Next Indivisible Saugerties Meeting
Wednesday, February 28th 6:00 – 7:30PM
Saugerties Senior Center 207 Market St. Saugerties, NY 12477
Our Carbon Problem
Special guests will inform us about environmental issues pertinent locally and nationally.
There’s a lot of work needed to make sure inaction is no longer an option by either pressuring our MoCs to take action… or voting them out in November. We must let our members of Congress (MoCs) know we demand more than thoughts and prayers. We demand action. Here’s what you can do right now:
- Tell your MoCs: don’t pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (a bill that makes mass shootings easier). While our nation reels with the aftermath of Parkland, the Senate is actually considering a bill that is a top priority of the NRA. This bill would require states to recognize the gun laws of other states, essentially forcing them to accept lower standards than their own. That means that gun owners from states with minimal restrictions like Florida’s would be able to legally carry their weapons anywhere, whether or not they travel to a state that would normally have prohibited them from carrying a gun. This bill has already passed the House, and the Senate is expected to bring it up this year. Read our resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and use our call scripts to contact your Senators before this bill comes up for a vote!
- Pressure your state legislators to prevent gun violence. States can go beyond federal laws to pass common sense gun laws. Read our latest resource to find out about your state’s gun laws, what states can do to prevent violence, and how you can take action.
- Commit to #VoteThemOut. The only fail-safe way to make sure Congress takes up legislation to is to kick out the MoCs who vote on behalf of the NRA instead of their constituents. MoCs have received $31,399,341 from the gun lobby since Columbine, with more than $5,900,000 coming in 2016 alone. Watch and share this video on social media and commit to #VoteThemOut in November.
Indivisibles across the country worked in solidarity with student leaders over the last week to host actions, support walkouts, and provide support. We’re so inspired by your solidarity with this youth-led movement and how quickly so many of you jumped into this fight.
And in the next few weeks, several events have been planned by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER (school walkouts on March 14), the students of Parkland (a march in Washington, DC with sister marches across the country on March 24), and a national network of high school students (nationwide student walkouts on April 20, the anniversary of Columbine).
The Indivisible Project is in conversation, and supporting, all three marches and organizations. We deeply encourage you to work with local students taking the lead of this movement. If there isn’t a local march or solidarity action near you, we’ll be in touch soon with ways Indivisibles across the country can stand in solidarity in this powerful, bold, youth-led movement!
The next (few) week(s) on Capitol Hill
While the nation continues to mourn the events in Parkland and move to action on preventing gun violence, Congress comes back to DC this week. Here’s what’s on their agenda this week, and in the early part of March:
- One of the Senate committees in charge of infrastructure will hold its first hearing on the Trump plan. On March 1, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on “The Administration’s Framework for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” Congress is beginning to move on Trump’s infrastructure plan, and we know enough to say that this is yet another scam.
- The DACA cliff is approaching. On March 5, the number of DACA recipients who lose their protections (and therefore their jobs, drivers’ licenses, and protection from deportation) will rise from 122 per day to over 1,200 per day. There will be immigrant-led actions around the country that day to send the message that there is no more time on the clock — we need a #DreamActNow.
- Republicans (and some Democrats) will vote to repeal key parts of Dodd-Frank. The week of March 5, the Senate is expected to vote on S. 2155, a bill that would drastically reduce oversight of big banks such as Deutsche Bank and Santander and roll back key consumer protections. You can use our explainer and call script to learn more, and tell your Senator to vote no on S. 2155.
- Congress will have the chance to end Trump’s illegal war in Yemen. A bipartisan group of senators is planning to use a procedure under the War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the Senate floor to stop Trump’s war in Yemen. We will have a resource coming out soon that will explain more and provide a call script, but the bottom line is that your senator should vote for this resolution to end Trump’s illegal, inhumane war in Yemen.
Join your neighbors
every Friday @ 11:30
Carpool from Saugerties
Each week people opposed to Congressman John Faso descend on his office
with signs expressing our views on issues from health care, immigrant rights,
income inequality to climate change and more.
Often the activist band, Tin Horn Uprising, keeps us waving our signs or swaying in time to their music.Come join us and make your voice heard.Faso Friday began on January 27th 2017 and continues weekly from noon to 1:00.Meet up at 11:30 a.m.
Each Friday we will be carpooling from Simmons Plaza on 9W south
(by IXL gym and Rite Aid).
This Week’s Indivisible Actions
updated Jan 29, 2018
We cannot forget that the crisis faced by 800,000 Dreamers is a crisis created by Donald Trump when he eliminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program five months ago. And it’s a crisis that was made worse by Mitch McConnell and his Republican enablers when they decided to use the government funding debate as an opportunity to pit kids against kids and falsely present the Continuing Resolution as a choice between CHIP and the Dream Act.
Last Monday, 81 Senators and 266 Representatives voted to reopen the government without providing relief for Dreamers. And we’re still baffled by the “bipartisan” “deal” struck by Republicans and (some) Democrats in the Senate that provides no guarantees or relief for Dreamers and their families.
Yes, this is a mess the Republicans started. But now, Democrats need to fight harder than ever to clean it up.
