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.

Actions for Week of April 16, 2018

Note: 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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Spring Action 2018: Rally and March Against Wars at Home & Abroad
Herald Square
34th St and 6th Ave.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Rally at Herald Square and march to Trump Tower. This is the NY region mobilization called as part of "spring actions" throughout the country.  From the Facebook page: "With the recent escalation by the Trump administration of the wars in Afghanistan and Syria and threats to North Korea and Venezuela; huge increases in military spending and the threats of nuclear war; as well as increasing attacks on the rights of workers and communities of color and the dangerous growth of white supremacist forces, the time is now to return to the street to make our voices heard."


Monday, April 16, 2018
Sign Up to Go to Albany Next Monday
If you're free next Monday, April 23, consider taking a bus ride to Albany with fellow activists to demand three bold actions to fight climate change:

  • Stop all fracking infrastructure projects
  • Move to 100% renewable energy
  • Make corporate polluters pay

Register here to get transportation information.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
People's Tax Day Action Festival
Foley Square
111 Worth Street, between Lafayette and Broadway
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Life-size Monopoly! Street theater! Puppets! Great selfie opportunities! This People's Tax Day Action Festival is the culmination of Tax March's tour across the country to repeal the Trump Tax Scam. We'll be engaging in fun and creative activities to draw attention to the human cost of the tax cuts for the rich passed by Trump and the GOP as well as organizing in flippable red districts to turn Congress from Red to Blue. Come and connect with groups that are focusing on canvassing, door knocking, voter registration, phone banking, letter writing, and texting in these flippable so-called purple districts.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 -- YOUR CHOICE OF TWO ACTIONS
1) Rise and Resist Postcard Party

209 E. 56th St., Apt. 6B
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join Rise and Resist and partner with Postcards to Voters to help turn 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.

2) Learn #Activism With Gun Reformer Ria Browne
Flatiron District (address to be provided after RSVP)
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

From the organizers: "Sister District NY12-13-14 uses social media to mobilize volunteers and donors for viable candidates in key state races around the nation. As we gear up for our 2018 campaigns, we're gathering to talk about our work and host a master. Ria Browne orchestrated the #safetyinnumbers campaign that ballooned Everytown for Gun Safety's membership in days. We'll talk a bit about our past success and future plans, then dig in to Ria's lessons."


Thursday, April 19, 2018
New Sanctuary Coalition Accompaniment Training
Seafarers International House
123 East 15 St., betwen Irving Place & 3rd Ave.
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Immigration Accompaniment Program helps support families who are going through the immigration process. It is for those immigrants who have already been identified by ICE for possible deportation and have to appear in Immigration Court or to check in with ICE.


Friday, April 20, 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. The letter from Terri Cribb about Syria in the Indy Star was sent by the Indiana-based sister of one of our members via Resistbot.

-- Newsletter #58, 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 9, 2018

Note: There is an event with New York State's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, on Wednesday.  You are invited to submit questions for Schneiderman via takingontrump2018@gmail.com. Deadline for questions is Tuesday morning.

Monday, April 9, 2018
Tell Our Senators: Reject Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for Secretary of State is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday. Use Indivisible's call script to tell our senators to vote "No."

Send the same message to them electronically by texting RESIST to 50409 and following the Resistbot instructions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -- TWO EVENTS

1) NYC Equal Pay Day Rally
Steps of City Hall
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Join the PowHer New York Network and partners for the 12th Annual NYC Equal Pay Day Rally! Stand on the steps of NYC City Hall with NYS and NYC officials, community leaders, workers and activists on April 10, 2018. Wear Red because women are still in the "red."


2) Voting Rights and Gerrymandering in North Carolina
NYU Law
Smart Classroom 220, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join the American Constitution Society (ACS-NYU) for a conversation with Irv Joyner, professor at NC Central University Law School and counsel for the NC NAACP, and Dave Daley, author of Ratf*cked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Samantha Osaki.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Taking on Trump
15th St. Meetinghouse
15 Rutherford Place
between E. 15th St. and E. 16th St., near 2nd & 3rd Aves
6 p.m.

