CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from our legislative action team. The House is on recess again this week, and we’ve got actions planned at all four of Rep. Katko’s district offices on Wednesday (focused on the GOP tax agenda), plus another action at the Syracuse office on Thursday (focused on the Dream Act). More details below.
The latest iteration of Trump’s Muslim Ban goes into effect on Wednesday (10/18). There’s a national protest planned in D.C. that day, and our friends at the Workers Center of CNY are mobilizing to get people there. A bus will be leaving Syracuse on 10/17 at 5:00pm, returning late on 10/18. You can reserve your ticket here FREE if you use the promotional code: wccny. If you have any problems registering, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s fight for all immigrants and refugees!
And now, on to the action alerts.
Monday (Oct 16)
One phone call today, plus two films and a candidate debate in Syracuse tonight, and an organizing meeting in Palmyra
Congress must fund CHIP!
Nine million children rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most — or in some cases, all — of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but the Republicans were so busy trying to repeal Obamacare that that’s exactly what happened. Today, please call Rep. Katko and urge him to support full and immediate funding. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC). More details here.
Screening and discussion of From the Ground Up: Economic Growth Powered by Community Strengths
5-7pm at Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave in Syracuse. More details here. If anyone would be willing to distribute some CNY Solidarity flyers at this event, please let us know.
Syracuse Common Council debate
7-9pm, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave. in Syracuse. Co-sponsored by CNY Solidarity, ACTS, National Action Network, Parents for Public Schools, and others. More details here.
Screening of Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
7-9pm ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse. Hosted by the Beyond War and Militarism Committee of Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity. Go to peacecouncil.net to see how you can “Keep Trump’s finger off the Nuclear Trigger.” More event details here.
General Membership Meeting, Citizens Response Network of Wayne County
7-9pm, 154 E. Main St Palmyra, NY. More details here.
Tuesday (Oct 17)
One phone call today, plus candidate forums in Syracuse and Oswego tonight
Say no to attacks on disability rights
We really shouldn’t even have to say this (that’s how outrageous this bill is), but we need you to call Rep. Katko and urge him to vote no on H.R. 620: ADA Education and Reform Act. As noted by Human Rights watch, this bill “would very deliberately undermine the protections afforded under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)” and would “dramatically increase the burden on any person with a disability who seeks to vindicate their rights.” Right now, under the ADA, businesses open to the public are required to make themselves accessible to people with disabilities. If they don’t, a person with disabilities can take them to court or file a complaint with U.S. Department of Justice. That all changes under this horrible bill. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Syracuse Mayoral Candidate Forum on Labor Issues
5:30-7:30 pm at Teamsters Local 317, 566 Spencer St Syracuse. Click here to register.
Town Hall Meeting with Oswego County Legislature Candidates
7-9pm, 46 E Bridge St, Oswego, NY 13126. Hosted by We the People Oswego Indivisible. More details here.
Wednesday (Oct 18)
If you’re not going to DC for the No Muslim Ban action today, please join us at one of Rep. Katko’s offices to rally against GOP tax giveaways and then at the CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting tonight.
Rally Against GOP Tax Giveaways at Rep. Katko’s Offices
Click here for more info on Trump’s tax plan. If you can’t join us in person, please call Rep. Katko today and demand #NotOnePenny in tax cuts for the wealthy. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting
Thursday (Oct 19)
One phone call today, plus a rally in Syracuse to demand #DreamActNow.
New York Can Take Action Against Trump Sabotage of the ACA
The Trump administration’s action last week to stop Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments is another attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is considering taking Trump to court to resume the CSR payments. Today, please call A.G. Schneiderman at 800-428-9071 to urge him to take this issue to Federal court. If you’ve got time for a second call, please call Gov. Andrew Cuomo (518-474-8390) to advocate that he inform New Yorkers about what the state will do to preserve the ACA here, in the face of the Trump administration’s assaults—including when Gov. Cuomo will support a Medicare-For-All system in our state.
1pm at Rep. Katko’s Syracuse office, 440 S Warren St, Syracuse 13202-2634. Join us to rally for the Dream Act. More details here.
Friday (Oct 20)
One phone call today, plus a meeting with Schumer staff at 2pm.
Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement
The Defense Department’s 1033 program transfers surplus military equipment to police. It has given billions of dollars’ worth of tanks, grenade launchers and other weapons to local law enforcement agencies – including more than 93,000 machine guns. In 2014, police in combat gear driving mine-resistant tanks violently confronted people protesting the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The national outrage and organizing that followed helped force President Obama to dramatically scale back the 1033 program. But now Trump wants to bring it back in full force. Today, please call Rep. Katko and urge him to cosponsor H.R. 1556: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which would prohibit this escalation and help keep weapons of war out of our communities. The bill has two Republican co-sponsors, but Katko isn’t one of them. More details here. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Meeting with Schumer staff
We’re meeting today with Senator Schumer’s regional director, Joe Nehme. 2 p.m. at the Center for Peace and Social Justice – we’ll meet at 1:30 p.m. to prepare. All are welcome, but please email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Saturday (Oct 21)
No actions planned. Enjoy the day with friends and family.
Sunday (Oct 22)
No CNY Solidarity actions planned today, but one educational event this afternoon in Syracuse.
Rewriting our Foundation: The State and Federal Constitutions with the League of Women Voters and Dr. Thomas Keck
Strathmore Speaker Series hosts the League of Women Voters to discuss November’s ballot measure regarding state constitutional convention and Prof. Keck to discuss some key current threats to the US Constitution. 2-3:30pm, Onondaga Park Firebarn, 500 Summit Ave, Syracuse 13207. More details here.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., Oct 23, 6:30-8:30pm: Syracuse Mayoral Debate, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., in Syracuse. Co-sponsored by CNY Solidarity, ACTS, National Action Network, Parents for Public Schools, and others. More details here.
Tue, Oct 24, 6pm: Syracuse Mayoral Candidate Debate, hosted by Masking & Kompany. More details here.
Wed., Oct 25, 7-9pm: Undocumented but with a Voice. Discussion with Cesar Vargas, national immigrant rights activist, hosted by Citizens’ Response Network of Wayne County, Ohmann Theatre, 65 Williams St., Lyons.
Mon., Oct 30, 6:30-8:30pm: Syracuse Board of Ed and City Court Candidates Debate, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., in Syracuse. Co-sponsored by CNY Solidarity, ACTS, National Action Network, Parents for Public Schools, and others. More details here.
Wed., Nov. 1, 10:30-3pm: COVERAGE FOR ALL meeting in Albany. An opportunity to participate in critical statewide meeting to build toward affordable health coverage for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details, including carpooling plans from Syracuse.
Sun., Nov. 5, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD
Wed., Nov. 15, 7pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD
Wed., Dec. 6, 7pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD
Sun., Dec. 17, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD
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