The movement for full, transformative action to address institutional racism in the criminal justice system continues to grow across the country. Protests are being organized in the biggest cities and the smallest towns demanding justice, accountability, and structural change. As many of you attend protests happening this weekend, there are some things you should keep in mind for your own safety and the safety of others:
- Practice good hygiene. COVID-19 has already disproportionately affected communities of color, so remember to wear a mask and practice good hygiene when protesting and practice social distancing if you can.
- Eat and drink plenty of water beforehand. It’s probably going to be a long and emotionally draining day, so eat a well balanced meal and hydrate.
- Write down emergency contact information and stash it in your pocket or backpack. It’s always a possibility that your phone might be lost, dead, or taken, so don’t rely on it.
- Know your rights before you head out to protest. The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views, but it comes with risks. Check out the ACLUs videos on how to keep yourself and your devices safe.
- Never share photos where protestors are clearly identifiable. Blur faces, tattoos, or other identifying features to protect their privacy and keep them from being targeted by people unsympathetic to the cause.
Black Lives Matter has created a Healing Justice and Direct Action Toolkit for activists and organizers participating and planning protests. If you’re an ally, remember that you should take on a supportive role. Center and amplify Black voices. Be careful not to talk over Black speakers and always use your privilege to further the cause.
As always, send your events to firstname.lastname@example.org and have a safe and healthy weekend.
All the best,
MassDems Communications Manager
Ideas for Committees
If there’s a protest happening in your city or town, think about how your committee can be helpful beyond attending. Reach out to the organizers, see what they need, and think about your members’ strengths and the role they should play. Can you donate food or water? Buy medical supplies? Provide a sound system? Make signs? Be on stand-by for rides to and from? You can also view more actions to take at massdems.org.
6/12/2020 Climate Virtual Town Hall with Alan Khazei, MA-04 Candidate
Friday, June 12, 6 PM
6/13/2020 Grafton Dems Virtual Coffee Hour
Saturday, June 13, 9 AM
Casual event to chat about politics and other topics with fellow Democrats. RSVP to email@example.com for Zoom meeting link.
*6/13/2020 Ayer-Shirley Joint Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Saturday, June 13, 10:30 AM
For Zoom dial-in details: email firstname.lastname@example.org; Guests are 2 first-time candidates: Deb Busser for State Representative (1st Middlesex) and John Cronin for State Senate (Middlesex & Worcester)
*6/14/2020 Somerville Democratic City Committee, Ward 7 Meeting and Phonebank for Joe Biden*
Sunday, June 14, 3 PM
RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/277531/; Meeting for Ward 7 and phonebank for Joe Biden
6/15/2020 Greater Taunton MA High School Democrats Conversation with MA-04 Candidate Alan Khazei
Monday, June 15, 8 PM
Join Greater Taunton MAHSD’s weekly meeting and conversation with MA-04 Candidate Alan Khazei! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2932492970121581/
*6/16/2020 Latinos for Ben Sigel, MA-04 Candidate, Virtual Meet and Greet*
Tuesday, June 16, 6 PM
Co-hosted by the campaign and many of Ben’s supporters; Ben is running to be the first ever Latino ever elected to Congress from Massachusetts; event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2744490242449263/
*6/16/2020 Wellesley State Legislative Forum*
Tuesday, June 16, 7 PM
RSVP: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RcV1vtM7Q2-0FInCKCU4Og; advance questions for Q & A can be sent to email@example.com; Guests are Representative Alice Peisch, Senator Cindy Creem, Senator Becca Rausch
6/17/2020 Bellingham DTC ‘Summer Kick-Off’ Fundraiser
Wednesday, June 17, 6 – 9 PM
Join the Bellingham DTC for their ‘Summer Kick-Off’ fundraiser to support the committee and its scholarship fund. Hot & cold appetizers, cash bar. Tix: $20, contact Chair Kevin Tagliaferri at firstname.lastname@example.org
6/17/2020 Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Virtual Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 17, 7 PM
Includes Democratic Party candidates for Barnstable County Commissioner; Chair of Voter Protection Corps, Quentin Palfrey
6/18/2020 Cape and Islands Virtual Event with Congressman Bill Keating
Thursday, June 18, 6 PM
Reserve: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/capevirtualevent# (Donations from the event go to Congressman Keating); moderated by CIDC chair, Sandy Milano
6/18/2020 Virtual Women for State Senator Becca Rausch with Special Guests Attorney General Maura Healey and Auditor Suzanne Bump
Thursday, June 18, 7 PM
Join State Sen. Becca Rausch for a virtual event in support of her re-election campaign. RSVP for the link: https://secure.ngpvan.com/jjiX_Y5ALkWbJGbNb7A-6A2
6/19/2020 An Evening of Music to Support Meg Wheeler for State Senate (Plymouth & Norfolk)
Friday, June 19, 7 PM
Join Meg Wheeler for State Senate for a virtual concert fundraiser, featuring acts such as is Dr. James Gibson, concert pianist. Be on the lookout for the announcement of the other acts! Reserve tickets at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meg-wheeler-concert-fundraiser
6/20/2020 Eastham Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, June 20, 10 AM
Contact email@example.com to request an agenda and meeting access information; Democratic candidates may speak briefly with prior approval; will discuss topics including election practices during COVID and the BLM movement
*6/20/2020 Somerville Democratic City Committee, Ward 3 Meeting*
Saturday, June 20, 11 AM
*6/20/2020 Wellfleet Democratic Town Committee Zoom Meeting*
Saturday, June 20, 11 AM
6/20/2020 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Virtual Pride Summit
Saturday, June 20, 3 PM
Stonewall Democrats, in conjunction with other Democratic LGBTQ+ organizations, will be hosting a Virtual Pride Summit featuring LGBTQ+ activists, elected officials, and allies coming together to rally our community for November. To sponsor this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to secure.actblue.com/donate/virtualpride. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/557889215121381/
*6/20/2020 Cape and Islands Victory 2020 Fundraiser*
Saturday, June 20, 6:30 PM
Reserve: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cidcsummer20 ($25 minimum donation requested); headlined by Senator Markey, encouraging other local elected officials to join.
*6/21/2020 Somerville Democratic City Committee, Ward 2 Meeting*
Sunday, June 21, 11 AM
RSVP: https://bit.ly/2XTXlNp; email Chair Michael Carlson at email@example.com for Zoom link; Q & A with 27th Middlesex State Representative Candidate, Catia Sharp
6/30/2020 27th Middlesex Candidate Forum, Somerville Democratic City Committee, Ward 6 Meeting
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM
RSVP: https://bit.ly/2YqQeve; forum with candidates for State Representative, Erika Uyterhoeven and Catia Sharp
*7/1/2020 File Your Letter of Intent with the MassDems*
Wednesday, July 1, 7 PM
Currently, there are two vacancies to be filled on the State Committee: two male seats, one caucus seat in the Hampden Senate District and a ballot seat in the First Essex and Middlesex Senate District. To run for either of these seats, candidates must file a letter of intent by 7pm on July 1st by emailing Executive Director Veronica Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/14/2020 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 14, 7 PM
RSVP at Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1180067129012588/; Guest speakers: State Representative for Ninth Norfolk District candidate, Brian Hamlin; MA-04 Congressional candidate, Becky Grossman; County Commissioner candidate, Richard Staiti; and Register of Probate candidate, Colleen Brierly.