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Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 5/5/17

HEALTHCARE UPDATE

Obamacare Repeal Passes in the House

ACHA/Trumpcare Moves to Senate

Feeling defeated right now? Please, don’t stop. If you need to take a break, do so. But then get up Monday, pick up the phone and tell Tenney what her voting YES to this bill has done to your opinion of her. 315-732-0713

Your second call? To Senator Jim Seward’s office. Tell him you are in favor of the NY Health Act and then sign the online petition.

The NY Health Act is a Single Payer/Universal Healthcare system for New York State. If we can’t get Representative Tenney to ensure our health, let’s turn to Seward, who has done much for our community in the past, and ask him to prove his continued support of his constituents and all New Yorkers by being the last YES vote they need in the NYS Senate to pass it. Call Seward at (518) 455-3131.

A sample phone script can found found here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 7th: NY 22 Votes Introduction to Canvassing & Voter Registration:  Join in a district-wide canvassing and voter registration event. This will be a fun, first experience for those who have not knocked on doors before or participated in a voter registration drive before. If you’re an experienced canvasser we need you too! ICC will be hosting and coordinating the Cortland County effort. We will need canvassers and volunteers to hold down the fort at the launch and rest site. Email us or visit the Facebook event for more information.

May 20th:  Pencil in ICC from 2-4pm for our monthly meeting.  We are putting together a well-informed panel who will speak to local impacts of ACA, Medicaid expansion, the potential impacts of the NY Health Act, and more.  Confirmed panelists include Lisa Hoeschle, Executive Director of Family Counseling Services; Dr. Doug Rahner, Medical Director of Family Health Network, and Linda Smith, Legislative Aid to Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.  More details to come including the possibility for additional panelists.  The agenda will include brief presentations by panelists and an opportunity for a question/answer session with those in attendance.

As always, keep encouraging others to get involved.  Bring someone new to the meeting on May 20th.  Sign up for a work group. Ask a friend to sign-up for the eblasts.  Join the Private Group for Indivisible Cortland County on Facebook.  Follow our Twitter account @IndivisibleCort and check out our website at www.indivisiblecortlandcounty.org

It’s helpful when we find out we aren’t alone.  And we must remember we are not.

We Are The Majority.

Thanks for joining us,

ICC

Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 3/27/17

UPDATES

Trumpcare / AHCA

The GOP healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA/Trumpcare) was pulled from the House on Friday after the GOP was unable to secure enough votes to pass it. Contrary to what Trump has reported, it was NOT close at all. More information on what happened and what it means can be found in a detailed post on our Facebook page. We hope you celebrated this weekend.  You deserve to. You did this! But remember, this is a marathon and they will come back again and again and we have to keep fighting. Single payer healthcare is being talked about more and more in New York State.  We need to start advocating for this with our State representatives.

March 25th Town Hall on Immigration and Agriculture

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday. We had a great turnout again and were thrilled to not only see familiar faces, but also many new ones. Mike McMahon of EZ Acres Farm in Homer and ESL teacher/Cortland Alderwoman Katy Silliman both gave insightful and educational talks on the impact of immigrant workers on our food system.

Here are some important takeaways from this meeting:

  • According to McMahon, 85% of our milk and 98% of our fruits and vegetables are mostly harvested by Hispanic/Latino immigrants, many of whom enter or stay in the country illegally due to our very broken immigration system.
  • For those who say, “just enter legally”, chew on this: there is an approximately 15 year waiting period for a visitor visa from Mexico;
  • To get a work visa you need a Master’s degree or higher;
  • To be considered an agricultural worker you need a seasonal work visa which limits you to three months of work at a time – dairy is a 365 day/year industry.

