Film Festival, DACA, Fake News on Hurricane Irma

Marching Forward

Thanks to the intrepid and hard working Environmental Huddle, the Mountain Film Festival is coming to New Bedford in the Whaling Museum Theater on Saturday, October 28!  Tickets are available now from the New Bedford Whaling Museum. 

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From our Huddles:

A running list of viral hoaxes about Irma - including one shared by the White House. The Washington Post,  September 11, 2017

Daily Action is one of the great sites/apps that helps us easily make those all important calls. They also have a Book Club, where they provide a venue for discussion about a book on their FaceBook page, and then interview the author and post to their site.  This interview with historian Timothy Snyder, emphasizes the importance of citizen involvement in a healthy Democracy.  

This week from Indivisible:

Dear Indivisibles,

President Trump went back on his word when he ended DACA. On Tuesday, President Trump went back on his word and ended DACA (with help from white supremacist Jeff Sessions), leaving 800,000 immigrant youth with the prospect of imminent deportation to countries they’ve never called home. This shouldn’t surprise any of us-- Trump is the poster boy for talking out of two sides of his mouth. But now it’s all eyes on Capitol Hill: unless Congress acts, Trump’s decision will tear families apart and destroy our nation’s promise to be a land of opportunity for all.

“If you only stand up for your own issue, you wait your turn to lose.” On Friday, Indivisible Co-Executive Director Ezra Levin joined United We Dream, U.S. Reps. Gutierrez, Grijalva, and Correa, and others, including DACA recipients, to speak about the need to pass a clean Dream Act now. You can watch his remarks here.

The most important thing you can do this week is stand up and defend DACA recipients. If you do one thing this week. It needs to be this: stand up and defend 800,000 DACA recipients. Here are two things you can do with your group (or on your own) right now:

  1. Go to and use our state-specific resources and scripts to tell your two senators and representative (Republicans and Democrats!) that you want the Dream Act attached to every must-pass bill in Congress. Not in three months. Not next year. But now. Now is the time for all of our groups to use all of the tools in our toolbox, particularly calls and district visits, to press Congress to protect these youth from the cruelties of this Administration. Plan your visit and make your calls.
  2. RSVP for an event to stand up for Dreamers (or plan your own!) in cities and states across the country, where thousands of immigrant youth and allies will take to the streets to stand with and demand the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs.

And it’s important to tell Every. Single. Member. Of. Congress. that you want this - because last week, Democrats missed a critical opportunity to protect Dreamers. On Wednesday, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer (NY) and Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) cut a big deal with Donald Trump to fund the government. Their deal with Trump provides badly-need funding for disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey, and it will temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for three months. All of these items are must-pass legislation, and all of them were going to require Democratic support - so it was a great opportunity to demand that the Dream Act be included. But the final deal didn’t have anything for Dreamers.

Dems gave up their leverage. Democrats are celebrating this deal because it forces Republicans to take a series of politically costly votes twice - in September and December. But the reality is that this deal does nothing to protect the 800,000 youth whose lives have been thrown into jeopardy by Trump’s order. Democrats had leverage, and they gave it up for some quick political points.

But don’t just take it from us - see our statement with United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center right here (we know, we give you a lot to read, but this is an important read for every Indivisibler). If anybody questions this analysis, point out that the groups directly representing the Dreamers under threat are raising these same concerns. We stand indivisible with the Dreamers.

Lesson: remember that your Democratic MoCs need to hear from you too. This should be a reminder for all of us that our Democratic Members of Congress often need to be nudged to stand up for progressive values. We have to help them keep doing the right thing by holding them accountable. It happened on Trump’s nominations; it happened on the fight over Gorsuch; and it happened on playing hard ball over TrumpCare.

Don’t forget: your MoCs work for you. By all means, build positive, strong relationships with your members of Congress -- but don’t ever forget that they work for you, and you’ve got to keep demanding they stand up for progressive values. At Indivisible, we support Dems when they do that, and we criticize them when they don’t -- that’s what makes us independent.

On the IndivisiBlog: “They Risked Everything for a Shot at the American Dream. Now, we Must Stand up and Defend Them.” ICYMI, check out the IndivisiBlogfrom our friend Kamal Essaheb from the National Immigration Law Center. 


