On Friday, Senate Republicans managed to sweep aside their lingering disagreements and the screaming wraiths of their excised consciences, to pass a bill grotesque in its naked cruelty and greed. As of this writing, it is not clear whether the House GOP will pass the bill as-is, or send it to conference. If they do the latter, there is still a chance to defeat this.

But here’s the thing: regardless of how this turns out, we know that they will keep coming back with horrible legislation. Inevitably, we will lose some of these battles. The Republicans control the entire federal government, after all. Moreover, they are backed by a phalanx of patrons who reward them richly for their service.

In progressive circles, one often hears the phrase “when we fight, we win.” Of course, nobody can win every fight, and that’s not what this expression promises. It simply means that as long as we keep fighting, we will keep winning. Just as we did in 2017, so we will do again in 2018, and again and again, year in and year out, until we finally wrest control of government back from this morally bankrupt cadre of reactionary clowns.

And even then our fight won’t be over! But it will change. Because we will finally be back on the offense, fighting for a better society, not simply to mitigate the damage to the one we have. And that’s a fight worth fighting for.

Last week

On Tuesday we hosted gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie at Canopy City. Here’s a rundown from IS Leads Coordinator Ashley Tartarilla:

In the latest installment of our ongoing Somerville Speaks series, we were joined by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie. He discussed his potential run against incumbent Charlie Baker in 2018, as well as his more immediate run in the primaries against Jay Gonzalez and Setti Warren. The talk was followed by a question and answer session with the audience. We are excited to have now hosted all three Democratic candidates for governor at our speaker series, and look forward to hearing more from each of them as we look towards the primaries.

Other highlights of last week included Community Hours at Outreach co-lead Sharon Locavore’s apartment…

and an Outreach Lab Workshop aimed at strengthening the connection between their efforts and those of other labs.

(By the way, for more photos from our events, check out our Instagram account.)

This week

Tonight (12/4) at 6pm, come to the Blue Shirt Cafe in Davis Square for the return of our Energy & Environment Lab, which has been on hiatus for a little while. They’ll be charting forward their path for 2018, and with the environment in ever more dire peril, now is as good a time as ever to hop aboard the (undoubtedly biofueled) #EE train.

On Thursday 12/7, we are cosponsoring a protest to Defend Net Neutrality, in conjunction with our friends at Fight For the Future, Demand Progress, and the ACLU of Massachusetts. It begins at 5 pm at the Verizon Store at 745 Boylston St in Boston. You know what I said up there about fighting? This one is important.

On Friday, 12/8, Action Lab has its regular meeting at the Somerville Public Library at 10 am.

On Saturday, 12/9, Family Lab co-lead Lily Linke will be hosting Community Hours. Hang out with other ISers, chat about politics and other stuff, have some snacks, and maybe get some work done! That’s from 11 am to 1 pm at 127 Walnut St #2 in Somerville.

Finally, later that same afternoon, Creative is hosting a website redesign planning session, from 3 to 5 pm at Canopy City.


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