CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams.
The general election is in 43 days. Mark your calendars for Nov. 6, confirm your voter registration, and make sure your friends and family are all registered too. The registration deadline is Oct. 12, and Indivisible’s online voter registration tool is available here. Once you’ve checked all that, reach out to your favorite candidates’ campaigns and ask what you can do to help. Top priority for these final weeks is doors and phones, doors and phones, doors and phones.
In addition to our GOTV organizing, all eyes this week are on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to hear from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday. The national Women’s March organizers and a long list of others have called for nationwide actions both today and Thursday. More details below, and also here: https://www.cancelkavanaugh.com/. If anyone is willing to help organize a local action for Thursday, please let us know ASAP.
Today (Sept 24)
One social media action and one phone call today
Cancel Kavanaugh, Part I
Wear black and walk out of wherever you are at 1pm today. Post a picture of yourself to social media. Use the hashtags #BelieveSurvivors and #StopKavanaugh. More details here.
Support Puerto Rico
Last August, George Washington University researchers hired by the government of Puerto Rico declared that 2,975 Americans died during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, making it one of the deadliest disasters in American history. The risk of dying in the six months following the devastating storm was highest for Puerto Ricans living in the poorest municipalities and for older males. Sixty-four Puerto Ricans died during the hurricane; the rest died due to lack of access to medical care. The National Commission of the Federal Response to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico Act of 2018, introduced by Representative Nydia Velazquez (H.R. 6103) and Kirsten Gillibrand (S. 3076) would establish a “9/11-style” eight-member bipartisan independent commission to study the Federal government’s preparedness, response, and recovery to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Today, please call Rep. Katko and urge him to support this important bill. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Tuesday (Sept 25)
State Senate Town Hall
State Senate candidate John Mannion (SD-50) is holding a town hall. 5:30pm at Camillus Maxwell Library, 14 W. Genesee St. More details here.
Wednesday (Sept 26)
Protect the Refugee Resettlement Program
From our friends at InterFaith Works of CNY: Last week, the Trump administration announced its intention to admit just 30,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2019, down from the typical 75,000. Today, please call Rep. Katko’s office and urge him to protect the refugee resettlement program. If possible, share a personal story about the contributions to the CNY community made by refugees. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
Thursday (Sept 27)
Another Kavanaugh action today, and a training opportunity tonight
Cancel Kavanaugh, Part II
The national Women’s March organizers and others have called for a national day of action in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s courageous willingness to publicly discuss the sexual assault she experienced in high school. The suggested plan is for folks to meet at 12:00 noon, wear black and write “I BELIEVE” on their palms, and to hold a minute of silence at 12:30 with palms raised high. More details here. If we hear of a local action, we’ll help spread the word. If not, we’d encourage everyone to conduct mini-actions wherever you are at noon. Grab a friend and a sharpie, take a selfie, and post to social media, including our Katko Watch/Indivisible NY24 group on Facebook.
Persuasion Training for Doors and Phones
Key to progressive electoral victories over the past year and a half has been thousands of volunteers knocking doors and phone banking. Tonight, staffers with the Balter for Congress campaign will provide a brief training on communication strategies for these encounters. 5:30pm at 213 W. Adams St in Syracuse. More details here.
Friday-Saturday (Sept 28-29)
No CNY Solidarity actions today. We urge everyone to reach out to your favorite candidate’s campaign via Facebook or their website and sign up to help out. (If anyone needs help getting started, reply to me by email.) Doors and phones, doors and phones, doors and phones, from now through Nov. 6.
Sunday (Sept 30)
CNY Solidarity Meeting
Main topic for the first hour will be CNY Solidarity’s policy for engagement with electoral activities. The proposed policy emphasizes robust communication about electoral activities while effectively addressing, as needed, any objections that develop about the content of information that is shared. Second hour will be devoted to committee meetings. 3-5pm at Bishop Harrison Center.
Save the date for these upcoming events
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.
Thu, Oct 4: State Senate town hall with John Mannion (SD-50). 5:30pm at North Syracuse Education Assoc., Main St. 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.
Thu, Oct 11: State Senate town hall with John Mannion. 5:30pm at Baldwinsville Public Library
Oct. 12: NYS voter registration deadline for general election.
Mon., Oct 15: Candidate Forum on Disability Issues, hosted by Disabled in Action, AccessCNY, ARISE, Aurora of CNY, and Self-Advocacy CNY. 1-4pm at CNY Community Foundation, 431 E. Fayette St. (Assembly candidates 1-2pm; State Senate candidates 2-3pm; NY-24 House candidates 3-4pm). More details here.
Mon, Oct 15: State Senate town hall with John Mannion. 5:30pm at DeWitt Community Room, E. Syracuse Fire Dept., 148 Sanders Creek Pkwy
Oct 25: State Senate town hall with John Mannion in Auburn. More details as we have them.
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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