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United in hope
September 30, 2019
N A T I O N A L

How do we fix our broken Electoral College system?

The National Popular Vote is spreading through the country

Something is seriously wrong with our presidential elections. The broken Electoral College has given the presidency to the candidate who lost the popular vote in two of the past five elections -- most recently Donald Trump. Candidates spend the majority of their time and resources in a handful of battleground states. And voters in the rest of the country feel like their vote doesn’t matter at all. 

The time has come to FIX the broken Electoral College. AND… there’s a solution spreading like wildfire: National Popular Vote. Just this year, Colorado, New Mexico, and Delaware have signed on, bringing us just a handful of states away from victory. 

Here’s how National Popular Vote (NPV) works: right now, candidates compete in only a few "swing states" -- but with NPV, the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide would become the next president. National Popular Vote would finally give voters in all 50 states a real voice in presidential elections. This National Popular Vote Compact wouldn’t take effect until states with 270 electors — a majority — joined in. But we’re closer to that than you might think — 15 states (including Massachusetts) and the District of Columbia have already signed on, providing 196 electoral votes of the needed 270.

And, it wouldn’t take an act of Congress or a constitutional amendment to get it done. By signing onto the National Popular Vote Compact, states can pledge to award their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner -- simple as that.

That’s why Common Cause has prioritized winning National Popular Vote in as many states as possible this year. We have real momentum, which is why in the coming months Common Cause is ramping up its efforts.

As more and more Americans focus on next year’s presidential election, we have a MAJOR opportunity to expand National Popular Vote to more states -- inching closer and closer to the 270-vote mark we need for victory.

It’s time to STOP the Electoral College from silencing the majority of voters, and ensure that every American has a meaningful voice in our presidential elections -- no matter where they live.

Click here to learn more.

Source: Common Cause

Did you know most environmentalists don’t vote?*

A (relatively) new kid on the block is looking to change that

 
The Environmental Voter Project is an educational nonprofit laser-focused on solving the environmental voter turnout problem by focusing on voters, not candidates. Why? Because even when the environmental movement elects good environmental candidates, these politicians won’t lead on environmental issues unless large numbers of voters force them to. 

What do they do?

The Environmental Voter Project identifies inactive environmentalists across the country and then turns them into consistent activists and voters. Its goal is to build an army of consistent environmental voters who show up for every election (local, state, and federal) to ratchet up the pressure on politicians until they truly lead on climate change and the environment.

How do they do it?
  1. using big-data analytics to identify inactive environmentalists and then
  2. encouraging friend-to-friend outreach
  3. keeping citizens updated on local, state, and federal environmental issues affecting our everyday lives and helping grassroots organizing around those issues.

What can you do?

  1. Start by signing the Environmental Voter Pledge here.
  2. Participate in a volunteer training webinar where you will be trained in texting, phone banking, and canvassing environmental voters .All webinars are held on Zoom, a video conferencing service, so register for one of these upcoming trainings:
If we flood the polls, politicians will be forced to provide the environmental leadership we demand...or they’ll be out of a job. Learn more at: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/.

*Source: Environmental Voter Project
T H E  S W I N G  S T A T E S
Support Democrats voting for impeachment

You can help protect them via the House Defend Fund

Thirty-six Swing District Democrats you helped elect to the House in 2018 are supporting the impeachment inquiry—and will face tough re-election battles in their district because of it.

Protecting democracy is why we all fought so hard to win back the House in 2018—and why we have to defend it. Now, we have leaders investigating this corrupt president and holding him accountable for his crimes.

Swing Left launched the House Defense Fund this week, with 100% of donations going directly to those at the frontlines of the impeachment fight. Every dollar goes directly to these 36 members of Congress who will be up for re-election in 2020.

Show your support for these brave representatives, and help ensure we maintain Democratic control of the House. 

Source: Swing Left

Join the Vote Forward/Swing Left push to turn VA blue next month

Did you know Virginia is one of the hardest states in which to vote, second only to Mississippi?
That's due to its strict voter ID law and restrictions on early voting, among other rules that disproportionately affect low-income and African American communities. And that’s exactly how Republicans want it. On top of that, Virginia Republicans have purged hundreds of thousands of people from electoral rolls, many of whom are eligible to vote. That wasn’t a mistake; it was a calculated move to suppress voters.

Did you also know Virginians go to the polls in less than two months to elect a new a new state legislature. All 140 seats in the House and Senate are on the ballot, and Democrats need to net gain just two seats in each chamber to take majorities in both.