We need to advocate for an effective, legal guest worker program to help these workers to enter the country legally and enable them to be tracked. Our current system of using border patrol agents to hunt down these workers and lock them up is much more expensive for taxpayers (yet profitable for corporations which invest in private prisons), but is also inhumane. It is estimated that these workers contribute over $9 Billion to Social Security annually which they will never be able to access. 78% of these workers return to their home country eventually as their goal isn’t to live in the U.S. permanently, but to help improve their financial situation at home. These workers aren’t taking American jobs, they are filling holes in our labor force. We need to produce our food in this country and not rely on imports. Truly closing the border to these workers will create a homeland security crisis the likes you’ve never seen (think empty grocery store shelves and $15/gallon of milk). CNN came to Homer to interview Mike last year and he said the same thing then. He is a strong advocate for common sense immigration reform. Mike and other farmers in the 22nd district are attempting to meet with Representative Tenney to share their concerns. Our district is made up of many rural, agricultural economies. This issue hits home. Please help us get this message out.

ICC Work Groups

If you have signed up for a work group, either at the March 25th meeting or online, you should be receiving a contact soon. If you think you signed up and don’t hear anything be next weekend, please email us to inquire.

Current Events Reading

We know there is a lot of news out there (constantly) but here are a few links we found helpful, informative, and timely:

WEEKLY ACTIONS

  1. Keep calling Rep. Claudia Tenney.
    • H.R. 1430, the “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017” (HONEST Act), and H.R. 1431, the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017,” are gaining momentum in the House. The HONEST Act attacks the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts by undermining the science behind them. It severs the EPA from scientific experts and scientific expertise under the guise of openness, by stopping scientists from using valuable but confidential data that cannot be published online. The SAB Reform Act would limit the number of scientists who sit on the EPA’s advisory board. Please call Tenney’s office and tell her you stand with science and want her to VOTE NO on both of these acts.
    • Tell Tenney that while you know the AHCA was pulled from the House on Friday, you heard that she doubled down after and has publicly stated she will continue to work to repeal Obamacare.  Let her know this unacceptable to you and that you expect her to drop the partisan politics and get serious about strengthening the ACA or moving towards a single payer system.
    • Tell Tenney you support an independent, bipartisan investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia, especially in light of the recent behavior of the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes.
  2. Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and:
    •     Keep telling them to VOTE NO on Neil Gorsuch as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and to filibuster if they have to.  The Republicans not only prevented President Obama from filling the current Supreme Court vacancy, they threatened to block and filibuster ANY nominee made by Clinton had she won, and they have blocked HUNDREDS of federal judicial appointments over the eight years of Obama’s presidency, leaving the federal court system in crisis.  Schumer and Gillibrand need to know they have our support and our expectation that they hold firm on blocking Gorsuch, but not as payback, but because 1) his nomination is for a stolen seat; 2) he is extremely dangerous on environmental issues, and 3) he has legal views which are hostile to women’s access to reproductive healthcare.
  3. Did you try this handy tool you can use from your cell phone to fax your representatives yet? We love it!  Simply text 50409 from your cell phone and follow the prompts.  It works great to do this AFTER you make a call and summarize what you said on the phone.
  4. Have you joined the Private Group for Indivisible Cortland County on Facebook yet? We’d love to see you there. It’s a great place to learn information between emails and connect with your fellow community members around issues of concern.
  5. Do you have ideas for us?  Maybe a special talent you think would be useful? Please reach out and let us know, either by writing it in under “other” in the form mentioned above or by emailing us at indivisiblecortlandcounty@gmail.com. We could still use some assistance from someone who is more savvy with Mailchimp than are we to help us out with a project!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, March 30: Charter Schools, Vouchers and their impact on Public Education. Come learn and engage in discussion about the impact on public education programs considering proposals and the unknown future from federal administration. Presented by ITA, NYSUT, AFT, Public School Advocates.

Tuesday, April 4: Health Care is a Right Lobby Day and Rally in Albany. In support of the NY Health Act (single payer/universal health care). Vans will leave in the morning from Citizen Action Southern Tier in Binghamton and return early evening . For information contact: info@nyhcampaign.org

Thursday, April 6: Post Card Party at the Cortland YWCA.  Did you know that the YWCA is on a mission to fight racism and empower women?  Come help them by writing post cards together.  For more information call the Cortland YWCA at 607-753-9651

April 8 – 23rd: Congressional District Work Period, (AKA mini-recess).  Start planning now for when you might be available to visit one of Tenney’s offices.  Call and ask for an appointment to speak with the Representative and share your concerns. These work periods, often referred to in the media as “recesses”, are not vacations for representatives.  They are in place to allow representatives to return to their home districts to MEET and work with their constituents.  Remind Tenney of this when you get in touch.

