Action this Week – Oct. 11, 2019

Brindisi Town Hall Last Night + Canvassing In the Week Ahead

Thank you to all our IMV activists who came out to Rep. Brindisi’s Oneida County Town Hall in New Hartford last night, and our Knit the District friends who came from further afield.  We made up a good portion of the 250 in attendance, with lots of green cards held high.  There were lots of good questions, some tense exchanges, and always a MoC who encouraged and modeled civility an respect.  For those unable to attend, you ca rest assured that many speakers pressed on the issue of impeachment, and urged Anthony and the House of Representatives to take seriously the responsibility to hold the President accountable for his actions.

There were a number passionate pleas for a functioning participatory democracy, some from our own members. In that spirit, IMV continues to encourage two actions right now.
1.  Call Rep. Brindisi’s office daily to let his staff know your concerns. When he returns to DC next week, things are going to moving fast, and he needs to know what you are thinking. In the same vein, call our NY Senators, and attend county, town, city an school board meetings, and speak up so they hear you. Educate yourself on the issues and track the issues you care most about.
2. Get involved with a local 2019 election. Support local candidates and knock doors for them.  This helps build our bench of progressive elected officials challenges the other side to fight for their seats, and helps us keep our skills sharp for 2020.  In the calendar below you will see many opportunities to knock doors, and it’s not even an inclusive list of candidates that IMV supports.  Please pitch in even if just for a couple of hours on a weekend.  Today is the last day to register to vote in the election that starts Oct. 26 and ends Nov. 5th. Register someone to vote today!

Postcard Group Meets Today

The Postcard Group is reconvening and will do a quick turnaround postcard campaign for Celeste Friend TODAY October 11, at 9:30 am at The Other Side/Cafe Domenico (2011 Genesee Street, Utica). It is about 400 cards and she would like to get them out immediately, so please join us if you can.

At the last IMV meeting, we all decided that postcard group will begin meeting again on a monthly basis until the 2020 campaign season. We will pick the November postcard date and campaign at our meeting this Friday. We will also be adding some happy hour dates for the after work crowd.  These will probably focus on helping the “Ditch Mitch” efforts of IMV Kentucky. Please watch the weekly email for details and dates.

IMV’s Oct. 20th Meeting: A Seven Minute Homework Assignment

Please mark your calendars now for our Oct. 20th IMV meeting. Yes, it is a busy time for canvassing, but we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to come together, socialize, and encourage one another before Get Out the Vote goes into high gear.

At our September meeting it was clear that we all want more practice on framing our issues and talking from our values.  In preparation, our facilitators have asked that everyone take seven minutes (that’s all!) to watch this brief video clip.   It explains ways of talking about immigration that resonate with our values.  The more we strengthen our skills on this, the more formidable we will be in challenging the conservative framing that so dominates media and culture.

We’re Going to Need Notaries. Can you help?

More people need to become Notaries so that we can gather petition signatures from Independence Party Signatures. Not sure that’s an important job?  It’s worth pointing out the number of votes in the margin between Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney in 2018 was about the number of people who voted on that line of the ballot, which Anthony only held because of people who petitioned to get him on the line.

Allison Romer is holding a notary public training session on Wednesday, October 16, from 6-7:30 pm at the DCCC field office,  3899 Oneida St, NY. This will mean you will be prepared to take the notary exam.  The exam is given once a month on a Tuesday at both 9 am and 10:30 am at the State Office Building in Utica.  Upcoming dates: Oct. 22nd, Nov. 26th, and Dec. 17th.

Make Your Early Voting Plan

Starting fifteen days from today — for the first time in history — New Yorkers can Vote Early.  We no longer have to choose between our personal responsibilities, our work, and casting our vote. Instead, we have ten days to choose from; vote early from Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3; or vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5.  Check VoteEarlyNY.org to find your Early Voting Poll Site and hours. If you live in Oneida County, you can see sample ballots here.   Will you be a part of history and Vote Early?

Please Help By Knocking Doors

If you look at the calendar below you will see lots and lots of door knocking opportunities for Cam Tien, Shelly Gardner, Celeste Friend, and Mike Brown.  Many of you are also supporting and canvassing for Kari Procopio, Samantha DeRiso, Leigh Loughran, and many others.

Thank you for knocking doors!  If you can’t knock doors, consider driving a door knocker. If you can’t do that, please write a Letter to the Editor supporting one of our local candidates (or letting your neighbors know why you think Rep. Brindisi is doing a good job.)  There is always work to be done, and many hands make light work.

For nearly three years now we have published a GO Resistance Calendar. The GO stands for Grassroots Organizing.  That’s you. That’s us.  Because we believe in Democracy, and we know that….

Democracy is not a spectator sport.