Adopt a Candidate at our Marching Forward Meeting on Feb. 22nd

Working with our sister Indivisible groups in MA we have selected seven districts,  and in many cases candidates,  to focus on with a myriad of tactics for the important 2018 Mid term elections. 

We need your help to narrow to 3-4 candidates for complete focus in Red districts that are deemed ‘swingable’. 

Join us as we launch this program.  Please RSVP at strength@marchingforwardmass.com as space is limited.


FROM OUR POLITICAL ACTION HUDDLE

Marching Forward considered supporting Anthony Brindisi, a Democratic candidate for congress in up state New York around Utica, but found he is endorsed and supported by the NRA.  This is not acceptable to us, especially in light of the recent events in Florida.  He may otherwise be an excellent candidate, but we felt we should draw a line in the sand on this issue.  We are sending the following letter to him with a copy to the local and national Democratic party.

Dear Mr. Brindisi,  

We are a group of nearly 500 activists from the SouthCoast of Massachusetts who are trying to make a difference in these troubled political times. We have considerable resources at our disposal that we plan to use to further the liberal cause.  The entire Massachusetts congressional delegation is Democratic, so we are looking elsewhere for our efforts.  

Dear Anthony Brindisi,
We identified your district as a potential race to support.  Unfortunately, we noticed that you received an endorsement from the NRA.  Our view is the NRA has become an organization that enables, if not encourages, mass murder for profit of the arms industry.  The NRA uses its financial and political strength to buy politicians that block common sense restrictions to gun sales via background checks and that demands that sales of weapons of mass destruction, such as assault rifles, continue in the misguided argument that these restrictions would undermine the second amendment.
The majority of United States Citizens support these measures, as do we.
Because of your endorsement by the NRA, we can not support your candidacy. 
 
If you renounce their support and return any money they donated to you, we will be happy to reconsider. Until then we turn to two Pennsylvania districts and candidates who serve ‘purple’ districts similar to your district yet have not accepted gun lobby money.
We look forward to your reply and will post on our social media platforms.
Sincerely,
Marching Forward Mass

 


Charles Sennott, General Meeting, and Latest News

Speaker Event: Charles Sennott

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 333 FAUNCE CORNER ROAD, 6 - 8:00PM

Charles Sennott

Charles Sennott

Please join us this Thursday, February 15th as our Journalism Huddle will host a talk by Charles Sennott, the founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, a nationally-recognized non-profit news organization championing the work of emerging journalists. The 6 PM event is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Francis J. Larkin Moot Courtroom at the UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth, MA. Ample free parking is available.

Sennott, a veteran journalist with a storied career as a foreign correspondent, will speak about attacks on the media and what can be done to strengthen legitimate journalism. “There are problems across the information landscape, including fake news manufactured in the dark corners of the web and in the corridors of power, ‘’ he says. “Opposite ends of the political spectrum retreat to cable news and social media networks that reinforce existing views.”

GroundTruth supports enterprise and investigative reporting from all corners of the globe, including underreported areas of the United States. The mission of Groundtruth is to shatter preconceived ideas and get to the heart of an issue through factual, objective and immersive reporting that enlightens and informs across all media platforms. GroundTruth has partnered with news organizations to support projects such as “Crossing the Divide: Reporting Across America,” in collaboration with WGBH. Together with public radio station WCAI, it has just announced an environmental reporting fellowship on Cape Cod. For more information, go to http://thegroundtruthproject.org/


Group Meeting for Candidate Voting

All are welcome

All are welcome

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, SOUTHWORTH LIBRARY, 5:30 - 7:30PM

Our Political Action Huddle and MFM Leaders have been working with sister INDIVISIBLE GROUPS throughout MA to build strategies together for the crucial 2018 MID TERM ELECTIONS.  We will share our combined selection criteria to "turn the house blue" using offensive strategies in chosen districts. Numerous tactics will be reviewed for deployment during primaries (mainly May/June) through to elections in November, 2018.  

Teams will PITCH their candidates as we aim to narrow our list of "Adoptees" from 7-8 to 3-4.  Our members will vote online AND in person at the 2.22 meeting so please spread the work AND reply regarding attendance as space is limited.


