State Rep Dylan Fernandes – here again in May

Please make it stop

with State Rep. Dylan Fernandes

Thursday, May 11- 5:30 PM
Unitarian Universal Church
11 Orange Street
downstairs in Hendrix Hall
“Make It Stop” is a group of Nantucket citizens who are concerned about gun safety, advocating for sensible gun laws and educating ourselves about current gun issues and trends – both statewide and nationally. Dylan Fernandes has been listening!  He will facilitate this meeting starting with gun issues and then opening up for other issues. Please contact Gary Langley for more information.

Take Action on ACA

This email from Indivisible National March 6, 2017

How to stand indivisible with the 32 million Americans who rely on the ACA

Join the Indivisible Emergency Call on Defending Obamacare. Health care experts will be on hand to provide an overview of what’s happening and what you can do to stop the repeal of Obamacare.
When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7 at 9 PM EST

RSVP here.

Tell your MoCs to demand a fully transparent process for any legislative action on the ACA, including requiring a public Congressional Budget Office cost estimate (“score”) before any vote. This week, House Republicans plan to rush their repeal bill through two committees, and MoCs will only have a few hours to review the bill. We’ve got a brand new script for contacting your MoC’s office. Make it clear: No Score, No Vote.


The next major congressional recess isn’t until April, and the MoCs pushing for repeal would love to repeal Obamacare before then so that they don’t have to answer any more pesky questions. Our response: Not so fast.

Jeff Sessions Must Resign – Petition

It has been revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions not only met multiple times with the Russian Ambassador while serving as a campaign adviser to Donald Trump, but that he lied about it under oath during his confirmation hearing.

Congressman Bill Keating today called on Jeff Sessions to resign IMMEDIATELY. And now it’s up to all of us to raise our collective voices and join Bill on calling for Sessions to resign.

Add your name and join Congressman Keating in calling on Sessions to resign now. >>

Letter from Bill Keating

Teena received the following letter from our Congressional Representative, Bill Keating in late February.

Dear Teena,

      Rep. Bill KeatingAs a member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, I want to keep you updated on what I’m doing to resist many of the harmful policies being pushed by the Trump administration and Republican Majority.

      Since Inauguration Day, many of our greatest fears have materialized. Women’s rights are in jeopardy, access to health care is on the chopping block, voting rights are being undermined, LGBTQ rights are being rolled back, our environment is being threatened, and so many more of the values that we hold dear are under attack.

      What’s more, the Republican Leadership has proven they are willing to follow President Trump’s agenda blindly and will do so with complete disregard for the will of the American people. Not only have they turned a blind-eye to Trump’s dangerous Executive Orders, but Republicans are also trying to force through a budget that would leave millions of women without access to life-saving health care.

      Since the day Trump first announced his campaign, I’ve been a vocal critic. I’m doing everything I can to stop Trump and his ethically-challenged team from enacting their harmful policies – organizing, marching, and speaking out on TV, radio and social media.

      I was proud to join Senator Elizabeth Warren in Boston to rally with thousands to fight to save the Affordable Care Act. Like millions of other Americans, I attended a Women’s March, on the Falmouth Village Green. I joined my fellow House and Senate Democrats on the steps of the Supreme Court to voice my strong opposition to President Trump’s Muslim ban. And, during the past few weeks, I’ve been inspired by standing-room-only crowds at local grassroots meetups.

      I’ve also made my views clear back in our nation’s Capital. In response to the Muslim ban, I sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General and the Acting Officer for Civil Rights & Liberties requesting that they investigate the implementation of the Executive Order. I also co-sponsored the “Freedom of Religion Act” which would permanently codify a ban on religious discrimination in our immigration system.

      Last week, I signed on to Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry aimed to secure information about any investigations the Justice Department may have launched into Donald Trump’s alleged business conflicts and ties to Russia. I’ve also co-sponsored the “Presidential Accountability Act” to extend the current law — which prohibits federal officeholders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit — to the President and Vice President, who are currently exempt.

      To promote transparency, I’ve joined in urging the Office of Government Ethics to investigate potential ethics violations concerning Kellyanne Conway’s public comments encouraging Americans to purchase items from the fashion line owned by President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.

      However, for my fellow Democrats to defeat the destructive and risky policies of the Trump administration, we need you to continue speaking up. Whether you’ve marched, huddled in living rooms, or attended a town hall, we need you to be persistent and continue to turn our shared frustration into action.

      We’ve already seen what the power and pressure of our grassroots movement can do. It was your collective voices that led to the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. It was your outrage that forced Andrew Puzder to withdraw from consideration as Trump’s Labor Secretary. And through your stories and education, you raised public awareness of the life-saving benefits of the Affordable Care Act – making it a tougher task for the Republican Majority to force through a repeal.

      Let’s persist. Let’s sustain. And, together, let’s continue organizing, communicating, and making our views known. It will take each and every one of us to make change happen.


                       Bill Keating

Chief Pittman to attend Immigration Task Force Meeting, March 16

March 16, 5pm, place:m Hendrix Hall, UU Meeting House.

Linda Simmons is directing the group, Immigration Task Force. This group is separate from Indivisible Nantucket but working toward the same aims with a focus on the immigration issues now facing our friends and neighbors.

Chief Pittman will be at this meeting to answer questions and concerns. Linda is also inviting leading members of the immigrant faith communities on the island.

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes to Speak, March 11

March 11, 2017
10 – 11:30 am, Learning Lab
at the Athenaeum


State Rep. Dylan Fernandes will be the guest speaker at the Nantucket Democratic Town Committee Caucus. The Caucus, which begins at 10 am will elect delegates for the state convention. This part of the meeting will take about 1/2 hour.

Representative Fernandes will speak at approximately 10:30 am.  All are welcome to attend both parts of this meeting.

Please note that only registered Democrats can vote for delegates. You will be able to register as a Democrat at the caucus if you wish.

Getting to Know Our US Constitution Class, March 27


Learning Lab  at the Atheneum
With Peter Panchy
March 27, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM


Reading materials suggested:  John Adams, “Thoughts on Government” and James Madison, “Deficiencies of the Articles of Confederation”

In the first of a three-part class, Peter Panchy explores the conditions and ideas that led to the founding of the United States of America with especial attention to the creation and goals of the United States Constitution.
Panchy’s talk will examine the compromises that led to the structure of our government and the reasons behind its successes and failures. This is meant to be a presentation with ongoing discussion and will include an opportunity to set specific topics for further discussion at subsequent sessions, such as selected items from the Bill of Rights, ‘checks and balances” or Executive Power.
Dates for future sessions: Mondays, April 3 and 24.

Peter Panchy has taught history at Nantucket High School for over 20 years and currently is teaching AP American History. He has a B.A. from Harvard and a Masters of Education from Lesley University.

In addition, for a period of 5 years Peter has provided instruction and professional development at the graduate level for teachers in Massachusetts under the federal Teaching American History grant program.

Free admission, registration is requested. Visit