Get Organized BK!

Get Organized BK! is a group of Brooklyn's progressive individuals, activists, organizations and elected officials working together to resist Trump regime policies of injustice, corruption, and hate.

GetOrganizedBK Working Group Updates

Get Organized BK! does not pretend to have all the answers, or one winning strategy for resistance. What we do have are a lot of people eager to work together. So we have helped form 15 working groups. 

We’ll keep this page updated with summaries and (where we have it) contact information for each group.

Some of the groups meet primarily at our (approximately) once-a-month large group gatherings. Others are doing more active work together in-between, on-line (several have Google Groups of their own), in person, and in the streets. All these groups are volunteer-led. So get involved, take responsibility, work generously with others, and feel free to suggest & help form a new group if you see then need.  

(Also, if you are not already receiving our e-mail updates, please sign up here.)

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How to Join Get Organized BK!

In the days after Trump's electoral-college win (let's remember than he lost the national popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes), thousands of Brooklyn resident have come together. We are committed to stand up to the racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny that have characterized so much of Trump's campaign and nominations. To fight policy changes that would harm immigrant families, deny women reproductive health-care, shred climate protections kick millions of health insurance, and allow Wall Street to concentrate wealth and run rough-shod over consumer protections. We will not normalize actions that undermine democracy, pluralism, and the rule-of-law. We plan to have (approximately) once-a-month large group meetings, to support a network of working-groups, and to serve as a resource for action opportunities. 

If you're not a member already, read on to learn how to sign up for e-mail updates, join our Facebook Group, or join one of the Working Groups.

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Part of something bigger (see you Monday night for #GetOrganizedBK)

Just one month into the Trump regime, I fear I’m starting to sound like a broken record. Each time we meet, some new darkness -- that we had not even imagined yet -- threatens us.  

For me, this week, that was the desecration of the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery in University City, MO, where my own grandparents are buried. It is still hard to believe that hatred has risen to the point where even our cemeteries are under attack.

And yet, the power of organized resistance continues to build bridges that heal and inspire. When our Brooklyn neighbor, Women’s March organizer, and friend Linda Sarsour organized Muslim Americans across the country to raise funds to repair the Jewish cemetery, she showed the power of compassion and solidarity to light even this dark hour. Read more »

Inspiration in every act of resistance

After President Trump’s bizarre press conference on Thursday, I’m in need of a new dose of inspiration and action.

Trump promised to push forward with plans to bar immigrants and refugees and to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Amidst many attacks on the press, he angrily ignored the respectful-to-a-fault question of an Orthodox Jewish reporter from Brooklyn who simply asked about the spike in anti-Semitic incidents (like the two our #NotInOurCity working group highlighted in their most recent vigil). Meanwhile, the growing ICE raids are terrorizing immigrant families, despite the sanctuary our cities are working to offer.

Fortunately, inspiration and action are not hard to find. Read more »

Nevertheless, they persisted. We will, too.

I was distressed to wake up this morning to news of ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) raids in cities across the country.

Our Local Progress colleague Greg Casar, a city council member in Austin, TX reached out to let me know about raids taking place in his community. Greg has led the way in making Austin (and the surrounding Travis County) into a sanctuary city, refusing to hand over immigrants in local jails to ICE for possible deportation.

The Washington Post reported raids in at least 6 states last night. It’s clear that many of those rounded up have no criminal records. The result: “panic and terror … running through many immigrant communities,” according to Make the Road NY. And that, of course, that is exactly what the Trump regime is aiming for. Read more »

We must keep organizing. Here are 4 more chances.

Your activism is truly what is keeping me going.

This has been one of the darkest weeks our lifetimes. Xenophobia is now the official policy of the White House. The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines roll back hard-fought environmental wins – just as the planet once again experienced its hottest year ever. We have a President committed to lying, stoking Islamophobia, and provoking hostility with our neighbors. And we’re only one week in.

But your commitment to getting and staying organized has been extraordinary. Last Saturday’s marches were the largest democratic mass demonstrations in American history – and it felt like everyone we knew was in the streets together (thanks for all the great pictures & videos you shared). This Wednesday, so many of you helped launch the Kensington Hate Free Zone, led by Desis Rising Up & Moving and leaders of the Bangladeshi Muslim community, where we pledged to support a community defense system to love and protect our neighbors. You’ve continued to write letters and make phone calls by the thousands.

Still, each day’s news from Washington is going to be bleak. So we must stay active.

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A few suggestions for fighting the Inauguration Day blues

You know I'm pretty relentlessly upbeat ... but I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't feeling pretty bleak this morning.

It really hit me last night what we are losing in President Barack Obama. It is impossible to describe how grateful I feel to him for giving my kids an example of democratic leadership that is so fundamentally decent, smart ... and irrepressibly committed to the idea of American democracy as a vehicle for mobilizing our better angels.

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Alternative Inaugural Readings: January 20, 2017

Alternative Inaugural Readings: January 20, 2017

From the Declaration of Independence (1776)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

(“And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’m’a compel to include women in the sequel.”
- Angelica Schuyler, courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton)

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Get Organized BK Upcoming Actions, Updates, Next Meeting 1.16.17

I hope you were able to enjoy some time with friends and families over the holidays, and that you are ready to gear up for the fights ahead in 2017. With the New Year, we hope to ring in a new era for resistance and organizing.

As a reminder, our next #GetOrganizedBK meeting will be on Monday, January 16th at 7 PM at Congregation Beth Elohim. That’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we’ll have a few reflections first, before splitting into working groups again. We’re pretty sure this is how he’d want us to spend it. Below, we’ve shared some updates and requests from #GetOrganizedBk in addition to some great events coming up over the next several days.

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From Freezing Rain to “Giraffe Power.” #GetOrganizedBK next Tuesday 12/20

The news continues to be as dark and cold as the days. A climate denier to head the EPA. A fast-food CEO who opposes workers’ rights to lead the Department of Labor. Evidence that Russia successfully influenced the election through cyber-spying to elect Trump, sow chaos, and undermine faith in democracy – followed by Trump’s nomination of an oil executive with no diplomatic experience and a disturbingly close relationship with Putin for Secretary of State.

What does it mean? It means we can’t let up.

So, we’re getting together again next Tuesday evening, 12/20 at 7 p.m. for our next #GetOrganizedBK meeting. Please RSVP here.

In the midst of so much darkness, your activism continues to offer much-needed points of light. Over just the past few days: Read more »