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Monday June 6th, 7 PM Insurrectionists and the Midterms! with John Bonifaz Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People
The only thing that stops a cheater is getting caught - and having to pay the consequences.
As we approach the midterms, a lot of cheaters, traitors, in fact, are running for offices in the very government they tried to overthrow.
And the only difference between a failed coup and a dry run is accountability for the insurrectionists.
VOTE THEM OUT - help IN-SLWM (& others) write, call, canvass & donate to elect more Pro-Democracy candidates
KEEP THEM OUT - by keeping them off our ballots in the first place!
How do we keep them off the ballot?
Find out by joining us,
Monday, June 6th, 7pm EST
as we hear from John Bonifaz
Director & Co-Founder of Free Speech for People
John will discuss the current status of FSP’s 14.3 Campaign that's bringing legal challenges against insurrectionists such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar and others to keep them off our ballots - and let us know what we here, in blue(ish) MA can do to help!
Article 3 of the 14th Amendment, originally enacted to bar the Civil War Rebels from insinuating themselves back into the Union government, was recently upheld to apply to the Jan 6, 2020 insurrectionists as well!
Sign up here to register - zoom opens at 6:50 for schmoozing, and the meeting begins at 7EST.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW
Illustraton by PA Phone Banker, Nora Brown
PENNSYLVANIA! Phone banks to flip PA
Every Thursday, 6-8pm on Zoom
Join like-minded activists from across the country on Thursday evenings, to help save democracy by expanding the Democratic electorate - and so electing more Pro-Choice, Pro-Democracy Democrats in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania!
Our elected officials can truly represent WE THE PEOPLE, and pass laws to codify our reproductive and civil rights. They can unrig the Supreme Court by passing laws to enact term limits, increase the number of Justices, and enforce ethical standards for SCOTUS.
But only if we elect the politicians who will do just this.
We know that PA is a pivotal state, with an open, flippable U.S. Senate seat, an open governor's race we have to hold (as the governor has provided crucial vetoes on attempts by the GOP dominated legislature to pass terrible voting laws), and new, much fairer districts that make flipping 1 or both state houses a real possibility this year!
Every Thursday evening, 6-8pm, IN continues our partnership with 2 on-the-ground, powerful PA organizations:
New Pennsylvania Project, modeled after Stacy Abrams' New Georgia Project, - where our calls are part of a unique, potentially game changing initiative to not only register new voters, but to make sure they actually get to vote!
Turn PA Blue, where we'll be focusing on statewide races - PA is 4 seats away from flipping the PA House (where every seat is up for election), and 12 seats away from flipping the PA Senate (where half the seats are up)!
Join us in calling PA voters to help expand the Pennsylvania electorate and turn this state BLUE!
This is the graphic on our latest postcard campaign. Why the soldier? Why sons, what about daughters? A bit jarring to our progressive eyes, no? It is from a campaign designed by Galvanize Action after extensive research and testing. The goal is to reach out to women–white, rural, moderate and conservative– who are often, as in the Virginia gubernatorial election this year, the demographic that determines who is the successful candidate. The script to be written (see below), as well as the graphic, seek to reach across differences that often obscure actual shared values.
Indivisible Northampton is partnering with Swing Blue and Galvanize Action to send these postcards to create positive associations with anti-racist work, through messaging and images that resonate most with moderate women in key states. Data collected in this campaign will inform future efforts.
I am excited at this well-researched and thought out effort to reach outside of our bubble and find the points of connection with women whose lives may be very different from our own. Check out their website, https://www.galvanizeaction.org/ to learn more about their rationale and process.
Sign up here to order postcards, which will be available starting 6/3 after 2 pm. Indivisible Northampton is underwriting part of the cost. A packet of 25 cards and address labels is $2, with stamps, $12. They are to be mailed between 6/21 and 6/28.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Marta, for Indivisible Northampton/Swing Left Western Mass. (IN/SLWM)
This is the message we are asked to write: [FIRST NAME OF VOTER],
As a [INSERT RELATIONAL TERM THAT APPLIES TO YOU – Ex: Parent, Sister, Grandparent, Student], I want the next generation to thrive. Let’s support teachers being able to educate our kids about race and discrimination in honest and age-appropriate ways.
[YOUR FIRST NAME]
NEW! Social Postcarding
Outside in the fresh air! Good company! Do some shopping!
In-person, outdoor postcarding is now happening EVERY SUNDAY, 4:00 pm at Easthampton River Valley Coop.
Join other postcarders at the picnic tables to make connections, write, and save democracy! Contact Deb Friedman firstname.lastname@example.org more information. Materials will be available, or you can bring your own.