If you can’t be there to knock on doors, handwriting letters to Democratic-leaning voters in Virginia is the single most effective thing you can do right now to increase voter turnout. Scroll down to the Post-Carding/Letter-Writing section of this newsletter to learn about next LCI's Virginia voter letter-writing action on Monday, Oct. 7.

Want to learn more about Virginia and specific races? Download the Virginia Primer

Source: Swing Left

Maine Dems need our help to defeat Susan Collins in 2020

Leaf-peeking, canvassing and registering voters: what a great combo!

 
Senator Susan Collins of Maine has much to do with Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on the Senate. She’s up for re-election in 2020, and defeating her would chip away at that GOP lock on the Senate.

Swing Left plans an intensive canvassing effort, called “Maine Matters/Mass Mobilizes” in Southern Maine to hear what voters want from their future senator. Click here for information on upcoming canvasses and to RSVP.
  • What is Canvassing? Canvassing involves knocking on doors in an assigned neighborhood (or “turf”) to gather information from pre-identified registered voters. Canvassers follow a script and enter people’s responses in an app on their cell phones called MiniVan.
  • Why are the Maine Dems already canvassing? This fall is a great time to gauge the strength of voters’ support for Susan Collins and her Democratic opponent and to identify the issues Mainers care about most. This information will help shape the strategy for defeating Collins.
  • Do I need Experience? No experience is needed, but you should bring a smart phone. At each of the scheduled events, a canvass captain will help you get started. You will have a chance to review the script, familiarize yourself with your turf, and practice using the canvassing tool on your phone.
  • Do I need a car to canvass? It helps to have 2-3 people per car. Depending on the density of the neighborhood, you can park the car and everyone can canvass, or the driver can and stay with the car while the passengers canvass.
  • What if I want to register voters? We plan to make regular trips on weekdays to voter registration "hot spots" -- places where people go in the course of their everyday lives - colleges, shopping malls, courthouses, libraries, etc. Our mission on our first few trips will be to identify the best hot spots in Southern Maine so that we can return to them often and register a whole new group of voters.
Read more here and sign up to canvass or register voters! If you are interested in carpooling from Cape Cod, email us at lowercapeindivisible@gmail.com and we'll connect you with like-minded folks.
Source: SwingLeft Greater Boston
 
S T A T E 
This week's Indivisible MA newsletter
Connect with other Indivisibles around the state

The mission of Indivisible MA is to build, support, and amplify the network of Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts in order to build a strong and effective resistance movement against racism, authoritarianism, and corruption. Indivisible MA is committed to defending democracy by ensuring that our citizens are informed, organized, and motivated to participate.

Get inspired and get connected with other Indivisibles around Massachusetts and beyond. Click here to read.
R E G I O N A L  &  L O C A L
Barnstable Town Council Elections are on November 5

Learn why they matter to all Cape Codders

This year, the Cape & Islands Democratic Council (CIDC) is supporting three candidates for the Barnstable Town Council in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 5, and is calling for our help to get them over the finish line.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “Town Council,” this is the town of Barnstable’s equivalent to “Select Boards” found throughout the Cape & Islands. The Barnstable Town Council is responsible for crucial decisions on issues including education funding and environmental protection.

As the largest town—with seven villages—on the Cape & Islands, Barnstable and the decisions of its Town Council have oversize impacts on the region, which is why we need to give an extra push to elect candidates who will promote progressive solutions to local issues.


So here’s the plan: every Saturday until the election, the CIDC is hosting Days of Action to knock doors in support these candidatesInteresting in attending or have any questions? RSVP here and a CIDC representative will contact you to make sure you have everything you need before Saturday!


Source: Cape & Islands Democratic Council
P O S T - C A R D I N G  &  L E T T E R - W R I T I N G
Write letters to Virginia voters
It's easy, fun, and you're one and done!

Monday, October 7
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Brewster Ladies' Library, Lower Level
1822 Main Street, Brewster


Join your LCI friends and make some new ones at this letter-writing action, which targets fellow citizens in Virginia who are unlikely to vote but likely to vote for Democrats when they do cast a ballot in competitive Virginia districts.

In 2017 Democrats made historic gains in the Virginia state legislature, falling barely short of majorities. After a literal tie in a key race, Republicans won control of the lower chamber after their candidate's name was drawn from a hat. By writing letters to voters in key Swing Districts, we can increase voter turnout and help ensure that Democrats win critical majorities in 2019.

