Actions for Week of October 15, 2018

GETTING OUT THE VOTE FOR THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS IS CRUCIAL AND WE'RE GETTING DOWN TO THE FINAL WEEKS. PLEASE PARTICIPATE AND SHARE YOUR ACTIONS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
Let us know what you're doing!

Monday, October 15, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Postcard-Writing and Phone Banking at Thoughtworks

Thoughtworks
99 Madison Ave. (between 29th and 30th)
15th Floor

There are always activities at Thoughtworks on Mondays.

  • 6 p.m.: Join Rise and Resist in writing postcards for candidates in Long Island races.

  • 6:30 p.m.: Join Empire State Indivisible in phone banking for the New York State Senate races of John Brooks and James Skoufis. Email to RSVP. As with all phone banking, bring your cell phone and charger, plus a laptop or tablet.

(2) Leave a Comment for the National Parks Service
You can do this action from home or work.  From PBS: "The National Park Service is exploring whether to require protest organizers to pay for the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation’s capital.The proposed rule also could shrink a significant portion of the sidewalk outside the White House that is accessible to pedestrians, leaving a five-foot wide sliver. The public has until the close of Monday to comment on the proposal."


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Phone Banking (On Your Own) For Nationwide Races
The GOP is working hard to suppress voter turnout. Sign up for phone banking with Indivisible National to combat the right-wing efforts. You'll be calling people to get out the vote for candidates including Beto O'Rourke in Texas and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

If you want to do something local by phone banking for Liuba Grechen Shirley in New York Congressional District 2 -- or you've already been trained by Indivisible UES for this campaign but need a new passcode -- contact Indivisible UES executive committee member Rich Meitin.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Postcard Party With Rise and Resist for NYS Senate Candidate
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Write postcards to voters on behalf of New York State Senate candidate Jen Lunsford. Email ullmanclaire@gmail.com to RSVP and get event address.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - THREE ACTIONS
(1) RSVP for Saturday Canvassing

  • Indivisible Upper East Side will be canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley on Long Island on Saturday, October 20. Click here to RSVP.

  • Move On/Indivisible Upper West Side will be canvassing for Jim Gaughran, Democrat for New York State Senate in Plainview on Saturday, October 20. Click here to RSVP.

(2) #YesOn4 Call Party
Brennan Center
120 Broadway
Suite 1750

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Call Florida voters to remind them to vote YES on Amendment 4 and restore the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million Floridians! All you need is a laptop computer or tablet, your cell phone, and your passion for the cause.

(3) Scared Sh*tless for Our Democracy Halloween Fundraiser
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street
Between Stanton St. & E. Houston St.
7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Wear a democracy-themed costume! Proceeds will go to the Arena NY PAC, which helps first time candidates run for office in New York.


Friday, October 19, 2018
Phone Banking With Harlem Democrats
National Black Theater
2027 5th Avenue
4 p.m. - 6 p.m
.

Available before 5 p.m.? Join this phone banking effort. Bring a cellphone, charger, and laptop/tablet.


Saturday, October 20, 2018
Canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley on Long Island
We'll be catching the 10:21 a.m. train from Penn Station to Amityville. See Facebook for more details. If you're not on Facebook, email info@indivisible-ues.org.


- Weekly newsletter #84 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Actions for Week of October 8, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Check Your Voter Registration
The November 6 midterm elections are our best chance to halt the far-right takeover of our country. The deadline for voter registration in New York is October 12 (registrations sent by mail must be postmarked as of that date and received by a board of elections no later than October 17).

  • The easiest way to register to vote online is through the DMV's website.

  • Already registered? Make sure you haven't been purged from the rolls by checking your status here. Purges are happening in New York as well as other states.

  • Today's action: Ask five people to register or check their registration.

(2) Fundraiser for Antonio Delgado
Downtown location will be provided after your RSVP
8:30 p.m.

