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staff it is time for all Democrats in the Senate to demand the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court be withdrawn.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

Actions for Week of September 17, 2018

We had success in the primaries: Six of the New York State Senate candidates challenging the eight fake Democrats of the Independent Democratic Conference won their races. However, all of those IDC members could run on a third-party ballot line in the general election. We need to keep up the pressure to flip the state senate.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Call Chuck Schumer About Kavanaugh

The news about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh keeps getting worse. Now an accusation of sexual assault has come into the open. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for a delay in the vote on Kavanaugh that is currently scheduled for Thursday. However, a delay isn't enough and Schumer still hasn't committed to whipping the Democratic vote against Kavanaugh -- meaning that he would use his powers as minority leader to guarantee that all Democrats in the senate are united against this unsuitable candidate. Call Schumer's office and tell a staff member (a) that you'd like to thank the senator for calling for the delay in the vote but (b) he still needs to unite the Democrats against Kavanaugh permanently.

Schumer's phone numbers

  • DC: 202-224-6542

  • NYC: 212-486-4430

(2) Creative Next Steps to Flip New York State True Blue
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Avenue
15th floor
7 p.m. - 9 p.m
.

The Creative Resistance created the videos that helped explain the IDC to voters in New York State. The group says, "We have now elected better Democrats but the NY State Senate is still controlled by the Republicans. We need to flip at least one more seat on November 6th in Brooklyn, Long Island or upstate - and hopefully more - to turn it true blue. We will begin making videos for critical Red2Blue seats that can make the difference. Already, we are working on a video for Democrat Pat Strong who is challenging a Republican incumbent in the Hudson Valley." Join Monday's planning meeting to contribute your ideas.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Sign Up for Saturday Canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley
Liuba Grechen Shirley has been endorsed by Indivisible Upper East Side in her run for Congress in New York District 2 (Long Island) against the Republican incumbent Peter King. We are organizing a group to canvass on her behalf this Saturday, September 22.  Face-to-face conversations with other voters are the best way to increase turnout.  Confirm your attendance by RSVPing on Facebook OR emailing us (you don't have to do both; also, if you signed up at last week's meeting, you don't have to do it again). We'll have more information on the logistics once we know how many people are participating.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Email Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska*
Email the Republican senators and urge them to delay the vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (contact links in the title above). It is recommended that you compose a personalized message based on the accusation of sexual assault as well as Kavanaugh's performance at the hearings and the suppression of documentation related to his career. Suggested opening sentence is:

  • 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.

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.

*Note: this action item might be superceded by news developments.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Rally for a Just Puerto Rico Recovery
Union Square Park
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Last week, Trump continued his abuse of Puerto Rico by lying about the casualties the island suffered during Hurricane Maria last year. Our fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico deserve better. The organizers say, "Join #OurPowerPRnyc, organizers, grassroots leaders, artists and others actively engaged in a people to people #justrecovery for Puerto Rico, demanding justice and asking 'Where Are We Now?'"


Friday, September 21, 2018
Use Resistbot to Contact Your Senators
Text the word RESIST to 50409 to use Resistbot's free tool to contact Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about whatever issue is most on your mind. It will take two minutes or less to get your message out, and you can do it at any time of the day or night.


Saturday, September 22, 2018
Canvassing for Liuba Grechen Shirley
See Tuesday's action item for sign-up links. More details to come.


Sunday, September 23, 2018
Election Interference Webinar
8 p.m.
Register here

March for Truth will host a webinar featuring an expert presentation from Melissa Ryan. Following unprecedented foreign interference in the 2016 election, Ryan launched the Ctrl Alt-Right Delete newsletter, to chronicle the rise of extremists. This webinar will provide an overview issues crucial to understanding the current landscape, dig into fake news and misinformation in more detail, and talk tactics -- specifically what to do if a campaign in your community is attacked.

- Weekly newsletter #80 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.

Actions for Week of September 10, 2018

REMINDER: Thursday, Sept. 13, is Primary Day AND our next monthly meeting.

