Two bits of inspiration & some next steps for #GetOrganizedBK
Every day seems to include some new darkness (and not only because the days are still getting shorter). So far this week we’ve seen the nomination of a climate-denier to be the EPA Administrator, a segregation-denier for HUD Secretary, a violent attack on a DC pizza restaurant based on right-wing fake news, and a continued stream of hate crimes in NYC.
So I’m feeling the need for some small but bright spots of inspiration. Here are two:
*** Standing Against Islamophobia in Grand Central Station: This past Sunday, some of our very own #GetOrganizedBK actvists (led by Ben Wides and joined by two dozen others, who got started at our meeting last Thursday) organized an impromptu vigil in Grand Central Station, responding to the hateful attack on Muslim Baruch College student, Yasmin Seweid. They got some great press coverage, and made clear that we will not tolerate hate crimes. Thanks for standing up to say #NotInOurCity. Check out this video clip of their beautiful action.
***City Council Passes a Resolution Affirming NYCs Status as Sanctuary City: On Tuesday, the City Council (of this historically immigrant city) overwhelmingly passed a resolution affirming that despite President-elect Donald Trump's senseless (and probably unconstitutional) threats, NYC will remain a sanctuary city for our immigrant residents. I was proud to co-sponsor the resolution, along with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca (who many of you met last Thursday). Right afterward, Carlos went up to Trump Tower to deliver the resolution to the President-elect.
You can join our anti-Islamophobia or immigrant-solidarity working groups. Check out the reports linked below, join the #GetOrganizedBK Facebook Group, or join us on Tuesday, December 20th.
Let’s keep it going. Here’s some of what’s next:
*** Kids’ Speak Out March: This Sunday, December 11th: This Sunday, December 11th, kids from all over NYC will be marching and speaking out for the values, ideals and rights that unite us all – kindness, fairness and equity. The march begins at the Central Park Children’s Gate at East 64th Street & 5th Avenue at 12:30pm. We will march together to the Bandshell in Central Park, with a speak out starting at 1pm. Homemade signs are encouraged. More details on the event are available here.
If you’d like to travel together to the march from Brooklyn, meet at 11:30 AM at 7th Avenue and 9th street in Park Slope, and we’ll take the train together. Please RSVP here, so we know how many people to expect.
*** #GetOrganizedBK Working Group Reports: At our second large #GetOrganizedBK meeting last week, the 750+ attendees broke out into more than a dozen working groups (like the one that organized the Grand Central Station action). We’ve posted short summary updates from each group on my website. We’ll also be posting the summaries on our new Facebook group page one at a time, so you can join in on the conversation. Several of the groups are meeting before our next large meeting on December 20th, and you are invited to join them.
*** Join our #GetOrganizedBK Facebook Group: We’ll continue sending out these email updates periodically, but if you are able to join the Facebook Group, it’s the easiest place to connect with all the great organizing work that we’re already kicking off. We’re at 1100+ members and growing. Invite your friends to join as well.
*** Next #GetOrganizedBK Meeting: Tuesday, December 20th
We’ll gather together as a full group one more time this year, to get reports from the working groups, and plan for more resolute action in the weeks to come.
We can’t blot out the darkness, and we know there’s more coming. But our community – and so many others across the city, and across the country – are lighting a lot of candles. Let’s keep working to make sure they grow into a bright blaze.