Conor Lamb

Conor Lamb

candidate spotlight:  Conor Lamb
Pennsylvania 18th district

As a ‘warm up’ to our Adopt a Candidate program, we invite you to support  Conor Lamb. Conor is a strong candidate for the March 13 special election in PA18. He has deep local support - and is also up against big Republican spending and negative ads.

This is an opportunity for all of us to get involved in a critical race with national implications.

Some background:
https://conorlamb.com/meet-conor/
- Local to his district
- attended college and law school in PA
- was Captain in US Marine Corps, completed active duty in 2013, now in Marine Corps reserves
-served as Assistant US attorney in PA from 2014-2017

Priorities:
https://conorlamb.com/priorities/
Conor Lamb’s priorities are positive, action oriented, and importantly, reflect the needs and priorities of his district.

What you can do now:
- visit Lamb’s web site and sign up as a volunteer.
- visit his campaign Facebook page often. ‘Like’ and comment on posts there. Share his posts on your personal Facebook page. Spread the word via other social media.
- consider contributing to his campaign


additional articles of interest

Will truth win out? Rob Porter’s departure holds a key to effective journalism in the Trump era.
- The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/will-truth-win-out-rob-porters-departure-holds-a-key-to-effective-journalism-in-the-trump-era/2018/02/11/7d898f24-0c3b-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html

Attack ads fly in Pennsylvania as Republican meets with pro-privatization group
- The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/02/12/attack-ads-fly-in-pennsylvania-as-republican-meets-with-pro-privatization-group/

Posted by Lisa Segura

This month: Charles Sennott Speaker Event + Marching Forward General Meeting

Speaker Event: Charles Sennott

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 333 FAUNCE CORNER ROAD, 6 - 8:00PM

Please join us next Thursday, February 15th as our Journalism Huddle will host a talk by Charles Sennott, the founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, a nationally-recognized non-profit news organization championing the work of emerging journalists. The 6 PM event is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Francis J. Larkin Moot Courtroom at the UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth, MA. Ample free parking is available.

Sennott, a veteran journalist with a storied career as a foreign correspondent, will speak about attacks on the media and what can be done to strengthen legitimate journalism. “There are problems across the information landscape, including fake news manufactured in the dark corners of the web and in the corridors of power, ‘’ he says. “Opposite ends of the political spectrum retreat to cable news and social media networks that reinforce existing views.”

GroundTruth supports enterprise and investigative reporting from all corners of the globe, including underreported areas of the United States. The mission of Groundtruth is to shatter preconceived ideas and get to the heart of an issue through factual, objective and immersive reporting that enlightens and informs across all media platforms. GroundTruth has partnered with news organizations to support projects such as “Crossing the Divide: Reporting Across America,” in collaboration with WGBH. Together with public radio station WCAI, it has just announced an environmental reporting fellowship on Cape Cod. For more information, go to http://thegroundtruthproject.org/


Marching Forward General Meeting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, SOUTHWORTH LIBRARY, 6 - 8:00PM

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Please join us for our first general meeting for 2018 as we plan to have information on several dozen candidates who are running for office this year, with the intention of soliciting feedback from all of you in choosing a smaller group of candidates which members of Marching Forward will actively support.  We are compiling a good list of candidates to share with you and are doing the research on the candidates for you.


From the Healthcare Huddle:

Our national and international health depend on research and intervention funding for epidemics and potential pandemics.  The CDC is the leader in confining very serious disease threats.  We are looking at ways to respond to this attack on the CDC.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/02/cdc-funding-pandemics/552224/


Nobody is Above the Law — Mueller Firing Rapid Response

"Donald Trump is publicly considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible criminal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, as well as the efforts to conceal those activities. 

It's also possible that, rather than firing Mueller, Trump will obstruct Mueller's investigation by issuing blanket pardons of key figures being investigated, firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (the person overseeing Mueller), or taking other actions to prevent the investigation from being conducted freely.

Any one of these actions would create a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump." - from MoveOn.org

Indivisible teamed up with MoveOn and dozens of other allies to plan rapid response actions in case Trump takes significant actions to undermine the Trump-Russia investigation. 

