Next #GetOrganizedBK Meeting: Thurs, December 1st
At our first #GetOrganizedBK meeting on November 15th, over a thousand people turned out to show that our community will not stand idly by. We will not “normalize” white supremacy, yield to Islamophobia in our subways or anti-Semitism on our playgrounds, or become accustomed to policies rooted in racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogyny.
Unfortunately, President-elect Trump has already given us many reasons to resist – from his nominations of Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions, to the corrupt ways he apparently sought approval for a building project in Argentina that he stands to profit from, to engaging in Twitter-fights with the cast of Hamilton and the New York Times, while failing to condemn hate-crimes committed in his name (and in our neighborhood).
After Thanksgiving, we’ll be getting together again to roll up our sleeves and start planning the work, strategy, actions, and events that will sustain our energy and build momentum for our resistance to policies of injustice, corruption, and hate. I hope you’ll join us:
For this meeting, we’ll spend most of the time in “working groups” on specific actions and issues. We’ve got a few already in mind – but we’d also love your suggestions. At the bottom of the RSVP form, please let us know the working groups you’d like to see at the meeting (especially if you’re prepared to take some leadership). The ones we are planning for so far:
- #Dump Bannon
- Building a local Muslim-Jewish Alliance
- Standing in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors
- Sign-making and planning for the Children’s March for Kindness (Note: now moved to Sunday, December 11. More details to come)
Please RSVP here and plan to join us on Thursday, December 1.
In the meantime, best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving. At this moment, more than ever, I’m deeply grateful for the compassion, values, and solidarity of the people I’m lucky to represent.
P.S. Can you help distribute turkeys to some families in Sunset Park and Red Hook tomorrow at 12 noon? Council Member Carlos Menchaca’s office is asking for help passing out turkeys tomorrow afternoon (thanks in part to your generosity, they are able to provide 135 meals - more than was originally anticipated).
If you are available to help out please go to the Center for Family Life at 443 39th St, Brooklyn NY tomorrow at 12 noon. At the first floor reception ask for Julia. Please email KerryQuade [at] gmail [dot] com in advance, so they know how many volunteers to expect.