Volume 2, Issue 22 The Newsletter of Minuteman Indivisible June 5, 2018
Muster (verb) – assemble, especially for inspection or preparation for battle
The Muster took a brief break last week, but our members didn't! We manned a booth at Discovery Day in Lexington to tell people about MI's work and attended a rally to protest the Trump administration's cruel policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. See the Morning Coffee Actions, MI Happenings, and Recommended Reading sections for more information on what you can do to help protect immigrants and #EndFamilySeparation.
Lots of events and team meetings are planned in the next few weeks before people begin heading out for summer vacations. This week, mayors from across the country are gathering for a conference in Boston - we hope you can join us on Friday for some of the interesting events planned in conjunction with the conference. We'll also be supporting our local students at a rally for Gun Violence Prevention on the Lexington Battle Green this Sunday afternoon. See the Upcoming Events section for details on these and other events.
Our Elections team is celebrating a big success in the Kentucky primaries, hosting a fundraiser for two of our selected candidates this month, and planning a summer of action to ensure a huge Blue Wave in the upcoming elections. See our Morning Coffee Actions, Spotlight, and Upcoming Event sections for all the details and check out the new Countdown to the Midterms reminder at the end of this message.
Your Devoted Muster Editors
Countdown to the Nov. 6, 2018 Midterm Elections: 154 days!
MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS
(Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
Help Get Out the Vote in Today's California Primary!
Our friends at Swing Left are mobilizing to call voters in California for the primary today, Tuesday, June 5
. These California races could be won or lost by just a few dozen votes—your help will make a real difference. After you sign up
, Swing Left be in touch with more instructions about who you’re calling, what to say, and what you need to know about their phonebanking system.
Stop Trump's Cruel Family Separation Policy
On May 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a policy change
: the Justice Department would do their best to prosecute every adult who crossed the border illegally, even if some of them were legitimate asylum seekers. When a parent was arrested, the children would immediately be taken into custody and “put in foster care or whatever,” as John Kelly said
. Please contact your MoCs
and tell them these policies and actions are inhumane, do not represent who we are as a nation, and must be stopped. Want to do more? Check here
for other actions you can take.
Continue Calling Your State Legislators to Protect Immigrants
Late last month, the MA Senate voted for Senator Jaime Eldridge's amendment #1147 to the Senate FY2019 budget. The amendment contains these key provisions
of the Safe Communities Act to protect immigrants: bars police from asking about people’s immigration status unless required by law; ends 287(g) contracts between county sheriffs and ICE that deputize them as immigration agents; requires that immigrants be notified of their due-process rights; and ensures that Massachusetts does not contribute to any registry based on religion, ethnicity, citizenship, or other protected categories.
If your Senator voted for the amendment, please call or email to thank them - conservative groups are mobilizing calls from people who oppose this measure, so legislators need to hear from people who support their vote. Then call your state representative to ask them to go to Speaker DeLeo and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jeff Sanchez to make sure these provisions end up in the Conference Committee's final budget.
Tell Governor Baker "We're Disappointed in You!"
Even after the State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that detaining people beyond what is necessary for their arrest was illegal
and the State police chiefs supported the latest version of the Safe Communities Act (SCA)
, Governor Baker claims that he would veto the Senate budget provision
limiting state law enforcement's role in enforcement of federal immigration laws. Furthermore, he doesn't even have his facts right - this provision does not stop the police from arresting or calling ICE on violent criminals. And the SCA doesn't make our communities less safe - it actually makes them more safe. Call the Governor
and tell him to stop advocating for using state resources to enforce federal law.
Keep the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Bill Moving in MA
The Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill (H.4539
) passed the MA House late last month and will be taken up by the Senate this Thursday, June 7th
. The Senate is planning to take up the House version rather than coming up with a version of their own which can potentially avoid the bill getting bogged down in conference committee and ensure it gets to the Governor's desk for signature before the end of this legislative session. Please contact your Senator and ask him or her to vote against ANY substantive amendments to the House bill when it comes to the floor to avoid conference and get this critical bill to the Governor's desk!
March to Protect Transgender Rights
In Massachusetts, a bill seeking to repeal the state’s 2017 transgender anti-discrimination law secured enough signatures to make it on the ballot this year. If the referendum is successful, it will scrap legislation passed in 2016 and signed by Governor Baker that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in public places — such as hotels, restaurants and stores. Massachusetts’ referendum would be the first statewide vote on whether to maintain or scrap legislation that protects transgender people, according to the ACLU. Register
to march with Rep. Joe Kennedy in Boston's Pride Parade this Saturday June 9th
and show your support for keeping these protections alive for our transgender friends and family in MA.