Democrats don’t control Congress, but their votes were needed to pass Republican spending bill. On January 19, they held strong by withholding their support for another short-term funding bill until Republicans came to fix the messes that they created. But just three days later, Democrats gave in, gave away their leverage, and voted to approve a short-term funding bill without protections for Dreamers.
The next continuing resolution (CR) runs out on February 8. Making a call to your members of Congress (MoCs) is the most impactful thing you can do right now. Here’s what you can do:
- Visit DreamerPledge.org to read our latest analysis. Find out if your members of Congress (MoCs) are Dream Heroes or Dream Killers.
- Use our Dream Hero call script if to thank your Senators who voted to protect Dreamers. And use our Dream Killer call script if your Senator voted to fund the government without protecting Dreamers.
- Make your call using our toll-free line at 1-855-980-2355. You’ll be prompted for your zip code and immediately connected to one of your Senators.
- Call back again and you’ll be connected to your other Senator!
- Once you’ve talked to both your Senators, make a call to your Representative using the Dream Hero or Dream Killer script.
Let your members of Congress know you’ll keep fighting, and you expect them to fight too. Make a call, show up, don’t give up. We’re going to continue this fight until Dreamers have protection and all elected officials who side with Trump’s bigoted agenda are voted out of office.
This week on Capitol Hill
Thanking Dream Heroes and holding Dream Killers accountable is our top priority leading up to the February 8 CR vote. But there’s still a lot moving on the Hill. Here’s what’s happening this week:
- Trump gives his first State of the Union tomorrow night. Trump will wrap up a chaotic January by giving his first State of the Union tomorrow night at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The theme of the speech is “Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America.” He will likely highlight his infrastructure plan (catered to billionaires and corporations) and immigration framework (written by the White House’s chief nativist Stephen Miller). Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our up-to-the-minute analysis all night!
- The Senate will vote on a 20-week abortion ban. Republicans may bring the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” to the Senate floor for a vote early this week. This bill requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, so it’s unlikely to pass. Still, be sure to call your Senators now and tell them to stand against this attack on women’s health.
- Trump will officially release the framework for his infrastructure plan. The framework, which leaked last week, leans heavily on funding from private investors to finance the rebuilding of our nation’s infrastructure — which means weakened labor and environmental standards, higher state and local taxes, and higher costs to repay via tolls and user fees.
From retirements to a government shutdown to the Women’s March to the one year anniversary of the Muslim Ban, 2018 has already proved to be as relentless as 2017. But we have a long way to go, and a lot of work to do, to defeat the Trump Agenda in Congress and at the ballot box in November. Be sure to read our latest Indivisiblog post about what to expect in February.
Your weekly #TrumpThreatLevel
In addition to giving you the tools and resources needed to fight the Trump legislative agenda, week after week, we keep track of all the ways Trump is a national security threat. Here’s how he’s made us less safe this week:
- The New York Times reported that Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Let’s be clear: firing Mueller would be a constitutional crisis. No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. Here’s what you can do right now to prevent Trump from firing Mueller (and ensure you’re ready if he does).
- Trump reportedly plans to issue an executive order to keep the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay open forever, condemning those there to die without charge or fair trial. This gives international terrorism groups a recruitment tool and diminishes the US’ moral credibility on the global stage.
- The Trump Administration released a bogus “report” on terrorism without consulting the Department of Homeland Security. This document stretched and misrepresented facts in order to achieve racist conclusions justifying the bigoted Muslim ban. Nearly one year after the original Muslim ban, this report shows how the administration continues to inflame racial and religious tensions in the name of “security.”
New Indivisible Resources
We’ve been adding a ton of new resources and tools this week to help you keep standing indivisible in new and creative ways, and we want to make sure you don’t miss any of it! Here’s all of our latest materials in one place:
- Introducing the IndivisiBlog:Indivisible now has a blog, featuring in-depth analysis from the Indivisible team, groups, and allies. In case you missed it, in the first post, Indivisible’s Executive Director Ezra Levin reflects on how the Indivisible movement got started and everything you’ve accomplished so far. Then, in the newest post, Levin explores the development of the Indivisible organization and what we’re doing to support the broader movement—go check it out.
- Keep holding the House accountable with The Payback Project. Indivisible recently joined with MoveOn, Town Hall Project, and Women’s March to create The Payback Project to showcase your amazing work across the country holding accountable the 217 representatives who voted for TrumpCare. Register your eventstargeting these 217 MoCs; use the toolkit to plan a die-in in your district; and add your pictures, videos, and stories from Twitter and Facebook to the Accountability Wall.
- Adopt-a-District: After their disastrous vote for TrumpCare, some MoCs seem to be set on hiding from their constituents. If you’re not getting the answers you need from your MoC, check out our new Adopt-a-District Guide. You can connect with a neighboring district whose MoC is willing to step in and help out—or, if your MoC voted no, you can connect them to a nearby district that isn’t being heard by their own representative. This strategy is already catching on around the country—check out how your group can make an adopted town hall happen near you: Adopt-a-District Guide.