Journalism Huddle

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

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. 

Learn more about MountainFilm.

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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 standup.indivisibleguide.com 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 standup.indivisibleguide.com. 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 www.nomuslimbanever.com 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.