About 200 people attended the Tax Day Rally. It was one of hundreds across the country and in Washington DC, protesting the Republican/Trump plans for a budget and tax policy. Protesters also demanded that President Trump reveal his taxes, especially because of his foreign investments and entanglements. Citizen Action schedule of events in next story below. May 6th is the next Indivisible meeting at Endicott Library. See FB page for more details.
Photo by Patti Schwartz, from Indivisible Binghamton Facebook page.
Photo of poster by Isi Trapper.UPDATED 4/16/17
Resistance Movement Southern Tier
General Meeting - the First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton.
Coordinating Committee meeting (open) Second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 at Citizen Action.
Committee Meetings – each committee meets right after the general meeting on the first Wednesday of each month plus at other times (see end of list for details).
Actions and Events and Trainings
Saturday, April 15 – Noon – at Broome County Court House Tax Day Action, Rally – Music, Games, PRIZES, Speakers, Fun – Don’t give more tax breaks to the Rich and the Corporations and tell Donald to “Show Your Taxes.” Sponsored by Citizen Action and Indivisible Binghamton. Call 607-723-0110 for information.
Tuesday, April 18 – 7:00 pm – at the Bundy Museum Annex, 129 Main St., Binghamton. Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn About Work From the People Who Do It. For information call 607-238-6892 or email@example.com
Thursday, April 20 – 12:00 – Another Day with “Claudia.” Congressional Townhall outside Tenney’s office, Metrocenter, Binghamton. Tell Tenney to vote no to the resurrected bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act – robs you of health care and gives money via tax breaks to the really rich. For information call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110. (Note change of time). Bring your own lawn chair and lunch.
Saturday, April 22 - 11:00-4:00 – Sci-Cli Festival and March– March begins at Confluence Park (North Shore Dr., Binghamton) to Martin Luther King Promenade (Court and Wall Sts., Binghamton) . Free Family Event! Join us in solidarity and celebration of Science.
Sponsored by Citizen Action and Sierra Club. For information call Scott Hoyt -607-644-6636. (Notice – change in location due to city regulations.)
Saturday, April 29 – bus trip to Washington for People’s Climate March sponsored by Sierra Club. www.eventbrite.com For information contact Wes Ernsberger firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 29- Noon at the American Civic Association Memorial Park, corner of Front and Clinton Sts. Worker’s Memorial Day 2017. Sponsored by Broome Tioga Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. For information call Richard Sprout at 607-584-9900 x 408.
Sunday, April 30 – 10-4 – Earth Fest 2017 – celebration of Earth Day. SUNY Broome Student Center, Upper Front St., Binghamton. Admission $1.00 or donation to CHOW. For information go to www.myedst.org/earth.html
The second meeting of Binghamton's Indivisible chapter drew 60-70 people. One of 7000 chapters of Indivisible, founded by former Congressional staffers who have charted a political change strategy, the group focuses on opposing the Trump agenda and retrogressive policies at the national, state and local levels. In Binghamton Tim Mollen moderates the group with many others who take on various responsibilities and organizing tasks such website and social media development, in person meetings, phone calling legislators, writing letters, editorials, etc., and generally holding elected officials accountable. The group is paying particular attention to REp. Claudia Tenney who supports most of the Trump agenda. The group has agitated for a town hall meeting without results so far.
Indivisible Binghamton is organized online with a closed Facebook group; interested people may apply for inclusion and get on the mailing list. They take as their blueprint the Indivisble Guide, accessible here. The founders of the movement took as their inspiration the success of the Tea Party in winning elections and opposing Obama's agenda. The strategies are the same; the policies and vision of America are completely different. It is a grassroots movement targeting elected representatives with contacts and creating a public presence. The movement is credited with rallying support for immigrants and against the travel ban, and most recently the vote on the Affordable Care repeal, which divided Republicans.
Indivisible Binghamton meets monthly and is promoting a TAX Day rally April 15th at the Broome Co Courthouse.
If you go to meetings with NY State Senator Fred Akshar you will be able to answer a short questionnaire. If you don't go to those meetings, you won't. But now you can answer the same questions and affect this sampling bias.
Here are the questions: 1. Do you support a NYS constitutional amendment to codify abortion rights?
2.Should health insurance companies be required by law to cover birth control and morning after pills?
3. Do you support continuing the Regional Economic Development Council Competition and Awards Process?
4.What's the one issue you'd like me to work on in Albany?
You can answer by emailing Fred email@example.com or via his website: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/fred-akshar/contact
And by the way, Fred, the morning after pill (now more appropriately known as emergency contraception) IS BIRTH CONTROL. If you need a tutorial here is a fun tutorial from the Lady Parts Justice League: http://ladypartsjusticeleague.com/just-a-pill/
The biggest lie : we elected Christians.
"When i was hungry, you canceled my food stamps
When i was thirsty, you diverted lead & coal into my water
When i was sick, you tripled my insurance rates
When i was naked, you raped me & blamed me because i was naked.
When i was in prison, you enslaved me to corporations
When i was a stranger with brown skin you deported me
From the lonely you took away social programs
From the elderly, you took away meals & medicine
From the workers, you took away legal protections
From the young, you took away school funding
From the victims, you took away shelter
Instead of diversity, you encourage intolerance
Instead of caring, you encourage isolation
Instead of equity, you encourage military excess
When the 1% has ground us into the dust, taken all of our money, and let us die for lack of insurance - who will they feed upon?
Catching the Sun: On Campus and Beyond
NYSERDA and Green Jobs are raising awareness of energy efficiency grants of up to $4000 and $8000 for 2-4 family homes. For more information attend the following session or call 723-0110 oe email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 29, 7-9PM, LH 014., the Sun will be rising on Binghamton University.
There will be a brief forum on the future of solar energy on Binghamton University Campus, and the role and future of solar energy across the country. The panel will be hosted by Councilman Conrad Taylor, along with members of IDEAS club and Southern Tier Solar Works.
Promptly after the discussion, we will be showing the documentary 'Catching the Sun'. The film follows an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur as they race to lead the clean energy future of the United States.
7:00-7:30pm - Discussion on BU Solar
7:30-8:45pm - Movie Showing
8:45-9:00pm - Brief Discussion
UPDATE: Binghamton City Council unanimously passed the "Welcoming Resolution" after 200 people attended the Council Meeting the week before. Councilman Conrad Taylor had introduced a “Welcoming Cities” Resolution to Binghamton's City Council and a huge crowd (The Press estimated 100) came out to support the resolution. It is a statement of welcome and support for the immigrants and refugees who live in our community. People were urged by Citizens Action and other groups to contact their council members and the Mayor. Mary Kaminsky introduced a similar resolution to the County Legislature.
Taylor was accused of "grandstanding" by other Council members and several members said that the resolution needed revising. The resolution was tabled to work on the wording that Council member Dani Cronce (D) and others objected to. Only one person spoke out against the resolution. City Council met Feb. 21 and approved the resolution.
Video at Pressconnects.com