GT Update: June 14, 2017

Dear Greylock Together,
A briefer update this week—in part because the more things change, the more they remain the same. While POTUS’s “Nero Moment” and yesterday’s AG stonewalling continue the narrative of a “brand new surprise” each day, Congress keeps on doing what they’ve been doing since the election: trying desperately to unwind decades of American progress.
Take Trumpcare, which even the dude for whom it’s named now calls “mean” (perhaps because of revelations like this one). In short: hard right ideologues who want the tax cut for the wealthy are not letting anyone consider the option of working together to actually try and make health care better. How do we fight back? With determination for as long as it takes. GT member Ali Benjamin offers a powerful five-minute action we can each take today.
Take Our Second GT Survey
This survey includes bills about two dynamite issues: the economy and healthcare. How do we bolster a fragile recovery, fix a rigged system, and protect the victories of the past? With laws, and this is our first step.  We need your voice — do you support a $15 minimum wage, do you want a public option? You make the decisions… what will Greylock Together support? With hundreds of active members, we have a lot of power: help us decide how to use it! Our last survey shows the Greylock Together community is overwhelmingly supportive of nonpartisan redistricting to end gerrymandering, automatic voter registration, and ending the disenfranchisement of felons. Changing the system of voting from first-past-the-post also has majority support, but many people still have questions about that one.  So we’re getting good results and soon we’ll know what to back… and where our representatives stand! Take the new survey now.
Meet NY-19 at this Sunday’s Greylock Together Meeting
Dustin Reidy, a leader in the charge to unseat John Faso from New York’s 19th Congressional District (NY-19), will join us at our regular biweekly meeting: 3:00-4:30 p.m.Williamstown Youth Center,
Meet…Up! GT Social
Ali and Blair Benjamin are kindly opening up their homes to Greylock Together for an informal, restorative, social gathering on Monday, June 19thRSVP here.
Upcoming Events
Out In The Berkshires – A Conversation with the LGBTQ Community
June 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
Book Group
Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
June 22 @ 7:00 pm, Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams
Antique Appraisal Day, Raffle & Basket Auction
A fundraiser benefiting Berkshire Immigrant Center
June 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, South Congregational Church, 110 South Street , Pittsfield
And Support Our Immigrant Neighbors
June’s Immigrant Heritage Month. The attached flyer shows how you can support the Berkshire Immigrant Center’s best efforts.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Rob White
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