Action this Week – Nov. 29, 2019

Take Action This Week

Wednesday, Dec.4th,  6-8 pm, IMV Community Building: Make Posters and Calls  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 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.

Friday, Dec. 6th, noon-1 pm, Climate Strike! at the Intersection of Genesee and Memorial Parkway in Utica.  Led by the student Sunrise Movement, this strike is part of the global effort to call attention to the climate crisis and demand action.

Friday, Dec. 6th, 4-5 pm, Friday Lobby Hour at Rep. Brindisi’s office. Stop by and let Rep. Brindisi’s staff know your concerns  on climate, impeachment, immigration, and any other issue at the top of your list. We gather for this event every first Friday of the month.

Sunday, Dec. 8th, 1-4 pm, Win 2021 Election Strategy Summit, at MVCC’s Utica Campus, Alumni College Center 116.  While 2019 losses are still fresh in our minds, we are gathering a coalition of people who want to win local elections in 2021, and we’re going to create a two year plan for success.  If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves for grassroots electoral politics at the county, city, and town level, then join us.

There are many other actions for the coming week (and beyond) listed below in the calendar.  We hope to see you at some of them!

We’re Launching Weekly Climate Actions: Fridays for Future

It’s been a while since we had weekly Friday events. (Remember the #OneTermTenney picket?)  We’re starting up again!  Our theme is Fridays for Future, part of the global youth climate strike movement.  The first rally is Dec. 13th in the same location of the Dec 6th Climate Strike –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.

2021 Strategy Summit

The 2019 election was tough locally.  We faced both strong Republican opposition to our challengers, and also low voter turnout.  We’re bringing together a wide range of people on Sunday, Dec. 8th (1-4 pm) at MVCC, Alumni College Center 116, 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 preparing for more extensive GOTV efforts.  If you’re interested in attending, please email or RSVP on the FB event page.  Bring your ideas and let’s build a plan.  If we want a better result in 2021, there are things we need to do now to make it happen.

Last Chance: Notary Public Training & Exam

Petition season will be here before you know it, an we’ll need people to petition registered Democrats and members of the smaller parties (especially Independence) as well. The final Notary exam of 2019 will be given in Oneida County on Dec. 17th.  There’s still time to prepare!  Here are the upcoming prep session, and just email Allison if you have questions.

Sunday, Dec 8th, 4:30 pm, Notary Public Training Webinar with Allison Romer, Please RSVP to for information on joining the call).

Monday, December 9th, 6:00 pm, Notary Public Training Session with Allison Romer, Washington Mills field office (3899 Oneida St., New Hartford).

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.  Republican PACs are spending millions of dollars per week on ads telling people to cal against impeachment,  We don’t have millions of dollars, but please cal Rep. Brindisi anyway, and tell him to follow the evidence and do the right thing.

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.

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.

$250 prize in our logo contest

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 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

Why All These Events in December?

If you thought December has traditionally been a quiet month for political action, you’re right.  Not so in 2019.  We’re asking you to participate in climate actions and impeachment actions.  We’re suggesting that you look ahead at future election work and do things like take a notary public exam an build a strategy to win local elections.  This is crazy, right??  Shouldn’t we just be sitting by a fire roasting chestnuts, and drinking eggnog?

That would be nice, but that’s not the world we live in. We have to stop a corrupt and ever more criminally dangerous President.  We have to support the youth of the planet who are trying to save us all from self-destructive climate change and map out a path to a livable future.  And when it comes to the future, we want everyone who cares about winning local elections to participate in our Dec. 8th Summit.  We are going to have to fight hard to win seats in our cities, towns, and counties in 2021, and that means we have to work together starting now.

Enjoy your holidays with family and friends.  Drink and eat a little extra, Sing and socialize.  Make memories, share and give.  And also take action for our planet, country, and community.  Because…

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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