…and we're back! As you may recall, Indivisible Somerville held a organizational "shut down" last week, giving our hardworking members a chance to recharge. It was a bit of an experiment, and we had varying levels of success staying away from IS work. One thing seems consistent, however: we're all eager to get back into the fight.
There was one notable exception to the shutdown week: the DACA decision on Tuesday, which motivated many Indivisible Somerville members to come out in defense of the nearly 8,000 Dreamers who call Massachusetts home. Mystic Valley lab lead and immigrant activist Zaida Ortiz filed this report from the State House rally:
The vigil at the State House organized by Centro Presente featured speeches and delivered letters to Speaker DeLeo, Senator Rosenberg, and Governor Baker, asking them to speak out in support our Dreamers by passing the Safe Communities Act. Somerville’s Representative Mike Connolly pledged his continued support to the immigrant community. The program was closed out with the inspirational story of immigrant student activist and dreamer Carlos Rojas Alverez.
Decisions, decisions… Two labs meet on Thursday the 14th at 6 pm: Family Lab and Red State Rising. Here are their pitches.
Red State Rising will be at Marjie's house — 15 Westwood Rd in Somerville. We’ve been working hard to develop some intake and tracking systems, thinking through (and screwing up and re-thinking through) some options, and would value the chance to fill everyone in, get your input and “train” all on what we’ve got so far. There will be blueberry crisp. Bring your laptops if you can, and we hope to see you there.
Family Lab will be meeting at the Somerville Library. This lab is meant for parents, grandparents, guardians, children, teens — anyone who wants to learn and get active with their family! We're going to pick up where we left off at our last meeting (but please come even if you couldn't join us in August!) and do some more planning for work to address an issue that is current and important to the kids.
Once you've dealt with that harrowing choice, the next day's lab attendance decision should be much easier, at least if you don't work a 9-5 office job: IS's flaming sword of justice, a.k.a. Action Lab, will be meeting at its usual time and place: 10 am at the Somerville Library.
This weekend, there are two big events we'd like to bring to your attention.
On Saturday, the Boston May Day Coalition is organizing a rally in defense of DACA and against deportations. The rally begins at the State House at 1pm, and will be followed by a march to the JFK Federal Building. Trump and his cheerleaders in the U.S. Congress are leading a generalized assault on our lives, rights, and living conditions. The leading edge of this assault today is the stepped up attacks against migrants. The government in Washington has stepped up attacks on migrants to levels not seen in years. Enough is enough!
On Sunday at noon, the 2nd Annual New England Muslim Festival will be held at 195 Canal St in Malden. Learn about the Muslim community, support local Muslims and immigrants, and push back against hatred! There will be entertainment with music from Turkish bands and African drummers, food trucks, and representatives from many Muslim organizations throughout New England. We'll also have a table there, where you'll find voter registration materials, postcards to send in support of the Safe Communities Act, and fun activities for kids.
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