United in hope
October 22, 2019
IN MEMORIAM: Elijah Cummings (1951-2019)
A lion is lost

We mourn the loss of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), who died last Thursday at age 68, from complications from long-standing health problems.

“In the House, Elijah was our North Star,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose.”

As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he took a forceful stance against the Trump administration while forming lasting bonds with Republican members. 

Cummings, who was born into a family of sharecroppers and Baptist preachers, integrated a local Baltimore pool at age 11 and rose to be the first African American speaker pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates. He was elected to Congress in 1996, where he took on powerful interests and was a champion of young people and the elderly.

He worked to soothe his city after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a young African American man who was arrested by Baltimore police and suffered a fatal spinal injury in their custody.

The passing of Elijah Cummings is a monumental loss for his family, colleagues, and country. 

—Lower Cape Indivisible
Source: The Washington Post, other


Zero Tolerance - AIRING TONIGHT!
A new FRONTLINE documentary examines how America’s immigration policies — and the rhetoric surrounding them — reached this moment.

Donald Trump has made opposition to immigration the signature policy of his presidency, and used anti-immigration fervor to animate his supporters and fuel a political movement.

Now, a new FRONTLINE documentary tells the inside story of how an unlikely group of outsiders — Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon — became the driving force behind Trump’s most controversial initiatives, as part of a grand strategy they would call Zero Tolerance.

Zero Tolerance premieres tonight at 10/9c. Tune in or stream on PBS (check local listings), at and on the PBS Video App

From veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, the film reveals that behind the current crisis at the border lie years of planning by these three hardliners, who saw in Donald Trump a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to curtail immigration. Zero Tolerance draws on more than three dozen thorough on-camera interviews to illustrate how the trio helped propel Trump to the presidency, transform the country’s politics, and bring America’s immigration policies to where they are today.

Source: Frontline

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
'Though October's nearly over, important work continues to combat this crisis

For many, home is a place of love, warmth, and comfort, but for millions of others, home is anything but a sanctuary. Appallingly, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that:
  • 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. 
  • Every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other. 
  • 1 in 4 men are victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • And if that's not horrifying enough, the number of women who were murdered between 2001 and 2012 by current or ex-male partners was 11,766, almost double the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq (6,488) in that same time frame.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which evolved from the “Day of Unity” conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in October 1981. The "day" of unity turned into a "week" and then, in October 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. As this October comes to an end, important discussions about domestic violence’s horrific repercussions should just begin.  Other resources:
F L O R I D A:   V O T E R  S U P P R E S S I O N  U P D A T E
The New York Times, October 18, 2019
By Michael Wines

Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Restricting Voting by Ex-Felons
A judge issued a preliminary injunction against a law that civil rights groups have called an unconstitutional “poll tax.”

Florida cannot prevent people with felony convictions from registering to vote if they cannot pay fines and other costs stemming from their convictions, a federal judge ruled on Friday, temporarily blocking a state law that civil rights’ groups have called an unconstitutional “poll tax.”
The ruling was a rebuke to the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, and its Republican-controlled Legislature. Legislators had enacted a law requiring the fine and fee payments this year after voters resoundingly approved an amendment to the State Constitution that restored voting rights to as many as 1.5 million former felons.

The law was widely seen as an attempt to suppress voting by the former felons, many of them African-Americans or Hispanics who appeared likely to support Democrats.

The injunction technically affects only 17 plaintiffs in the suit challenging the law, all of whom said they lacked the money to pay costs stemming from their convictions. But the principle behind the ruling applies to all people convicted of felonies and will require the state to change its repayment policy if it stands, said Julie Ebenstein, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more here.

Photo Credit - Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
S W I N G  S T A T E S
The New York Times, Sept. 11, 2019
By Richard Fausset, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman 

North Carolina Election Shows How Political Lines Are Drawn. And They Are Fixed.

The Republican candidate won (September's) special election, with help from President Trump, but the chasm between voting groups has widened, a problem for both parties.

