Actions for Week of March 18, 2019

NOTE:  Indivisible UES has NOT endorsed a candidate for the Democratic presidential primary. Events related to candidates may be listed in the newsletter in case they are of interest to members. Event listings or the lack thereof should NOT be interpreted as either a sign of endorsement or disfavor.

Monday, March 18, 2019
Recommended Viewing - THREE ITEMS
(1) Gillibrand Candidacy Announcement
New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her presidential campaign on Sunday with a video called "Brave Wins."

(2) Gillibrand Town Hall on MSNBC at 8 p.m.
Gillibrand will hold a town hall in Auburn Hills, Mich., which will air on All in With Chris Hayes at 8:00 p.m. on MSNBC.

(3) Elizabeth Warren Town Hall on CNN at 9 p.m.
Elizabeth Warren will be live on CNN for a town hall with Jake Tapper on Monday at 9 p.m. ET in Jackson, Miss.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019
March to End Endless U.S. Wars
Meet outside 26 Federal Plaza
12 p.m. - 2 p.m
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On the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, join a coalition of activist groups to protest against endless U.S. wars. The protest will begin at 26 Federal Plaza, march past several military recruiting offices along Chambers Street, to the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where students, many of them economically disadvantaged, are regularly targeted by recruiters to join the armed forces.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Continue Your Calls to Demand Fair Elections in New York
New York State assembly member Dan Quart attended our monthly meeting last Thursday and, among other things, said that securing a Democratic majority in the state senate is not a panacea for everything that ails New York. It's a significant step, he said,  but we still need to keep pushing our state electeds forward on issues such as including small-donor matching funds in the budget that's set to be finalized on April 1. 



Thursday, March 21, 2019
Democratic National Committee "Meet the Freshmen" Fundraiser
Address provided upon RSVP
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The DNC Young Professional Leadership Council and Women's Leadership Forum are hosting a fundraiser featuring Congresswoman Grace Meng, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Congressman Max Rose, and Assemblymember Michael Blake. Tickets start at $50 for "young professionals."


Friday, March 22, 2019
Write a Letter to the Editor
Indivisible National says letters to the editor are an underutilized tool. Elected officials care when they see their names in print! Let NY Vote has created a tool to make it easy for you to send a letter to the editor of a local news organization to demand funding for early voting in New York State (yes, there are media options besides the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and sometimes the smaller publications matter as much or more).

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Kickoff Rally for Gillibrand Campaign
Trump International Tower
1 Central Park West
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

From the organizers: “Sign up here to join us for Kirsten Gillibrand’s historic 2020 campaign kickoff at Trump International Tower in New York. We’re bringing the fight to Trump’s doorstep in Columbus Circle, where we’ll hear from special guest speakers and cheer on Kirsten as she lays out her vision for our country. All are welcome. Doors open at 11 a.m. and we'll get started at 12 p.m.”


-- Weekly newsletter #106 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 March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Phone Calls for Fair Elections in New York State
Before the midterms, the New York State Assembly regularly passed progressive legislation, knowing it would die in the state Senate. Now that we flipped the Senate blue and legislation could actually pass, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is saying he doesn't have the votes for a public-matching campaign finance system.  But he's already started "clarifying" his words in response to a strong backlash. Keep up the pressure by taking a few minutes to call your officials today and tell them New York deserves fair elections. Indivisible Nation BK has provided us with a script, phone numbers, and further explanation.

(2) Vote Mama Fundraiser
Caveat 21 A Clinton St.
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Indivisible Upper East Side member Nicole Ferraro is hosting a storytelling show and fundraiser to support former congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley’s new organization Vote Mama, which aims to increase representation of progressive moms with school-aged children in all levels of American government. The event will feature award-winning storytellers sharing personal stories about motherhood and mother figures; and Liuba Grechen Shirley will speak about her run for office, why she launched Vote Mama, and what’s next. Tickets ($25-$40) are available here and 100% of ticket proceeds go directly to Vote Mama. Free pizza (including gluten-free and dairy-free options) will be available for all in attendance starting at 6:30 p.m.. Show starts at 7 p.m.. Come out to enjoy a night of moving personal stories about “badass mamas,” learn about Vote Mama and how you can get involved, and meet the badass mama herself, Liuba Grechen Shirley! Details and tickets available here and on Facebook. Feel free to reach out to Nicole directly with any questions: ntd.ferraro@gmail.com.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Write a Letter to the Editor 
Let NY Vote has created a tool to make it easy for you to send a letter to the editor of a local news organization to demand funding for early voting (yes, there are media options besides the New York Times). Let NY Vote's website says, "The more Letters to the Editor are written about an issue, the more likely it is that the press will write about it and that your representatives will pay attention. Your voice can have a direct impact on the political conversation to increase access to the vote for all New Yorkers."


Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Use Resistbot to Send a Message
Text the word "RESIST" to 50409 to use Resistbot to easily email any of your elected officials. It's available 24/7, across the country. Tell your friends and family in other states how to use it! Today's topic is ... your choice. Whatever is on your mind, let your electeds hear it!



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

All are welcome to join our monthly meeting, at which New York State assembly member Dan Quart will be the guest speaker. We will inquire about the status of campaign-finance reform, following up on Monday's newsletter action and this Gotham Gazette article. There will be time for other questions as well.


Friday, March 15, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Support the School Strike 4 Climate

Students of all ages in more than 30 countries plan to walk out of school today to draw attention to the global climate crisis and demand that politicians work on a solution. They are encouraging adults who can skip work to join them. There are several actions taking place in Manhattan, including:


(2) Upstander 101 Community Training
Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE)
327 7th St.
Brooklyn
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to be a more effective ally and how to safely intervene, de-escalate and disrupt acts of discrimination, bias and harassment.


Saturday, March 16, 2019
March Against Racism and Fascism
Foley Square
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

New York City will be marching against racism and the far-right as one of the many cities around the world marking the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


-- Weekly newsletter #105 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 the Week of March 4, 2019

NOTE:  Indivisible UES has NOT endorsed a candidate for the Democratic presidential primary. Local events related to candidates may be listed in the newsletter in case they are of interest to members. Event listings or the lack thereof should NOT be interpreted as either a sign of endorsement or disfavor.

Monday, March 4, 2019
Learn About Primaries From Indivisible
Indivisible National has released a primer on primaries. Click here and bookmark this page for an explanation of how primaries work as well as key dates for the campaign season.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Help the DNC Train the Next Generation of Activists
The Democratic National Committee recently launched Organizing Corps 2020, which is recruiting college juniors (and students expecting to complete school by June 2020) for an eight-week paid program during which they will learn how to be a field organizer during a presidential election. The program will take place in 11 different cities around the country. There are two things you can do:


Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Keep Pushing New York Voting Reform

Let New York Vote has a page of easy actions to take to push voting reform in New York State, including scripts for phone calls and text for postcards. For instance, the organization points out that Governor Andrew Cuomo failed to include early voting funding in his executive budget but the final budget is due April 1. You can contact him now to demand that he include a minimum of $25 million in direct funding for early voting in the final budget.
 


Thursday, March 7, 2019
NYC Charter Commission Hearing on Police Accountability
City Hall
NY City Hall Council Chambers
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

From the organizers: "This meeting will decide if we get the opportunity to vote for an Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB) to hold police accountable. ECRB members are elected at the community level, offering genuine oversight and recourse to victims of police abuse, with the power to investigate misconduct and make binding decisions on discipline for abusive officers, like retraining or firing. ... Come hold a portrait of a victim of police violence and help pressure the Charter Revision Commission to do the right thing and bring an ECRB to NY voters."


Friday, March 8, 2019
Organizing Event With Elizabeth Warren
The Arc (Kaufman Arts District)
36-30 36th Street
Long Island City
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Event 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is hosting an organizing event for volunteers. Tickets aren’t required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission will be first come, first served.

Weekly newsletter #104 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 25, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019
Protest the Trump Gag Rule
Steps of City Hall
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Planned Parenthood of New York City and other sponsoring groups urge you to fight the Trump-Pence administration's unethical gag rule, which makes it illegal for Title X health care providers to refer patients for abortion. Speakers include New York State attorney general Tish James.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Vote for NYC Public Advocate

Your polling site
6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Make sure you vote in the special election for New York City Public Advocate. Jobs like this may seem like small potatoes, but they are launching pads for bigger roles. This election is to replace the most recent public advocate, Tish James, who now state attorney general. Guess who was public advocate before her? Bill de Blasio, who is now our mayor. That's why you should NEVER skip an election. To educate yourself, you can watch the two candidate debates hosted by NY1 here and here. Review the full list of candidates here.

(2) Tell Schumer to Support a Green New Deal
1 Prospect Park West, by Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

We're visiting Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at home to urge him to sign on to the Green New Deal resolution, like 12 other New York politicians already have.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Lobby for Fair Elections in Albany

Click here to sign up for bus departing Union Square at 6:30 a.m.
Buses head home at 3:45 p.m.

It’s time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not just big donors. Join this day of action in Albany as constituents demand that legislators protect and expand the freedom to vote for every eligible New Yorker and pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor matching system.


Thursday, February 28, 2019
Tell Cuomo: Hands Off Grassroots Groups
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. 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 -- and if you've already done them, do them again!

  • 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.



Friday, March 1, 2019
Immigrants Are Not the Enemy

Grand Central Terminal
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join organizers Rise and Resist in a silent protest in the main hall of Grand Central Station. Our message is that there is no national security emergency on the border; there is a humanitarian emergency that can not be remedied by building a wall, militarizing the border, or building detention camps/prisons. Seeking asylum is not a crime, it is a right guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is also established in U.S. law.

Weekly newsletter #103 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 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.