In response to the precautions our nation is taking because of the novel coronavirus, Indivisible Outer Cape is no longer holding Do Something Sundays at Provincetown Brewing Co., but we are not stopping our activism!
We are offering two options:
Option #1: Indivisible Outer Cape is busy preparing Activism To Go packets, but need to adapt to further changing conditions. Because of the confusion regarding Provincetown’s shelter in place order, packets will now be available to be picked up and dropped off at 350 Route 6, Truro on Sunday from 5-6 PM. One of our members will be there with a container for ‘finished’ packets that you are returning and a container of new packets for you to take. Please also leave us a small cash donation to cover the expense of postage and supplies. Please approach one at a time and let our member know your name and phone number.
Option #2: Indivisible Outer Cape members will also deliver packets to you if you are unable to come out. We will do so on Sunday from 4-5 PM. We will need to know your name/address/phone number and a specific location like a mailbox or front step. If you have ‘finished’ packets to return to us, please leave out for us bundled in a rubber band. Small cash donations may also be left for us to help with the expense of postage and supplies. In order for us to provide you Activism To Go Delivery, please fill out this short form HERE.
SAFETY FIRST! Indivisible Outer Cape members are extremely conscious of the risk of these times and our members will be wearing protective masks and gloves and will stay at a safe distance. Please take the same precautions. It is our understanding that the virus lives for a short time on paper/cardboard so we will be keeping this in mind as we handle our materials and you should too. Allowing them to ‘rest’ before/after handling might be a good idea. And, of course, WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY!
What Else Can You Do? You can promote legislative actions that will help during this crisis! See below:
From an email sent by Jonathan Cohn, Issues Committee, Progressive Mass.
With the outbreak of Covid-19, Massachusetts is facing a crisis.
We have a public health crisis, as the number of those infected grows every day. We have an economic crisis, as the threat of a recession looms larger every day and workers risk weeks (or months) without a paycheck. And we have a democratic crisis, as the virus outbreak challenges our ability to hold traditional in-person elections.
And this is on top of the crises we already face, such as the inequality that affects all aspects of our society.
And our legislature needs to respond with the requisite urgency and comprehensiveness.
Can you email your state legislators to demand quick and comprehensive action?
Here’s what a comprehensive response must include:
- Passing HD.4935 (Connolly-Honan): An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the Covid-19 Emergency because, in a state of emergency in which people are being asked to stay at home, people need to have homes. Evictions and foreclosures exacerbate our public health crisis and strain our already weak safety net.
- Passing HD.4945 (Gouveia): An Act providing for emergency cash assistance in response to Covid-19, which would send a check of $1,000 to qualifying Massachusetts households to mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic and the looming economic downturn.
- Passing HD.4958 (Mark/Sabadosa): An Act relative to Covid-19 emergency unemployment expansion, which would ensure that independent contractors, sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, freelance, and tipped employees are eligible for unemployment benefits and that Covid-19 emergency assistance does not make any worker ineligible for receiving any existing state benefits.
- Passing Emergency Paid Sick Time legislation that guarantees all workers at least fifteen additional work-days (120 hours) of job-protected paid sick time for immediate use during the Covid-19 outbreak or any future public health emergency because no worker should be forced to choose between their health and their economic security.
- Passing legislation to expand options to Vote by Mail (such as HD.4957,- Mark/Sabadosa), so that no voter is forced to choose between their health and their right to participate in our democracy.
- Providing the necessary funding to ensure that our response does not leave vulnerable communities behind, such as our immigrant population or our homeless population.
Take care of yourself and those near you! Together (even if it’s only figuratively) we can still be Indivisible!
OUR 2020 VISION:
Let’s flip the Senate, keep the House, and promote progressive policies to defeat Trump!
As we move into this most consequential of election years, Indivisible Outer Cape has been working on a strategy that aligns with our values of protecting democracy, equality, health, and the environment. Our goals cannot be met with the current administration’s policy, and so far, we are not certain of defeating Trump at the polls. Therefore, our strategy for 2020 is to flip the Senate, keep the House, and advocate progressive policies in order to defeat Trump and trumpism. A Democratically controlled House and Senate will be able to neutralize the worst impules and policies as well as stop the crimes and abuses of this president. Imagine if we replaced nine of the Senators who betrayed the country by voting against witnesses or for his acquittal. That’s what Indivisible’s Payback Project is all about! Imagine if the Senate would actually consider the more than 400 bills passed by the House! Imagine a Senate that would follow the rule of law and remove this corrupt president!
