Actions – Week of Jan 21, 2019

January’s focus – Expand Voting Rights!

This past week was exciting, with a comprehensive package of voting reforms passed in the New York State legislature.  We are looking forward to seeing the implementation of early voting, consolidation of federal and state primaries, pre-registration of 16 & 17 year olds, same day registration, and more!  Thank your representatives for helping move New York’s voting laws into the 21st century!

While our focus for January is voting rights, I’d like to take a different tack on actions this week.  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the voting inequalities that continue to persist if not in our own state, across the country, take some time this week to read his words.  Use that as a jumping off point for your own actions – if it’s contacting your representatives or taking direct action to help people in your community.

Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence – 1967
Our God is Marching On – 1965
The American Dream – 1964

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Actions – Week of Jan 14, 2019

January’s focus – Expand Voting Rights!

The New York State Senate and Assembly leadership is making good on addressing voting rights legislation as a priority!  They are expected to pass legislation that will allow early voting, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds, and consolidation of state and federal primaries.  This is a great start to addressing all of the voting reforms needed in our state.

  • Join Let NY Vote in Albany – this was moved from January 23 to TODAY, January 14!  This is not only a day of action, but if the legislation goes through as expected, a celebration!  Register here.
  • Can’t be there in person?  Contact your State Senator and Assembly member to thank them for supporting this new law, and ensure they continue support additional updates to New York’s old and outdated voting laws – address early voting, automatic registration, allow no-excuse absentee ballots.

Find your state representatives:
New York Assembly
New York Senate

See our website for more contact info and talking points.

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Actions – Week of Jan 7, 2019

For 2019, we’re going to provide focused actions for each month – to allow a more extended and hopefully clear message to our legislators on the issues we find important.  Of course, as issues of the moment arise, we will continue to include additional actions each week where needed.

January’s focus – Expand Voting Rights!

As the New York State Legislature starts up on January 9, we know that expanded Voting Rights in NY are at the top of their agenda.  We also saw HR 1 on the first day of the new Congress, which had significant voting rights components, as well as campaign finance and ethics reforms.  Our community strongly supports improved voting accessibility and rights, let’s make sure our legislators know where we stand!

  • Join Let NY Vote in Albany on January 23 for a day of action and meeting with legislators.  Register here.
  • Contact your State Senator and Assembly member to ensure they support updates to New York’s old and outdated voting laws – address early voting, automatic registration, allow no-excuse absentee ballots.
  • Contact your House and U.S. Senate representatives to show your support for the proposals in H.R. 1, including campaign finance reforms, automatic voter registration, making Election Day a holiday.  See details of the For The People bill here.   Note: this article suggests this is a symbolic piece of legislation – there is no reason we shouldn’t fully advocate for all of these measures to be considered, and continue to be promoted, even if we know that the current Senate and President would not be willing to sign on.
    • Additionally, when you call, also demand that your representatives hold firm on not funding a useless border wall, and support any other action they can take to end the government shutdown.

Find your state representatives:
New York Assembly
New York Senate

U.S. Senators for New York:
Chuck Schumer – (202) 224-6542
Kirsten Gillibrand – (202) 224-4451

Local Congressional Representatives:
Elise Stefanik, CD21 – (202) 225-4611
Paul Tonko, CD20 – (202) 225-5076

See our website for more contact info and talking points.

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Actions – Week of Dec 17, 2018

New York State Legislative Sessions start on January 9 – before taking an end of year break, make a call to your State Senator and State Assembly member to remind them of your priorities for the coming year.  Some of the legislation we hope to see in 2019 includes: (and very much cribbed from the NYCLU’s priorities)

  • Updating New York’s old and outdated voting laws – address early voting, automatic registration, allow no-excuse absentee ballots.
  • Pass the Reproductive Healthcare Act – remove abortion from our criminal code, expand access to contraception.
  • Reform our criminal justice system – fix our bail system, address discrimination, eliminate the Blindfold Law (which allows prosecutors to withhold information from the accused), address barriers to speedy trials
  • Pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) – ensure that gender identity and expression fall within New York’s anti-discrimination statutes

This is hardly a comprehensive list, but if any or all of these are important to you, make sure your representatives know where you stand!

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