Saturday, April 22: March for Science – Ithaca & CNY. The Ithaca, NY rally is being held in parallel to the Scientists March on Washington DC. For more information visit their Facebook event.

Saturday, April 29: ICC monthly meeting. Topic: The Environment.  More details to come.

Sunday, May 7: Potential Voter Registration Drive. Seeking experienced people as well, for some training and partnering on that event date. More details to come.

As always, keep encouraging others to get involved. And don’t forget to sign up for a work group if you haven’t yet and you would like to do so.

Thanks for joining us,

– ICC


Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 3/20/17

UPDATES
Agriculture and the Hispanic Workforce – ICC Town Hall Saturday, March 25th, 2-4pm at the United Presbyterian Church, 25 Court Street, Cortland

Our “Where’s Tenney” Constituent Town Hall on Saturday, February 25 was a big success and we’re just as excited about our upcoming ICC Town Hall on March 25th.
Join us for a thoughtful presentation by Mike McMahon on the Hispanic Workforce on US Agriculture and Our Local Dairy Industry.  McMahon is a local farmer, as partner and owner of EZ Acres in Homer, NY. He is a Cornell grad who has served on the Homer Town Planning Board for the last 38 years, is the Chairman of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Protection Board, and is also the Chairman of the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency. The meeting will also be a chance to learn more about Indivisible Cortland County (ICC) and how you can help support and become involved in ICC efforts.
*Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate. 

If you are interested in bringing a snack to share for refreshments during the social hours, please email us.

ICC Work Groups

Some of you have signed up for new work groups through the JOIN form on the website. If you haven’t signed up for a work group yet, don’t worry.  We will be devoting some time at the end of the 3/25 Town Hall to have everyone who is interested, meet in their groups for preliminary discussions.

Current Events Reading

There is so much happening right now, and so many excellent articles covering the massive changes, it can be hard to keep up with everything.  Here are a select few we found noteworthy:

 WEEKLY ACTIONS

We often wonder if there will ever be a time when we don’t feel like a lot a has happened between these weekly eblasts. It hasn’t happened yet, but we keep hoping. With that in mind, we humbly ask for you to keep being active:

  1. Please call Tenney’s office everyday this week and tell Tenney you do NOT want the ACA repealed and you want her to vote NO on the American Health Care Act because over 80,000 residents of the NY 22nd Congressional District alone would lose healthcare under this Republican plan. Claudia Tenney is one of a small number of Representatives in Congress who claims to be undecided on how they will vote for Trumpcare (AKA the American Health Care Act), which will come to a vote this week, likely on Thursday. If she is truly on the fence about how to vote, let her know what she can do to get your support.  VOTE NO TO TRUMPCARE! For more information on what Tenney has to say about the ACA read our full post on this issue on Facebook. A personal story about what the ACA has meant to you or a a loved one is always preferred, but for more specifics on why to favor the ACA, or even more preferably, a future, Universal Healthcare plan, check out the resources about the ACA the Indivisible Guide has to offer on their website.
  2. Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and:
    – Tell them to vote NO on Neil Gorsuch as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and to filibuster if they have to.  The Republicans not only prevented President Obama from filling the current Supreme Court vacancy, they threatened to block and filibuster ANY nominee made by Clinton had she won, and they have blocked HUNDREDS of federal judicial appointments over the eight years of Obama’s presidency, leaving the federal court system in crisis.  The Republicans have acted as terrorists, holding Congress hostage, at the expense of the American people.  Schumer and Gillibrand need to know they have our support and our expectation that they hold firm on blocking Gorsuch, but not as payback, but because 1) his nomination is for a stolen seat; 2) he is extremely dangerous on environmental issues, and 3) he has legal views which are hostile to women’s access to reproductive healthcare
    – Tell them to vote NO on Trump’s nominee to serve as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street defense lawyer, Jay Clayton. Americans deserve an SEC chair who has a proven track record of putting the financial interests of Americans first, not Wall Street banks.
    – Tell them thank you for fighting the good fight against the Trump administration and that if they continue to do so they can expect your support come election time.
  3. Keep making calls: We found a handy tool you can use from your cell phone to fax your representatives.  The only trick is, whatever you send will go automatically to Schumer, Gillibrand and Tenney.  You simply text 50409 from your cell phone and follow the prompts.  It works great to do this AFTER you make a call and summarize what you said on the phone.
  4. Join ICC on Facebook: Have you joined the Private Group for Indivisible Cortland County on Facebook yet?  We’d love to see you there. It’s a great place to learn information between emails and connect with your fellow community members around issues of concern.
  5. Give us your ideas: Do you have ideas for us? Maybe a special talent you think would be useful. Please reach out and let us know, either by writing it in under “other” in the form mentioned above or by emailing us at indivisiblecortlandcounty@gmail.com. We could still use some assistance from someone who is more savvy with Mailchimp than are we to help us out with a project!

