Happy Thanksgiving… week! Get ready to gobble down another heaping helping of IS events.
Saturday took the cake (pie?) as our biggest day last week. It began with the Fight Supremacy 2.0 counter-rally. There weren’t 40,000 of us this time, and yet we still easily dwarfed the same sad sack alt-right crew that had been last seen just a few months prior, shouting the same nonsense, from the same little gazebo to which they now returned.
Despite their constant caterwauling complaints of being silenced, the whole event was a shining example of the marketplace of ideas gone right: living proof that the alt-right’s reactionary world view, even couched in a disingenuous appeal to small-l liberalism, simply has far less appeal than our progressive values of inclusiveness and solidarity. They vowed to come back again, but rest assured that when they do, we’ll be there. We are many and they are few.
As such, it should be no surprise that our New Member Orientation, held later in the afternoon, was packed with people new to our organization and ready and eager to join the fight. We kept having to bring in more chairs, to the point that it could have raised some eyebrows at the Somerville Fire Department. 👀 It seems fair to say that we will probably need a bigger venue for the next New Member Orientation (which will actually be in two months, not one — we’re skipping December). But that is the kind of problem that we think is great to have.
As mentioned earlier in the Action roundup, we’re mostly taking this week off. All except for our literally unstoppable Fund Lab, which is keeping its normal meeting schedule — 6:30 on Tuesday the 21st. (But note the new location: 136 Morrison Ave in Somerville.)
Other than that, we all wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings. Unless a bitter political debate breaks out, in which case… just try to stay safe!!
There are a couple other things coming up next week — specifically next Tuesday, 11/28 — to which we’d like to draw your attention. We’ll be hosting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie at Canopy City at 7pm, as part of our #SomervilleSpeaks Series. This is a great opportunity to hear his pitch and ask him questions in a small setting. Afterwards, we’ll be headed a few doors down to Aeronaut Brewery, for some casual chill time. We’d love to see you there too!
What are you thankful for? (or not?)
If you haven’t filled out our member survey yet, you really should! We want to know what’s working for you in this organization, and what you’d like to see, as we approach our second year. The survey just takes about 3 minutes to fill out, and everyone who fills it out is automatically entered to win a dinner for two at the fancy, classy, and fabulously scrumptious True Bistro in Teele Square. Take it now!
Pass the bread
At this time of year, our minds turn to charity and helping the less fortunate. We know that you have a lot of places to give, but we hope you’ll keep Indivisible Somerville in mind as you choose where to donate.
We operate on a shoestring, and none of us earns a salary for this work. We have a lot of big plans for our second year, but our ability to execute them, and frankly to exist at all, is entirely dependent on the donations we receive.
By setting up a small recurring donation to IS, you can keep us afloat and able to pay for meeting space, web hosting, coffee, poster supplies, etc. You can set one up in less than 2 minutes on our donation page.
As always, if there’s something you think we should know, drop us a line via the anonymous feedback form. We read each and every response.