Join Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and local grassroots groups as they discuss taking on the Trump agenda, from the courts to the streets, and what you can do to be a part of it. RSVP: TakingonTrump2018@gmail.com

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Indivisible Upper East Side April Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex
Basement Gallery
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

All are welcome to attend our monthly meeting, whether you live on the Upper East Side, elsewhere in Manhattan, or are just passing through.

Friday, April 13, 2018
Give Them a Piece of Your Mind

Text RESIST to 50409 to use Resistbot to contact our senators, representative, and/or governor about whatever issue is most on your mind today. Resistbot is fun and easy to use, and you can get a message out in a matter of minutes. Resistbot is a free service; consider making a donation so it can keep up the good work.

-- Newsletter #57, 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 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018
Sign Up to Canvass for Shelley Mayer

Indivisible Upper East Side is joining local Democratic clubs to canvass in Westchester on Sunday, April 8. We'll be knocking on doors for State Senate candidate Shelley Mayer. Keeping this seat blue is vital for regaining Democratic control of the State Senate. RSVP here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Contact Cuomo About Early Voting

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers struck a deal on a $168 billion state budget in the middle of the night on Friday. The State Senate's final budget failed to include funding for early voting, even though both Cuomo and the Assembly included that money in their proposed budgets. Thirty-seven other states already allow early voting, and those states see better voter turnout than New York does. The majority of New Yorkers support early voting; the only people who do not are the politicians who benefit from suppressing the vote. Use Resistbot to contact Cuomo and tell him that you're disappointed. Text RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Vigil for Stephon Clark
Union Square South
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Justice League New York and other organizations will hold a vigil to honor King, Stephon Clark, and other victims of gun assassinations.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Weekly Impeachment Protest, Russian Style
Trump International Hotel
Columbus Circle
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join Rise and Resist's weekly impeachment protest, featuring very special guests: Vladimir Putin and his Russian Bots.

Friday, April 6, 2018
Update Your Calendar


Sunday, April 8, 2018
Canvass for Shelley Mayer
Meeting in Grand Central at 10:30 a.m.
Returning 5:30 p.m.

Indivisible Upper East Side is joining local Democratic clubs to canvass in Westchester on Sunday, April 8. We'll be knocking on doors for State Senate candidate Shelley Mayer. Keeping this seat blue is vital for regaining Democratic control of the State Senate.


-- Newsletter #56, 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 March 26, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018
Share Your March for Our Lives Photos on Facebook
Thanks to all of you who attended Saturday's March for Our Lives! You are invited to add your pictures to the photo album on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Call Governor Cuomo; Demand Early Voting
The New York State budget is scheduled to be finalized this Thursday, and we need to be sure it includes funds for early voting, as Governor Cuomo promised. Thirty-seven other states have early voting and New York does not, which is one of the reasons we have among the lowest voter turnout in the nation. Use Let NY Vote's online tool to place your call. Script: "I'm calling from New York's Upper East Side, zip code 10028, to ask the governor to only approve a budget that includes funds for early voting. No budget without early voting."

Too shy or busy to call? Text RESIST to 50409 and use Resistbot to send the same message via fax any time of the day or night.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Justice for #StephonClark
10 Columbus Circle
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Hosted by NYC Shut It Down and three other organizations, this rally will demand justice for Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old black man and father of two who was fatally shot by Sacramento Police officers on March 18 in his own backyard. They claimed they thought he had a gun -- instead, he was holding a cell phone.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Weekly Impeach Protest: Stop 45's Racist Attacks on Immigrants
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
1 Bowling Green
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join Rise and Resist's weekly protest. The location of the U.S. Custom House -- which houses the National Museum of the American Indian -- is in recognition of the fact that most Americans are immigrants or descended from immigrants. Opening remarks will be by Native American playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.

