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August 1, 2022
 
MEETINGS
For the safety of our community, we are conducting our meetings online until conditions permit us to resume assembling in person.
Monday   August 1st, 7 PM
Strategic Donating As Effective Activism!
   
If your inbox (or voicemail) is like mine, you're probably being inundated with fundraising messages! For those of us with the ability to give - a little or a lot - how do we figure out where our money will most powerfully support our values and our candidates?  

Strategic donating means giving money when and where it’s most likely to be effective –  to help a candidate or policy actually win.  How do we make sure that our donations, however large or small, are strategic?
 
Join Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left WM
Monday, August 1st, 7pm EDT

for a conversation with
Bria Gambrell
Swing Left Regional Organizing Coordinator for New England
&
Jane Lerner
Donor Advisor, Movement Voter Project (MVP)

Learn about how these organizations help donors give where it will do the most good:  how they determine the most effective timing and targets for our donations!

You’ll also hear how we can support IN-SLWM’s fundraisers for two of these groups’ funds:
Swing Left’s National Impact Fund and MVP’s Black-Led Organizing Fund.


 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Sunday, August 7th, 4-5:30 PM
IN-SLWM Outdoor Gathering to ReConnect & ReCharge!
Sunday, Aug 7th, 4-5:30
Pathways Cohousing
25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence
(Rain date: August 14th)

Let's meet up IRL (in real life!!) to do some spirit-sustaining, joy-inducing, be-ing together!

We'll have beverages, you can bring snacks (or not), we might have live music(!), and there'll be opportunities to find out more about our current campaigns, write a postcard (or a few!), and get to know your activist community!

Bring friends & family - it's a party!
ACTIONS
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW
Phone
Banking 
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!


Here's the zoom link to
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdu2ppjgqE9QjndGIV87IGy_2zAG4E2Q_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
GEORGIA! 
Phone banks to support
  Democratic Candidates
 
Join us on Wednesday evenings to help us call Georgia Democrats in support of Rev. Senator Raphael Warnock and Stacy Abrams--a dream team of candidates! Both races are very close--we have a lot of work to do. Voting rights have come under serious attack in Georgia and our support can help bring out Democratic voters in large numbers.

We are working with the Georgia Democratic Party to make calls from 6-8pm every Wednesday. We provide training for new callers (or anyone who needs a refresher) from 6-6:30pm, then start making calls after that. The script is great! It's short, straightforward, and easy to get through. 

Calling is through Open VPB (Virtual Phone Bank), which means you'll need to find and activate your Action ID. In case you don't have one or can't find it, you can use this link to create a new one. 

Here's the zoom link to
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://www.mobilize.us/gavotes/event/478431/

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the zoom link for the phone bank.
 
One of our wonderful phone bankers, Hayley Wood, has created fact sheets that provide info and talking points about Warnock and Abrams. Please review ahead of time so you are ready with talking points.
 
Writing To PA Voters
Thanks to your speedy and strong response, all the postcards to Arizona voters were committed in a very short time!  We do have postcards from another campaign, going to Georgia voters in support of Senator Warnock’s re-election, request those here.

We are excited about a campaign organized by Swing Blue Alliance and Democratic committees in Pennsylvania.  This will consist of letters going to voters in 5 PA counties and is based upon a highly successful pilot project carried out earlier this year.  In that project, letters, including ballot applications, were sent to voters in Bucks County, encouraging them to apply to vote by mail.  Some of you worked on that campaign last March.

The letters were very successful! Not only did infrequent voters apply to vote by mail, the letters increased by a significant margin the likelihood that they would vote. This success was supported by the precision targeting system the Dems have developed, which identifies voters most likely to respond positively, resulting in a significant increase in turnout compared to the control group.

It is compelling to look forward to a campaign based upon proven effectiveness!  Packets of letters will be available soon.

