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staff it is time for all Democrats in the Senate to demand the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court be withdrawn.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.