CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams. Highlights this week include important actions on democracy reform and the community grid, plus the 3rd annual Women’s March this weekend.
Today (Jan 14)
Two crucial state legislative action alerts today, plus a lead prevention coalition meeting in Syracuse tonight
Support the Let New York Vote mobilization in Albany
Things are moving so quickly on the democracy reform front that the Albany Action Day scheduled for Jan 23 has been moved up to today, when the state legislature will be considering key voting rights legislation. More details here. Jonah Minkoff-Zern is organizing a car pool leaving from the Peace and Social Justice Center, 2013 E Genesee St 13210 at 7am today.
If you can’t make it to Albany in person, please support the effort by calling your state senator and assembly member to urge their support for election reform. Specific asks include the following:
· Voting rights restoration for people on parole as an automatic process under the law, with funding for implementation;
· Small- donor public financing system for our elections that amplifies voters’ voices so they’re not drowned out by special interest money;
· Automatic voter registration not limited to the DMV, because since many New Yorkers don’t drive; and
· Early voting that includes at least two weekends and some evenings, and is funded in the bill itself.
Most of us are represented in the Assembly by Pamela Hunter (315-449-9536), Al Stirpe (315-452-1115), Bill Magnarelli (315-428-9651), or Gary Finch (315-255-3045); if you’re not sure whose district you’re in, click here or here and enter your address to find out. Likewise, most of us are represented in the State Senate by Rachel May (315-478-8745), John DeFrancisco (315-428-7632), or James Seward (607-432-5524), but those links will help you find out if you’re not sure.
Call your Assembly Member to Support the Community Grid
Please call your Assembly Member today and tell them you support the community grid option to redevelop I-81. (See previous alert for contact numbers.) More details here. If you haven’t yet contacted Governor Cuomo on this issue, pleaseclick here to do so; the Community for the Grid coalition is collecting letters sent to the Governor, so please send a copy to email@example.com as well.
Syracuse Lead Prevention Coalition Monthly Meeting
Our meeting this Monday will be one of our most important to date. We will be joined by Commissioner of NBD Stephanie Pasquale, and Director of Codes Ken Towsley, to discuss the recent progress they’ve made addressing the lead crisis in the city & future plans. Pizza & refreshments provided. 6-730pm at 500 W. Genesee St 13204. More details here.
Tuesday (Jan 15)
Say NO! to Tax Breaks for Building that Houses ICE
The Board of Directors of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency is holding a public meeting at 8:00 am in the Syracuse Common Council Chambers, 233 E Washington St., room 304. (Not 8:30 am as we previously posted.) More details here. The Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network is calling on allies to attend and speak out against proposed tax breaks for Dey’s Plaza, the downtown building that harbors the Syracuse ICE office. More details here.
Wednesday (Jan 16)
One online action today and an important community meeting tonight
Say NO to fracked gas pipelines in NY
From our climate justice committee and 350.org: In just two weeks, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will release an environmental impact report on the Williams pipeline, a fracked gas pipeline proposed for New York Harbor. Our best chance at stopping this climate-wrecking monstrosity is to get Governor Cuomo to block the necessary permits before construction begins—meaning we need to get as many signatures as possible before the DEC report is released. Click here to add your name to the 5,000+ voices calling on our governor to shut down the Williams pipeline.
The State of Our Community: Crime and Public Safety
Hosted by National Action Network Syracuse Chapter and others. 6-7:30 pm, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave, Syracuse 13204. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday-Friday (Jan 17-18)
No actions today (until further notice!).
Saturday (Jan 19)
Your choice of canvassing for the grid or multiple women’s marches this morning.
Canvass for the Grid with CNY Solidarity, NAN, ACLU and other groups
10 am at SUNY EOC, 100 New Street. Any questions, e-mail Misse at email@example.com.
3rd Annual Women’s March Syracuse
10am at Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St. 13202. March route goes from Everson to the Hanley Federal Building, where rally will begin around 11am. More details here.
3rd Annual Women’s March Seneca Falls
Sunday (Jan 20)
CNY Solidarity Meeting
Our meeting this week will include a political education teach-in on militarism, poverty, and racism. 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Bishop Harrison Center. More details here.
1:00 Committees may meet (TBD)
2:00 – 3:30 Trainings, 1st session
3:30 – 5:00 Trainings, 2nd session
Topics include Ending Militarism: Central to Ending Poverty & Racism, Reinvest CNY and Poverty in Syracuse. Look for additional training topics in future emails.
Save the date for these upcoming events
Tue, Jan 22: Community for the Grid Campaign—General Interest Meeting. 530-7pm at 910 Madison St. in Syracuse. More details here.
Thur, Jan 24: New York Immigration Coalition and Workers Center of CNY are organizing an in-district visit with Assemblymember Magnarelli at 2:30 pm. to talk about green light bill. Workers Center organizers are looking for additional constituents to attend. For further info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sat, Jan 26: Weekly Canvass for the Grid action. More details soon.
Sun, Feb 3: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Thu, Feb 7: Thursday Morning Roundtable with Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner. 8am. More details here.
Sun, Feb 24: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, Mar 10: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, Mar 24: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, Apr 14: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, Apr 28: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, May 19: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, Jun 9: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
Sun, Jun 23: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD
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