NOBODY’S ABOVE THE LAW!
Impeach & Remove Rallies
Yesterday, approximately 300 Cape Codders gathered in the cold rain at the Hyannis rotary to demand the impeachment and removal of Donald J. Trump. Today, the House of Representatives will vote to impeach him, yet we know that the Republicans who control the Senate have no intention of removing him or of even holding a fair trial.
All Americans should be concerned by the president’s alarming behavior and the ‘sell-out’ of the Republican party, yet, disturbingly, polls show many Americans prefer to bury their heads in the sand or are being persuaded by the lies that the president, his media channels, and the Republican party are shouting. We each can do our part to counter this dis-information and reach disengaged or ‘dis-informed’ Americans! Help spread the truth by writing Letters to the Editors of local and national papers. You can use this Indivisible guide here to send to our regional publications!
It’s time to put the pressure on Republican Members of the Senate and you can help! Indivisible has set up phone banking for us to call friendly voters in thirteen key states and to connect them with their Republican Senators. You don’t even have to leave the house! Learn more and sign up here!
New Action for The Benson Bill
H2810: An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions will get a public hearing on Tuesday, January 14, 2020! Thanks to all who have ‘signed’ our letter (below)! IOC members will be attending the hearing and will present it to the TUE Committee!
Are you concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and the effect of climate change on the Cape’s environment? The Benson Bill (H2810) will tackle climate change and move our economy to clean renewable energy through the use of a fee placed on fossil fuel wholesalers. The funds generated will be invested in green technology and in rebates to offset harm to vulnerable business or low-income residents.
The Benson Bill is currently stuck in the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee and must be voted favorably out before the February 5 deadline or it will die. We have had word that it may get a public hearing in January 2020 and we are preparing to be there.
If you agree that MA legislature should support H2810 and would like your name to be included as a “signatory” on a testimony letter to the TUE Committee at their legislative hearing in January 2020, please let us know. We will deliver the following letter with a list of Cape Codders to the Committee:
The Honorable Thomas Golden
Chair, House Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
State House, Room 473-B
Boston, Ma 02133
Cc: Speaker Robert A. DeLeo
Senate President Karen E. Spilka
Dear Chair Golden,
For the citizens of Cape Cod and the Islands, the science is clear. For us to avoid the devastation of irreversible climate change, we must cut our carbon pollution to net zero by or before the year 2050. We see first- hand the effects climate change is having on our coastline, fishing and shell fishing economies, health of our aquifers and ponds, and the potential decline of the tourist industry. Our town governments and citizens are working to reduce our carbon footprint by utilizing solar energy in public buildings and homes, purchase and use of hybrid vehicles, insulating homes, businesses and public buildings to increase energy efficiency and further reducing our carbon footprint by using public transportation, ride sharing and choosing to walk or ride a bike where feasible. But, this is nowhere near enough. We need smart, effective, “ready to go” state legislation like H.2810, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions. Indivisible Outer Cape members, and the voters from across the Cape who are signatories to this letter, ask that you vote to enact H.2810 during the 2019 session to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move the Commonwealth towards a healthier future.
It is very encouraging to see 108 co-sponsors of H.2810! Indivisible Outer Cape has been tracking the progress of this bill and believes you understand the importance of moving forward quickly and your constituents are grateful for this. We also understand that this is a carbon tax that will affect the pocket book of all the citizens of the state and therefore a bitter political pill to swallow. Unfortunately, waiting to see if there is some other legislation that will come down the road in 3-5 years is a luxury we can no longer afford either. Both the 2018 United States Fourth National Climate Assessment and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have reported that climate change has accelerated at a rate far faster than previously determined and have urged governments to put a price on carbon pollution. The minimal increase in fuel costs paid now will have a big pay off by protecting us from both the financial and human cost that devastating weather events such as Hurricane Sandy would incur. We have no time to wait.
H 2810 is smart legislation. Indivisible Outer Cape members have examined the many details of the bill and find that it not only hits the target objective of reducing carbon emissions, but will also protect low/middle income residents, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities through a well crafted rebate program to help manage increased costs. In addition, fees generated will grow our economy by creating new jobs in the green sector, provide resources for infrastructure projects and designate funds for cities and towns to use for energy efficiency projects and improvement in transportation infrastructure. This bill will put us back on track to meet mandates of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008.
To reach our State’s climate goals we must transform our energy economy to prevent the worst impact of climate change. H.2810 is legislation designed to do this and is “ready to go!” In addition, this bill will complement both H.3983 Roadmap 2015 and the Transportation Climate Initiative should they be enacted.
Residents of Cape Cod
The XXX signatories of this letter gathered in XX days by Indivisible Outer Cape ask that you vote to enact this bill. Let’s make Massachusetts a leader in the fight against global warming and a protector of future generations.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
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 rolling out a new, improved structure to help us collaborate on state and national election issues in 2020. One of the challenges that Indivisible MA has encountered is contacting all of the concerned individuals who consider themselves part of Indivisible. They need to update their list in order to get the input of everyone working so hard on the ground. If you consider yourself a part of this movement, either with Indivisible Outer Cape or with another group, please reply to this short membership survey and then you will be able to see and vote on the new governance structure and participate in future Indivisible collaborations!