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 21, Homer Mayor Elections:  If you live in the Village of Homer, the election for Mayor will be held from 12:00pm – 9:00pm at the Homer Community building behind the fire department.  The candidates are Hal McCabe (Democrat) and Genevieve Suits (Republican).  Participation in local elections is just as important as in State and National ones.  We will keep you updated as other local election dates are announced.

March 25, ICC Town Hall:  Agriculture and the Hispanic Workforce (see description above) 2-4pm, Saturday, 3/25 at the United Presbyterian Church.  *Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate. If you are interested in bringing a snack to share for refreshments during the social hours, please email us.

March 26th, New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) Conference:  NYPAN Conference featuring Zephyr Teachout and Mayor Stephanie Miner in Binghamton.  Registration and event details can be found online.

April 4, Health Care is a Right Day Lobby & Rally in Albany: In support of the NY Health Act (single payer/universal health care). Vans will leave in the morning from Citizen Action Southern Tier in Binghamton and return early evening . For information contact: info@nyhcampaign.org

April 8 – 23, Congressional Mini-Recess:  Start planning now for when you might be available to visit one of Tenney’s offices.  Call and ask for an appointment to speak with the Representative and share your concerns.

April 22, March for Science, Ithaca & CNY: The Ithaca, NY rally is being held in parallel to the Scientists March on Washington DC. For more information visit their Facebook event.

April 29:  Pencil in ICC from 2-4pm on April 29th.  More details to come. 

As always, keep encouraging others to get involved.  Bring someone new to the meeting on March 25th.  Ask a friend to sign-up for the eblasts.  It’s helpful when we find out we aren’t alone.

Thanks for joining us,
ICC


Mid-week Updates & Action Alerts – 3/8/17

GOP healthcare plan hurts instead of heals

The GOP has introduced a new healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).   They are trying to ram it through the house without a traditionally accepted bipartisan review.

Call and write your representatives and tell them the GOP plan is unacceptable. Demand the same bipartisan review that republicans demanded before the passing of the ACA.   Your voice is critical in making a difference!

Tell your Representatives:
  1. Demand there is no vote before a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score is released and the bill is shared for a reasonable period of time to allow for public comment. It is unacceptable to consider legislation of this magnitude without knowing exactly what it will do. The ACA was only passed after more than 200 bipartisan meetings, a concrete CBO score, and being posted online for public comment for 3 months.
  2. You reject the currently proposed GOP healthcare plan because it:
    Makes cuts to Medicaid
    Cuts all Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood, which will prevent many people, mostly women, from getting cancer screenings and other essential health services.
    Gives tax cuts of $50,000 to $7,000,000 per year to millionaires, giving the wealthy elite the lion’s share of the benefits of the GOP plan.
    Charges people a 30% re-entry penalty for 12 months if they go without health care coverage for more than 63 days and then enter another health care plan.
    Insurance companies can charge older people 5 times as much as younger people (compared to 3 times in the current law.)

New Work Groups

After some feedback and discussion on how things are working in other groups in our district, ICC is rolling out a new structure for work groups.

