Action this Week – August 2, 2019

Join IMV at Rep. Brindisi’s Office Today 4:00 pm

It’s August Recess, and Members of Congress are back in their districts to check in with their constituents. IMV members are invited to Friday Lobby Hour at Rep. Brindisi’s Utica office this afternoon at 4 pm.  The address is 430 Court Street (Suite 102), Utica. Fill out a constituent concern form to let Anthony’s staff know what issues are foremost in your mind and how you are thinking about them.

It’s also a good chance to connect with your fellow activists. Sometimes we go out for a drink or a bite to eat when the office closes at 5 pm.  All are welcome!

Last week to complete IMV’s August Recess Survey

IMV’s Steering Committee has created a very brief survey to check up on how our members are feeling–about Anthony Brindisi and Congress and how it relates to your own energy and activism headed into the coming electoral cycles.  Click HERE to take the survey.   We want to hear from you.  It will take just a couple of minutes, no more.  We really appreciate your participation and thoughtfulness.  Your responses will be kept in confidence. Your contact information is respected and will not be shared.

We will post the survey for another week or so, and then will report back on key findings at our August meeting and in this email.  Again, HERE is your link to IMV’s August 2019 survey.

Weekly Vigil for the Migrants Detained, Separated

Several local members of Pax Christi, an organization committed to peace and justice, have scheduled a weekly vigil for the families separated at the border.  Gather in front of DeSales Center at 309 Genesee Street in Utica on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Please bring your posters.

Regardless of whether the politicians, media outlets, or the general public have “moved on” to the latest new topic, we have not forgotten that our country is still imprisoning people whoa re legally seeking asylum.  Our country is still locking up human beings in inhuman conditions.  Our country is still separating children from their parents, damaging them permanently and sometimes not even keeping track of where the children are sent.  We will keep meeting weekly to so that the spotlight remains on this horror of detention camps until we see change.

Are you supporting a local candidate?

Indivisible Mohawk Valley members believe that “Democracy is not a spectator sport,” and also that “all politics is local.”  We have met with many wonderful candidates for county, city, and town office over the past eight months, and are excited to see their campaigns take off.  Please, please, make sure that you are involved in a local 2019 campaign for a progressive candidate.  Here are just a few campaigns that have activities coming up.

Celeste Friend for Utica Common Council Ward 3.  Celeste has a weekly canvass that involves two hours of door knocking and then a meal cooked by another volunteer  It’s a lot of fun!  to get involved, see her website:https://www.uticaforall.com/ or her FB page.

Leigh Loughran is running for Oneida County Board of Leg (7th District-Rome).  She has a really neat fundraiser coming up this Sunday, August 4th at 7:30 pm at Cinema Capitol in Rome.  She’s showing the inspiring new documentary, “Knock Down the House.”  $25 on her Act Blue account will get you in.  Buy a ticket and attend!

Delvin Moody is running for Utica Common Council, 5th Ward. Like Celeste, he is using his campaign to do more than just get himself a seat on the Council. He’s working to build a people powered coalition of neighbors and strengthen his community’s voice within the city.  His next fundraiser is a block party in Cornhill on August 17th.  He needs volunteers for that event, and lots of people to connect with his campaign in other ways too, so check out his volunteer form here.

Samanth DeRiso is running for Oneida County Board of Leg, the 11th district (Whitesboro).  Encourage your friends who live in that district to attend her upcoming “Coffee with the Candidate” on Saturday, August 10th.

Check out all their pages, and get involved in their campaigns or a campaign in your ward, town, or district!

IMV Book Club To Read George Lakoff

The IMV book group is reading  “Don’t Think of an Elephant!” (“The All New” 2014 edition) by George Lakoff. This best selling book on framing is good background for our September meeting topic on messaging and communicating with people who are less progressive than we are. Date is TBD. If you have any questions, feel free to email Jennifer at jgeiger777@gmail.com.

Early Voting in NY Starts This Fall

If you want to know more, check out this important website: Vote Early NY.   IMVers who attended last weekend’s statewide Indivisible Convening in Albany saw a presentation by this group, and learned that GOTV will be very different in NY from now on.  New Yorkers will have nine days to vote, including two weekends and some evenings.  In Oneida County there will be three sites, and in Herkimer County two sites for early voting.  We need to prepare our ground game, and make sure we do a lot of education with voters in our communities.

Coming in September…

Our September IMV meeting is on Sunday Sept. 15th, rather than Sept. 8th, so please save that afternoon on your calendar! Our focus will be on framing our progressive values and how to engage with people effectively to share those values with people who are coming from other frames.

Indivisible plans a National Day of Action on Friday, September 13th, with lead-up earlier that week of Sept. 9th with a goal of advocating to our Member of Congress, Anthony Brindisi, to defund hate.  The goal of this nationwide action is to get Congress to defund the agencies (ICE! CBP!) currently spending huge resources (including funds stolen from other agencies like FEMA).

If you are willing to help plan IMV’s event for the National Day of Action on Sept. 13th, please email indivisiblemohawkvalley@gmail.com and let us know.

Indivisible Strategy

Our original Indivisible commitment was simple: 1) Resist the agenda of Trump and his enablers in the GOP Congress. 2) Hold our Members of Congress accountable, and 3) Advance progressive values.

But our movement has picked up steam. As the indivisible.org website says, “Action by action, day by day, group by group, Indivisibles are remaking our democracy.”

“Brought together by a practical guide to resist the Trump agenda, Indivisible is a movement of thousands of group leaders and more than a million members taking regular, iterative, and increasingly complex actions to resist the GOPs agenda, elect local champions, and fight for progressive policies.”

At our New York State Convening last weekend, group leaders from across the state began work on a statewide plan which you’ll hear more about in the coming months.

We are working at every level to elect progressive candidates. We are working on issues from health care and climate change to immigration, education, and campaign finance reform.  We are doing voter registration and engaging people in democracy on the ground.  And now, we’re going to be doing it in a coordinated way across the state.

Invite a friend to join you in the work, and let’s keep building our movement because

Democracy is not a spectator sport.