Dan Bishop, a Republican state lawmaker, eked out a two-point victory in a historically conservative seat because he improved on his party’s performance with working-class whites in more lightly populated parts of the district. And even though Democrats nominated a Marine veteran, Dan McCready, who highlighted his baptism while serving in Iraq, his gains in Charlotte, the state’s biggest city, were not enough to offset the drop-off he suffered across several hundred miles of sprawling farms and small towns.

The bracing takeaway for Republicans is that their tightening embrace of Mr. Trump and his often demagogic politics is further alienating the upper middle-class voters — many in cities and their suburbs— who once were central to their base. Read more here.

Photo credit: Logan R. Cyrus

Train to be a Trainer!
Join a video training call with Field Team 6

Saturday, October 26
1:00PM–2:30PM (EST)

RSVP here

Like to "level up" and start leading your own voter drives to help stop Trump and the GOP from destroying our country? You are OUR HERO!

The only way we scale up and expand our efforts across the country is by training hearty souls like yourself to lead voter drives. And the truth is, it's not hard! Field Team 6 will give you all the support, training, materials, and backup you need... and be with you every step of the way.

Whether you'd like to do one drive a week, one a month, or just one, period - we are incredibly grateful. Every voter counts! Can't wait to see you on the call!  (Total time: 60-90 minutes - but trainers always stick around if you have more questions.) More info and RSVP here.

Register voters with Field Team 6's Maine Chapter
Do some leaf-peeking and help can Collins!

Sunday, October 27
10:30AM - 2:30PM
306 US-1, Kittery, ME 03904
Kittery, ME 03904
RSVP here

Activists have already registered over 1,000 new Democratic voters in Maine! But that's not nearly enough. Several thousand more are needed before the 2020 election to help defeat Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins. Her ouster is key to enabling Democrats to flip the Senate, save our democracy, and our planet.

If you can spend even one day to help defeat Trump and his handmaiden, Susan Collins, please sign up to register new Democrats. No experience is necessary. Field Team 6/Swing Left Greater Boston will provide training. carpools, and everything else you need.

When you RSVP, please include a valid email address and a valid phone number so Field Team 6 can provide updates and contact you during the canvass. The event host will email you information about carpools; be sure to visit the carpool page to sign up to give or get a ride.

Source: Field Team 6/Swing Left Greater Boston

Extra! Extra! The latest edition of the Indivisible MA Newsletter is in
Learn how other Massachusetts Indivisibles are engaged in democracy here!

Special Event: Booksigning and Talk
Friday, November 15
7:00 PM (doors open 6:30)

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard Book Store welcomes Leah Greenburg and Ezra Levin—former congressional staffers and co-directors of the grassroots organizing movement Indivisible—for a discussion of their new co-authored book, We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump. They will be joined in conversation by Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

All event proceeds go to Indivisible's Save Democracy fund.
Learn more details about this event here.
R E G I O N A L  /  L O C A L

CIDC Fall Canvassesjust a couple more weeks to go
Get some fresh air...and do good for the Dems

Saturday, October 26
11:00 AM
Cape Space
100 Independence Drive, Hyannis 02601


The November 5 election is fast approaching and the CIDC needs help to knock on as many doors as possible to support Democrats running for the Barnstable Town Council. The next fall canvass event is this Saturday, October 26 at 11AM.  All are welcome. RSVP on the form linked here and the CIDC will provide all the info needed before Saturday.

T A K E  A C T I O N

Postcarding for the ROE Act
Join Cape Cod Women for Change and friends

Thursday, October 24
Unitarian Church of Barnstable
3330 Main St./Route 6A
Barnstable Village 02630
RSVP here

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a Louisiana case where a restrictive abortion access law was overturned by a federal court. Many predict the restrictive law will be upheld in SCOTUS 5-4, making the need to pass the ROE Act here in Massachusetts all the more urgent.

Will you join us in protecting women's reproductive rights? Please bring postcard stamps and/or a few dollars to defray mailing costs. 

Join us for a N.C. Voter Registration letter-writing gathering
This state is a three-fer, with Presidency, Senate, and Gerrymandering at stake

Monday, November 4
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Brewster Ladies' Library (lower level meeting room)
1822 Main Street, Brewster 02631

LCIers will be writing to under-represented North Carolina voters to help them register to vote and ensure the electorate reflects the true preferences of the state's people. A postage-paid North Carolina voter registration form is included in the mailing. Our goal is to prepare and mail 120 letters in 2 hours. Stamps, envelopes and light refreshments are provided, but donations of stamps, legal-size envelopes, $$ are always welcome!