Delgado is the first-time Democratic candidate who is running for Congress against incumbent John Faso in New York District 19. This race is considered so important that Mike Pence was fundraising for Faso last week.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Donate to Democrats in Tight Races
Use the #GrabYourBallot donation page to make a donation that's split among 31 Democratic candidates in tight races. The list includes important contenders such as Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Ted Cruz for a Senate seat in Texas; Jacky Rosen, who is running for the senate against incumbent Dean Heller in Nevada; and Antonio Delgado of NY19.

Don't forget that it's still urgent to flip the New York State senate from red to blue.



Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Sign Up to Canvass for Liuba Grechen Shirley on Saturday

RSVP here
This Saturday, we're heading back to Long Island to do some more canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley, who is running for Congress against 25-year-incumbent Peter King. Details about timing will be available soon.


Thursday, October 11, 2018
Indivisible UES Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex
Basement level
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Our guest speakers are New York City comptroller Scott Stringer and council member Ben Kallos.


Friday, October 12, 2018
Write Postcards to Voters
Sign up for Postcards to Voters, and write friendly messages reminding people to vote.  It's an easy activity to do whenever you have time. The organization provides addresses and guidance.


Saturday, October 13, 2018
Canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley
See Wednesday's listing for sign-up. Details will be provided on Facebook.


- Weekly newsletter #83 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Special Actions to Defend the Supreme Court: Oct 3 -4

Wednesday, October 3
All across the country, Americans will come together in peaceful vigils to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. There is currently a vigil planned in Brooklyn for Wednesday; keep checking MoveOn's page for possible Manhattan events.

Brooklyn: Believe Survivors Vigil
Kings County Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn
6 p.m.

Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, or W trains to Borough Hall.


Thursday, October 4
There will be a march to the Supreme Court in Washington DC. You can arrange your own bus or train transportation, or RSVP for one of the free buses by clicking the links below.

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 October 1, 2018

GETTING OUT THE VOTE FOR THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS IS CRUCIAL AND WE'RE GETTING DOWN TO THE FINAL WEEKS. PLEASE PARTICIPATE AND SHARE YOUR ACTIONS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. Let us know what you're doing!

Right Now: Pick a Bus - TWO OPTIONS
(1) Sign Up to Protest Kavanaugh in DC During the Week

CPD-Action, Housing Works, and other activist groups are working together to get people to D.C. to protest Kavanaugh. There will be actions Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with a major civil-disobedience action scheduled for Thursday.  Buses to Washington will be running and you can also get help with lodging. Sign up here to indicate your interest and availability, and get information about travel and housing.

(2) Sign Up to Canvass for Antonio Delgado on Saturday
Antonio Delgado is the Democrat running for congress against incumbent John Faso in New York District 19. Sign up for the bus for a canvassing trip on Saturday, October 6. There are 11 remaining seats as of September 30.


*** ALL WEEK ***
Set a goal of using Resistbot DAILY to tell our senators that Brett Kavanaugh is unacceptable as a Supreme Court justice.  Resistbot will help you place an actual phone call or you can send a message electronically at any time of the day or night. To get started, text the word RESIST to 50409. Share your messages on our Facebook page to inspire other members!


Monday, October 1, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) No Business With ICE

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
19 W. 49th St.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Movimiento Cosecha has organized a national day of action during which activists will target ICE's pillars of support across the country -- from banks to tech companies to private prisons -- and shut them down. In NYC, the group will march on a major corporation that directly provides critical support to ICE and its deportation machine. Meet by the side of The Rink at Rockefeller Center (Rockefeller Plaza between 49th & 50th St, in front of J. Crew). From there the group will march to the nearby corporation.

(2) Phone Bank Webinar With Indivisible to Save the Supreme Court
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Indivisible National is organizing phone banking to block Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.  While calling senators of other states is NOT recommended, it IS possible to call their constituents and encourage them to speak out. If you're already comfortable phone banking, you can sign up for a time here. (Monday's target is Jeff Flake of Arizona.) If you need training, Indivisible is holding a webinar at 8 p.m. -- sign-up for that is at the bottom of the page.



Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Take Back the House - Final Month Grassroots Rally
Stout NYC
133 W. 33rd St., between 6th and 7th Aves.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Progressive Victory, Indivisible UES, and a host of other local activist groups invite you to a blowout bash to kick off the final month ahead of the midterms! Representatives from nearby flippable districts will speak about their candidacies and campaigns. Experts will explain the importance of New York’s role in the broader plan to take back the House. Sign up on-the-spot for upcoming canvasses and phone banks. Get your free ticket here.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Meet and Phone Bank for Jeremy Clooney
Greenwich Village location given after RSVP
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

From the organizers: "Jeremy Cooney is running for a very flippable NY State Senate seat in Rochester, NY, 56th District. Elected democrats have been blocking progressive legislation in the NY State Senate by aligning themselves with republicans. 6 out of 8 IDC State Senators were just defeated in the primaries! But, our work is not done yet. Come help a TRUE DEMOCRAT win and protect the rights of ALL New Yorkers!" Please bring laptops/tablets, headphones and charger.


Thursday, October 4, 2018
Phone Bank for Antonio Delgado
Stella & Fly
1705 1st Ave., between 88th and 89th Sts.
Downstairs level
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Four Freedoms Democratic Club to phone bank for Antonio Delgado, who is running against incumbent John Faso in New York's 19th congressional district. This is an excellent first-time candidate in a tight race! Help get out the vote for him. Remember to bring a cell phone and a lap top or tablet.


Friday, October 5, 2018
Chip In for the Mass Bail Out

As the New York Times reported in 2015, "Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives."  Last year, the Huffington Post reported that this level of incarceration -- for people accused but not convicted of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies -- costs the city over $100 million annually. There are now 8,500 people locked up in Rikers because they can't afford bail. The Mass Bail Out project, which launched this Monday, aims to pay bail to release hundreds of women and children from Rikers.



Saturday, October 6, 2018
Update Your Calendar for Next Week

  • Our monthly meeting is on Thursday, October 11, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of All Souls on 80th and Lex. Our guest speakers will be New York City council member Ben Kallos and city comptroller Scott Stringer.


- Weekly newsletter #82 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.

Urgent Stop Kavanaugh Action on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Urgent Action: Stop Kavanaugh Rally

Friday, September 28, 2018
780 Third Avenue
Between 48th and 49th Streets
Noon - 1 p.m.

MoveOn, Human Rights Campaign, and other allies are calling for rapid-response, peaceful protests at noon local time at senators' offices nationwide. Concerned citizens will stand in solidarity with sexual-assault survivors and demand the Senate votes NO on Kavanaugh. Wear black and bring a sign downloaded from this page. Share photos on social media with the hashtags #StopKavanaugh and #BelieveSurvivors

Both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have their Manhattan offices at 780 Third Avenue.

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 September 24, 2018

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 - THREE ACTIONS
(1) Call Chuck Schumer
Participate in a call relay to Chuck Schumer by signing up for a time on this sheet. Tell his staff it is time for all Democrats in the Senate to demand the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court be withdrawn. As minority leader, Schumer is in the position to make that happen. The idea of a call relay is to keep the office phones ringing all day, so pick a time and make the call. Suggested script and phone numbers are provided on the document.

  • If you absolutely can't call, use Resistbot to send a message electronically. Text the word RESIST to 50409, and the bot will walk you through the rest.

(2) NYC Stands with Dr. Blasey Ford and All Survivors Rally
City Hall steps
11 a.m. - Noon

New York City stands with Christine Blasey Ford and all sexual assault survivors. This rally is intended to lift up and center survivor voices and call on the Senate to do the same.

(3) National Walkout: Support Dr. Blasey Ford
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Participate in a national walkout to show support for Dr. Blasey Ford. All you need to do is wear black and walk out  -- of your home, your office, your classroom, wherever you are -- and post a picture to your social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.  Even if you can't physically walk out, you can post a video or picture. (This event was planned before the New Yorker published the story with Deborah Ramirez's allegations against Kavanaugh; as the hashtag makes clear, we support all survivors of sexual abuse.)



Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Protest Trump's New York Visit

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York-Central Park
One Central Park West
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join activist group Rise and Resist to protest Trump's New York visit. Bring signs, noisemakers, and friends.

