CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams.
Highlight this week is election day on Thursday (primary election for state and local offices). For registered Democrats in and around Syracuse, there are contested primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state senator (SD-53), and city court judge (Syracuse). Over the next three days, please spare whatever time you can, stop by your favored candidates’ offices, and ask what you can do to help.
Today (Sept 10)
An important meeting re police accountability in Syracuse and a 2-part action item on Judge Kavanaugh
Syracuse Common Council Vote on SPD Union Contract
Our friends at the Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition (SPAARC) are requesting community allies who care about police accountability to attend this important meeting. 1pm at Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St. More details here.
The Kavanaugh Fight is Not Over (2-part action item)
In his hearings last week, Judge Kavanaugh refused to commit to upholding Roe v. Wade, refused to say whether he believes a sitting president must comply with a subpoena, and refused to reveal whether he has discussed the Mueller investigation with Trump’s people. The New York Times also reported on documents that appear to indicate that he committed perjury during his prior confirmation hearings for his current seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
First, please join us in making one more round of calls to Sen. Schumer. He’s the leader of Senate Democrats, several of whom have still not publicly indicated their position on the Kavanaugh nomination. Please call Schumer’s office today and urge him to do whatever he can to hold the caucus together. (“Whip the vote,” in congressional jargon.) Sen. Schumer is at 202-224-6542 or 315-423-5471.
Second, Indivisible is running national phone banks to voters in states with key Senators for the fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination. Sign up for an upcoming shift at indivisible.org/phonebank.
Tuesday (Sept 11)
No actions today.
Wednesday (Sept 12)
Two educational events today
Social Justice Organizing in the Age of Trump
SU’s Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration hosts a conversation with CNY Solidarity member Andy Mager on social justice organizing in the age of Trump. 12:30-1:30 pm in 400 Eggers Hall at SU’s Maxwell School. Free and open to the public. More details here.
Teach In: Opioids and Other Addictive Drugs
This teach-in will explore the field of addictive drugs and their consequences to society. 7pm (snacks at 6:30pm) at University UMC, 324 University Ave. in Syracuse.
Thursday (Sept 13)
Election Day (primaries for state and local offices)
Yes, it’s a Thursday. Polls are open from noon – 9:00pm. Click here to find your polling place. After you vote (or before!), stop by your favorite local candidate’s office and ask what you can do to help with GOTV.
Friday and Saturday (Sept 14-15)
No actions today. If you’ve been working hard on one or more primary campaigns, be sure to rest up and spend some time with your family. (And hopefully celebrate some victories!) There’s less than 8 weeks to go until Nov. 6. We should all be pitching in as we can, while also pacing ourselves as needed.
Sunday (Sept 16)
CNY Solidarity Meeting
4pm at Bishop Harrison Center. Note the later start time. Agenda will include some important follow-up from this summer’s training about white privilege, followed by committee meetings.
Save the date for these upcoming events
Mon., Sept. 17: Greta Zarro, “The Social and Ecological Imperatives of War Abolition,” ArtRage Gallery, 7pm. Sponsored by Beyond War and Militarism Committee. More details here.
Sun., Sept. 23: Westcott St. Cultural Fair, 12-7pm.
Thur., Sept. 27: WCNY is hosting a conversation with a live studio audience re gun safety. 5-6:30pm at 415 W. Fayette St in Syracuse. Click here to register.
Sun., Sept. 30: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm, location TBD.
Tue., Oct. 2: Onondaga County Legislature meeting on aggressive panhandling. If you’d be willing to speak against pending proposal to criminalize aggressive panhandling, please let us know. 12:30 at 401 Montgomery St., Room 407. More details here.
Wed., Oct. 10: Teach-in on the rule of law in the U.S. 6:30-8:30pm at University United Methodist.
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).
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