Deb has a brief handout with general information about postcarding to share with friends and neighbors, which she can send to you via email.
JOIN VOTE FORWARD’S LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN TO WIN THE MIDTERMS
Vote Forward’s 2022 letter-writing campaign is well underway and Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left WMA volunteers have already downloaded and prepared over 3,300 letters. As we did in 2020 and 2021, we’re preparing “Please Vote” letters aimed at “helping to increase the participation of historically underrepresented communities in the electorate.” By encouraging infrequent voters to vote in this year’s midterm elections, these letters can close the gap in close races and produce victory for Democrats. A few hundred votes, or even less, could make a crucial difference in determining who controls Congress next year.
This year’s midterms pose a challenge: The “conventional wisdom” is that the president’s party loses congressional seats in the first midterms, but the country can’t afford that. These letters are one tool in the effort to defy the predictions and increase Democrats’ numbers in both the House and the Senate.
If you haven’t prepared these letters before, here’s how it works:
Vote Forward provides pre-printed letters urging the recipients to vote in this fall’s elections. The name and address of the recipient is pre-printed on each letter.
The volunteer fills in the name of the recipient in the salutation, writes one to three sentences saying why they vote, and signs the letter.
The volunteer hand-addresses the envelope, including the return address.,inserts the letter, and seals and stamps the envelope.
Letters are held until Vote Forward’s mailing date, close to Election Day for maximum effectiveness. All letters are mailed on that date.
For a detailed description of how to prepare letters, click here.
And here’s how we run our Vote Forward campaign:
You can get your letters in one of three ways:
I can download them for you and email you a batch of letters once a week. You print out the letters and prepare them. You choose the number of letters you want to receive and the day you want to receive them. You can change either of these or pause or “retire” at any time.
If you don’t have a printer, you can pick up your printed letters each week at one of four locations – Amherst, Leverett, Montague or Northampton – on the day specified by the location host. You take them home and prepare them. Again, you can change your numbers, pause, or retire at any time.
If you already have a Vote Forward account and have experience using it, you can download letters yourself and prepare them. I only ask that you report your numbers to me once a month so I can keep track of our totals.
Once your letters are prepared and in their addressed, sealed and stamped envelopes, you can store them at home until the mailing date or you can drop them off at the same locations used for pickups.
When the mailing date arrives (you’ll get plenty of notice) you take your completed letters to your local post office or to a mailbox and drop them off.
Now is the time to sign up and join in. If you start now, you’ll have plenty of letters to mail at the end of October. Please click here to sign up or copy this link into your browser window: https://forms.gle/k391Nq12mBUQr6pJ8. I’ll confirm your signup and start downloading your letters right away.
JOIN THE IN-SLWM FUNDRAISER FOR KEY RACES & GRASSROOTS GROUPS
Now that IN and Swing Left Western Mass have joined forces, I’m happy to say that the fundraiser started last year by SLWM is now an IN-SLWM fundraiser! We continue to fundraise for candidates and groups that will make the difference between victory and defeat this November. We’ve already raised over $19,000 for three funds – Swing Left’s National Impact Fund and Defend Democracy Fund, and Movement Voter Project’s Black-Led Organizing Fund. Click here to learn more about each of these funds. Our goal is to raise $35,000 before Election Day and we need more donors and donations to get us there.
Think of these as mutual funds. By ourselves, we can’t know where our money can best be used. By donating to these funds, we give resources to candidates and organizations in many states and localities at the same time. Recipients have been carefully vetted to make sure our donations will have the greatest impact. Giving now helps them build their capacity and expertise, so they’re fully equipped when they approach Election Day.
Please consider donating to one, two, or all three of these funds. If you can, become a monthly donor. We’re five months away from a very important election and every contribution, no matter how modest, counts. Use the links below to contribute:
INDIVISIBLE NORTHAMPTON IS NOW
INDIVISIBLE NORTHAMPTON - SWING LEFT WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Message From Beth Lev
Message From Michael Dover
As IN heads into our 6th year, with a robust membership and leadership team, we are excited to announce that we have merged with our sister progressive organization, Swing Left Western MA.
What does this mean for you, our IN community?
Whether you’re an active (or occasional) postcarder, phone banker, Zoom attendee, rally/event participant, and/or newsletter reader, IN will be continuing all our core actions, and even revving these up (with your help!) as we head into the midterms.
The only change will be the addition of the energy, membership and foci of SLWM!
