Fight Supremacy 2.0

About three months ago, a group of "alt right" white supremacists took over the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, as a show of their "strength" β€” carrying tiki torches, chanting "Jews will not replace us" and "white lives matter", and whipping themselves up into a wild frenzy. It all culminated in the murder of Heather Heyer, a young activist who was there to counter their hate.

The following weekend, a similar group with similar aims descended on Boston. But Boston was ready, and over 40,000 people rose up in response. Finding themselves vastly outnumbered and surrounded on all sides, the reactionaries retreated.

However, they did not surrender. Tomorrow, they plan to come back. And therefore, so do we.

There won't be a march this time, but there will be a rally on Boston Common, dubbed Fight Supremacy 2.0. As was the original Fight Supremacy march and rally, tomorrow's event is being spearheaded by the Boston and Cambridge chapters of Black Lives Matter. Indivisible Somerville and Indivisible Mystic Valley have not been involved in organizing this event, but we stand in full solidarity, and plan to join in. To join us, come to the carousel next to the Boston Common Frog Pond at 11:30, and look for someone holding an Indivisible Somerville sign.

Because Charlottesville is more distant in people's memories this time, we want to make sure that everyone who can come, does come tomorrow. It is absolutely critical to demonstrate that our resolve remains as firm as ever. We may not outnumber them 40,000 to 100 this time, but we must outnumber them. Your presence tomorrow is crucial. Commit to going now, at Indivisible or Facebook. See you there!

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Indivisible Somerville will be a year old on January 6th. As we plan ahead for the new adventures and challenges of 2018, we want to hear from you, our community, what programs you want to see in your city. We've created a short survey that's 10 questions long and takes about 3 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us immensely as we prepare for the next year of activism.

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The first events post of the next election cycle of your life

Last week

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 β€” without further ado, here's what's on tap for the week ahead.

This week

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 β€” 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 outreach@indivisiblesomerville.org, and we'll work things out.

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ELECTION DAY! (and other events) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ—³

Happy Election Eve! (Or Election Day, for most of you reading this.) Here's your events lowdown. We're gonna keep it short this time so you can get out there as soon as possible and cast your ballot.

Week in review

Our Day of the Dead dinner was a hit! Thanks to all 31 people who showed up, and a huge shout out to Zayda Ortiz, Marjie Alonso, and everyone on the Fund team who worked so hard to make this happen. We had a great time, we ate like kings and queens, and we raised $915!

Resistance School had its third session of the semester, and our own Sean Edwards was a featured guest. Here's Ashley Tartarilla with a rundown of the night:

Last Thursday one of IS's founders, Sean Edwards, joined Minuteman Indivisible's Michelle Olson at the latest session of Resistance School. Sean and Michelle spoke about Indivisible's strategies and tactics in the fight against the ACA repeal. The session, led by Jessie Ulibarri of Wellstone Action, focused on designing and implementing effective organizing strategies.

Resistance School will stream the recorded session from their Facebook page on Thursday at 7pm, and we definitely recommend tuning in. You can also catch up on previous sessions at their website.

Coming up

And now, without further ado, we turn to this week's events. (Told you we're keeping it brief!)

Tuesday 11/7

First, and most importantly, there's Election Day itself. If you have questions about who the candidates are or where your polling place is, a great place to start is our handy-dandy elections page. As an organization we have decided not to make endorsements, so we can't tell you who to vote for. That said, we can point you to some resources:

  • If you're voting in Somerville, the fine folks at Our Revolution Somerville, in the process of making their endorsements, were extra transparent and posted online all the candidates' responses to their questionnaires.
  • If you're voting in Malden or Medford, an ad hoc group called the Mystic Valley Voter Coalition, which includes several friends of IS, put together a couple of really useful websites called, straightforwardly enough, Medford Votes and Malden Votes.

Just whatever you do… VOTE!

And then, after the polls close, head over to Diesel Cafe for this week's meeting of the Outreach Lab! That's from 8:30 to 9:30.

Wednesday 11/8

Just as we were about to send this, news broke that the DHS has decided to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the 2500 Nicaraguans currently assigned that status. So that makes it all the more critical that as many people as possible come to Centro Presente's rally to extend TPS on Wednesday. It starts at the State House at 11 am. Learn more and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Wednesday at noon is also the pre-registration deadline for workshops for the Indivisible MA conference - which is finally at hand!

Friday 11/10

If you're getting the day off for Veteran's Day, we can recommend no better way to spend your Friday morning than with the wonderful folks of Action Lab. This week they're back in the Conference Room of the Somerville Public Library, from 10 to noon.

Sunday 11/12

As we alluded to above, the Indivisible MA conference is finally almost here. As we've been saying, it will feature workshops on organizing, tech, elections, and tons of other Indivisiblers across the Commonwealth to meet. It will also be kicked off with an address from Senator Elizabeth Warren, and concluded with a keynote from our own Zayda Ortiz. (!!!)

Again though, because scheduling is hard, you have another option: joining the first IS Twitter bot hackathon! Hack for America: The Art of Twitter Bot-any will be held at Canopy City from noon to 3. Find out more and RSVP here.

Give

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.