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December 5, 2019
 B R E A K I N G 
Pelosi asks committee chairs to proceed with articles of impeachment

Says Trump leaves lawmakers "no choice but to act"

By John Wagner, The Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2019 at 10:10 a.m. EST Refresh for updates

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Trump’s wrongdoing strikes at the heart of the Constitution and asked House committee chairs to proceed with articles of impeachment, saying lawmakers have “no choice but to act.”

Her address, in which she invoked principles espoused by the nation’s founders, came shortly after Trump went on Twitter to urge House Democrats to impeach him quickly, if they plan to do it, and suggested he would call an expansive list of witnesses during a trial in the Republican-led Senate. Read more here.

N A T I O N A L
IMPEACH & REMOVE actions planned nationwide and locally!

Join us in Hyannis because nobody is above the law

The day before the House impeachment vote*
1-2:00 PM
Central Hyannis location

 
The day before the House of Representatives takes a solemn vote to impeach Trump, Cape Cod Indivisible groups and allies will hold a demonstration in Hyannis from 1:00-2:00PM to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law.

Join us in a historic nationwide mobilization on the day before Trump's impeachment vote. 
The Impeach & Remove event will be a free, visible, family-friendly, public gathering to demonstrate to lawmakers that we, their constituents, support their defense of the Constitution—and that Trump has left us no alternative but to support his impeachment and removal from office. 

*This is a rapid response event which can happen at any time. Once the action date is established, we will be communicating with demonstrators through the MoveOn registration site, so it's essential that you sign up on the MoveOn site, regardless of whether you are sure you can attend or not.
Common Cause calls for impeachment and removal of President Donald J. Trump

Move by nonpartisan watchdog group unprecedented

For nearly 50 years, Common Cause has been a nonpartisan advocacy organization strengthening the people’s voice in our democracy as well a good government watchdog highlighting the abuses of power by Republicans and Democrats alike. For the first time in its history, Common Cause is calling for the impeachment and removal from office of a sitting president. Common Cause documents its historic call in a new report recommending nine articles of impeachment against President Trump and the facts that support the articles.

The American people deserve to know the full truth about Russia’s attacks on our elections, and about the apparent obstruction of justice and felony campaign finance violations committed by President Trump and his advisors. Without the full weight and additional powers inherent in an impeachment investigation, it has become apparent that the truth will never be revealed to the American people. The House has been forced to exercise these constitutional powers by a presidential administration that has refused to acknowledge Congress as a co-equal branch of our government. Read more here. Source: Common Cause

House to vote on HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act

Protections are critical to ensuring a fair voting process for all Americans

In 2013, our democracy received a devastating blow when the Shelby v. Holder decision overturned key protections of the Voting Rights Act. Since then, the integrity of voters and elections has been continually undermined through suppressive tactics—such as voter ID laws, illegal purging of voter records and gerrymandering — all disproportionately targeting communities of color.

In the coming week, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4) will have a vote on the floor of the U.S. House and we urge you to contact your Congress to pass this historic legislation. 

Please contact your Representative today and ask them to vote YES on H.R.4.

Congressman Bill Keating (MA CD-9) supports this bill. In addition to contacting his office, please ask your friends and relatives in other states to contact their reps by forwarding this email. With the upcoming 2020 election and 2021 redistricting cycle , the Voting Rights Advancement Act protections are critical to ensuring the electoral process remains fair, nonpartisan, and protected from interference. Passage of this bill in the house would be a monumental win for democracy!

Source: League of Women Voters

S W I N G  S T A T E S:   S P O T L I G H T  O N  W I S C O N S I N
All eyes are on Wisconsin, the state that’s gearing up to define the presidential election

By Karen Heller, The Washington Post, November 5, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A mere three hours until kickoff and the Lambeau Field parking lot is a wonderland of bay green and cheese yellow, the weekly Packernalia thronged with truck-bed bars offering potent libations and grills bursting with plump brats and steaks.

This oasis of raucous unity belies the political divide that has made Wisconsin the sizzling center of the 2020 presidential race. A year before the election, many pundits and polsters have declared that the state could be the tippiest of tipping points — and residents are elated. Read more here.

What's at stake in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is a must-win state in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats need your help to secure it!

Since losing the state in 2016, Democrats have won races for U.S. Senator, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer.

We’ll need to work hard registering voters and turning them out to vote to earn Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes and win races for the Wisconsin Legislature.

The key issues:
1. Gerrymandering

Since 2010, Wisconsin Republicans have been using partisan tactics like gerrymandering and strict voter ID laws to suppress voter turnout and gain unchecked power. Democrats need to undo Republican gerrymandering and re-enfranchise Wisconsin’s voters.