(2) Voter Empowerment Day
Voter Empowerment Day is a day to gather your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to discuss the policies that are important to you and your community that will be on the ballot during midterms; to learn about the voter suppression issues that may be affecting those in your community; and to make a plan to get to the polls and assist others that might not have transportation or know where their polling place is. Go to the website to register your event -- whether it's big or small -- or just share it with your network for the useful links for voter registration, absentee ballots, election reminders, and more.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Comment About the Indefinite Detention of Immigrant Families
The Trump administration has plans to detain migrant families together in custody rather than release them, according to a new court filing that suggests such detentions could last longer than the 20 days envisioned by a court settlement. This is being spun as a way to end the separation of young refugee children from their families, but it actually means that entire families will be sent to detention camps together. Click here to submit your comment protesting this inhumane act.


Thursday, September 27, 2018
Downtown Women for Change's Night of Action
Lower Eastside Girls Club
402 E 8th Street
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Meet candidates Alessandra Biaggi (NY State Senate 34); Max Rose (NY 11 US Congress); and Katie Muth (PA State Senate 44). Hear from inspiring speakers; eat; drink; text-bank; write postcards; and more!  RSVP here. Cost: $20 donation to the Lower East Side Girls Club.


Friday, September 28, 2018
Flood The Streets For Botham Jean! #BlackLivesMatter
Union Square Park
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Demand Justice for Botham Shem Jean, the black man killed in his own apartment by Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger.


Saturday, September 29, 2018
Catch a Bus and Canvass to Flip the House
Union Square East
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Face-to-face interaction is the best way of getting out the vote. Join fellow activists and knock on doors to encourage progressive voters to get out on Election Day and flip the House blue. One bus will be going to the 2nd Congressional District on Long Island in support of Democratic candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, and another bus to the 3rd Congressional District in New Jersey in support of Democratic candidate Andy Kim. Tickets are $10.


- Weekly newsletter #81 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 September 17, 2018

We had success in the primaries: Six of the New York State Senate candidates challenging the eight fake Democrats of the Independent Democratic Conference won their races. However, all of those IDC members could run on a third-party ballot line in the general election. We need to keep up the pressure to flip the state senate.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Call Chuck Schumer About Kavanaugh

The news about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh keeps getting worse. Now an accusation of sexual assault has come into the open. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for a delay in the vote on Kavanaugh that is currently scheduled for Thursday. However, a delay isn't enough and Schumer still hasn't committed to whipping the Democratic vote against Kavanaugh -- meaning that he would use his powers as minority leader to guarantee that all Democrats in the senate are united against this unsuitable candidate. Call Schumer's office and tell a staff member (a) that you'd like to thank the senator for calling for the delay in the vote but (b) he still needs to unite the Democrats against Kavanaugh permanently.

Schumer's phone numbers

  • DC: 202-224-6542

  • NYC: 212-486-4430

(2) Creative Next Steps to Flip New York State True Blue
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Avenue
15th floor
7 p.m. - 9 p.m
.

The Creative Resistance created the videos that helped explain the IDC to voters in New York State. The group says, "We have now elected better Democrats but the NY State Senate is still controlled by the Republicans. We need to flip at least one more seat on November 6th in Brooklyn, Long Island or upstate - and hopefully more - to turn it true blue. We will begin making videos for critical Red2Blue seats that can make the difference. Already, we are working on a video for Democrat Pat Strong who is challenging a Republican incumbent in the Hudson Valley." Join Monday's planning meeting to contribute your ideas.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Sign Up for Saturday Canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley
Liuba Grechen Shirley has been endorsed by Indivisible Upper East Side in her run for Congress in New York District 2 (Long Island) against the Republican incumbent Peter King. We are organizing a group to canvass on her behalf this Saturday, September 22.  Face-to-face conversations with other voters are the best way to increase turnout.  Confirm your attendance by RSVPing on Facebook OR emailing us (you don't have to do both; also, if you signed up at last week's meeting, you don't have to do it again). We'll have more information on the logistics once we know how many people are participating.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Email Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska*
Email the Republican senators and urge them to delay the vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (contact links in the title above). It is recommended that you compose a personalized message based on the accusation of sexual assault as well as Kavanaugh's performance at the hearings and the suppression of documentation related to his career. Suggested opening sentence is:

  • I am not a constituent of yours but I am writing because your vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will affect the entire nation for decades.

