Actions for Week of March 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- Newsletter #54, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee member, Indivisible UES

Disclaimer: By choosing to attend any events listed herein, I acknowledge the risks involved, and that I agree to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law. During some events, acts of civil disobedience may be initiated by individual participants.  I acknowledge and agree that Indivisible Upper East Side is not responsible for any such acts of individual participants which are unlawful, nor is Indivisible Upper East Side soliciting my participation in any such activity. I agree that I am solely responsible for any decision to participate in any acts of civil disobedience and any consequences, legal or otherwise, that may result from that decision.