ORGANIZING NOTES (Updated Special Edition)

October 24, 2023

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We feel anguish and horror at the lives lost and ruined in Israel, the West Bank and in Gaza.  And while we recognize that members of Our Revolution MA have varied family and emotional ties to Israel and Palestine, we know that we all believe that every human life is precious. As the civilian deaths in Gaza surpass 5000, one half of them children, and Israel prepares for armed invasion, the potential for the spread of war throughout the Middle East and even beyond, grows even greater. As ORMA members have not voted on this issue we are not making a formal call for a ceasefire but we are making the telephone numbers of our elected leaders available below for those who wish to contact them in the name of Peace. We have included an optional call script and a link to the bill in the House calling for a ceasefire.

 

                           Senator Markey: (617) 565-8519

  • Senator Warren: (617) 565-3170

  • Governor Healey: (617) 725-4005

 

Find Your Representative

 

CEASE FIRE NOW RESOLUTION

 

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Aftershock

WHEN A BLACK MOTHER DIES THERE IS A RIPPLE EFFECT

You’re Invited: Bigger Than Dobbs Workshop

Who:  This will be presented by Michelle Corbin.  She is a labor activist and professor of sociology at Worcester State University.

 

Sponsors:  This event is co-hosted by Generation Ratify Amherst and Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution Reproductive Justice Task Force.

 

What: The workshop “Bigger than Dobbs: The Socialist Feminist Politics of Abortion and Reproductive Justice” will discuss the intensifying attacks on abortion in a broader intersectional political contaxt drawing on socialist feminist analysis and how these analyses can shape more effecive organizing responses.

 

When:  November 9th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Where: This event will take place on Zoom

 

REGISTER HERE

 

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Dec 2, 2023

Massachusetts has the reputation of being one of the most progressive states in the country. Yet we lack legislative transparency, and we have a progressive Democratic Party platform that the leadeership ignores and a state government that has ttremendous difficulty passing progressive legislation.

In response, the Massachusetts Progressive Action Organizing Committee (MPAOC) invites you to an online Strategy Conference.  We will focus on how progressive activists can gain the power to pass vigorous meaningful legislation and initiate changes to improve the lives of all of our citizens.

In panels and breakout groups, conference attendees will examine paths to increase progressive power, identify the obstacles to our success. and learn strategies to overcome them.  See SCHEDULE HERE

 

HELP SAVE THE TREES

Recent Hearing Reveals Broad Support for Eliminating Artificial Turf Fields and Protecting Forests and Urban and Suburban Trees

J. Michael

On Wednesday, Oct. 11th, a public hearing at the state legislature heard extensive testimony from a wide array of individuals and organizations, including the scientific community, in favor of legislation that would HALT the accelerating destruction of green spaces in Massachusetts through the installation of artificial turf fields, destruction of desperately needed urban and suburban tree canopy, and clear-cutting of forests which are a primary defense against the continued burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil AND GAS.)

Now, your action is still needed to support this Legislation: S.523, S.524, HD.4430, H.894, H.904, H.869, S.452, and H.895. (Details can be found here.)

There are powerful interests working to oppose these bills. Corporations and others that want to “maximize the economic value” of land and forests, and to make way for “development” are using money, access, and power to stop progress. We need your voice to counteract their money, access, and influence!

Please take action now! Click here to write to your state representative and senator, and urge them to co-sponsor ALL of these critical bills.

Then, send written testimony to the Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee urging their support. JointCommittee.Environment@malegislature.gov

Click HERE for an example of written testimony that you can modify and put into your own words.

WHY?

Forests allowed to grow old, uncut and wild, are the #1 solution to removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere as trees breathe in climate warming gases and store them in their bodies and soils, and in the wetlands they help create, for free. 

Made largely out of plastic, a derivative product of oil, artificial turf fields continue our addiction to fossil fuels, and must be replaced roughly every 10 years, leading to hundreds of tons of toxic (PFAS-infused) plastic with NO available recycling solutions and NONE on the horizon.

Forests and trees cool the temperature on land, in rural and urban areas; create balanced and clean fresh water distribution and storage; provide the best habitat for wildlife biodiversity, homes to 80% of wildlife species on land; and promote human health and happiness.

Natural Grass fields maintain reasonable, humane, field temperatures; protect our aquifers from PFAS leeching; avoid exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals; and don’t create toxic waste.

Although forests provide all these critical climate healing and life promoting services, less than 3% of the forest land in our state has permanent protection, and urban/suburban trees have virtually no protection.

 

Onward!

 

The Trees as a Public Good Network & The ORMA Climate Crisis Working Group

 

      If you would like to work with ORMA Members on

  • Climate Change
  • Community-Based Alternative Emergency Response Teams
  • Ranked-Choice Voting
  • Housing For All       

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Please send requests for action items, articles or upcoming events

for the next Organizing Notes to 

beccobrien.orma@gmail.com by Thursday, October 27th.

We’d love to have you send us your favorite pictures of Bernie here in MA!

 

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