Action this Week – Nov. 22, 2019

Join Us to Make Calls and Posters on Wednesday Dec. 4th

IMV members are getting together on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 6:00 -8:00 pm in the second floor room of the Kirkland Town Library for some old-fashioned grassroots organizing.  We’ll be phone-banking and making posters for the Climate Change Rally (Dec. 6th) and the Impeachment Eve Rally (TBA), and phone banking to our call list to remind people to attend.

So enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie this coming week, and then get ready to activate and mobilize the first week of December!

Celebrate Anthony’s Birthday Today…

Today is the first anniversary of Anthony’s fortieth birthday. Yes, Anthony is 41 today!  He works hard for us every day.  To celebrate his birthday, how about writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about his work on key issues in Congress?

Our neighbors are hearing all kinds of propaganda about how the Democrats in Congress aren’t doing the work of the people on bread and butter issues. Well, ours IS, but no one will know it if we don’t spread the news.  Here are the issues on which letters need to be written by individual NY 22 constituents.  Rep. Brindisi:

1) is Supporting Women Veterans
2) is Helping our communities obtain help from FEMA after the Halloween flooding
3) is supporting workforce training and apprenticeships that lead to good jobs in our area. (Check out his Facebook page!)
4) has introduced legislation to transform how our nation treats those suffering from addiction.
5) has proposed legislation to help with mental health care in rural areas where rates of depression and suicide, especially among farmers, are higher than in urban areas. 

Or identify an issue of your own where you have seen Anthony make a legislative impact.  Write about it in a Letter to the Editor and send it.
Better than a birthday card!

Call On Rep. Brindisi to Co-Sponsor the Citizen Affordability Act for Immigrants

At our November brunch, we learned from Sonia Martinez about a proposal from the Trump administration’s US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to set exorbitant naturalization fee increases and unfairly limit fee waivers. The proposed change would raise the naturalization fee by 83% to $1,170, and eliminate fee waivers which have made naturalization more accessible to low-income and working class lawful permanent residents (LPRs).  This increase is the largest in more than a decade, and would put the dream of American citizenship out of reach for many of the nearly nine million LPRs who are eligible to naturalize.

Call Rep. Brindisi’s office (202-225-3665 or 315-732-0713) and ask him to cosponsor the Citizenship Affordability Act, HR 3328/S 1862 to the keep legal avenues for citizenship affordable, especially for low income immigrants. .

Mobilize on Impeachment!

1. 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.

2. Share the message below on social media, with your friends, and in letters to the editor.  It’s not complicated: It’s three sentences.

Trump used military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 election.
Then he tried to cover it up.
He must be impeached because nobody is above the law.

This is the point at which Letters to the Editor are going to be extremely important.  When people see in black and white how shocked their fellow Mohawk Valley residents are at the revelations coming out in the public hearings every day, and why you believe the President must be impeached and removed from office, it tells them that public sentiment is growing in our own community. Here’s a good tool to use to get started. You can tweak the letter to personalize it with your own words and thoughts.

3. If you like to do more, Indivisible’s impeachment hub dialer still going.  Click here to sign up for a shift to call people who live in states where their Senators will need to be pressured to do the right thing on impeachment.

Sign Up Now for the Nobody is Above the Law Rally in Utica

It is time to build public support for impeachment, not just for the House vote, but also in the Senate. That means Impeachment Eve Nobody is Above the Law Rallies to Impeach and Remove.  If you have friends in other parts of New York and in any other state, make sure they know to sign up now for their local rally.

Ours will be at 5:30 pm (the preferred national time) on the night before the vote to impeach is held in the house.  We will meet at Oneida Square Roundabout in Utica. Please sign up on the national map website so that you receive the email and text as soon as we receive the notification that the rally is a GO.  We now expect this vote to occur sometime before Christmas, probably Dec. 16-20. Keep warm clothes and a sign in your car!

Event partners for this national mobilization (270 events and counting) include MoveOn, March for Truth, Indivisible, Sierra Club, Women’s March, and more than 30 other major organizations.  Sign up now, and share the link with your friends. Because Nobody Is Above The LawShare the Facebook event link as well if you can.

It’s Time To Get Involved on the Climate Crisis

With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. In the September Climate Strikes alone, 7.6 million people took to the streets with us.

