Actions for Week of February 18, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019
URGENT NATIONAL ACTION
Protest Trump's Fake State of Emergency
Union Square Park
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Indivisible National and other activist groups have called for nationwide protests against Trump's illegitimate use of emergency powers.  As we all know, there is no emergency on our southern border -- the real emergency is a president that wants to undermine democracy. The NYC protest is at 5 p.m. as listed above. If you want to get up early and hop a bus or train to Washington, D.C., there will be a protest at the White House at noon.

Tuesday, February 19
STATE ACTION

Tell Cuomo: Hands Off Grassroots Activists
At our monthly meeting on Thursday, we discussed how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is using his new budget proposal to target small grassroots groups -- like ours -- that helped flip the state senate blue. (While Cuomo is Democrat, in name at least, he welcomed the long Albany stalemate that allowed him to talk about progressive issues without taking action.) His new plan lowers the threshold for lobbying from $5,000 a year to $500, which would force activist groups that spend more than that to register as official lobbyists and to submit legal paperwork every other month.  Indivisible UES's rent at the Unitarian Church of All Souls is $600 a year, so that alone would put us in the "lobbyist" category -- a category that is meant for paid, professional, well-funded lobbyists instead of unpaid concerned citizens like us. Here are three ways to contact Cuomo:

  • Send a postcard telling Cuomo that you are an engaged citizen, not a lobbyist, and that he should delete Part R of the Good Government & Ethics Reform Article VII Legislation in this year’s budget. Address cards to: Gov Andrew Cuomo, NYS Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224.

  • Call Cuomo's office at 518-474-8390. Again, the message is that he should delete Part R of the Good Government & Ethics Reform Article VII Legislation in this year’s budget because concerned citizens shouldn't be treated like paid lobbyists.

  • Use Resistbot to either call or message Cuomo. Resistbot makes it easy to send a message to any elected official -- federal or local -- 24/7. Text the word RESIST to 50409 to get started. After you register once, all you have to do is follow the instructions to send messages or call.


Wednesday, February 20
CITY ACTION
Watch the Public Advocate Candidate Debate on NY1
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, New York City is holding a special election for the position of public advocate. (Former public advocate Tish James was elected state attorney general in November.) Over 20 candidates are running. Become an educated voter by watching or streaming NY1's coverage of tonight's forum featuring seven leading contenders. A previous debate aired on NY1 on February 6. If you missed it, you can view it here.

Thursday, February 21
STATE ACTION

Turbocharging Voter Registration With AVR
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Common Cause/NY hosts an in-depth panel discussion on the potential impact of Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in New York. Since 2015, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have implemented some form of AVR. Learn more about how it works in other states, dive into AVR model design and the implementation details with policy experts, and find out about our current efforts to bring AVR to New York.

Friday, February 22
STATE ACTION
Sign Up for a February 27 Trip to Albany
Visit scenic Albany with activists who are working on Fair Elections for New York which means (a) ensuring that every eligible New Yorker has the freedom to vote and (b) passing comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor matching system. The trip to Albany is Wednesday, February 27.  Sign up for a bus leaving Union Square at 6:30 a.m. by registering here.

Saturday, February 23
STATE ACTION
Town Hall: Fair Elections for New York

Washington Irving High School
40 Irving Place
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Elected officials from our federal, state, and city government -- including congress members Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney -- will speak about the opportunities we have to get big money out of politics and to lead the way on voting rights in New York. Doors open at 1 p.m.. Town Hall begins at 1:30 p.m.. Seating will be first come for ticket holders. RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.

Weekly newsletter #102, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for February 10 - 15, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Rally and March to Save NYCHA
Steps of City Hall
Broadway and Murray St.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Organizers are protesting NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's announced proposal to sell 1/3 of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments to private real estate interests in order to "save" the public housing authority. After the rally on City Hall's steps, participants will march to the U.S. Attorney's Office a few blocks away, where the group will demand that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman block any sale of public housing.


Monday, February 11, 2019
Four Freedoms Democratic Club Meeting
Church of the Holy Trinity
Draesel Hall
316 E 88th St. (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
7 p.m. -  9 p.m.