As always, we are very grateful for your persistent commitment and hard work.
Social Postcarding! 
Sundays at 4 pm at
Easthampton River Valley Coop
 
GETTING OUT THE VOTE is crucial to winning elections, so we're writing postcards to voters in Swing States with a variety of messages, many urging them to make sure to vote this year. Sending postcards to voters--cost effective, eye-catching and personal--has been shown to be effective in motivating their participation in voting.

Ready to get out of the house and take the fight for Democracy outdoors???  Join the Post Corps EVERY SUNDAY, 4:00 PM at the picnic tables outside Easthampton River Valley Coop. to sit outside, schmooze with other Democracy Warriors and write postcards to reach out to swing voters. Contact Deb Friedman jwanddf@juno.com for more information.
VOTE FORWARD’S 2022 “BIG SEND” LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN IS IN FULL SWING

Vote Forward, a close ally of Swing Left, is in the midst of another “Big Send” get-out-the-vote letter campaign. IN-SLWM volunteers have already downloaded and prepared more than 5,000 letters that will go out to infrequent voters in key districts and states at the end of October. We can always use new volunteers. To learn more about how this works, click here. If you’re ready to sign up, click here.
Texting
IN-SLWM Activist Texting Group
 
August 9, 7:00- 8:00pm

The resurgent Indivisible Northampton- Swing Left activist texting group had a very good meeting last Tuesday hosted by Rachael Naismith and Larry Pareles. We are feeling re-energized and are starting to get texting now.

We are having a single follow-up meeting on Tuesday, August 9, at 7pm, where we will review our experiences, answer questions and help everyone take the next steps. Newcomers are welcome to  join this meeting.

Zoom link for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc-ispz0pE9VYdrDpVr5MWBj0qQcIoBJ_

Getting started can be confusing but following are steps you can try. If you need help, Larry will be glad to assist you on a one-on-one Zoom meeting.

For an introduction to Indivisible-MA activist texting visit  Activist Texting and this short video.

More resources.

Movement Labs: Step by step guide. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ik1olMBtZ3PBy6Ue4n7I9uLxoyFQNXxh_1rok9JwIh4/edit

Sign up for Movement Labs texting:   https://movementlabs.com/text/

Sign up for Movement Labs’ Slack
Two options: Here is a list of active texting organizations (in addition to Resistance Labs). Texting Organizations Clearinghouse. 2022.

To arrange a private Zoom meeting with Larry, please email him or text (860 670-7542) with times that you're avaliable for an online session.
Please feel free to refer any of your friends who are interested in texting for a private session too. Texting with voters can be very powerful and fulfilling, and we encourage you to sign up and get texting.
Other Ways to Pitch In
BAR INSURRECTIONISTS FROM THE BALLOT
Sign the Petition

Enacted after the Civil War, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies from public office any individual who has taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and then engages in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or gives aid or comfort to those who have.

By inciting a violent attack on Congress in an effort to prevent the certification of his own electoral defeat, Donald Trump engaged in insurrection and violated his oath of office. Free Speech For People and Our Revolution have teamed up to urge Secretaries of State and chief election officials across the country to follow the mandate of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment and bar insurrectionists from any future ballot.

You can read more about it here, and add your name to their petition here.    

Sign here to tell Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin to abide by Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and bar Trump from appearing on any future ballot in MA.  

 

Join the Indivisible National Give No Ground Program

We need to go all-in to make sure we defend our democracy from MAGA radicals this November.

Whether it’s blocking gun reforms, gutting Roe v. Wade, or attacking LGBTQ+ kids, or gun safety, Republicans will continue to try to roll us back in time. We need to elect Democrats to lead us into the future.

Sign up with Indivisible National Give No Ground Program to join the team.

 

JOIN THE IN-SLWM FUNDRAISER FOR KEY RACES & GRASSROOTS GROUPS

First, an update on our fundraiser for Swing Left’s National Impact Fund and Movement Voter Project’s Black-Led Organizing Fund. Several recent contributions, plus our intrepid team of monthly donors, have brought our total amount raised to more than $22,000! If you’ve been considering a donation, now is the time – our $30,000 goal is within shouting distance, if we shout really loudly! Click here to give to the Swing Left fund. Click here to give to the MVP fund. Or click here to learn more about each of these funds.