For too long, the climate crisis has not been discussed in Central New York. We’re here to change that. The climate crisis will impact us here, and is connected to events across the US and planet. It is time for our institutions to act, and in an equitable fashion. Marginalized communities must be at the center of this conversation. We demand that our elected officials and media address the climate crisis at the scale it needs to be.

Here are the details about the student-led Utica Climate Strike on Dec. 6th at noon. The coalition that the students are pulling together for this event is very impressive.  Want to know more about the Climate Strike demands?  Take a look here.   Be sure that you sign up! 

IMV’s Climate Crisis Work group encourages new people to attend our monthly meetings and get involved.  Here’s your 4 Step Climate Warrior To-Do list: 

1. Attend the Climate Strike at noon on Dec. 6th!  IMV is co-sponsoring the Strike and we need to be there to demonstrate our strength!

2. Anyone interested in being a safety marshal for the climate strike can email MonaP414@yahoo.com.  Those who have been marshals previously, as well as those who have never been, are welcome to help in this way on Dec. 6th.

3. The Climate Crisis Working Group November meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 25th at 6:30 pm-8 pm at the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton.

4. Attend the December 3rd talk at the Other Side about Climate Extinction.  (see calendar below).  JB Riffle will be speaking. JB is a local person who is working on the climate and ecological emergency. He states “I feel strongly that our climate and ecological emergency is systemic and so for me it is of the utmost importance that I work to mobilize people to act responsibly with that knowledge.”

Help Citizen Action and IMV’s Education Work Group Press for School Funding

CNY Citizen Action is kicking off the campaign for school funding at City Hall on Dec. 3 at 10 am. Parents, students, and community members will be calling on Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon to vote in favor of fully funding our schools, which includes a 3-year phase-in of foundation aid.

Schools in Utica and Rome are drastically underfunded and our children are suffering as a result. The state needs to fulfill its constitutional obligation to provide a sound basic education for all children, regardless of skin color or zip code.

Know an Artist?  We Need a Logo

Tell your talented graphic design friends, family members, students, and co-workers: We’re offering a $250 prize to the winner of our new logo contest.  Here are the specs.  1) Use Indivisible.org colors.  2) Convey action and togetherness, 3) Incorporate the full name of IMV into the design. We will use on web, print, t-shirts, letterhead, and banners.  Email your finished design in TIFF Format to IndivisibleMohawkValley@gmail.com.

2021 Strategy Summit

The 2019 election was tough locally.  We faced both strong Republican opposition to being challenged, and also low voter turnout.  We’re bringing together a wide range of people on Sunday, Dec. 8th (1-4 pm) at MVCC for a Win 2021 Strategy Summit.  This is for people who want to help build the plan and do the work collaboratively to execute it. The work may include everything from organizing more active and committed Democratic committees to developing more comprehensive candidate training and campaign support to more extensive GOTV efforts.  If you’re interested in attending, please email IndivisibleMohawkValley@gmail.com

What Are You Thankful For?

We had a wonderful, energizing brunch last Saturday.  The slideshow from our Civil Rights Pilgrimage group was both disturbing and inspiring. The group made a plea at our two most recent meetings for donations to the Equal Justice Initiative based in Alabama, and IMV attendees gave a total of $300.  We’re grateful for the generosity and the commitment to racial justice efforts. If you were motivated to focus on learning more about racism in our own community and/or becoming an active anti-racist, then we recommend attending Patrick Johnson’s December workshop on Dec. 5th at the Public Library (see calendar below).  Change starts in our own community and in ourselves.

We have a lot to be thankful for locally.  We have a Democratic Member of Congress instead of a Trumpy Tenney.   We have nearly three years of grassroots political organizing under our belts, and we are still growing and mobilizing.  We are standing up to the racist, corrupt and anti-democratic ways of Trump and his GOP supporters in Congress.  We’re standing up for justice and democracy, health care and immigrants.  We’re growing a community of activists and we are willing to do the work to make change.

If you are sitting at a table this week with people with whom you don’t share values or solidarity in the fight for justice and democracy, you  are probably even more thankful than most for IMV, for our connections, mutual support, activism and impact.

Thank YOU for all you do. We stand strong together and we support each other in the work.  We get off our couches and out into meeting rooms and sidewalks, and we do it together.  Because…

Democracy is not a spectator sport.