Action this Week – August 23, 2019

Join IMV’s Climate Change Working Group

Trump tweets out his latest messianic complex or personal attack on a fellow American several times a day. Meanwhile we face a global challenge that affects economies, migration, our grandchildren’s future, and human existence itself.  Climate Change is perhaps THE issue that matters most for our time.  It’s the one area where the damage being done now will not be able to be “fixed” by better leadership and better legislation once we defeat Trump and save democracy over the next few years. The damage is being done–permanently.

Still, even though the challenge of climate change is global and pressing, we can’t be overwhelmed.  We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work. That’s the message of IMV’s Climate Change Working Group.

Maggie Reilly, one of the group’s leaders, counsels hope and engagement rather than than hopelessness and paralysis.  She writes of a friend who says, “I totally understand that climate change IS a crisis; however, calm decisive action in ANY crisis is always more helpful.”  

Here’s what Maggie says about her own commitment to working on climate change in IMV: “I have been asked how I keep working on such a depressing issue as Climate Change. As an engineer I see it as a problem that must be solved and I don’t think much about it not being solvable. As a mother and grandmother I see it as my duty to work on this issue or I would be letting my family down. Here is what I took away from this article about why gloom and doom won’t help us fight climate change:  We need to believe we can make a difference so we can function at full capacity as concerned citizens.”

Don’t feel overwhelmed!  Instead come together with others who want to move the needle.  Whether you were part of the working group’s efforts to pass climate change legislation in Albany last spring or whether you are just getting started as a climate change activist, you are invited to the group’s August meeting, Monday, August 26th at 6:30 at the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton. 

High on the agenda for the meeting on August 26th is planning for a solidarity event in the Mohawk Valley for the youth organized global climate strike planned for September 20th.  Plus, get updates on the NY Renews Coalition, and the next steps for the climate change legislation that passed in Albany in June.

If you want to engage in political activism on climate change, see you Monday at 6:30 pm, August 26th, at Kirkland Town Library, 55 1/2 College Rd in Clinton. 

Visit IMV’s Table at the Latino America Festival Sunday

The Mohawk Valley Latino Association, Inc. will hold its 14th Annual Latino American Festival on Sunday, August 25, 2019, 12-7 pm, Hanna Park (City Hall) in Utica to showcase Hispanic Culture, ethnic foods, music and dancing.

This is a free admission event which will feature Latino America live entertainment. This annual gathering draws nearly 300-500 people, including visitors from other communities to celebrate Latin culture in the Mohawk Valley.

IMV is staffing a tables and hopes to engage with attendees about their political activism and let people know about our plans for #DefundHate week of action.

IMV members interested in voter registration are hosting a separate non-partisan voter registration table.  Please stop by!  If you would like to volunteer for a shift at either table, please email TODAY.  

Do you have technology skills?

Techies wanted!  The IMV Website Committee is expanding to become the Tech Committee.  As IMV grows, we are starting to see the need for evolving technology solutions for meetings, events, and rallies. So, we are in need of volunteers who can help us with selecting appropriate equipment to purchase, and can set up and trouble shoot at meetings and events. We invite any techies who can help to contact us through Thank you!

Call our Senators: Ask Them to Stand Strong on Gun Reform

Please call our Senators from NY and ask them to stand strong against Mitch McConnell on meaningful gun reform.  It’s up to us to help the parents from Everytown and Sandy Hook Promise, our Moms Demand Actionallies, and the young people from March for Our Lives keep the spotlight on gun reform, and push Congress to pass legislation now.  Here’s the link with a call script to make your calls to Sens. Schumer and Gilibrand today.

IMV Book Club Monday, Sept. 9th: “Don’t Think of an Elephant”

The IMV book group is reading  “Don’t Think of an Elephant!” (“The All New” 2014 edition) by George Lakoff. If you haven’t read it yet, you still have a few weeks to pick up the book and get started!  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. We will have a discussion on Monday, September 9th, 7-9 pm at the Kirkland Town Library (History room). If you have any questions, feel free to email Jennifer at

Weekly Vigil for the Migrants Detained, Separated

IMV has joined with Pax Christi to hold a weekly vigil for the families separated at the border.  We will meet at Oneida Square Roundabout (new location) for maximum visibility on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.  The next vigil is this coming Wednesday, August 28th.  All are welcome.  Please bring your posters.

We will hold the vigil at least until the Sept. 13th Defund Hate National Day of Action.  Let’s not let anyone forget the people trapped in detention centers with inadequate food, water, space, hygiene, and medical care, many of them children.

Even if you can’t make it to the vigil, you can still take action.  Call Rep. Brindisi’s office right now at 1-844-909-0232 to ask him to cut funding for ICE and CBP in this September’s funding bill, get rid of the slush fund, and put up guardrails so that Trump can’t just steal from FEMA and so that our treatment of immigrants is just and humane.  We’ll give you a script and connect you directly with your representative’s office.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.                                    

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