CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams.
First, a request: Could everyone who indicated that they were interested in taking the free bus to Albany on April 23 for the Cuomo Walk the Talk Climate Rally, please contact Kitty Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to get 50 people for the bus, and so far we’re not there!
And now, on to the ACTION ALERTS:
Today (Mar 12)
One online engagement today, and multiple community forums, meetings, trainings tonight
Register to Vote in National Indivisible Endorsement Decisions
National indivisible has rolled out its endorsement process for congressional and gubernatorial races. The process involves multiple layers of vetting, starting with endorsements from local affiliates and ending with an online vote open to all Indivisible members within the relevant electoral district. To participate in that vote, please make sure you are registered with Indivisible by filling out this form. The form will ask you to indicate which local Indivisible group you’re a member of; if you’re not already a member of one, feel free to indicate “Indivisible NY24” here.
Syracuse City Schools Forum on Commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day
5:30 pm, Westside Academy at Blodgett, 312 Oswego St, Syracuse, NY 13204. More details here.
Uplift Syracuse Lead Prevention Coalition Meeting
6pm., 500 West Genesee St. More information here.
Indivisible Cayuga Campaign Training
Campaign training focused on petitioning, canvassing, and talking to Trump voters, hosted by Indivisible Cayuga. 6:30-8pm, Phoenix Building, 2 South St. Auburn 13021. More details here.
Tuesday (Mar 13)
A rally for justice this morning, plus a phone call for women’s health today
Rally for Rahzie
Our friends at Black Lives Matter Syracuse are rallying this morning for justice for Rahzie Seals, one of their founding organizers, who was recently targeted in a violent hate crime. 8:30-9:15am, 505 S. State St. in Syracuse. More details here.
Support Planned Parenthood
More than 1,500 Planned Parenthood supporters are expected in Albany today to lobby for a renewed state commitment to women’s health in the face of unrelenting federal attacks. Let’s support them by clicking here, picking your favorite item from their 2018 legislative agenda, and calling your state senator to urge their support. Most of us are represented in the State Senate by David Valesky (315-478-8745), John DeFrancisco (315-428-7632), or James Seward (607-432-5524), but if you’re not sure whose district you’re in, click here and enter your address to find out.
Wednesday (Mar 14)
Another state legislative phone call today
Support criminal justice reform in NYS
A statewide coalition of grassroots groups is lobbying in Albany today in support of bail, discovery & speedy trial reform. Let’s support their effort by calling our state Senators today and demanding real solutions to NY’s statewide jail crisis. More details here. Most of us are represented in the State Senate by David Valesky (315-478-8745), John DeFrancisco (315-428-7632), or James Seward (607-432-5524), but if you’re not sure whose district you’re in, click here and enter your address to find out.
Thursday (Mar 15)
Throw some love (and money) to March for Our Lives Syracuse
At Sunday’s meeting, we heard from one of the great local high school students who are organizing March for Our Lives Syracuse, scheduled for Sat., March 24 at noon. Please support their effort in as many of the following ways as you can: attend the march on the 24th (and bring family and friends!); follow the group on Facebook and/or Twitter; buy some of their merchandise; or donate to the local march.
Friday (Mar 16)
Support early voting in NYS
Our State Legislative Action Team is organizing a rally in support of the Let NY Vote campaign on Friday, Mar. 23 at 2pm. We are demanding basic reforms that will increase New Yorkers’ opportunities to vote. Early voting, starting in 2019, is funded in Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, but it’s still uncertain whether the Republicans in the State Senate will block this reform. Now is the time to demand that the Senate and Assembly pass voting reforms: not just early voting but also automatic voter registration at DMV and no-excuse absentee ballots.
Please spread the word and make plans to join us on the 23rd. In the meantime, please call your state Senators and Assembly Members to advocate for these essential supports for democracy. Most of us are represented in the Assembly by Pamela Hunter (315-449-9536), Al Stirpe (315-452-1115), Bill Magnarelli (315-428-9651), or Gary Finch (315-255-3045); if you’re not sure whose district you’re in, click here or here and enter your address to find out. Likewise, most of us are represented in the State Senate by David Valesky (315-478-8745), John DeFrancisco (315-428-7632), or James Seward (607-432-5524), but those links will help you find out if you’re not sure.
Saturday (Mar 17)
A demo and a parade today
Central New York Says No to Katko
This morning at 11am, and every Saturday until November, we’re partnering with Indivisible Syracuse, Knit the 24th, and others to say NO to Katko. We’ll be on the sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt, near the traffic light, across from Talbots. More details here. Today’s demo will be abbreviated (11-11:30), as many of us are planning to head downtown for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
The Irish Were Immigrants Too
Today at noon, many of us will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Syracuse. Check the Katko Watch/Indivisible NY24 Facebook group or email email@example.com for more details.
Sunday (Mar 18)
No actions today. (Until further notice!) Enjoy the day with friends and family.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Fri., Mar. 23, 2pm: Our State Legislative Action Team is organizing a rally in support of the Let NY Vote campaign. Please join us at 2pm outside the State Office Building, 301 E. Washington St., in Syracuse. Please spread the word about the rally.
Sat., Mar. 24, 11am: We’ll hold an abbreviated Say No to Katko demo, on the sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt, before heading downtown for the March for Our Lives. More details here.
Sat., Mar 24, 12 noon: March for Our Lives Syracuse. March starts at S. State St., next to the Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St., and ends at the Federal Building on S. Clinton St. Planned in solidarity with students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who have called a nationwide march for gun safety today. More details on the local action here.
Sun., Mar. 25, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse, 212 Van Buren St. Note corrected address.
Tue., Mar. 27, 5:30-7pm: Syracuse City School District School Funding and Advocacy Meeting. More details here.
Sat., Apr. 7, 10:00-5:00: Nonviolent Direct Action Training, Bishop Harrison Center in Syracuse. Please RSVP here.
Sun., Apr. 8, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD.
Fri., Apr. 20: Some national gun control advocates have called for a nationwide high school student walkout today. Students at JD, CNS, and several other local high schools have posted their planned walkouts here. If you know students at these schools, please support them.
Sun., Apr. 22, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD.
Mon., Apr. 23: Plans are in the works for a climate march in Albany, with possible buses from Syracuse. See the note from Kitty at the top of this email.
Sat., May 5, 10am-5pm: Nonviolent Direct Action Training, Lutheran Atonement Church, 116 W Glen Ave, Syracuse 13205. Note the new date. More details here.
Sun., May 6, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, Bishop Harrison
Mon., May 14: Plans are in the works for Poor People’s Campaign direct actions in Albany.
Sun., May 20, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity 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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