Friday, March 30, 2018
Keep Your Eye on What Went Right, and Keep the Good Things Going
Bookmark What Went Right so you keep up with the positive changes created by your activism. And if you missed the story about the record number of black women running for elected office in Alabama, read it here. As NBC News reported, these candidates are motivated by Democrat Doug Jones's Senate win, the #MeToo movement, opposition to Trump, and a desire to carry on Obama's legacy. Never doubt that your visibility at protests and meetings is creating change! To keep the momentum going, join Postcards to Voters and become one of the people sending friendly, handwritten reminders to targeted voters in order to give Democrats a winning edge in close, key races across the nation.


-- Newsletter #55, 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 March 19, 2018

Note about Robert Mueller: Activist groups throughout New York City -- and the country -- have long had rapid-response teams in place to organize demonstrations if Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The executive committee of Indivisible Upper East Side has been following these conversations since last June.  If Mueller is fired, Indivisible UES will send out an urgent email blast ASAP. We also expect substantial local news coverage of any protest actions as well as social-media sharing; as a result, you will not necessarily have to wait for an alert from any specific activist group to find out where and when demonstrations are happening. **WE DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO RSVP WITH MoveOn TO HELP GIVE ORGANIZERS A SENSE OF POTENTIAL CROWD SIZE.**

Monday, March 19, 2018
Anti-IDC Candidate Jessica Ramos at Lenox Hill Democratic Club
The Church of The Holy Trinity
316 E. 88th St.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The Lenox Hill Democratic Club is holding a Women's History Month event to celebrate "unsung heroes." Speakers include Jessica Ramos, who is running for state senator for District 13 against incumbent and Independent Democratic Conference member Jose Peralta. As discussed in our meetings and this newsletter, the IDC is a group of eight state senators who run as Democrats but vote with Republicans, repeatedly quashing progressive legislation that would protect New Yorkers from rollbacks of federal laws. If you're interested in joining the fight against the IDC, this is your opportunity to hear from one of the real Democratic candidates. For more information about the IDC in general, see No IDC NY's website.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Finalize Your Plans for the March for Our Lives
The March for Our Lives protest against gun violence takes place Saturday, March 24, in D.C., New York City, and sister cities around the nation.

  • For the D.C. march: While Indivisible UES doesn't have enough D.C.-bound participants to organize a bus of our own, you can use Rally Bus to view other round-trip bus options. Please be aware that all buses are leaving very early in the morning. Two options as of this writing are:
    • Leaving from 31st and 8th at 4:56 a.m., $90 round-trip.
    • Leaving from 31st and 8th at 4:50 a.m., $95 round-trip.
  • For the NYC march:  Indivisible UES members will meet on 86th and 2nd at 9:45 a.m on Saturday, March 24.  For more information, see Saturday's listing below.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Print/Make Your March for Our Lives Signs
Activist Jake Rowland is kindly sharing free sign designs. Click here to view and print. Feel free to make your own signs as well; there are some good ideas here. If you have any printable sign designs you'd like to share with other members, send them to info@indivisible-ues.org by end-of-business tomorrow, March 22.


Thursday, March 22, 2018
Derailing the Trump Agenda
The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

“Derailing the Trump Agenda: Protecting our Rights, Health, Environment and Democracy"  -- a panel hosted by Women's Justice NOW and the New York Society for Ethical Culture -- will feature civil rights leaders and advocates discussing how we can proactively defend our rights and our democracy before it’s too late. RSVP required.


Friday, March 23, 2018
Text RESIST to 50409, Then Spread the Word
Use the free Resistbot service to contact your local officials about whatever is on your mind today. Text RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest. It will take you about two minutes. After you've sent your messages, share Resistbot with five friends via Facebook, email, or Twitter. Resistbot is available nationwide, 24/7, and it is fun and easy to use. You should be using it at least three times a week. Put it on your calendar!


Saturday, March 24, 2018
March for Our Lives - NYC
9:45 a.m. (meet-up) - 5 p.m.