Find the latest scenarios and begin planning through MoveOn's web page https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/


Indivisible Immigrant Ally Toolkit

"On September 5, 2017, Donald Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era program provides temporary relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. These immigrants have gone to our schools; they live and work in our communities; they have children who are American citizens; and now they’re at an even greater risk of deportation. Dreamers are Americans, and Congress must act immediately to protect them." - from Invisible.org

Visit Indivisible's web page to discover how you can be an immigrant ally locally:  https://www.indivisible.org/resource/immigrant-ally-toolkit-introduction/


Additional Articles of Interest

‘They Can’t Wait to Vote’: Energized Democrats Target Dominant G.O.P. in Statehouses
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/us/politics/state-elections-midterms.html

Will the Democrats Nuke the Party to Win the Democracy? 
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/will-the-democrats-nuke-the-party-to-win-the-presidency

Five Blue States Could Determine Who Controls The House In 2018
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/five-blue-states-could-determine-who-controls-the-house-in-2018/

To beat President Trump, you have to learn to think like his supporters
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/12/26/to-beat-president-trump-you-have-to-learn-to-think-like-his-supporters

Nunes paves Trump’s road to autocracy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/nunes-paves-trumps-road-to-autocracy/2018/02/04/856a6a8a-0860-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html

Trump Goes Full Authoritarian, Accuses Democrats of “treason”
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/02/donald-trump-authoritarian-democrats-treason

Posted by Lisa Segura

General Meeting Date Change, Volunteers needed, Journalism Speaker, Woman's March

Postponed:  The general meeting that was scheduled for January 30 at Southworth Library has been postponed to:


Thursday, February 22, Southworth Library, 6 - 8:00PM.

Our plan for this meeting is to have information on several dozen candidates who are running for office this year, with the intention of soliciting feedback from all of you in choosing a smaller group for our active support.  There's a lot of background work that needs to be done in order to have a good list of candidates to share with you, and that takes time.  
Thank you for your understanding.


Volunteers Needed:

Data gathering and entry:

Minuteman Indivisible, a very active sister organization in Lexington MA, is looking for a few good data gatherers and inputters...  Minuteman is in the process of building a database of many of the people running for seats in the US House of Representatives this year.  Their goal is to make this database available to all other Indivisible groups to assist them in their choices of which candidates to support.  Volunteers should be comfortable with MS Excel, internet searching, finding images on the web.  Help is needed most urgently in the next 3 - 4 weeks.  A commitment of at least several hours is requested.
If you're interested, please contact Kate at strength@marchingforwardmass.com, with a subject line "data".  Please include your name and phone number, a good time to call, and any questions or comments in your email.  Thanks!


The Journalism Huddle cordially invites you:

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On Thursday, February 15, 2018, we will host a talk by Charles Sennott, the founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, a nationally-recognized non-profit news organization championing the work of emerging journalists. The 6 PM event is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Francis J. Larkin Moot Courtroom at the UMass Dartmouth Law School, 333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth, MA. Ample free parking is available.

Sennott, a veteran journalist with a storied career as a foreign correspondent, will speak about attacks on the media and what can be done to strengthen legitimate journalism. “There are problems across the information landscape, including fake news manufactured in the dark corners of the web and in the corridors of power, ‘’ he says. “Opposite ends of the political spectrum retreat to cable news and social media networks that reinforce existing views.”

GroundTruth supports enterprise and investigative reporting from all corners of the globe, including underreported areas of the United States. The mission of Groundtruth is to shatter preconceived ideas and get to the heart of an issue through factual, objective and immersive reporting that enlightens and informs across all media platforms. GroundTruth has partnered with news organizations to support projects such as “Crossing the Divide: Reporting Across America,” in collaboration with WGBH. Together with public radio station WCAI, it has just announced an environmental reporting fellowship on Cape Cod. For more information, go to http://thegroundtruthproject.org/


Anniversary Women's Marches

Take a moment to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Women's March, and take note of the powerful activism and energy that has taken root all over the country! There was a strong turnout in New Bedford, and some great signs!

Women's Marches draw large crowds on second day, CNN January 21, 2018

A year ago, I joined the Women's March. Now I'm in office. The Guardian, Saturday January 20, 2018

New Bedford, Saturday January 20

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Our own Carole Ferguson showed up with this poster. It was with her at the March in NYC a year ago. Seems everyone in New Bedford wanted their picture taken with it!

Our own Carole Ferguson showed up with this poster. It was with her at the March in NYC a year ago. Seems everyone in New Bedford wanted their picture taken with it!

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Posted by Katie White, January 23, 2018