Action this Week – Feb. 28, 2020

CALLS Needed Today!

We need a wave of calls today to our state legislators, Governor Cuomo, Andrea Stewart Cousins (Assembly leader) and Carl Heastie  reminding them that it is crucial that $1 billion for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is in this year’s state budget!

Today, Friday, February 28th is the last time our legislators will be in their district offices before they submit their budgets for final negotiations. We need to make sure they hear from their constituents about how strongly we feel that it is critical to include climate justice funding in this year’s New York State budget. Remember, leaving a message is as good as talking to someone directly!

Script:

This is _______________, calling to let you know how important I believe it is that you insist that $1 billion for the CLCPA be included in this year’s budget.  We know that our communities can’t wait for real investments in clean air and water, resilient infrastructure, and affordable, accessible renewable energy.  Our community, our state, and our planet can win with real money for climate, jobs, and justice in this year’s budget.

  • Governor Cuomo 518 474-8390
  • Assemblywoman Buttenschon 315 732-1055
  • Senator Griffo 315 793-9072
  • Assemblyman Blankenbush 518 455-5797

WANTED! Rooms for Hard Working Campaigners

Supporter housing will be a great need for the Brindisi for Congress campaign in 2020. Between staff needing a roof over their heads for a few months and out-of-district canvassers knocking on doors, a free, nice sleeping space goes a long way. Do you have a sleeping space in your home to offer? If yes, please fill out this form. Your local grassroots group or the Brindisi for Congress campaign will follow up with you as requests for supporting housing arise. Thanks for being part of this awesome grassroots network!

Let’s get that Postcard Party Started

The IMV Postcard group returns, with a lot of postcards to work on.  Plus, it’s fun social time too. Come join IMV members as we work on a statewide postcard campaign to help get Democratic women voters to the polls on April 28th to vote for Nate McMurray in the NY27 special congressional election.

We have 1000 postcards to write. Don’t worry, many hands make light work and the handwriting portion is small. We provide supplies–we just need you!  Welcome back to all our regular postcard writers! We welcome first-time writers as well and look forward to getting to know you. Meet us at The Other Side, next to Delmenico’s on Genesee St in Utica, across from the Uptown Theatre. Party starts today at 9:00 AM, but you can drop in anytime between 9 and noon. Can’t join us? You can still be part of the action by donating money to buy postage.

Film Talk on Voter Suppression

The super active Kirkland Town Democratic Committee is screening a film on Thursday at 7:00 called Suppressed: The Right to Vote at the Kirland Town Library in Clinton. The new documentary by Robert Greenwald, weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The film exposes how the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America. #FightToVote  Come early (around 6:45pm) to have cookies; we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle.  Discussion follows this short film!

Petitioning is Underway

Petitions to get Democratic candidates on the ballot so voters have choices started 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 because

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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