So, Election Day happened. And as we all know now, it was a huge victory across the country for progressive candidates and causes. What we're doing is working. The challenge before us is daunting, but we are rising every day to meet it. Keep it up.
To name one example of what we're up against: there's a well funded ballot initiative being put forth for next year, which would repeal anti-discrimination protections for trans people. On Friday, the Action Lab was visited by David Topping of Freedom For All MA, who described his organization's efforts to defeat this initiative. He was a great guest, engaging and knowledgable, and we all look forward to fighting at his side in the year ahead. Keep watching this space for more info on how you can get involved.
As we fight that good fight, we'll have one weapon that's new to our arsenal, but which was deployed against Democrats in 2016, to devastating effect: Twitter bots. Indivisible Somerville hosted its first (but definitely not last) Twitter Bot Hackathon on Sunday, focused on building Twitter bots to fight on behalf of truth and justice. The day generated some fabulous, creative projects, and we're just getting started.
Last but not least, we're happy to report that Massachusetts's second-ever statewide Indivisible Conference was amazing. Since the first iteration of the conference (just this past spring!) Sunday's gathering was leagues better by every measure, from attendance (about 600 activists, from every part of the Commonwealth), to the breadth and depth of workshop offerings, to an ineffable feeling of energy and momentum that suffused the whole event.
Regarding that last thing: certainly, some of the vibe was a residual high from those election results of the Tuesday before. But it didn't hurt one bit to have the conference bookended by electrifying speakers, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, who revved up the crowd like nobody's business, and our own Zayda Ortiz, whose emotional closing remarks powerfully drove home the importance of our continuing efforts.
And speaking of continuing efforts — without further ado, here's what's on tap for the week ahead.
Tonight, Wednesday 11/15, Creative is having its second installment of creative working hours. The fun and games and disciplined productivity go from 7 to 9, at the Canopy City conference room (14 Tyler St, 3rd floor).
On Thursday, 11/16, the Evening Action Lab will be meeting once again at 7, but in a new location: Diesel Cafe in Davis Square. Same great Intelligentsia coffee as Bloc Cafe, but with a key advantage of being open past 7 pm. This will be this lab's first meeting since the election, so there will be much to celebrate and talk about — you should definitely come!
On Friday, 11/17, the classic morning version of Action Lab meets at the Somerville Library at 10 am.
Finally, here's the big event we want to push for this week. Remember a few months back, when the weekend after Charlottesville, those same white supremacists tried to take their hateful road show, under the guise of "free speech", to Boston Common? Remember how Boston responded by rising up, 40,000 strong, making a peaceful but forceful statement that Nazis and their cronies have no place in our city? Well, those same reactionary bozos are coming back to town on Saturday. So we're coming back too. Welcome to Fight Supremacy 2.0.
Unfortunately, this time their event, because it's not in the immediate wake of Charlottesville, has received much less advance publicity. So it is absolutely crucial that everyone who can, does go to Boston Common to counter protest. We need to show once again, beyond a doubt, that we are still many, and they are still few. Indivisible Somerville will gather at noon at the carousel by Frog Pond. Join us.
Oh, and though I did use the word "finally", there is one more thing. Our next monthly New Member Orientation is happening from 2:30 to 4 pm at the Somerville Public Library. This is exactly what it sounds like: a place for anyone new to our organization to learn the ropes and find out how to get involved. If you want to go to the rally but also want to go to the orientation, we're happy to offer you a ride: contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll work things out.
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