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    JUNE 30: SHUT DOWN ICE

    Wellington Common, 4:00 pm—-

    Hosted by FIRE – Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees 

    On Saturday, June 30th, we will shut down South Bay County Jail and Detention Center to demand an end to any and all cooperation with ICE. Sign up here –> https://goo.gl/forms/vRKjZJ9Q9ejg5y5Y2

    At the border, we have seen the real face of hate. Children are being lost and abused, parents are committing suicide and through all this the perpetrators are bragging about their atrocities. Families being ripped apart has been the only reality that the undocumented people have known. For many years undocumented people have had to endure all the different forms of separation, all because of the sentiment that somehow we are lesser people, or not people according to Trump.

    In many ways, Massachusetts claims to be supportive of undocumented people, but they are nothing but empty words. In Massachusetts,
    – We still have 287g contract which allow cops to work highly with Immigration Customs Enforcement.
    – We have secure communities act
    – Still there is heavy tracking/surveilling/criminalizing immigrant and other communities of color
    – Recently there was shared information between schools and ICE

    We owe it to our children and families to confront the inhumane system which has detained, deported, and degraded immigrants for years and is now using our families and wellbeing as political pawns.

    We need you to be on the right side of history and fight with us. On Saturday, June 30th, we will shut down South Bay County Jail and Detention Center to demand an end to any and all cooperation with ICE. We will meet at 4pm at Wellington Common Park across from the Mass Ave. T Station to march to South Bay. Join us. Sign up here –> https://goo.gl/forms/vRKjZJ9Q9ejg5y5Y2

     

    STOP THE TAX SCAM!!!

    Find local demonstrations here: https://stopgoptaxscam.com/


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    Two great things have finally come together: Beer and Ranked Choice Voting.

    Voter Choice Massachusetts invites you to Somerville’s first ever Ranked Choice Voting Beer Election! Join us, along with State Representatives Mike Connolly and Denise Provost, at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA [map] on Monday, May 22 at 6pm, for an evening of drinking, voting, and supporting the movement for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) [video]. You can RSVP here.

    Ranked Choice Voting is a voting system just passed in Maine that allows you to rank your candidates (1, 2, 3…) in your order of preference. RCV solves the problem of spoiler candidates and vote-splitting, encourages more candidates to run, discourages negative campaigning, and ensures that the winner gets a true majority. (Read more about Maine’s enactment of RCV here: [Boston Globe / NY Times].)

    We’ll be sampling beers and ranking our favorites in a live, interactive RCV-style election. We’ll hear from leaders of the RCV movement as well as our special guests, Rep. Mike Connolly, who is the lead sponsor for the RCV local option bill , and Rep. Denise Provost, who has been a long-time co-sponsor of RCV and other voting reform bills. Remember to RSVP here.

    Here’s the run-down of the evening:

    6-7:30pm – Arrive and drink beer

    7:30-8pm – Listen to guest speakers present RCV (and drink more beer)

    8:15pm – Last call for RCV ballots

    8:30pm – RCV election results

    We hope to see you at Aeronaut on May 22nd!
    Many thanks,

    Aria

    PS – Now is a great time to get involved! Visit our New Members page here, or check out the latest action opportunities here.

    Voter Choice MA · Boston, MA, United States

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    We are in a crisis. A crisis of abundance. We’ve grown to 2,100 members, and over 600 of them want to volunteer. We have way more people to activate than we can possibly handle — so we need to scale up! Can you help?

    We’re hosting two great events this Saturday at our downtown headquarters. For those who are new to Ranked Choice Voting [video] and our statewide movement, there is a new member orientation at 11AM. Afterward we will conduct a high-energy volunteer activation push to welcome in the remainder of our 600 volunteer-ready members and continue to feed the impressive growth spiral of RCV advocacy in Massachusetts. Yes, it’s tough being the second most active statewide RCV movement in the nation. (First place goes to Maine and their historic statewide victory last year).

