Jan
23
11:00 AM11:00

Lobby for Medicare for All in Boston

When: January 23rd, 11 am
Where: Grand Staircase of the State House

What: The day will start with a mini-rally to kick things off. Senator Eldridge, lead sponsor of the Senate bill, and other community leaders will speak about the importance of this legislation. 

After the rally, everyone break into small groups to visit legislators and ask them to sponsor the bills. 

Don't worry if you've never lobbied before - they’ll send you with experienced activists who will show you the ropes. They’re also providing everyone with packets to hand over to your legislators, which will include a fact sheet on the bill, media about the ballot question win, and where to find more resources on single payer.

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Jan
28
4:00 PM16:00

Women Leading Western Mass: Campaigns, Policy and Public Service

The event is sponsored by the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherstand UWiL (UMass Women into Leadership). 

When: Monday, January 28, 4pm-5pm
Where:
UMass Amherst, Old Chapel, 44 Chapel Rd, Amherst

What: Newly elected state Senator-Elect Jo ComerfordNatalie Blais - Representative Elect - 1st Franklin DistrictLindsay Sabadosa, State Representative-Elect, 1st Hampshire District, and Mindy Domb, State Representative-Elect, 3rd Hampshire District, MA will speak about gender representation in government and public service and their priorities in the Massachusetts Legislature and offer advice to future leaders.

Free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Town Hall with Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa and Sen. Jo Comerford

When: Friday, February 15, 6pm-8pm
Where: Northampton High School, 380 Elm St, Northampton

What: Joint Town Hall for Lindsay Sabadosa, State Representative-Elect, 1st Hampshire District and Senator Jo Comerford begin their first months as legislators for the 1st Hampshire and Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester Districts. Please bring your questions as they welcome our new representatives to share their thoughts on a myriad of topics.

They are collecting questions in advance to ensure they can cover as many topics as possible. (Don't worry, you can also submit questions at the town hall.) Ask away: https://goo.gl/forms/MXn5cmLl9RAy8EyI3

If your group is interested in becoming a cosponsor (and/or tabling at the event), fill out this form

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Boston Women's March 2019

When: Saturday, January 19, 10 am – 2 pm
Where:
Boston Common, Charles St, Boston

What: On this worldwide day of action, show up together in solidarity with women and allies in Boston. This work that was outlined by the original Marches is far from complete. We continue to march forward, building energy and welcoming ever more activism into the arena, until the systems of supremacy which oppress us are dismantled. The 2019 March, taking place on the weekend before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, lifts up the ongoing work in the struggle for civil rights for so many communities.

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Jan
17
10:00 AM10:00

Sexual Health Lobby Day

When: Thursday, January 17, 10 am - 2 pm
Where: MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston MA

What: At Sexual Health Lobby Day, advocates from across the state will come together to declare: access to sexual and reproductive health care is a basic human right. The day will begin with a tabling fair and short speaking program, followed by a training to prepare you to hold effective conversations with your lawmakers. Then you’ll go off to meet with your state representative and senator to advocate for a new bill to expand access to safe, legal abortion; legislation that expands access to comprehensive sex education; and funding for Massachusetts family planning, teen pregnancy prevention, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
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Transportation Request Form (From Springfield and Worcester)

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Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

Community Forum on Education

When: Wednesday, January 9, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Where: The Community Room at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton

What: Massachusetts loves its public schools and colleges, but too many students are being left behind by inadequate state support.  The MTA and it coalition partners are launching an ambitious campaign to win the funding that our students, educators, and communities deserve by May 1, 2019. They will discuss what it would mean to fully fund our school districts. You will learn when and how this funding crisis began, and most importantly, what we can do about it now to invest in the schools and colleges our communities deserve. Meet your neighbors, your local educators and leaders, and your elected officials.

Free childcare and pizza dinner is available, bring your whole family.

