CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams.
Today (Feb 5)
One quick sign-up and then one phone call today
Sign up for our KatkoWatch text alerts
We’ve set up a text alert system for quick notification of public appearances by Katko in the district. Any time we hear of a planned appearance, we’ll send out a text encouraging people to show up—peacefully, with signs (I keep a #ShameOnKatko one in my car)—and try to get Katko to answer our questions. To sign up, text EZNY24 to 797979. Anytime you hear of a planned Katko appearance, please notify me and/or Jonah Minkoff-Zern, and we’ll send out an alert.
#WheresKatko on Russian interference with our elections?
Katko said last week that he supported release of the Nunes memo. (If you haven’t been following, the memo is a Republican-generated fake scandal designed to obstruct justice.) Since its release, Katko has been silent. Today, let’s all call his DC office (202-225-3701) and ask what role he’s playing, as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, in investigating Russian interference with the 2016 elections and preventing such interference in 2018. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer, post your thoughts on social media or write a letter to the editor.
Tuesday (Feb 6)
One phone call today
Clean DREAM ACT Now!
Given congressional Republicans’ compete inability to govern, the federal government’s spending authority is again set to expire on Feb. 8, and there is still no deal in place to prevent the deportation of hundreds of thousands of DREAMERS. Let’s call Katko’s DC office (202-225-3701) again today and ask what he’s doing about it.
Wednesday (Feb 7)
One phone call today, plus two organizing meetings and a candidate forum tonight
Clean DREAM ACT Now! (part 2)
Our friends at Empire State Indivisible are hosting a call relay urging Senator Schumer to support a clean DREAM Act. Click here to sign up for a time to call today; a script and phone numbers are provided in the document. (The Syracuse office number is 315-423-5471.) Sen. Schumer supports the DREAMERS in theory, but we want to make sure he’s using every bit of leverage he has available, as minority leader in the Senate, to protect them.
I-81 Community Grid Coalition Meeting
6-7pm, 500 W. Genesee St. in Syracuse. More details here.
Public forum with NY24 congressional candidates
6:30pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn. More details here.
Orientation, training & meeting for Syracuse Rapid Response Team
6:30 pm at the Workers Center, 2013 E Genesee Street in Syracuse. Newcomers are encouraged to attend an orientation and mini Rapid Response Training at 5:30 pm prior to the meeting at 6:30.
Thursday (Feb 8)
Support public broadband in Syracuse
Now is the time to make public broadband a critical local government issue. Public broadband can increase local revenues. Public broadband is a practical means of sustaining net neutrality. Please call (315-448-8005) or email (Mayor@SyrGov.net) Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh to advocate for public broadband. You can call Mayor Walsh even if you are not a city resident. City leadership can be a positive example for County Executive Joanie Mahoney and the County Legislature to take up the issue. (And contacting them will go in a future action alert!) Note also the organizing meeting on this issue scheduled for Feb. 20 below.
CNY Solidarity Coordinating Committee meeting
730-9pm, Bishop Harrison Center
CNY Solidarity’s Coordinating Committee typically meets twice monthly, and all members are welcome to attend.
Friday (Feb 9)
No actions today (until further notice!).
Saturday (Feb 10)
Katko Must Go!
Protest 11am on the sidewalk at Wegman’s Dewitt. From our friends at Swing Left, and we’re thinking of making this a weekly event. This week’s theme: Koch brothers’ plans to spend $400 million on 2018 midterms. Bring your favorite signs (and your grocery list!). More details here.
Sunday (Feb 11)
CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting
3-5pm, Bishop Harrison Center.
One-hour full-coalition meeting, followed by one-hour committee meetings. Key item on the full-coalition agenda is discussion of CNY Solidarity’s role vis-à-vis electoral politics. We’ll have some handouts, so please RSVP on Facebook to help us estimate how many copies to bring.
FlipNY24 is hosting a postcard party to send Valentines to Rep. Katko. 3-4:30pm at Wegmans Fairmount Café, upstairs. We encourage all CNY Solidarity members to attend our Coalition meeting today, but if you have friends who don’t attend our meetings and are interested in the NY24 congressional race, please call their attention to this event. Kids welcome. Please bring stamps. More details here.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., Feb 12, 6:30 pm: Our friends at Indivisible Cayuga are holding a mock retirement party for Rep. Katko. All are welcome. Phoenix Building, 2 South St., Auburn. More details here.
Tue., Feb 13, 6-8pm: Advocating For Syracuse School Funding Night of Action, hosted by Uplift Syracuse, 500 W. Genesee St. 13204. More details here.
Sun., Feb. 18, 3-5pm: FlipNY24 Mobilization Meeting at Comfort Suites Cicero. More details here.
Tue., Feb. 20, 5:45-7pm: Organizing meeting to promote Public Broadband Internet, hosted by Uplift Syracuse, 500 W. Genesee St. More details here.
Sun., Feb. 25, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, Dunbar Center, 1453 S State St, Syracuse, NY 13205.
Tue., Feb 27, 5:30-7pm: Uplift Syracuse SCSD Funding and Advocacy Meeting. More details here.
Sun., Mar. 4, 3-5pm: FlipNY24 training, location TBD. More details here.
Sun., Mar. 11, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD.
Sun., Mar. 25, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse, 2100 E. Fayette St.
Sun., Apr. 8, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD.
Sun., Apr. 22, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD.
Jun. 1: NYS voter registration deadline for federal primary.
Jun. 19: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for federal primary.
Jun. 26: Election day (primaries for federal offices).
Aug. 17: NYS voter registration deadline for state primary.
Sept. 4: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for state primary.
Sept. 11: Election day (primaries for state offices).
Oct. 12: NYS voter registration deadline for general election.
Oct. 30: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for general election.
Nov. 6: Election day (general election for all offices). Click here to add it to your FB calendar.
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