Since December 2019, Indivisible Outer Cape members have been hard at work researching and devising a plan to flip the Senate, keep the House and advocate for progressive policies to defeat Trump. Practically, it is not possible to cover all of the many states that need progressive help, so we decided to focus our energy on the four states of Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and Maine – although we will continue to participate in opportunities in places like Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania when the opportunities arise. The summary of what we have discovered about our four focus states and what we are planning follows:
Georgia: Yes, Georgia is on our minds! Not only does Georgia have 16 electoral college votes, but there are two US Senate seats up for grabs, many State legislative races (18 House and 2 Senate), and changing demographics. We are very motivated by the very slim Republican margins of recent elections there and are certain that their success is dependent upon dirty tricks. The blatant voter suppression tactics of the now-Governor Kemp in 2018 denied Stacey Abrams a victory there. Our plan to raise awareness of this and to make folks aware of Abrams’ group (Fairfight.org) with the documentary Suppressed: The Fight to Vote will kick off our efforts to help flip Georgia. We have also contacted several Indivisible groups there and will be offering our assistance to build on projects that they believe will help.
Florida: Yep, Florida is hot, hot, hot! With 29 electoral college votes, Florida has been the focus of presidential elections for years, but while everyone is watching hanging-chads and looking for lost ballot boxes, Republicans have been stacking all State and local seats by the slimmest of margins. These margins are so slim that the slightest increase in voter turnout (or if all votes were actually counted!), could flip Florida blue. The SwingLeft and Field Team 6folks have this state’s voter registration efforts well covered and we can easily carry on contributing to this effort, like the Vote By Mail campaign we participated in already. Voter registration efforts are in full swing and we will continue to postcard and connect folks visiting Florida to those on the ground there. We are also reaching out to some groups there to see if there is another way to help them build capacity and amplify their work.
High on Colorado: While we are motivated by the reports of shifting demographics and its 9 electoral college votes, we are not losing focus with our Rocky Mountain high! Colorado flipped its state legislature from red to blue in 2018 and many feel that is just the beginning; it is quite possible that voter turnout will determine our success. Indivisible’s Payback Project sees Senator Cory Gardner as a key target especially because of his support for the president’s acquittal and blatant contempt for his constituents. We are excited about text-banking to Colorado through the Indivisitext platform and once we learn the process, hope to roll it out to anyone who wants to learn and help in this way. We have also made contact with groups in Colorado, and we have agreed that we will postcard for one of these groups. We are getting the materials necessary from them Indivisible COCD6 soon and will be working on them during a Do Something Sundays event!
Maine: on the rocks! We all want to Can Collins and we will be building on this effort that we started in October 2019! Everyone is motivated by seeing Sidekick Susie’s public image as a moderate on the rocks! As Maine is a neighboring state it makes sense to look for opportunities to use our progressive energies there. Our friends at Mainers For Accountable Leadership have already given us some good inside information regarding messaging and we will be meeting with them soon to collaborate again! MFAL has already put together a great podcast that we can share with our friends and families in Maine to help get the message out that Sidekick Susie is not a moderate! We need to hear from you if you would like to take trips to Maine to canvass; we may have the contacts that might help you do this!
Other states: We are not strictly limiting our work to only these four states and we know that there will be opportunities to help with other important states like Kentucky, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania or Alabama.
We know that without removing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, no progressive policies have a chance. This is true whether he is the Senate Majority Leader or not as he has vowed to use the filibuster on every democratic bill. This was the motivation for our Cape and Islands-wide “Bet on Kentucky Blue” fundraisers for Indivisible KY last summer. We still have our Indivisible KY contacts and will watch for ways to support their efforts.
All of us are very concerned with the purges happening right now in places like Wisconsin and we are connecting with Indivisible Chicago who has devised a way to help reach voters in Wisconsin. Look for a Do Something Sundays activity coming soon!
