CNY PROGRESSIVE ACTION – MARCH 1, 2017

March 2, 2017

NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK CITIZENS IN ACTION, INC. –
CNY 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!

You can view newsletter on:
http://www.cnycia.org
https://cnycitizenaction.wordpress.com

 

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CNY CITIZEN ACTION JOINS 2,000 GROUPS TO CALL ON CONGRESS
TO PROTECT DOMESTIC PROGRAMS FROM CUTS

CALLS ON REPRESENTATIVES TENNEY, STEFANIK, AND KATKO TO REJECT HARSH CUTS TO NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING

While We Were Dreaming – President Trump Stole What We’ll Need When We Wake Up .

Deep cuts to domestic spending to fuel increases in defense expenditures make American dreams impossible to become realities.

Today, the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. along with more than 2,000 federal, state and local organizations making up the NDD (Nondefense discretionary) United coalition, delivered to Congress a letter calling on Congress and the President to “work together to protect NDD programs from further cuts and end sequestration.” The letter continues, “Such sequestration relief must be equally balanced between nondefense and defense programs.”

John Furman, President of the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. said: “We are calling on Representatives Claudia Tenney (R-NY 22nd District), Elise Marie Stefanik (R-NY 21nd District) and Representative John Katko (R-NY 24th District) to listen to Central New York residents and oppose cuts to NDD programs. Overall NDD appropriations have been cut severely and disproportionately in recent years. More cuts will have a painful impact on Central New York, depriving residents of vital and necessary services in areas such as infrastructure and housing, veterans services, education and job training, National Parks, medical and scientific research, and public health, safety and security. Local governments and nonprofit agencies rely on federal funding to provide many services to residents. Cuts will hurt real people, devastate the local economy, deprive children and seniors of services, and undermine our health and security.”

One-third, or $54.3 billion, of New York State’s FY 2018 All Funds Budget is comprised of federal funds. Under President Donald J. Trump, and with a newly-empowered, Republican-dominated Congress taking control of the federal budget, the potential for substantial cuts in domestic spending poses gargantuan challenges for the New York State budget and the budgets of local government entities throughout the state (as in other states and localities around the country). local governments are also highly dependent on federal aid receive a total of roughly $16 billion annually in federal funding. Federal aid received by local governments around the state mainly goes to social welfare, public health and transportation programs. While federal aid represents six percent of local government revenues, state aid accounts for 23 percent of local revenue; so, local governments would certainly be affected if significant federal budget cuts severely constrain the state’s financial picture and its ability to provide local assistance.

“While we were dreaming, the President stole what we’ll need when we wake up,” said NDD United co-chair Benjamin Corb following the President’s remarks. “The reality is, every single area the President highlighted in his dramatic close are areas that rely on a robust investment from the federal government in non-defense discretionary spending, the very part of the budget President Trump is slashing by $54 billion in order to pay for his military buildup.”

Examples of Nondefense discretionary or “NDD” programs are veterans affairs, medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; natural and cultural resources; housing and social services; and international relations. Each day these programs support economic growth and strengthen the safety and security of every American in every state and community across the nation.

NDD United co-chair Emily Holubowich added, “Since the President wants to increase funding for such things as border security, homeland security, and veteran’s health, all of which are within NDD, that will make cuts to biomedical research, education, environmental protection, workforce training, children’s programs, and more that much worse.”

The letter, signed by thousands of organizations including the Central New York Citizens in Action, reminds Congress that NDD programs are essential to national security, have already been cut too much after years of austere budget policies, and have consequences. “These cuts are dragging down our economic recovery, hampering business growth and development, weakening public health preparedness and response, reducing resources for our nation’s schools and colleges, compromising federal oversight and fraud recovery, hindering scientific discovery, eroding our infrastructure, and threatening our ability to address emergencies around the world. Simply put, these cuts are bad for the country and are not sustainable,” the letter explains.

