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
6 p.m. - 9 p.m
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.