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Another Resistance Resource: Stay Woke!

April 6, 2017 by pegjohnston

https://www.ourstates.org/#pressure

The Resistance is everywhere! and there are more and more digital tools to help!  The latest is an interactive map that highlights actions in the states on six different issue areas from voting rights to reproductive rights. Other tools include text to fax and 5calls.org which nudges your friends to call their representatives. see more here. 

These do not replace phone calls and visits to Congresspeople, but help people organize and access information and resources.

Local groups include Citizen Action's Join the Resistance and Indivisible Binghamton. Get involved!  It beats dispair!

Vote Smart Opens National “Facts Matter” Research Center

April 6, 2017 by pegjohnston

Des Moines, April 6, 2017 -- Seventeen universities competed and Drake University, located in the center of the nation and in a state that is ground zero every Presidential Election, was selected by Vote Smart for its new Facts Matter Research Center.
 
The center is being designed to grow an unparalleled database of public records on over 100,000 past, present and future politicians, and to forge new interactive systems for handheld devices that defend each citizen’s access to the facts on any issue and on any politician of interest.
 
Vote Smart is hosting an opening celebration on April 10th from 5 pm - 7 pm in their new Des Moines office to commemorate a new partnership with Drake, an outstanding civics learning institution that is providing the offices needed to house 50 of its interns each semester to defend every citizen’s right to know.

To view a short video about the bi partisan Vote Smart project go here: http://votesmart.org/

Join the Resistance Movement (the latest from Citizen Action 4/30)

March 26, 2017 by Wanda Mead Campbell

Photo of poster by Isi Trapper.UPDATED 4/30/17

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  

Sunday, May 7 – 1:00 -3:00  door to door canvassing to identify people’s concerns and bring more people into the movement.  Meet at Citizen Action at 1:00 for training.  We work in teams.  For information call Mary Clark at 723-0110.

Tuesday, May 9 – Statewide Senior Action Council lobby day in Albany – call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110 if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, May 10 – 6:00- 7:30 - Resistance Movement Coordinating Committee meeting at Citizen Action.  For information call Mary Clark, 607-723-0110.

Saturday, May 13 – noon - Women’s Health March in honor of all women for mother’s day we will march for women’s health from Family Planning to the County Court House. For information call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 25, 26 and 27 – 5:00 - “The Sand Beneath the City” by Abbey Fenbert a revival performance by Amoreena Gabriel Wade -  KNOW Theatre, 74 Carroll St., Binghamton. Hosted by Citizen Action of New York - Southern Tier Chapter

https://www.facebook.com/events/1406627522723552/

Indivisible Binghamton

March 25, 2017 by pegjohnston

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.

Facetime with Fred:

March 24, 2017 by pegjohnston

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  akshar@nysenate.gov 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

March 17, 2017 by imc-editor

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?
anonymous

Solar and Energy Efficiency Grants Available

March 12, 2017 by pegjohnston

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 bpacalis@ppefny.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

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