IN’s Steering Committee will remain the same, with the addition of SLWM’s leader, Michael Dover. Along with IN’s current campaigns, we’ll be promoting the electoral work that SLWM is focusing on – conducting letter writing campaigns to infrequent voters through the national group Vote Forward, canvassing in nearby states to support Democratic candidates, and raising money to support congressional and Senate candidates in key races, and grassroots groups around the country that organize around a progressive agenda including voting rights.
In (even greater) community,
Beth, for Indivisible Northampton - Swing Left Western MA
Swing Left Western Mass is proud to announce than in May 2022 we merged with Indivisible Northampton, adopting the name Indivisible Northampton - Swing Left Western Mass, or IN-SLWM and bringing our combined mailing list to more than 1,000 subscribers. The two groups have collaborated and cooperated for years, so the merger was a logical next step to broaden our base and expand our leadership team. We remain an affiliate of national Swing Left and a chapter of the national progressive grassroots movement, Indivisible.
Our mission is to educate and mobilize voters, elect and hold accountable bold, progressive leaders at the local, state and national levels, and create a community of activists through effective, networked and sustainable action. As a Swing Left affiliate, we work to elect Democrats to offices in key states and districts across the country. By joining Indivisible Northampton - Swing Left Western Mass you will be connected to hundreds of volunteers in the region, sharing resources, trainings and direct actions through every campaign season.
For the 2018 elections, Swing Left Western MA raised funds, wrote letters and postcards, made phone calls, and knocked on doors to help successfully elect Democrats to key congressional seats in nearby districts. In 2019 we worked to to flip Virginia blue. In 2020 we worked to flip the White House, the U.S. Senate and state houses across the country. Our local efforts included participation in Vote Forward's Big Send campaign; more than 100 volunteers prepared and sent more than 25,000 letters to infrequent voters in key states, and a sister organization added another 7,000.
We've been part of a region-wide coalition of progressive groups during the previous two election cycles and continue to collaborate and coordinate in this one.
Canvassing is Back - Weekend Carpools to NH!
The NH Dems have opened their Keene office, and canvassing is underway in southwestern New Hampshire.
At stake is US Senator Maggie Hassan’s re-election bid. We need every Democratic senator re-elected and a few more to hold on to the Senate,and dozens of races to take back the Republican-controlled state legislature.
Wendy Berg, Jane Mairs, and Amy Gates are coordinating this year’s canvassing for IN-SLWM and other western Mass groups. Carpools will leave from Amherst and Northampton on Saturdays and Sundays.
Contact Wendy Berg to get involved: 4134NH2@gmail.com, 413-539-1003.
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).
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 email@example.com with the subject line "Newsletter Submission".
The opinions expressed in the writings don't necessarily reflect any consensus of Indivisible Northampton.
The following editorial, written by our own Pelle Lowe and Anne-Louise Smallen was recently published in the Hampshire Gazette:
If you’ve been paying attention, you knew this day was coming. A leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court confirms our worst fears– that an unelected, extremist Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, which has protected the right of pregnant Americans to have safe abortions for the last 50 years. [A recent Gallup poll found that 80% of Americans support access to abortion in most or all cases.]
The Supreme Court would move the power to make abortion laws to each state. Twelve states already have “trigger laws” that would immediately take effect once the Supreme Court decides to do away with Roe v. Wade. In some states, abortions would be legal only if the life of the mother is threatened-- not even in cases of rape or if the pregnant person is a child. People with money could still seek an abortion in another state where the law has not changed, but what about people in the South or Midwest where the nearest abortion clinic might be hundreds of miles away? If they seek illegal abortions they risk the dangers which faced women before Roe, or even could be tried for murder.
Losing Roe affects everyone, even those of us in blue states, but it particularly impacts low income people and women of color. If it becomes law, this opinion would relegate women to becoming second-class citizens unable to decide for themselves how they live their lives. What’s next? Banning birth control? Canceling marriage equality? These are also in the cross-hairs of the extremists on this court appointed by the same Republican party that is rolling back voting rights and taking over State Houses across the country to subvert elections.
The Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the right to abortion into law, can’t pass the Senate because of the filibuster, a pernicious, racist tool implemented by Confederates to roll back rights advanced during and after Reconstruction. The Freedom to Vote and The John Lewis Voting Rights Acts couldn’t pass because of this unconstitutional rule. Indivisible and other groups have been working to break the logjam in the Senate by ending the filibuster, so it’s essential to call out Senators who seek to preserve it. We need court reform to expand the Supreme Court through the Judiciary Act, but again the filibuster stands in the way.
Let’s not despair, but let’s act. If we care about preserving democracy and our Constitutional rights, we must begin the work of electing pro-choice and pro-democracy people now. The November midterms are coming.
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