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May 16, 2022
Fundraising Update

Years ago I recovered from a back injury that had immobilized me for months.  The recovery inspired a powerful, almost overwhelming experience of gratitude.  I wanted to hang on to the sense of noticing and appreciating blessings.  The intensity of that experience has waned, but there are moments when I am reminded of the life affirming power of gratitude.

Well, yes, this is about fundraising….but it’s about so much more.  It’s about living in a beautiful place, where, especially now in the spring, we are surrounded by green and birdsong,  It’s about appreciating the communities that make up Indivisible Northampton–the people who show up to learn about how to make this country live up to its rhetoric; who show up to volunteer to send postcards to voters all over the US; who show up to make phone calls and send texts; who show up to rally and speak out; who donate money to keep the work strong.  We are deeply grateful for your continued participation and support.

Most recently, many of you have stepped up to, in addition to rallying, postcarding, phoning and learning, donate money.  You have donated over $1000 to Indivisible Northampton, amply guaranteeing that we met the requirements for the matching grant.  This will fund our ability to subsidize our postcard campaigns, to maintain our zoom support, to create powerful rallies and (who knows?) fund a face to face picnic one day! We are deeply grateful for your generosity and your faith in the power of our work……Thank you, thank you!  Ever onward!

Marta Lev, for the Indivisible Northampton Steering Committee

For the safety of our community, we are conducting our meetings online until conditions permit us to resume assembling in person.
Monday   May 16th, 7 PM
Powerful Messages to Win! DemCast at IN
Jamie Carter
Director of Partnerships and Outreach at DemCast
As extremists take over the GOP and cheat and lie to try and take over our country, as well,  we will use every tool possible to fight back!  We have the power to protect and even strengthen our democracy, if we choose to use it!

We have the power of the ballot*, the power of showing up in the streets** for all to see and hear - and the power of our words ricocheting across our digital commons.
But how do we craft the words that will ‘go viral’, that will make a difference in this crucial fight?  And if we think we’ve crafted such a message, then where should we post it?  To whom?  How do we most effectively use this powerful tool in our political arsenal?
To answer these questons, and more, join Indivisible Northampton 
Monday, May 16th, 7pm EST
as we welcome
Jamie Carter, Director of Partnerships and Outreach
at DemCast

DemCast is a national, non-profit organization using digital communication to amplify the voices of ‘we the people’ to fight for democracy, against lies, and to ‘win the future’.

And, we'll also hear what IN is up to, and how you can join in!

We'll open the zoom room at 6:50 for schmoozing, the meeting will start at 7pm EST
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Illustraton by PA Phone Banker, Nora Brown
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 New Pennsylvania Project & Red2Blue on a unique, potentially game changing initiative to not only register new voters, but to make sure they actually get to vote!  

Join us in calling newly registered voters and help expand the Pennsylvania electorate and turn this state BLUE!

Here's the info & links, as always, training will be provided, so all are welcome:

And here's that zoom link:
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our valiant postcarders have been hard at work over the past month….

And with mighty pens and hands, over the past five weeks, have:

  • sent 4,000 postcards to PA voters, providing them with critical information to register to vote by mail;

  • sent 1,875 postcards to GA voters, to get out the early vote for the upcoming primary,

  • sent 1,250 letters to PA voters, (5 pages in each letter!, including the actual ballots to register to vote by mail), as part of a research project coordinated by Swing Blue Alliance and Bucks County, PA Dems, to gauge the effectiveness of that tactic.

This is the tally for just the last 5 weeks, and does not include the work done earlier on mailings to Texas, Wisconsin or Nevada.  To say that you are prolific and committed is to understate your achievements!

Indivisible Northampton, thanks to our donors, has been able to underwrite some of the costs of these campaigns.

Up next….postcards to WI voters to encourage them to register to vote by mail…

Word will be coming soon to your inbox!

From our friends at Swing Left Western MA:

Vote Forward, a close collaborator with Swing Left, has launched its 2022 letter-writing campaign and Swing Left Western Mass is ready to get going. As we did in 2020 and 2021, we’ll be 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.

In 2020, we had about 100 volunteers writing letters to infrequent voters in swing states. Together with several other groups, they prepared and sent some 35,000 letters – our contribution to more than 17 million nationwide. This year’s midterms are no less of 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. Each letter contains the name and address of the recipient.
  • For 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 then puts the letter in an envelope, hand-addresses the envelope and return address, and seals and stamps the letter.
  • 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.

Vote Forward’s campaign is already underway. Now is the time to sign up and get started. (One exception: The Leverett and Northampton pickup/dropoff sites will start the week of March 14. But sign up now and I’ll begin downloading letters for you in time for pickup that week.)

Please click here to sign up or copy this link into your browser window: I’ll confirm your signup and start downloading your letters right away.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Dover at
Going Bold for Democracy

Next virtual meeting: Tuesday, May 17, at 7PM on Zoom.  

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting– everyone is welcome.  (

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
Fighting for Reproductive Freedom!
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 toolkit with actions to take RIGHT NOW!
Join us - at 4pm - for Feminist Fridays at Four - here's the link to join.
Soundbites of Success
Preaching LOUD and PROUD to our choir!

This graphic is a 'Soundbite of Success' - a reminder that even while many of our priorities are not yet realized, we need to celebrate what we have accomplished (think of what would be happening now if we activists had not come together to oust the former President, and get Biden elected!).  

Share these soundbites and create your own!  You can submit your soundbites here, and we'll help share them on all the platforms! Let the choir we're preaching to sing so loud & proud that others can't help but join us!

If you'd like to join in the discussions about how to improve and amplify Democratic messaging, join one of our monthly zoom meetings - for info, contact Beth (
#BansOffOurBodies Rally for Abortion Rights
Saturday, May 14th, noon
City Hall, Northampton
Hosted by:
Valley Women's March
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Western MA
co-sponsored by Indivisible Northampton
With the Trump-McConnell rigged Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v Wade (and with it, 
 the justification for many others of our civil liberties grounded in the 14th's Amendment right to privacy (contraception, interracial marriage, same sex marriage, etc.), citizens across the country are taking to the streets to say 'NO'. 

Join us at City Hall (210 Main St, Northampton) to get fired up and active - great speakers including U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and many more will help us channel our outrage into effective actions!
Bring signs, water and determination!
How To Use Instagram in Your Progressive Work
  You are invited to come to a valuable free class about how activists and their groups can use Instagram in their progressive work.  
This is an online class, on Thursday, May 19th, at 5:00 - 6:00 pm.  

This class will be presented by Bria Gambrell, a social media expert, organizer, and the Swing Left Regional Organizing Coordinator for New England. Learn how activists can leverage Instagram for their work.  Practice will be included too!  

The session will include:  
  • See how a local group is using Instagram effectively
  • How to get you and your group started on Instagram to can attract a more diverse audience
  • Introduce (or re-introduce) yourself or your group to using Instagram the right way
  • Learn how to post effectively on Instagram during a rally or event
Sponsored by the training team at the MAssachusetts Grassroots Information Center (MAGIC) partnering with Swing Left,.
Everyone Is Welcome

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:

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:
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 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
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.
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