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February 21, 2022
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MEETINGS
For the safety of our community, we are conducting our meetings online until conditions permit us to resume assembling in person.
Monday   February 21st, 7-8pm (zoom opens at 6:50pm)

Bill Sher
Winning the Midterms - What We Need to Know!
 
 
As we head into the midterms, how do we make sense of the dire, not so dire, and even optimistic predictions for Dems and democracy?

What is the 'lay of the land', politically, and how can we use this information to target our activism so it's most impactful and effective in saving our democracy?
 
Join Indivisible Northampton as we welcome back
Bill Scher
who will share his knowledge & perspective
 on where we're at right now, and how best to move forward towards a stronger and more inclusive democracy! 


Bill is a locally based, nationally recognized author and commentator.  He's a contributing Editor to Politico Magazine, Contributor to Real Clear Politics, the host of the history podcast "When America Worked: True Tales of America's Pragmatist Heroes," as well as co-host of "The DMZ" online show and podcast with conservative writer Matt Lewis produced by Bloggingheads.tv. 


And, as always, you'll have a chance to find out what IN is up to, and how you can join in!


Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcOirpjsvHtadXeIpt_hgoEiHefGjN0ld

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NEWS & EVENTS
Soundbites of Success Presidents' Day Challenge!
Preaching LOUD and PROUD to our choir!

 
Thanks to YOUR activism, we successfully ousted a corrupt authoritarian and elected President Joe Biden, who was inaugurated just about a year ago.

And while we’ve successfully begun to turn our ship of state towards those blue waters of justice (more federal judges appointed in a 1st year since Reagan, the most diverse Cabinet ever, the most money directed to infrastructure since the federal highway system was built, rejoining the Paris Accord, etc), the media and our opposition keep highlighting the buoys we missed, or how slowly we’re sailing, or the iceberg we still might hit…some sort of doom and gloom drama that will sell their papers or their ideology.  

Or get us to feel so discouraged that we’ll stop our forward movement altogether and give up.

But we’re Activists!  We know that the road to real, transformational change takes time and perseverance!  So, let’s strengthen our spirits and deepen our resolve by reminding ourselves - and everyone else - of the successes we’ve already experienced because we elected Joe Biden as President!  

And that is our Presidents’ Day Challenge to you!  We’re looking for lots of soundbites to showcase our democratic successes, from national wins to small town wins, too. And to make sure these soundbites travel far and wide, let's package those successes so that they're creative and catchy, repeatable and tweetable, in any share-able medium.

Sing a jingle! Choreograph a victory dance! Design a meme or campaign slogan! 

Successes never get the kind of attention showered on conflict - so let's get loud and proud over our wins!  

Here are some submissions we've already received:

 

 

 

TEAMS
Going Bold for Democracy

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
Next virtual meeting: Tuesday, March 1, at 7PM on Zoom.  

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting– everyone is welcome.  (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89365094385)

We hope to build the capacity, skills, and membership in our team, and are jointly deciding where to focus our energy next.  

Please fill out this poll, if you haven't already, to let us know your priorities for this team.  Some examples are below:
  • Registering voters in other states.
  • Election protection in other states
  • Congressional elections
  • Senate elections
  • Governor elections (in other states)
  • Supporting Biden’s Build Back Better bill  
  • Protecting local MA school boards from Republicans 
  • Urging Pres. Biden to do more Executive Actions 
  • Eliminate student debt
  • Fix the Post Office, Fire DeJoy
  • Other out of state elections, such as:  Turn PA Blue, Wisconsin, etc.   
Our ongoing work with phone banks and postcard campaigns continues.  

For more info, please contact  Larry.

Feminist Activists of MA Team
Fighting for Reproductive Freedom!
 
Join this group of feminists from across MA as we work to defeat right-wing attempts to take away women's rights. 

Our team meets on Fridays at 5pm on zoom.  Next meetings are Friday, Feb.18th and Friday Feb.25th
.
 Use this link to join the meeting.
 
ACTIONS
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW
Phone
Banking 
Illustraton by PA Phone Banker, Nora Brown
NEW! Phone Bank for Democracy
Help Recruit TX Poll Watchers!
Thursdays, 6 - 8pm!

Join us this Thursday, Feb. 10th, 6-8pm as we continue our collaboration with Common Cause to strengthen democracy!

We'll be calling voters in TX to recruit poll watchers who will help ensure that all eligible Americans can vote and have our vote counted!

Sign up here for this and all the Common Cause phone banks for democracy!

 

Time to mobilize your village!
 

It’s not hyperbole to say that our country is in a precarious moment.  Will voting rights be significantly curtailed?  Will election infrastructure be compromised and made partisan?   Whose votes will count?

It will take all of our villages, all of our networks, to mobilize and reverse current anti-democratic efforts.  But let’s appreciate our connections while we do, heck, let’s socialize and enjoy each other!

There are currently available addresses to voters in WI, providing information about how to register to vote.

Postcards will be provided free of charge. You provide the postage.

Line up your crew and complete the form here to get started!  Materials can be picked up by one person for a group, or individually by each participant and are typically available within 2-3 days of request. You will receive an email when your packets are ready.  Contact Marta, levmartam@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you!!
Register Women Voters in Texas
 
 
 
The postcards to Texas women have all been committed.  
Many thanks for your diligence!  
Dare we dream of a blue Texas???
Helping
SELECTED READING
This section of our newsletter features one article written by a subscriber and one article selected by our steering committee. Subscribers to the newsletter are welcome to submit writing by email to info@indivisiblenorthampton.org with the subject line "Newsletter Submission".  
The opinions expressed in the writings don't necessarily reflect any consensus of Indivisible Northampton.


Kudos to Postcarders!! by Marta Lev

A Communist Intervention: Reflections on Crisis, Revolution, and Personal Responsibility by Paul Street – Dandelion Salad (wordpress.com)
ICYMI - Videos From the Archive
February 7, 2022 - Adam Hinds, Candidate for Lt. Governor
January 17, 2022 - Tami Gouveia, Candidate for Lt. Governor 
Dec. 17, 2021, State Sen. Jo Comerford - Democracy in MA
November 15, 2021 Dr. Carrie Baker: Fighting for Abortion Rights
October 4, 2021 Stephen Spaulding of Common Cause on the Freedom to Vote Act.
August 16, 2021 Ashley Tjhung, Indivisible national's Senior Policy Associate for Democracy 
August 2, 2021 Leah Greenberg
July 12, 2021: Adam Smith, Director, End Citizens United 
June 7, 2021: Common Cause National Organizer, Izzy Bronstein
May 17, 2021: Raymond O'Mara
May 3, 2021: Act On Mass
April 19, 2021:
 May Day on the ERA!  Carrie Baker on Gender Equality
April 5, 2021: John Bonifaz on S1 and the Filibuster
March 1, 2021: Fixing Democracy with Common Cause!
February 15, 2021: Bill Scher on HR1 
June 15, 2020:  Pass the ROE Act
See our website for a list of our partner organizations.
Useful Links
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
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State Senate Jo Comerford General Court Website 617-722-1532 @Jo_Comerford
State House Lindsay Sabadosa State House Website 413-270-1166 @SabadosaMA
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