Families Belong Together: Protests of Family Separation

Activist groups are organizing multiple protests aimed at the Trump policy of tearing small children away from immigrant parents who are seeking safety in this country. (Listen: ProPublica obtained audio of children screaming and crying for their parents while an agent cracks jokes.) These protests start TODAY.

Take to the Streets: Families Belong Together


TODAY. Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Stop Ripping Families Apart! Trump/Pence Must Go
Union Square Park
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Youth Caucus of America, Inc. and Refuse Fascism are the hosts of today's event. They invite you to bring children's shoes to represent the children in detention. The Facebook event page says, "Now is the time for all the organizations and people of conscience to come together in massive nonviolent protest."

TOMORROW. Wednesday, June 20, 2018
World Refugee Day Action - City of Refuge Coalition
Bryant Park
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

On World Refugee Day, join African Communities Together and the City of Refuge Coalition for a march and rally to stop the refugee ban, save asylum, defend temporary protected status, and keep children and families together. Full schedule for the event is available on the Facebook page.

NEXT WEEK. Saturday, June 30, 2018
National Day of Action With Multiple New York Events
These are the New York events planned so far. It is possible more will be added. They are listed in chronological order.

11 a.m.: Protest Jared Kushner Outside 666 5th Ave.
The organizers are prepared to challenge Jared Kushner to a debate outside of the office building he owns at 666 5th Avenue. If Kushner declines the invitation -- as is likely -- they will protest his role in the Trump administration's inhumane immigration policy, and demand he face the public to answer questions about his countless conflicts of interest. Click here to RSVP.

11 a.m.: Union Square Protest
Subscribers who live downtown rather than on the Upper East Side may wish to attend a rally at this location. Indivisible UES members who have friends/families/acquaintances who would be interested in this rally are encouraged to pass along the information. Click here to RSVP.

Noon: March on Trump Tower With Fellow Indivisible UES Members
This is the event we plan to attend as a group.  We will meet at the northeast corner of 86th and 2nd at the Q train entrance at 11:15 a.m., go to Times Square, and from there march with the crowd to Trump Tower to rebuke the Trump administration's family separation policy.

-- Even if you have read the disclaimer below before, please read it again now.
-- Breaking-news newsletter 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 June 18, 2018

Note: The listing of events related to specific Democratic candidates does not represent endorsement of said candidates by Indivisible Upper East Side as a group unless such endorsement is explicitly stated. Details of events hosted by candidates and/or other organizations are provided are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

Immediately
(1) Assist Separated Immigrant Families in Texas
Attorneys, law students, paralegals, and translators who have the ability to travel should contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which runs a pro bono project in Texas. Click here for more information. Others can donate to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Texas, and the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. You might also consider a donation to Beto O'Rourke, who is a Texas Democrat challenging Ted Cruz for his Senate seat. On Sunday (Father's Day) O'Rourke led a protest in Tornillo, Texas, that gathered outside the tents in which immigrant children are being housed.

(2) Buy a Resistbot Tote Bag
Thanks to the free Resistbot service, it's easy to get in touch with your elected representatives daily, no matter how busy (or shy) you might be. Simply text RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest in about two minutes. We at Indivisible UES are always recommending Resistbot to people we know -- but how about the people we don't know? The people we walk by on the street? We asked Resistbot to design a tote bag to help us spread the word. Proceeds will help keep Resistbot free across the country. The tote bag will help you cut down on plastic-bag usage AND let people know how they can take action. There's only hours left to purchase the first run of tote bags!


Monday, June 18, 2018
Climate Action Monday Meets Pride
Calligaris Chelsea
144 W. 18th St.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m
.

This weekly networking event for climate activists combines "war room"-style planning, music, and fun. The central focus is contacting candidates and asking them to sign a pledge that they won't take any fossil fuel money, and to support the Federal Off Fossil Fuels Act, an ambitious climate protection bill. This week's event also has a LGBTQ Pride theme. If you prefer music-free climate action, you can join NY Renews and other organizers in picketing Governor Andrew Cuomo from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at a fundraiser taking place at the Plaza Hotel. The protestors will be calling on Cuomo to ban oil and gas projects and shift to 100 percent renewable energy.


