CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams. First up are several requests for assistance re some of our ongoing organizing efforts:
- If you don’t have one of these great #ShameOnKatko lawn signs yet, contact us with an address and we’ll do our best to deliver one to you. In exchange, we’ll ask for a $5 donation to CNY Solidarity, or more if you’re able.
- From our state legislative action team: It is critical that CNY Solidarity work effectively with local legislators. Assembly Members and State Senators are most responsive to people residing in their districts. We sometimes have difficulty reaching CNY Solidarity participants who don’t live in Bill Magnarelli’s Assembly district or Dave Valesky’s Senate district. If you live in Pam Hunter’s Assembly district, Al Stirpe’s Assembly district, and/or John DeFrancisco’s Senate district, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll notify you about opportunities to contact these legislators, and we promise not to inundate you with emails.
- From our federal legislative action team: We’re looking to set up a rapid response text alert system to notify our members whenever Rep. Katko is appearing at a public event in the district. If you have experience with www.eztexting.com or any similar platform and would be willing to help set it up, please reply to me.
And now, on to the action alerts:
Today (Jan 22)
Rep. Katko released a statement on Saturday indicating that his offices would remain open during the #TrumpShutdown, so let’s give it a try. Please call him today and urge him to stand up for Dreamers. Katko has repeatedly said that he supports a bipartisan solution on DACA—a crisis created when Trump unilaterally repealed the policy last Fall—but he voted late last week for a Continuing Resolution (short-term government funding bill) that included nothing on DACA. Meanwhile, he still hasn’t publicly denounced Trump’s racist comments about immigrants from the developing world. Not good enough! So, if you need a primer on the shutdown process, click here. Then call Katko at 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC) and urge him to support a government funding bill only if it includes a clean Dream Act. After you call, post something to the Katko Watch group on Facebook or tag @IndivisibleNY24 on Twitter, and we’ll all amplify each other’s voices. Suggested hashtags: #WheresKatko #ShameOnKatko #TrumpShutdown
Tuesday (Jan 23)
One postcard/email comment today, plus a voting rights day of action in Albany and a statewide conference call re Sen. Schumer & the Dream Act
No National Grid rate hike; put people before profits!
From our friends at Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE): Please send a message on a postcard for the NYS Public Service Commission, c/o AGREE, 2013 E. Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210 or via email email@example.com. AGREE will forward your messages to the Public Service Commission. Reduce the “fixed” charge; people who use less energy should pay less! No gas expansion; incentivize renewable heating!
Let New York Vote Rally & Action Day in Albany
From our friends at Easy Elections NY; more details here. 12-5pm in Albany. Carpools from Syracuse leaving at 7:45am at the Peace and Social Justice Center at 2013 East Genessee Street. RSVP here, and more details at www.letnyvote.org. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come.
Indivisible conference call re Schumer and Dream Act strategy
Senate Minority Leader Schumer plays a crucial role in this fight, and so do New York Indivisible Groups. He worked to get Democrats in the Senate to reject a funding deal that would deport Dreamers. Any deal to fund the government will require his cooperation. New York Indivisible Groups need to keep the pressure on Leader Schumer if we’re going to win real protections for Dreamers. Indivisible is holding a call tonight at 8pm for all New York Indivisibles to plot next steps — RSVP for the call here to be a part of the planning.
Wednesday (Jan 24)
One on-line comment today
Municipal services in Syracuse
The City of Syracuse Innovation Team (CIT) is looking for ideas regarding municipal services, and today’s the last day to submit them. Syracuse residents who have ideas should go to the CIT website (http://www.innovatesyracuse.com) and please identify yourself as representing CNY Solidarity.
Thursday (Jan 25)
Community for the Grid!
No one has heard County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s recommendation for I-81’s future. Please call Onondaga County’s Research and Communications Director Justin Sayles at 315-435-3516 to ask the County Executive to publicly come out against considering a tunnel option and against any further delay by the NYS Department of Transportation in making a decision between the Community Grid and a new viaduct.
Also, if you live in Al Stirpe’s Assembly district (127), please call him at 315-452-1115 to thank him for his support for the community grid.
Candidate forum with NY24 Congressional Candidates
Uplift Syracuse and CNY Solidarity are co-sponsoring a candidate forum with the NY24 congressional candidates. 6pm at the CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13202. More details here.
Friday (Jan 26)
No actions today (until further notice!)
Saturday (Jan 27)
Central New York Says No! #KatGo
11am, on E. Genesee St., outside Wegmans Dewitt. From our friends at Swing Left NY24. More details here.
Sunday (Jan 28)
CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting
3-5 pm, Most Holy Rosary School, 1031 Bellevue Ave., Syracuse 13207. More details here.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Tue., Jan 30, 5:30pm: Organizing meeting for local chapter of national Poor People’s Campaign, at University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse. A number of CNY Solidarity members/supporters are active w/ this effort, and more would be welcome.
Tue., Jan 30, 5:30-7pm: Our friends at Uplift Syracuse are hosting an organizing meeting re school funding for the Syracuse City School District. More details here.
Sun., Feb 4, 1-4pm: Our friends at Climate Change Awareness & Action are hosting a fund-raising party at The Spa at 500, 500 W. Onondaga St. in Syracuse. More details here. Please forward to friends who might be interested.
Wed., Feb 7, 6:30pm: Public forum with NY24 congressional candidates, Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn.
CNY Solidarity Coalition meetings:
Sunday, Feb. 11, 3-5 pm, location TBD
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3-5 pm, location TBD
Sunday, Mar. 11, 3-5 pm, location TBD
Sunday, Mar. 25, 3-5 pm, location TBD
Sunday, Apr. 8, 3-5 pm, location TBD
Sunday, Apr. 22, 3-5 pm, location TBD
Mon., Feb 12, 6:30 pm: Our friends at Indivisible Cayuga are holding a mock retirement party for Rep. Katko. Phoenix Building, 2 South St., Auburn. More details here.
Sun., Feb. 18, 3-5pm: FlipNY24 Mobilization Meeting at Comfort Suites Cicero. Please bring a friend or two. More details here.
Sunday, Mar. 4, 3-5pm: FlipNY24 training, location TBD. More details here.
Jun. 26: Election day (primaries for federal offices)
Sept. 11: Election day (primaries for state offices)
Nov. 6: Election day (general election for all offices)
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