Actions for Week of January 21, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019
Assist Unpaid Federal Workers

People are encouraged to be of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Trump Shutdown is pushing many federal workers into food insecurity, among other issues. Here are some ways you can help:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Remember Why You Should Keep Calling Your Senators
Ahead of Indivisible's National Call Day on Wednesday (see listing below), Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg tweeted, "Former Congressional staffer here. I sometimes hear from people who say they don't see the point of calling their Senators anymore -- either because they're reliable Democrats or they're consistently Trump-appeasing Republicans. Here's why that's wrong."

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Indivisible National Call Day
Tell everyone you know to call their senators demanding that they play hardball and pressure Mitch McConnell to hold the vote that will end the government shutdown. You can call any of the senators' office locations. To get you started, here are the New York City office numbers for Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Click the links for other office numbers.

Click here for scripts and background information from Indivisible National, and don't forget to share a photo or email about your call on your social media.

Tips for a successful call: Don't leave a voicemail. Keep trying until you reach a live person. If the phones are busy -- that's good! It means a lot of people are calling. Remember, you can call any of the office locations. Also, if you can, personalize the script. If you know federal workers -- or are one! -- tell that story to the staffer.  Personal stories have more impact.

Thursday,  January 24, 2019
Postcards to Virginia Voters
Chelsea (exact address provided after RSVP)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Sister District NY 12-13-14 and the Sister District Action Network and write postcards to low propensity Virginia voters encouraging them to vote in the Virginia state elections this November and educating them about how the state legislature affects them.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Immigration Clinic Training With New Sanctuary Coalition
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South, room 216
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

New Sanctuary works with people fighting detention and deportation by helping with asylum paperwork, as well as accompanying immigrants to court hearings and ICE check-ins. You must be trained in order to volunteer, and this is an opportunity to get that training.

- Weekly newsletter #98, written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side