ALBANY DAY OF ACTION – JUNE 13! We have the opportunity to pass progressive voting laws in New York State, but it must happen before June 21st in order to take effect for the 2018 elections.
To bring New York into the 21st Century, a coalition of progressive organizations is organizing a day of action in Albany to pass 5 key voter reform laws: early voting, automatic voter registration, flexibility to change voter registration, electronic poll books, and restoring parolee voting rights! Several bills have already passed the State Assembly but are now stuck in the Senate Rules Committee.
The Rally for Voting Rights is organizing buses to Albany from NYC departing from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Manhattan: Meet in front of Union Square Café (101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003) at 7:00 am. Approximate return at 4:00 pm.
Brooklyn: Meet in front of Old Navy (625 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217) at 7:00 am. Approximate return at 4:00 pm.
- 11:30 a.m. at West Capitol Park – Obstacle “To Voting” Course
- 12:00 noon at West Capitol Park – Rally
- 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Inside the NYS Capitol and Legislative Office Building – Lobby Visits and Creative Actions
Sponsors: Brooklyn NAACP, Brooklyn Rebels, Brooklyn Voter Alliance of GOBK, Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause, Daily Kos, Easy Elections NY, League of Women Voters, Moody, NY4Democracy, NY Civic Engagement Table, NYPAN, Public Citizen, Schenectady Unites, SEIU32BJ, Strong Economy for All Coalition, and others
Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats are two organizations focused on getting more progressives elected to Congress. They aim to do this by supporting progressive challengers against Republicans in swing districts and also by reforming the Democratic Party. Accordingly, they are supporting primary challengers against establishment Democrats whose rhetoric are not always 100% aligned with their actions.
For NY’s 14th Congressional District, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats have put their support behind Alexandria Ocasio to run against Congressman Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary. Alexandria is a young woman of color from the Bronx with a strong progressive platform. Learn more about her here and here.
Jake invited Alexandria to speak at an upcoming NYCIA Council meeting. If you are interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The NYCIA Council is not endorsing any candidate at this time.
This meeting was focused on how to improve the way we are working and to encourage better turn out and regularity of meetings and events. We had some great ideas for events, actions, and future meetings. Minutes are available through the Google Group.
Rise and Resist is organizing an action on Thursday, June 15th at 6pm outside of Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office (633 Third Avenue): The IDC is Failing New York. This will be the culmination of a series of protests against the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a rogue breakaway group that gives the Republicans a majority in the State Senate.
With the end of the legislative session looming, it’s time to shine a spotlight on all the progressive bills that they have blocked. To do so, we want to bring together activists representing a range of issues and constituencies. We’ve chosen to gather outside Cuomo’s office because of his complicity in Albany’s dysfunction – and because it’s a relatively central location for protesting all 8 IDC members at once! Please join if you can!
Where: Foley Square, 111 Worth Street, New York NY 10013
When: 6:00 pm