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Jan
8
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Action Now's Carbon Pollution and Fee Rebate Group Meeting

When

Thursday, January 10, 9-10:45 am (Meetings are usually first and third Tuesdays of the month)
Where:  Panera's, 335 Russell St (Mountain Farms Mall), Hadley

What:  Meetings focus on educating legislators and interested groups about carbon pricing.  Get trained to meet with legislators and work with a statewide coalition focused on carbon pricing legislation.  

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Sister District Postcard Writing

When:  Monday, January 7, 6 pm
Where:  44 Bircham St, Springfield

What:  From the organizer: "I purchase prepaid postcards from the post office and create graphics which I print on the postcards. You all reimburse me at $.42 each for postage and the ink I use for printing.  I provide the postcards, pens, scripts and addresses, and also some snacks.  You are welcome to bring some snacks too.  And if you have them, bring some extra highlighters.  It really sparks up the graphics."

Please RSVP to Ellen at boenel@verizon.net so she knows how many cards to bring. 

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Dec
18
5:30 PM17:30

Reception and Fundraiser:  Opportunity to Meet and Talk with Incoming State Senate President Karen Spilka

Sponsored by incoming State Senator Jo Comerford, in collaboration with Western Mass Senators Lesser, Gobi, Hinds, and Welch

When:  Tuesday, December 18, 5:30-7 pm
Where:  Samuel’s, 1000 West Columbus Ave, Springfield

What:  An opportunity to meet Senator Spilka in an intimate setting and talk about priorities for the coming session.  To understand the significance of this visit, see this statement from Tony Cignoli, public relations and political consultant:  "A few respectful thoughts about Senate President Spilka’s visit from one who has dealt with Beacon Hill for a long time. This is huge. It’s unusual and exceptional. This is an incredible opportunity, for Jo, for her constituents, for all of us who call Western Massachusetts home. This is a chance to help Jo to further cement the start of a great relationship with the President. Jo campaigned on making our voices heard in Boston, in bringing the attention of Beacon Hill Legislative Leadership to the West, beyond I-495. Karen Spilka coming here, to the district of her predecessor in the Senate Presidency now represented by Jo, will be noted by many. In politics, perception is currency.  We have an opportunity to attend the event Jo is co-hosting with strong voices for WMass, like Senator Lesser. I think that this is an opportunity for us to show the President how strongly we support Jo and her colleagues’ agenda for Western Massachusetts.  An event like this, if successful, stays ingrained in a legislative leader’s memory. I know from experience that this is the kind of effort that can make a difference in how Jo is perceived by leadership and in helping leadership understand why Jo’s priorities are what they are – because of the people she represents. I encourage you to come to this unique event if you can. Senate Presidents from the East don’t often come West. I believe that Karen Spilka’s already strong respect for Jo will be even greater when she sees the following that Jo has here." 

To RSVP, email Kait Saier at kait@mlmstrategiesllc.com

To donate, click here. Please note, you can contribute at whatever amount is comfortable, and most important is your presence and support.

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Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Western MA Medicare for All Monthly Meeting with Guest

When: Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Where:
Community Room, 20 Hampton St, Northampton

What: State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose will be joining us to share his perspective and respond to questions about how things work - or don’t - on Beacon Hill! The purpose of this exchange will be to inform and strengthen our grassroots advocacy and lobbying efforts for Single Payer in Mass. The new legislative session begins in January, 2019. New folks welcome!

RSVP to info@wmMedicareforall.org

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Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Western Mass Medicare for All Monthly Meeting

When:  Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 pm (second Wednesday of every month)
Where:  Community Room at Hampton Court, 20 Hampton Ave, Northampton

What:  Updates, actions, information, and resource-sharing.  Connect with other Medicare for All supporters and groups across the region.  Help make Single Payer a reality in Massachusetts and the nation.
 Please RSVP to info@wmmedicareforall.org. New folks welcome!
 