Monday, September 10, 2018
Volunteer With Democratic Candidates
This Thursday is Primary Day, meaning its our big opportunity to flip the New York State senate "True Blue" by voting out the fake Democrats who vote with Republicans as members of the Independent Democratic Conference. In these last crucial days, you are strongly urged to contact the IDC challengers' campaigns directly to volunteer. To find calendars of volunteer opportunities, click here, then locate the tabs with the candidates' names on them at the bottom of your screen.

  • You can also help by printing these posters to display in your apartment building or workplace. Local businesses are often amenable to putting up signs. Ask the nearest store or restaurant to hang one up!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Reach Out to the Voters in Your Life
Take the time to personally discuss Thursday's primary with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues anywhere in New York State. They might not realize it is Primary Day. They might not realize how important this primary is and how close we are to making real change. Share these videos from the Creative Resistance by email and social media with anyone who needs more information:

  • "Lulu Land," narrated by Edie Falco, is good way to explain to your friends what the IDC is about.  You can also use this text as a short description: "Eight New York State 'Democratic' Senators created the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and refused to caucus with the Democrats, handing control of the state senate to Republicans in exchange for money, perks, and personal power."
  • "Hot Air" is a series of ads featuring the IDC members as car dealership balloons flip-flopping between Democrat and Republican.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Call Your Senators About Kavanaugh
We're not forgetting about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who lied during last week's confirmation hearings. Click here to see last week's newsletter for office phone numbers and suggested scripts. You should send the same messages electronically via Resistbot. To start using Resistbot, text the word RESIST to 50409. The bot will walk you through the rest.


*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 - PRIMARY DAY - TWO ACTIONS*
(1) VOTE!

This primary election could be a game-changer for New York State. Bring people with you when you vote. Greet everyone you see that day with, "Did you vote today?"  Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.


(2) Indivisible UES Monthly Meeting
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex, basement level
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Everyone is welcome at our monthly meeting. We'll be gearing up for Election Day in November. Cast your primary votes before you go to the meeting!


Friday, September 14, 2018
Email Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Email the Republican senators and urge them to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (contact links in the title above). It is recommended that you compose a personalized message based on Kavanaugh's performance at last week's hearings, as well as the suppression of documentation related to his career. Suggested opening sentence is:

  • 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.

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 #79 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

Actions for Week of September 3, 2018

THE SITUATION IS URGENT; YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
 

  • The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings start tomorrow. A far-right Supreme Court will impact the U.S. for decades. We NEED you to reach out to your senators THIS WEEK.
  • The New York State primaries are on Thursday, Sept. 13. This is our chance to vote in fresh, new candidates -- True Blue Democrats -- who will vote for progressive legislation. Help GET OUT THE VOTE.

Suggested actions, phone numbers, and scripts are below.

Monday, September 3, 2018
Be a Video Star: Record a Message to Schumer

A lot of people are unhappy with Senator Schumer these days. Just last week, he accepted a deal to fast-track Trump’s judicial nominees in exchange for a few extra days of recess. This is the OPPOSITE of what he should be doing— especially right before the Kavanaugh hearing. He hasn't rescheduled the town hall he cancelled at the last minute, so Indivisible Nation BK is getting creative and making a video so he can SEE the faces of his constituents.  Here's how to participate:

  1. Put your phone in selfie mode, holding it vertically.
  2. Record a 3 to 5 second video with a very short message for Schumer and the Democrats. Suggestions include: Stop Kavanaugh; Just say no; Do better; Fight harder; Be a leader; Obstruct; Fight back.
  3. If you can film in an interesting place, that's a bonus, but home is fine too.
  4. Email your video to info@indivisiblenationbk.org by Thursday, September 6, at 6 pm.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Call Chuck Schumer
The Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings start today despite the fact that the Republicans are withholding the bulk of documents related to him. Chuck Schumer, as Senate minority leader, has the power to "whip the vote" among the Democrats. Call him and tell him to do his job. Do not leave a message -- make sure you speak to a staffer.


Schumer's phone numbers
DC: 202-224-6542
NYC: 212-486-443
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Suggested scripts (personalize as desired):

I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE].  Senator Schumer MUST whip the vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. Even when the odds are against us I NEED TO SEE HIM WORKING HARD FOR US because the base is working hard for Democrats across this country. We expect Democrats to HOLD THE LINE! Will he ensure that all Democrats vote no and that he'll do everything possible to hold the caucus together?      

