Jesse Baer

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Events Roundup

When the last Events Roundup went out, our Candidate Forum with Setti Warren was about to begin. Let us begin where we left off, with this report from IS Organizer Ashley Tartarilla.

Last Monday evening, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren, joined us at the Green Room for a meet and greet. Warren talked to IS about his two terms as mayor of Newton, his reasons for running against Baker in 2018, and how he plans to defeat Baker in the upcoming election. Notably, he reminded the audience that it is not only the Trump agenda that we need to be resisting, but also the Baker agenda. Warren's talk was followed by a Q&A where audience members asked the mayor questions on affordable housing, policing, and criminal justice reform.

This week

Tuesday, October 17

If you're free at 10 am, the Action Lab invites you to come support the Tenant Right of First Refusal Bill (H3017) in its public hearing at the State House. This bill would allow tenant groups to work out a mutually beneficial deal with their landlords when buildings are sold, preventing displacement and preserving affordable housing. The meeting will be held in Room B-2. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 18

Get social at our next Drinkup, hosted by our Outreach Lab. It's happening at 9 Nevada Ave in Somerville, from 7 to 9 pm. We've planned this one specifically to connect new members with existing ones who can answer their questions. So whichever of those groups you belong to, you should come! There will be good people, a crackling firepit, and snacks. There will also be booze, but you'll have to bring that. More info on the event's Facebook page.

The Energy & Environment Lab meets from 7 to 8 at Bloc Cafe. They're throwing their support behind three big environmental bills now being considered by the Massachusetts legislature. Apropos of nothing, did you hear Trump just appointed another "climate skeptic" as the White House senior adviser on environmental policy? Basically, if you've ever thought of getting involved with #ee, now's as good a time as any.

Thursday, October 19

Creative Lab meets from 7 to 9 at Canopy City (14 Tyler St, 3rd Floor). Meet fellow creatives, learn more about IS and #Creative, talk about existing initiatives and possible proactive projects, decide on the next few creative meetings and more. RSVP and check out the agenda at the Facebook event page.

Don't fancy yourself a "creative type"? Or are you just really into a) numbers, b) money, and/or c) party planning? Well then, dear reader, let the Fund Lab be your jam. It's meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 at 18 Harrington Rd, Cambridge, MA. With that Day of the Dead fundraiser coming up, it's sure to be an a) fun, and b) important meeting!

Friday, October 20

Action Lab will be meeting at the usual time (10 am) but, sneakily, at a different location — Bloc Cafe. They will be back at the Somerville Library for the following week's meeting on October 27. Gotta keep an eye on those wily #actioneers.

Saturday, October 21

Our next installment of Community Hours will be held from 12 to 2 at 163 Forest St in Arlington. Here's the skinny from your scintillating host, Stacey McCullough:

Come snack and work with fellow members of IS! ~10-15 min walk from the 77 bus at Mass Ave and Appleton St. We have one spare parking spot. Otherwise, there are usually open spots on Edmund Rd. or Sunset Rd.

Two scaredy cats with lots of fur, but they're mostly hypoallergenic. Lots of stairs to get up to the house.

One other super-important note: This is a bring-your-own-coffee event! (Tea and hot chocolate and instant decaf available.)

Looking ahead

Thursday, November 2

Look, we know you've received two nearly-identical emails about it already today (technical snafu, sorry!) but we can't exactly close an Events Roundup without mentioning our upcoming Day of the Dead fundraiser. It's going to be the bee's knees. (Or… the Monarch Butterfly's… wings? No? Ok.) Mark your calendars: Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, 15 Westwood Rd., Somerville. Details and RSVP link on Facebook.

Sunday, November 12

Also, FYI, there's going to be a statewide Indivisible MA conference on November 12. It will feature workshops on organizing, tech, elections, and more! Most of all, it's a chance to meet and mingle with other Indivisiblers across the Commonwealth, and find out what they've been up to. For additional information and to register, visit


If you like the work we do, please consider setting up a small recurring donation to IS. Sustaining donations are what keep us afloat and able to pay for meeting space, web hosting, coffee, poster supplies, etc. You can set one up in less than 2 minutes on our donation page.

If there's something you think we should know, drop us a line via the anonymous feedback form. We read each and every response.

Events Roundup

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day, and welcome to your Events Roundup. We've had a busy week, so let's get started.

In Review

We'll start with where the last Roundup left off: our quarterly Org Meeting. It was our first since switching from a monthly to a quarterly schedule, and our first ever at a new location. Under the circumstances, one might have expected us to be a bit rusty, but afterwards there was general agreement that we had pulled off our tightest, most organized Org Meeting to date, without sacrificing any of the excitement of prior outings.