At this meeting, the Four Freedoms Democratic Club will accept nominations for party offices, discuss steps necessary to fix NYC's failing transit system, and plan its activist agenda for the year. Jack Davies, the campaigns manager of Transportation Alternatives, will be there to talk about congestion pricing.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
"Fight Amazon" Planning Meeting
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Avenue, 15th floor

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Immigrant-rights organization Cosecha NYC says, "Amazon supports ICE and profits off of detention, deportation, and tearing immigrant families apart. Now this company is getting billions in tax dollars to put HQ2 in our city and continue making money off of their destruction of neighborhoods, workers' rights, and our immigrant communities. Will you stand by or will you FIGHT?"


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Green New Deal Rally
780 3rd Ave. (B/t 48th and 49th Streets)
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Indivisible Upper East Side and other Indivisible chapters are joining Sunrise NYC's rally in front of Senator Chuck Schumer's office, calling on him to co-sponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. The resolution is already co-sponsored by 11 politicians from New York, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

(2)  Fundraiser for Indivisible UES Member
Vanguard Wine Bar
1372 1st Ave
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Kim Moscaritolo is an active Indivisible UES member and a Democratic District Leader (an unpaid position). Stop by her "Galentine's Day" fundraiser.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Indivisible UES Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Our regular meetings are the second Thursday of every month at this same time and location. We'll have some Valentine's Day treats, and welcome guest speaker Ellen Davidson, who will be discussing housing reform in New York City. (All rent laws are expiring on June 15, 2019, making this the right time to fight for change in the newly Democratic-controlled state senate. Issues include protection of rent stabilization and closing loopholes that allow landlords to benefit from vacant properties.)


Friday, February 15, 2019
Call Your Senators
Call your senators at least once a week! As Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg tweeted recently, "Former Congressional staffer here. I sometimes hear from people who say they don't see the point of calling their Senators anymore -- either because they're reliable Democrats or they're consistently Trump-appeasing Republicans. Here's why that's wrong."

Here are the New York City office numbers for Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Click the links for other office numbers.


-- Weekly newsletter #101, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for Week of February 4, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019
Remembering Amadou Diallo
Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Join activist group NYC Shut It Down on the 4th anniversary of #PeoplesMonday, a weekly demonstration honoring Black and Brown victims of police violence and raising awareness of their stories. This Monday also marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man living in the Bronx who was shot at 41 times by the NYPD. The four officers who killed him were indicted for second-degree murder and reckless endangerment, but acquitted of all charges by a jury in Albany.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019
"Arrest Trump" State of the Union Protest
Trump Tower New York
725 5th Avenue
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Join activist group Rise and Resist outside Trump Tower to protest Trump's State of the Union address. Organizers will bring an ARREST TRUMP banner as well as posters that highlight Trump's crimes.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Call Your Senators
Call your senators at least once a week! As Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg tweeted recently, "Former Congressional staffer here. I sometimes hear from people who say they don't see the point of calling their Senators anymore -- either because they're reliable Democrats or they're consistently Trump-appeasing Republicans. Here's why that's wrong."

Here are the New York City office numbers for Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Click the links for other office numbers.


Thursday, February 7, 2019
Cop and ICE Watch Training
Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
37-06 77th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cop Watch is a completely legal practice of documenting police activity. At this training, you will learn how to effectively Cop Watch and safely navigate through tense situations like an encounter with police while assisting your community in the process. In addition to Cop Watch, this training will feature the nuts and bolts of conducting Migra/ICE Watch -- which is a form of Cop Watching that can be used when community members are targeted by immigration law enforcement. Click here to RSVP.


Friday, February 8, 2019
Update Your Calendar
(1) Valentines for Congress

We'll have a Valentine-writing event directed at our members of Congress this weekend. Details on day, time, and location will come in a follow-up email.

(2) Valentine's Day Party and Monthly Meeting
Indivisible Upper East Side's next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of All Souls on 80th and Lex. Holiday treats will be served!


This is Indivisible Upper East Side's 100th consecutive weekly action newsletter! Thanks for reading and -- more importantly -- taking action. Written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for Week of January 28, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019 - TWO OPTIONS
(1) Solidarity Walk at ICE Offices
26 Federal Plaza, Lafayette side
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interfaith organization New Sanctuary Coalition is holding a press conference followed by a Jericho Walk at 26 Federal Plaza in solidarity with New Sanctuary executive director Ravi Ragbir, who will be going for a mandatory check-in with ICE. New Sanctuary supports reform of immigration laws and provides assistance to individuals and families facing deportation.

