop Wood, Carry Water”) good news list “Extra! Extra!”, and National Indivisible’s weekly list of “To-Dos.”

Beginning right after New Year’s, opinion pieces from a number of other authors are appearing on our Facebook feeds. These include Simon Rosenberg, Robert Hubbell, Robert Reich, David Pepper (who was a speaker at our Oct. 2 public meeting), Timothy Snyder, Dan Rather, Dan Pfeiffer, and Joyce Vance.

We continue to post announcements of our public meetings, actions such as phone banking and postcard campaigns, and events such as rallies and marches that we’re cosponsoring.

If you’re not already seeing these Facebook posts, it’s easy to join. Click here to follow our Facebook Page (followers do not post), and here to join our Facebook Group (members can post). As the election season continues, we hope you'll find these posts interesting, inspiring, and helpful.
NEW IN-SLWM WEBSITE IS LIVE, ILLUSTRATED AND UPDATED!
Our redesigned and reorganized website is now up and running with a great new look! We've added photos and updated several pages so information is current and accessible.

Thanks again to volunteer Nora Brown for creating the new design, and Steering Committee members Amy Gates, Larry Pareles, Pat Bukowski, and Seth Wilpan for their help in bringing the new website into being. If you haven’t visited the site recently, take a look at in-slwm.org.

Comments and suggestions are welcome – write to me, Michael, and let me know what you think.
 
Indivisible New England Digest:
National Workshop, Webinar & Call Calendar

We are fortunate to have Judy Stadtman as our Indivisible National regional organizer. Judy is the liaison between the national organization and local groups in CT-MA-ME-NH-VT.  She does an incredible job keeping IN-SLWM connected to and supported by Indivisible National.

In addition to her insightful contributions, Judy maintains an up-to-date blog that features regional campaigns and actions we can participate in. We encourage you to visit her blog at Indivisible New England Digest: National Workshop, Webinar & Call Calendar.

Judy is incredibly active and responsive to our needs. She is eager to lend a hand and hear from anyone who seeks her advice or guidance. If you have any questions or would like to connect with her, please don't hesitate to email her at Judith@Indivisible.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!

SELECTED READING
This section of our newsletter features articles written by one of our subscribers and an article or two selected by our steering committee. Subscribers to the newsletter are welcome to submit writing by email to info@in-slwm.org with the subject line "Newsletter Submission".  
The opinions expressed in the writings are those of the author(s) and don't necessarily reflect any consensus of Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western MA.

    The right-wing U.S. Supreme Court may overturn 40 years of policy that enables the federal government’s regulatory agencies to function. This policy allows agencies interpret and create rules that enforce laws passed by Congress and it prevents angry corporations from challenging those rules. For more details see:
ICYMI - Videos From the Archive
Videos of previous meetings are now available on our website:

ICYMI – Indivisible Northampton – Swing Left Western MA
(https://in-slwm.org/icymi/)
Resources
USEFUL LINKS
Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible
Indivisible Mass Coalition and the Indivisible Mass Coalition Newsletter
Swing Blue Alliance 
Massachusetts Peace & Justice Network 
Swing Left
Western MA Medicare For All

 
RESOURCES
CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER
That Zen saying is also the name of a daily email from activist and Substack columnist Jessica Craven. On weekdays she offers a bunch of actions for subscribers to take, such as phoning senators and representatives – often with different scripts for Democratic and Republicans – about issues needing their attention. On the weekends, she highlights items from the news that are encouraging, under the headline “Celebrate This!” Here’s the link to her substack page.
SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK…
If you’re not already subscribed to either our Facebook Page or group, consider joining! We share daily posts from political historian-commentator Heather Cox Richardson, occasional posts from other sources such as Robert Reich and Robert Hubbell, announcements of our public Zoom meetings, and opportunities for action. To follow our Facebook Page (followers do not post) , click here. To join our Facebook Group (members can post), click here. Both receive all IN-SLWM announcements and the daily Richardson posts.
Trouble Joining the Meeting?

When you click the link in your confirmation email, a Zoom page will open in your web browser and the Zoom app will open.

If the Zoom app does not open, here are a few things you can try. You will need to know the meeting id, which is embedded in the address of the Zoom page that opened. On the page that opened in the browser, in the address bar you'll see an address that looks something like this:


https://zoom.us/w/97987654321?tk=qu8psl_ega4APAS8SEcjPJ4OQN1m6weM1AIrRm8315E.DQEAAAAWvM_YeRZLcmswa0FXMFE4LWY0S2ZFNUp1SWZBAA&pwd=S2xPMFMrbEVyZU43UEt5c05ib0l6dz09

The meeting id is the number nestled between the w/ and the ?, as highlighted.
  1. Open the Zoom app, click on "Join a Meeting", then enter the meeting Id. The password is included in the confirmation email.
  2. If that doesn't work, browse to zoom.usand follow the same steps as above
If that doesn't work,see if you can find an answer here

Elected Officials

Office Name Email Phone Twitter
US Senate Elizabeth Warren www.warren.senate.gov 413-788-2690 @SenWarren
US Senate Ed Markey www.markey.senate.gov 617-565-8519 @SenMarkey
US House Jim McGovern mcgovern.house.gov 413-341-8700 @RepMcGovern
US House Richard Neal neal.house.gov 413-747-0604 @RepRichardNeal
State Senate Jo Comerford Jo.Comerford@masenate.gov 617-722-1532 @Jo_Comerford
State Senate Anne Gobi anne.gobi@masenate.gov 617-722-1540 @AnneGobi
State Senate Paul Mark Paul.Mark@masenate.gov 413-464-5635  
State Senate Jacob Oliveira Jacob.Oliveira@masenate.gov 413-206-6524  
State Senate John Velis john.velis@masenate.gov 413-572-3920 @SenJohnVelis
State House Natalie Blais Natalie.Blais@mahouse.gov 413-362-9453 @repblais
State House Lindsay Sabadosa lindsay.sabadosa@mahouse.gov 413-270-1166 @SabadosaMA
State House Daniel Carey daniel.carey@mahouse.gov 413-529-4286  
State House Mindy Domb mindy.domb@mahouse.gov 413-335-1362 @MindyforMA
State House Susannah Whipps Susannah.Whipps@mahouse.gov 413-529-4286 @Rep_Carey
 
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