 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Juneteenth Action to #FREEnewyork
Foley Square (between Centre and Worth Streets)
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

June 19, also known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorates the abolition of slavery.  Today's action will demand an end to the unjust bail system in New York that keeps legally innocent people (mostly people of color) behind bars and coerces guilty pleas. If you are unfamiliar with the issue, read the New Yorker's powerful stories about Kalief Browder, who, after being arrested at age 16 for alleged theft, spent three years in Rikers without being convicted of a crime.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018
NO IDC Fundraiser
Bar Nine
807 9th Ave (between 53rd and 54th Streets)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

At our monthly meetings, we've spoken about the Independent Democratic Conference or IDC -- the eight New York State senators who run as Democrats but vote with Republicans, preventing progressive legislation from passing. No IDC NY and Hope From Hell's Kitchen Indivisible are hosting a fundraiser for two anti-IDC candidates: Robert Jackson, who is running against IDC member Marisol Alcantara on the West Side of Manhattan, and Jessica Ramos, who is running against IDC member Jose Peralta in Queens. Tickets start at $25. You can also make a donation of any size.


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Bikes Against Deportation
Varick and Houston Streets
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Like to bike? Bring your wheels to this ride for sanctuary, which takes place the third Thursday of every month. This one has an LGBTQ Pride theme. As activist group New Sanctuary Coalition says, "Roughly one million immigrants living in the U.S. came here to express their sexual freedom and live and love without persecution. It is estimated at least 1/3  of them are undocumented" and deporting gay or trans people can be the equivalent of a death sentence. The ride is also in memory of Roxana Hernandez, a trans woman from Honduras who died of complications from AIDS in ICE custody in May.


Friday, June 22, 2018
Get Ready for Tuesday's Primary
If you attended last week's monthly meeting and heard the stellar presentation by Ben Yee --  Secretary of the New York County Democratic Party and State Committeeman for New York's 66th Assembly District -- you learned that one of the most important things you can do is vote in primaries. Change at the national level isn't possible without engagement at the local level.  Get to know the candidates for the Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 26. The Four Freedoms Democratic Club has a list of its endorsements here, with links to candidate's websites. Read up! And if you missed Ben's Politics 101 presentation, we will have some video available shortly.


-- Newsletter #67, written by Wendy Brandes, Indivisible UES exec committee member

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 June 11, 2018

Note: The listing of events related to specific Democratic candidates does not represent endorsement of said candidates by Indivisible Upper East Side as a group unless such endorsement is explicitly stated. Details of events hosted by candidates and/or other organizations are provided are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

Actions for Week of June 11, 2018

TODAY. Monday, June 11, 2018
Promote This Week's Monthly Meeting
The June meeting of Indivisible UES will be held this Thursday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on 80th and Lex. Please note that it is starting 30 minutes earlier than usual to accommodate a Politics 101 workshop, presented by You Matter.  Today we are looking for volunteers to distribute professionally printed signs about the event to local businesses. Contact us at info@indivisible-ues.org to help out.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Recommended Viewing: Maloney - Patel Debate on NY1

NY1 will host U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel for a Democratic primary debate for the 12th Congressional District at 7 p.m. Watch it to be an informed voter for the 2018 Federal Primary Election on June 26.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Phone Bank for Liuba Grechen Shirley
Stella & Fly (Downstairs)
1705 1st Ave.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley is Indivisible Upper East Side's endorsed candidate for NY District 2 on Long Island, where the primary winner will run against incumbent Peter King. To participate in this phone banking event, all you'll need is a cell phone and a laptop/tablet. RSVP here.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Monthly Meeting of Indivisible UES
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex, Basement
7 p.m. - 9  p.m.

