CNY Solidarity Coalition

Action Alerts – Week of November 27

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CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from our legislative action team. Highlights this week are three different local protests targeting the #TrumpTaxScam.

 

Monday (Nov 27)

A rally and a phone call today, focused on protecting the Arctic Refuge, plus an info session on renewable heating tonight

 

Rally to Protect the Arctic Refuge

From our friends at Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and Alaska Wilderness League: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is in danger of being opened up to oil and gas drilling. Industrial infrastructure on this fragile landscape would negatively impact nesting birds, denning polar bears, calving caribou, and the native Gwich’in people who depend on the caribou. Recent reports indicate that Senate Republicans are planning to add this devastating proposal to the tax bill. Come join us to speak up for the people and wildlife of the Arctic Refuge! Urge Rep. Katko to oppose Arctic drilling! 12-1pm, Katko’s Syracuse office, 440 S. Warren St. More details here.

 

If you can’t make it to the rally (or even if you can!)

Congressional Republicans have been pushing for years to open ANWR to oil and gas drilling, most recently with S.49: Alaska Oil and Gas Production Act, introduced by Sen. Murkowski in January. Senate Republicans are now trying to attach these provisions to the GOP tax bill. Both Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand are opposed to these efforts, but today, let’s call Sen. Schumer and urge him to use all of his powers as Minority Leader to block them. Sen. Schumer is at 202-224-6542 or 315-423-5471.

 

Virtual Info Session: Renewable Heat vs. Gas/Oil

Learn more about renewable heating and help prep for 12/6 rally in Albany. 7-8:15pm virtual meeting; join from computer: https://zoom.us/j/460764648 or telephone: (646) 558 8656 or (669) 900 6833. Meeting ID: 460 764 648. More details here.

 

Tuesday (Nov 28)

One phone call on human rights today, and an organizing meeting on health care tonight

Support Human Rights in Honduras

Today, please call Rep. Katko and ask him to cosponsor H.R.1299Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act. This bill prohibits U.S. government funding of the Honduran police or military until the Department of State certifies that the Honduran government has established the rule of law, protected the rights of trade unionists, and prosecuted members of the military and police for human rights violations, including the killings of Berta Caceres and over 100 small-farmer activists in the Aguan Valley. Katko’s numbers: Syracuse (315) 423-5657; Washington, DC (202) 225-3701.

 

Syracuse Campaign for NY Health Organizing Meeting

Join the Syracuse Campaign for NY Health organizing committee to discuss the New York Health Act and how to build more support and awareness among individuals and business owners here in the Syracuse area. 5:30 pm @ Bishop Harrison Center, 1342 Lancaster Ave. in Syracuse. More details here.

 

Wednesday (Nov 29)

Two more rallies against the tax bill today, focused on its impact on teachers and graduate students, plus a phone-calling action for those who can’t make the rallies

Rally Against Grad Tax Hikes

The #TrumpTaxScam would be absolutely devastating for grad students. Categorizing tuition waivers as taxable income—while also ending many important tax waivers—is an attack on their livelihoods and an attack on the accessibility of higher education to low income students, women, LGBQT students, disabled students, and students of color. Please join our friends at Syracuse Graduate Employees United in rallying to condemn this proposal and all that it represents. 12:15-1:30pm, Hendricks Chapel on SU Quad. More info here.

 

Bake Sale for Education

As part of a national day of action called by the National Education Association against the #TrumpTaxScam, our friends at NYSUT are holding bake sales for education across CNY today. (I.e., mock bake sales calling attention to the impact of the GOP tax bill on teachers and schools.) One is in the works for Syracuse at 4pm today (along with similar actions in Oswego, Auburn, and Wayne County), but location is not yet confirmed. We’ll share more details on Facebook, Twitter, and the legislative action listserv.

 

If you can’t make the rallies

If you’re not able to attend the rallies (or if you are, but you’ve still got more time today), here’s another option. The national Indivisible folks have re-launched their peer-to-peer calling tool that worked so well during the health care fight. Click here to get started. Once you sign in, you’ll be connected with progressive voters in Alaska, Arizona, Tennessee, and West Virginia, whose Senators have a chance to stop the horrible tax bill.

 

Thursday (Nov 30)

Letters to the editor on GOP tax bill

The Senate may vote on the tax bill by the end of the week. If it passes, either the House and Senate will appoint a conference committee to negotiate differences between the two bills, or the House will simply take up the Senate bill for a vote. Either way, the House will have to vote on the bill again. So today, please draft a letter to the editor and/or post to your social media accounts, calling attention to your least-favorite aspect of the tax bill, and urging Rep. Katko to vote against it. When you do so, please tag CNY Solidarity and/or Indivisible NY24 on your social media accounts. Indivisible’s guide to writing letters to the editor is here, our list of local outlets is here, and background info on the tax bill is here.

 

Friday (Dec 1)

Religious Freedom Yes; License to Discriminate No

Earlier this Fall, the federal Justice Department issued legal guidance that urges sweeping protection for religious freedom with serious implications for policy decisions involving health care, LGBT rights and even disaster relief. Today, please call Rep. Katko and urge him to publicly challenge the new federal guidance, and to speak out in support of LGBTQ rights and protection from discrimination, and women’s access to all aspects of healthcare including birth control. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).

 

Saturday (Dec 2)

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival

Plowshares is Central New York’s premiere multicultural craftsfair, featuring over 120 local craftspeople and community organizations (including CNY Solidarity!). It’s also a major annual fundraiser for the Syracuse Peace Council. 10-5 Sat and 11-5 Sun, at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. More details here.

 

NY Gathering on Access to Vote

More details here. 11:00-5:00 in Albany. If anyone is interested in organizing a carpool from Syracuse, please let us know.

 

Sunday (Dec 3)

No CNY Solidarity meeting this weekend, but note that we’ll be meeting tomorrow evening. Details below.

 

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival

Plowshares is Central New York’s premiere multicultural craftsfair, featuring over 120 local craftspeople and community organizations (including CNY Solidarity!). It’s also a major annual fundraiser for the Syracuse Peace Council. 10-5 Sat and 11-5 Sun, at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. More details here.

 

Save the date for these upcoming events:

Mon., Dec. 4, 7-8:30pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: From Concentrated Poverty to Economic Justice. Note the date change; this was originally scheduled for Dec. 6. Agenda focused on addressing poverty in Syracuse, featuring conversation with southside activists and possibly Syracuse Common Council members. Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave. in Syracuse. More details here.

Dec. 5-6: On 12/6, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is mobilizing hundreds of members and partners from across NYS to Washington DC. We will join with our national partners to rally and fight for NY DREAMers and TPS recipients. Click on THIS LINK to reserve a bus seat! This is an overnight trip, leaving on 12/5 at 4:30pm.

Dec. 6: Renewable Heat Now! rally in Albany. More details here and carpool sign-up here.

Sun., Dec. 17, 3-6pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting and potluck, Bishop Harrison Center.

Sat., Jan. 20: Women’s March Anniversary action in the works for Seneca Falls, and possibly Syracuse and elsewhere.

 

Today and every day, be sure to follow us online and on social media!

Check out our website: www.cnysolidarity.org

Follow us on Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24

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In solidarity,

Tom

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