Representative Bill Keating
August 30, 6:00 PM
Dartmouth High School Auditorium
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Telluride MountainFilm Festival
Coming to New Bedford, October 28, on its national tour. All films will be shown at the Whaling Museum Theater.
"Mountainfilm uses the power of film,art,and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world."
This year's Telluride CO. Festival, the 40th annual, was held over Memorial Weekend. The theme was "the New Normal"---with many films looking at climate change and adaptation. 40 of the 100+ short (5-30 mins.) films from the Festival are selected to go on tour, and are a mix of nature, inspiring stories, and daring outdoor adventures around the world.
For more details on this year's film lineup, see mountainfilm.org. The assortment that will be available to go on tour will be announced shortly.
Interested in helping? please contact the Environmental Huddle, email@example.com
The Journalism and Democracy Huddles have posted several new articles on their pages. First, The New York Times recently published a definitive list of Donald Trump's lies since he took office. We ignore his penchant for falsehood at our peril.
Second, The Brennan Center, a highly esteemed, non-partisan institute for law and public policy, has published an important report on the ways in which we can safeguard our electoral systems from foreign interference.
Finally, an opinion piece from the New York Times on Trump's relentless assaults on legitimate media, and in particular, CNN's response when an article was published without the usual editorial checks.
The Environmental Huddle has posted many new links to their page, including local environmental organizations and climate change information specific to New England. And check out their growing reading list.
Indivisible Update, July 10
Mitch McConnell desperately tried to avoid delaying the TrumpCare vote because he was worried public pressure would mount and weaken support in the Senate. That’s exactly what happened. Indivisible groups across the country spent the 4th of July congressional recess week fighting for our health care—and it’s working:
- New York Times: G.O.P. Support of Senate Health Repeal Erodes During Break
- Washington Post: Republicans increasingly uncertain of a legislative victory before August
- POLITICO: It was a grim week for the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare
The fight’s not over yet, but it’s clear that Senators are starting to listen to their constituents instead of blindly supporting TrumpCare. We don’t expect that the Senate will vote on TrumpCare this week, but the vote could come the week of July 17. Local constituent pressure now will determine the political outcome later this month. Here’s how to keep it up:
Your back-to-session to-do list.
- Everything you need to continue pressuring your senators to reject TrumpCare is available here.
- Mark your calendars: possible markup (committee consideration) of budget resolution (Wed/TH). The House’s FY18 budget resolution (i.e. federal spending targets for the 2018 fiscal year) may include more devastating cuts to entitlements and non-defense spending, and set the stage for tax reform.
- Take action to stop the Kobach Commission—a ruse using false allegations of voter fraud in order to suppress voting rights.
It’s the billionaire astroturfers versus us. I’m betting on us.
When it became clear that Indivisible’s local pressure was working and Sen. Heller (R-NV) was wavering in his support of TrumpCare, a shady new pro-Trump group called “America First Policies” announced a million-dollar TV and radio advertising campaign against Heller. They want to scare him into supporting TrumpCare.
We’re fueled by you. Look, we knew that this was never going to be a fair fight. The other side has billionaires who are fueling attacks against popular opinion. But they can keep their astroturf. We have something better—the people are with us; and we have you. As we’ve written in our fundraising philosophy, the single largest source of support we get is from small donations.
Check out this amazing statistic: During the July recess alone, Indivisible got over $16 million in media coverage. To be clear, we didn’t pay a dime for this local and national coverage of Indivisible in TV, radio, and print. No, we EARNED this public media attention together, through hard work of local indivisible groups and the national team alike.
Indivisible pressure —> media coverage —> political impact. If you’re asking yourself why Senators are suddenly bowing to public pressure on TrumpCare, it’s because they read the same papers and watch the same news shows as everyone else. And when they open up that paper or switch on the TV, it doesn’t matter what state they represent; they all see the same thing: Indivisible.
We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together. We want to do more. We want to fight back harder. We want to reach more indivisibles. We have scratched the surface on what is possible with a skeleton team in place, and we need your support to build it out so we can have more coverage across the country and more dollars to get even more Americans fighting with us. If you can, chip in a few bucks to build the momentum, help us hire new organizers, and expand our digital campaign work.