(2) Write Postcards to Voters at a Postcard Party
209 East 56th St., Apt. 6B
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

There are several special elections coming up. Join Rise and Resist and Postcards to Voters to help turn MORE districts across the country blue! You'll be sending friendly, handwritten reminders to targeted voters to help give Democrats a winning edge in close, key races across the country. All supplies will be provided.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Call Your Senators
It's a good idea to get in or stay in the habit of calling your senators at least once a week. As Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg tweeted last week, "Former Congressional staffer here. I sometimes hear from people who say they don't see the point of calling their Senators anymore -- either because they're reliable Democrats or they're consistently Trump-appeasing Republicans. Here's why that's wrong."

Seeing as our senators don't get too many complimentary calls, this is a good time to thank them for standing strong against the Trump shutdown. Here are the New York City office numbers for Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Click the links for other office numbers.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Virtual Training for State Advocacy Campaigns
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Learn about how to build an effective state legislation campaign through Indivisible's virtual training session tonight. RSVP here. To prepare, familiarize yourself with the Indivisible State Guide.


Thursday, January 31, 2019
Write Postcards to Tennessee Voters on Your Own (or Invite Friends!)
Postcards to Voters is working to energize Democratic voters in order to flip a seat in Tennessee's state senate. A special election is taking place on March 12, and early voting starts on February 11. Click here to find out more about the election and how to become a postcard writer.


Friday, February 1, 2019
Prepare for NYC's Public Advocate Special Election
Your next chance to vote in New York City is February 26, in the special election for public advocate. Check your voter registration and find out about getting an absentee ballot if needed.

-- Weekly newsletter #99, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for Week of January 21, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019
Assist Unpaid Federal Workers

People are encouraged to be of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Trump Shutdown is pushing many federal workers into food insecurity, among other issues. Here are some ways you can help:


Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Remember Why You Should Keep Calling Your Senators
Ahead of Indivisible's National Call Day on Wednesday (see listing below), Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg tweeted, "Former Congressional staffer here. I sometimes hear from people who say they don't see the point of calling their Senators anymore -- either because they're reliable Democrats or they're consistently Trump-appeasing Republicans. Here's why that's wrong."


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Indivisible National Call Day
Tell everyone you know to call their senators demanding that they play hardball and pressure Mitch McConnell to hold the vote that will end the government shutdown. You can call any of the senators' office locations. To get you started, here are the New York City office numbers for Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Click the links for other office numbers.

Click here for scripts and background information from Indivisible National, and don't forget to share a photo or email about your call on your social media.

Tips for a successful call: Don't leave a voicemail. Keep trying until you reach a live person. If the phones are busy -- that's good! It means a lot of people are calling. Remember, you can call any of the office locations. Also, if you can, personalize the script. If you know federal workers -- or are one! -- tell that story to the staffer.  Personal stories have more impact.


Thursday,  January 24, 2019
Postcards to Virginia Voters
Chelsea (exact address provided after RSVP)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Sister District NY 12-13-14 and the Sister District Action Network and write postcards to low propensity Virginia voters encouraging them to vote in the Virginia state elections this November and educating them about how the state legislature affects them.


Saturday, January 26, 2019
Immigration Clinic Training With New Sanctuary Coalition
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South, room 216
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

New Sanctuary works with people fighting detention and deportation by helping with asylum paperwork, as well as accompanying immigrants to court hearings and ICE check-ins. You must be trained in order to volunteer, and this is an opportunity to get that training.

- Weekly newsletter #98, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Special Actions for Federal Shutdown

Shutdown Action Items; March Reminder

Action to Take Right Now
Assist Federal Employees

Hunger Free America is offering special support for people who are struggling financially because of the federal shutdown. There are also ways you can donate time and/or money to help those affected.


Thursday, January 17
Call Relay to Schumer
A coalition of New York Indivisible chapters is doing a call relay to Senator Chuck Schumer's office, to encourage him to remain strong and make no compromise on the unnecessary border wall. Your participation is important because Trump allies have been organizing constituents to flood offices with calls in FAVOR of the wall. Sign up for a time on the call sheet linked below; phone numbers and a script are provided.