The official march entrance is at Central Park West and 72nd St., with attendees encouraged to begin arriving at 10 a.m. The NYPD will push the entrance north as necessary for crowd size.

What you should bring: Weather-appropriate clothing, signs (no metal or wood allowed), phone and charger, snacks, water, the desire to create change, and patience.  As is typical for large demonstrations, "the procession will be slow-moving and difficult to exit," as Thrillist put it.  Should you have concerns about the crowd size, pace of march, length of rally, speakers, route, time spent standing, NYPD crowd control, or any other issues, please direct those towards the event organizers or the police commissioner, whichever is appropriate. The executive committee of Indivisible UES was not involved in the planning of this event and cannot answer questions or field complaints on behalf of the organizers and/or New York City. For ways of showing your support without marching, see Thrillist for ideas.


-- Newsletter #54, 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 March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS

1. 10 Years After the Crash: Don't Repeat History at the NY Fed
Federal Hall National Monument
26 Wall Street (off Nassau Street, across from New York Stock Exchange)
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

From Fed Up's event page: "The most powerful position in America that Donald Trump doesn't control is the President of the New York Fed -- and they're choosing a new one RIGHT NOW ... Most of us still haven't healed from the 2008 crash. While the Senate passes Dodd-Frank repeal, and our regulatory institutions are dismantled, the NY Fed is an even more vital last line of defense. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell can't choose the next NY Fed President, the NY Fed Board does -- and they need to hear from us."

2. Make Calls to Protest Bank Deregulation Bill
As noted above, the Senate is poised to take up legislation that would repeal parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the landmark financial regulation overhaul enacted in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she will oppose it; Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer also opposes the bill, but the Washington Post says he has taken a "hands-off approach to the debate thus far." Call both senators and use Indivisible's script to urge them to protect us from another crash.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Four Freedoms Democratic Club

Women's History Month Panel
Church of the Holy Trinity
88th St., between 1st and 2nd Aves.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Four Freedoms Democratic Club is hosting a panel of speakers about women's issues in honor of Women's History Month. The panel will be followed by two speakers about a bill in the legislature  on end-of-life healthcare.
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
NYC Organizing Meeting for Refuse Fascism
Asian-American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St., Suit 600
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Activist group Refuse Fascism says, "Fascism has direction and momentum. Dissent is piece by piece criminalized. The truth is bludgeoned.   Group after group is demonized and targeted along a trajectory that leads to real horrors.  All of this has already begun under the Trump Regime. History has shown that fascism must be stopped before it becomes too late."


Thursday, March 15, 2018
What's Happening in Albany: The DREAM Act
Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York
160 Central Park West
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Congress is not acting fast enough but there are ways we can support DREAMers here in New York at the state level.  Empire State Indivisible is hosting a panel discussion, which will provide ideas about how to get involved.  The panel Includes Zellnor Myrie (candidate for State Senate District 20), Luis Yumbla (United We Dream), Karina Davila (Yonkers Sanctuary Movement), and Yatziri Tovar (Make the Road NY).


Friday, March 16, 2018
Text RESIST to 50409, Then Spread the Word
Use the free Resistbot service to contact your local officials about whatever is most on your mind today. Text RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest. It will take you about two minutes. After you've sent your messages, share Resistbot with five friends. The service is available nationwide, 24/7, and it is fun and easy to use. You should be using it at least three times a week. Put it on your calendar.


Sunday, March 18, 2018
Rally for Early Voting
Foley Square
111 Worth St.
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Thirty-seven other states offer early voting, enabling more people to participate in our democracy. It's time for New York to follow suit. Money for early voting has been included in Governor Cuomo's executive budget, but now we need to convince our state reps to accept the money and include early voting in the final state budget. The Let NY Vote coalition says, "Negotiations are going on throughout March behind closed doors in Albany, so they need to hear from us loud and clear!"


