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United in hope
October 3, 2019

A word (or two) from LCI's
newsletter writer-editor


As many of you know, Lower Cape Indivisible sprang up in early 2017, organically and swiftly, in resistance to Donald J. Trump's ascendancy to the U.S. presidency. In the ensuing years, our worst fears about this man, his administration, and his policies have been confirmedrepeatedly, infuriatingly, and heartbreakingly.

Our activism to reclaim democracy and support the people, policies, and programs aligned with our mission, meanwhile, has not dimmed. Rather, it has grown more focused, impassioned, and effective.

If you are new to Lower Cape Indivisible, or a long-time member, we invite you to learn anew about Lower Cape Indivisible and our priorities for activism in 2019-2020.

We also ask you that you consider how you, or your organization, might work within or alongside LCI to effect the change we envision.

In coming weeks, we will be surveying our members to gauge interest areas, skill sets, and ideas for continued activism. Meanwhile, if you or your organization would like to connect with us to work for change in any of the following priority areas below, please contact lowercapeindivisible@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Fran
Fran Schofield
ABOUT LOWER CAPE INDIVISIBLE

Lower Cape Indivisible (LCI) is an all-volunteer, Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based activist group 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.
 
We are one of more than 6000 local groups in the United States using the Indivisible Guide (indivisibleguide.com) as a blueprint to oppose the Trump/Pence/McConnell agenda and reclaim our democracy. Along with allied groups throughout Cape Cod and the Islands, the state, region and nation, we initiate, collaborate, and mobilize for progressive change.

We aren’t politicians or professional organizers; rather, we are ordinary citizens, many of whom had been sitting on the sidelines for too long and decided it was time to channel our anger and despair in a positive direction. In the words of Barack Obama, “We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” And so are you.
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Our Nine Priorities for Education, Mobilization and Action
2019-2020

While we take guidance from national Indivisible, LCI has established discrete priorities which flow from our mission statement, reflect shared values, respond to current events, address local and regional issues, and further long-term goals.

Our organization has established nine priorities for education, mobilization and action which, like the organization, are evolving and changing as we grow. Join us! Contact lowercapeindivisible@gmail.com.




 1. 
 SWING STATES


LCI is committed to maintaining the blue majority in the U.S. House, flipping the Senate, winning state-level races needed to ensure fair maps in 2021—and taking back the Presidency.

Areas of Concern and Action: Educating and connecting constituents with the most important local, state, and national races affecting our country; empowering grassroots volunteers to encourage fellow citizens in swing states and critical districts to vote; helping register voters from under-represented demographics; connecting constituents with other volunteers and organizers in person and online; canvassing and phone-banking to further swing state success; hosting or attending letter-writing actions; and strategic fundraising or donating to candidates.


 2. 
 
DEMOCRACY

LCI is committed to protecting and strengthening our democracy by ensuring a fair, free and accessible system for all eligible voters.

Areas of Concern and Action: Protecting voting rights, bolstering election security (i.e., paper ballots) and opposing gerrymandering; supporting reforms such as election day registration and ranked choice voting; opposing voter suppression tactics such as voter ID and felon disenfranchisement laws; enforcing corruption and ethics codes including emoluments, conflict of interest laws and restrictions on lobbying; promoting campaign finance reforms including full disclosure of donation sources, enhancing super PAC regulations and repealing Citizens United.



 3. 
 
CLIMATE CRISIS & ENVIRONMENT

LCI believes in science, that climate change is an existential threat to the planet, and that a healthy environment is essential to social justice, economic stability, national security and the public health.

Areas of Concern and Action: Presenting and promoting educational forums on climate change; holding candidates and elected officials accountable for ending the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy; supporting forward-looking legislation to address the climate crisis; collaborating with and promoting the work of allied environmental grassroots organizations; holding corporations accountable to the realities of climate science and principles; mobilizing volunteers to engage in online campaigns and mass public actions, and collaborating with a network of partner groups and organizations that lead on climate and environmental issues.



 4. 
 
HUMAN RIGHTS

LCI believes in the dignity and worth of all human beings regardless of sex, race, country of origin, gender identity or religious affiliation and is committed to ensuring equal rights and protections for members of religious and ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ community.

Areas of Concern and Action:
Opposing the Trump administration’s reinstatement of the ban against transgender people serving in the military and laws permitting discrimination against LGBTQ people on the basis of religious beliefs; fighting the rising tide of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia; and passing legislation broadening hate crime laws to include unprotected minority populations.



 5. 
 
