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Dear Greylock Together,
 

This Monday, July 26 at 7 pm at Williamstown Elementary School, District Attorney Andrea Harrington will attend the Williamstown Select Board meeting to answer questions about a Williamstown Police Officer's placement on her "Do Not Call" section of the Brady List. This is a critical opportunity to push for transparency and accountability in our local government and police. PLEASE ATTEND IN PERSON, bring a friend or two, and help show that the community is still paying close attention.

Meanwhile, Williamstown’s Town Manager Search Committee is offering an online survey to gather data on what qualities residents want in a new Town Manager. The survey is open for 17 days, through August 9. If you are a Williamstown resident, PLEASE participate and share the survey widely!

And finally, if you want to be involved in Williamstown's Master Planning process, the Planning Board wants to hear from you! Please fill out this survey


Updates on our collective voting rights action...

We’ve mailed 1,000 postcards, made 8 calls into Senator Markey’s office, and did some phonebanking into West Virginia too. Let’s keep the pressure on! Log your actions here and watch our progress here.  

Postcarding: More postcards are on their way! Email sarah.clader@gmail.com to pick up yours. The postcards go to activists in key states, asking them to call their senators urging them to eliminate the filibuster and pass S1.

Phonebanking: Click here to sign up. There are times available nearly every day of the week. Wendy P attended one last week that generated 81 calls to Senator Manchin’s office from his constituents - in one night! She and Sarah will be joining this Thursday from 6-8PM! 

Calls to Senator Markey: We still need Markey to be more active and vocal in the fight for S1. It really makes a difference to call his office daily to keep the pressure on. Reach him at 202-224-2742.

  

From Force Multiplier...

We can't govern without a Senate majority.

This Arizona Senator represents our values in Washington.

With voter suppression efforts taking hold in Arizona, 

this race promises to be one of the most competitive races in the Senate.

 JOIN FORCE MULTIPLIER 

Monday, August 2, 7:00-8:00 pm ET, via Zoom

R E G I S T E R  +  D O N A T E

Sen. Kelly is a former naval aviator, astronaut, and the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Sen. Kelly’s track record includes supporting gun safety + campaign finance reform + increased investment in STEM + combating climate change  + fixing our broken immigration system. 

Kelly won his seat by 2.4% in 2020 in a state Biden/Harris won by just 0.3%.

Let's send Mark Kelly back to Washington to fight for our values + keep the Senate Blue.

  

From Indivisible Northampton...

Yesterday, Biden finally used his 'bully pulpit' to highlight the importance of passing the For the People Act to protect democracy and fight back against GOP efforts at voter suppression and 'subversion'. 

Additionally, there is a sense among progressive leaders that as the infrastructure bill moves forward, federal attention will become even more focused on S1, and that important conversations within the Democratic caucus about this are currently being held behind closed doors.

And, to top it all off, Schumer has stated that the August recess may need to be shortened, in order to accomplish the Senate's work beforehand - including passing the For the People Act!

All this to say that now is the time to maintain and intensify our pressure on Senators to do whatever it takes to get S1 passed now.  To let them know that we - and their constituents -  care that much.

You can help by joining Common Cause in our phonebanks to voters in targeted states in support of the For The People Act (S1), with times available almost every weekday. Training is always provided, so everyone is welcome!

 

Here's the link to sign up: Phonebanks for S1

 

From Indivisible Mass Coalition...

 

Email and Call Our Senators Daily to support S1

We know it's critical to pass S1- the For the People Act, to protect our freedom to vote. Voter suppression bills and unfair redistricting is underway now. We know our MA senators are S1 supporters, but we need their dedicated and enthusiastic support to pass the bill.  

 

Please call and email both Senators every day urging them to champion S1 now. Call Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 202 224-4543 or 617 565-3170 or email her HERE to thank her for her strong support. Call Sen. Edward Markey at 202 224-2742 or 617 565-8519 or email him HERE to urge him to be louder with his support. To get a reminder to make these important calls Text DEMOCRACY to 33339 for daily texts reminding you to call and demand our freedom to vote!

 

Or Write a Letter to the Editor in Support of S1

Consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of S1. Here is a sample written by Larry Pareles, IMC Coordinating Board member for CD2, that was published by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

 

Legislature Takes Action on Voting Reforms

The Legislature included provisions to temporarily extend vote by mail and early voting through December 15 in a supplemental spending bill that the Governor now has until the end of the month to sign, veto, or send it back to the legislature with suggested changes.

 

The VOTES Act, which would make these temporary voting reforms permanent and would also provide for other changes including same-day voter registration, received a favorable vote from the Joint Committee on Election Laws this week and now moves to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Improved Transparency and Democracy in our State House? Not Now- Maybe in 2023!

On June 7, the MA House of Representatives voted on their rules for this term. The House Reps voted against giving lawmakers and the public 48 hours to review legislation. They voted against publicizing lawmakers’ votes in committees (where many decisions are made). And they voted against imposing an eight-year term limit on the Speaker. They rejected multiple rules to improve constituent access to the legislative process, again confirming the power and control of the Speaker. Despite a campaign where voters held district meetings with their Reps showing strong support for these very popular rules (which are already used in the Senate), they were blocked by a House vote of 129-29. See the Act on Mass Twitter commentary on the session HERE.

 

Erin Leahy, campaign director at Act on Mass, said: “Over the course of our campaigns, 4,000+ people joined their District Teams, we held 100 constituent meetings with representatives, and our volunteers sent over half a million texts to voters across the state. We’ve made major progress on publicizing committee votes... our strategy is working, and our movement is growing. Although the House Rules are settled until 2023, we still need you in this fight!” Stay tuned for 2023.

 

​​Still More Redistricting Hearings This Month...

The process for redistricting MA's congressional and state legislative seats is underway and you can observe or provide testimony at upcoming hearings. The state legislature's Special Joint Committee on Redistricting has now scheduled a hearing for all nine congressional districts, and will also be holding several hearings for people who are non-English speakers starting on July 20. You can find the schedule for all the hearings HERE and get more details on the redistricting process HERE.

 

Help Prevent Evictions and Foreclosures

Federal protections against eviction and foreclosure end on July 31. It’s urgent that the State House act NOW on An Act to Prevent COVID-19 Evictions and Foreclosures and Promote an Equitable Housing Recovery (H.1434 / S.891) which mirrors the tenant and homeowner protections recommended by the Legislature’s Health Equity Task Force

 

This toolkit has all the information you need to contact your state legislators and encourage them to pass H.1434 / S.891. The legislature did extend several COVID-19 emergency provisions, including some tenant protections, but has not yet set a hearing date for this legislation even though it has more than 70 co-sponsors. 

 

From Indivisible National...

Attend the next Moral Monday event with the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign has announced a season of non-violent moral direct action events each Monday from July 12 - August 8, demanding that Congress end the filibuster, pass voting rights, and raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. Check out their website for more info. Important note: These are civil disobedience events, which means there’s a chance of arrest. If you’re going, make sure you attend their training in advance.

From RaiseUp Coalition via Mass. Progressive Action Table...

Beth Huang asked everyone to support the Fair Share Amendment, which will be on the ballot in November 2022.  The rich and corporations will spend heavily to defeat it, so we have to build our support NOW.

 

Pledge to be a FSA voter: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14rTXl3v5xEWYWAEYUe4bhvtNXnhhMaO4x0JHGLwgpxc/viewform

 

Background Info: https://www.raiseupma.org/fair-share-amendment-2022/


Video: https://youtu.be/jP8jsh4UG1Q
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