Actions for Week of November 26, 2018

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Flood Your Reps With Calls Protesting Tear Gas
On Sunday, U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at immigrants -- including families with young children -- who were trying to cross from Mexico. We need to flood the offices of our members of Congress with calls telling them how unacceptable this is. (Remember, even if our electeds agree with us, we want them to be able to say that their constituents are furious too.) Indivisible Nation BK has provided helpful scripts here.

You can also use ResistBot. Text the word "Resist" to 50409 to get started. The app will guide you through the next steps.

(2) Fight Amazon, Protect Queens
Court Square Park
Long Island City
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

On the online shopping day known as "Cyber Monday," join a rally against online giant Amazon, which got a big tax break for a new headquarters in Long Island City -- an area that's already struggling with too little investment in infrastructure, housing, and education

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018  - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Phone Bank for Mike Espy in Mississippi
Democrat Mike Espy is in a runoff election for senator in Mississippi and Election Day is TODAY. Day-of phone calls can be very helpful. Sign up for a shift with the Working Families Party. You'll get all the information you need before you start calling.

(2) People's Hearing on Voting Rights & Reform in New York
First Unitarian Congregational Society
119 Pierrepont Street
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

From the organizers: "Join Let New York Vote and Common Cause/NY for a People's Hearing on Voting Rights & Reform. Let NY Vote will bring together voters, community groups, elected officials and other stakeholders to discuss voting in our state and the reforms New York so desperately needs! New Yorkers are encouraged to testify and share their story and discuss potential solutions to these systemic problems. We will be joined by City Council Member Jumaane Williams, Michael Blake, and Nomiki Konst."

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 - TWO IMMIGRANT-RELATED ACTIONS
(1) Submit Comment to Fight the "Public Charge" Proposal
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a proposal to drastically limit the number of immigrants who can obtain green cards.  According to the proposal, working documented immigrants who take advantage of benefits for which they are eligible, such as Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers, and even Medicare drug assistance would no longer be eligible to apply for legal permanent status. The administration must accept public comments on the proposal until December 10. Click here to submit your comment -- remember, it's best to personalize your message as much as possible.

(2) Accompaniment Training
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Pl
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

New Sanctuary Coalition will train volunteers to accompany people facing deportation to their immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. This provides moral support to the person facing deportation and enables volunteers to hold immigration authorities accountable.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Get to Know Indivisible's Strategy
Indivisible National and thousands of Indivisible chapters across the U.S. helped create the Blue Wave that saw the Democrats take the House in this month's mid-term elections. The national group says its original guide was about defense. Now we get to play offense. To understand our activism strategy going forward for both the federal and local levels, read up!

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 - TWO AMAZON-RELATED ACTIONS
(1) CUNY vs Amazon Rally
100 Wall Street
11 a.m.

The City University of New York Board of Trustees has declared its support for a $3 billion public investment in Amazon, and has pledged CUNY resources to the cause -- without the input of students or faculty. (The rally organizers say that making CUNY tuition-free again would cost $800 million.)  The protest will be outside of the offices of CUNY Board Chairman Bill Thompson, demanding that he rescind his statement in support of Amazon.

(2) Protest Amazon by Phone
If you can't make an in-person appearance at one of the Amazon protests, you can still call Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio and tell them this deal can't go through without public scrutiny. Phone numbers and script have been provided by Indivisible Nation BK on Facebook and here.

- Weekly newsletter #90 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.