GUN VIOLENCE

LCI believes the epidemic of gun violence in America is a national public health and safety emergency and supports comprehensive gun reforms and prevention policies to save lives.

Areas of Concern and Action: Holding the gun industry and elected officials accountable for a public health crisis; supporting legislation, candidates, and elected officials promoting gun reform; working to pass sensible gun reform including requiring comprehensive universal background checks, publicizing and passing red flag laws, prohibiting large-capacity magazines, limiting access to firearms/accessories that inflict mass casualties, and disarming domestic abusers; supporting funding and analysis of gun violence; boycotting corporate sponsors of public officials opposing gun reform.



 6. 
 
WOMENS' RIGHTS

LCI believes women’s rights are fundamental human rights, which include the rights to live free from violence and discrimination, to be educated, to control reproductive health, and to earn a fair and equal wage.

Areas of Concern and Action: Working to protect Title IX, Title X and other laws guaranteeing women and girls equal access to educational opportunities and resources in educational environments free from gender-based stereotypes, violence, and harassment; supporting legislation and programs protecting women’s reproductive rights and health; opposing religious/moral exemptions for birth control coverage; advocating for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018; and promoting female candidates for political office.



 7. 
 
HEALTH CARE

LCI believes health care is a human right and that affordable, accessible and quality medical care should be guaranteed for all Americans.

Areas of Concern and Action: Safeguarding and expanding the Affordable Care Act including protections for pre-existing conditions; supporting programs, policies and public officials working to provide universal health coverage to prevent and treat serious illness, injury and disability; advocating for affordable and accessible prescription drug programs needed for illness prevention and treatment; and supporting programs and public officials working to rectify an overpriced health care system that leaves millions uninsured, cannibalizes workers’ wage growth, strains public budgets, and bankrupts thousands of Americans.


 8. 
 
IMMIGRATION

LCI believes immigrants and refugees are an asset to our country and is committed to social justice, fairness, human rights, and safety for all members of our communities, regardless of citizenship status.

Areas of Concern and Action: Working for inclusive and transformative immigration reform at the federal, state and local levels; supporting local state and federal elected officials who protect immigrants in our communities from harassment, profiling, deportation, and family separation; supporting DACA and comprehensive immigration reform bills; opposing human rights abuses of immigrant children, families and individuals; opposing inappropriate military spending on border wall, inhumane detention center conditions and deaths of children; ending “287 (g)” agreements between local sheriffs and ICE; and opposing any discriminatory registry based on race, religion, or other protected characteristics.


 9. 
 
PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION

LCI believes every child has the right to a quality public education, and that an educated citizenry is foundational to the effective functioning and defense of democracy.

Areas of Concern and Action: Supporting national, state and local legislation to provide long overdue increases in education funding, especially for programs serving students most in need (e.g., the Massachusetts Fund Our Future coalition of parents, educators, students, and civil rights activists); lobbying elected officials to address the inadequate school funding crisis; defending the public education system against an assault by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the political right to undermine it through the charter school movement and other efforts to privatize and decentralize the public education system.
What You Can Do

Since January 2017, LCI volunteers have participated in strengthening our democracy in ways many of us had never imagined. We’ve held meetings, organized protests, led panel discussions, spoken into bullhorns, called our legislators, researched political issues, written letters to the editor and so much more. We’ve come together united in hope to work for a stronger democracy and a more just country.

We invite you to join in our activism in any one or more of the following ways:
  • Hold or attend letter-writing and post-carding parties
  • Fundraise for allied national, state, local candidates
  • Write letters to the editor and op-eds
  • Organize fundraisers to advance allied organizations’ work
  • Anchor or attend protests, vigils, and demonstrations
  • Help make protest signs
  • Text or call “friendly” voters from home
  • Help organize or attend educational forums
  • Drive voters to the polls
  • Gather signatures for petitions and ballot questions
  • Carpool with like-minded folks to swing states
  • Troubleshoot tech problems
  • Help register voters locally or in key states
  • Participate in advocacy days at the Mass. State House
  • Curate and post content for website
  • Screen films on mission-aligned issues
  • Liaise with allied organizations
  • Provide computer/tech support
  • Help with social media posts to Facebook and Twitter
Got ideas? We're all ears! 
We don’t bite! Email us at lowercapeindivisible@gmail.com to let us know a couple of your interest areas and leave your phone number. We’ll get back to you to talk about your interests and connect you with like-minded activists, both seasoned and newbie. We look forward to working with you!
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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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 original Indivisible Guide, created by former congressional staffers who wanted to demystify political activism and share effective tactics for change.
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