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June 19, 2021 Newsletter

Posted on June 18, 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

Let Your Voices Echo at June 26 Rally
Nationwide Rallies
Your Attendance Will Make a Difference
Phone Banks for Freedom to Vote
Our Pressure is Working
Strategies, Effectiveness, & Next Steps
Tweet for Democracy

JUNE 26 RALLY

Make Freedom to Vote Echo!

Join the Freedom to Vote Rally
Grassroots activists across Massachusetts are gathering on June 26 at two Freedom to Vote Rallies, one on Boston Common and the other in Martha's Vineyard. Stand with us to demand that the U.S. Senate pass historic voting reform legislation.

Swing Blue Alliance/Swing Left Greater Boston is proud to be a co-organizer of this rally, along with Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition and dozens of voting rights groups in Massachusetts.The rally is the first major effort of the alliance SBA/SLGB has formed with Indivisible national, similar to our alliance with Swing Left’s national organization.

Why rally?
Republicans are on track for a majority in Congress next year. There are 389 voter suppression bills in 48 states, and Republicans are gerrymandering new House districts as you read. We must -- and can -- stop them!

How does this make a difference?
At rallies across the country, our voices will drown out the country's focus on the big lie. We hope to dominate the airwaves and capture the attention of media and voters. Join and add pressure to pass the For The People Act so every citizen has freedom to vote!
Sign up to Rally for Freedom to Vote!

JUNE 26 RALLY

Rallying Together

For the People is a nationwide movement
June 26 is not an arbitrary date. We chose June 26 to support and amplify the Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride for Voting Rights Bus Tour. The BVM rally ends up in DC on June 26, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Rides movement.

When you join IMC and SBA/SLGB's rallies in Boston and Springfield, you'll be marching in solidarity with volunteers from BVM and many other groups across the country.

In addition, many of the 200 organizations allied with the Declaration for Democracy Coalition are participating, demanding that senators across the country take action.
Join Activists Nationwide to Rally

On the Vineyard on June 26

Hear the MSNBC report on grassroots efforts to pass For the People.

JUNE 26 RALLY

Proven: Your Presence Will Have an Impact

3.5% is enough
Between 1900-2006, every nonviolent civil resistance campaign succeeded if it had an active participation of  3.5% of the population. Erica Chenowith, a professor of public policy at Harvard, says that we can win … if we can engage enough people in our movement.
Learn More

PHONE BANKS

Don't Wait for the Rally

Call for Freedom to Vote
In prep for the rally, you can encourage voters across the country to make their voices heard. The entire body of Democratic senators needs to hear that Americans support S1, so they will shout it from the treetops.

Help constituents across the country push their senators to fight for For the People . Call voters who care about democracy and put them in touch with their senators. The phone bank script includes an S1 message that's easy for voters to repeat.
Call for S1 Any Day of the Week

UPDATE!

Our Action is Working

Joe Manchin Finally Listens
On June 17, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)  announced he supports making election day a national holiday, mandating a minimum of 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections, banning the drawing of congressional districts by partisans, and a pretty loose voter ID requirement.

Let's keep up the pressure on senators who value the opinions of their constituents!

strategy

Learn about Effective Advocacy
Strategies, Effectiveness, & Next Steps

Indivisible Northampton is thrilled to host Boston-based political maven, Susan Labandibar, leader of Swing Blue Alliance/Swing Left Greater Boston (a member of Indivisible), to our upcoming meeting on June 21st.

Susan has helped shepherd SLGB into the powerhouse it is today: creating a state-wide community of progressives engaged in powerful and effective activism on the national stage.

Learn about SLGB/SBA's current strategies (like calling, writing, texting), where these campaigns are targeted, and how effective they are (based on SBA/SLGB’s research), as Susan fills us in on where we are, where we’re going and how you can join in.

And, you'll also hear about what Indivisible Northampton is up to, & how you can get more involved in protecting our democracy, fighting disinformation, and passing the For the People Act!

Register in advance for this meeting

TWEET FOR DEMOCRACY

Tweet for For the People

Take Five to Tweet for Freedom to Vote
Watch: Freedom Ride Bus Tour
Black Votes Matter Freedom Ride
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