Join us! It's fun and easy! Any questions, contact Anne at
Environmental Voter Project text bank training
Are you an environmentalist? Want to help get more environmentalists to vote? Join us!

Wednesday, Nov. 13 (corrected date)
4-5:30 PM
Brewster Ladies' Library (Lower Level Meeting Room)
1822 Main Street, Brewster 02631

Deborah Shah of the Environmental Voter Project will hold a text bank training in Brewster to teach us how to text environmentally-leaning but inactive voters GET OUT THE VOTE. Our goal will be to significantly increase voter demand for environmental leadership by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters.

The texting system is very simple to learn--all you need is a phone (or computer)! And once you've learned, you can join--or hold--a texting gathering to make sure we do all we can to GOTV in 2020.
Questions? Contact: for information.

Just 3 weeks left to get Ranked Choice Voting on the ballot

Voter Choice Massachusetts has only 3 weekends left before its signature collection deadline passes, and they still need a lot more signatures to qualify for placing Ranked Choice Voting on the November 2020 ballot. If every person receiving this email collected just 12 signatures, the Ranked Choice Voting campaign would move closer to its goal.

View all events to find an event near you. Questions? Email Lindsay CrouchRegional Field Organizer, Barnstable/Dukes/Nantucket Counties, Voter Choice Massachusetts.

Source:  Voter Choice for Massachusetts
Participating in Campaigns: From Campaign Volunteer to Candidate
A breakfast roundtable sponsored by the Cape Women's Coalition

Friday, October 25
8:00–10:00 AM
The Optimist Café
134 Massachusetts 6A, Yarmouth 02675

Purchase ticket here
This breakfast panel discussion will focus on what it takes for an individual to run, or get involved, in a successful campaign for political office. Topics include: the many roles
campaign manager, volunteer, and/or candidateinvolved in running for office; resources available to support candidates and their volunteers; and lessons learned along the way.

Consultant Stefanie Coxe of Nexus Werx, Chatham Select Board Chair Shareen Davis, and Barnstable Town Council Member Paula Schnepp will share their experiences as both political candidate and campaign staff. More info and tickets here.

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
Voter suppression in 2018 Georgia--and what's ahead for 2020

Saturday, November 9
8:45 am - Doors open/refreshments for sale in lobby
9:15 am - Show Time

10:10-11:00 am - Guest Speaker/Q&A

Chatham Orpheum Theater
637 Main Street, Chatham 02633

Reserve your seat now!

The powerful new documentary by Robert Greenwald weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues – all of which disproportionately prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots. 

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote features experts, poll watchers and everyday Georgians speaking to the reality of voter suppression and the threat it poses in 2020. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America.

All proceeds to benefit FAIR FIGHT (, a national campaign led by Stacey Abrams to build voter protections in 20 states.

Reserve your seat/purchase your ticket here.

91% - A Film About Guns in America
Presented by Grandmothers Against Gun Violence 

Saturday, November 16
2:00 - 4:30pm
Cape Cod Synagogue
145 Winter Street, Hyannis

America’s 325 million residents own an estimated 347 million firearms. Not surprisingly, gun violence has become one of the most urgent public health issues facing Americans today. In 91%, a cross-section of U.S. gun violence victims tell their heartbreaking stories of loss, pain, and a heroic search for hope in a nation stalled in a senseless gun control debate.

By highlighting the impact of unregulated gun sales on schools, families, and communities across the country, 91% addresses the real problems and possible solutions to gun violence in America. It’s something we all agree about, we just don’t know it yet. More information, click here.
A word from Lower Cape Indivisible:

We are now seeking JUST TWO individuals or families to contribute $35 each to defray Chatham Orpheum Theater rental costs for the screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.
Thank you to those who've already donated!

If you would like to help, please let us know at

AND click here to donate.

Thank 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.
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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