CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams. The New York State primary election is 52 days away, and the general election is 106 days away. Please mark your calendars (Sept. 13 and Nov. 6), confirm your voter registration, and make sure your friends and family are all registered too.
Today (July 23)
One letter-writing action today and one meeting tonight
Demand congressional support for election security
Today (or any day this week), please write a letter to the editor calling out Rep. Katko (and every single House Republican) for voting against increased funding for election security last week. Indivisible’s guide to writing letters to the editor is here, our list of local outlets is here.
We know with increasing certainty every day that Russia is attempting to manipulate the midterm election results. State boards of elections are underfunded, and Congress is sitting on its hands. #WheresKatko? In addition to voting against increased funding last week, Katko has refused to co-sponsor the bipartisan PAPER Act (HR 3751), which would direct the Election Assistance Commission to develop best practices for State to protect the integrity of federal elections and would provide election technology improvement grants to states.
The Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition meets at 5pm at 499 S. Warren St. in Syracuse.
Tuesday (July 24)
Demand campaign finance transparency now
Last week, the Trump administration’s Treasury Department ruled that “dark money” groups no longer need to disclose their donors’ names or addresses in their tax filings. Again #KatkoRemainsSilent. Today, please call his office and/or draft a letter to the editor, demanding that the support the DISCLOSE Act (HR 6239), which would tighten rather than weaken existing disclosure requirements for independent campaign expenditures by corporate PACs and other entities. The bill has 165 co-sponsors, including zero Republicans. Where is Mr. Bipartisan Moderate when it counts? Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC), and again, our list of local outlets for letters to the editor is here.
Wednesday (July 25)
Support Reproductive Rights
From our state legislative action team: In January 2017, Governor Cuomo proposed a constitutional amendment codifying Roe V. Wade into the New York State Constitution. He continues to rhetorically support updating New York State’s laws that protect a woman’s right to choose. All these speeches have led to no actual legislation. Today, please call Governor Cuomo’s office (518) 474-8390 to demand to know what he is actually doing to protect a woman’s right to choose. Please also email Cynthia Nixon’s campaign <https://cynthiafornewyork.com/> , contact Stephanie Miner’s campaign via Facebook <@StephanieAMiner>, and email Marc Molinaro’s campaign Info@MolinaroforNY.com with the same question.
Thursday (July 26)
Two events today
Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Celebration and Parade, 9:30-noon, City Hall Commons in Syracuse. More details here.
Learn more about Trump and the Constitution
Voices of Women CNY is hosting a conversation with Tom Keck (me!) on Trump and the Constitution. We will focus in significant part on Judge Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. 6-7:30pm at the Manlius Library on Arkie Albanese Dr. More details here. (The link only works if you join the Voices of Women CNY FB group, but all are welcome to the talk.)
Friday (July 27)
Coffee and conversation with health care activist Ady Barkan
Hosted by our friends at Speak Out CNY. 2-3pm at ARISE CNY, 635 James St. in Syracuse. More details here.
Saturday (July 28)
No formal actions today, but if you’re supporting candidates in the Sept. 13 and/or Nov. 6 elections, we encourage you to reach out to them and see what they need help with. There will be GOTV actions every weekend from now through the elections.
Sunday (July 29)
CNY Solidarity meeting
3-5pm at Northside Learning Center, 501 Park St. in Syracuse.
Save the date for these upcoming events
July 31: #AbolishICE rally, 11:30am, Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse.
Wed., Aug. 15: CNY Solidarity meeting. 7-8:30pm, location TBD.
Aug. 19: NYS voter registration deadline for state primary.
Sun., Aug. 26: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm, location TBD.
Mon., Sept. 3: Labor Day Parade @NYS Fair, 10am at State Fairgrounds.
Sept. 6: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for state primary.
Thur., Sept. 13: Election day (primaries for state offices). Yes, it’s a Thursday. To put it on your Facebook calendar, click here.
Sun., Sept. 23: Indivisible NY-22 and NY-24 Summit. 9:30-12:30, Cazenovia Hampton Inn.
Sun., Sept. 23, 12:00-7:00pm: Westcott St. Cultural Fair.
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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