We’re continuing the weekly call relay tradition—i.e., for one of our phone-calling actions, we’re asking folks to sign up for a specific time to place their calls—but we’re going to try moving it to Friday this week. On Friday, we’ll be calling Rep. Katko regarding Trump’s plans for so-called “tax reform.” More details below, but please go ahead and click here to sign up for a specific time on Friday when you’ll place your call.
And now, on to the action alerts:
Monday (Aug 7): one phone call today
No compliance with voter suppression efforts!
Gov. Cuomo announced a couple weeks ago that the state would not share voter records with the Kobach/Pence commission on (so-called) election integrity, but last week, the state Board of Elections announced that the state would share the requested records after all. Today, please call the Board of Elections (518-474-8100) and indicate your opposition to this decision. The co-directors of the Board are Todd Valentine & Robert Brehm. More details here.
Tuesday (Aug 8): Education day—both on-line and in person
Educate yourselves on proposal for a state constitutional convention
Our State Legislation Action Team (SLAT) has reached consensus on a position opposing the NYS Constitutional Convention that will be on the ballot this November. SLAT would like CNY Solidarity Coalition to vote on this position during one of our upcoming meetings. In preparation for this discussion, we urge CNY Solidarity members to review the following links to an informational website and a video, respectively. The video is a recording of a session held during one of our training sessions. Next week we will provide some links to websites explaining reasons to oppose the Constitutional Convention.
6:30-8pm: Roving teach-in on Trump, the Environment, and Climate Change, University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St.
Wednesday (Aug 9): one phone call today, plus the Nagasaki Day procession in downtown Syracuse
Say no to Trump’s draconian budget!
The recently released House Republican budget resolution for the 2018 Fiscal Year contains the same draconian provisions that the White House’s budget proposal was so widely criticized for a couple months ago: a $1.5 trillion cut to Medicaid, a $487 billion cut to Medicare, and changes to Social Security that would alter the accessibility of benefits (such as raising the retirement age). Like the Trump budget proposal, the House budget resolution also paves the way for large tax cuts for the wealthy, and it increases military spending by roughly $929 billion over the next decade. More details here. Today, please call Rep. Katko and urge him to speak out against this budget plan. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Join us for the Nagasaki Day procession
11:30am: Nagasaki Day procession, starting from Hanover Square, East Water and South Warren Streets in Syracuse. Organized by the Nuclear Free World Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council, in remembrance of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A CNY Solidarity contingent will be walking with our banner. For more info:email@example.com
Thursday (Aug 10): Anti-fracking rally and phone call, plus a meeting with Assembly Member Magnarelli
Say no to fracking!
11:45am: Protest rally in Albany to oppose the massive 650 MW fracked gas power plant being built in Orange County. Rally at Capital Park West on South Swan between State St and Washington Ave. For more info:firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can’t make it to Albany, please call Gov. Cuomo 518-474-8390 to say: “Please have your DEC deny the 401 Water Quality Certification permits for the Valley Lateral Pipeline and the Eastern System Upgrade. Expanding fracked gas infrastructure in NYS will harm our land, water, air and public health. You rightly gave New York a fracking ban. Now protect us from the fracking infrastructure invasion.”
Meet with Bill Magnarelli
2pm: Meeting with State Assembly Member Magnarelli. If you can attend (and esp. if you live in Magnarelli’s district), please rsvp to Paul email@example.com.
An Inconvenient Sequel
The local release date for the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, originally scheduled for last week, has been pushed back to today. Click here for the trailer.
Friday (Aug 11)
Call relay on “tax reform”: We say Not One Penny!
With TrumpCare apparently dead for now, the White House is turning its attention to so-called “tax reform,” by which they mean enormous tax giveaways to corporations and the rich. We say Not One Penny in tax cuts for millionaires! More info here and here. Today, please call Rep. Katko’s Syracuse office (315-423-5657) and urge him to oppose any and all tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations.
Saturday (Aug 12)
No actions today (at least for now!). Enjoy the day with friends and family.
Sunday (Aug 13)
No CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting this weekend. See below for dates of upcoming meetings.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., Aug. 14, 11am: State Sen. Dave Valesky is holding a high-dollar fundraiser at KANON VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB, Lake Road, Oneida, NY 13421. Plans are in the works to meet at the Peace & Justice Center at 9:30am to carpool to the event, where some of us will protest Sen. Valesky’s support for the IDC. We’re still looking for someone to be point person on this action, but in the meantime, for more info:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon., Aug. 14, 6-8pm: Town Hall Meeting—24th District Congressional Race, organized by Indivisible Cayuga, co-sponsored by CNY Solidarity. Student Lounge, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021. Folks will be meeting at 5pm at Bishop Harrison Center in Syracuse to car pool.
Tue., Aug 15, time/location TBD: Join CNY Solidarity for a rally to say Not One Penny in tax cuts for millionaires.
Tue., Aug 15, 7pm: Rep. John Katko will hold a community forum on issues affecting Wayne County farms. The forum will be held at the Wayne County Public Safety Building, 7376 state Route 31, Lyons. Free and open to the public. More details here. If anyone is planning to attend, please email email@example.com, as our friends at the Workers Center of CNY have some questions they’d like asked regarding the treatment of farmworkers.
Wed., Aug. 23, 7pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, Bishop Harrison Center.
Sun., Aug. 27, 3-7pm: CNY ACLU Chapter Outreach BBQ, Sankofa Park (just north of the intersection at Salina and Colvin). The BBQ brings together residents of the city and suburbs to learn about DOT options for replacing I-81 and to organize a broad campaign in support of racial and economic justice.
Sat., Sept. 2, 10-11am: Hail Working Men and Women Parade, beginning at corner of Mill and Owasco Streets in Auburn. For more info, Charlie firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 10, time and location TBD: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting.
Sept. 10, 7-10pm: “Concert for a Cause” to benefit Center for New Americans, Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Rd., Cazenovia 13035.
Sept. 18, 6:30-8pm: Roving Teach-In on the Trump Administration and the Constitution, Palmyra Community Library.
Week of Sept. 18: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, day/time/location TBD.
Oct. 1, time and location TBD: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting.
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