Among the evening's highlights:

• The lab formerly known as "Choosing Battles" now has an official name, and a website. Visit It's Our Call to find out all about this exciting project.

• Indivisible Somerville is throwing its support behind the Welcome Project's new Rapid Response Network, which aims to provide immediate support to the families of immigrants detained by ICE. They need volunteers! To find out more, email

• We had a bang-up quarter, welcoming 155 new members, two new lab leads, and a whole new lab (Evening Action).

• At the Org Meeting itself, we raised $229, 100% of which will be donated to relief efforts in Puerto Rico. If you would like to donate, Venmo @indivisiville or go to Make sure you include "PR" in your payment description.

Although today, Monday 10/9, is Indigenous Peoples' Day, it was Saturday on which Native groups and allies held a Sinking Columbus protest. Members of Indivisible Somerville took part in the event, which began with speakers at Park Street Station, and culminated in a march to the Christopher Columbus statue at the Seaport. Here's the skinny on how it went down, courtesy IS organizer Ashley Tartarilla:

In Saturday, IS members joined the Indigenous Peoples' Day rally and march in an effort to end the public celebration of Christopher Columbus, a man who symbolizes white supremacy, colonization, and imperialism. Protesters marched from Boston Common to the Christopher Columbus statue by the waterfront. The statue was "decorated" with posters depicting an honest telling of history, and speakers denounced the myth surrounding the "discovery" of America. In a final solemn and sacred gesture, the group turned to face the harbor, and prayed for the healing of Indigenous people present and past, and the Earth that sustains us all.

The march is an annual event hosted by Indigenous Peoples' Day Massachusetts, who are working tirelessly to pass legislation in the Commonwealth to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day, as an officially recognized holiday.

The next day brought another action, this time of a much more lighthearted nature: Indivisible Somerville took in the great Somerville tradition, the HONK! Parade, in which activist street bands from around the country and even other countries march and raise a joyous ruckus for justice. This year we just carried a banner and a tambourine, but we're already starting to plan for next year's showing. Oh yes, we'll be back — and next time we're bringing the noise.

Coming up

This is happening in just about an hour from the sending of this message, but we mentioned it last week so hopefully you marked your calendars: we're hosting a Candidate's Forum tonight with Newton Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Setti Warren. It will be held at the Green Room, at 62 Bow Street, from 5:45 to 6:45. He will speak, followed by a Q&A. This is a rare chance to meet a rising star in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, and quite possibly our next Governor, in an intimate setting. So be there, and bring your tough questions. :)

Tomorrow, 10/10, the Outreach Lab meets at Diesel Cafe in Davis Square from 8 to 9pm.

On Thursday, 10/12, Red State Rising meets at 15 Westwood St. in Somerville from 6 to 7pm. Right on its heels, the second-ever Evening Action meeting will be held at the Green Room, from 7 to 8.

The next morning, 10/13, the never-to-be-cowed-by-superstition Action Lab has its regular Friday morning meeting at 10am at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave.

On Saturday morning, 10/14, Community Hours are back! This week they’ll be hosted by Melissa Green at 14 Lincoln Parkway, Apt. 2 in Somerville. Chill with your favorite ISers, get some work done, have some snacks. It’ll be bomb, because it always is.


If you like the work we do, please consider setting up a small recurring donation to IS. Sustaining donations are what keep us afloat and able to pay for meeting space, web hosting, coffee, poster supplies, etc. You can set one up in less than 2 minutes on our donation page.

If there's something you think we should know, drop us a line via the anonymous feedback form. We read each and every response.

Events roundup

Last week we had our first ever evening action meeting!

It wasted no time living up to its name: on Sunday, members from the group met at Market Basket & collected signatures to get paid family medical leave on the 2018 ballot.

Also on Sunday, the Mystic Valley lab tabled at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Malden. Here’s a report from Zayda Ortiz:

The Mystic Valley Lab introduced themselves to the Malden’s Hispanic community at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration. It was filled with fun: bouncy houses and fantastic pupusas, mariachi music and dancing.

We were there to collect signatures for ballot initiatives, offer voter registration, and speak with our neighbors about Indivisible. We ran into many municipal candidates running for both school committee and city council. The election is Nov 9.

Our urgent initiative right now to educate and give out postcards for the Safe Communities Act. The bill is still languishing in committee, despite overwhelming community support for our immigrant neighbors.

That same afternoon, we had a Leads meeting, mostly centered on planning today's Org meeting (read on for details). We also discussed our evolution into an official, legally recognized non-profit, and our completely overhauled and redesigned website – both coming soon!

Looking ahead

Thursday 10/5 (TODAY for most of you reading this)

Org meeting!! It’s back, in a brand new, awesome location — Canopy City (14 Tyler St). The meeting begins at 6:30pm. Afterwards, we’ll head over to Aeronaut for beer and food.