    Join us this Saturday

    Volunteer Orientation. Saturday March 25, 11am-1pm, Voter Choice MA HQ, 14 Beacon Street, #604, Boston, MA. Dial #78 at the door. Contact abi@voterchoicema.org Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/760073890812767/

    Activate our Members! calling, texting, emailing, FB’ing. Saturday March 251-5pm, 14 Beacon Street, #604, Boston, MA. Dial #78 at the door. RSVP to lead: Patrick Sadlon patrick@voterchoicema.org or click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1859872207618058/
    Lots of help needed + bring your computer if you have one. Can also be done remotely, in your free time.

    Focus, Discipline, Work Ethic

    We started this movement in November with 250 supporters. Our leaders and members — all volunteer, mind you — focused on three critical areas: people, money, and strategy. We are now seeing the fruits of this focus, discipline, and work ethic. Our membership has grown to nearly ten times in less than four months, thanks to YOUR outreach at events. We’ve reached our $20,000 fund-raising goal on our own, thanks to YOUR individual donations combined with FairVote‘s 1-to-1 match. We have an RCV local option bill in the state house with 31 co-sponsors, a very strong start. We are in active talks with potential coalition partners to ensure we cultivate a broad base of grassroots support. All thanks to our leaders and members.

    We need your help to feed the RCV growth spiral

    Yes, we’ve accomplished so much in so little time. But we don’t succeed by kicking back and being proud of ourselves. If we want to have a shot at instituting Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts, we need to continue to grow our capacity — and that means bringing on more people and money.

    If you, like thousands of us, see the transformative power of RCV, then there are a few key things you can do right now:

    • Attend our events this Saturday (see above or click here).
    • Attend our next monthly strategy/work meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 7PM – at 50 Milk St, Boston, MA – 1st Floor “Anchor” room.
    • Make a generous contribution of funds to enable the polling and staffing we need now.
    • Join an action team — especially Event Outreach and Fundraising.
    • Step up to leadership: we have urgent needs in our Social Media team and Allies team. (To apply, just reply to this email.)
    • Read our New Members Guide for more ways to help.

    You are what makes this movement possible. Let’s keep growing!

    Adam Friedman
    Executive Director
    Voter Choice Massachusetts

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    Ranked Choice: 3rd Parties Can Win

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    Pissed about the presidential elections? Blame the system. As long as  Massachusetts–and every other state in the union except Maine–continues to run “winner take all” elections, all third-party candidates will continue to be shut out of “no new ideas” races between Wall Street backscratchers.

    Ranked choice voting, which is widely used in other democracies, many cities and colleges in the US, and by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to award Oscars, can change all that. If you are unfamiliar with ranked choice, check out http://voterchoicema.org/ and while you’re there, take the first step toward revolutionizing government by adding your name to the mailing list.

    Voter Choice, MA, is a chapter of FairVote, a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing more voices into the electoral arena. When I go to Voter Choice meetings, I sit in a room full of people from shades of the political spectrum never seen on most ballots. Since the outrageous results of the presidential election, Voter Choice, MA has experienced an exponential surge in membership. The new members are fired up and ready to work hard to make every vote count.

    Join us. Don’t let your vote end up in the trash bin of history.

    If you are angry enough to hit the streets, you can find information about demonstrations aimed at pressuring the Electoral College not to affirm the latest choice of the moneyed minority, here: http://December19.us . If you are planning on going to Washington DC on January 20, or 21, 2017, I hope you will ask yourself, “What exactly will this show of force accomplish?

    I have been to many marches on Washington DC and I can tell you that the laundry list of progressive, “must haves” has not changed a lot. Unless we can come together around radically changing an electoral system that silences any voice not bought and paid for by Wall Street, you can tell your comrades in arms, “See you again, next time.” I will be in Boston, MA at the anti-inaugural demonstrations, and the Women’s March, at the Voter Choice table, adding names to an effort with a vision and a plan. I hope to see you there.

    Forward wildly,

    A.

    The opinions expressed in this editorial are mine alone.

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