-- Newsletter #53, 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 March 5, 2018

This is our 52nd consecutive weekly newsletter! Thank you to everyone who has used this content to take action and be part of a positive change over the past year. Don't forget: The most important activism is voting in every election. If you're already registered to vote, reach out to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family and make sure they're registered in their state too. Send them the link to Vote411.org if they need help. -- Wendy Brandes, executive committee member, Indivisible UES


TODAY. Monday, March 5, 2018
Help Plan a Rally for Let NY Vote
80 Broad Street, 3rd floor conference room
7 p.m.

Let NY Vote is planning a March 18 rally in support of early voting in New York State. Thirty-seven other states have early voting; it's time for New York to make participation more accessible. If you'd like to help organize, join the planning meeting tonight. RSVP necessary via shabd.simonalexander@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Call Relay for Immigrants
Make the Road NY members will be in Albany today, to demand the New York State budget includes progressive priorities like the New York Dream Act, driver’s licenses for all, affordable housing, and fixing the MTA. Support them by signing up for this call relay (phone number and script included) to tell Governor Cuomo to protect working-class immigrants.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Protest Exxon’s CEO & Demand Cuomo Step Up
New York Stock Exchange
11 Wall Street
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods will be speaking at Exxon's global analyst meeting at the New York Stock Exchange. NY Renews -- a coalition of climate-action groups -- is hosting a demonstration to denounce Exxon's climate-destructive practices, and to demand that Governor Cuomo stand up to oil and gas corporations like Exxon.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Indivisible Upper East Side Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Our monthly meeting. All are welcome, even if you don't live on the Upper East Side.

Friday, March 9, 2018
Tell 5 People About the IDC
This action was suggested by Indivisible Brooklyn: Educate at least five fellow New Yorkers about the Independent Democratic Conference. The IDC is a group of eight state senators who run for election as Democrats but vote as Republicans, consistently preventing any progressive bills from becoming law. Many New Yorkers don't know this group exists, so pick five and let them know about it. You can share our fact sheet and this video voiced by Edie Falco.

 

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 Feb. 26, 2018

Please note that Indivisible Upper East Side's next monthly meeting is NEXT Thursday, March 8, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Also, March 24 is the March for Our Lives gun-violence protest. We are looking into bus and carpool options for those who want to go to the march in D.C. , and we will coordinate a meet-up time for people who want to join a sister march in NYC. Click here to sign up for either DC or NYC.

Other actions for this week:

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Pizza and Resistance
121 6th Avenue, 6th floor, between Broome and Watts
Pizza at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting from 7:00-8:30

Carb-loving activist group Bagels and Resistance is switching it up and having a pizza night. Join them for a slice while organizing events and fundraisers in the following areas:

  • NY4US
  • Team4NC (in support of progressive candidates in North Carolina)
  • Immigration 
  • Health Care 

No RSVP is necessary, but a few dollars towards the pizza would be welcome!



Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Join the "Let NY Vote" Call-In Day

New York State has one of the worst voter turnouts in the nation: In 2016, we were 41st. This is partly because the state makes voting so difficult. Governor Cuomo has put $7 million in his budget for early voting. Now the state assembly and senate have to pass it. Let NY Vote has chosen today to flood our state representatives with calls in support of the voting initiative. Click here to verify the names of your elected officials and here for phone numbers and a script.  (If you're on the Upper East Side, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and Senator Liz Krueger are already in favor of early voting, so adjust the script to thank them for their support.)


Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Fight for Gun Control
Last week's gun-control-themed newsletter included recommended reading and watching, plus easy actions to do from home or work. If you didn't do these, it's not too late.  (If you already took these actions, get at least one person you know "in real life" to do them this week and then share them on social media.)


Thursday, March 1, 2018
Manhattan Democratic Party Rules Committee Meeting

140 Broadway, between Liberty and Cedar Streets
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Concerned about the local Democratic party? The rules committee will be discussing proposals to make the Manhattan Democrats more transparent, including a ban on lobbyists serving as leader. Only committee members will be able to participate. but the meeting is open to the public and may offer valuable insight into reform issues.