Friday 10/6

Action lab meets at the usual time, Friday at 10 at Somerville Library.

Saturday 10/7

Be part of the IS contingent at the Indigenous Peoples' March. It starts at 1 PM at Park St. and ends at the Christopher Columbus statue in the North End at 3PM. More details are available at the Mass Peace Action website and the official Facebook page.

Canvass for local alderman candidates with Our Revolution Somerville. Meet at Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin’s house at 50 Flint St to get started — he’s also firing up the grill so there will be BBQ FOODSTUFFS when you return from your route! State Representative Mike Connolly will also be stopping by to chat. If you’ve never canvassed before, it’s totally okay. There will be an optional, short training before you’ll be sent out with a partner. RSVP and learn more about the event on Facebook.

Sunday 10/8

IS is joining the parade — the legendary HONK! Parade that is. Join us! We will assemble at 11am in Davis Square, in the parking lot behind Starbucks. We'll have the IS banner. Colorful clothing, noisemakers and glitter are strongly encouraged.

Monday 10/9

Come to the Meet & Greet with Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Newton Mayor Setti Warren, from 5:45-6:45 at the Green Room. He'll be speaking, followed by a Q&A.

Calling All Volunteers

We are looking for someone to help coordinate a Handmaid Coalition protest on October 14, a Saturday, to support women's rights and the ACCESS bill. The job will involve e-mail coordination with the state organizer for the event (who is a bit short on time) and creating a Facebook event or other online info source. (The protest itself will meet outside the State House, then do some photos at locations in Cambridge.) We have other folks who can help organize costumes.


If you like the work we do, please consider setting up a small recurring donation to IS. Sustaining donations are what keep us afloat and able to pay for meeting space, web hosting, coffee, poster supplies, etc. You can set one up in less than 2 minutes on our donation page.

If there's something you think we should know, drop us a line via the anonymous feedback form. We read each and every response.

Events roundup

Obamacare repeal is dead. Again. For now. And while we can't claim to have done it in ourselves, or even that we were the MVPs of this effort (that would be, once again, the superheroes in ADAPT 😍), it was nice to know that we were among the final straws, as Maine Senator Susan Collins's announcement of opposition came right at the end of our long day of furious phone banking.

And then, as a cherry on top, Indivisible National co-founder Ezra Levin and Massachusetts pride Senator Elizabeth Warren (the Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, etc., etc.) did a Facebook Live stream, and specifically shouted out Indivisible Mystic Valley. Squee!

When we fight, we win. Let's keep fighting. Here is your Events Roundup.

Lab Meetings

Outreach Lab meets at 8 pm tonight (9/26) in Diesel Cafe.

Fund Lab meets on Wednesday 9/27 at 6:30 pm at 4 Theriault Ct in Cambridge.

Action Lab has its first ever (!!) evening planning meeting on Thursday 9/28 in the Green Room (62 Bow Street in Somerville).

• And then, mere hours later, Action meets again in its usual daytime slot: 10 am, on Friday 9/29, at the Somerville Public Library. These people are unstoppable!

Events of Interest

ACLU of Massachusetts Lobby Day is Wednesday, 9/27 at the State House:

We're taking the Freedom Agenda — our plan for resisting the threats of the Trump administration — to Beacon Hill. It's time to protect immigrants, fix our broken criminal justice system, stand up for privacy and safeguard reproductive freedom — now, more than ever.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. Boxed lunches will be available for anyone who registers in advance.

Raise Up MA needs thousands of signatures to pass a $15 min wage and Paid Family Medical Leave, and Cambridge-Somerville for Change has signature-gathering teams almost every day; just find a time that works. You can also help them recruit more signature gathering volunteers by phone banking tonight, 9/26 at 6:30.

• This Saturday 9/30, has a whole raft of exciting stuff going on!

First, get pumped, because we're bringing back the late, lamented, legendary Community Hours! This time they'll be at 6 Shady Hill Sq in Cambridge. Great snacks, great people, a great vibe for getting work done — trust us, you'll want to be there. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please note that parking is very limited; if you'd like to drive, please contact

Next, at 2:30, we're having our monthly New Member Orientation, in the Somerville Public Library conference room. If you're new to IS, this is a great chance to find out what we're all about and how you can get involved. And if you're not new, this is a great chance to bring some awesome newbies on board!

Last but not least, from 3 to 7, Indivisible Mystic Valley will be tabling at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Malden High School, registering people to vote and informing them about the Safe Communities Act and various other initiatives. We need volunteers! If you're interested, email

Looking ahead

Mark your calendars, because the IS Org Meeting is coming back next week — Thursday 10/5 at 6:30pm. New location this time: the Seminar Room at Canopy City, 14 Tyler St. in Somerville. It's been months since our last Org Meeting, so there will be a ton to talk about — this is not something you want to miss!