Ben Yee of You Matter will be at our monthly meeting to present a lively Politics 101 workshop. The workshop covers topics including political geography; the party structure in America; and how to engage in the existing system for real effect. A donation of $10 is suggested, but not required. To RSVP, click here OR here. (Please note that the correct start time of our meeting is 7 p.m. for this date, not 7:30 p.m.)

Benjamin Yee was a fundraiser and Digital Director for Barack Obama in 2008. He later worked for the NY State Senate’s CIO’s office and good government think tank Reinvent Albany. Politically, Ben has served at every level of the Young Democrats, including VP of the Young Democrats of America. Ben is the founder of ShiftSpark, an online tool for Citizen Lobbying. He is also Secretary of the NY County Democratic Party and State Committeeman for NY’s 66th Assembly District.

Friday, June 15, 2018
Use Resistbot, Then Spread the Word
Text RESIST to 50409 and use the free Resistbot tool to contact your elected officials with anything that's on your mind today. (You can get a topic suggestion from the bot if you need inspiration.) It is easy and you'll be finished in two minutes or less. After you send your message, let five new people know about Resistbot. It can be used anywhere in the country, so feel free to go beyond your New York acquaintances.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - TWO EVENTS
(1) Day of Action for Suraj Patel
64 Cooper Square
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney is holding a day of canvassing and phone banking. Shifts are three hours long.

(2) Phone Bank for Liz Hanbidge
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sister District NY 12-13-14 and Grand Street Democrats are joining forces to host an Upper East Side phone bank for Liz Hanbidge. Liz is a first time candidate running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a district that went for Hillary. Early name recognition will help her beat the incumbent Republican in November. RSVP to get the location. Bring a cell phone and a laptop/tablet.
 

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 June 4, 2018

Note: The listing of events related to specific Democratic candidates does not represent endorsement of said candidates by Indivisible Upper East Side as a group unless such endorsement is explicitly stated. Details of events hosted by other organizations are provided are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

Monday, June 4, 2018 -- TWO EVENTS
(1) Launch of Climate Action Mondays
Calligaris Chelsea
144 W. 18th St.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

If environmental issues are your passion, don't miss the launch of Climate Action Mondays. Starting today and continuing for the 20 weeks until the elections, a coalition of activist groups will gather every Monday to confront climate change. The big ask is that all 870 candidates for Congress support the bill to implement the Paris Agreement by mandating 100% renewables nationwide by 2035 -- aka the OFF FOSSIL FUEL ACT.  The coalition will also "challenge every New York State candidate to step up and support climate legislation and take the NO Fossil Fuel Money Pledge."

(2) The Blue Wave Is Coming: Phonebank for Pennsylvania
Lower East Side, address TBA
6 p.m. - 8 p.m
.
Sister District NY 12-13-14 and Grand Street Democrats are hosting two phone banks for Liz Hanbidge, a first-time candidate running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a district that went for Hillary. Early name recognition will help her beat the incumbent Republican in November.  You'll be sent the exact location of the phonebanking event after you RSVP.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Cynthia Nixon Ballot Access Petition Parade & Marching Band
Union Square Park
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon launches her petitioning campaign to get on the Democratic primary ballot -- with a parade, marching band, and feather boas.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Take Back the EPA - Lunchtime Action
290 Broadway
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

This is one of a week of lunchtime protests aimed at ousting Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (If you can't make it today, you can go on Thursday and/or Friday -- same time and location.) Rise and Resist promises "live street theater, singing, chanting, marching, mourning, fighting back, leafletting, and making some righteous noise at the NYC Office of the EPA."


Thursday, June 7, 2018
Petitioning With State Senator LIz Krueger
72nd St. Q Train Stop
72nd St and 2nd Ave
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Join the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and get signatures for the club's endorsed state and local candidates with special guest State Sen. Liz Krueger.


Friday, June 8, 2018
Kingian Nonviolence Training

256 W. 38th St., 12th floor
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This is the first day of a two-day workshop on Kingian nonviolence (both days are mandatory to attend). Learn how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders understood the dynamics of conflict. Anyone interested in reversing the cycle of escalating violence is invited to attend. Register here.


