CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams. Highlights this week include a Town Hall for Our Lives in Syracuse on Saturday morning.
Today (April 2)
Spread the word about activist job opportunity
The Hub Project, a national organization that we’ve partnered with on some tax bill actions, is hiring “Organizing Leadership Fellows” to do grassroots work focused on health care and tax justice over the next five months. Hub will provide a monthly stipend, small budget for events, and activist training. The application deadline has been pushed back to April 7. More details available here, and online application form here. Today, please try to think of one local activist who might be interested, and call it to his/her attention.
Tuesday (April 3)
Weigh in on police leadership in Syracuse University
The first of the public meetings at which community members can express their concerns and priorities for a new police chief will be Tuesday, April 3, 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Northside CYO, 527 N. Salina St. More details here.
Wednesday (April 4)
Support the Climate and Community Protection Act
From our climate justice team: Today, please call State Senator O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and ask him to let the Climate and Community Protection Act (S7971A) onto the floor for a vote. His Albany number is 518-455-2091. We also need calls to Sen Valesky’s office, asking him to co-sponsor S7971A, which he co-sponsored when it was S6617A. If you don’t live in Valesky’s district and would prefer to call your own Senator in addition/instead, that’s good too. Valesky’s number is 315-478-8745; if you’re not sure whose district you’re in, click here or here and enter your address to find out.
Thursday (April 5)
Support food stamp recipients NOW
Details are still under wraps, but word has it that the Republican farm bill will cut over $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and will impose strict work requirements on recipients. Some projections indicate that at least one million SNAP recipients will lose their benefits if this proposal is enacted. Today, please join us in calling Rep. Katko and urging him to reject any cuts or additional work requirements in the farm bill. As always, Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Friday (April 6)
No actions today, but please call a friend or two and let them know about tomorrow’s Town Hall for Our Lives.
Saturday (April 7)
A protest, a town hall, and an important training today. Something for everyone!
Central New York Says No to Katko
Our weekly anti-Katko protest will take place from 10-10:30 today, so that we can all head to Nottingham High School for the town hall at 11:00. As usual, we’ll be on the sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt, near the traffic light, across from Talbots, and we’ll have a big sign advertising the town hall. More details here.
Town Hall for Our Lives-Syracuse
Please join us for a town hall with NY24 congressional candidate Dana Balter, organized by our friends at March for Our Lives-Syracuse. Rep. Katko was invited, but has not responded. 11:00-2:00 at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. More details here.
Nonviolent Direct Action Training
Want to learn more about nonviolent direct action? Thinking of participating in the May 14 civil disobedience action being organized by the Poor People’s Campaign in Albany, NY or in follow-up actions for the campaign? This is a great opportunity to learn and consider how nonviolent direct action can make your social justice campaigns more powerful and effective. 10:00-5:00, University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse. (Note new location.) Please RSVP here.
Sunday (April 8)
CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting
3-5pm, Bishop Harrison Center. More details here.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., Apr. 9, 6-7:30pm: Syracuse Lead Prevention Coalition meeting. 500 W. Genesee St. More details here.
Fri., Apr. 13, 6-9:30pm: NYCLU dinner. More details here. CNY Solidarity is collecting sliding scale donations to support a 10-person table. If you’re able to fund a ticket for yourself and/or others, please contact Marianna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., Apr. 14, 10am: Our friends at Flip NY24 are hosting a fundraiser featuring speaker John Pavlovitz. Tickets available here.
Sun., Apr. 15: Plans are in the works for a tax day march or rally calling for repeal of the #TrumpTax bill. More details as we have them.
Wed., Apr. 18: Our state legislative action team is organizing a public forum on the Reproductive Health Act. 7pm at ArtRage. More details soon.
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.
Sat., Apr. 21: #metoo rally/march. 10am, Clinton Square in Syracuse. More details here.
Sun., Apr. 22, 3-5 pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, location TBD.
Sun. Apr. 29: Plans are in the works for a No IDC action in Syracuse. More details soon.
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.
Tue., Jun. 26: Election day (primaries for federal offices).
Aug. 19: NYS voter registration deadline for state primary.
Sept. 6: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for state primary.
Thur., Sept. 13: Election day (primaries for state offices). Note the date change; and yes, it’s a Thursday.
Oct. 12: NYS voter registration deadline for general election.
Oct. 30: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for general election.
Tue., Nov. 6: Election day (general election for all offices). Click here to add it to your FB calendar.
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