Time to start talking about (the road to) impeachment.

Time to start talking about (the road to) impeachment.

Many of us have long believed that Donald Trump was unfit to be President, that his ongoing foreign business dealings violate the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and that he is a walking conflict-of-interest.

What’s new in recent days is increasing evidence of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to undermine the election, and that the President himself has repeatedly obstructed justice by trying to prevent the investigation. That growing evidence -- and our sustained pressure -- is making the drumbeat for impeachment louder and louder. 

We should keep it growing, but also prepare for a long march. At this moment, I believe it is critical that we:

  • Continue the calls & letters calling on Congress for investigation & impeachment.

  • Understand the legal process (here’s a pretty good explainer on impeachment via Vox). The appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel is a critical step (and one that would not have happened without mobilized pressure). His investigation is critical to preparing a report to the House of Representatives, who would act as a sort of “grand jury” in the process. But that is likely to take a while.

  • Recognize that impeachment is a political process. A majority vote is needed in the House, and then a two-thirds vote in the Senate to convict. That means GOP votes, and those are only going to come if they believe it is politically necessary. And that means we have a lot of work to do -- some guided by our #GOBK Civic Activism working group -- to make clear that those Members of Congress who don’t step up to protect the Constitution will lose their jobs.

I’ll lay out a few more of my thoughts -- and the actions we can take -- at Monday night’s #GetOrganizedBK full-group meeting (after a great panel organized by our Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights working group, moderated by Public Advocate Tish James):

Monday, May 22, 6:30-9:30 PM
#GetOrganizedBK Full Group Meeting

Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield Pl & 8th Avenue)
Topic: Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights
6:30 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Panel begins
Working groups to follow (list here)
Bystander Training available (sign up here). 

In the meantime, we can’t lose focus either on the aggressive attacks being done to dismantle our healthcare system to subsidize the wealthy. Did you see Paul Ryan still try to shift the topic to taxes instead of our crumbling democracy yesterday?

The American Health Care Act (TrumpCare) completely dismantles and attack women’s health and reproductive rights, which means the GOP is sentencing half our country to miserable access of care in order to line the pockets of millionaires.

Let’s stay vigilant. See you on Monday,


P.S. For this week’s dose of inspiration, check out these great stories in the New York Times and The Forward about the Muslim/Jewish dinners that took place earlier this month, organized by Lonnie Firestone, Saara Hafeez, and Samir Malik, which included many guests and hosts organized through #GetOrganizedBK (including Meg and me). We loved getting to know some new friends, the chance to ask questions and listen in ways that aren’t always easy, and building bonds that will not only help carry us through the work of resistance, but also serve as inspiration for what a truly welcoming world could look like.

Upcoming Resistance Events

Ongoing: Free Press Group Teach Media Literacy Campaign, at the next #GetOrganizedBK meeting, you’ll be able to sign letters to help require state legislation that will have schools teach media literacy as part of the regular curriculum. But to make sure this bill doesn’t die in committee, join the Free Press group in their letter writing campaign as they urge Education committee Assembly members to sign on. Download a letter template and more here.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 11 AM: WHARR Mother’s Day at Grand Army Plaza, the Women's Health and Reproductive Rights (WHARR) group of GetOrganizedBK will have a table on Prospect Park West at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket to spread some late Mother's Day cheer while sharing our message about protecting important women’s health programs (including the ACA) and pushing for passage of the NYS Reproductive Health Act. We are planning a "photo booth" and activities for kids as we celebrate healthy women, healthy mothers and healthy families. Learn more.

MONDAY, MAY 22, 6:30 PM: GetOrganizedBK Full Group Meeting with a focus on Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights, the #GOBK working group on women’s health and reproductive rights (WHARR) has emerged as one of the fiercest groups in New York fighting to protect Planned Parenthood and women’s access to reproductive health care. They’re planning a great panel on the current issues, including the work to pass the NYS Reproductive Health Act. After the panel, we’ll break into the #GOBK working groups & plan next actions. In addition, Bystander Training from the Center for Anti-Violence Education will be available (to a limited group who register in advance). RSVP to the full group meeting here.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 6 PM: Fighting for Justice Celebrating Courage with Fifth Avenue Committee, BAM Cafe, an evening awards and reception program as FAC honors those who fight for the values and soul of our democracy. Hint, we might be one of the recipients! Please note that #GetOrganizedBK members will be able to purchase half-price tickets for the event with promo code GOBKfac17.  Learn more.

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 6:30-8PM: The Sad State of Voting - The Attack on Our Rights in New York, First Unitarian Congregational Society,  Brooklyn Voters Alliance, a subgroup of #GetOrgBK’s civic activism group has pulled together a panel discussion moderated by Zachary Roth over the state of voting in NYC with panelists from the ACLU to Common Cause. Learn more.

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