Action this Week – Dec. 13, 2019

What To Do About Impeachment NOW


Close your eyes for just a second and remember the exact moment you realized that Donald J. Trump was going to be the President of this country that you love.

Okay, you can open them.  Sorry for putting you through the flashback trauma.  Of course, that worst moment of your political life did not end there.

There have probably been hundreds of moments over the past three years when you were undone by shock and disgust at his incompetence, his cruelty, his corruption, his disrespect of the law, of Americans, of allies, and of the Constitution.  There have been times when you were so angry at his actions or tweets that you wanted to punch a wall.  You’ve felt shame and horror at his racism and you’ve worried about whether the judiciary can survive, whether women’s rights and bodies will be protected.  You’ve worried about children alone in cages, lost to the parents forever, and immigrants whose lives are destroyed because they speak Spanish or practice Islam.  You’ve worried about the permanent damage to the planet and whether anyone is going to stop him from starting a nuclear war.  

If this is sounding even remotely familiar, then you have something to look forward to next week, because you have the chance to be part of history.  When your grandchildren ask you next month, or in 50 years, where you were when the Congress drew a line on this insanity, you MUST BE ABLE TO SAY THAT YOU WERE IN THE STREETS.  In the cold, in the dark, with a candle and sign, you were there, standing up for your values, for your country, for democracy, for the truth.  

Currently there are only 200 people (!) signed up for the Utica Impeachment Eve rally.  This is hard for IMV Steering Committee to understand because there are over 900 people who’ve signed up to receive this IMV email, and if there is anything, anything at all that this group stands forthat we stand for together, it is resistance to Donald Trump’s innumerable impeachable offenses, and a conviction that we have the power together to resist him and his GOP supporters in Congress.  We flipped the House in 2018 with great effort because we wanted this moment of accountability to be possible.  

Please sign up for the rally and do it right now here, and share with friends by email or Twitter:
https://www.impeach.org/event/impeach-and-remove/125696

Here’s the Facebook sign up link: 
https://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fact.moveon.org%2Fevent%2Fimpeach-and-remove-attend%2F125696

Or just look for the nearest rally to you at impeach.org.  There are more than 400 rallies in all 50 states, with nearly 100,000 signups so far.  We can increase that only if people spread the word.  A majority of Americans want impeachment.  Let’s get that message across.  

The best information we have now says the House vote will is likely on Wednesday, Dec. 18th, which means we will likely rally on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 5:30 pm.  But nothing is set in stone yet.  If you’re signed up for the rally on the national website (impeach.org), you’ll get an email as soon as we know the actual date, and if you provide a phone number you’ll get a text or phone call most likely as well.  But you have to be signed up so you know what day to show up.  The location is Oneida Square Roundabout.  Keep your sign, hand warmers, and a candle or flashlight in your car.  

In the meantime, call Rep. Brindisi’s office and let him know that you support impeachment because no one is above the law, and because Trump has put our nation’s security at risk, obstructed justice, threatened witnesses, and put his own political agenda ahead of our national interest.  
202-225-3665 or 315-732-0713. 

Anthony Needs Your Letters to the Editor


If Anthony Brindisi votes the way we expect him to vote, based on the facts and not other factors, he will face unprecedented attacks by the GOP and many Trump supporters in NY22.  What can we do to help him?  

The most important way that IMV members can help Rep. Brindisi win re-election (so we can live in a district with a Democratic rep!) is to knock doors. But it’s too early for that!  So right now, in December 2019 and January 2020 the biggest impact we can have it writing letters to the editor of local newspapers about all the good work he has been doing in the House.  

It’s simple. Pick one bill he has written, co-sponsored, or voted yes on, and write about why you’re glad for his work or vote on that issue.  All the information you need is on Rep. Brindisi’s Congressional Web page, under Media–Press Releases:  https://brindisi.house.gov/media/press-releases

Here are some ideas:  Rep. Brindisi: 
Wrote and passed a bill that improved health care for women veterans (part of the Deborah Sampson Act)
Championed and voted yes on a bill that lowered prescription drug prices
Voted for the new USMCA trade deal to help workers in Upstate New York and across America. 
Sponsored a bill to help low income & rural veterans that was signed into law. 
Sponsored and passed PACT, an animal welfare bill.
Continues to fight for upstate consumers with his Transparency for Cable Consumers Act
Voted to re-authorize VAWA which provides support to reduce domestic violence and help victims

There are dozens more examples like these. And again, you don’t have to be an expert.  Write about what he has accomplished in Congress that matters most to you.and rely on the press releases on his website for the details. 

