Actions for Week of July 23, 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 are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

Monday, July 23, 2018
Learn About Continuing Demonstrations in NYC and DC
For members who have inquired about committed, on-the-ground, "occupation"-type demonstrations, Occupy ICE NYC began in New York's Foley Square on June 26 with the goal of disrupting deportations and offering aid to families facing deportation in the form of food, first aid, and legal referrals. Click here to read about the group's demands and how you can contribute needed supplies to demonstrators. You can also join the demonstration yourself. If you're prepared to travel to Washington, D.C., for a ongoing protest, Occupy Lafayette Park launched last Monday -- in front of the White House -- after the Trump-Putin meeting. The organizers are looking forward to the delivery of a "new and very loud sound system" today. If you can't join the protest in person, you can contribute to the food, water, and security needs of the protestors via GoFundMe. Before joining these or any other demonstrations, please re-read the disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter acknowledging the risks involved and agreeing to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Postcard Party for Katie Muth for Pennsylvania Senate
304 State Street, between Smith & Hoyt
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join fellow activists and write postcards to Pennsylvania voters on behalf of Katie Muth, a local Indivisible chapter founder who is now running for State Senate in District 44. (We need to flip state legislatures blue because local government plays an increasingly important role as federal protections of our rights are chipped away.) Register here for the event -- and if you can't attend, you can still get postcards to fill out.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Tell Chuck Schumer to Whip the Vote Against Kavanaugh
New York Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer MUST unite Democrats against the unacceptable, far-right Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh. In his leadership role, Schumer has the power to apply pressure on Democrats for key votes, but he has failed to do so. This might be the most crucial vote of all, and Democrats need to stand as one. Call Schumer's office at 212-486-4430. You can use this letter as the basis for your message.

  • In addition to or in lieu of a phone call, send the same message to Schumer electronically via Resistbot. Text the word RESIST to 50409 and the bot will guide you through the process.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Attorney General Candidate Forum
Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join Empire State Indivisible and the True Blue NY Coalition for a moderated candidate forum for New York Attorney General. The hosts say, "The role of Attorney General has taken on a heightened importance due to the chaos in Washington and the corruption in Albany. This is your opportunity to hear from the candidates running for this critical position. Jarret Berg, the Executive Director of the New York Democratic Lawyer's Council will moderate the discussion."  Register for the event here.

Friday, July 27, 2018
Use Resistbot and Share With a Friend
Text RESIST to 50409 to send a message to your elected officials in under two minutes via Resistbot. If you haven't done it before, you will have to answer a few questions to get it set up. (The bot needs your location in order to direct you to the right officials, and your name in order to sign your messages.) After the initial set-up, you'll be able to get right to the issues. Resistbot is a free service, available 24/7, across the country. After you send a message about whatever is on your mind, find one person who hasn't used Resistbot and walk that person through the process. All government officials tally the number of calls/emails/etc. they receive every day, and track the topics of the communications. When they don't hear from you, they think you don't care.

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Canvass in the Bronx for Democrat Alessandra Biaggi
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) is a group of eight New York State senators who run as Democrats but vote with Republicans against progressive legislation.  The leader of the IDC is Jeff Klein, who has been accused of sexual harassment. Alessandra Biaggi is his true Democratic challenger. Take a two-hour shift and canvass on her behalf. Knocking on doors has been proven to be effective in reaching first-time and infrequent voters for these crucial races. RSVP here.

Sunday, July 29, 2018 -- TWO OPTIONS
(1) Canvass in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for Democrat Antonio Delgado
Meet in lobby of 240 W. 98th St. at 10 a.m. for carpool
Return to NYC at 7 p.m.
RSVP in advance is required

Join Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible and other Swing Left volunteers to talk to voters in NY District 19 in the town of Rhinebeck to help swing the House in the 2018 midterm elections. Meet at 10 a.m. to learn about Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado -- who is challenging Republican John Faso -- and train for canvassing. There will be a carpool to Rhinebeck from there. RSVP and get more information about transportation here.

(2) Phonebanking Training Webinar by Indivisible National
1 p.m.
Indivisible National says, "The final weekend of July marks just 100 days left before the midterms. It’s time to kick our national electoral work into high gear and show we’re going ALL IN to build the blue wave — including calling out the vote in key states to flip seats in the Senate." This live phonebanking training webinar will teach you how to use the phonebanking platform and make the most of your calls. Sign up here.

-- Weekly newsletter #72 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.