Saturday, June 9, 2018
Petitioning With Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright
82nd Street Greenmarket
419 E. 82nd St.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and get signatures for the club's endorsed state and local candidates with special guest Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright.

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 May 28, 2018

Note: The listing of events related to specific Democratic candidates does not represent endorsement of said candidates by Indivisible Upper East Side as a group unless such endorsement is explicitly stated. Details of events hosted by other organizations are provided are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

Monday, May 28, 2018 -- TWO EASY ACTIONS
(1) Memorial Day Resistbot Action
If you have Memorial Day off to honor the people who died while serving in the U.S. military, make good use of the freedom of speech they helped protect. Text "RESIST" to 50409 to contact your local officials -- senators, congressperson, and governor -- via the free Resistbot tool. (Suggested topics include the immigrant children that ICE has "misplaced.") If you're at a gathering with friends and/or family, get five other people to use Resistbot along with you.

(2) Check Your Closet for Orange
June 1 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. For the past five years, people have been wearing orange to protest gun violence. June 1 is a Friday this year, so we'll have a Wear Orange weekend, including a march over the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday (see listing below). If you don't own any orange, shop here or here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Phonebanking for Carolyn Maloney
Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
1322 3rd Avenue at 76th St.
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join Four Freedoms Democratic Club members in phonebanking for FFDC-endorsed Congressional candidate Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Train to Petition for Candidates
Church of the Village
Corner of 7th Ave. and 13th St.
6 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.

The New York Progressive Action Network and other groups are hosting a training session for petitioning to get candidates on the September primary ballot. NYPAN is focused, in part, on gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and her running mate Jumaane Williams. Empire State Indivisible is participating to support Alessandra Biaggi's campaign against IDC leader Jeff Klein in the New York State Senate.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Margaritas With Maloney
Conmigo
1685 1st Ave.
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The hosts invite you to socialize at this fundraiser for Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Click here to RSVP.

Friday, June 1, 2018
Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day
"Wear Orange Day" was started by friends of 15-year-old honors student and drum majorette Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013, one week after she performed at the festivities for President Obama's second inauguration. Since then orange has come to symbolize the gun-violence prevention movement with the help of large organizations including Everytown for Gun Safety.

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Youth Over Guns March Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Korean War Veterans Plaza
Tillary St.
Brooklyn, NY
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Part of Wear Orange Weekend. Participants will gather at the Korean War Memorial in Brooklyn from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., then march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Foley Square, where youth will speak at a rally. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Women for Carolyn Maloney Day of Action - TWO OPTIONS
(1) Canvassing with Rep. Maloney and Team Maloney

Metallic Lathers
1322 3rd Ave. (entrance on E. 76th St).
9 a.m. - 1 p.m
.


(2) Women for Carolyn Phonebank
Metallic Lathers
1322 3rd Ave. (entrance on E. 76th St.)
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Coffee, bagels, and donuts will be provided. Rep. Maloney will thank supporters at 7:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

-- Newsletter #64, written by Wendy Brandes, Indivisible UES exec committee member

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 May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018
Tell Maloney You Don't Want the #BankLobbyistAct
From Indivisible's national newsletter: This week, the House will vote on the Senate's version of  the "Bank Lobbyist Act, " which deregulates 25 of the 38 biggest banks in America and would allow racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked. Indivisible says, "The truth is, there is nothing we can do to stop the House from passing the #BankLobbyistAct. Still, it is important that we make sure your representatives know that we disagree with this bill and their vote before it heads to Trump’s desk for signature." Use Indivisible's script to call Rep. Carolyn Maloney, or text RESIST to 50409 to deliver your message via Resistbot.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -- TWO EVENTS
(1) #OneDayMatters Rally in Albany
This rally is focused on reforming New York penal law to protect immigrants from deportation.  There's a free bus leaving from Long Island City at 8 a.m.  Click here to RSVP via the Fortune Society.