Phonebank or Send Postcards for Wisconsin's Special Election
Our friends at Flippable
are hosting virtual phonebanking for two candidates running in Wisconsin's special election on June 12th
. Let's help elect Caleb Frostman
to the state senate and Ann Groves Lloyd
to the assembly, showing Scott Walker that special elections
are what democracy looks like! Use this link
to start making calls or sign up with Postcards to Voters
to send postcards for Caleb
Help Get Big Money out of Politics
We helped People Govern Not Money gather enough signatures last fall to clear the initial hurdle to get a question about the 28th amendment on the MA ballot this coming November. They only have a few more weeks to collect an additional 20,000 signatures from across the state. You can see a list of places where they are already planning to collect signatures here and volunteer to help out using this link. Not able to collect signatures? You can also help by making a secure donation here.
Try Out a New Texting Tool
Between the current primary season and the upcoming November midterms, it's crucial that we get people VOTING. There are many progressive texting, phonebanking, and postcarding tools popping up all over the country. Find one you like and start putting in some time to make the Blue Wave rise throughout 2018. Resistance Labs is a tool to consider; sign up to text here.
Join Lexington Students to Rally for Gun Violence Prevention
Please join us to support students in their campaign for sensible gun laws. Lexington Says #Enough
will hold a rally for gun violence prevention on the historic Battle Green this coming Sunday, June 10th
at 1pm. We are committed to ending gun violence and this will be an opportunity for the community and students to get together and raise awareness about this issue. There will be opportunities to register or preregister to vote, "action stations," speakers, and a group photo. See this link
for more details.
Rallying to End Family Separation
Last Friday, several MI members attended a rally at the Burlington, MA Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office to tell the administration #FamiliesBelongTogether. More than 100 people of all ages gathered at the facility, then marched to Mall Road and back
holding signs, distributing flyers, and speaking out loudly to #EndFamilySeparation. There are regular actions at this location, including one at 12:30 today, June 5th
when the Winchester Parish of the Epiphany holds its monthly Jericho Walk
Telling People about MI at Discovery Day in Lexington
MI was represented at Discovery Day
in Lexington on Saturday, May 26th. It was an especially fine day and people were out to enjoy the warm weather. Members dropped by to say hi and other folks stopped in at our booth by to chat and to take information about how to visit our Facebook page and/or website. One visitor was a young lady of approximately 13 years of age who wanted to write to someone at the EPA. We discussed how to get the EPA address from the Internet and that she has the right to tell the EPA what she thinks. She walked off with squared shoulders and a glint in her eye - watch out, Mr. Pruitt! It was a gratifying day of talking to people about the work that we and they can do together.
SPOTLIGHT ON OUR ELECTIONS TEAM
Hooray for Chrissy Houlahan and Amy McGrath!
Chrissy Houlahan made it official on May 15 — she's on the November ballot for the US House seat in Pennsylvania's 6th district. She's looking super-strong in her newly re-drawn district, and we are excited to support her in flipping that seat blue, as well as in becoming one of the first female representatives from PA.
And in Kentucky, Amy McGrath claimed a decisive victory in the Democratic primary for KY-06. We gathered for a results-watch party and were thrilled with the results! Amy won over the DCCC-backed candidate, and she did it by getting out the vote in the rural parts of the district. Democrats in the district came out to the polls in numbers much larger than in 2016, showing that when we VOTE, we WIN.
But Andy Barr is a tough opponent. Even more than Chrissy Houlahan or Mikie Sherrill, Amy’s going to need our support this fall. Though we can’t all go down to Kentucky to canvas, we can throw our support behind those Indivisible groups with boots on the ground there. Our Indivisible partners at Bluegrass Activist Alliance (BGAA) are throwing all their muscle behind Amy in this race, and we can give them a financial boost by donating to their organization. In honor of Amy’s win, can you donate $20 to BGAA? (Or more if you can!) Click here to donate to BGAA.
An Update on Archie Parnell
On May 21st, a South Carolina newspaper, The Post and Courier, broke the story of domestic violence perpetrated by Archie Parnell toward his first wife in the early 1970's. Parnell did not deny the allegations, but he has refused to end his political campaign, even as members of his staff have resigned and the Democratic establishment in South Carolina is calling for him to quit. Given this revelation, the MI Elections Team has decided to terminate our support of Parnell.
We are terribly disappointed in Archie, of course, but we are pivoting without delay to the runner-up in our recent deliberations…
Introducing Dan McCready, NC-09
We are looking forward to supporting Dan McCready, a Marine veteran and small business owner in North Caroline's 9th Congressional District. You can learn more about Dan here.
Join us for Breakfast with Dan McCready and Chrissy Houlahan
We have great news! Both Dan McCready and Chrissy Houlahan will be in town on Tuesday, June 19th and we are hosting a breakfast fundraiser for them in Lexington. We hope you can join us and please invite friends and family. RSVP using this link,
Summer Activism - Save These Dates!
Summer is usually a time to slow down, but not in this crucial midterm election year! In addition to our June team meeting next Wednesday June 13th (see the Upcoming Events section below), we've planned four gatherings at team members' homes to get cracking on texting, postcarding, phonebanking, and whatever else our campaigns ask for. Look for details in future issues of the Muster and plan to join us when you're in town!