2. Reproductive Rights

In Wisconsin, only 3% of counties provide access to abortion services. If they do manage to get care in Wisconsin, people seeking an abortion must wait 24 hours between their consultation and procedure. They are also forced into anti-abortion counseling, which includes medically-disputed information. The only way to improve access to abortion in Wisconsin is to elect more Democrats to the Wisconsin Legislature is 2020 and beyond.

3. Education

In 2011, Wisconsin Republicans wiped out most collective bargaining rights for public workers. Since then, median teacher salaries and benefits in the state dropped by $10,843. As a result, 20% of Wisconsin’s experienced teachers have quit, and rural areas are experiencing higher teacher turnover.
Electing more Democrats to the legislature is the best way to reverse these trends and rebuild public education in Wisconsin.

Read more about SwingLeft's Wisconsin strategy here.


Source: SwingLeft
S T A T E
Indivisible MA conference happening this weekend!

Rep. Ayanna Pressley to keynote, Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin to present workshop

Saturday, December 7
8:30AM- 4:30PM
Worcester State University
486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602


Register here

Three years ago, the 2016 election left us shocked and angry. The lessons were compelling: take no election for granted; take no vote for granted. Our democracy requires an educated, organized citizenry deeply imbued with democratic values. Over the next two years, we organized and mobilized and turned out. In 2018, we took back the House. Since then the threats to democracy and decency have not stopped. 

In 2020 we face a decisive election that will determine the path for our nation for years to come. We are determined to make sure that hate and fear and white nationalism is rejected. That Trump is rejected. We are determined to make sure that we take back the Senate. And we are determined that Massachusetts leads on climate change, welcoming refugees and immigrants and protecting reproductive rights. 

These are no small tasks. It will take all of us working together, doing whatever each of us can, if we are to succeed. This conference has been organized to provide you with an opportunity to plan for 2020, to learn what works, to connect and build ties with other activists and groups that share our values and our goals. 

Source: Indivisible MA

Environmental Voter Project  internship opportunities available  

Boston office accepting applications from undergraduates

The Environmental Voter Project is now accepting applications for its Spring Internship Program.

Please help spread the the word by forwarding this email to anybody who might be interested in joining. Located in the Environmental Voter Project’s Boston office, the Spring Internship Program is great for undergraduates interested in learning more about environmental politics, cutting-edge voter turnout techniques, and data analytics.

All interested parties are encouraged to apply.

Source: Environmental Voter Project

T A K E  A C T I O N
Impeachment sign-making event in Brewster
Join us to make signs for the Impeach & Remove Rally
 
Monday, December 9
2:45-3:45PM

Brewster Ladies Library
Upper Level Conference Room
1822 Main Street, Brewster

LCI's Issues team members invite you to join in a poster-making party on Monday, December 9. You don't need to be a Cassatt or a Leonardo. Just bring yourself, some poster supplies or a few dollars to help defray LCI  materials expenses. Useful supplies include scissors, glue, WIDE colored magic markers, water-based colored paint and brushes, and foam core or poster boards in various sizes.

Questions? Email Anne Moore at moorea4924@gmail.com.

Make calls to ensure a fair and open impeachment trial in the senate

Indivisible makes it easy for anyone to call friendly voters in 13 key states

With impeachment proceedings moving rapidly, it’s critically important to prepare for the next stage -- a fair impeachment trial in the Senate.

How can you help? Indivisibles have made more than 600,000 calls (!!) but still have a way to go to reach its goal of calling one million constituents of the 13 senators who really need to hear from them. Indivisible is asking us to call voters in those thirteen states and urge them to turn up the pressure on their elected officials. It’s a simple four-part process:
  1. You call a progressive voter in a key state with one of these 13 Republicans. These folks are your friends—they attended the Women’s March and/or fight for progressive causes.
  2. You explain how they have power now. You’ll remind them why the continued fight for impeachment is so important—and why they have particular power in this moment
  3. You ask them to use their power. Then, you’ll ask them to call their senator and make their voices heard on why we’re demanding courage in this moment.
  4. You push a button and connect them to their senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the senator’s DC office.
Learn more and get started here.
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Lower Cape Indivisible is an all-volunteer group of Cape Cod citizens whose mission is to mobilize for social, economic and environmental justice; promote universal participation in the democratic process; and resist political agendas that subvert American democracy. Standing for inclusion, tolerance, and fairness, we are one of more than 6000 Indivisible groups committed to resisting the Trump/Pence/McConnell agenda, as well as to holding our state and local leaders accountable for fair and ethical action. Our work is based on the Indivisible Guide, created by former congressional staffers who sought to demystify political activism and share effective tactics for change.
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