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:
- Hundreds of kids turned out in Central Park with some of the cutest signs (go Giraffe Power!) for the Kids Speak Out march (one of my favorites was Yael, a 5th-grader from PS 32 in Gowanus, who inspired us with a rabbinic parable, “Good news? Bad news? Who knows?” She intends to be POTUS someday, and I don’t doubt she’ll get there).
- Brooklynites organized a second weekend vigil at Grand Central against Islamophobia and hate crimes. Don’t be distracted by haters. I’m sorry that it turns out Yasmin Seweid fabricated her story. But there is no doubt that hate-crime is on the rise, and standing up peacefully to say #NotInOurCity is a beautiful and much-needed act.
- Several dozen Windsor Terrace & Kensington neighbors stood in the freezing rain on Monday morning to combat Islamophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti in the Fort Hamilton subway station and send commuters off to work with messages of tolerance and acceptance.
Much of that work comes out of the 15 working-groups at our last #GetOrganizedBK meeting (including opposing hideous appointments, exposing corrupt conflicts-of-interest, organizing for the Women’s March, and much more).
I’m looking forward to reconnecting as a group again during our upcoming #GetOrganizedBK meeting next Tuesday night. At the meeting our working groups will have the chance to come together again, build on the ideas generated, and start prioritizing our work for the New Year. I hope you’ll join us for another powerful and uplifting evening of community, conversation, and planning for action.
P.S. Before we gather again, take sixty seconds today to sign this MoveOn.org petition from one of our Brooklyn neighbors Justin Krebs, calling on President Obama to declassify all evidence of Russian interference and host an intelligence briefing for electors before the Electoral College votes on December 19. The Electoral College has the right and the duty to see the evidence that the CIA has related to Russia's impact on our elections. Pass on to your friends and neighbors too!
And make sure to join the #GetOrganizedBK Facebook group to keep up on all the latest actions, petitions, calls, and more.