CNY Solidarity Coalition

Action Alerts – Week of May 4th

Weekly Action Alerts
CNY Solidarity members and supporters: You can apply for an absentee ballot now, and voting as early as you can may help the process go smoothly. You can download an application form at onvote.net for Onondaga County. Other county electoral commissions also have absentee ballot applications.

Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams. 

Today (May 4)
Demand Funding for Upcoming Elections and the Post Office The next stimulus package must have $4 billion so that we can hold elections without Wisconsin-like debacles during a pandemic. We also need approximately $100 bill to keep the Post Office from closing to facilitate absentee balloting. Call John Katko (315) 423-5657 (Syracuse), (315) 253-4068 (Auburn) (202) 225-3701 (DC), Senator Schumer (202) 224-6542 (315) 423-5471, and Senator Gillibrand (315) 448-0470 to ask for sufficient funding in the next stimulus bill to preserve our right to vote. Information here and here

Tues (May 5)  
Support a People’s Relief Agenda. National Indivisible is calling for every member of Congress to pledge not to vote for a COVID relief bill unless it is a true People’s agenda for Relief.  That means the next relief package must:

1. Keep people on payrolls: Stop mass layoffs, and preserve employment relationships for all businesses, including small businesses. Ensure federal dollars go to workers and small businesses, not enriching CEOs and Wall Street.

2. Provide financial relief: Expand aid for the most vulnerable in the COVID-19 epidemic, including direct cash assistance, increased food aid, debt relief, and eviction protections.

3. Protect public health: Full health coverage for all COVID-19 care and protections for all frontline workers.

4. Defend elections: Enact a vote-by-mail requirement for 2020 federal elections while maintaining access to in-person voting for those who do not have access to mail voting.

Click Here to be call your representative directly  along with a short script to help guide your call. Sign up here to make a short video of your reasons for supporting the bill. 

Wed (May 6) Write Letters to the Editor supporting adequate funding for elections during the pandemic (see May 4 alert for information). CNY Solidarity’s guide to writing letters to the editor is here

Thurs (May 7)Write Letters to the Editor supporting funding for Public Health and Financial Support for People See May 5 and 6 Action Alerts for Information. Try focusing on a particular service provided by the state or city of Syracuse if you want to focus on financial support for the state and local government (including their delivery of health services and unemployment compensation), which is critical to our survival in a variety of ways. 

Friday (May 8) Send an Email to Your Representatives Asking to Tax the Rich to Fund The Schools. We need to stop massive cuts to school budgets. While you are at it, you might suggest that the Governor work with the Governors in the interstate coronavirus consortium to coordinate the emergency levies on the wealthy needed. This will provide leverage to force Republicans to help states cope with the coronavirus attack on state revenues. You can send your letter here. More information here and here.

Saturday (May 9) Share your Coronavirus Story and Call Your State Senator to Help Win Healthcare The Campaign for New York Health asks you to share your coronavirus story (including economic impacts) here and to ask your representatives in the New York legislature to support the NY Health Act, which provides universal publicly-financed healthcare. Details here.  

Sunday (May 10) Sign up to volunteer for your favorite candidate. Candidates are hosting digital events and phoning voters during the lockdown. Check their websites. 

Save the date for these upcoming events:

Sun. May 17: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting. 3-4pm, likely via Zoom.
Fri, May 29: Postmark deadline for voter registration for June 23 election.Sun. May 31. CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting. 3-4pm, likely via Zoom.
Sat., Jun 13: In-person voter registration deadline for June 23 election.
Sat., Jun 13: Early voting open 10-3. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Sun., Jun 14: Early voting open 10-3. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Mon., Jun 15: Early voting open 10-6. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Tue., Jun 16: Today is the deadline for submitting an email application for an absentee ballot for the June 23 primary election. (It’s also the postmark deadline if you’re requesting an absentee ballot by regular mail.) Per Gov. Cuomo’s executive order, all registered voters are eligible to vote absentee in this election. Just download the application at onvote.net, select “temporary illness” as the reason you’re unable to vote in person (this is authorized due to COVID-19, whether or not you’re sick yourself), and email the completed form to absentee@ongov.net by today.
Tue., Jun 16: Early voting open 12-8pm. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Wed., Jun 17: Early voting open 12-8pm. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Thur., Jun 18: Early voting open 10-6. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Fri., Jun 19: Early voting open 10-6. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Sat., Jun 20: Early voting open 10-3. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Sun., Jun 21: Early voting open 10-3. Sites available in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette. Click here for details.
Mon., Jun 22: Postmark deadline for absentee ballot return for tomorrow’s election.
Tue, Jun 23:  Election Day: Democratic presidential primary (rescheduled from April), NY-24 congressional primary, and state and local primaries will all take place today. Polls open 6am to 9pm.   
Sun. Jun 28: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting. 3-4pm, likely via Zoom.
Oct 24-Nov 1: Early voting for general election. Details TBA.
Tue, Nov 3: Election day. Polls open 6:00am-9:00pm. 

Today and every day, be sure to follow us online and on social media. Check out our Website and our Instagram. Follow us on Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24 and Facebookwww.facebook.com/cnysolidarity/  and www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNY24 

Volunteers needed:
Interested in helping with the website, data entry? Contact elaine@iammeinteractive.com
Interested in helping to distribute CNYSC brochures? Contact 
barry@barrygordon.com
Interested in helping to welcome new members? Contact 
Marianna.kaufman@gmail.com

Support the CNY Solidarity Coalition by making a donation online to help us cover technology, printing and other expenses. Thank you. *Donations are not tax deductible. 

In Solidarity,

David

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