UPDATE ON CNY RESIST TRUMP RESISTANCE
CNY PROGRESSIVE ACTION NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 16, 2017
NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK CITIZENS IN ACTION, INC.
UTICA CHAPTER OF CITIZEN ACTION OF NEW YORK
(ESTABLISHED IN 1997)
Now celebrating 19 years of community organizing, the Central New York Citizens in Action invites YOU to be part of a movement for progressive change based on shared social values. We believe in educating, advocating, and legislating for the collective good. Join us!
COUNTER-INAUGURAL RALLY PLANNED FOR JANUARY 21 IN UTICA
Community groups are sponsoring a counter-inaugural rally and teach-in entitled: “Say No To Trump’s Agenda: A Unity Rally For A Progressive Future.” It will be held between 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at the DeSales Center, 309 Genesee St. Utica.
Designed to mobilize Central New York residents against Trump administration policies, the event will include speakers, workshops on issues and organizing, skits, music, films, lunch, networking, and exhibits. The teach-in will discuss the proposed polices of the Trump administration, their impact on local residents, and how persons and groups can fight back against Trump’s agenda.
The rally is free and open to the public. The DeSales Center is across the street from the Munson-Williams Proctor Institute in Downtown Utica. Parking is available next to the building.
Sponsors include Citizen Action of New York, Central New York Citizens in Action, Move-On, and other local, state, and national groups.
The Utica event is one of the rallies and protests this week which are planned in hundreds of cities against the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Women’s March on Washington is expected to draw as many as 200,000 attendees.
John Furman, President of the Central New Citizens in Action, stated: “The Counter-Inaugural Rally will help local residents to fight back against the excesses of the Trump administration, while empowering activism and laying the groundwork for a progressive resurgence. We will use this rally to build a community-wide coalition to resist the Trump administration polices such as giving massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, stripping health insurance from millions of Americans, gutting critical climate and consumer regulations, restricting voting and civil rights, and creating a climate of fear, hate, and repression.”
For more information, please call 315-725-0974, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. cnycia.org or facebook.com/cnyprog.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE COUNTER-INAUGURAL RALLY
PLANNING MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT (JANUARY 17)
The Central New York Citizens in Action and our partners are seeking speakers, musicians, actors to perform skits, sound and video equipment, a movie screen, lcd projector, and volunteers to help us hold a counter-inaugural rally to protest Trump policies on Saturday, January 21 between 1 – 5 p.m. at the DeSales Center, 309 Genesee St. Utica. We are having a meeting this Tuesday at the DeSales Center at 7 p.m. to help plan the event. The event will consist of a rally, speakers, workshops on organizing and issues, music, films, potluck lunch, networking, and exhibits. We need your help to organize this event. Please download the attached poster at our web site (www.cnycia.org) and distribute. Please invite your family, friends, co-workers, clients, and neighbors to this important event.
Here are specific things you can do to help:
1. Bring a dish to share (We need beverages, salads, pizza, paper products, etc.)
2. Set up the hall Friday night at 7 p.m.
3. Make signs opposing Trump and bring them with you either Friday or Saturday.
4. Write a short play that attacks Trump’s policies and provides positive alternatives (Humor is recommended!)
5. Volunteer to perform a skit.
6. Play music and sing protest songs!
7. Suggest films we can show.
8. Invite your friends and families to attend.
9. Make speeches and hold workshops.
10. Make a large pledge of resistance poster so everyone can sign.
11. Encourage your group to bring literature and have a table.
12. Make copies of the event poster and put them up in the community and local colleges.
13. Encourage your group to endorse it.
14. Develop issue positions which we can run off.
15. Provide a financial contribution to help defray costs.
16. Become a member of Citizen Action of New York to continue the struggle!
Please call 315.725.0974 or email email@example.com to volunteer.
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, destroying the labor movement, and putting in place a cabinet that doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act or public schools or Medicare or the Fair Housing Act. We must join together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, families, health, safety, democracy, and diverse communities. Our goal is to build a community-wide solidarity coalition to resist Trumpism!
UTICA OFFICIALS TAKE A STAND FOR ‘CARE, NOT CHAOS’ AS
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FACE SUDDEN LOSS IN HEALTHCARE
Repealing Affordable Care Act, gutting Medicaid and Medicare
would create epic healthcare crisis
On Thursday, January 12, Mayor Robert Palmieri, members of the Utica Common Council, frontline healthcare workers, and members of Citizen Action of New York, ACR Health, and community leaders sounded the alarm about what’s at stake as Donald Trump and Congressional leaders move to eliminate affordable healthcare coverage, including vital Medicaid benefits and services. Tens of millions of children, seniors and working adults including 84,723 residents in New York’s Congressional District 22 will be at risk for losing coverage. Utica area community leaders are calling on Congress to fix what is broken in the healthcare system, and leave in place provisions that have proven to help millions of Americans. Mayor Palmieri and the Utica Common Council will be presenting resolutions urging Congress to not repeal the Affordable Care Act without a plan in place that will ensure access to healthcare for all.
Congressional leaders are rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a move that would take away health insurance coverage for 30 million Americans, including 24,781 people in Oneida County alone.
According to Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, “No law is perfect, but the Affordable Care Act has had a positive impact in people’s lives. While Congress should look at ways to improve the law, it would be irresponsible to simply repeal it without a plan to provide adequate protection for millions of Americans who depend on the Affordable Care Act for coverage.”
Here’s what’s at stake for Utica, if the ACA is repealed without an immediate replacement:
1. Over 24,000 Oneida County residents will lose coverage by 2019. [Urban Institute]
3. 84,723 residents in CD22 will be at risk for losing coverage. This includes thousands with Medicaid coverage, 20,259 with Essential Plan coverage, and 20,219 with private plans purchased through the ACA marketplace.
4. 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied health insurance. [Urban Institute]
5. Rolling back Medicaid expansion and block-granting the program could put 72 million low income people, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, in danger of losing health coverage. [Families USA]
6. Hospitals could lose more than $165 billion between 2018 and 2026, leading to an “unprecedented public health crisis.”[Federation of American Hospitals (FHA); American Hospital Association (AHA)]
7. The estimated direct state budget impact of the repeal is $3.7 billion. New York’s counties have been able to use the additional federal Medicaid funding through the Affordable Care Act, which goes to directly to counties and helps to lower property taxes. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in a total loss of $595 million in funding. The fiscal impact for Oneida County will be $4,169,425.
“The chaos that will result from an unnecessarily rushed healthcare repeal means families will be left wondering how to pay medical bills and hospitals will be forced to choose which services to close,” said Bill Phillips, Utica Common Councilor – 5thDistrict. “We need to send a message to Congress that we cannot have these cuts in our community.”
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 400,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.
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WE NEED YOU TO HELP US FIGHT TRUMP AND PROMOTE A POSITIVE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
Please consider becoming a volunteer on one of our committees of the Central New York Citizens in Action campaign for progressive social change:
• Steering Committee
• Communications (web site, email newsletter, write articles)
• Office (data base, letters, email)
• Community Outreach (speaking to groups, membership)
• Event Set-up (food, posters, sign making, music, theatre)
• Research (conduct research on issues)
• Fundraising (organizing events)
• Emergency Response (organizing people to attend rallies and events)
• Issue committees such as Health care & retirement security
Women’s Rights & Reproductive Rights, Vulnerable communities (refugees, LGBT, racial minorities). Income inequality, social safety net, education and labor rights, Environment, Education
Please contact us at 315-725-0974 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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