Or                                                    

I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE]. Senator Schumer must demand that ALL of Kavanaugh's previous writings be reviewed before any vote takes place.  People need to be reminded of how far right he can take the court.  Also, he should recognize that a vote for Kavanaugh won't win over Republicans in red states. It will just threaten the support of progressive activists who have been making change happen across this country.                                                            
                                                       

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Call Kirsten Gillibrand

We know Senator Gillibrand is voting against Kavanaugh. Call her anyway to offer encouragement. Again, be sure to speak to a staffer rather than leaving a voicemail.

Gillibrand's phone numbers
DC: 202-224-4451
NYC: 212-688-6262


Suggested script (personalize as desired):  I am a constituent calling from [ZIP CODE]. I know we can count on Senator Gillibrand voting "No" on Kavanaugh, and I thank her for that. I'm calling to ask her and her fellow senators to keep demanding to see all of Kavanaugh's records. Also, I've been asking her colleague Chuck Schumer to whip the vote against Kavanaugh and getting no response. Can she let Schumer know that her office is getting calls complaining that he is unresponsive?


Thursday, September 6, 2018
Blue Wave Festival - Manhattan
LGBT Center
208 W. 13th St.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ACTIVITY! From the organizers: "The Blue Wave Festival is a one-stop shop for NYC progressives looking to volunteer in this year’s crucial local and statewide races." The FREE event will include:

  • Candidate tables
  • Second home voter registration
  • Car share & hosting facilitation
  • Voter registration & voter registration training
  • Sign-up for pre-planned Get Out the Vote Trips
  • Postcard writing and other creative Get Out the Vote efforts
  • Legal observation training & know your rights
  • Plus election-related crafting for kids and adults, a DJ, and food!

Remember, the state primaries are just one week away!


Friday, September 7, 2018
Resistbot Both Senators
It's no different than texting your family and friends: Use Resistbot to electronically send a message to both our senators. To get started, text the word RESIST to 50409 and the bot will walk you through the rest. After you set up your account the first time, it will take you two minutes or even less to message your senators any time of the day or night. Resistbot is free and available 24/7. Do it while you're on your lunch break, watching TV, walking the dog, or on the train. If you're not sure what you want to write about, text the word TOPIC and the bot will make a suggestion.


Saturday, September 8, 2018
Blue Wave Festival - Brooklyn
Irondale Center
85 S Oxford St.
Brooklyn
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Couldn't make the Blue Wave Festival on Thursday night? You have another opportunity in Brooklyn. If you haven't participated in any or many Get Out the Vote activities, this is the place to go and sign up. Again, a highly recommended and FREE activity in a festive atmosphere.


-- Weekly newsletter #78 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

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
Brooklyn
6 p.m. - 9 p.m
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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.

Actions for Week of August 20, 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, August 20, 2018
Call Senator Chuck Schumer About Kavanaugh
Indivisible National is asking all of us to call our senators and tell them that we're against the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Here are phone numbers, email addresses, and scripts:

  • Senator Chuck Schumer. NYC office: (212) 486-4430; DC office: (202) 224-6542
    • Hi, 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 now.
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. NYC office: (212) 688-6262; DC office:  (202) 224-4451
    • Hi, 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?

Bonus action:

  • Email Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
    • 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. (And I'm sure you are familiar with studies that show the majority of women seeking abortions are poor and already have children.) 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.

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - TWO ACTIONS
(1) Sign Up to Canvass on Saturday for Liuba Grechen Shirley

Liuba Grechen Shirley is the Democrat running for Congress against incumbent Peter King in New York District 2 on Long Island. Indivisible UES has officially endorsed her. On Saturday, Aug. 25, we be canvassing in her district. If you already signed up for the trip at our last meeting, you will be hearing from executive committee member Rich Meitin, and you don't need to do anything now. If you haven't signed up yet, please email now.  Also, you can learn more from Indivisible National about how voter contact helps win elections by clicking here.