The revised work groups now include 9 issue-specific groups, which are listed in the sign-up form. There are still 2 core work groups, Public Messaging and Support and Sustain. Visit our website to indicate which work group(s) you are interested in joining.

If you have already filled out this form, just enter your name, email, and work group selection, no need to redo the entire form. Ideally, work groups will meet regularly. To remain a work group member, the expectation is for active involvement.

Everyone is welcome to remain a member of this email list regardless of work group membership.

If you were a member of an original work group that no longer exists, please contact us if you have any concerns. Hopefully everyone has been contacted by this point and this change is not a surprise.

ICC Group Meeting planned for March 25

Mark your calendars for the next ICC Group Meeting! Featured speaker will be Mike McMahon, EZ Acres Farm owner and Chairman of the Cortland County Business Development Corporation. The meeting will take place Saturday, March 25th at 2pm at United Presbyterian Church (25 Church St., Cortland). More details coming soon.


Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 3/6/17

Updates

Great coordination is happening across the district, state and country. We’ve had excellent conversations with other Indivisible groups in the 22nd NY Congressional District about how best to coordinate our efforts and make our voices heard collectively as we look ahead to 2018. We also participated in a one-on-one phone call with a member of the national Indivisible Team this week to give them feedback about how they’re doing, and offer suggestions on what kind of support would be most helpful to us. Exciting stuff!

Weekly Actions

We have heard that calls to congress were up 164% in Trump’s first month in office, but they are dying down now at Congressional offices across the country. We’re also hearing rumblings that this might be the week that Speaker Ryan is successful at ramming an ACA repeal through the House. We need to keep working to have a chance at succeeding:

  1. Recruit someone new to ICC.  Know a friend or family member who is sympathetic but thinks they don’t have the time to help? Remind them that even if they’re just making a phone call on their lunch hour or making a donation to an advocacy group of their choice, they’re making a difference. Encourage them to sign up for this newsletter if nothing else.
  2. Call Tenney, Schumer and Gillibrand (contact information on our website homepage):
    •   Ask for Tenney especially to oppose ACA repeal.  This week Tenney was quoted as saying, “Ninetey percent of the people I hear from are just desperate to repeal Obamacare.” We know this is untrue because it is common knowledge from polling that ACA repeal is a 50-50 issue at worst. This means Representative Tenney is either not being honest about the calls she is receiving, or it demonstrates that the only constituents she “hears” are her supporters. Either way, it is more important now than ever to remind her that MORE THAN 82,000 INDIVIDUALS IN THE NY CD 22 ALONE STAND TO LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE if the ACA is repealed.  There is a generic script in our Resources page, “Guidance For Action,” as well as a form to track your calls to Tenney.
      The Republicans are keeping the bill literally under lock and key, and trying to move it through committee so quickly that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) won’t have time to score the bill–meaning we won’t know how many people it will insure or how much it’s going to cost. It’s critical that this bill get slowed down. Ask Tenney to publicly demand a CBO score before Congress takes action and takes away health care from 82,000 of her constituents, to say nothing of the 31 million other Americans who would lose out.
    • Ask for Congress to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Yes, we know.  We keep asking for this. But we truly believe it is imperative that we keep asking until they are released. Trump is the only president in our modern history not to release his tax returns and the American people deserve to know whether the President is following the law like the rest of us. Congress empowered itself in 1924 to obtain tax returns from executive branch employees, including the President. It has been used before, including to obtain Richard Nixon’s tax returns.
  3. Sign up for Tenney’s Telephone Town Hall here.
Local Events

March 21st: Track your local elections.  If you live in the Village of Homer, the election for Mayor will be held from 12:00pm – 9:00pm at the Homer Community building behind the fire department. The candidates are Hal McCabe (Democrat) and Genevieve Suits (Republican). Participation in local elections is just as important as in State and National ones. We will keep you updated as other local election dates are announced.

March 25: We’re still working on our March meeting date featuring Mike McMahon, Owner of EZ Acres Farm and Chairman of the Cortland County Business Development Corporation (BDC).  As soon as meeting details are confirmed, we will share that information with you.

April 29th: Pencil in an ICC climate activity from 2-4pm on April 29th.  More details to come.

