@segalmr This imperative includes Legislature. The absence of concrete REAL and meaningful policy from #MALeg is an appalling moral failure. This lies at every legislator's feet until THEY are protesting and organizing for #Safecommunitiesact, DLs.
#AbolishICE #MAHouse @MA_Senate #MApoli
@segalmr @MA_Senate So, call, email, buttonhole at the Senior Center coffee, your State Legislators, senators and reps, and ask them: what, dear Elected, are you actually doing to push #Safecommunitiesact to a vote, and mobilize your colleagues, your caucus, your Leadership, to pass it? #mapoli
@segalmr @MA_Senate Listen to their answers. Notice if, how they shift the burden of action to Someone Somewhere Else (leadership, other legislators, The Voters (lol), I dunno, Trump). Politely, firmly bring it back to, what, then, are YOU doing to push them/that? #legisplaining #Safecommunitiesact
@segalmr @MA_Senate You can gently push. If they keep claimin their helplessness, lack of power and agency, it is worth naming, reflecting that back to them. "So I am to understand that you have no influence, power, or agency on legislation, your colleagues? Yes?" #legisplaining #MApoli #MALeg
@segalmr @MA_Senate Then be clear you find it surprising, illuminating, disappointing, since they are elected to legislate, make policy. Ask your curious questions! Like, "are you comfortable w/ this level of powerlessness?" "Are there any #MALeg-rs that DO actively work for change?" #legisplaining
@segalmr @MA_Senate If, on the other hand, you get to a place where Legislator is saying they will, have done, An Action to mobilize movement with their colleagues, leadership... Ask for receipts! "Did you send a letter to the chairs? Could you forward it to me?" #Safecommunitiesact #legisplaining
If you do politely but firmly press your #MALeg'r for action steps, at this point you must watch for lecture on Very Helpful #Legisplaining tips, purportedly to instruct you on "how to be strategic" in your advocacy/activism. 🚨 Look out. 🚩 Thread here:
@BillTaylorMA makes a good pt. So much legislation has already had rounds, rounds of hearings, review. A frequent deferral from #MALeg-islators is that "bill is going thru the vetting process": they are counting on you not knowing they've done that already
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