CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24.
Our main focus nationally remains on democracy reform, including H.R. 1: For the People Act (a big package of voting rights, gerrymandering, campaign finance, and ethics reforms), H.R. 4: John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (which would restore provisions of the 1965 VRA that have been gutted by Supreme Court), and H.R. 51: Washington, DC Admission Act (which would finally grant statehood and full congressional representation to D.C. residents).
H.R. 1 has passed the House (despite a NO vote from Rep. Katko). The other two bills are on track for House passage as well. But for any of them to pass the Senate will likely require reform or repeal of existing filibuster rules. We expect this fight to take weeks or months, but have no clear sense of when precisely it will come to a head. We’re in conversation with Schumer and Gillibrand staff and will post updates as we have them. In the meantime, some of us have been reading Adam Jentleson’s Kill Switch, a helpful and disturbing account of the history of the Senate’s filibuster rules. (Short version: From their inception, these rules have mostly been used to block civil rights and voting rights bills.)
At the state level, we’re monitoring some key democracy-reform issues as well (including a bill to restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated persons), but for the moment, most of our attention is on the budget process and the Invest in Our New York campaign. On this front, note the Tuesday action below, or click here for more ways to get involved.
And now, on to the week’s actions.
Tuesday (Mar 23)
One rally (both in-person and virtual) and one organizing meeting
Invest in Our New York Rally
The NYS Budget is just days away and we need your help to make sure our leaders Invest In Our New York! Join us in Albany on Tuesday, March 23rd at 11am for a rally to demand “No Half Measures!”
If you can’t make it in person you can join a simultaneous virtual rally:
Campaign for New York Health Organizing Call
Join the Campaign for New York Health’s statewide organizing call to hear important updates on the campaign. 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom. Click here to register (but if my contact info shows up in the web form, be sure to replace it with your own before clicking Register).
Save the Date for These Upcoming Events
April 5 – 9: Climate, Jobs, and Justice Action Week (recess week for NYS Legislature and US Congress). NY Renews and Indivisible OneNYS are coordinating a statewide week of action to build support for landmark climate justice legislation both in New York State and nationally –the NYS Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA), and the national THRIVE Agenda! (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy). Watch this space for further details.
Sun., Apr. 11, 3-4 pm: CNY Solidarity Meeting via Zoom
Tue., Apr. 13, 7pm: Indivisible NY24 mtg via Zoom
Sun., Apr. 25, 3-4 pm: CNY Solidarity Meeting via Zoom. Indivisible NY24 will meet during breakout time.
Sun., May 9, 3-4 pm: CNY Solidarity Meeting via Zoom
Sun., May 23, 3-4 pm: CNY Solidarity Meeting via Zoom. Indivisible NY24 will meet during breakout time.
May 28: Voter registration deadline for 2021 primary election.
Sun., June 6, 3-4 pm: CNY Solidarity Meeting via Zoom
June 12-20: In-person early voting for primary election.
Sun., June 20, 3-4 pm: CNY Solidarity Meeting via Zoom. Indivisible NY24 will meet during breakout time.
Tue., June 22: Election day (2021 primary).
Oct. 8: Voter registration deadline for 2021 general election.
Oct. 23-31: In-person early voting for general election.
Tue., Nov. 2: Election day (2021 general election).
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 Facebook: www.facebook.com/cnysolidarity/ and www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNY24
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