As always, whether you are calling our Representatives, speaking at a public meeting, or attending a large rally, it is always best to represent yourself as an individual, concerned citizen, not as part of ICC, and to do so respectfully. Please and thank you still goes a long way as well. There are people on the other end of the phone lines, and it is important for us to remember their humanity throughout this process so we don’t lose our own.

Thanks for joining us,
– ICC


Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 2/27/17

Updates

‘Where’s Tenney?’ Constituent Town Hall

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our “Where’s Tenney” Constituent Town Hall on Saturday, February 25. We counted almost 200 of you crowded into the church basement, coming from as far away as Pulaski, to connect with other CD 22 residents. You all inspired us with your stories and your energy, and you donated over 15 bags of canned goods to add to the United Presbyterian’s annual drive that benefits two of Cortland’s food pantries. Nice work!  Many of you asked for the name of the bill our guest speaker, Joshua Riley, was referring to during our discussion on gerrymandering. He followed up Saturday evening with the information: it is called the Voting Rights Amendment Act. It was called HR 885 in the last Congress. It hasn’t yet been reintroduced and assigned a bill number in this Congress.

ICC Work Groups

As we shared at the meeting, we are in the process of updating and restructuring our work groups. If you haven’t signed up for a work group yet, don’t worry.  It will all make sense soon.


Colleen Lanning of Cortland shares an emotional, personal story at the Town Hall on Feb. 25th, 2017, about how the repeal of the ACA would impact her and her family.

Weekly Actions

Joshua Riley, pictured above at Saturday’s town hall, said, “This is a sprint and a marathon.” With that in mind, we’re shaking up our #1 action item for the week.

  1. Take care of yourself. Starting to burn out? This blog by Jennifer Hofmann is a great read on the importance for continued self-care right now.
  2. Call TenneySchumer and Gillibrand (contact information is below and on our our website homepage):
    • Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.Res 111. Tell them you are aware that on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be debating Resolution 111, which would mandate that the Attorney General release any DOJ materials related to Trump’s conflicts of interest or financial ties to Russia.
    • Ask for Congress to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Trump is the only president in our modern history not to release his tax returns. The American people deserve to know whether the president is following the law like the rest of us. Congress empowered itself in 1924 to obtain tax returns from executive branch employees, including the President. It has been used before, including to obtain Richard Nixon’s tax returns.
    • Ask for Tenney especially to oppose ACA repeal.  Although Republicans have been yelling for years about Obamacare and ran on promises to repeal it, they still do not have an adequate plan to replace it. The reform bill that was leaked on Friday is absolutely inadequate and would be irresponsible to put in place.
  3. Call Mayor Tobin’s office at the City of Cortland and ask him to encourage Rep. Claudia Tenney to hold a Town Hall in Cortland County. Tenney has set a date in March to come speak with elected official in Cortland. Let Mayor Tobin know the community is very interested in meeting with her as well. While you’re at it, thank Mayor Tobin for speaking out against the idea of requiring municipal police forces to perform the work of immigration officers. He made some very positive and patriotic comments on this issue in the Cortland Standard, and if we’re asking him for something, it would be nice let him know we appreciate his public stand on that issue.
  4. Keep telling your friends, family, and neighbors about the work we’re doing locally and encourage them to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and visit our website. If they haven’t yet signed up for our email blasts, they can sign up via our website. We also have lots of great new additions on our site, including a Call Log for you to track your calls to Rep. Tenney’s offices.  While sharing what you called about is great, it is especially important to track anything specific you were told by her staff. You can find the form on the Resources page on our website.

There are more actions to check out at the Indivisible Guide website. They have a great calendar with suggestions for you if you’re looking for additional call topics.

Please remember, whether you are calling our Representatives, speaking at a public meeting or attending a large rally, it is always best to represent yourself as an individual, concerned citizen, not as part of ICC, and to do so respectfully. Thanking staffers for their time still goes a long way as well. There are people on the other end of the phone lines, and it is important for us to remember their humanity throughout this process so we don’t lose our own.

We’re still working on setting a date, time, and location for our next meeting.

