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May 2, 2022
 
Put your support into action with a donation to Indivisible Northampton!

Dear Indivisibles,

I hope that you and yours are safe and well.

In the past year, we have worked hard to champion our values and our democracy.  We have made hard choices about the challenges the virus has presented, have shown up and spoken out in the face of relentless examples of injustice and inequality that permeate our country.
Indivisible Northampton has supported our neighbors, worked hard to preserve voting rights and progressive values.  We are committed to continuing to build grassroots power to save democracy and create a more just future for all.

Here’s what we’ve accomplished over the past year:
  • Organized and subsidized the distribution of tens of thousands of postcards to get out the vote across this country–to voters in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire– including providing information to increase their access to voting by mail; 
  •  Facilitated members’ participation in numerous voter registration campaigns– in Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin, Nevada–providing information and materials to help thousands of voters register, many for the first time;
  • Collaborated with pro- democracy organizations across the United States, including Common Cause, Activate America, Indivisible National, Turn PABlue, New Pennsylvania Project, Swing Blue Alliance and many more–  to take action and to share information, strategies and tactics;
  • Hosted weekly phone banks in support of pro-democracy policies, candidates,  and to get out the vote;
  • Hosted bi-monthly information sessions with nationally known speakers discussing a range of timely topics including:
    • Bill Scher, on winning the midterms,
    • John Bonifaz, on preventing seditionists from holding office;
    • Leah Greenberg, on Indivisible National’s priorities for the coming year;
    • Stephen Spaulding on voting rights,
    • Carrie Baker, on the status of reproductive rights, grassroots leaders in PA & WI on flipping those states, and
    • candidates for MA lieutenant governor as well as MA Statehouse initiatives with our state Senator and Representative; to name just a few.
Your investment in this work in 2022 will be so important. We can’t stop now, and we don’t plan to.

Here’s where you come in. We’ve set a goal to raise $500 before May 30th, and Indivisible National will match every dollar you give up to $500 total between now and May 30th.
Chip in $5, $25, or more now, here,  and your donation will be matched! No amount is too small.

These are some of the expenses we foresee for the year:
  • $100 = Materials for creating posters, signs, banners, etc.
  • $50 = Subsidize travel expenses for participation in canvassing, statewide meetings
  • $50 = Snacks for in person canvassing (maybe even meetings!!)
  • $50 = Facebook ad to advertise group meetings
  • $200 = Subsidize costs for get out the vote postcard campaigns
  • $150 = Online meeting tool annual payment
Now is the time to support Indivisible Northampton as we build our power and gear up for this year of critical midterms. Please consider making a contribution today to support all our work. Here’s the link to our secure Act Blue page.

I look forward to what we’ll accomplish together with your support.
In solidarity,
Marta Lev
Indivisible Northampton Treasurer
 
MEETINGS
For the safety of our community, we are conducting our meetings online until conditions permit us to resume assembling in person.
Monday   May 2nd, 6 PM
MEET THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL
   The Northampton Democratic City Committee and Northampton Open Media Invite You

ON Monday, MAY 2, 2022 AT 6:00 PM
 
TO MEET THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL

 Andrea Campbell     Shannon Liss-Riordan     Quentin Palfrey 
 
 AUDITOR  
Chris Dempsey    Diana DiZoglio

SECRETARY OF STATE
Tanisha Sullivan

This event is being held in person at Smith Vocational High School, Street, 80 Locust Street, Northampton starting at 6:00 pm.  
The public is invited. No charge for admission. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door and asked to wear masks.

Streaming Live: For those of you unable to attend, thanks to Northampton Open Media, we will be streaming live HERE

Please Submit Questions In Advance
We will not take questions from the floor, but the public is invited to submit questions by April 25th.
 Please submit questions to the Northampton Democratic City Committee at northamptondemscitycomm@gmail.com   
Please specify at which candidate race(s) you want the question asked.  We will give all questions to the panelists.


Panelists:  The event will be moderated by former Mayor Clare Higgins, and the candidates will be questioned by a panel including: 
 Dan Crowley (Executive Editor, Daily Hampshire Gazette), Elena Frogameni (Mt. Holyoke Senior, Rhodes Scholar), and Bill Newman (WHMP).

 
Sponsored by

Northampton Democratic City Committee
 
NEWS & EVENTS
Become a more effective ACTIVIST!
Are you missing important emails because your inbox is overwhelming? 
Are you held back in your activism because a campaign is using technology (like google docs or excel) that defy mature understanding?

You are not alone, and help is here!
Indivisible Mass Coalition and NEWS-MAgic are partnering up to provide 
TRAININGS FOR ACTIVISTS!

These are free, on zoom, and can be found here, just click on the training to learn more, and sign up!
 
TEAMS
Going Bold for Democracy

Next virtual meeting: Tuesday, May 3, at 7PM on Zoom.  

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting– everyone is welcome.  (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84145424703)

After research and discussion, we decided that we will work on the gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania and the senatorial campaign in Wisconsin.

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 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 May 6 & May 13
.
 Use this link to join the meeting.
 
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 (beth@indivisiblenorthampton.org)
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  
 
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 veto's 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!
Some Thursdays we'll be working with the New Pennsylvania Project (modeled after Stacy Abrams' New Georgia Project) to register new Dems and expand the PA electorate; other weeks we'll be partnering with Turn PA Blue (the PA Dems) to protect a vulnerable, and critical  PA State Senate seat Sen. Lindsey Williams (D) - who flipped this seat in 2018 by less than 800 votes, and is now facing a new & expanded district.  
The same zoom link will work for every bank, but you can only register for one bank at a time.  For more info, email Beth (beth@indivisiblenorthampton.org), or just come on Thursday and find out all you need to know to help us save democracy together!
And, here's that zoom link:
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.

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’S 2022 LETTER WRITING STARTS NOW
 


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: https://forms.gle/k391Nq12mBUQr6pJ8. I’ll confirm your signup and start downloading your letters right away.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Dover at mjdover44@gmail.com.
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
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.

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.
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
Elected Officials
US Senate Elizabeth Warren www.warren.senate.gov 413-788-2690 @SenWarren
  Ed Markey www.markey.senate.gov 617-565-8519 @SenMarkey
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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