Get Organized BK Upcoming Actions, Updates, Next Meeting 1.16.17

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.

Upcoming Events & Rallies

  • TOMORROW: Rally against Repeal of Obamacare, GOP Medicare Cuts: Join members of NYC’s Congressional delegation (including Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and Rep. Jerrold Nadler), NY health care providers and advocates this Saturday, January 7th at 11:30 AM at Woodhull Medical Center (760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY) to oppose Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and inflict deep cuts on Medicare. The rally comes as Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate begin initial legislative efforts to repeal the ACA and move Medicare toward a voucher system. 

  • TOMORROW: Join Planned Parenthood NYC this Saturday, January 7 at 1 PM at PPNYC (26 Bleeker Street, NYC) to rally, take action, and fight back against Speaker Ryan's outrageous plans to defund and shut down Planned Parenthood health centers!

  • Upcoming Rallies against Trump’s Cabinet Picks: Confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions (for Attorney General, despite accusations of racism so severe that GOP colleagues denied him a judgeship), Betsy DeVos (for Secretary of Education, despite support for privatization policies that have wreaked havoc on public education), Andrew Pudzer (for Secretary of Labor, despite the fact that he is a fast-food CEO with a track record of labor violations) and Rex Tillerson (for Secretary of State, despite his total lack of diplomatic experience and questionable ties to Russia) start next week. The Office of Government Ethics says it has not been given sufficient time or information to vet the candidates for conflicts-of-interest, something unprecedented in recent history. So ...

    On Monday, January 9 at 12:30 PM, join advocates to rally against Trump’s reckless climate denying cabinet nominees at the Fight the Science Deniers event outside the offices of Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Schumer. 

    The following day, join #GetOrganized BK members for Sen. Schumer: Resist Trump Rally on Tuesday, January 10 at 6 PM at Grand Army Plaza for a rally to ensure that Senator Schumer, the most powerful Democrat in Congress, will play a leadership role in asking hard hitting questions and properly vetting these nominees, who hold grave risks for our country.

#GetOrganizedBk Requests & Reminders:

  • Need a ride to the Women’s March on Washington? We are trying to determine whether there is enough interest in the neighborhood to reserve an additional bus leaving from Park Slope to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017.  Would you like to purchase a bus ticket to Washington D.C. to join the March? If so, please fill out this survey. Unfortunately, we can’t make any guarantees that there will be enough interest to fill an additional bus - but if there is, we will be in touch with anyone who fills out this survey. 

  • If you haven’t already, please take this short survey to help us improve #GetOrganizedBK! This is a new kind of organizing for all of us, and we’re eager for your suggestions and feedback about how it’s working, and what we can do better.

  • Working Groups Updates: We’ve updated the summaries and contact information (where we have it) for the Working Groups. Some of them have their own independent list-servs, Facebook or Google groups, which you can join. We’ll keep using the #GetOrganizedBK Facebook page as well, but we’ll keep this web-page updated as a general resource (so please send us any updates).

Happy New Year, and looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on Monday, January 16th! 

Brad Lander

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