Actions for Week of March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Phone Calls for Fair Elections in New York State
Before the midterms, the New York State Assembly regularly passed progressive legislation, knowing it would die in the state Senate. Now that we flipped the Senate blue and legislation could actually pass, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is saying he doesn't have the votes for a public-matching campaign finance system.  But he's already started "clarifying" his words in response to a strong backlash. Keep up the pressure by taking a few minutes to call your officials today and tell them New York deserves fair elections. Indivisible Nation BK has provided us with a script, phone numbers, and further explanation.

(2) Vote Mama Fundraiser
Caveat 21 A Clinton St.
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Indivisible Upper East Side member Nicole Ferraro is hosting a storytelling show and fundraiser to support former congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley’s new organization Vote Mama, which aims to increase representation of progressive moms with school-aged children in all levels of American government. The event will feature award-winning storytellers sharing personal stories about motherhood and mother figures; and Liuba Grechen Shirley will speak about her run for office, why she launched Vote Mama, and what’s next. Tickets ($25-$40) are available here and 100% of ticket proceeds go directly to Vote Mama. Free pizza (including gluten-free and dairy-free options) will be available for all in attendance starting at 6:30 p.m.. Show starts at 7 p.m.. Come out to enjoy a night of moving personal stories about “badass mamas,” learn about Vote Mama and how you can get involved, and meet the badass mama herself, Liuba Grechen Shirley! Details and tickets available here and on Facebook. Feel free to reach out to Nicole directly with any questions:  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Write a Letter to the Editor 
Let NY Vote has created a tool to make it easy for you to send a letter to the editor of a local news organization to demand funding for early voting (yes, there are media options besides the New York Times). Let NY Vote's website says, "The more Letters to the Editor are written about an issue, the more likely it is that the press will write about it and that your representatives will pay attention. Your voice can have a direct impact on the political conversation to increase access to the vote for all New Yorkers."

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Use Resistbot to Send a Message
Text the word "RESIST" to 50409 to use Resistbot to easily email any of your elected officials. It's available 24/7, across the country. Tell your friends and family in other states how to use it! Today's topic is ... your choice. Whatever is on your mind, let your electeds hear it!

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Indivisible UES Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

All are welcome to join our monthly meeting, at which New York State assembly member Dan Quart will be the guest speaker. We will inquire about the status of campaign-finance reform, following up on Monday's newsletter action and this Gotham Gazette article. There will be time for other questions as well.

Friday, March 15, 2019 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Support the School Strike 4 Climate

Students of all ages in more than 30 countries plan to walk out of school today to draw attention to the global climate crisis and demand that politicians work on a solution. They are encouraging adults who can skip work to join them. There are several actions taking place in Manhattan, including:

(2) Upstander 101 Community Training
Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE)
327 7th St.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to be a more effective ally and how to safely intervene, de-escalate and disrupt acts of discrimination, bias and harassment.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
March Against Racism and Fascism
Foley Square
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

New York City will be marching against racism and the far-right as one of the many cities around the world marking the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

-- Weekly newsletter #105 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.