Separately, a fundraising campaign is underway to fund a Democratic opponent to Collins if she follows party line on Kavanaugh. Learn more about that and donate here.

*Note: this action item might be superceded by news developments.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Rally for a Just Puerto Rico Recovery
Union Square Park
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Last week, Trump continued his abuse of Puerto Rico by lying about the casualties the island suffered during Hurricane Maria last year. Our fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico deserve better. The organizers say, "Join #OurPowerPRnyc, organizers, grassroots leaders, artists and others actively engaged in a people to people #justrecovery for Puerto Rico, demanding justice and asking 'Where Are We Now?'"


Friday, September 21, 2018
Use Resistbot to Contact Your Senators
Text the word RESIST to 50409 to use Resistbot's free tool to contact Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about whatever issue is most on your mind. It will take two minutes or less to get your message out, and you can do it at any time of the day or night.


Saturday, September 22, 2018
Canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley
See Tuesday's action item for sign-up links. More details to come.


Sunday, September 23, 2018
Election Interference Webinar
8 p.m.
Register here

March for Truth will host a webinar featuring an expert presentation from Melissa Ryan. Following unprecedented foreign interference in the 2016 election, Ryan launched the Ctrl Alt-Right Delete newsletter, to chronicle the rise of extremists. This webinar will provide an overview issues crucial to understanding the current landscape, dig into fake news and misinformation in more detail, and talk tactics -- specifically what to do if a campaign in your community is attacked.

- Weekly newsletter #80 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 September 10, 2018

REMINDER: Thursday, Sept. 13, is Primary Day AND our next monthly meeting.

Monday, September 10, 2018
Volunteer With Democratic Candidates
This Thursday is Primary Day, meaning its our big opportunity to flip the New York State senate "True Blue" by voting out the fake Democrats who vote with Republicans as members of the Independent Democratic Conference. In these last crucial days, you are strongly urged to contact the IDC challengers' campaigns directly to volunteer. To find calendars of volunteer opportunities, click here, then locate the tabs with the candidates' names on them at the bottom of your screen.

  • You can also help by printing these posters to display in your apartment building or workplace. Local businesses are often amenable to putting up signs. Ask the nearest store or restaurant to hang one up!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Reach Out to the Voters in Your Life
Take the time to personally discuss Thursday's primary with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues anywhere in New York State. They might not realize it is Primary Day. They might not realize how important this primary is and how close we are to making real change. Share these videos from the Creative Resistance by email and social media with anyone who needs more information:

  • "Lulu Land," narrated by Edie Falco, is good way to explain to your friends what the IDC is about.  You can also use this text as a short description: "Eight New York State 'Democratic' Senators created the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and refused to caucus with the Democrats, handing control of the state senate to Republicans in exchange for money, perks, and personal power."
  • "Hot Air" is a series of ads featuring the IDC members as car dealership balloons flip-flopping between Democrat and Republican.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Call Your Senators About Kavanaugh
We're not forgetting about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who lied during last week's confirmation hearings. Click here to see last week's newsletter for office phone numbers and suggested scripts. You should send the same messages electronically via Resistbot. To start using Resistbot, text the word RESIST to 50409. The bot will walk you through the rest.


*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 - PRIMARY DAY - TWO ACTIONS*
(1) VOTE!

This primary election could be a game-changer for New York State. Bring people with you when you vote. Greet everyone you see that day with, "Did you vote today?"  Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.


(2) Indivisible UES Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex, basement level
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Everyone is welcome at our monthly meeting. We'll be gearing up for Election Day in November. Cast your primary votes before you go to the meeting!


Friday, September 14, 2018
Email Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Email the Republican senators and urge them to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (contact links in the title above). It is recommended that you compose a personalized message based on Kavanaugh's performance at last week's hearings, as well as the suppression of documentation related to his career. Suggested opening sentence is:

  • I am not a constituent of yours but I am writing because your vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will affect the entire nation for decades.