If you like the work we do, please consider setting up a small recurring donation to IS. Sustaining donations are what keep us afloat and able to pay for meeting space, web hosting, coffee, poster supplies, etc. You can set one up in less than 2 minutes on our donation page.

If there's something you think we should know, drop us a line via the anonymous feedback form. We read each and every response.

Events roundup

Just when you thought it was safe to take those Congressional offices off your speed dial, "Repeal and Replace" is back with a vengeance and a fresh dusting of sulphur. It is absolutely vital that wavering Republicans know that the opposition to this monster is as strong as it's ever been, and the consequences for embracing it this time will be no less dire than they would have been any of the times before.

At the same time, we realize that you cannot physically make calls continuously. Therefore, we give you permission to put that phone down for a few minutes and read this week's edition of IS Events Roundup. It's short!

In review

Two of our leads, Nina Vyedin and Sean Edwards, flew to Oklahoma (on their own dime) over the weekend to visit our Indivisible friends there. We’ve had a really successful collaboration with them for months through the Red State Rising project, and it was exciting to finally meet in person. Stay tuned for a full rundown from Sean and Nina, coming soon!

DACA Rally On Saturday, Indivisible Somerville joined a coalition of grass root organizations participating in the "Stop Deportations, Defend DACA" rally and march in Boston. Our man on the spot, the inimitable Keith Bernard, sets the scene:

Gathering at the Common in front of the State House, we listened to rousing speeches from DREAMers like Carlos Rojas Alverez and members of the Latino Medical Student Association at BU. Various speakers asked the crowd not only to defend DACA but also to honor the sacrifices their parents made, to provide clear paths to residency and citizenship and to keep their families together.

“You will not turn the African American black people against our Latino brothers and sisters,” said Tito Jackson, mayoral candidate for Boston, coming out strong against the xenophobic agenda of our current administration. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association said: “This isn’t about just welcoming our students, it’s about taking steps to protect our students and their families.” The crowd of hundreds lead by a marching band then marched through the Common and into Downtown crossing, chants echoing off of the buildings as we made our way to the JFK Federal Building. Zayda Ortiz, Lead of Indivisible Mystic Valley, was invited to speak and she reminded us all it was Mexico’s Independence Day, re-enacting a Mexican Independence Day tradition called “¡El Grito!” (the Cry to Freedom): “¡Que Viva los Dreamers! ¡Que Viva la libertad! ¡Que Viva Boston!”

Muslim Festival
Indivisible Somerville had a table at the Second Annual Muslim Festival, held on Sunday in Malden. Here is a report from our aforementioned indefatigable organizer Zayda Ortiz:

On Sunday, the Action and Mystic Valley labs joined forces again in support of our Muslim neighbors, and to let them know what IS is all about. We offered voter registration, information about the Safe Communities Act and our organization to the public. We also asked kids and adults alike to add a ring to our “Links of Hope.” We provided color paper and pens and asked everyone to write or color a picture with a personal message of hope, and then linked to everyone else’s who attended. Upwards of 4000 people attended, including several local politicians, and some visiting from as far away as Chicago. There was delicious food, great music, and activities for all ages.


  • Energy & Environment meets on Thursday 9/21 at Bloc Cafe in Union Square, from 7 to 8 pm.
  • The Action Lab will meet on Friday 9/22 from 10 am to noon at Somerville Public Library.
  • And for those of you who have had to miss out on Action Lab meetings, rejoice — for your time in the sun moon is at hand: our first-ever Evening Action meeting is on Thursday, 9/28 at 7 PM in Union Square. Exact venue TBD. Watch this space!

Events of interest

Friday 9/22: DACA Renewal Project
If you or anyone you know has DACA authorization, The Welcome Project will have lawyers on hand to help with renewals from 4–6pm. If you know someone who needs assistance, make sure you tell them about The Welcome Project’s clinic — there will also be another one next week.

Sunday 9/24: 2017 Somerville Democratic City Committee BBQ
Mix, mingle, and eat with other local Dems! The Somerville Democratic City Committee is holding its annual picnic at Powderhouse Park from 12–3pm. If you want to volunteer or enter some deliciousness in the bake sale, contact Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.


If you like the work we do, please consider setting up a small recurring donation to IS. Sustaining donations are what keep us afloat and able to pay for meeting space, web hosting, coffee, poster supplies, etc. You can set one up in less than 2 minutes on our donation page.

If there's something you think we should know, drop us a line via the anonymous feedback form. We read each and every response.