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Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Sister District Postcard Writing

When:  Wednesday, December 12, 6 pm
Where:  Chicopee Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee

What:  Postcard writing for Jennifer Boysko in January 8 Virginia special State Senate election.  This is a typically blue district, but nothing can be taken for granted in these races.  From the organizer: "I purchase prepaid postcards from the post office and create graphics which I print on the postcards. You all reimburse me at $.42 each for postage and the ink I use for printing.  I provide the postcards, pens, scripts and addresses, and also some snacks.  You are welcome to bring some snacks too.  And if you have them, bring some extra highlighters.  It really sparks up the graphics."

Please RSVP to Ellen at boenel@verizon.net so she knows how many cards to bring. 

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Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Action Now's Carbon Pollution and Fee Rebate Group Meeting

When:  Tuesday, December 11, 9-10:45 am (Meetings are usually first and third Tuesdays of the month)
Where:  Panera's, 335 Russell St (Mountain Farms Mall), Hadley


What:  Meetings focus on educating legislators and interested groups about carbon pricing.  Get trained to meet with legislators and work with a statewide coalition focused on carbon pricing legislation.  

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Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Granby/South Hadley Western Mass Medicare for All Meeting 

When:  Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 pm
Where:  Board Room, South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St, South Hadley

What:  This will be a training meeting for those interested in being involved in the long-term fight for single payer healthcare in Massachusetts.  Newcomers are welcome. 

Please email gshmedicare4all@gmail.com to RSVP for this training
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Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Action Now's Carbon Pollution and Fee Rebate Group Meeting 

When:  Tuesday, December 4, 9-10:45 am
Where:  Panera's, 335 Russell St (Mountain Farms Mall), Hadley

What:  Meetings focus on educating legislators and interested groups about carbon pricing.  Get trained to meet with legislators and work with a statewide coalition focused on carbon pricing legislation.  

For more information
For questions or to get involved, contact Mary Jo Maffei at maryjomaffei22@gmail.com or 413-265-6390

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Dec
3
7:30 PM19:30

Indivisible Northampton - Movement Voter project

When:  Monday, December 3, 7:30-8:45 pm (Regular meetings are first and third Monday of each month)
Where:  25 Mountain Laurel Path (Pathways Co-housing), Florence

What:  Speaker from the Movement Voter Project. The group provides tools for activists and donors to connect with hundreds of grassroots support voter groups across the US.

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Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Report Back From the Border: What Can We Do?

When: Monday December 3, 6pm-8pm
Where:
Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton

What: Come to Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly this Monday, December 3rd at 6PM to find out ways to support the migrant caravan, both at the border and locally. One of our newest staff members Adelita Simon, will be arriving back Sunday from a week at the border with the Sanctuary Caravan to prepare for a 40 day & 40 night encampment of thousands of US citizens to help welcome the asylum seekers. 

The panel will include Adelita Simon and Carolyn Oppenheim's experiences of resisting at the border. The panel will be moderated by Diana Sierra a historian and organizer with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. Diana will provide historical context to explain why people migrate. We will spend the second hour planning for a Massachusetts Delegation to head to the border, local actions, and ongoing organizing. 

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Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Sanctuary in the Streets General Assembly

Hosted by Pioneer Valley Workers Center

When:  Monday, December 3, 6-8 pm
Where:  The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton

What:  Sanctuary in the Streets is a rapid response network of 2,000 people and 40 congregations mobilizing against raids and deportations, workplace abuse, and hate crimes. All committees meet at general assemblies: fundraising, education and media, logistics and technology, events and training, and the mutual aid committee. New participants attend an orientation to learn about the network and the current projects of each committee.