Saturday, June 23 , 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Lexington
Thursday, July 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Reading
Saturday, July 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Concord
Thursday, August 9. 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Lexington
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Engaging Voters of All Ages
Friday, June 8th
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston
Harvard’s Ash Center and Institute of Politics and AARP are hosting a breakfast panel discussion on voting trends and efforts to increase turnout for voters of all ages in this critical election year. Hear from experts on best practices, learn about efforts to increase voter turnout and hear from mayors about what is working in their communities. More details here. Register online using this link.
Walk the Talk on Climate
Friday, June 8th
Copley Square, 560 Boylston St., Boston
Mayors from all over the US are gathering in Boston for the US Conference of Mayors and Boston-based and statewide climate groups are going to greet them. On the morning of Friday June 8th, please join us in Copley Plaza at 9:30am and march to the Marriott hotel, where the mayors will be holding their opening press conference inside. RSVP using this link and email our Climate team if you'd like to meet up at the event.
Rally for Gun Violence Prevention
Sunday, June 10th
Lexington Battle Green, Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
Lexington Says #Enough is holding a rally for gun violence prevention on the historic Battle Green. This will be an opportunity for the community and students to get together and raise awareness about this issue. See this link for more details.
Healthcare Team Meeting
Wednesday, June 13th
Cary Memorial Library, Learning Center, 1874 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
Join us as we work on our strategy to highlight healthcare issues for the 2018 midterms. This includes writing fact sheets, updating our website, texting with Move-On, and reaching out to the MI elections team.
Elections Team Meeting
Wednesday, June 13th
Lexington Community Center, Room 242, 39 Marrett Rd., Lexington
Join us to get updates on all five of our campaigns, hear where things stand after the final primaries, and learn what's needed in each race.
Breakfast with Chrissy Houlahan and Dan McCready
Tuesday, June 19th
4 Hastings Rd., Lexington
Join us for breakfast and meet Chrissy Houlahan PA-06 and Dan McCready NC-09. Hear about their races for US Congress in their respective districts and how they plan to fight the Trump agenda. RSVP using this link. The suggested donation is $50 (please give more if you can, and come anyway even if $50 is more than you can spare right now). You can donate online here: Chrissy Houlahan and Dan McCready. We will also be accepting donations the morning of the breakfast.
MI Book Club Meeting
Tuesday, June 19th
Lexington Community Center, Room 217, 39 Marrett Rd., Lexington
Join us at June's MI Book Club meeting when we'll be discussing White Working Class by Joan C. WIlliams. Use this link to RSVP for the meeting, suggest books to read, or help us decide which books to discuss in the fall. New members are always welcome.
Meet the Candidates for the 15th Middlesex District
Thursday, June 21st
Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington
As part of his public policy forum, Open House, Representative Jay Kaufman is hosting a Meet the Candidates evening and Minuteman Indivisible is proud to be a cohost. You will have an opportunity to hear the five candidates who’ve qualified for the Democratic primary for the 15th Middlesex District express their points of view and answer audience questions.
LOCAL FUNDRAISERS FOR OUT-OF-STATE CANDIDATES
We know the number of requests for financial support can feel overwhelming, but if you're inclined to offer support and would like to meet or learn more about promising candidates, check out these upcoming parties and events in our area
Save the Date! - Monday, June 18th - for a joint fundraiser for Jason Crow (CO-06) and Angie Craig (MN-02). More details to follow in next week's Muster.
Meet the NH-01 Candidates at a Campaign Kickoff
Wednesday, June 27th
WeWork, 625 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Join hosts Tony Mack, Michael Ansara, Barney Arnold, Gene Martin, Helena Berbano, Kim Rosenfield, Lisa Kolarik, Steve Krugman, Ed Witham, Mark Dyen, Walter Kasell, Mel Petty, and Susan Labandibar at a Greater Boston Flip the House NH-01 Campaign Kickoff. Meet NH-01 Democratic candidates, sign up to host a Blue Barbecue this summer, and hear from grassroots organizers on the ground in NH. RSVP using this link.
Learn More about MI Teams
Are you new to Minuteman Indivisible? While it is not required, one of the best ways to get involved is to join one or more of our teams! (See our website for more information on the teams.) If you'd like to contact one of our team leaders, their contact emails are below. (Although many teams have more than one team leader, for simplicity's sake, we list just one contact point.)
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MI Book Club
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If you haven't had a chance to sign up for a team and would like to get more involved, just fill out this form: TEAM SIGN-UPS
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Climate & Environment: Bob Kvaal
Constitutional Democracy: Kim Wright
Elections: Sarah Higginbotham
Healthcare: Pete Tasker
Weekday Warriors: Amy Garbis
MI Book Club: Lisa Baci
We the people of Minuteman Indivisible are a team of concerned citizens living in the greater Lexington, Massachusetts area, home of the American Revolution. Our mission is to advocate for the rights and dignity of all people, informed by science and humanitarian principles. We are networked with many Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts and the nation to build a strong and effective resistance movement against racism, authoritarianism, and corruption, and to promote a vigorous democratic process.