Saturday, January 19
Reminder: Join the (Hate-Free) Women's March on NYC*
Meet up: 10:30 a.m. at the bus stop on the northwest side of 86th and 2nd
Entrance to march location: 72nd & Columbus

*The Women's March Alliance in NYC -- which has run the New York march since 2017 -- is 100% independent from the anti-Semitic leaders of D.C.-based "Women's March Inc." Women's March Alliance is committed to inclusiveness. "Women's March Inc." is trying to cause disruption by holding a competing march downtown; make sure you wind up at the hate-free march by coming with Indivisible UES! We DO need to be out in the streets protesting this shameful government shutdown. Signs to that effect are encouraged. Dress warmly; wear comfortable shoes; bring snacks, water, and any medication that you may need.
 

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for Week of January 14, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019
Make a Call for Complete Voting/Campaign Reform Package

Today, the New York State Legislature is expected to pass a voting and campaign-reform package that:

  • authorizes early voting on the two weekends before Election Day;

  • merges the state and federal primary dates;

  • allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote;

  • and closes the LLC loophole that allows big donors to dominate local politics.

There will be an initial vote to allow same-day registration and mail-in voting, but those issues require Constitutional amendments, which will take several years to pass. In addition, Governor Cuomo has proposed making Election Day a state holiday. Call your reps and thank them for pushing for voting reform, and urge them to pursue the Constitutional amendments and Election Day holiday with vigor.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Call Your Senators About the Trump Shutdown - DAILY, AS NEEDED
Mitch McConnell is refusing to put the legislation to reopen the government to a vote. He's playing an active role in the Trump shutdown that is hurting the entire country. Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and tell them to oppose all other legislation in the Senate until the government is reopened. Indivisible National offers the following call script:

  • Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (zip code). I’m calling to ask [Senator] to oppose any legislation in the Senate until the government is reopened.

  • The Senate—including [Senator]—unanimously passed a clean budget that would keep the government open until February. There are 800,000 federal workers going without pay. National parks are filling up with trash. This is unacceptable; [Senator] needs to force Mitch McConnell to put legislation reopening the government on the floor by opposing all other legislation.

  • Will [Senator] commit to voting “no” on all legislation until the government has reopened?

Senator Chuck Schumer: 212-486-4430
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 212-688-6262


Thursday, January 17, 2019
New Sanctuary Vigil for Detained/Deported Immigrants
11 a.m. at 26 Federal Plaza
5 p.m. at 201 Varick St.

Every Thursday, New Sanctuary Coalition holds a vigil outside ICE offices to protest the detentions and deportations of immigrants. The organization also holds trainings for anyone interested in accompanying people to immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. See the website for further information.


Saturday, January 19, 2019
Women's March in NYC
Meet up: 10:30 a.m. at the bus stop on the northwest side of 86th and 2nd
Entrance to march location: 72nd & Columbus

Note: The Women's March Alliance in NYC has run the New York march since 2017. The group says it has no association with the organizers of the original Women's March on DC, who have been hit with charges of anti-Semitism and who are holding a rival march in New York. Visit the Women's March Alliance website for a message on the group's commitment to inclusiveness. Dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes, and bring creative signs!

- Weekly newsletter #97 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

 

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for Week of January 7, 2019

ALL WEEK
5-Day Call Challenge

If your New Year's resolutions didn't include calling your elected officials on a weekly basis ... better a week late than never! Get off to a good start by joining Indivisible Nation BK's 5-Day Call Challenge.  From the organizers:

"The legislative session in Albany starts this WEDNESDAY. We’re challenging all our members to call their state representatives and Governor Cuomo EVERY DAY this week to share our priorities. State senators and assemblymembers typically get very few constituent calls, so even one call on one issue can make a HUGE impact. All you need is five minutes a day for the next five days and we can get our state representatives fired up for change! "

CLICK HERE FOR A DAILY SCRIPT


Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Indivisible Upper East Side Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The guest speaker at our January meeting will be discussing housing reform in New York City. All rent laws are expiring on June 15, 2019, making this the right time to fight for change in the newly Democratic-controlled state senate. Issues include protection of rent stabilization and closing loopholes that allow landlords to benefit from vacant properties.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Update Your Calendars With These Events


Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
We Act for Environmental Justice Membership Meeting
Location TBD
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
RSVP here

Town hall with state legislators on environmental issues.


- Weekly newsletter #96 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Actions for Week of December 31, 2018

WHOSE HOUSE? OUR HOUSE!
 