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Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Climate Change in Your Backyard

Citizens Climate Lobby - Pioneer Valley

When:  Thursday, Nov. 29th, 6-8pm
Where:  Mason Square Public Library, 765 State Street, Springfield

What:   Mary Jane Eustace, co-leader of the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, will present on the effects of climate change in our region, what our local leaders and groups are doing to address the changes, and simple ways citizens can help to make a positive difference. Catherine Ratte, of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, will also present on Springfield's Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP).  At the end of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from local organizations promoting green energy, recycling, sustainable foods, and green transportation. Admission is free.

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Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Climate Action Now's Carbon Pollution and Fee Rebate Group Meeting 

When:  Tuesday, November 27, 9-10:45 am (Meetings are usually first and third Tuesdays of the month, but note date changes due to Thanksgiving; next meetings are 12/4, 12/18)
Where:  Panera's, 335 Russell St (Mountain Farms Mall), Hadley

What:  Meetings focus on educating legislators and interested groups about carbon pricing.  Get trained to meet with legislators and work with a statewide coalition focused on carbon pricing legislation.  

For more information
For questions or to get involved, contact Mary Jo Maffei at maryjomaffei22@gmail.com or 413-265-6390

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Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Vigil for Economic Justice

When: Saturday, November 24th, 10-10:30 am

Where: Center Church, 1 Church St, South Hadley

 

What:  Amid the frenzy of holiday consumerism, take a stand for economic justice, including the rights of the poor, protection of entitlement programs, and support for small, local businesses.

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Nov
20
5:30 PM17:30

Transgender Day of Remembrance

When: Tuesday, November 20th, 5:30-7 pm (5:30 Vigil, 6 pm Service)
Where: Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, enter Church, 220 Main St, Northampton 

What:  The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international event to honor the lives of transgender people who have been murdered due to hate crimes. We will also recognize transgender and non-binary individuals who suffer or have committed suicide. In this trying year when protections for transgender and non-binary people are under attack, it is important to gather in solidarity against violence and hate.
We will also recognize the loss of local community member Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien who was the first U.S. transgender victim of violence this year. Northampton’s Mayor David Narkewicz will present a proclamation on behalf of the City of Northampton, Deja Nicole Greenlaw and Lacy Joy Whitefeather will provide music, Lorelei Erisis will speak, and Reverend Yohah Ralph will officiate. Local resources for transgender, non-binary individuals, and victims of violence will be available at the event.

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Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Represent US Western Mass - Monthly Meeting

When:  Monday, November 19, 6:30-8 pm
Where:  Greenfield Savings Bank, 325 King St. NORTHAMPTON

What:  Monthly meeting of the local chapter of the non-partisan group Represent.US, working for campaign finance reform and fighting government corruption and make our democracy stronger.  

Work to get big money influence out of government by moving local, state, and national initiatives forward. Find out how your town can have a voice for clean government. All are welcome – bring a friend!

For questions or carpooling, email repwma@gmail.com
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Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley

When:  Sunday, November 18, 10:30 am-12 noon (every Sunday)
Where:  Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St, Northampton

What:  Activities include political discussions, writing letters, and making phone calls.  Attendees get contact information and sample scripts to make the process of contacting elected officials easy. 

Contact at badassactivists@gmail.com

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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Western Mass Medicare for All Monthly Meeting

When:  Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 pm (second Wednesday of every month)
Where:  Community Room at Hampton Court, 20 Hampton Ave, Northampton

What:  Updates, actions, information, and resource-sharing.  Connect with other Medicare for All supporters and groups across the region.  Help make Single Payer a reality in Massachusetts and the nation.
 Please RSVP to info@wmmedicareforall.org. New folks welcome!
 
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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Documentary Screening and Discussion of "Dark Money"

Sponsored by Represent Western Mass.  


When:  Wednesday, November 14, 7-9 pm
Where:  Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton

What:  Documentary exploring the impact of Citizens United on elections in Montana. According to the film's director/producer,  dark money contributions increased 60-fold in 2012, the first election after Citizens United, and 2018 campaign spending has already far surpassed 2016 campaign spending. Discussion will follow the screening.

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