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November 7, 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.

NO MEETING THIS WEEK

SAVE THE DATE:
Monday, November 21st, 7-8 PM
Post Election DeBrief and
Strategizing for the Future
with
Ezra Levin,
Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of Indivisible
ACTIONS TO DELIVER DEMOCRACY
Together, we've defeated Trump, saved the ACA from a GOP trifecta, made marriage accessible to all, and so much more.
WE decide what's possible!
  1. Canvass in NH to keep this state blue! Contact Wendy for carpool and other info: wmberg@gmail.com
  2. Canvass in NY-19 (Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley) to hold this recently flipped House seat blue! Contact Elaine for more info: efronhofer@gmail.com
  3. Go to Vote Save America’s Priority Actions page and find an event at which to volunteer.
  4. Sign up for an Activate America phonebank or a Reclaim Our Vote phonebank. Both have calling every day into critical states and districts. Both offer on-your-own-time calling once you’re trained. (And they offer great training.) Reclaim Our Vote focuses on Black and Brown Voters in Southern states to help them overcome voter suppression.
  5. SIGN UP TO PHONEBANK INTO NEVADA! This is our most vulnerable state. We need help! This phonebank offers great training.
  6. If you can, sign up to do one canvass wherever you live. JUST ONE! This is legitimately the best way we have of moving voters–plus it’s fun! Look for opportunities near you here.
  7. Textbank with Movement Labs. They’re doing incredible work and need tons of volunteers.
  8. Donate to this fund going to Black-led grassroots groups getting out the vote in critical battleground states. This is important! Another great place to give is Down Home North Carolina, which is doing critical canvassing work and will use your money immediately to get more folks knocking doors. Give here.
  9. Postcards to Voters is sending postcards for a few more days. Act fast! You’ll need to provide your own cards. Text HELLO to (484) 275-2229 to get started.
  10. Joan’s Democracy Cafe is doing phonebanking into both PA and GA several times a week. Sign up here. Their training is top rate.
  11. Demcast has created a new toolkit JUST for amplifying races in Nevada, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Go here, pick your favorite social media platform, and AMPLIFY away.
  12. Indivisible has Hubdialer phonebanks scheduled right through Election Day. Here’s the national phonebank schedule for the East Coast time zone with the sign-up links
  13. Phone Bank w MoveOn: MoveOn members are reaching out and speaking to fellow MoveOn members and voters in swing states in one-to-one conversations. Sign up now to join them!
Every action, every call, card, letter, and vote - counts!
Together, let's make this final week COUNT!  
Message from Marta
 
 
In just a few days, Americans will vote in elections that promise to be, (amazingly, given the choices) incredibly close. Whatever the outcome, we have worked (and will continue to work!) exceptionally hard to preserve and protect our democracy. If you have an hour or two in the next few days, check out the list above for ideas of what you still can do!

Numerous groups across Massachusetts have diligently sent postcards and letters to voters across the US, sharing critical information about issues, candidates, and how to vote. Those hundreds of you who have worked with Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western Mass this year have been responsible for over 60,000 contacts with voters! You have written to tens of thousands of voters in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin, and thousands more to Arizona, West Virginia, New York and Nevada.

We are deeply grateful to you, our persistent postcarders, who have contributed your time, money and hands to make these thousands of contacts with voters a reality. We are grateful to our donors, whose contributions have made it possible for us to underwrite the costs of this effort.

Whatever the results on 11/8, we are in a marathon; the work continues. Check this out: Freedom for All for a dose of inspiration! Ever onward!  
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.  

And read about this success in New Mexicowhere citizens filed suit and a County Commissioner was removed from office as a result of his participation in the Jan. 6th insurrection!
Final Reports on IN-SLWM Fundraiser and our Vote Forward Letter-writing Campaign

Fundraiser. Together we have done something wonderful. Last June, when I started the fundraiser, I set a goal of $30,000 – $15,000 for each of the two funds we were raising money to support: Swing Left’s Immediate Impact Fund and Movement Voter Project’s Black-Led Organizing Fund. This was more than any other fundraiser we’d held. I had no idea if we’d reach that goal, but we not only reached it – we passed it! It took 16 months and more than 80 of us to get there, but here we are on the eve of the midterms with a result we can all be proud of. Here are the numbers:
  • Immediate Impact Fund – $19,568 (30% over goal!)
  • Swing Left’s Defend Democracy Fund (started later, closed in March) – $1,695
  • Black-Led Organizing Fund – $16,411 (9% over goal!)
  • Total – $37,674 (26% over goal!!)
To our contributors: We did this because all 80+ of you responded, with donations from $5 on up. Many of you gave multiple times, including a wonderful core group of monthly donors who kept the needle moving even in slow moments. We did this without live events, without “premiums” or incentives – no tote bags, no meetings with movie stars or big-name politicians, no plaques with big-money donors’ names – nothing but a repeated call to action. You saw a need, a cause, an urgency, and you gave what you could, with remarkable results. Thank you to all who gave to these funds!

Vote Forward. Thanks to all our volunteers – more than 50 – for a job well done! The final count of letters prepared and sent to infrequent voters was just under 13,000! It happened because they saw the need and stepped up to do what they could. Letter by letter, week by week, they got it done.

We can’t know if any of our letters will make a difference in whether their recipients will vote, but we can be sure that almost 13,000 people saw our messages of hope and determination that our democracy will stand – and that millions more saw similar messages from volunteers just like ours. Some elections may be decided by a small percentage increase in turnout as a result of these letters, and those wins may be enough to keep the Congress in Democratic hands.

To our volunteers: We’ve done the best we could. And I congratulate and thank you all for your time, your energy, and your commitment.

    — Michael Dover
TEAMS
Feminist Activists of MA Team 
 

Watch this powerful 4-minute music video Stand With Me featuring members of the IMC Feminist 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
 
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
NEWS & EVENTS
Voting With Pride GOTV rally 
Saturday November 5th, 1:30pm 
 Pulaski Park in Northampton
IN-SLWM is co-sponsoring this event organized by Dallas Dukar, Kristen Elecko, Debby Pastrich-Klemmer and Lindsay Sabadosa.

With political attacks against the LGBTQ+ community on the rise nationally, the stakes could not be higher. Getting LGBTQ+ voters and their allies to the polls is more crucial than ever before.

A steadfast ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, U.S. Senator Ed Markey will speak to the critical importance of the upcoming mid-term election and what each of us can do to mobilize the people in our lives to vote.
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
October 17, 2022 - MA Ballot Questions 
October 3, 2022 - Indivisible National's Strategies to Win! 
September 19, 2022 - Winning the Midterms - Bill Scher on Strategies for the Home Stretch!
August 15, 2022 - Legal Lay of the Land, with ACLU's Bill Newman
August 1, 2022 -Targeted Donations as Activism
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.
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