Members of BWAG are going to be out in front of Town Hall in Great Barrington this Saturday and every Saturday from 12:00 until 1:00. Our purpose is to identify issues of common concern and ensure representation of those issues by local and national elected officials. Also to generate conversations about these topics among ourselves and with passers by.
We have lots of signs including ones about treatment of children at the border, family separation, protesting against war in Iran and supporting impeachment.
Please join us if you can and also forward to anyone who you think might be interested.
Government Watchdog Finds Squalid Conditions in Border Centers | NYTIMES 7.2.2109
Republicans dominate state legislatures. That decides political power in America. Inside the battle to flip America’s state legislatures blue in 2020 | VOX 7.5.19
”The most important election of 2020 arguably isn’t for the White House — it’s the battle for control of America’s state legislatures.
Historically overlooked by national Democrats, local legislatures have been under Republican control in a majority of states since 2010 (a majority they expanded on in 2014). Republicans now have total control of 30 state legislatures — both the House and Senate — compared to just 18 by Democrats. Just two states, Minnesota and Alaska, have split chambers. This has massive consequences for national politics …”
Do the Republicans Even Believe in Democracy Anymore? They pay lip service to it, but they actively try to undermine its institutions. By Michael Tomasky | NYTimes 7.1.2019
”A number of observers, myself included, have written pieces in recent years arguing that the Republican Party is no longer simply trying to compete with and defeat the Democratic Party on a level playing field. Today, rather than simply playing the game, the Republicans are simultaneously trying to rig the game’s rules so that they never lose.
The aggressive gerrymandering, which the Supreme Court just declared to be a matter beyond its purview; the voter suppression schemes; the dubious proposals that haven’t gone anywhere — yet — like trying to award presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than by state, a scheme that Republicans in five states considered after the 2012 election and that is still discussed: These are not ideas aimed at invigorating democracy. They are hatched and executed for the express purpose of essentially fixing elections.”
Children Remain in Dangerous Conditions on the Texas Border By Isaac Chotiner | New Yorker 6.25.2019
”… We [RAICES] are the largest immigration-law office in the state of Texas. We are on the front lines of every place we can get…One thing that is notable is that one area where lawyers are specifically not allowed, nor are journalists, is inside the Border Patrol facilities. And that is where those children were found in Clint, Texas. That’s where these underpass and tent cages and cities are. And that is the one place where they don’t let lawyers.”
Children Shouldn’t Be Dying at the Border. Here’s How You Can Help.
Speak up. Donate. Educate yourself. Vote.
Children Shouldn’t Be Dying at the Border. Here’s How You Can Help. Speak up. Donate. Educate yourself. Vote. NY Times Editorial Board
EXCERPT: The stalemate on immigration is a choice that Americans do not have to accept. You can help end it. Here’s how:
Call Congress, your mayor and local representatives. Contact your members of Congress and tell them that you want impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be called off and detention conditions improved. The legal defense nonprofit Raices has provided a template and an online form that you can use to email your congressional representatives. You can also reach out to your local officials to ask that they initiate plans to help immigrant communities that are affected by the raids. This official government website has provided links to finding your city, county and town officials.
Report and document raids and arrests. The National Immigration Law Center has suggested reporting raids to local hotlines, such as United We Dream’s MigraWatch. Raices has urged that people verify any social media posts saying ICE has been spotted before sharing or retweeting them because false alarms could spread fear in immigrant communities.
Donate to humanitarian efforts. Many immigrants are not informed of their legal and civil rights as they pursue asylum or face deportation. Several nonprofits are providing free legal representation and other services for immigrants and the families of those detained. United We Dream, the American Civil Liberties Union, Mijente, Immigrant Families Together and the Immigrant Justice Corps are coordinating advocacy and services at a national level. Local organizations providing legal aid include the New Sanctuary Coalition in New York, Las Americas in El Paso and Raices in Texas, Americans for Immigrant Justice in Florida and the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund in Colorado.
Graphics: An Excitingly Simple Solution to Youth Turnout, for the Primaries and Beyond
Same-day registration can turn out millions more young voters. So what’s the holdup in five states controlled by progressives?
Graphics: An Excitingly Simple Solution to Youth Turnout, for the Primaries and Beyond Same-day registration can turn out millions more young voters. So what’s the holdup in five states controlled by progressives? NYTIMES 6.26.2019 | By Charlotte Hill and Jacob Grumbach | Ms. Hill is on the board of FairVote and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Grumbach is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton.
EXCERPT: A striking feature of last year’s midterm elections was the historically high turnout. Still, only 31 percent of eligible young people cast a ballot — far lower than other age groups, even though millennials are the largest demographic in the country and much of Gen Z is now voting age.
Our research suggests a relatively easy fix: what’s known as same-day registration — allowing for voting and registering on voting days. Drawing on data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Voter Supplement, we compared similar individuals in states with and without same-day registration laws, and also compared states before and after such laws went into effect.
We found that letting people register and vote on the same day increases turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds by as much as 10 percentage points — a potential difference of millions of votes. This shouldn’t come as a surprise: Young people cite not being registered as the top reason for not voting. And according to a recent estimate, fewer than half under 25 are on the rolls. READ MORE