Thus far, volunteers like YOU have adopted 36,936 voters in this campaign, or 40.1% of the 92148 targeted voters!

We'll supply the letters, envelopes, postage, AND light refreshments! Bring yourself, a friend, a pen, and a small donation to defray printing and postage costs. Questions? Email lowercapeindivisible@gmail.com.

Post-carding to support the ROE Act

Help protect the reproductive rights and health of Massachusetts women

All Wednesdays in October
7-8 pm
124 Oakwood Rd, Eastham
Contact: Tricia at triciaetal57@yahoo.com


All Saturdays in October
3-4 pm
2 Highland Ave, N. Truro
Contact: Laurie at veninger@aol.com

 
We have less than two months to the ROE Act to the House floor for a vote! A public majority supports a woman's right to choose and are deeply concerned that many state legislatures are denying women reproductive rights and sexual health services. Even in Massachusetts, women's rights are at risk.

Help Indivisibles throughout the Cape & Islands inform Massachusetts citizens about the ROE Act. The Boston Globe endorsed the ROE Act on July 3, 2019 (“With Rights in Peril, Massachusetts Needs Abortion Law Update”). Please join the effort to protect reproductive rights and fight the misogyny of the Trump agenda! Please bring a sheet of postcard stamps or a small donation to help us with printing and postage costs.
E V E N T S

Cape Cod Solar Tour &
Sustainability Fair



Saturday, October 5, 10 am-4 pm
Sunday October 6, 12-3 pm.

Unitarian Church of Barnstable
3330 Main St., Barnstable
 

Concerned about climate change and want to know what you can do? Attend this tour, sponsored by the Faith Communities Environmental Network, which includes more than a dozen Mid-Cape homes, churches and businesses with solar rooftops, and other integrated solutions like electric vehicles, heat pumps, or pesticide-free landscaping.
 
Stop at the church first to pick up a map and a program listing tour sites with addresses. At the church you can also see presentations by Cape Light Compact, Edible Landscapes, APCC and others. Get answers to practical questions about renewable energy choices and reducing your carbon footprint. Plant-based lunch options will be available for purchase. More info here.


GAGv Monthly Meeting & Film Screening of 91%

Thursday, October 10
10:30 am
Cape Cod Synagogue
145 Winter Street, Hyannis, MA


In the film 91%, a handful of U.S. gun violence victims tell their heartbreaking stories of loss and pain and their heroic search for hope in a nation stalled in a helpless gun debate. Moving beyond the confusion of gun control policics and avoiding any discussion about the often unpredictable motivations of rampage killers, 91% shows that Americans almost unanimously support both second amendment rights and common sense regulation. "Why Can't We Get to Background Checks" is a conversation you won't want to miss.
Click Here for more info

 

Crude -The Climate Change Musical
An original musical

October 10-November 10
Thursdays 7 pm; Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm; Sundays 2 pm
Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theater
105 Division St., W. Harwich
508-432-2002


Tickets at www.capecodtheatrecompany.org | Group rates available.

This original musical by LCI member Maureen Condon features an environmentalist daughter who tries to outwit her oil tycoon dad. Optional audience talkbacks after the shows will be held with experts from solar companies and environmental organizations, including Cape Cod 350.org and the Cape Cod chapter of the Sierra Club. Watch the 3-minute video promo here. 

 
P O S T S C R I P T
FRRC Benefit Concert with David Roth and Chev Hardy draws thousands (of dollars!):

Nearly 150 of you turned out, heard wonderful music, learned about a campaign to restore voting rights to returning citizens, and made a contribution to combat voter suppression in the U.S.

Through your generosity, LCI raised over $3500 to benefit the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Fine and Fees Campaign. Thank you!

And well over 20 of you volunteered your time to help coordinate and promote this event. Thank you!

And our biggest thank you goes to musicians David Roth and Chev Hardy, who performed at the concert and after party gratis...and to accompanying musicians Max Cohen, Brian Morris and Rand Burkert!

And it's not too late to donate this worthy cause. Click here to learn and donate.


Photo Credits: Econosmith.com
Your donation—no matter the size—will help defray the direct costs of operations, from meeting room rentals and printing to posters and transportation. What’s more, your contribution will enable us to grow our programs to further inform and mobilize Cape Cod communities to resist the Trump administration and promote progressive values, candidates and policies at all levels.

*Contributions to LCI made through ActBlue are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
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