Last week we had our first ever evening action meeting!

It wasted no time living up to its name: on Sunday, members from the group met at Market Basket & collected signatures to get paid family medical leave on the 2018 ballot.

Also on Sunday, the Mystic Valley lab tabled at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Malden. Here’s a report from Zayda Ortiz:

The Mystic Valley Lab introduced themselves to the Malden’s Hispanic community at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration. It was filled with fun: bouncy houses and fantastic pupusas, mariachi music and dancing.

We were there to collect signatures for ballot initiatives, offer voter registration, and speak with our neighbors about Indivisible. We ran into many municipal candidates running for both school committee and city council. The election is Nov 9.

Our urgent initiative right now to educate and give out postcards for the Safe Communities Act. The bill is still languishing in committee, despite overwhelming community support for our immigrant neighbors.

That same afternoon, we had a Leads meeting, mostly centered on planning today’s Org meeting (read on for details). We also discussed our evolution into an official, legally recognized non-profit, and our completely overhauled and redesigned website – both coming soon!

Looking ahead

Thursday 10/5 (TODAY for most of you reading this)

Org meeting!! It’s back, in a brand new, awesome location — Canopy City (14 Tyler St). The meeting begins at 6:30pm. Afterwards, we’ll head over to Aeronaut for beer and food.

Friday 10/6

Action lab meets at the usual time, Friday at 10 at Somerville Library.

Saturday 10/7

Be part of the IS contingent at the Indigenous Peoples’ March. It starts at 1 PM at Park St. and ends at the Christopher Columbus statue in the North End at 3PM. More details are available at the Mass Peace Action website and the official Facebook page.

Canvass for local alderman candidates with Our Revolution Somerville. Meet at Ward 1 Alderman Matt McLaughlin’s house at 50 Flint St to get started — he’s also firing up the grill so there will be BBQ FOODSTUFFS when you return from your route! State Representative Mike Connolly will also be stopping by to chat. If you’ve never canvassed before, it’s totally okay. There will be an optional, short training before you’ll be sent out with a partner. RSVP and learn more about the event on Facebook.

Sunday 10/8

IS is joining the parade — the legendary HONK! Parade that is. Join us! We will assemble at 11am in Davis Square, in the parking lot behind Starbucks. We’ll have the IS banner. Colorful clothing, noisemakers and glitter are strongly encouraged.

Monday 10/9

Come to the Meet & Greet with Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Newton Mayor Setti Warren, from 5:45-6:45 at the Green Room. He’ll be speaking, followed by a Q&A.

Calling All Volunteers

We are looking for someone to help coordinate a Handmaid Coalition protest on October 14, a Saturday, to support women’s rights and the ACCESS bill. The job will involve e-mail coordination with the state organizer for the event (who is a bit short on time) and creating a Facebook event or other online info source. (The protest itself will meet outside the State House, then do some photos at locations in Cambridge.) We have other folks who can help organize costumes.


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