If you’re not sure about whether or where to give, join us on Monday, August 1, at 7pm on Zoom for a conversation about strategic donating. By that we mean thinking about the most effective way to direct our giving for the fall elections. We’re pleased to have Bria Gambrell, Swing Left Regional Organizing Coordinator for New England, and Jane Lerner, Donor Advisor at Movement Voter Project, speaking about their organizations’ funds and the strategies behind them. Come learn more about why funds like these are good strategic choices, and then join me and many others in supporting our current fundraiser.
    – Michael Dover, IN-SLWM steering committee member

And to maintain and strengthen our own organization and support our efforts:
TEAMS
Going Bold for Democracy

Next virtual meeting: Tuesday, August 2nd, at 7PM on Zoom.  

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting– everyone is welcome.  (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89102226598)

We are focusing our work on campaigns in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, helping with Democratic senatorial races, and other contests in those states. 

Please come work with us to make a progressive difference in the coming elections in these important swing states.  

Our work will supplement the ongoing phone-banking and post carding campaigns that are already underway.    
 

For more info, please contact  Larry.

Feminist Activists of MA Team 
 
Join feminists from across the state to help organize actions centering on women's rights.

Currently, we're focused on fighting for abortion rights and access through a variety of tactics, including postcarding (to remind voters where their candidates stand on abortion), rallies, podcasts and more.
 
Here's a continuously updating toolkit with actions to take RIGHT NOW in the fight for reproductive freedom!

Join us - at 4pm - for Feminist Fridays at Four 
 
Here's the zoom link to join the meeting: https://indivisiblenorthampton.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2f5ffbdddb25f4db672edf209&id=1d586abc3b&e=5e27b514fb
 
NEWS & EVENTS
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
Medicare For All on the Ballot
Medicare for All (MFAll) will be on the ballot in at least 17 districts for many of us to vote upon in the fall. Mass Care worked intensively with their ally Act on Mass to gather the necessary signatures to get this non-binding question before the voters in as many places as possible.  

Medicare for All bills have been introduced in our legislature for more than 20 years and have not passed. The goal of this campaign is to remind our legislators that Medicare for All is extremely popular and that a large majority of Massachusetts voters want single payer health care financing to make medical care available and affordable here.
 
The non-binding ballot question is a powerful way to keep voters informed about the potential for passing M4All here, and to remind our legislators how important it is to us. In past years, non-binding ballots in several districts showed support of 80-90% for M4All. 
 
For your reference, this is the ballot question:
 
"Shall the Representative from this District be instructed to vote for legislation to create a single payer system of universal health care that provides all Massachusetts residents with comprehensive health care coverage including the freedom to choose doctors and other health care professionals, facilities, and services, and eliminates the role of insurance companies in health care by creating an insurance trust fund that is publicly administered?”

For those who would like to continue the campaign in the fall, please complete this survey for the next phase of the campaign, to win “Yes” votes on the question.  

This is an opportunity for Massachusetts to again lead the country in health care financing and delivery.  

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.

ICYMI - Videos From the Archive
June 6, 2022 - John Bonifaz on 14.3Campaign, IN-SLWM, June 6, 2022
May 16, 2022 - DemCast, with Jamie Carter & Lori Coleman
April 18, 2022: Winning Wisconsin, with Viola Niyizigama of the Wisconsin Dems
April 4, 2022: Postcards, Politics & Power, Susan Labandibar & Alix Smullen
March 21, 2022, Andrea Koplove of Turn PA Blue & Laila Martin Garcia of New Pennsylvania Project
March 7, 2022 - Steve Spaulding, Common Cause, Fighting for Democracy - What's Next
February 21, 2022 - Bill Scher, Winning the Midterms, What We Need to Know
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
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  1. Open the Zoom app, click on "Join a Meeting", then enter the meeting Id. The password is included in the confirmation email.
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US House Jim McGovern mcgovern.house.gov 413-341-8700 @RepMcGovern
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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