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In a few words, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Once again our steadfast supporters have met the match set by Indivisible National. Thanks to your generosity in donating a total of $1,040, we qualify for their $500 matching grant! We are moved and sustained by your faith in the work we are doing and your willingness to step up with time, energy and funds to keep it going. We will do everything we can to keep the momentum going, now as we enter these critical days before the midterm elections.
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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.
Come to Our Party
Sunday, September 4th, 4-5:30 PM
IN-SLWM Outdoor Gathering to ReConnect & ReCharge!
It has been quite a run…these last weeks, months, six or seven years!!  We've worked tirelessly, writing, calling, texting, showing up…we have rejoiced in victories small and large; mourned losses and, through it all, come back to take up the work again and again.
 
Now we invite you to relax, to join us for some fun!
Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western Mass is throwing a party!
Sunday September 4th from 4 to 5:30 pm at Pathways Cohousing in Florence

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


We'll have beverages, pizza and snacks - feel free to add your own or not, LIVE MUSIC - from our own Ellen Schwartz (postcard diva, and member of the jazzy acoustic band, Too Human), and there'll be opportunities to find out more about our current campaigns, write a postcard (or a few!), play (Political Trivia?, Badminton?), hang out and RELAX with our activist community!

Bring friends & family - it's a party!
 
Outside the Common House at Pathways Cohousing
(Please park along the road)

25 Mountain Laurel Path
Florence. MA 01062

You can just show up, but if you register here,
we'll know just how many goodies to have on hand!
ACTIONS
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW
Phone
Banking 
Illustraton by PA Phone Banker, Nora Brown
 Phone Bank 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 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 appoints the PA Secretary of State, and has crucial veto power over the GOP-dominated legislature), 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 12 seats away from flipping the PA House (where every seat is up for election), and 4 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 join the phone bank:
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.
 
Upcoming Postcard Campaign

 


Many thanks for your participation in sending the PA vote by mail letters! We will work on sending those to another county in the future, but up next….

Postcards to GA voters!

We will participate in the campaign organized by Reclaim Our Vote, and send postcards to People of Color who are infrequent voters, encouraging them to turn out to vote. To get on the mailing list for notification, contact Marta at levmartam@gmail.com. Details coming soon….
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. Text Deb Friedman at 240-593-6237 for more information.

**Not Meeting at the Coop on 9/4**
Come to the party at Pathways Cohousing Common House on Mountain Laurel Path. 


You can just show up to the party, but if you register here, we'll know just how many goodies to have on hand!

Questions? Email levmartam@gmail.com
VOTE FORWARD’S LETTER-WRITING
TWO MONTHS TO GO

Vote Forward’s 2022 Big Send letter-writing campaign ends on the mailing date, October 29. There’s still room for letter writers to contribute to the thousands our volunteers have already prepared. If you’d like to help, click here to sign up and receive Get Out the Vote letters to prepare with a simple statement about why you vote. These letters can increase turnout in tight races, which can be enough to decide the election. You can have your letters emailed to your home or pick up printed letters at several places around the Valley. You provide envelopes and stamps. Click here to learn how to prepare letters, and here to sign up.

 
Texting
IN-SLWM Activist Texting Group
 
On hold for the moment. We may start back up closer to November.
Other Ways to Pitch In
Vote in the Massachusetts Primaries and Tell Your Friends

Vote in September 6th’s Primary!  Here’s what you need to know (thanks to Anne-Louise Smallen and the Going Bold for Democracy Team)

The Primaries in Massachusetts are September 6 and if you are a registered voter you can cast your vote by mail starting August 17, or vote in person on September 6 at your precinct location.  To find your precinct location, go to https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/WhereDoIVote.  If you have not registered to vote in Massachusetts, you can do so until August 27 with valid ID, including a driver’s license, ID from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and others too. You can also register online at. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/.   You can also register in person at your Town or City Hall.
Here is a list of the Democratic candidates running in the primaries.  
 
Governor:
  • Our current Governor is Republican Charlie Baker, and is not running in 2022.  
  • Maura Healey, https://maurahealey.com. is our current Attorney General and is the only Democratic candidate in the Governor race. Our votes will help make her the next Governor of Massachusetts.  
 