The gerrymandering in many states has also contributed to the imbalance of Republican control of many state legislatures and Pennsylvania has had many court challenges to try to correct this. We are watching the many races heating up there!
Although our victories were great in 2018, many of the new Democratic Congresspeople have been walking a fine line in their home districts. While Democrats like Doug Jones are heroes to us, their positions in opposition to the president, have put them in the firing line and we will watch for calls to action in order to help them keep their seats in the House of Representatives.
Issues: An important way we can neutralize the president’s attacks on our rights is to advocate for the issues that are important to us whether that be on the state or national level. Indivisible Outer Cape has been working on several important Massachusetts bills and two of them have been given extensions in their respective committees, which is good news because it gives us more time to push for their approval. We are watching for ways to support the ROE Act in the Joint Judiciary and the Benson Bill, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions in the TUE Committee.
Unfortunately, the 400+ bills passed by the 2018 US House of Representatives have piled up on Mitch McConnell’s door step and unless we defeat him in November will not be revived.
Proposals: If you have an idea for a strategy that might provide Indivisible Outer Cape a way to use our energies in these efforts, you can let us know! We have a proposal form that you can use to explain your idea and bring to the “table” for discussion. You will find the form on this website under “important documents.”
Volunteer time and money: As you may imagine, developing these strategies require many hours of volunteer time to research and prepare – and they cost a fair amount of money to implement! We really need your help to buy postcards, postage stamps, printer paper and cartridges, and other supplies. When you attend our events, like Do Something Sundays at Provincetwon Brewing Company every Sunday evening, please bring a small donation for our supplies or consider making a larger donation to the other groups we are supporting. Thank you!
The Bigger Picture: About the Primaries
We at Indivisible Outer Cape are watching the democratic primaries closely. Just like some of you, some of us are undecided. Just like some of you, some of us have a favorite. But we won’t be saying who or endorsing any candidate! Providing information that some of our members might find helpful, like a free bus to canvass for a candidate or contact information about a campaign’s local organizer is not an endorsement, nor should it be construed as such.
We are far more concerned with preparing for either another Trump presidency with a House and Senate to neutralize him or a new Democratic president with a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate to support him/her!
We hope that you will join us in this!
DO SOMETHING SUNDAYS!
Doing something has become more challenging, but not impossible!
Because of the novel coronavirus covid-19 precautions, we will not meet for our regular Do Something Sundays on March 15 and March 22. Instead, it will be possible for participants to pick up packets to complete at home. Please meet us briefly at Provincetown Brewing Company to collect them from 5-6PM. Then return them to us finished next Sunday and we will have another activity ready for you to take home.
We will re-assess each week depending on current events, but know this:
We will adapt and not surrender!
We will get through this together because we are INDIVISIBLE!
Starting January 12, 2020, Indivisible Outer Cape and Provincetown Brewing Company are hosting activist evenings on Sundays 5-7PM throughout the winter. Grab a pint and a snack! Write a letter or a postcard! Join us!
Our events so far have generated hundreds of letters to encourage voters in other states and postcards to voters in districts where there are special elections. On February 9th, we coordinated with SwingLeft Boston to send 400 special Vote By Mail postcards to registered Democrats in Sarasota.
Plans for Do Something Sundays:
February 9: A special postcard event to encourage Florida Dems to Vote By Mail! This is a special collaboration with the Sarasota Dems and SwingLeft Boston.
February 16: Write notes to support the ROE Act in MA!
February 23: Write to the voters of Wisconsin with the help of Indivisible Chicago!
March 1: Watch documentary film Suppressed and write to under-represented voters in GA! A collection will be taken for Stacey Abrams Fair Fight organization.
March 8: Write one thousand postcards to the voters of Colorado for Indivisible Colorado CD06!
March 15: No gathering but we can still finish one thousand postcards to the voters of Colorado!
March 22: No gathering but we can finish our CO postcards or begin another round of Florida Vote By Mail postcards courtesy of Sarasota Dems and SwingLeft (only those who participated in our February FL VBM cards).