Separately, a fundraising campaign is underway to fund a Democratic opponent to Collins if she follows party line on Kavanaugh. Learn more about that and donate here.

-- Weekly newsletter #79 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Actions for Week of September 3, 2018

THE SITUATION IS URGENT; YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
 

  • The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings start tomorrow. A far-right Supreme Court will impact the U.S. for decades. We NEED you to reach out to your senators THIS WEEK.
  • The New York State primaries are on Thursday, Sept. 13. This is our chance to vote in fresh, new candidates -- True Blue Democrats -- who will vote for progressive legislation. Help GET OUT THE VOTE.

Suggested actions, phone numbers, and scripts are below.

Monday, September 3, 2018
Be a Video Star: Record a Message to Schumer

A lot of people are unhappy with Senator Schumer these days. Just last week, he accepted a deal to fast-track Trump’s judicial nominees in exchange for a few extra days of recess. This is the OPPOSITE of what he should be doing— especially right before the Kavanaugh hearing. He hasn't rescheduled the town hall he cancelled at the last minute, so Indivisible Nation BK is getting creative and making a video so he can SEE the faces of his constituents.  Here's how to participate:

  1. Put your phone in selfie mode, holding it vertically.
  2. Record a 3 to 5 second video with a very short message for Schumer and the Democrats. Suggestions include: Stop Kavanaugh; Just say no; Do better; Fight harder; Be a leader; Obstruct; Fight back.
  3. If you can film in an interesting place, that's a bonus, but home is fine too.
  4. Email your video to info@indivisiblenationbk.org by Thursday, September 6, at 6 pm.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Call Chuck Schumer
The Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings start today despite the fact that the Republicans are withholding the bulk of documents related to him. Chuck Schumer, as Senate minority leader, has the power to "whip the vote" among the Democrats. Call him and tell him to do his job. Do not leave a message -- make sure you speak to a staffer.


Schumer's phone numbers
DC: 202-224-6542
NYC: 212-486-443
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Suggested scripts (personalize as desired):

I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE].  Senator Schumer MUST whip the vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. Even when the odds are against us I NEED TO SEE HIM WORKING HARD FOR US because the base is working hard for Democrats across this country. We expect Democrats to HOLD THE LINE! Will he ensure that all Democrats vote no and that he'll do everything possible to hold the caucus together?      

Or                                                    

I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE]. Senator Schumer must demand that ALL of Kavanaugh's previous writings be reviewed before any vote takes place.  People need to be reminded of how far right he can take the court.  Also, he should recognize that a vote for Kavanaugh won't win over Republicans in red states. It will just threaten the support of progressive activists who have been making change happen across this country.                                                            
                                                       

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Call Kirsten Gillibrand

We know Senator Gillibrand is voting against Kavanaugh. Call her anyway to offer encouragement. Again, be sure to speak to a staffer rather than leaving a voicemail.

Gillibrand's phone numbers
DC: 202-224-4451
NYC: 212-688-6262


Suggested script (personalize as desired):  I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE]. I know we can count on Senator Gillibrand voting "No" on Kavanaugh, and I thank her for that. I'm calling to ask her and her fellow senators to keep demanding to see all of Kavanaugh's records. Also, I've been asking her colleague Chuck Schumer to whip the vote against Kavanaugh and getting no response. Can she let Schumer know that her office is getting calls complaining that he is unresponsive?


Thursday, September 6, 2018
Blue Wave Festival - Manhattan
LGBT Center
208 W. 13th St.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ACTIVITY! From the organizers: "The Blue Wave Festival is a one-stop shop for NYC progressives looking to volunteer in this year’s crucial local and statewide races." The FREE event will include:

  • Candidate tables
  • Second home voter registration
  • Car share & hosting facilitation
  • Voter registration & voter registration training
  • Sign-up for pre-planned Get Out the Vote Trips
  • Postcard writing and other creative Get Out the Vote efforts
  • Legal observation training & know your rights
  • Plus election-related crafting for kids and adults, a DJ, and food!

Remember, the state primaries are just one week away!