 Lieutenant Governor: 
 
Attorney General:
Secretary of State:
  • Incumbent William Galvin https://www.sec.state.ma.us is running for re-election against 
  • Tanisha Sullivan https://tanishasullivan.com who is an attorney, civil rights leader and dedicated public servant. Under Galvin the state has fallen far behind in implementing rules that make it easier for people to vote and IN-SLWM is endorsing Tanisha Sullivan for her bold ideas.  
 
Governor’s Council advises the governor on judicial nominations (judges), pardons and commutations.  The four Democratic candidates for District 8 are 
 
In addition, some of our favorite legislators are up for re-election this year and are running unopposed:  US House Representative Jim Mc Govern https://mcgovern.house.gov/, Senator Jo Comerford https://senatorjocomerford.org and Representative Lindsay Sabadosa https://www.lindsaysabadosa.com/.  It would be good to show them our appreciation with our votes.
 
In Hampshire County, the Sheriff position is on the ballot. 
  
We hope this will help you as you get ready to vote. In Massachusetts, many of the Democratic candidates chosen during the primaries are then elected in the general election. So vote now to select our leaders for the future. Your vote counts! Use it wisely!  And please forward this email to your friends and group emails.
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.
IN-SLWM'S ONLINE FUNDRAISER
COUNTING DOWN TO OCTOBER 31

As of today, we’ve raised over $25,780. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our two funds, Swing Left’s National Impact Fund and Movement Voter Project’s Black-Led Organizing Fund. With two months to go, we need  $4,220 to reach our $30,000 goal. If you haven’t given, now is the time to chip in. Our donations have ranged from $5 to $1500, with a median amount of $25. Please give now so that campaigns and grassroots organizations have the resources to win in November:
 
Donate to MVP'SBlack-Led Organizing Fund: 
Donate to Swing Left's National Impact Fund
TEAMS
Going Bold for Democracy

Next virtual meeting: Tuesday, August 30th, at 7PM on Zoom.  

Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting– everyone is welcome.  (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81058699718)

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
IN-SLWM Endorses Tanisha Sullivan for
MA Secretary of State Primary Race
The primary is September 6th
Members of Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western Mass voted overwhelmingly to endorse Tanisha Sullivan, Esq. for MA Secretary of State in the September 6 Democratic primary. 

Our members agree that it’s time for a new Secretary of State who will offer bold leadership and a real commitment to support democratic values.

Our own Beth Lev said, “Tanisha Sullivan is knowledgeable about the issues and has concrete solutions to fix the many inequities impeding democracy here in MA.”

We are joined in this endorsement by Indivisible Acton Area, who stated: “Tanisha Sullivan has the sorely needed vision to transform the office of the Secretary of State into the advocate and protector of democracy the Commonwealth needs.”

And by Indivisible Martha’s Vineyard, whose leader Carla Cooper said, “We’ve been watching our current Secretary, William Galvin, thwart and insult the efforts of statewide organizations like Common Cause and MASS Voter Table to change MA election laws to increase voter registration and voter participation. Secretary Galvin came late to the table on vote-by-mail and same-day voter registration. We believe Attorney Sullivan will bring experience and knowledge to the office that will bring MA elections into the 21st century. It’s time for a change!”

Finally, Sullivan was endorsed overwhelmingly by Indivisible Mass Coalition, with Chairperson Deb Paul stating: “Tanisha Sullivan is aligned with Indivisible’s values of working to promote democracy and justice for everyone… She has strong experience as a civil rights leader with a track record of delivering for the most vulnerable in our MA communities.”

We encourage everyone to support this excellent candidate for the important office of Secretary of State.

The primary election is September 6th.
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.

Letter to Democratic Leaders - by Michael Dover
In early August, news broke that some Democratic campaign committees spent millions to promote MAGA extremist candidates in Republican primaries in the hope that they would be easier to beat in November. The Steering Committee responded with a letter to the chairs of the national Democratic campaign committees, criticizing this tactic and demanding that these campaign chairs declare such actions unacceptable at every level. You can read the letter here.

Let’s celebrate Democratic wins for America! - by Larry Pareles & Beth Lev

ICYMI - Videos From the Archive
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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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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