(2) Watch Cuomo and Nixon Gubernatorial Debate Livestream
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A Cuomo-Nixon gubernatorial debate is scheduled to be held at Golden Imperial Palace, 618 62nd Street, Brooklyn. Free tickets to attend in person are already sold out, but you can try showing up to see if there are cancellations. Doors open at 6 p.m. For everyone else, organizers have indicated they plan to have a livestream. Stay up to date about that by clicking here.



Wednesday, August 22, 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 above). Here is our suggested text, but please remember that a personalized message is always best if you have the time:

  • 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.




Thursday, August 23, 2018
Cynthia Nixon at "Women Smashing the Status Quo" Forum
Small City
55-C 9th Street
Brooklyn
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon will be part of a forum which also includes attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout; and state senate candidates Julia Salazar and Jasi Robinson. Hear firsthand from them how they plan to address women's health, reproductive justice and gender equity. This will be a moderated panel, but will have an open Q + A at the end.


Friday, August 24, 2018
Call (and Resistbot )Your Senators

The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will lead to an extreme-right court for decades. This is a priority fight. Plan to join us at a march on Sunday (see below). Today, we're going to reiterate Monday's messages for Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both by phone and by Resistbot (text the word RESIST to 50409 to use Resistbot). Here are suggested scripts -- you are encouraged to personalize them.

  • Senator Chuck Schumer. NYC office: (212) 486-4430; DC office: (202) 224-6542
    • Hi, 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 now.
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. NYC office: (212) 688-6262; DC office:  (202) 224-4451
    • Hi, 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?



Saturday, August 25, 2018
Canvass for Liuba Grechen Shirley in NY02
Executive committee member Rich Meitin has organized a day of canvassing for Democratic candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley on Long Island.  See Tuesday's entry for more details.



Sunday, August 26, 2018
Fight for Roe v. Wade: National Day of Action
11:30 am.: Meeting time for Indivisible UES members at 86th and Lex, NW corner
Noon: Scheduled start time for event in City Hall Park

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is guaranteed to attack Roe v. Wade. From the organizers of the "Unite for Justice" national day of action: " On August 26, all across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court. United, we will to fight to ensure Brett Kavanaugh never gets confirmed by the Senate. We will #StopKavanaugh." Information on the Manhattan event is here. Please RSVP here if you'd like to go with a group of Indivisible UES members.




-- Weekly newsletter #76 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.

Actions for Week of August 13, 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, August 13, 2018
Phone Bank for Alessandra Biaggi

Email your RSVP to get details of time and location
Alessandra Biaggi is a True Blue Democrat running for state senate against Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein.  The state primary is Thursday, September 13, and it's crucial to get out the vote now. Join Empire State Indivisible to phone bank for Biaggi; bring a laptop and phone.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Get Out the Vote! Protect the Vote!
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join Brooklyn Voters Alliance to learn how you can help get out the vote for the September 13 state primary, and volunteer to protect the vote with the NY Democratic Lawyers Council.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Call Relay to Chuck Schumer About Kavanaugh
Click here to sign up for a time to call Senator Chuck Schumer and tell him to whip the Democratic vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to begin confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh on Sept. 4, even though years of documents related to his time in the Bush White House remain unavailable for review. One thing we do know is that Kavanaugh plans to gut Roe v Wade, so even though Democrats are the minority, every Dem senator should stand up for our values and vote as one. As minority leader, Senator Chuck Schumer is responsible for organizing the votes. Phone number and script provided.

  • In addition to your call, text RESIST to 50409 and use Resistbot to send the message electronically.


Thursday, August 16, 2018
Postcard Writing for Dana Balter
Lotus Garden
97th Street west of Broadway (above parking lot)
6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m
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Call Arlene at 315-480-5781 upon arrival; she'll open the gate

Dana Balter is the Democratic candidate for New York's 24 Congressional District, a key swing district in the fight to flip the House blue. Write postcards to registered Democrats to help get out the vote.


Friday, August 17, 2018
Check Your Voting Registration - List of Deadlines
Even if you are sure you are registered to vote, please check here to be sure you haven't been removed from the rolls. If you are registered as Independent, consider changing to Democrat in order to participate in primaries. Here are the various registration-related deadlines.

