Many groups are joining the ProtectTheResults.com national coalition of 130+ major groups who are making plans to protest if the Republicans try to undermine the elections. In Western Mass. we are preparing too.
The newly formed 4-county Western Mass Protect the Results is the local communication hub for upcoming actions & to link activists for self-organizing local actions in response to an election crisis (if the need arises).
If you haven’t responded to the survey yet, please do so here so you can receive future communications.
There are tentative plans for rallies on Wednesday, November 4th. All of these will be socially-distanced, masked, and held outdoors.
Please register at Protect the Results
Actions on November 4th
Tentative plans for socially-distanced, masked, outdoor rallies/marches.
Springfield Federal Court Office, 300 State Street, 5:00 PM. Followed by a march from the Federal Building to Springfield City Hall. (Pending national call to action)
Northampton City Hall: 5:00 PM (Confirmed)
Greenfield Town Green: 4:00PM (Pending national call to action)
Pittsfield Park Square: 12 noon & 5:00 PM – for 30 min each (Confirmed)
Actions on November 5th
Amherst Common, Thursday, Nov 5, 12 noon to 1:00 pm. Marching (socially-distanced, masked) around perimeter of Amherst Common; bring signs such as “Count Every Vote,” “Defend Democracy”. (Pending national call to action)
In the event that an election crisis is prolonged, we will plan to protest until every eligible vote is counted.
You can search for more actions on protecttheresults.com
The Working Families Party, The Frontline, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project & United We Dream Action invite you to a tele-townhall to see victory through — whether that means making sure every vote is counted, building momentum for a progressive agenda, or taking to the streets. Join us for updates and information, key action steps, and to be in community with progressives from across the country. Let’s make it count! Sign up here
Democracy is fragile. We have reason to worry that this fall we may see an undemocratic power grab — a coup. We also know that the people can defend our democracy. Nonviolent mass protests have stopped coups in other places, and we may have to do the same in this country.
Choose Democracy is organizing to defend the results of the election, defend democracy, and resist a coup, if it comes to that. You can take the Choose Democracy Pledge here. You can find their list of ways to take action here. And you can find more resources here.
Register for one of their upcoming trainings!!!
At the Brink: Getting Ready to Stop a Coup
On the brink of the election, this training will focus on what we can do and how to connect as circumstances evolve. We will ground ourselves in what has worked historically, and how it might apply here.
Register for November 1, 8:00-9:30PM ET
Register for November 5, 8:00-9:30PM ET
The Election Defenders campaign is connecting thousands of volunteers with voters to overcome suppression, prepare to turn out on election day, and prepare together for whatever scenario comes next. Join us to ensure that every polling location is safe, reliable and accessible for all of us.
Make It Count: Post-Election Updates & Action Steps
The day after the Election, join us to hear critical updates and calls to action. The Working Families Party, The Frontline, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project, and United We Dream Action invite you to a tele-townhall to see victory through — whether that means making sure every vote is counted, building momentum for a progressive agenda, or taking to the streets. Join us for updates and information, key action steps, and to be in community with progressives from across the country. Let’s make it count!
How to Join: After signing up on this form and checking the box, you will receive a call on Nov. 4th close to 8:00pm E.T. to connect you to the event with phone number you provide. If you prefer to watch online, we will share a livestream link for all RSVPs, which you will receive before the call.
Protect the Results is building a coalition of voters ready to mobilize if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. You can find out about events and access their resources here.
Send this letter to Governor Baker and share it with your friends
Read and share this Western Mass Labor Federation AFL-CIO resolution to defend democracy
Take a look at Field Team 6’s slide deck: Ten Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup
Check out the Coup-o-Meter from IsThisACoup.com to learn more about what makes something a coup and why we are concerned about Donald Trump attempting a coup right now.
The Frontline: Election Scenarios Curriculum
Explore the resources in the Election Scenarios Curriculum, resources from The Frontline’s recent teach-in.