(2) Blue Wave Happy Hour
Two Door Tavern
1576 3rd Ave
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join the Four Freedoms Democratic Club and gear up for the 2018 midterms! Club members will have information on how to get involved in upcoming congressional races, and you'll have the opportunity to mix and mingle with your fellow progressive Democrats.



Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Get on the Waitlist for a Cynthia Nixon Event
Indivisible Nation BK's June 6 general meeting will host gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and running mate Jumaane Williams. The extremely limited seating for the Brooklyn event is already booked, but there's a chance you can get in from the waitlist. Register here.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 -- TWO EVENTS

(1) Postcard Party With Rise and Resist
209 E. 56th St., Apt. 6B
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Rise and Resist is partnering with Postcards to Voters to help turn districts across the country blue. The group will get together to write friendly reminders to targeted voters to help give Democrats an edge in close, key races across the country. All supplies will be provided.

(2)  Rally for Reproductive Health With Planned Parenthood
Lower Manhattan, Location TBD
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join Planned Parenthood of New York City to rally against the domestic gag rule, under which doctors, nurses, hospitals, and community health centers across the United States could no longer provide abortion or refer their patients for safe, legal abortion if they want to continue to receive Title X funding. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for an announcement about the location.

Friday, May 25, 2018
Text RESIST to 50409

Use Resistbot to speak your mind to your senators, members of congress and governor. Simply text RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the process of expressing whatever is on your mind to your elected representatives. It's so easy you can do it over coffee, during lunch, on the train, or while walking the dog. After you do it, share the service with five people you know via email or on Facebook -- too many people don't yet know about this excellent, free service.

-- Newsletter #63, written by Wendy Brandes, Indivisible UES exec committee member

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 May 14, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018
Four Freedoms Democratic Club Endorsement Meeting
Church of the Holy Trinity (Draesel Hall)
316 E 88th St.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The club will be endorsing candidates for Civil Court, State Committee, Judicial Delegate, and Alternate Judicial Delegate. Only members may participate in the endorsement, but anyone may attend in order to learn more about the candidates.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Make Arrangements to Canvass for Liuba in New York's District 2
At last week's meeting, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Dan Quart spoke about the effectiveness of face-to-face meetings with voters via canvassing. Indivisible UES members have an opportunity to canvass on behalf of Liuba Grechen Shirley, who is running in the Democratic primary in New York's District 2 for U.S. Representative. The winner of the primary will be running against Republican Peter King. Help turn the House blue, and send an email to inquire about joining the canvassing taking place this weekend.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Impeach Pruitt Day of Action NYC

Outside Sen. Chuck Schumer's  and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Offices
780 Third Ave., between 48th and 49th Sts.
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Activist groups Friends of the Earth U.S., Food and Water Watch NY, Rise and Resist invite you to join them for a petition delivery to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. This is part of a national action on the day of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's Congressional hearing with the Senate. Over 230,000 petition signatures will be delivered to Congressional offices across the county. Join the group to make it clear that you will not stand for a corrupt, anti-science career politician to be leading the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Rise and Resist Impeach Protest: Columbus Circle
Trump International Hotel & Tower New York
One Central Park West
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m
.

Rise and Resist continues the fight against the normalization of an incompetent, dangerous president with a protest outside Trump International Hotel & Tower at Columbus Circle. Several members of the House have already introduced articles of impeachment. We don't have to wait for Mueller to lay down the law. Rise and Resist will be bringing signs, chants, and energy. Join them!

Friday, May 18, 2018
Update Your Calendar for Next Week
On Tuesday, May 22, Four Freedoms Democratic Club will be holding a happy hour, during which you can chat with fellow progressives AND find out how to get involved in upcoming congressional races. Have a drink, get inspired, and get ready to take action. If you want to see a Blue Wave, you need to be a part of it!