The GOP spreads a false narrative that Congress is doing nothing, but Anthony Brindisi has been busy every day he is in Washington, working on legislation on behalf NY22.  He was rewarded for his productivity and advocacy related to national defense with a coveted appointment to the powerful House Armed Services Committee where is the only New Yorker on the majority side and will be able to advocate for Rome labs and upstate jobs.  

When he’s not in DC, he’s right here in NY22, gathering concerns in all settings, including open town hall meetings in all eight counties, so he can turn what he hears into appropriations and other legislation, whether the concern is consumer rights, natural disasters, or economic opportunity. 

A PDF with talking points can be emailed to you if you request it by sending a message to us at IndivisibleMohawkValley@gmail.com.

If you are willing to send in a letter but just don’t know how to go about writing one, there’s one other choice. A few members (who have already sent in their allowed letter each month) have volunteered to draft additional letters and provide them to someone else as needed. You could edit (or not) to personalize and then send it to your local paper under your signature. If that sounds like a good option for you, then just email IndivisibleMohawkValley@gmail.com.  We’ll hook you up with a letter ready to go. 


Fridays for Future Climate Actions Because Soon It Will Be TOO LATE


Today is our first Fridays for Future event, part of the global youth climate strike movement at Genesee & Memorial Parkway in Utica.  For now our time will be 3-4 pm but when it gets lighter earlier, we’ll move it later until we get to our traditional 4-6 pm time slot.   For more information on Fridays for Future across the globe, see the website.  The Climate Strike last week received a lot of local press, and the turnout was strong even with terrible weather. Let’s keep it up.  Honor Time’s Person of the Year, Greta Thunberg by showing up for an hour to save the world!


Citizen Action Meeting in Rome


IMV continues to encourage involvement in our local Citizen Action chapter and for our members to become dues paying members of Citizen Action. Citizen Action works on issues like education justice, and recently held a press conference at Utica City Hall to demand that the state pay the millions of dollars it owes the Utica and Rome city schools.  

Next up: Citizen Action is spreading out from its work in Utica, and is bringing together people in Rome to work on a wide range of state legislative and budget issues. Think housing, anti-poverty efforts, health care, and equitable funding for services needed in our upstate communities. 

No matter where you live in the Mohawk Valley, you are invited to join the meeting and get involved in Citizen Action. Thursday, Dec. 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm, CNY Chapter Citizen Action of New York meeting, Jervis Public Library Auditorium, 613 N Washington St, Rome.


Indivisible Announces Presidential Candidate Scorecard


On Wednesday, Indivisible released its Presidential Democratic Candidate 2020 Scorecard.  If you haven’t seen it, take a look.  The rubric is clear and the explanations are succinct.  It’s possible to see who responded and  took the Indivisible pledge,and what their commitments are in terms of top policy priorities and the democracy reforms needed to enact those policy changes.  New Yorkers are going to be asked to start carrying petitions for Presidential candidates within a few weeks. Who do you think best represents your values?  Who will be able to win and start enacting an agenda for democracy on day one in the White House?  Save Jan. 12th for our first IMV meeting of the year

When we meet in January we’ll be mapping out a plan for 2020. It’s a big year to build our membership and engage more people to win elections and win on the issues at the state and federal level.  We’re meeting monthly on Sunday afternoons in the winter, starting at Cherrywood in Clinton in January.  Please mark your calendar for Jan. 12th, 1:30-4:00 pm, at Cherrywood for IMV’s January meeting.  

We had an excellent Win 2021 Strategy Summit on Sunday, with more than 40 people in attendance from a variety of Democratic committee and organizations in Oneida as well as Herkimer and Madison Counties.   We began work on a two year plan to win county, city, and town seats, but it wasn’t a “one and done.”  It was the first of many meetings as we begin to get our plan finalized and off the ground, so stay tuned for more invitations. We talked about strengthening local party committees, providing more training on everything from running a campaign to using the Voter Activation Network (VAN) or county voter registration data to organize.  We talked about doing more to Get Out The Vote (GOTV), and about recruiting more volunteers for all of this.  That was just the start; more to come!

See you on Impeachment Eve at Oneida Square, 5:30 pm!

Democracy is not a spectator sport.