Join Citizen's Soapbox Today at St. Philip's Parish House

Saturday, March 18th from 2-4pm

Join Citizen's Soapbox at St. Philip's Parish House in Garrison.  

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The group will be dedicating a good portion of the meeting to discussing carbon pricing, which was voted as the most urgent and important issue to bring to our federal representatives to move our country in a positive direction.  

Take a look at this draft memo outlining a recent Carbon Dividends proposal and read this Statement of Support.  We hope to discuss the merits of this approach as a group and develop a strategy for future action.

You can find Citizen's Soapbox on Facebook or send an email to longhaulny at gmail dot com for further information.


Tell Your Climate Story

Friday, March 17th

(Adapted from Jen Hofmann's Checklist for Americans of Conscience)

Action For Today: Tell your climate story.

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Stories change minds. Our Climate Voices is seeking first-person narratives about how climate change impacts your local community to be shared in their newsletter and website. If climate change affects you where you live, consider telling your story.

Climate change is affecting our communities and our spaces now. When the collective impact of climate change disproportionately affects the world’s poor, women, and people of color, it is illogical--and immoral--that only a select few have the platform to speak out on environmental injustice. Our voices are vital for fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the climate change dialogue.  

Read our stories.

Email: ourclimatevoices@gmail.com.


Resist. Persist. Repeat.

Thursday, March 16

Some helpful folks have created ResistBot, a handy new tool for your smartphone.  

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Try it out, it's ever so easy.

Sign up and start messaging your elected representatives: just text resist to 50409 to get started.

It takes less than 5 minutes to have your voice heard in Congress.

Resist. Persist. Repeat.

 

Learn more at https://resistbot.io/about.html


Snowed In on Pi Day? Knit Yourself a Science March Hat

Tuesday, March 14th

(Adapted from 100DaysAction , Project Thinking Cap and StudioKnit)

Action for Today:

On this snowy, snowy Pi Day, why not knit yourself a hat for next month's Science March?

Inspired by the Pussy Hat Project, Project Thinking Cap invites you to support science and scientists by knitting green and blue hats to wear during the Science March on April 22nd.

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Find a pattern here. If you’re an avid knitter, make some extras and send to this address for distribution at the DC Science March:

Project Thinking Cap*
c/o C. Lantz
P.O. Box 25791
Alexandria, VA 22313

If you still have pink yarn left over from the Women's March, you can knit a Brain hat.

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StudioKnit has provided a handy brain hat webpage which gives you all the instructions you'll need.

After you've made your hat, show the world.  

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Support NY Attorney General Schneiderman's Investigation of Trump's Financial Conflicts

Monday, March 13th

(Adapted from Rogan's List)

Eric Schneiderman, the NY Attorney General, wants to investigate Trump's violations of the emoluments clause. His office is tallying public support nationwide.

Action You Can Take Today

Call:  (212) 416-6218. and email:  nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov

Simple message "Please investigate President Trump's possible violations of the Emoluments Clause."

 

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Today! Civics Seminar at St. Philip's Parish House

Sunday, March 12 from 2-4 pm

RiseUpNY and Ecological Citizen’s Project present a four part Civics Seminar starting on Sunday March 12th 2-4pm at St. Philip's Parish House, Garrison, NY 10524.

These free seminars are open to the general public and were designed as a brush-up course in civics for adults. The four part series will survey how our government works, how a bill becomes law, constitutional law, and how to run for office. The four individual seminars will be taught by: Charlie Kelly, professor emeritus, Kean College; Jason Angell, instructor, Bronx Community College; William Hellerstein, professor, Brooklyn Law school; and political advocate, Kim Conner. 

This is how your government works will be examined in the context of democratic pluralism (democratic elitism). Theorites of participatory democracy, elitism and pluralism will be reviewed as a means to understand how structure, process and interests shape American policy and politics.


Charlie Kelly is professor emeritus of political science from Kean University. Charlie received his PHD. and M.A. degrees from New York University and has a M.S. degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University/Baruch College. Charlie chaired the Beacon Democratic Committee for twenty years and served on City Council for five two years terms of office.

For more information, please contact RiseUpNY.org.

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Take Action - Resistance Training With the ACLU

Saturday, March 11 at 4:30pm

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On March 11, the ACLU is holding a Resistance Training. This event will launch People Power, the ACLU’s new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country and take the fight against Donald Trump’s policies not just into the courts, but into the streets. We’re organizing grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the livestream together. Please join us!

Sign up to learn more about People Power and the Resistance Training livestream on March 11 at 5pm ET. We’ll follow up with you about opportunities to volunteer and attend events near you.

Sign up here:  https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/join/?source=em20170223 

RSVP for one of Saturday’s ACLU Resistance Training events in our area. All of the events start at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT to accommodate our livestream.

ACLU People Power Action Event - March 11
Burnt Meadow Road, Gardiner, NY
RSVP now »

ACLU People Power Action Event - March 11
2 Romer's Alley, Sugarloaf, NY
RSVP now »

ACLU People Power Action Event - March 11
1 Hawk Drive, Student Union, Room 401, New Paltz, NY
RSVP now »

Or sign up to host an event to watch the livestream:  https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/host?source=em20170223

 


Take Action Today - Resistance Training With The ACLU

Saturday, March 11 at 4:30pm

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On March 11, the ACLU is holding a Resistance Training. This event will launch People Power, the ACLU’s new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country and take the fight against Donald Trump’s policies not just into the courts, but into the streets. We’re organizing grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the livestream together. Please join us!