Friday, September 7, 2018
Resistbot Both Senators
It's no different than texting your family and friends: Use Resistbot to electronically send a message to both our senators. To get started, text the word RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest. After you set up your account the first time, it will take you two minutes or even less to message your senators any time of the day or night. Resistbot is free and available 24/7. Do it while you're on your lunch break, watching TV, walking the dog, or on the train. If you're not sure what you want to write about, text the word TOPIC and the bot will make a suggestion.


Saturday, September 8, 2018
Blue Wave Festival - Brooklyn
Irondale Center
85 S Oxford St.
Brooklyn
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Couldn't make the Blue Wave Festival on Thursday night? You have another opportunity in Brooklyn. If you haven't participated in any or many Get Out the Vote activities, this is the place to go and sign up. Again, a highly recommended and FREE activity in a festive atmosphere.


-- Weekly newsletter #78 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Actions for Week of August 27, 2018

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

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
Anti-IDC Postcard-Writing Party
209 East 56th St., Apt 6B
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

New York's primary for state senate is Thursday, Sept. 13 -- and not a lot of people know about it. (Learn about New York's "soft" voter suppression issue via this clever video.) We need to do as much outreach as possible. Join activist group Rise and Resist for a postcard-writing party in favor of true blue Democrats. Reminder: The Independent Democratic Conference -- aka the IDC -- is the group of eight state senators that run as Democrats but vote as Republicans, blocking progressive legislation from passing. *Getting out the vote is a high-priority action.*


Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Phone Banking for Liuba Grechen Shirley
Location TBA
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Liuba Grechen Shirley -- an Indivisible UES-endorsed Democratic candidate -- is running for congress in New York's District 2 on Long Island, against incumbent Peter King. Join us in making calls to get out the vote for her. There will be a 15-minute training to start. Bring a cell phone and laptop or tablet.  Contact Rich Meitin on our executive committee to confirm your attendance and get further information.
*Getting out the vote is a high-priority action.*


Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
Cuomo/Nixon Debate Watch Party
449 Troutman Street
Brooklyn
6 p.m. - 9 p.m
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Join fellow activists to watch Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's televised debate with his Democratic rival, Cynthia Nixon.


Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Call (and Resistbot) Your Senators About Kavanaugh
The fight to keep Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court is crucial. It is best for you to personalize your message if possible, but if you're not sure what to say, here are scripts as well as the phone numbers:

  • Senator Chuck Schumer. NYC office: (212) 486-4430; DC office: (202) 224-6542
    • I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE] to ask Senator Schumer to unite all Democrats against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As minority leader, it's Senator Schumer's job to make that happen. He MUST whip the vote and demand that all Democrats vote no to Kavanaugh. We've been calling on him to do that since the nomination was announced and I would like him to commit to this action today.
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. NYC office: (212) 688-6262; DC office:  (202) 224-4451
    • I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE] to thank Senator Gillibrand for her strong stance against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. All Democrats should do the same, and I've been calling Senator Schumer to ask that he whip the vote to unite the Democrats if there is anyone hesitating. Will Senator Gillibrand please inform her colleague that constituents are now calling her office about this issue because there's been no commitment from him?

After you make your calls, send the same message via Resistbot. Simply text RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest in under two minutes.



Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Email Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Email the Republican senators considered most likely to be swayed against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (contact links in the title above). Please remember that a personalized message is always best; you might want to address the "settled law" issue with Collins, for example. If you don't have the time to come up with your own message, feel free to use the suggested text below.

  • I am not a constituent of yours but I am writing because your vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will affect the entire nation for decades. Kavanaugh's attacks on Roe v. Wade will undermine the ability of women through the U.S. to control their lives, and that includes the women who are your constituents. I urge you to at least insist that no confirmation can proceed without the release of all Kavanaugh-related documents, just as the Republicans demanded complete documentation on all Democratic Supreme Court nominees. Please put people above political party and do the right thing for all women living in the U.S.

Separately, a fundraising campaign is underway to fund a Democratic opponent to Collins if she follows party line on Kavanaugh. Learn more about that and donate here.

-- Weekly newsletter #77 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.