Action this Week – Oct. 18, 2019

Join IMV at our October Meeting on Sunday, 2 pm

IMV’s October Meeting will be held at DeSales Center in Utica on Sunday, Oct. 20th from 2-4 pm.  Please enter from the Park Ave. door.  We’ll continue to strengthen our “framing” skills, and practice speaking about issues from our values. Plus, we’ll hear from a counselor on how to stay positive and take care of ourselves as we head into a big year of 2020 activism, and after already handling so much crazy since November 2016.

Please note a new location. It is challenging to find accessible locations with adequate parking for our meetings, and we are committed to doing meetings in Utica for part of the year. We are going to try out DeSales! You can park on side streets or in the DeSales parking lot (entrance on Park Ave). Enter the building at 309 Genesee.  When you walk from the parking lot toward Genesee, it looks like the gate is closed, but it opens, and you can get directly from the parking lot to the Genesee St sidewalk and the main entrance. We’ll be in the Auditorium.

If you haven’t seen it yet, 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.

Yes, it is a busy time for canvassing, for our local candidates, but we’re all out in different neighborhoods at different times.  Take a couple hours and let’s come together to re-energize before Early Voting starts on Sat. Oct. 26th.  

Attend a Workshop Tomorrow to Understand Race & Racism in America

Indivisible Mohawk Valley encourages all of our members and friends to learn about how racism works, how it impacts our communities, and what we can do to dismantle it.  Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 19th, 9 am – 3 pm is a good opportunity to listen, learn, and share deep, meaningful conversation with others in our community on the subject of race and racism in America.

The workshop, led by Patrick Johnson, is usually held during the week when many are at work, so this conversation is a rare chance for everyone to attend.  The workshop will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 630 French Road, New Hartford, and free lunch is provided.  RSVP (encouraged, not required): to facilitator Patrick Johnson 315-601-6002. pjohnson7newlifeinstitute@yahoo.com.

Call, Call, Call

The bad news:  Yesterday, NY22 Republicans received messages telling them to call Rep. Brindisi’s office to tell him to oppose impeachment.

The good news: If you had previously texted Impeach to 977-79, then you received a text message from Indivisible yesterday, with a message to call a number that connected you to both Sen. Gillibrand’s and to Sen. Schumer’s offices to urge them to support a fair and open impeachment trial. And then you got a reminder to call Rep. Brindisi’s office as well.  That’s how we hoped to drive tens of thousands of calls to reps in Washington yesterday and win the daily call tally. If you haven’t done it yet, text IMPEACH to 977-79 so you can stay up to date on actions (remember that we don’t play a spectator sport! related to impeachment.

If you forgot to make your calls yesterday, it is not too late!  Make that call to Rep Brindisi’s office on a daily basis. Let him know what you expect, share your values, and thank him when he votes the right way for democracy. If you aren’t used to calling and need a phone number and script, here is one from Indivisible: 701-484-0521 

What else can you do?  

Sign up for a shift making calls to ensure an open and transparent impeachment trial. After you call our Senators and Rep in the House (our MoCs), you can also sign up to make calls encouraging people who live in key areas to call their MoCs using our hubdialer tool that will automatically dial numbers for you. There are about 15 shifts at different times of day and days of the week left that you can sign up for — RSVP now.

West Winfield Fundraising Event for Brindisi and Delgado

Do you know anyone in the West Winfield area who wants to help keep the House Blue?

Join us for a joint fundraising reception, conversation and hors d’oeuvres, for Congressmen Brindisi’s (NY22) and Delgado’s (NY19) 2020 re-election campaign.  Hosted by Pablo, Brenda, and Jennifer.  Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5-8 pm.

RSVP by Monday, Oct. 28 to JLCSNY1922FR@gmail.com.  We will share the event address upon RSVP.  Bring your checkbook!  Minimum suggested donation of $30 per individual or $55 per couple to the candidate of your choice.

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?

Are you knocking doors?

Do we sound like a broken record?

There is one way to win a contested local election, and it’s the same way you flip a congressional district. You get a good candidate, and you knock doors for them.  The calendar below is filled with opportunities to canvass for our local candidates, both this weekend and once early voting starts on Oct. 26.

If you are nervous about canvassing and would like a bit more training and preparation, then I urge you to attend a canvassing training with Allison Romer (DCCC Battlestation staffer) in Rome on Sunday  at 6 pm after our Sunday afternoon IMV meeting. The training will be held at Copperccinos, 254 W Dominick Street, Rome.

But if you ARE ready to knock doors, then pick a date and time on the calendar below and help Mike Brown, Celeste Friend, Shelly Gardner, or Cam Tien or reach out to another of your favorite local candidates and sign up to knock.  Candidates will continue to reach out to potential voters next week and throughout the Early Voting period, and they need your help to do it.

If you are unable to knock, then please, please write a letter to the editor and send to local newspapers about these candidates or about Rep. Brinidisi or about your progressive values on the issues.  Convince a neighbor to vote.

And, most definitely, join us at our meeting on Sunday.  Fill your activism bucket with progressive community, skill-building, and some reassurance that you are not alone in your post 2016 activism or renewed activism. See you Sunday!

Democracy is not a spectator sport.