With the letter’s delivery, NDD United hopes to highlight how the variety of programs supported by domestic spending are as important to America as a strong national defense. Final NDD United Founding Co-Chair Joel Packer said, “We are confident that Congress will reject these unprecedented cuts. We look forward to working on a bipartisan basis with supporters of these critical programs to protect these investments in our education, health, safety, and indeed, our future.”

In 2013, NDD United published a report, “Faces of Austerity, How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure” highlighting example after example of how austere fiscal policies cutting domestic spending are eroding many of the programs Americans rely on for their own quality of life and well-being.

A copy of the letter can be found here. https://cnycitizenaction.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/908c1-nddunited2017-signonfinal-mar2017.pdf
A copy of the Face of Austerity Report can be found here. http://publichealthfunding.org/NDD_report/NDD-report-digital.pdf

NDD (Non-Defense Discretionary) United is an alliance of thousands of national, state, and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions that benefit all Americans. The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. is a grassroots public interest and advocacy organization.

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St. Patrick Day Pre-Parade Decorating Party
When: Sunday March 5th (6:30-8:30 PM)
Where: DeSales Center, 309 Genesee Street, Utica

How about a little Sunday Funday! We will be meeting to collaborate on decorations for our float in the Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We will be focusing
on patriotic themes like: Lady Liberty, Unity in Our Community, Everyone is Welcome.

Please bring:
Art supplies (water-resistant pens, poster boards, etc.)
A contribution to our potluck dinner
Friends & family!
We’ll be busy creating artwork that’ll be hung on the sides of the float vehicle but we’ll also have time to chat, eat some food and listen to music. It’s sure to a fun and productive evening. Hope to see you there!

Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 11th (8:30~9:00 AM meet up) More details will be forthcoming.
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CNY Citizens in Action will be joined by other progressive groups in the area to represent those of us who are fighting to make change in our community and resisting the new administration. There will be literature to distribute along the parade route, music on the float and perhaps a little “street theater” too.
Let our voices be heard loud and proud!

Thursday, March 2
“NY State Politics: How to Win the Map Game”
6:30-8:30 pm
MVCC Utica Campus, AC116
Bill Thickstun, Chair, Oneida County Democratic Committee

Networking at 6:30 pm followed by a 7:00 pm talk with local maps on how districts are created, how gerrymandering works, why districts at all the different levels of government have confusing and overlapping boundaries, why they change every 10 years, what districts at each level are currently held by which party, and related subjects. Aimed at new party committee members, first-time activists, and concerned citizens interested in how the political system works.

Co-Sponsored by Progressive Action Huddles, Rise Up Mohawk Valley, and CNY Citizens in Action.

RALLY/PICKET IN FRONT OF REP. TENNEY’S OFFICE ON FRIDAY 4-6 PM
RESIST TRUMP’S POLICIES IN CD22

What: Resistance Picket/Rally in front of Rep. Tenney’s New Hartford, NY Office

Where: Representative Claudia Tenney’s office at 555 French Road, New Hartford, NY.

When: Friday from 4-6pm

How: Citizens will be letting Rep. Tenney know that it is important for members of Congress to listen to their constituents, everyone needs health care, immigrants are valued members of our community, and Medicare and Social Security need to be protected.

Who: Local citizens, members of the grassroots advocacy organization – Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.

We are urging Citizen Action members and supporters to attend a rally/picket in front of Representative Tenney’s office this Friday between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be an ‘Organic’ gathering to maintain a weekly presence at Tenney’s office. Demand the following: Protect the ACA, Stop Cuts to Domestic Programs, Keep the EPA and Dodd Frank, All groups/ organizations are welcome to participate. Bring posters! Consider parking elsewhere ( i.e., Home Depot). Must remain within 4 feet of the roadway (public space). Dress for the weather! This is our weekly Resist Trump event. Please share!

Running to Win Candidate Training Workshop Slated for March 6

The second in a series of candidate training workshops to recruit, train, and elect the next generation of progressive leader will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at the Central New York Labor Council, 287 Genesee Street, corner of Dakin Street, Utica. Parking is available in the rear.