Continuing Actions and Updates
The ROE Act
The Roe Coalition will be holding “Community Briefings” in the coming weeks to rally behind this bill. Hosted by Martha’s Vineyard Indivisible on January 12, and Cape Cod Women for Change on January 13 and February 27 (check our calendar for details). Hear from Planned Parenthood, NARAL and our State legislators about why we need this bill now!
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 this year’s session on November 20, but it has not happened. So in order to get this bill out of committee before the February 5 deadline and onto the House floor for a vote, 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 has coordinated with Outer Cape libraries to hold non-partisan letter writing sessions throughout the summer to unregistered voters in other states. We will be carrying this on in the Fall. With the help of the Vote Forward organization, we can get the names and addresses of the unregistered and encourage them to get registered in time for elections!
At these letter writing sessions you will be provided with everything you need: scripts, addresses, envelopes! Donations to cover the costs of printing and postage will be greatly appreciated!
Wellfleet Library: December 16, January 13, and February 10 – 2-4 PM
Ptown Library: December 12 and 19, January 9 and 23, February 6 – 2-4 PM
BET ON KENTUCKY BLUE! #DITCHMITCH2020!
SUMMER KENTUCKY FUNDRAISERS WERE A HUGE SUCCESS ($20K)!
We want to thank everyone who made the summer fund raising parties to help Indivisible Kentucky to #DitchMitch2020 such a big success! All monies raised went straight to folks on the ground in Kentucky to build their grassroots capacity and to spread the word that Mitch is bad for Kentucky – and bad for the country!
McConnell himself has bragged that he is the ‘grim reaper of progressive legislation’ and many hold him personally responsible for the degradation of our democracy. Ezra Levin, co-founder of Indivisible, spoke recently about the serious danger McConnell poses to representative democracy. Even if we win all three branches of government in 2020, if McConnell is still there, he will block every progressive bill via filibuster. You can read more about the strategy to #DitchMitch2020 in the blog section of our website.
We will not forget his blocking of Obama appointees to SCOTUS and “Our House” of Representatives has already passed more than 40 progressive bills which are now stalled because McConnell will not allow them to come for a vote. These bills are all teed up and ready for 2021, but we need to put Mitch out to pasture in order for them to passed!
Indivisible Outer Cape, Lower Cape Indivisible, Martha’s Vineyard Indivisible, and Indivisible Nantucket joined forces for this series of fun summer fundraisers.
Brewster, June 27, 5-7PM – raised $4000!
Eastham, July 10, 6-8PM – raised $2000!
Truro, August 4, 11AM-1PM – raised $2000!
Nantucket, August 14, 5-7PM – raised $7500!
Martha’s Vineyard, September 21, 4-6PM – raised $6000!
Alternatively, you can go to indivisibleky.org to just make a donation!
Let’s Can Collins Fundraiser!
Based on the success of our #DitchMitch2020 fundraising, we are held a similar action to help Mainers #CanCollins!
Indivisible Outer Cape partnered with Women’s Week organizers and Provincetown Brewing Co. to help our fellow Indivisible members at Mainers for Accountable Leadership raise funds to build grassroots capacity and inform voters of Senator Susan Collins’ bad policies. The event was held on Friday, October 18, from 5-7 pm at the PBC at 141 Bradford St. Attendees enjoyed their first round of beer, and a snack, all while knowing they were doing their part to help Mainers rid the Senate of #Sidekick Susie!
If you would still like to make a contribution, please click here!
UPDATE on Impeachment August: The following letter garnered 68 ‘signatories’ in just 24 hours! It was delivered on July 26, 2019. More folks were signing on and plans were made to deliver another letter when Rep. Keating came out in favor of impeachment proceedings. In a recent conversation with the Congressman, he admitted that our letter and your calls to his office made the difference!!
July 26, 2019
Dear Congressman Keating,
On July 24, 2019, in front of two Congressional Committees, Special Counsel, Robert Mueller reiterated that he did not exonerate the president of criminal activity, making it clear that even though he did not indict the president, he expects Congress to do something. It is the job of Congress to follow up on the findings of the report and if Congress continues to shirk this most solemn responsibility it will jeopardize everything our Constitution stands for.
The president’s crimes and misdemeanors are well-known and too numerous to mention here, but even two and half years after his election, he continues to obstruct justice by thwarting and ignoring Congress’ attempts to investigate his actions. In more than twenty investigations, he has attempted to block requests for testimony and documents that could shed light onto his corruption and cruelty. This outright disregard for the checks and balances that define our government needs to be stopped and it needs brave Democrats in Congress to do so.
An impeachment inquiry is the answer. By launching an impeachment inquiry into whether the president has violated his oath of office, House Democrats would be able to make clear to the courts that they have a “legitimate legislative purpose” and would have greater access to materials and testimony currently being blocked by the administration. This could bring even more damning information to light, increasing the chance of successful impeachment later; but even without the support of Republicans or the Senate, it is the right thing to do. There is a moral imperative to do so and refusing to do so sets a dangerous precedent and example for the world and for future generations.
The president is an out-of-control, dangerous man, and he is using the power of the White House to harm us all and to dismantle our democracy. The old rules and norms have been tossed aside and to stand up to his abuses, Democrats have to be bold. There is one tool left in the Constitution to do that.
The constituents in your district want to see you be bold. The time to follow the leader is gone; it has got us nowhere. There is no smooth road ahead so at least take the high road and do the right thing. Support beginning an inquiry into impeachment immediately.