CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams.
Today (May 7)
Support a fair and accurate census
From our friends at the Workers Center: We’re joining a national call demanding congressional oversight hearings with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on his decision to add an untested, unnecessary, and divisive citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census. The House hearing on the census is expected to take place on Tuesday, May 8th. Our reps need to hear from New Yorkers that we do NOT want a citizenship question on the Census and we support these hearings. Please click here to sign a petition, then call Rep. Katko to weigh in. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Tuesday (May 8)
More Calls for GreenLight Legislation in Albany
From our State Legislative Action Team (SLAT): The new GreenLight legislation was introduced in the Assembly 4/4/18 as the “driver’s license access and privacy act.” The bill # is A10273. If you live in Assembly Member Al Stirpe’s district and haven’t contacted him yet, please call his office at 315-452-1115 and email him at StirpeA@nyassembly.gov.
Assembly Member Pamela Hunter has signed on as co-sponsor. If you are in her district, please call her office at 315-449-9536 to thank her for her sponsorship then and ask her to publicize her position on this bill. You can also email her at HunterP@nyassembly.gov.
Wednesday (May 9)
Meeting with Gillibrand staffer
We’ve got a meeting with Sen. Gillibrand’s Regional Director Jarred Jones tentatively set for 1pm at the Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse. All are welcome. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details will be posted to the Indivisible NY24 listserv.
Thursday (May 10)
Get ICE out of Syracuse NOW!
If you haven’t already, please watch this video, recorded by a member of CNY Solidarity’s Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network, of an armed ICE officer at the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse asking travelers if they are US citizens. ICE officers are allowed to do so because the transportation center is within 100 miles of the Canadian border (97 miles, to be exact), though it’s obvious that harassing folks taking a bus from Syracuse to NYC has nothing to do with securing our borders. Once you’ve watched the video, please call Rep. Katko’s office and ask about his position, as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, on these tactics. As always, Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Friday (May 11)
No actions today. (Until further notice!)
Saturday (May 12)
Weekly “Say No to Katko” protest
11:00-12:00, on the sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt, near the traffic light, across from Talbots. We’ve had 10-30 people out every week for the past several months. As the weather improves, we’d like to make these even bigger, so please join us. More details here.
Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., May 14: Plans are in the works for Poor People’s Campaign direct actions in Albany.
Sat., May 19, 11:00-12:00: Weekly “Say No to Katko” protest, on the sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt, near the traffic light, across from Talbots. More details here.
Sat., May 19, 9:00-5:00: Climate Solutions Summit at Fowler High School. Keynote speakers include Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation, Eric Walker, Former Director of Energy Development for Erie County and (subject to confirmation) Judith Enck, Former EPA Regional Administrator. We are hoping to get the word out and the registration out to as many people as possible in the CNY region ASAP!
Sun., May 20, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, Central Village Boys and Girls Club, 212 Van Buren St.
Tue., May 22, 5:30-7:30pm: Diverse coalition of organizations is planning actions to demand that Gov. Cuomo use all of his authority to carry out adequate school funding to every district, per court orders that have too long been ignored. These actions will take place on and around August 22. An early planning meeting will be held today at Iron Workers Local 60, 500 W. Genesee St., from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. More details here. Please RSVP to Misse Ross at <email@example.com>.
Sat., May 26, 11:00-12:00: Weekly “Say No to Katko” protest, on the sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt, near the traffic light, across from Talbots. More details here.
Jun. 1: NYS voter registration deadline for federal primary.
Jun. 3, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, Bishop Harrison Center.
Jun. 3, 6pm: Marthe Reed Memorial Vigil for Democracy, Jerry Rescue monument, Clinton Square.
Jun. 19: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for federal primary.
Jun. 20, 7-8:30pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette St. in Syracuse (corner of E. Fayette and Townsend). Enter on the E. Fayette St. side. Note that for June, July, and August, we will meet on one Sunday afternoon and one weeknight per month.
Tue., Jun. 26: Election day (primaries for federal offices).
July 11, 7-8:30pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, location TBD.
July 29, 3-5pm: CNY Solidarity meeting, Northside Learning Center.
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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