  • Sunday, August 19: Deadline to register to vote.
  • Friday, August 24: Deadline to change your address. If you have a home outside New York City -- especially in a swing district -- you're encouraged to switch your registration to that address. You can then vote by absentee ballot.
  • Thursday, September 6: Deadline to apply by mail for Absentee Ballot.
  • Wednesday, September 12: Deadline to submit Absentee Ballot.
  • Thursday, September 13: Democratic Primary Election Day.



Saturday, August 18, 2018
Canvass for Antonio Delgado
Meet at 10 a.m. at 240 West 98th Street to car pool to Hyde Park
Return to Manhattan at 7 p.m.

Join Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible and other Swing Left volunteers and canvass for Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado in this key swing district. You'll be knocking on doors of registered Democrats who are infrequent voters to identify Delgado supporters; urge them to fill out "Pledge to Vote" cards; and possibly volunteer. Help flip the House blue!


Sunday, August 19, 2018
Canvass for Alessandra Biaggi
Contact host to get meet-up location
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Here's another chance to get out the vote for Alessandra Biaggi, who is running for state senate against Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference. The IDC is the group of eight state senators who run as Democrats but vote with Republicans, blocking all progressive legislation in New York State. Join Citizen Action of New York and knock on doors of registered Democrats to let them know about Biaggi and the September 13 state primary.

-- Weekly newsletter #75 written by Wendy Brandes, executive committee, Indivisible Upper East Side

 

Actions for Week of August 6, 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, August 6, 2018
Review This Week's Activist Opportunities Below
This is a busy week. In addition to our chapter's monthly meeting on Thursday -- featuring guest speaker Scott Stringer, Comptroller of New York City --  there are two out-of-town opportunities. Take a moment to read through the newsletter and plan your calendar.



Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - TWO OPTIONS
(1) Save SCOTUS Phone Bank Webinar
7:30 p.m.

Indivisible National is running a virtual phone bank to contact key voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas to talk about the Supreme Court [aka SCOTUS - Supreme Court of the United States] seat and help flip crucial Senate seats in November.  Sign up for the 7:30 p.m. training webinar to review best practices for your calls and learn to use the Hubdialer call platform. You can sign up for a phone bank shift on the same page.

(2) Phone Bank for Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Avenue
15th floor
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join a phone bank for gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams. You'll need to bring a laptop, phone, and ear buds/headphones. Note: Nixon and Williams have been endorsed by Indivisible National and various New York-based chapters. While Indivisible Upper East Side is not officially endorsing any candidates in Democratic primaries, we encourage individual members to assist any campaigns that appeal to them.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - TWO OPTIONS

(1) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Manhattan Town Hall
Riverside Church
South Hall
490 Riverside Drive
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Event begins at 6 p.m.
Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is holding a town hall in Manhattan. She’ll give brief remarks, answer any questions you have, and listen to your thoughts and feedback on the issues you care most about. Staff will also be on hand to answer questions about how the Senator’s office can assist you. RSVP strongly encouraged: Click here.
 

(2) Postcard Party
209 East 56th St., Apt. 6B
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join Rise and Resist and Postcards to Voters to help turn districts across the country blue. You'll be sending friendly, handwritten reminders to targeted voters to help give Democrats a winning edge in close, key races across the country. All supplies will be provided.



Thursday, August 9, 2018
Indivisible UES Monthly Meeting With Guest Speaker Scott Stringer
Unitarian Church of All Souls
80th and Lex
Basement Gallery
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be Scott Stringer, Comptroller of New York City. Stringer was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, where he represented Manhattan’s West Side for 13 years. In 2006 he became Manhattan Borough President. He was elected Comptroller in 2013. There will be a moderated Q&A session after he speaks. Please RSVP here.
 


Friday, August 10, 2018
March for Our Lives Town Hall
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th St.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

March for Our Lives -- the student activist group formed in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting -- organized the nationwide anti-gun-violence protests in March.  This summer, the students have been on a "Road to Change" tour, making stops across America to get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote.  Join their New York City event tonight.



