Actions for Week of September 1, 2019

Monday, September 2
Labor Day! Enjoy your day off!

 

Tuesday, September 3
Phonebanking for North Carolina Special Election
40 West 98th Street #7E, New York, NY 10025
6:30-8:30 PM
Help phone bank and work to get out Democratic voters in this special election for North Carolina's Third Congressional District. Early voting turnout is running high so far, let's get it higher. Every vote matters!

Wednesday, September 4
Climate Strike Training and Planning Meeting
Ethical Culture Society, 1 West 64th St. (at Central Park West)
6 to 8 pm

Greta Thunberg just sailed into NY to fight for a greener future. If you are a parent, or student, or want to insist on a greener future, join Strike with Us, Rise and Resist and dozens of other organizations to save the only planet we have.

OR

Phonebanking for Virginia State Senate Candidate
RSVP for exact address 
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Take a ride to Brooklyn to help phone bank for Qasim Rashid.  He's running to flip a red seat to blue in the Virginia legislature.  He's an immigrant, human rights activist, and could be an important voice in creating a more equitable society. And, the state legislature draws the Congressional district maps after the census next year.

OR

CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall
4PM-11 PM
Take some time to watch the CNN town hall on climate change.  It’s a seven-hour live event featuring ten leading Democratic presidential candidates.  

Any time
Podcast on Climate Change

Led by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History, Woods Hole, and a member of Canada's First Nations.  It discusses how climate change affects the world, and the policy, economic, and personal choices that can help fight it. (If you’d rather read, or have hearing issues, there’s also a transcript).

Saturday/Sunday September 7 and 8
Canvassing Trip to PA

Join with Action Network and go door to door to help register likely Democratic voters in Pennsylvania. Find out what issues matter to these crucial voters in a key state that may help decide the election next year. Click on the link to RSVP and fill out the form to sign up.

Actions for Week of July 28, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019
Voter Registration Letter Writing
245 West 107th Street #10B
7:30 PM -  9:00 PM

Join Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible to write letters to potential voters in key swing states. This is a proven way to encourage more people to register and to vote next year!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Debate Watch Party 1
Four Freedoms Democratic Club
Dorrian's Red Hand
1616 Second Avenue at 84th Street
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

OR 

Debate Watch Party 2
(UES for Bernie)
Ryan's Daughter
350 East 85th Street
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Public Financing for Fair Elections

A commission to study public financing for elections has just been announced.  They will study the issue.  Email your state legislators and tell them you want to keep big money out of politics. A public system would limit contributions and match funds for both primary and general elections.

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Help Protect Reproductive Rights in Alabama

New York just passed strong protections for women’s reproductive rights. Alabama is going backwards and trying to severely restrict access to essential health care.  Help support women in Alabama by contributing supplies to The Reproductive Justice Resource Center in Birmingham.

Friday, August 2, 2019
Grassroots Letter to NYC’s Congressional Delegation

Our chapter has signed this open letter asking NY’s congressional representatives to call for an impeachment inquiry. Carolyn Maloney is on board, but there are still some holdouts in other districts.  Urge your friends to lobby their representatives to do the same. 

For regular updates, join the coalition to impeach.

Actions for Week of March 29 - April 7, 2019

RIGHT NOW. Friday, March 29, 2019
Take 2 Minutes to Send an Email for Fair Elections
New York State legislators will be working this weekend to finalize a budget for Monday. A lot of them have talked a big game about campaign finance reform, only to waver now that it matters.  Take two minutes to use Public Citizen's tool to send an email reiterating the importance of funding small donor public financing, among other issues.


Saturday, March 30, 2019
Emergency Rally for Fair Elections
Outside Governor Cuomo's NYC office
633 3rd Avenue (between 41st and 40th Sts.)
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

From the organizers: "Small donor public financing, the most powerful solution we have to fight big money and give everyday New Yorkers a voice in politics, is on the table in the final budget negotiations happening right now between the Governor, the Assembly, and the Senate.It's unclear whether small donor public financing will remain in the final budget due on Monday. We're holding an emergency action in NYC outside of the Governor's office to say NO MORE EXCUSES: Pass small donor public financing into law in the New York budget."


Sunday, March 31, 2019
Sign Up for News About Mueller-Related Actions

If you haven't already signed up for March for Truth's Rapid Response alerts, click here. That will ensure that you are notified of any new Mueller report-related actions, or updates to already planned actions.


Monday, April 1, 2019
Donate to Empower the Truth Tellers
New York Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, and State Senator Jessica Ramos are bravely calling out Albany's pay-to-play culture and fighting for fair elections. Cuomo and other members of the party machine are lashing out at them for their truth-telling. Let's show these three electeds that small donors have their backs. Donate to all three through this ActBlue page.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
NYC Equal Pay Day Rally
New York City Hall
City Hall Park
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

We need stronger laws, fairer wages, better jobs, and more inclusive workplaces to close the wage gap that robs women of all backgrounds, their families, and the state.  Take a lunch break and join state and city officials, community leaders, workers and activists on the steps of City Hall. WEAR RED because women are still in the "red."


