November 9th Newsletter

 In Action
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November 9, 2019
Articles in this issue
  • Dems turn Virginia blue
  • Sister District MA-RI’s impact on VA success
  • Indivisible MA 2019 Conference: Learn how you can make a Dem 2020 happen
  • Margaret Bourdeaux to describe her campaign  experiences in GA at the next screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
  • Don’t miss Veterans Day voter registration in Maine

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Postcard and Letter Writing
Leverett Wednesday, November 13
@ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Letters to Encourage People to Vote
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Jamaica Plain Thursday, November 14
@ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Letter Writing to Register New Volunteers
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Providence, RI Thursday, November 14
@ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Voter Registration Letter Writing Event
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Canvassing and Voter Registration
Southern Maine November 9
@ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Kennebunk and/or Biddeford – Flip the Senate! Canvass to Defeat Susan Collins
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Kennebunk, ME Saturday, November 9 – Sunday, November 10 Southern Maine – Canvass to Defeat Susan Collins
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Scarborough, ME Monday, November 11
@ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Veteran’s Day Sales and Voter Registration
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Philadelphia, PA Monday, November 11 – Friday, November 15
Register Philly Democrats with Blue Revolution and Field Team 6
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Phoenix, AZ Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17 Swing Left Arizona Weekend of Action
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Other
Lincoln Sunday, November 10
@ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger with special guest MA Rep. Katherine Clark
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Newton Sunday, November 10
@ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger with special guest MA Senator Seth Moulton
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Rockport Sunday, November 10
@ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Live stream of Newton event described immediately above
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Online/ Anywhere Monday, November 11
@ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Field Team 6 Flippin’ Maine Voter Registration Training Call
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Online/ Anywhere Thursday, November 14
@ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Action Network 102: Actions
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Recurring
Concord Saturday, November 9
@ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concord Activist Huddle
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Cambridge Sunday, November 10
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cambridge Activist Afternoons
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Lexington Monday, November 11
@ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Minuteman Indivisible Update/Action Meeting
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Littleton Tuesday, November 12
@ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Indivisible Acton Area Action at Library
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North Andover Wednesday, November 13
@ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Andover Indivisible Postcards to Voters
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Newburyport Friday, November 15
@ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
I-RISE Friday Action Hour Postcards
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Acton Saturday, November 16
@ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Postcard Writing with Indivisible Acton
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Cambridge Sunday, November 17
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cambridge Activist Afternoons
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NEWS ALERT!
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State-wide celebrations in VA (Virginia Mercury)
We. Flipped. Virginia.
Democrats have won both the House of Delegates and the State Senate — securing total control of the state government for the first time since 1993 . That’s 25 years!

Here’s how today’s election in Virginia broke down by the numbers:
  • Democrats have won 14 out of our 20 target races so far
  • We’ve flipped 8 seats and held 6 critical swing seats
  • 18 of our 20 target races may be decided by a margin of 10% or less
These wins are a major blow to Trump. Flipping the Virginia legislature means Dems can finally pass progressive legislation like gun control, education reform, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Plus, Dems can dismantle district maps rigged by Republicans and then draw fair electoral maps in Virginia for the next decade.

As this NYT article points out, Democratic victories like this one do not happen overnight. It took years of local organizing to bring Virginia back to the tipping point.

Swing Left Greater Boston will partner with local organizations on the ground to provide volunteers with meaningful engagement opportunities. Stay tuned!

DID YOU KNOW?
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Swing Left Greater Boston recognizes the achievements of  its colleague in arms, Sister District MA-RI
Sister District MA-RI Deserves Credit for Wins in Virginia
Democrats flipped Virginia’s state legislature, winning a True Blue Trifecta on November 5. But that victory didn’t happen overnight — it was more than two years in the making. Sister District MA-RI volunteers were there at the beginning in 2017 providing whatever assistance the campaigns need: calling voters, writing postcards, sending texts, raising funds, providing post-it-notes for canvassers, and traveling to canvass ourselves.

This year, Sister District MA-RI called 17,909 voters (and spoke to 1,463), raised $39,049, and wrote 18,269 postcards. We did this at 218 events attended by more than 500 individual volunteers (with a total attendance of roughly 1,630) at 62 private homes and public venues across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, from South Hadley to Cape Cod and from Providence to Newburyport.

So in 2020 we’ll continue to apply ourselves to the good fight, and remind Americans that even in a presidential year, states matter. We’re fired up!


CALL TO ACTION
Join activists across Massachusetts at the Indivisible MA conference on December 7 at Worcester State College.
Moving Together Toward 2020
Don’t expect a lot of speeches … Look forward to hands-on workshops that will help you plan for both state and national elections.

Indivisible co-founder and co-director Ezra Levine will lead a working session on impeachment and the Strategy for 2020; the role of grassroots activism in moving the impeachment process forward; and how activism feeds into strategy for the 2020 election.

Swing Left Greater Boston’s workshops include:
  • Canvassing Confidential: Real stories from canvassing in Maine
  • Going the Distance: Volunteering for Campaigns in Key Battleground States
  • Making the Most of Postcarding and Other Mailings
  • Voter Registration: Register Democrats, Save the World!
  • Cross-Group Support: A Workshop to Share and Scale Together
Registration for the conference is just getting started, but all these workshops already have attendees signed up. Don’t wait to register.

You know 2020 will be a critical year in our nation’s history. Get prepared to play your part in defending our democracy by joining us in Worcester on December 7.

Learn more about the conference.
Reserve your spot now.


Indivisible MA is hosting the conference with the participation of Swing Left, Progressive Massachusetts, MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), 350.org, ORMA (Our Revolution Massachusetts), Progressive Democrats of America, Sister District, and Force Multiplier, as well as many local Democratic Town Committees and Women’s March groups.

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Georgia Voter Suppression First Hand
Come learn what Margaret Bourdeaux experienced when she led her sister Carolyn’s campaign in Georgia in 2018. Margaret will speak at the next screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote on November 24 in Cambridge.
WHAT YOU MISSED
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Our fearless volunteers braved the cold and created 32 new progressive voters. Be part of the team … see the call to action below.
CALL TO ACTION

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Join us before it gets too cold!
Veterans Day Voter Registration Drive
November 11 is a great day for shopping! That’s why we’ve scheduled a voter registration trip to Scarborough, where we had a great day registering voters last Saturday. We discovered that stores — like Walmart, Marden’s, Marshalls, and Shaws — and other locations such as the multiplex theater and local library — can be great locations to register voters.

Please honor our veterans by working to save our democracy by registering voters. Here is the link to sign up!

Don’t delay and miss one of the last chances to register voters in Maine before the weather closes in. Hope you can make it!!
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