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.
A month ago, the Affordable Care Act looked doomed. But thanks to millions of letters and phone calls, town hall, rallies (special props to those who visited Rep. Dan Donovan’s office), and creative actions like the #GetOrganizedBK Die-In, Republicans in Congress have not been able to proceed with their plans to throw 24 million Americans off health insurance, in order to fund a tax break for the wealthy. At least, not yet.
But it’s clear we’ll need to keep organizing for a long time.
So I hope you’ll join us Monday night at #GetOrganizedBK’s “Organizing Bootcamp,” for a mix of inspiration and training. RSVP here.
I’m excited to let you know that we’ll be joined by NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been in the forefront of the fights against the Muslim ban, to rally cities & counties to protect immigrants, to save funding for the EPA and Planned Parenthood, and to prosecute fraud and corruption (including Trump University). In recognition of the work that Eric and his colleagues around the country has been doing, the American Prospect dubbed this moment “The Hour of the Attorneys General.”
We’ll also hear from two of the most inspiring local elected officials in the country, Austin’s Greg Casar and Philadelphia’s Helen Gym, who will share with us what it’s like to help lead the resistance in red/purple states.
Eric, Helen, and Greg are not only inspiring elected officials -- they are also seasoned community organizers. And they’ll be joined with organizers from MoveOn and the Working Families Party, who will help us understand how the tactics of community organizing prepare us for the long haul resistance (and make progress on issues of justice and democracy, too).
After their introduction, we’ll move into our first #GOBK “Organizing Bootcamp,” with skills/training sessions led by some fantastic & experienced activists and trainers. (Many of the sessions are already at capacity -- but everyone is welcome for the opening session, and several of the workshops remain open. The "Overview of Community Organizing" session will be in the sanctuary, so is open to all).
You’ll also be able to vote on this year’s Participatory Budgeting ballot on-site. A great opportunity to engage in what the NY Times labeled as "revolutionary civics in action." Take a moment to glance at the stellar projects before Monday here.
Don’t worry if the session you’d like to attend is full. We’ll be recording sessions and putting them online after the event alongside any materials facilitators created. And we’ll also have a livestream of the opening plenary.
See you there!
P.S. Take a look at the great new #GetOrganizedBK website, gobk.org, which was totally designed by volunteer activists. Big thanks to Annie, Nina, Varun, Joel, Patricia, Chris, and the rest of the #GOBK Digital Team!
Other Upcoming Resistance Events:
Saturday, March 25th, 12:00PM at Bryant Park
People for A Free Press - Rally and March
Let's support our media against a constant barrage of outright lies, propaganda, and slander against any writer, newspaper, reporter, television station, internet site, radio etc that does not agree with or show the potus or situation in his view - We march! Please bring signs with no wooden handles. PROPS and banners encouraged! RSVP now.
Sunday, March 26th, 3:00 PM at Grand Central Terminal
Please come stand in solidarity in a peaceful vigil to make it clear we do not tolerate acts of hatred and bigotry in our city. The vigil is in response to the murder of Timothy Caughman, a black 66-year-old homeless man who was fatally stabbed by a man who came to NYC from Baltimore looking to kill black men in what is a murderous act of terror. It’s also in response to the the vicious attack and hate crime of two transgender women who were assaulted while they were simply trying to enter a restaurant. RSVP now.
Wednesday, March 29th, 12:00 PM at Govenor Cuomo’s NYC Office
"Lunch at Cuomo's": Rally for Reproductive Rights
While so many eyes are fixed on DC, the Women's Health and Reproductive Rights team are also working for passage of the Reproductive Health Act through the New York State Senate. Join them for their Lunch at Cuomo's rally each Wednesday at noon at 3rd Avenue between 40th and 41st in Midtown. RSVP now.
Wednesday, March 29th, 7:00 PM at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Auditorium
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Joined by Dr. Oliver Fein, learn more the impact of repeal of the ACA without replacement, potential health care cuts proposed by President Trump, the potential privatization of Medicare, and the proposed New York Health Act to establish a single payer health care system in New York. goodneighborsofparkslope [at] gmail [dot] com" data-mce-href="mailto:goodneighborsofparkslope [at] gmail [dot] com">RSVP now.
Monday, April 3rd, 7:00 PM at Kolot Chayeinu
An Interview with Rabbi Ellen Lippmann & Dr. Debbie Almontaser
Two amazing activists & great friends of #GetOrganizedBK, Dr. Debbie Almontaser (Muslim Community Network) and Rabbi Ellen Lippmann (Congregation Kolot Chayeinue, and my inspiring rabbi), will take part in a live taping of the PERSON PLACE THING podcast with Randy Cohen. They’ll be discussing: activism, the President’s Muslim ban, and this moment when our faiths and people must come together to say yes to democracy and justice. RSVP here.
Tuesday, April 4th, 7:30 PM at Congregation Beth Elohim
Dr. Willie Parker presents Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice
Dr. Willie Parker is an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider (one of the few doctors to provide such services to women in Mississippi and Alabama) pulls from his personal and professional journeys as well as the scientific training he received as a doctor, to reveal how he came to believe that helping women in need, without judgement, is precisely the Christian thing to do. He will be joined in conversation by Lizz Winstead. RSVP here.
Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 PM at Palo Santo Restaurant (625 Union Street)
Immigrant Communities Standing Strong
Fundraiser for Make the Road NY and the Center for Popular Democracy
Make the Road NY (and their national network, the Center for Popular Democracy) are doing some of the most powerful grassroots organizing in the country to protect immigrants and advance justice from the ground up. Come learn more about them and contribute to help them keep doing their remarkable work. RSVP here.