Thanks so much for building this movement with us,
– ICC

New York U.S. Senators and 22nd District Representative as of 2017

Charles “Chuck” Schumer, Senior Senator
James M. Hanley Federal Building
100 South Clinton Street, Room 841
Syracuse, NY 13261
Tel: 315-423-5471
Fax:  315-423-5185
www.schumer.senate.gov

Kirsten Gillibrand, Junior Senator
James M. Hanley Federal Building
100 South Clinton Street, Room 1470
Syracuse, NY 13261
Tel: 315-448-0470
Fax: 315-448-0476
www.gillibrand.senate.gov

Claudia Tenney, Congresswoman
555 French Road
New Hartford, NY 13413
Tel: 315-732-0713
Fax: TBA
www.tenney.house.gov


Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 2/20/17

Happy President’s Day!

We’re aware this week’s blast in long, but it is because there are lots of good things are happening in Cortland County and across the district.

LOCAL EVENTS

Monday, February 20th: “America: Many Voices – Same Rights”

This will take place on President’s Day at 5:30pm on the steps of the Cortland Post Office, 88 Main Street, Cortland, NY. The brief program, sponsored by ICC, will include music, readings, and an appreciation for our country’s founders who had the foresight to honor all citizens’ rights​​ to freedom of religion, speech, and assembly. See link to flyer, below.

Thursday, February 23rd: Cortland County Legislative Meeting, 6 pm, 60 Central Ave. Cortland

Meeting to oppose Title X funding cuts. Title X provides critical reproductive health care for women, and cuts would mean loss of jobs and devastating health impacts.  We want as many people as possible to show up and express support for the Title X resolution (which opposes funding cuts).  Plan to arrive at 5:45 pm if possible and sign up for public comment. Email mailto:sarahretayoung@gmail.comfor more information.

Saturday, February 25th: “Where’s Tenney? – Indivisible Cortland County Constituent Town Hall

This Town Hall will be held from 2-4pm at the United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cortland, NY. Since our Representative, Claudia Tenney, has not scheduled any town hall meetings during the current Congressional recess, we decided to hold our own. Come hear more about the Indivisible movement, what’s happening in Cortland County, across the 22nd district, and in DC, and find out what you can do to make sure your voice is heard in Washington. More information will be shared later in the week including information on our presenters. Please spread the word!

Town Hall Rules

Although Rep. Tenney will not be present at our Town Hall, we still think this blog by our neighbors in the 23rd CD is worth a read if you plan to attend any Town Hall meetings: https://newny23rd.com/2017/02/16/town-hall-rules-of-civility/

Please remember, whether you are calling our Representatives, speaking at public meeting or attending a large rally, it is always best to represent yourself as an individual, concerned citizen, not as part of ICC, and to do so respectfully. More on this later in the week.

ACTION ITEMS:

We must be vigilant in our protest of repealing the ACA. Despite not having a plan for a replacement, Congressional Republicans plan to go ahead with ACA repeal, and many are pushing for a faster timeline.

Call Representative Tenney this week and ask her:
  • Do not repeal the ACA without an adequate replacement enacted first. Be sure to share a personal story of how the repeal would affect you or someone you know. More than 4,000 residents of Cortland County could lose health insurance coverage, and the cuts to funding would threaten the continued existence of many public services in our county such as Cortland Regional Medical Center, access to mental health services for county residents, as well as substance abuse treatment, which as we all know, the need for is now at epidemic proportions, including locally.
  • Keep asking Tenney to hold a town hall during the Congressional Recess period. Assure her there is no desire to attack her but to have civil conversation about what is of importance to you and others she is representing while in office. Tell them that a tele-town hall is NOT enough.  Remind her that her colleague, Rep. Tom Reed in the NY 23rd CD held town halls this weekend to huge crowds of constituents who were eager to share their concerns and that while she may not enjoy that spotlight, it is her job to make herself available to speak with us in person.
Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand this week and ask them:
  • To continue pushing for the investigation of Michael Flynn and the White House’s connection to Russia. Tell them you believe s/he should do everything s/he can to condemn these illegal actions and pursue criminal charges. This means making public statements against Flynn and/or Pence, as well as supporting congressional efforts to investigate the issue.
  • To oppose the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and to take every action possible to oppose confirmation, including supporting a filibuster
  • To thank them. They and and their staff are working tirelessly on our behalf and we need to let them know they are appreciated and we will be there for them come election time if they continue to do so.