Sign up to learn more about People Power and the Resistance Training livestream on March 11 at 5pm ET. We’ll follow up with you about opportunities to volunteer and attend events near you.

Sign up here:  https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/join/?source=em20170223 

RSVP for one of Saturday’s ACLU Resistance Training events in our area. All of the events start at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT to accommodate our livestream.

ACLU People Power Action Event - March 11
Burnt Meadow Road, Gardiner, NY
RSVP now »

ACLU People Power Action Event - March 11
2 Romer's Alley, Sugarloaf, NY
RSVP now »

ACLU People Power Action Event - March 11
1 Hawk Drive, Student Union, Room 401, New Paltz, NY
RSVP now »

Or sign up to host an event to watch the livestream:  https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/host?source=em20170223

 


Snowy Day, More Action on the Takedown of the ACA

Friday, March 10

(Adapted from Rogan's List)


Speak Out NOW Against the Repeal of the ACA

(Adapted from Organizing for Action and Families USA)

By law, the administration has to consider public comments on this proposal. We have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, MARCH 7th, to make our comments here:

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=CMS-2017-0021-0002

The administration put out a new proposal aimed at sabotaging Obamacare—a blatant attempt to weaken the law at the expense of the tens of millions of people who depend on it.

In an effort to suppress meaningful comments from consumer groups and other stakeholders, the Administration has provided only a 21-day comment period, an unprecedented departure from standard comment periods for rules of this significance. 

Learn more about how these changes favor insurance companies at the expense of people.

Sample Comments:

Any changes to the marketplace exchanges—that have done so much to allow American families to access quality, affordable health insurance—should strengthen and expand coverage and consumer protections, not weaken and limit them.

There is no legitimate justification for shortening the open enrollment period. It will only keep young and healthy enrollees out of the marketplaces, reducing their stability. Putting up barriers to special enrollment periods burdens those who are already going through incredible change—that includes women who are pregnant, those who have lost their jobs, and more. Allowing insurance companies to sell plans that transfer costs and risk to consumers—which makes it harder for people to see the doctors they need and limits the safety net for low-income consumers—runs completely counter to the goals of the law that established the exchanges: to provide quality, affordable health insurance for every American.

I do not support these proposed rule changes, as it’s clear this is nothing more than an attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

 

 


Write a letter to the editor

Monday, March 6th

(Adapted from Rogan's List)

 Make your voice heard

Write a letter to the editor on a subject that is important to you. Submit to more than one paper and post on social media.  Here are some ideas:
 

 

Local print and online only papers available in Philipstown include the Highlands Current, Putnam Examiner, Putnam County News and Recorder. Journal News, Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Peekskill Daily Voice


Don't Get Overwhelmed: Map Out A Plan

Friday, March 3rd

As many have said, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

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It's been an exhausting 40+ days.  If you're feeling overwhelmed, here are a couple of useful resources to help stay focused.


Tell Congress: Investigate Trump's Ties To Russia NOW

Thursday, March 2

Action for Today

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(Will Amato, "Trump, Poutine")

 Call your three members of Congress and request that they support a special prosecutor to investigate the President and his connections to Russia.

You could add that you also agree with Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren,  and other Democratic leaders who have called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign due to his perjured testimony about his meetings with Russian officials in 2016.

*If you don’t know your members of Congress’ direct phone number, enter your zip code in the Congressional Contact Info on our site.

Script

“Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in zip code [ZIP]. I’m calling to let [Rep/Sen____] know that I support the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s role in the election and President Trump’s financial ties to Moscow. I’d like to see [Rep/Sen____] publicly call for this as soon as possible because I’m concerned that Congress’ investigations are too partisan to get to the truth. Thanks so much for your time.”

Get more info on this call at theloyalopposition.net

 

 


Promote Facts: Spread the Word

Wednesday, March 1st

Last night, the President spoke before Congress for the first time. He made many claims, and unsurprisingly, many were not factual. The Associated Press took a look at his claims, and published a Fact Check today.

We have excerpted 8 below.  Please spread the facts by sharing them as widely as possible.

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Support Investigation of Trump's Ties to Russia

Tuesday, February 28th

(Adapted from Daily Kos Stop Trump newsletter and the Loyal Opposition)

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russia. 

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(By Vitaly Alyabyev (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Some background:

On February 9, 2017, Representative Jerrold Nadler took the extraordinary step of filing a "resolution of inquiry" in the U.S. House that could force a House investigation into Donald Trump’s financial conflicts of interest and ties to the Russian government. 

If Rep. Nadler is successful, the Department of Justice will have "to provide Congress with the basic information required to conduct an inquiry into President Trump and his associates" conflicts of interest, ethical violations—including the Emoluments Clause—and connections to the Russian government." The DOJ will also have to provide information related to " any criminal or counterintelligence investigation targeting President Donald J. Trump, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone, or any employee of the Executive Office of the President." 

The House Judiciary Committee has 14 legislative days to respond to Rep. Nadler's request, or it will automatically go to the full House for vote, forcing Republicans to grapple with and vote on whether they are going to take seriously and investigate—or continue to ignore—Trump’s flagrant ethical and constitutional violations. 

Action you can take today:

1. Before 10am today, call the House Judiciary Committee at (202) 225-3951 and tell them you support the Resolution of Inquiry.

Script: 

Hi. This is [NAME] from [STATE]. I’m calling to let Chairman Goodlatte and the Committee know that I strongly support Representative Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry and encourage members to vote for it. I believe Americans deserve to know about the President’s conflicts. I appreciate your time.”

2. Sign the petition: Investigate Donald Trump