Register Now for the NY State Virtual Convening
Pregame the Convening with a happy hour on Saturday, December 12th at 7-8pm!
Day 1 - December 13th at 2-4pm
“The Power of NY in the Senate”
“Indivisible OneNYS: Build & Use Our Power”
“Day of Action - The People Lead - 1/13/21”
Day 2 - December 14th at 6-8pm
“2021 Readiness Trainings”
You’ll receive a confirmation email that will have the one Zoom link we’ll use for all three events. This is for all Indivisibles in New York. We always do amazing work when we come together--let's make this virtual convening awesome and impactful starting with seeing you there!
Join the Fight for Budget Justice in New York
There's nothing we can do to help Anthony win the NY22 election at this point. What are you doing with your nervous energy?
How about getting involved in the re-launch of the statewide progressive coalition for budget justice this December? The campaign is coalescing around a package of six revenue-raising bills that share an overall aim of shifting the burden from working- and middle-class New Yorkers onto those who can most afford it. There are two bills each focused on income, wealth, and business/corporations, to raise a total of $50-75 billion/year in NYS. Here is an overview and presentation of the bills and framing. Because of the super-majority in the state senate, we have an even better chance to advance these bills than we did in the 2019 or 2020 sessions.
Here are two ways to get involved:
Empire State Indivisible, one of our coalition partners, is sponsoring some phone banking sessions.
You can sign up here: https://airtable.com/
If you want to learn more about budget justice next week, you can join Citizen Action’s 2021 Strategy Session to Tax the Rich & Invest in Our Communities on Wednesday, Dec. 9th at 6 pm. IMV also plans to do some political education on budget justice in January, when it's time to really start putting some pressure on our state legislators.
Climate Crisis Work Group Update
There was a lot to cover when the group met on Monday, and a lot of work to do as we push the state legislature and Governor to fund the CLCPA. Divest NY continues to put pressure on Comptroller DiNapoli to divest state funds from fossil fuels. But climate work is also done at the local level, and actions are occurring on those fronts as well.
Climate Crisis Committee member Kari Procopio is working on two projects in an effort to promote clean energy and awareness on local & regional environmental issues. The first is helping New York State residents enroll in the state community solar initiative. This free program displaces fossil fuels from our grid and guarantees savings on residential and small business utility bills each month.
Kari is also launching an environmental news online publication called Ardent Vox and is looking for writers to contribute stories on issues regarding the environment, the climate crisis, renewable energy, etc.
If you are interested in finding out if you're eligible to enroll in community solar and/or write for ArdentVox.com, contact Kari at email@example.com.
Love Trumps Hate: Thoughts from Judy Jerome
It was the first term of Bill Clinton’s administration and I was working at BOCES as the Director of the School Library System which provided services for 113 school libraries. I was closely watching the platform develop during his first term and was particularly excited by the proposed health care plan.
I was even more excited when I heard that the plan was proposed and authored by First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton. I read the entire proposal. And then I heard Hillary provide the keynote address at the annual conference of the New York Library Association and even was able to ask her a few questions about her proposal afterwards.
Health care for all and the brilliance behind the proposed legislation was, I realized, worth fighting for. And that’s what I did.
I supported Hillary when she ran against Barack Obama in the primaries of 2008 and was disappointed when she didn’t get the nomination. But with no hesitation supported Obama when he ran and I wasn’t at all disappointed when he became President.
In 2016 Hillary did secure the Democratic nomination. It was shocking to watch Donald J. Trump, an erstwhile NYC real estate developer, serial womanizer and C level gadfly, get the Republican nomination. I rejoiced. Surely the intelligence of Hillary would prevail in the one-on-one combat of a national campaign with this Trump person.
How wrong I was. I didn’t realize how deeply misogyny and racism coursed through the veins of this country. “A woman President? Never!” They said. “Bad enough that we had a n***** President.” They said.
I was shocked. And scared. Scared by the number of people who bought into Trump’s rhetoric. Fearful of what that meant. Over the course of four years, I realized that my shock and terror was not misplaced. Every day brought new horrors culminating with a pandemic which has now afflicted almost 15 million people and caused the deaths of almost 260,000. The lack of concern or even human empathy for the citizens of our country by this President is profound.
I contrast this with the proposed health care program of Hillary Clinton which would have provided a “health care security card” to every citizen …. and I weep. On 9 November 2016, I spent most of the day tearfully and then in an act of personal disobedience, I pinned on a button which says “Love trumps hate.”
I have worn that button every day since 9 November 2016. *Every day* front and center on my tee shirt or whatever I may be wearing at the time. It has sparked conversations wherever I went. Many thumbs up over the last four years and some people who actually asked “So, do you love him or hate him?”
I talked. I explained. I took as much time as was needed to explain why I wore this pin. The pin did its job.
And now in 2020, post 3 November, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Our long struggle to survive this frontal assault on our democracy may be over. For now. Almost 74,000,000 people voted for Donald J. Trump. A staggering number who support his fascism and racism. We will need to work even harder to keep our country on the right track.
I am hopeful that President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris are up to it. As I write this, Joe is naming his Cabinet nominees, people defined by experience and hard work and diversity. I am optimistic.
I also need to add that I have found a group of people who shared my horror with the 2016 election and knowing that we are ‘better together’, I channeled my tearfulness into action, with them by side. Thank you, IMVers. The good work continues.
On 20 January 2021, 12:01 pm, I will take off my button. I may hear a choir of angels, but probably not. I now understand how truly fragile our democracy is. My hope is that I never have to put it on again. --Judy Jerome, New Hartford
Democracy is not a spectator sport. It's also a team sport. So let's stay connected as we hear into 2021. Stay safe and healthy too.