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Use Resistbot
Text the word RESIST to 50409 and use Resistbot to quickly and painlessly send emails and faxes to your federal and state elected officials. Your topic today is ... your choice. You can address Mueller, immigration, education, environment, equal rights, or any other issue that's on your mind. Hearing from constituents is very meaningful; don't underestimate your impact!


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Release the Mueller Report Rally

Times Square (starting near the George M. Cohan statue at 46th St., b/t 7th and Broadway)
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

From the organizers: "House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and five other Committee Chairs have given the Attorney General a deadline of midnight April 2nd to turn over the Mueller report to Congress. If he fails to do so, we will join a national call for demonstrations on Thursday, April 4th, to demand the Department of Justice release the full Mueller report."


(2) Indivisible National's Monthly Activist Call
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Click here to sign up for this webinar.


Friday, April 5, 2019
Sign Up for the April 9 Climate Action in Albany
Sign up here to join NY Renews for next Tuesday's day of action in Albany. The activists will be visiting every single state legislator and encouraging them to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act. There will be a bus leaving from Manhattan.


Saturday, April 6, 2019
Join the National Day of Action for Abortion Access
263 Mott Street
8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Activist groups around the country will be defending clinics as part of the Movement for Abortion Defense. In New York, the protest will be in front of a church that's been harassing Planned Parenthood patients down the street for years.


Sunday, April 7, 2019
Update Your Calendar
Next Thursday, April 11, is the monthly meeting of Indivisible UES. It will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of All Souls on 80th and Lex. Our guest speaker will be Represent.Us (https://represent.us/), which works to pass powerful anti-corruption laws to stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections. Bring a friend!

-- Weekly newsletter #108 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 25, 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 25, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Call Governor Cuomo and Demand Action
Following last week's successful call relay to New York State Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, local activist chapters have organized a call relay to Governor Cuomo. The state budget is due April 1 and we need to be sure that progressive causes such as campaign finance reform and early voting are funded in it.

(2) Sign Up for Rapid-Response Action Alerts
If you haven't already signed up for alerts for possible protests related to the Mueller report, you can do so here.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Call for a Green New York

Click here to use NY Renews' simple tool to call New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and urge her to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act.  A majority of Senators have signed on, and now it’s time to make sure it gets brought to the floor for a vote. NY Renews says, "We can get New York to 100% renewable energy, protect our communities from climate change, and create good, green jobs."


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Watch: Cory Booker Town Hall on CNN

10 p.m.
Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker's town hall in Orangeburg, S.C., will be aired live on CNN. The moderator is anchor Don Lemon.


Thursday, March 28, 2019
Winning the States - A Conversation With Rita Bosworth

Address provided after RSVP
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join Sister District NY 12-13-14 for a moderated conversation with Rita Bosworth, the founder and executive director of the Sister District Project. She'll be talking about why states matter, and what Sister District has planned for 2019-20 to flip the script in swing states. There will be wine, food, and prizes at this free event.


Friday, March 29, 2019
Use Resistbot to Speak Your Mind
Text the word RESIST to 50409 and Resistbot will help you quickly and easily contact any of your elected officials. Today's topic is your choice -- address whatever concern is on your mind!


Saturday, March 30, 2019 - TWO OPTIONS
(1) Immigration Clinic Training
Judson Memorial Church
243 Thompson St.
Meeting Room
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Attend this training session in order to participate in New Sanctuary Coalition's Tuesday immigration clinics. The clinics are staffed by non-attorney volunteers and supervised by experienced immigrant-rights organizers and immigration lawyers who help people identify ways to get relief from deportation and detention; access other immigration-related benefits; understand their rights; apply for asylum; prepare for court; and more. Spanish speakers willing to serve as translators are always needed.

  • If you can't participate in the weekly clinics, you can help New Sanctuary write letters of support addressed to judges, ICE officers, and others. Click here to sign up.
     

(2) Everyday Antifascism: History and Practice
Church of the Redeemer
30-18 Crescent Street
Astoria, Queens
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join the Queens Democratic Socialists of America and Outlive Them NYC for a day of workshops on histories of antifascist resistance movements around the globe and skills for organizing everyday antifascist action in your community. For security reasons, the organizers ask you to send an RSVP email to everydayantifascism [at] protonmail [dot] com with your name, preferred gender pronouns, and any community affiliations or political organizations that you’re part of.

 -- Weekly newsletter #107 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 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
.
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.