Get Organized BK!

Test: 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.

Next up: Save the one planet we’ve got.

I hope you got a little respite over the past few days, with celebrations of Easter and Passover, some time off for Spring Break with family, and some glorious renewal in the promise of spring. Read more »

Join NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman & keep fighting for what matters.

What a week. From the chaotic negotiations on the health care bill, to new revelations about Russia, to the President’s unfounded claims of being wiretapped, to the hearings on Neil Gorsuch for a stolen seat on the Supreme Court.  

This week also showed that our resistance matters. Read more »

Your neighbors need you!

Thanks to everyone who helped a neighbor in yesterday’s snow & ice storm. As always, it was great to see so many people offer assistance to neighbors who needed a little help clearing their sidewalk -- plenty who just do it as a matter of course, and some who signed up on my website (like Danny and Alex, two young brothers who tagged team shoveling for several of their neighbors in Windsor Terrace around Terrace and Sherman).

In this community, we know we do better when neighbors look out for each other. Read more »

Blizzard Advisory: What You Need to Know

It looks like Winter isn’t ready to let go of us yet. A major winter storm is heading our way -- a final parting shot from the season as we head into Spring. Late tonight until tomorrow evening will see about 16-20 inches of snow with worst case scenarios seeing up to 24 inches. Plus, strong gusts of wind.
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RSVP for #GetOrganizedBK’s “Organizing Bootcamp” on Mon. March 27th

The organizing we’ve done together in recent weeks -- here in Brooklyn, and across the country -- has been extraordinary. The town halls. Another powerful set of womens’ protests. The #NotInOurCity vigils against hate. The rally for a free press. Standing together against Islamophobia & anti-semitism. Hundreds of thousands of postcards and phone calls. Read more »

RSVP for #GetOrganizedBK’s “Organizing Bootcamp” on March 27th

For our next #GetOrganizedBK full-group meeting on Monday, March 27th, we’re trying something different: an “Organizing Bootcamp” to help build the organizing skills we need for the long haul. So many of you have stepped up to take leadership at this critical moment. We want to share and build skills to keep that cycle of leadership & organizing going strong.

Monday, March 27th, 7 - 9 PM
Get Organized BK’s “Organizing Bootcamp”
Congregation Beth Elohim Read more »

The Trump regime is erratic. But we’re staying focused.

Another week, another wild ride.

After Trump’s speech to Congress, some applauded his “Presidential” tone -- as if an hour of reading from the teleprompter was enough to distract from the ongoing bigotry and corruption of this Administration. Read more »

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 »