There's only one item on the calendar for this first week of 2019, and that's Indivisible's National Day of Action on Thursday, January 3. As the Democrats take control of the House thanks to your activism and the Blue Wave, we want to send the message to all of our elected officials that we are here, we are paying attention, we are powerful, and we will hold you accountable.  Of course, we are now in a Trump shutdown, caused by his demands for a wasteful and harmful border wall. So we also want to communicate that the first item of business must be to re-open our government by passing a clean funding bill that rejects Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Sign Up for Our January 3 Actions!

  • We have two events planned. You are invited to join either one or both. Even if you've already RSVP'd on Facebook or signed up in person, please sign up again using the new RSVP form that is accessible to a larger coalition of New York Indivisible chapters.


11 a.m.
Meeting With Carolyn Maloney's Staff
1651 3rd Ave.

Indivisible Upper East Side and Empire State Indivisible are joining forces to hand off a letter to Rep. Maloney's staff and have a photo op. If the group is small enough, we might be able to sit down with staffers to discuss priorities.

5 p.m.
Rally Outside Schumer's and Gillibrand's Offices
780 Third Ave.
Between 48th and 49th Streets

A coalition of New York Indivisible chapters are joining together for this rally outside our senators' offices. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has disappointed us in the past by not being bold enough in resisting the Trump agenda. (Kirsten Gillibrand is much more progressive but not in a leadership position.) Let's show him the electorate that flipped the House and the New York State Senate expects True Blue leadership.


  CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO EITHER OR BOTH EVENTS
 

- Weekly newsletter #95 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.

Actions for Week of December 24, 2018

It's a holiday week, so we're keeping it low-key. These actions are mostly about prepping you for the year ahead.

Monday, December 24, 2018
Donate to Indivisible Upper East Side
Done all your holiday shopping and still have a few spare dollars? Consider donating to us via our brand-new ActBlue page! Your donation will support the direct costs of our activism in New York City -- things like meeting-room rental, website support, posters, art supplies, clipboards, buttons, transportation, and more! Bookmark the page in case this isn't the right moment but you'd like to support us later.


Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Send Governor Cuomo a Holiday Resistbot Message
If there are some fellow progressives among family members or friends you see today, introduce them to the joys of Resistbot. Text the word RESIST to 50409 to easily send messages to your elected officials.  New Yorkers can let Andrew Cuomo know that while gift-giving is nice, giving a big tax break to Amazon for a new headquarters in Long Island City is still unacceptable. Feel free to include any recent experiences you've had with our crumbling subway system to illustrate what we should be spending money on. For friends and family members from other states who have yet to become activists, help them take their first steps by doing a quick online search for their most relevant issues.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Sign Up for the National Day of Action on January 3
Indivisible National had already planned a national day of action on January 3. Now that we're in a Trump government shutdown -- caused by Trump's demands for a wasteful and harmful border wall -- the first item of business must be to re-open our government by passing a clean funding bill that rejects Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. We are planning a visit to Rep. Carolyn Maloney's office (time to be determined) with another Indivisible chapter followed by a multi-chapter rally outside the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. Sign up on Facebook so we can plan signage for the number of attendees.


Thursday, December 27, 2018
RSVP for a February 12 Trip to Albany
Brrr! A February visit to Albany might not be #1 on your winter-getaway list but it's for a good cause: We will be demanding voting reform for New York State. Fair Elections for New York is calling for reforms that increase the power of small donations; limit the influence of big money; and make it easier, not harder, to vote. The latter goal includes automatic voter registration, early voting, same-day registration, and no-excuse absentee voting.


Friday, December 28, 2018
Update Your Calendar

Regarding the Women's March, you may have read recent stories of serious problems with the original Women's March on DC leadership. While the media may have belated discovered or rediscovered this, the organizers of the New York City event -- the Women's March Alliance -- long ago expressed their repugnance and severed ties with the DC group. (Take a look at the Indivisible UES newsletters referencing the 2018 march -- such as this one -- and you'll see the emphasis placed on the group's independence then.) As stated on the Women's March Alliance website:

Women’s March Alliance is not affiliated with Women’s March, Inc. or its founders and is run by grassroots volunteers. We do not support any organization or person that is anti-Semitic, anti-gay, anti-woman, or does not support equal rights for every human. We welcome any and all people who want to raise women’s voices through education and activism.

- Weekly newsletter #94 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side