Actions for Week of January 14, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019
Make a Call for Complete Voting/Campaign Reform Package

Today, the New York State Legislature is expected to pass a voting and campaign-reform package that:

  • authorizes early voting on the two weekends before Election Day;

  • merges the state and federal primary dates;

  • allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote;

  • and closes the LLC loophole that allows big donors to dominate local politics.

There will be an initial vote to allow same-day registration and mail-in voting, but those issues require Constitutional amendments, which will take several years to pass. In addition, Governor Cuomo has proposed making Election Day a state holiday. Call your reps and thank them for pushing for voting reform, and urge them to pursue the Constitutional amendments and Election Day holiday with vigor.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Call Your Senators About the Trump Shutdown - DAILY, AS NEEDED
Mitch McConnell is refusing to put the legislation to reopen the government to a vote. He's playing an active role in the Trump shutdown that is hurting the entire country. Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and tell them to oppose all other legislation in the Senate until the government is reopened. Indivisible National offers the following call script:

  • Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (zip code). I’m calling to ask [Senator] to oppose any legislation in the Senate until the government is reopened.

  • The Senate—including [Senator]—unanimously passed a clean budget that would keep the government open until February. There are 800,000 federal workers going without pay. National parks are filling up with trash. This is unacceptable; [Senator] needs to force Mitch McConnell to put legislation reopening the government on the floor by opposing all other legislation.

  • Will [Senator] commit to voting “no” on all legislation until the government has reopened?

Senator Chuck Schumer: 212-486-4430
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 212-688-6262

Thursday, January 17, 2019
New Sanctuary Vigil for Detained/Deported Immigrants
11 a.m. at 26 Federal Plaza
5 p.m. at 201 Varick St.

Every Thursday, New Sanctuary Coalition holds a vigil outside ICE offices to protest the detentions and deportations of immigrants. The organization also holds trainings for anyone interested in accompanying people to immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. See the website for further information.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Women's March in NYC
Meet up: 10:30 a.m. at the bus stop on the northwest side of 86th and 2nd
Entrance to march location: 72nd & Columbus

Note: The Women's March Alliance in NYC has run the New York march since 2017. The group says it has no association with the organizers of the original Women's March on DC, who have been hit with charges of anti-Semitism and who are holding a rival march in New York. Visit the Women's March Alliance website for a message on the group's commitment to inclusiveness. Dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes, and bring creative signs!

- Weekly newsletter #97 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.