Saturday, August 11, 2018
Build the Blue Wave: Canvass for Delgado
Meet in lobby of 240 West 98th St. at 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Join Upper West Side Move On/Indivisible to canvass in swing district NY19 on behalf of Democratic first-time candidate Antonio Delgado -- the Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Law graduate who is challenging U.S. Rep. John Faso. After meeting on the Upper West Side, canvassers will car pool to Hyde Park. Training will be provided during a stop at Delgado's campaign office.  Contact Arlene Geiger if you can help with the driving.



Sunday, August 12, 2018
Counterprotest a Racist Rally in Front of the White House
Lafayette Square
Washington, D.C.
1 p.m. - 12 a.m.

"Why aren't people out on the streets protesting every day?" is a question that is asked a lot. Well, people ARE protesting every day -- the news sources you follow just aren't reporting it.  You can see committed protest for yourself if you go to D.C. today to join #OccupyLafayettePark (aka #KremlinAnnex) -- a nightly protest outside the White House that's marking its fourth week of continuous action. This day's protest is particularly important because there is a racist, fascist, and white supremacist rally scheduled to take place to commemorate the fatal terrorist action that took place in Charlottesville one year ago. Organizers of the counterprotest say, "It's critically important that we don't allow [that] message to go unanswered." Hop on a bus or train and be part of the answer. Please review the below disclaimer on lawful, non-violent protest before you get there.

-- Weekly newsletter #74 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.

Actions for Week of July 30, 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 are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

 

Monday, July 30, 2018
Plan to Participate in One of Four Abolish ICE Actions This Week
Activist group Rise and Resist has organized four actions in four days against the abuse of power committed by ICE, targeting local, state and federal government entities as well as private companies that profit from immigrant detention. Click the links for more event details as well as information about specific demands.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Fundraiser for No IDC NY
Brass Monkey
55 Little West 12th St.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Indivisible Upper East Side is one of the co-sponsors of this fundraiser for the No IDC NY candidates. These are the true Democrats running against the eight state senators of the Independent Democratic Conference. The IDC senators have been scamming constituents for years by running as Democrats but voting with Republicans in order to quash progressive legislation in New York State. We need real Democrats not only on the federal level but on the state level too. Buy a ticket -- or make a donation -- to be a supporter.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Share a Link About September's Primary
The Thursday, September 13, state primary is less than two months away. Yes, we just had a federal primary in June. New York is the only state in the nation that has separate state and federal primary elections in this exceptionally important year. Republicans in the state forced this situation. Confusion and lower voter turnout benefits them. It is urgent that you spread the word about the September primary to your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. We must flip the New York State Senate blue to get voting reform so this doesn't happen again. Share this New York Times link with people you know and help them understand the importance of their vote. You can refer to Tuesday's information about the IDC to make your point.


Thursday, August 2, 2018
Contact Chuck Schumer Two Times
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is flat-out refusing to do his job, which is to use all the powers in his command to unite the Democrats against the extremist and unqualified Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh. As his constituent, you should contact him in two different ways today and tell him that he needs to act like the Minority Leader should and whip the vote. First, call his office at 212-486-4430. Then contact him electronically via Resistbot by texting the word RESIST to 50409. Resistbot is available 24/7 and after you set your account up, additional free messages will take you two minutes or less to send, so you can do this outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need a script, you can work from this letter that our group sent to Schumer at our July meeting.


Friday, August 3, 2018
Texting for Democratic Candidates
Help power the Blue Wave by joining Red2Blue's massive texting effort. They will be texting for many congressional candidates now through the fall. Text from wherever you are! Email red2blue.gobk@gmail.com to be invited to Red2Blue's Slack team, and turn on notifications for the #texting channel.


-- Weekly newsletter #73 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.

Actions for Week of July 23, 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 are for informational purposes only, and any questions about the events should be directed to the organizers.