Visit one of Representative Tenney’s offices this week. She now has one in Binghamton as well as New Hartford.  Speak with her, or her staff if she is unavailable, about the issue of most concern to you.  Our recommendation is the ACA.  Here is a link to a great resource for this kind of conversation: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/2017/2/16/reclaim-recess-aca-action-plan  If your kids are off from school this week, take them with you to see Democracy in action!

Remember, one issue per call, so split up your issues among your calls to the different offices and different days. Contact information for Tenney, Schumer and Gillibrand below.

Does some of this seem repetitive? That’s because it is.  Our Representatives need to keep hearing from us about the issues that are of utmost importance.  We must be vigilant lest they believe we have given up.

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Don’t forget to spread the word about ICC to locals (please feel free to share these emails with others) and encourage your friends and family in other districts and states to find a local Indivisible group and get involved! ICC has been in touch with Indivisible groups across our district. We are helping to support them and they are helping to support us. We appreciate you doing the same.

If you’d like more ways to keep up with what’s happening, be sure to join us on Facebook in the “Private Group for Indivisible Cortland County”, as well as following the Indivisible Cortland County Facebook page. We’re also on Twitter @IndivisibleCort.

As always, we welcome feedback. We are all still learning and growing as a 100% volunteer organization run by community members. We hope you’ll continue joining us on this journey and sharing your thoughts.


Weekly Updates & Action Alerts – 2/13/17

Updates

  • Website: Have you checked out our website yet?  Lots of updates recently with more to come.  Visit at www.indivisiblecortlandcounty.org and check back often!

    • Events Calendar: Our new Events calendar on the website lists events happening in the next few weeks, with more to come. We will be advertising our own activities as well as related events sponsored by others, such as the March for Tolerance on 2/19 (see the calendar event for a flyer and more info.) 
    • Resources tab: Several people have asked for clear guidance on what help is most needed.  Read the Guidance for Action in the Resources tab, it offers excellent advice from a former Senate Staffer, as well as a Generic Script for making phone calls. Please feel free to share this information.
  • Workgroups: Everyone who requested to be added to a work group should have received a small group email on Sunday.  If you designated a work group you would like to join and didn’t hear from us with your work group email list(s), please get in touch and let us know your work group preference(s). 
  • Steering Committee: The Steering Committee is determining the where and when for the next large group meeting. The plan is to have it publicized widely this time instead of relying on word of mouth.  You’ll be the first to know once it’s set!

Action Alerts

Call Representative Tenney this week and ask her:

  1. To cosponsor legislation H.R. 804 to keep Steve Bannon out of the Situation Room and ensure that national security decisions are not influenced by political considerations.
  2. To hold a town hall during the Congressional Recess period.  Assure her there is no desire to attack her but to have civil conversation about what is of importance to you and others she is representing while in office.

Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand this week and ask them:

  1. To investigate Michael Flynn and Mike Pence’s connection to Russia. Tell them you believe Flynn, and possibly Pence’s actions are in violation with US law, under the Logan Act of 1799. If the Senator believes, as you do, that Flynn and Pence’s actions are a concerning indication of the Trump Administration’s relationship with Russia, s/he should do everything s/he can to condemn these illegal actions. This means making public statements against Flynn and/or Pence, as well as supporting congressional efforts to investigate the issue.
  2. To cosponsor legislation S. 291 to keep Steve Bannon out of the Situation Room and ensure that national security decisions are not influenced by political considerations.
  3. To oppose the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and to take every action possible to oppose confirmation, including supporting a filibuster.

Remember: Address one issue per call, so split up your issues among your calls to the different offices and different days. Contact information for Tenney, Schumer and Gillibrand below is on the home page of our website here.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Please spread the word about ICC to locals, share these weekly emails, and encourage your friends and family in other districts and states to find a local Indivisible group and get involved!