This is What Democracy Looks Like
Thank you to everyone who attended the Brindisi town hall on Wednesday in New York Mills. We remember the days when NY22 didn’t have town halls under the terrible (lack thereof) leadership of #OneTermTenney. We’ll never get tired of engaging in democracy. We can’t wait to read your letters to the editor about your experience!
Call State Representatives to Protect Immigrants’ Rights
Our activist partner Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA) and IMV’s immigration/refugee working group ask for you to call your state representatives today and next week regarding funding for immigrants’ rights. The Access to Representation Act, if included in the state budget, would provide funding for the immigration legal services program known as the Liberty Defense Project.
We know the Trump administration terrorizes immigrant communities because cruelty is the point. Providing lawyers for immigrants gives them the chance to protect their rights when facing deportation. Indivisible Mohawk Valley always stands with immigrant and marginalized communities, so please call Gov. Cuomo, and your Assembly and state Senators. Script is below. Also a lobby day in Albany is scheduled for March 11th. More details to come.
Let’s Win This Thing!
It’s a rematch for the NY22 congressional race, and we want to keep #OneTermTenney living up to her name because we know that Anthony Brindisi is the best person to represent this district in Congress. His re-election announcement event is Monday night at 6pm on the 4th floor of 171 Genessee St, Utica. Remember two years ago when Tenney held her re-election announcement at Cavallo’s in New Hartford, had about 80 people inside, yelled “Fake News” into a reporter’s microphone, and we had 66 peope protesting outside? Good times! We took the wind out of her sails (hey, it’s what we do), and now it is time to show up en masse to celebrate this race that we are determined to win in 2020. We’re fired up and ready to go!
Petitions start on Tuesday
Petitions to get Democratic candidates on the ballot so voters have choices starts on February 25th. Bill Thickstun did a great petition refresher training for us in February at our monthly meeting. If you missed it, are interested in carrying petitions, and not a member of your town Democratic committee, please reach out to Lucy MacIntosh with the Brindisi campaign for training and materials.
Petitioning is the first direct voter contact made by volunteers in this election. Not only are we modeling that democracy is not a spectator sport, but we are showing people at the doors that we are making activism bite size, local, and fun. Remember there are multiple ways to support petitioning including being a driver or ride-along-buddy. Make sure we know how you want to help!
Fundraising for Stamps
IMV’s postcarding group is one of 10 Indivisible groups around the state who are writing 1000 postcards to support the progressive candidate in the NY27 special congressional race on April 28. 10,000 postcards means $3500 to raise for stamps. NY27 voters deserve a member of Congress with integrity and someone who is on the right side of history with us in resisting Trump. If you can write postcards, yay! If you’re unable to, please sponsor a roll of postcard stamps that helps empower 100 voters to get to the polls by making a $35 donation through the IMV ActBlue page. Thank you!