March 29: This event will be postponed to a future date. Stay tuned. Watch a series of short films about the state of immigration and engage in discussion with Cape Cod Coalition for Safe Communities. A collection of toiletries will be taken for a shelter in AZ.
IMPORTANT: THE NEW BYLAWS HAVE BEEN RATIFIED!
INDIVISIBLE MASSACHUSETTS COALITION, INC.
To prepare for the upcoming election year battles, Indivisible groups in Massachusetts are leading the way!
Indivisible MA, the umbrella organization for all groups in MA, formed in 2017 and is now re-organized into a new, improved structure to help us collaborate on state and national election issues for 2020. This grass-roots driven organizational structure was presented at our December conference and has since been shared across multiple platforms and incorporated comments and suggestions from members from across the state. They asked that anyone who considers themselves a part of this movement to “confirm” their membership so that they would be allowed a vote.
A quorum of sixty percent of Confirmed members was required to participate in the vote! This was surpassed and 97% of those members voted to approve the new Bylaws!
Starting February 13, 2020, we are now a part of Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition, Inc. As of February 22, 2020, the confirmed members have also elected a Coordinating Board representative from every Congressional District of the the state. The new Coordinating Board will meet and begin work before March 1, 2020.
Continuing Actions and Updates
The ROE Act
The Roe Act is now in a special extended session of the Joint Judiciary Committee which gives us the opportunity to continue to advocate for its passage. We will need to re-assess any actions in light of the novel coronavirus emergency, but certainly calls and letters to Governor Baker and the Cape Cod Reps (Crocker, Hunt, Whelan, Vieira) who oppose this bill can continue during this crisis.
Did you know that in 1974, in reaction to Roe v. Wade, conservative Massachusetts enacted a package of anti-abortion restrictions? These harmful laws are still on our books, making MA the most restrictive New England state. The ROE Act, currently in the MA legislature, would bring our laws into the 21st century by changing inflammatory and inaccurate legal definitions about pregnancy and abortion, and ensuring that a person’s right to make all decisions about their own health care is part of our MA laws.
The ROE Act would:
- Make abortion accessible regardless of age, financial or legal status
- Remove unnecessary barriers to abortion
- Replace inflammatory language with real medical terms
- Allow abortion after 24 weeks where the fetus has no chance of survival
Indivisible Outer Cape has organized with many other groups across the state to send messages to fellow MA residents informing them of this very important bill and asking them to contact their state legislators to support it. We have written over sixteen thousand postcards in order to inform voters of this bill, counteract the dangerous and false rhetoric, and encouraging them to contact their legislators.
We have written postcards to voters in red as well as blue districts in MA, where Democratic Representatives are besieged by an ill-informed electorate and need to be emboldened by hearing from the majority of voters who support reproductive rights.
Cape Cod Women for Change and Indivisible Outer Cape members filled a bus, sponsored by the ROE Coalition, to the Statehouse on November 14, for a ROE Advocacy Day. We rallied and visited the offices of each Representative, most of whom were not available. On Cape Cod, only two Reps (Fernandes and Peake) support this bill and all of the other Reps do not or have not been willing to commit to constituents who call them.
We were hoping that the bill would be voted favorably out of committee before the end of the 2019 session on November 20, but it did not happen. Then we were pushing for it to be voted favorably out of committee before the February 5 deadline, but instead the committee has been granted an extension until May 12, 2020. We want to encourage everyone to push for this to be voted favorably out of committee and onto the House floor for a vote before that time. We need everyone’s help!
Please contact your legislators!
This is one of the ways we can fight back against the misogyny of Republican agenda! Please lend us a hand!
Letters to Voters
Indivisible Outer Cape coordinated with Outer Cape libraries to hold non-partisan letter writing sessions throughout 2019 to unregistered voters in other states. With the help of the Vote Forward organization, who supplied the names and addresses of the unregistered, IOC printed forms and wrote notes to encourage them to get registered in time for elections! Hundreds of letters to voters were posted!
We will continue to write letters to voters at our weekly DO SOMETHING SUNDAYS events at the Provincetown Brewing Company throughout the winter and then again in the Spring at local libraries or other locations.