  1. Defend DACA recipients. Tell your members of Congress (MoCs) that you want the Dream Act attached to every must-pass bill in Congress using our new script and state-specific explainer. You can also check out our comprehensive resource on how to stand up for Dreamers and all immigrants-- in partnership with United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center-- at Help us spread the word.
  2. Oppose H.R. 3697. The House is expected to vote this Tuesday on a bill that criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children. Tell your MoCs to vote no on H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.
  3. Oppose the Budget Resolution. Your House member should oppose the budget resolution expected on the House floor in two weeks, and your Senator should oppose any resolution that makes cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or SNAP, and doesn’t offset tax cuts with new revenue or closing loopholes. Hold them accountable using our new explainer and script.
  4. TrumpCare could be back this week… keep it dead. Keep an eye out for the return of TrumpCare by another name: “Graham-Cassidy.” Under Senate rules, Republicans have until September 30 to make TrumpCare happen. Let’s make sure it doesn’t make a comeback -- check out our new explainer.
  5. Prevent war with North Korea. Urge your MoC to speak out against Trump’s warmongering with our explainer.
  6. Join #NoMuslimBanEver. We’re proud partners of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign. Head over to their new website at and join the campaign!
  7. Help us make Indivisible Regional Institutes a reality. We want to hold gatherings of Indivisibles throughout the country, to give core organizing trainings, improve connections and collaboration among groups, and deepen our sense of shared purpose as part of this movement. Help us fund this initiative -- and help us unlock double the funds from a grant that will match your donation -- so we can bring more people to more Institutes.

Help Wanted! Tad Devine/Scott Lang event recap. Health Care.

The Political Action huddle needs you!  

We are beginning to work on our August 30 event with Representative Bill Keating.  We need a few folks who are willing to help with planning and logistics.  The rewards are rich indeed and are sure to include the endless gratitude of Pattie and others, along with the great feeling that comes from doing good work!  Email us at to volunteer.  
And thanks!

Devine/Lang Event Recap

Tad Devine and Scott Lang gave illuminating and inspiring presentations at our June 14 event.  Many thanks to both of them and to UMD professor Doug Roscoe for moderating the discussion.

Tad Devine gave us a fascinating overview of the Bernie Sanders' ad campaign, complete with video clips of ads from all phases of the campaign and an insider's perspective on what it takes to put together a successful media campaign. 

Scott Lang, a former lawyer for the Democratic National Committee and 3 term mayor of New Bedford gave us an in depth look at the inner workings of the Democratic Party, from the late 1960's to present. Key to his presentation was an explanation of party rules, and how they can affect debates, primaries and conventions, for better and for worse.  

Key takeaways from the evening:

2018. 2018. 2018.
Electing Democrats to the House and Senate in the 2018 mid-term elections is very important. It could be a watershed year for the Democratic party.   If Democrats do poorly, it could foreshadow a weak Democratic party for many years to come.  
On a local level, we can help to tip the balance towards Democratic candidates by:
- Working with the local and state Democratic Committees to re-energize local, grass roots political action within the Democratic Party organization.  
- Participating in the efforts of Swing Left, New Politics and other organizations that are already working to elect progressive candidates. Now is the time to find and cultivate new voices. 
- Encourage the national DNC to give state and local committees the tools they need to cultivate, educate and inspire Democratic and potentially Democratic voters. 

Health care update and weekly action from Indivisible

Let’s not waste any time: your work this week is what will win the TrumpCare fight. Senate Republicans are planning to vote on their still-secret bill in the next two weeks. We still don’t have text. Or a CBO score. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is too busy twisting arms and cutting deals with your Senators to meet with patient groups like the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. But none of that will matter in the end: if they get the votes, they’ll pass it in the dead of night, without any public input, and without knowing its full impact on your family. McConnell will schedule this bill for a vote as soon as he secures enough support. So If you wait until a vote is scheduled to act, you’ve waited too long.

Whether you have a Democratic or Republican Senator, it’s time to step up our constituent power game and win this thing.

  1. Use our new Stop TrumpCare June toolkit to plan your coordinated visits and sit-ins at your Senator’s office. 
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  2. Use our new state-by-state map of the impact of TrumpCare to inform your calls, letters to the editor, and conversations with your Senators on how this disastrous bill will impact you and your neighbors—and find the right staffers in their offices to direct your calls and emails (we’ve done the work for you).
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  3. Turn up the heat on your Senators daily using the right resources:
    1. For Democrats: Use our script to demand that they slow down Senate business by withholding consent on all regular Senate business, and prepare to filibuster by amendment until and unless there are public hearings on TrumpCare. After your visits and calls, use these great social media shareables from Indivisible Data to hold your Democrats accountable and demand they #WithholdConsent. 
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    2. For Republicans: After you’ve planned your visits (see #1), make sure they hear from you that oppose TrumpCare, on both substance and process. Use this script to call them and demand that they protect our care.
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    3. For constituents in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia: Visit and use the daily call scripts and information to email Chiefs of Staff and Health Staff.
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