Monday, July 23, 2018
Learn About Continuing Demonstrations in NYC and DC
For members who have inquired about committed, on-the-ground, "occupation"-type demonstrations, Occupy ICE NYC began in New York's Foley Square on June 26 with the goal of disrupting deportations and offering aid to families facing deportation in the form of food, first aid, and legal referrals. Click here to read about the group's demands and how you can contribute needed supplies to demonstrators. You can also join the demonstration yourself. If you're prepared to travel to Washington, D.C., for a ongoing protest, Occupy Lafayette Park launched last Monday -- in front of the White House -- after the Trump-Putin meeting. The organizers are looking forward to the delivery of a "new and very loud sound system" today. If you can't join the protest in person, you can contribute to the food, water, and security needs of the protestors via GoFundMe. Before joining these or any other demonstrations, please re-read the disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter acknowledging the risks involved and agreeing to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Postcard Party for Katie Muth for Pennsylvania Senate
304 State Street, between Smith & Hoyt
Brooklyn
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join fellow activists and write postcards to Pennsylvania voters on behalf of Katie Muth, a local Indivisible chapter founder who is now running for State Senate in District 44. (We need to flip state legislatures blue because local government plays an increasingly important role as federal protections of our rights are chipped away.) Register here for the event -- and if you can't attend, you can still get postcards to fill out.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Tell Chuck Schumer to Whip the Vote Against Kavanaugh
New York Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer MUST unite Democrats against the unacceptable, far-right Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh. In his leadership role, Schumer has the power to apply pressure on Democrats for key votes, but he has failed to do so. This might be the most crucial vote of all, and Democrats need to stand as one. Call Schumer's office at 212-486-4430. You can use this letter as the basis for your message.

  • In addition to or in lieu of a phone call, send the same message to Schumer electronically via Resistbot. Text the word RESIST to 50409 and the bot will guide you through the process.


Thursday, July 26, 2018
Attorney General Candidate Forum
Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join Empire State Indivisible and the True Blue NY Coalition for a moderated candidate forum for New York Attorney General. The hosts say, "The role of Attorney General has taken on a heightened importance due to the chaos in Washington and the corruption in Albany. This is your opportunity to hear from the candidates running for this critical position. Jarret Berg, the Executive Director of the New York Democratic Lawyer's Council will moderate the discussion."  Register for the event here.


Friday, July 27, 2018
Use Resistbot and Share With a Friend
Text RESIST to 50409 to send a message to your elected officials in under two minutes via Resistbot. If you haven't done it before, you will have to answer a few questions to get it set up. (The bot needs your location in order to direct you to the right officials, and your name in order to sign your messages.) After the initial set-up, you'll be able to get right to the issues. Resistbot is a free service, available 24/7, across the country. After you send a message about whatever is on your mind, find one person who hasn't used Resistbot and walk that person through the process. All government officials tally the number of calls/emails/etc. they receive every day, and track the topics of the communications. When they don't hear from you, they think you don't care.


Saturday, July 28, 2018
Canvass in the Bronx for Democrat Alessandra Biaggi
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) is a group of eight New York State senators who run as Democrats but vote with Republicans against progressive legislation.  The leader of the IDC is Jeff Klein, who has been accused of sexual harassment. Alessandra Biaggi is his true Democratic challenger. Take a two-hour shift and canvass on her behalf. Knocking on doors has been proven to be effective in reaching first-time and infrequent voters for these crucial races. RSVP here.


Sunday, July 29, 2018 -- TWO OPTIONS
(1) Canvass in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for Democrat Antonio Delgado
Meet in lobby of 240 W. 98th St. at 10 a.m. for carpool
Return to NYC at 7 p.m.
RSVP in advance is required

Join Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible and other Swing Left volunteers to talk to voters in NY District 19 in the town of Rhinebeck to help swing the House in the 2018 midterm elections. Meet at 10 a.m. to learn about Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado -- who is challenging Republican John Faso -- and train for canvassing. There will be a carpool to Rhinebeck from there. RSVP and get more information about transportation here.

(2) Phonebanking Training Webinar by Indivisible National
1 p.m.
Indivisible National says, "The final weekend of July marks just 100 days left before the midterms. It’s time to kick our national electoral work into high gear and show we’re going ALL IN to build the blue wave — including calling out the vote in key states to flip seats in the Senate." This live phonebanking training webinar will teach you how to use the phonebanking platform and make the most of your calls. Sign up here.


-- Weekly newsletter #72 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.