Friday, March 2, 2018
Use ResistBot ... for Any Issue
Text RESIST to 50409 and send a message to your U.S. senators or representative, or to Governor Cuomo, about anything that's on your mind today. Anything at all!


Saturday, March 3, 2018
Working Families Party Campaign School
25 W. 18th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

From the event's Facebook page: "If the WFP has a specialty, its field organizing: the work that goes into persuading and turning out voters. Now we want every activist to be armed with the knowledge & skills we've developed over the past 20 years of running high-level field campaigns. (In fact, our success in 2018 depends on it!)"  Register 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.

Actions for Week of Feb. 19, 2018

The student survivors of Wednesday's Parkland, Fla., school shooting are organizing in order to lead the charge against the NRA. This week's newsletter focuses on gun control and how to support young activists.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Watch, Read, and Update Your Calendar - 3 ACTIONS
1. The survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have made it clear that the epidemic of school shootings must come to an end. Student Emma Gonzalez had a message for Congress: "This is our fight now, because you messed it up so badly that you left it to the kids. Now it’s our job, and you can’t try to take that back from us.”

2. Alec MacGillis of ProPublica points out that -- until now -- defeatism on the left has helped the NRA maintain power that has in reality been on the wane. Not only CAN things change, they already WERE changing, even before Parkland, MacGillis says.

  • Read MacGillis's story here.

3. Students are planning two separate walkouts to say #NeverAgain to gun violence. Add these dates to your calendar. (The Women's March is also planning an event for March 14.) We will need volunteers to help organize Indivisible UES participation; contact info@indivisible-ues.org to submit your name.

  • March 24: March for Our Lives. Kids, parents, and other supporters will take to the streets of Washington, D.C., and other cities to call for an end to gun violence and mass shootings.
  • April 20: National School Walkout. On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students plan to attend school and then walk out at 10 a.m. in a peaceful protest. Indivisible members should be ready to join local sit-ins.


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: Text RESIST to 50409
Text RESIST to 50409 to use ResistBot to contact New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This bill-- which passed the House last year and will be taken up by the Senate this year -- would force states to recognize other states’ standards governing the possession of concealed firearms in public. That means people from concealed-carry states would be free to carry their weapons in New York. Schumer and Gillibrand have already condemned this NRA-backed bill, so thank them for their stance then ask them to hold televised town halls in New York City that would feature young people speaking out about gun violence.


Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Mail a Worthless Check to Marco Rubio
The day after the massacre in his home state, Florida senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio claimed gun laws wouldn't have prevented the murder of 17 people. Rubio has also accepted money from the NRA, which gives him an A+ rating. Let's see how Rubio likes getting thoughts and prayers instead of money. Here's how:

  1. Get out your checkbook.
  2. Black out your account and routing info.
  3. Pay to the order of Marco Rubio.
  4. Fill in amount as "Thoughts & Prayers"
  5. Write "campaign contribution" in the memo line.
  6. Write a note that says: "Since you think that this is the solution to mass murder, please accept my contribution."
  7. Mail it to Sen. Marco Rubio, 8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 110, Doral, FL 33166

Do this activity with at least one other person, then send your checks out at the same time to make more of a statement.


Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Weekly Impeach Protest: How Many More Have to Die?
Trump International Hotel & Tower
One Central Park West
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Rise and Resist's weekly impeachment protest (co-sponsored by Gays Against Guns and Sing Out, Louise) will show solidarity with the Parkland, Fla., students. The protest's Facebook page says, "Elected officials that allow children to die from gun violence without proposing solutions shouldn't be allowed to hold office ... We call out Trump and any elected official that risks all our lives in exchange for NRA campaign money."


Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Sign Up to Register Voters at Upcoming Marches
The American Women's Party says it will have voter-registration tables out at three anti-gun protests.  Millions of young people will be eligible to vote for the first time this November, and their participation is crucial. Sign up to help the voter registration effort via the American Women's Party website or by email.


-- newsletter written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, 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.