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