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Indivisible Brunch with NY-12 Candidates Carolyn Maloney & Suraj Patel
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Ave., 15th floor.
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join Empire State Indivisible and Indivisible Brooklyn for a discussion with candidates for U.S. Congress Carolyn Maloney and Suraj Patel. Hear about their visions for key issues and priorities for the constituents of New York's 12th Congressional District (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn). A brief Q&A will follow, moderated by Laura Nahmias of POLITICO NY.Light brunch and coffee will be served.  Please RSVP here.

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.

-- Newsletter #62, written by Wendy Brandes, Indivisible UES exec committee member

Actions for Week of May 7, 2018

SPECIAL NOTE

State Senator Liz Krueger and State Assemblymember Dan Quart will be guest speakers at our monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10. To accommodate the program, we will be starting at 7 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than usual.  CLICK TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK.

 

Monday, May 7, 2018
Call to Block Gina Haspel
Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing for CIA Director is this Wednesday, May 9, and Indivisibles need to sound the alarm. Indivisible's national team has a webpage that will help you call our senators and tell them that their constituents deem Haspel unfit. The page includes background on Haspel, a call script, and an online tool to help you make the call. You can also call our senators directly.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Four Freedoms Club Endorsement Vote for Governor
Draesel Hall at Church of the Holy Trinity
316 E. 88th St.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

RSVP here.

The Four Freedoms Democratic Club will be voting on its endorsements for the Democratic primary for governor, lieutenant governor, state senator, and state assemblymember. Speakers at the meeting will include Council Member Ben Kallos, representing Governor Andrew Cuomo; and Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams, a senior advisor to Cynthia Nixon's campaign. You may attend the meeting even if you aren't a member of the club, but only club members can vote on endorsements.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Help Us Advertise!
Our monthly meeting is tomorrow. Help us advertise by emailing this flier to your neighbors. You can also  print it and hand it out or hang it up in a common area. Local businesses have been very agreeable about hanging up signs. Offer a sign to a store or restaurant near you!


Thursday, May 10, 2018
INDIVISIBLE UES MONTHLY MEETING
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex, Basement
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

RSVP here.
Our monthly meeting starts 30 minutes earlier than usual in order to accommodate our guest speakers, State Senator Liz Krueger and State Assemblymember Dan Quart. Please allow yourself time to sign in and be seated by 7 p.m. There will be Q&A after the speakers; we kindly request that you allow the guests to speak without interruption.


Friday, May 11, 2018
Fund Freedom for Mother's Day
This is the last day to contribute to Vocal-NY's Black Mama Bail Out Day before Mother's Day on Sunday.

News organizations have spent years covering the way the cash bail system punishes poor people, while leaving the rich unscathed. If you're unfamiliar with this issue, read the story of Kalief Browder -- a black teenager whose family couldn't afford the $3,000 bail when he was accused of stealing a backpack and its contents. He refused to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit and spent three years without a trial in Rikers -- during which time he was physically abused by officers and inmates, and spent about two years in solitary confinement. He was never convicted of a crime.

After his release, he took his own life.

Related reading includes:



-- -- Newsletter #61, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee member, Indivisible UES

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 April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018
The Sanctuary Symposium

Hebrew Tabernacle Synagogue
551 Fort Washington Avenue
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

An evening of discussion about the experience of immigrants and undocumented New Yorkers and the impact of ICE. Note: Amanda Morales, an undocumented mother of three, has been taking sanctuary at a local church for the last eight months, supported by the community.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
4 Women in a Room: A Conversation About Women in NYS Government
Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In New York, women have been excluded from the highest levels of state government. To shed light on what goes on in Albany are four speakers: Stephanie Miner, former mayor of Syracuse; Zephyr Teachout, associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law,; Melissa Mark-Viverito, senior advisor of the Latino Victory Fund and former speaker of the NYC Council; and L. Joy Williams, political strategist, president of the Brooklyn NAACP, and creator and host of Sunday Civics.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Use Resistbot -- and Share With 5 People!
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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Call to Keep Trump From Pardoning His Cronies
New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Joseph Lentol have introduced legislation to ensure that individuals pardoned by Trump who have committed crimes in violation of New York State law could be held accountable, even after a presidential pardon for federal crimes. Passing this bill will send an important signal that President Trump is not above the law. Here's how to do it.

