We are watching and waiting. As of this writing, nearly 350 Cape Codders have committed to convening in protest at the First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist Church should Trump cross a red line in derailing the Mueller probe. Similar protests are planned for Hyannis and Falmouth, and thousands of protests are planned throughout the US and around the world.
From National Indivisible:
On the face of it, elections are all about winning.
Don’t get us wrong, that’s important. But only judging elections by winning has led to Democrats choosing to compete in only the most “winnable” places (i.e. purple and blue states and districts). And that’s left us with a map checkered with forgotten places where progressives stopped building power for far too long (and Republicans gained control of the White House, Congress, governorships, and state houses in the meantime).
A few months back, we announced our Indivisible435 political program — our campaign to take the fight everywhere from ruby red places where Trump won by 20 points, to safe blue places represented by candidates who don’t always support our movement’s values. And, earlier this month, we announced our first five nationally-endorsed candidates to start that work.
One of our first IndivisiCandidates — Dr. Hiral Tipirneni — faced off last night against Republican Debbie Lesko to replace disgraced Rep. Trent Franks in Arizona’s 8th District. Though Dr. Tipirneni didn’t win, her candidacy showed what Indivisibles’ work across the country is all about: building power in every. single. district.
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Few people thought this deeply red Arizona district could be competitive. Democrats hadn’t fielded a candidate in this race since 2012. This race — without scandals, with no blue trends or history, with a progressive candidate — swung 19 points since 2016. Republicans were forced to compete (and spend a looooot of money) to barely secure a very, very safe seat. And Dr. Tiprineni and Lesko will likely both be back on the ballot, going head to head, on November 6.
Working on races like AZ-08 and supporting candidates like Dr. Tipirneni show that the blue wave will be built by real, progressive, grassroots energy. If progressives and Democrats only support candidates who “can win” or raise a lot of money, we’ll continue to have the too pale, too male representation in Congress that often leaves us feeling the opposite of represented.
Expanding the map, building a durable movement
Here’s how we’re continuing to expand what’s politically possible, and build for the long haul:
- More progressive candidate endorsements: Voting starts tomorrow for our second round of endorsements. We’ll endorse as many as 11 new IndivisiCandidates this time next week. That’s more folks like Dr. Tipirneni that Indivisibles are ready to work hard to elect.
- More organizing support: We’re doubling our organizing team to support the work Indivisibles are doing on the ground, e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, to help groups win in November and build toward the next Congress. Training. Hands-on organizing support. Voter contact tools. Helping grow and retain group membership.
What can Indivisible members do?
So, if you’re ready to get to work to elect folks like Dr. Tiprineni, there are two things you can do right now:
- Register to vote! Visit indivisible.turbovote.org to get registered now. Once you’re done, forward to your friends and family to make sure they’re registered too!
- Visit Indivisible’s one-stop-shop for all of our political resources — elections 101, fighting voting rights and voter suppression, voter registration, and endorsed candidates.
We’re taking chances, expanding the map, and capturing people’s imaginations, and… sometimes that means we don’t always win on election night. But we can’t win if we don’t compete and, last night, we came pretty darn close. And after last night, there’s no ignoring the fight we’re about to bring to Republicans in November.
PS — Congrats to Indivisible Westchester, NY CD-16 Indivisible, Indivisible New Rochelle, Indivisible Rivertowns, and Indivisibles across the state who supported this race for their HUGE!!! victory last night. They put in the work — held candidate forums, registered voters, phonebanked, canvassed, and much, much more — to elect Shelley Mayer to the state senate (and she even thanked them in her victory statement!).
The Decker Bill is in the MA Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. This is a critical piece of legislation backed by the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, the Gifford Foundation, and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
Read more about this bill and what you can do to support it: MA-GVPAA
Washington, DC –Congressman Bill Keating joined with over 160 Members of the US House to introduce HR 5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, last night.
“I saw far too many families who were victims of gun violence when I was District Attorney, and in the years since, we have all seen far too many school shootings,” said Congressman Keating. “Assault weapons are weapons of war. There is no need for them for personal protection or sport and there is absolutely no need for them in our communities. We know that the previous assault weapons ban, which was allowed to lapse in 2004, helped curb the number of incidents with assault weapons. If we want to tackle this uniquely American epidemic of gun violence, that has to include stopping the sale of these killing machines.”
The Assault Weapons Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
- Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
- Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
- Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
- Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds; and
- 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.
When an assault weapon or a high-capacity magazine is used in a shooting, the number of victims who are killed increases by 63%. There have been over 8,400 incidents of gun violence so far in 2018. More than 2,200 Americans have lost their lives. More than 500 children have been killed or injured.
As the frequency of mass shootings has increased in recent years, assault weapons have become the weapon of choice for these murderers. Assault weapons were used in attacks on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. Shooters have also used assault weapons to commit mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.
Source: Rep. William Keating
Washington, DC – Below is a statement from Congressman Bill Keating, a senior Member of the Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee, on today’s release of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s memo.
“I’ve had the opportunity to review both the Nunes memo released today and the memo put together by the House Intelligence Committee Democrats. Having read both, the only reason to release this memo is to undermine the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and/or to attempt to justify firing him or other Department of Justice officials. Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into the Russian attack on our country, including possible involvement by the Trump Campaign, must continue unimpeded.
“There is bipartisan concern regarding what FBI Director Christopher Wray called ‘material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.’ Wray was appointed by President Trump, as was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd – all of whom opposed releasing this memo. If there is a conspiracy against Republicans and this Administration, as President Trump wants everyone to believe, then it is being led by his own appointees.”
For an interview of Rep. Keating on WBUR about the Nunes memo, click here
Today, Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, issued the following statement on the Senate’s 81-18 vote to end the three-day old government shutdown, with 33 Democrats joining 48 Republicans to fund the government under a continuing resolution until February 8 in exchange for a promise from Republican leaders to address the fate of Dreamers:
“This deal was morally reprehensible and political malpractice.
It’s Senator Schumer’s job to keep his caucus together and fight for progressive values. He failed in that today.
Republicans have consistently negotiated in bad faith, demonstrating that they have no interest in actually protecting Dreamers. And for months, Democratic leadership has reassured Dreamers that Democrats would use all their leverage to get the Dream Act done. They caved in early September, but promised to use their leverage in early December. They caved in early December, but promised to use their leverage by the end of the year. They caved at the end of the year, but they promised to use their leverage in January. And now they caved again, but promised to use their leverage in February. Democrats clearly want to keep Dreamers as a talking point, but they need to grow a spine and actually fight for the Dream Act.
There are exceptions. Indivisible is extremely proud of those senators [including both Senators Warren and Markey] who followed through on that commitment today, including Democratic Senators running for reelection. These are profiles in courage – true leaders who deserve the support of Indivisibles in their states and across the country.
The big blue wave that Schumer hopes will make him Senate Majority Leader in 2019 will not build itself. This weekend, millions of Americans literally took to the streets. They weren’t asking their Senators to cave to Trump’s racist, xenophobic agenda. They were asking their Senators to fight. Instead, Schumer led his caucus to surrender, demoralizing his base and ensuring more Dreamers will be deported before this is resolved.
Our message to Dreamers and their families: Indivisible is fighting with you. We’ve been honored to fight beside you and follow the lead of brave activists who have put their bodies on the line. Indivisible groups in every state are committed to fighting until everyone is here to stay.”