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Minuteman Muster                           July 12, 2019

There's so much happening this weekend and early next week, that we're sending this "Mini-Muster" with a list of key actions and events - including tonight's Lights for Liberty Vigils and tomorrow's free Action for Immigrant Lives workshop-  that we hope you'll consider.

See our website 
homepage and calendar for more details. We plan to send out a regular issue of the Muster in late July, but will be posting frequent updates on our website and calendar in the meantime! 


CLOSE THE CAMPS & PROTECT IMMIGRANTS

Are you heartsick and outraged by the recent reports of how our government is treating children that have come to this country seeking safety: concrete floors to sleep on, no soap or toothbrushes, children trying to comfort younger children because no adults are available.

Join us tonight July 12 when Lights for Liberty vigils will be held in every state and several foreign countries to say #ClosetheCampsWe're proud to be cosponsoring the Lexington vigil at Hancock Church at 8:15pm and Indivisible MA is one of the groups hosting a large vigil on the State House Steps in Boston at 7pm  

Other local vigils are being held in Bedford, Cambridge,Framingham, Natick, Reading, Salem, and Westford. Check our calendar for details on these local vigils and see the complete list of almost 800 vigils here. If you can't attend a vigil, light a candle at 9:00pm wherever you are and share your actions on social media using the hashtag #Lights4Liberty. We can't afford to look away or wait for elections in 2020 to stop these inhumane actions.

Want to do more than attend a vigil? Sign up for a
free workshop in Boston this Saturday July13 and check this list of actions you can take right now at the local, state, or national level to help close the camps and protect immigrants.

JOIN US IN JULY

Next week, we'll be screening a film about the Mueller report on Monday, lobbying for Ranked Choice Voting at the State House on Tuesday, and writing postcards for NC09 on Thursday. The following week, we'll be continuing our summer canvass outside the Lexington Farmers Market on Tuesday July 23 and helping new citizens register to vote on Thursday, July 25. Make plans to join us!

"Watch" the Mueller Report with Us 
Monday July 15, 7-9:00pm
Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Mass Ave., Lexington

Minuteman Indivisible is hosting a special screening of The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, a play filmed live in NYC last month featuring well-know actors reading key portions of the Mueller report. Get up to speed on the Mueller report the easy way - with friends and snacks - before Mueller testifies to Congress later this month. Can't make the screening? Check out our Mueller Report webpage instead! 

Ranked Choice Voting Lobby Day
Tuesday July 16, 11:00 am-2:00pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston

Join us in the Great Hall of Flags at the State House as we gather with Voter Choice MA and advocates from across the state to hear from expert speakers, then meet with our legislators to ask them to support RCV in MA. RSVP here, Want to meet up with the other MI members who plan to attend? Email us and we'll be in touch. Can't make it to Boston? Help canvass for RCV at Lexington's Farmers Market or sign up here for other ways to help. 

Stitch & Resist & Postcards
Thursday, July 18, 7-9:00pm
Lexington - RSVP for address

Join us to either knit or write postcards. Bring a current knitting project or your favorite pen. Some of us will be knitting and some of us will be writing postcards for NC-09. RSVP here to receive the address.

Canvass at the Farmers Market
Tuesdays July 23 & August 6, 13, 20, & 27,  2-6:30pm 
Next to 1557 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington 

Minuteman Indivisible will have a table near the Mass Ave entrance to the Lexington Farmers Market most Tuesday afternoons this summer where we'll be canvassing for Ranked Choice Voting and other issues. Talk to your friends and neighbors about the work that we're doing and enjoy great food at the same time! Sign up to join us here or just stop by to say Hello!

Register New Citizens to Vote 
Thursday July 25, 1:30-2:30pm 
Between Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market, Boston 

MIRA will be holding voter registration events outside Faneuil Hall in Boston on many Thursdays this summer. Volunteers fill out voter registration forms for newly sworn-in citizens. All materials—clipboards, forms, and pins—are provided. No prior experience necessary - MIRA provides training. Several MI members have already signed up to help register voters on July 25 and we'd would love to have you join us! RSVP with MIRA here.  Questions? Send us an email


LOBBY YOUR SENATORS FOR ELECTION SECURITY

In late June, the House passed these companion bills to protect election security:

  • The SAFE Act, which specifies protocols that secure elections. (This bill supersedes the PAVE Act.)
  • Appropriations bill HR3351, which allocates money for the states to fund secure election infrastructure (among many other budget items).

Next step: Demand Senators pass these bills - here's a sample script. Even if Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, kills the SAFE Act, support for it helps influence state-level officials (who control election systems) to adopt the security measures in the bill. Also, because the second bill is an appropriations (budgeting) bill, it can be passed despite interference from McConnell as long as at least two Senate Republicans join the Democrats in supporting it

Have friends or family who are constituents of GOP Senators (esp. Senators Murkowski-AK, Rubio-FL, & Lankford-OK)? Ask them to contact their Senators and use this script to help pass appropriations bill HR3351.

HAVE A WHALE OF A TIME AT THE STATE HOUSE! 

On July 29th from 12-2pm, join us at an event hosted by State Rep Fernandez and State Senator Cyr about the North American Right Whale. There will be a life-size inflatable NARW in the Hall of Flags! After a short presentation, there'll be opportunities for photos. Fernandez and Cry will be presenting the resolution passed by the House and the letter of record written by the Senate to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the NE Aquarium. There will also be copies of One Special Whale: The Story of Kleenex available, a book that was written and illustrated by fifth graders at a public elementary school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Want to meet up with the other MI members who plan to attend? Email us and we'll be in touch.
The Muster is coming to your inbox on a biweekly schedule this summer

Keep checking the MI Calendar on our website for the most current line-up of events and actions.

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