  1. Find your Assemblymember.
  2. Find your Senator.
  3. Use this script.
  4. Let the rest of us know what kind of response you got



Friday, May 4, 2018
Help Publicize Our Monthly Meeting
Download and print the poster for our Thursday, May 10, meeting, and hang it in your laundry room/mail room/lobby, or bring it to a local store or restaurant and ask them to hang it up. (Store owners have been very cooperative so far!) Our guest speakers are State Senator Liz Krueger and State Assemblymember Dan Quart. Please note that this meeting starts at 7 p.m. -- half an hour earlier than usual.


-- Newsletter #60, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee member, Indivisible UES

Actions for Week of April 23, 2018

REMINDER
Activist groups are prepared for rapid-response protests if Trump tries to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In order to stay informed, click here to RSVP with the Manhattan organizers.
 

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
State Senator Liz Krueger and State Assembly Member Dan Quart will be guest speakers at our monthly meeting on Thursday, May 10. To accommodate the program, we will be starting at 7 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than usual. Click here to download a poster to advertise the event to your neighbors and colleagues.

 

Monday, April 23, 2018
Gun Violence Is a Woman's Issue
Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow St., Near 7th Ave. South and Jones St.
Starts at 7 p.m.
RSVP here.

Downtown Women for Change is hosting a panel addressing gun violence as a women's issue. Speakers are City Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Jacqueline Bediako, Sarah Friedmann, and Yolanda McNair. Learn more about them here.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tell Cuomo: No Fracking, No Fossil Fuels
St. Regis New York Hotel
2 E. 55th St.
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Governor Cuomo is holding a fundraiser and activists will be picketing outside, calling on Cuomo to move New York off fossil fuels by stopping fracking infrastructure and shifting to 100% renewable energy. This action follows a environmental rally in Albany on Monday.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Hear From Anti-Authoritarian Writers Sarah Kendzior and Amy Siskind
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

RSVP here.
Join journalist and scholar Sarah Kendzior and activist Amy Siskind for a discussion about their new books, The View from Flyover Country and THE LIST: A Week-by- Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year. This event is free but an RSVP is required to guarantee entry.


Thursday, April 26, 2018
Allyship Training
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

RSVP here.

From the Facebook page: "Join allies of Make the Road NY to learn more about ways to combat power and privilege, which enable some of us to step into leadership more easily than others."


Friday, April 27, 2018
Use Resistbot -- and Share With 5 People!
Text RESIST to 50409 to easily contact your senators, representative, and/or governor about whatever is most on your mind today. The free bot will walk you through the process in a matter of minutes. After you send your messages, share the joys of Resistbot with at least five people you know. They can be anywhere in the country. Resistbot can even help them get a letter to the editor published in their local newspaper.  Try it ... you'll like it!


Saturday, April 28, 2018
Indivisible Brooklyn Guest Speaker: Cynthia Nixon
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
RSVP here.
Indivisible Brooklyn will be hosting Cynthia Nixon, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of New York, as the guest speaker at the group's meeting.  Location is still being determined based on the number of attendees.


Sunday, April 29, 2018
Join a Blue Wave Rally

Various locations and times
Click for more information

In order to pass progressive legislation in New York, including a much-needed update to state abortion laws, we must vote out the Independent Democratic Conference -- the eight state senators who run as Democrats but vote with Republicans. Recently, recognizing strong opposition against its members, the IDC claimed it was disbanding, but the group has made this promise before and reneged. These Democrats-in-name-only can't be trusted; real change will come only from voting them out on September 13. Rallies for IDC opponents have been organized by Rise and Resist on behalf of the True Blue Grassroots Coalition. Join one to show your support.


-- Newsletter #59, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee member, Indivisible UES

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.