“The Running to Win” workshop is free and open to persons who share progressive values and are interested in running for office or assuming party positions. The workshop is designed to teach candidates and campaign volunteers the nuts and bolts of running—and winning—a progressive campaign. The workshop is sponsored by the New York State Working Families Party, Oneida County Democratic Committee, and the Central New York Citizens in Action.

Running to Win is part of the WFP’s pipeline training program that seeks to arm progressives with the strategies, tools, and skills needed to win elections. Topics include fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, volunteer recruitment, canvassing, and voter engagement. Local organizers are hoping to run a slate of progressive candidates for local offices this year.
For more information, please email uticaromewfp@gmail.com or call 315.725.0974.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Ombudsmen Volunteers Ensure “You have the right to remain you” For Residents of Local Long Term Care Facilities

As an independent living center, RCIL’s personal motto is “you have the right to remain you.” The Resource Center for Independent Living, in Utica, NY, works tirelessly to ensure individual rights and freedoms to individuals. RCIL offers a variety of programs, including ‘Open Doors’ that make it possible for seniors and those living with disabilities to remain independent in the community.
But what about those residing in local long term care facilities that are not able to return to the community? Sometimes it is necessary for an individual to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The nursing home is home to many throughout the region. At RCIL, we believe; residents living in facilities deserve dignity, respect and to maintain the power of personal choice.

Navigating the long term care setting can be tricky for residents and their loved ones. Many are unsure of this transition and are not well informed of their rights residing in a nursing home. RCIL provides consult for those with nursing home inquiries through its NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. The local Ombudsman Program provides a presence in over 50 long term care facilities and serves Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Madison Counties consisting of 5,000 residents. The Ombudsman Program is often a voice for residents who are unable to advocate for themselves.
Exemplary volunteer spirit is the livelihood of the local Ombudsman Program. The program relies on a strong group of state certified volunteers and coordinators to educate, investigate and resolve resident related concerns within local nursing home facilities. All volunteers undergo a vetting process and a state certification course prior to becoming a state Ombudsman.
This unique volunteer experience requires a professional and committed individual. Ombudsmen provide a regular presence in their assigned nursing home. Ombudsmen work to educate, empower and advocate on behalf of the residents. Ombudsmen put forth effort to promote quality of life and quality care for the residents they serve.
Fiona Dejardin, Ombudsman in Otsego County, claims her role as an Ombudsman can be complex at times, but she enjoys the problem solving and helping residents resolve their concerns with the facility. The highlight of her role as an Ombudsman volunteer is getting to know the residents. “They have led very rich lives and I am honored to be able to make a contribution to their last chapter. I have so much respect for them.” She believes this experience has opened her eyes to the problems of elder care. In the future, Fiona would like to become more of an activist for issues impacting the elderly living in facilities.
Ten-year Ombudsman Veteran, Tom Talbot of Oneida County spends his time advocating for the residents. When asked what keeps him so actively involved in the volunteer program he proclaims, “Far and away, the residents; they are the ones we serve and they keep us going.”
Talbot and other Ombudsmen also work to raise awareness of the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) through letter writing campaigns and other mechanisms. The PNA is an allotted budget of fifty dollars per month allocated to nursing home residents. This minimal monthly allowance allocated to our elderly and other long term care residents has remained stagnant since 1981. Many believe this amount is inadequate for a monthly allowance in 2017 and leaves many nursing home residents with little quality of life.
Whether it be consulting, advocating, empowering, educating or investigating; the powerful presence of an Ombudsman makes a difference in our local nursing homes. People residing in nursing homes are guaranteed more dignity, respect and rights than those fortunate enough to live in the community. It’s about time we raise awareness of that. The nursing home is their home after all.
If you are interested in more information on the Ombudsman Program, or to become an Ombudsman at our next state certification training this April please call RCIL at (315)272-1872 or (315)272-1873.
Krystal Wheatley is the Senior Coordinator of RCIL’s NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, RCIL is a local organization providing resources, information and tailored advocacy for individuals in need.

JOB CORPS
U.S. Dept. of Labor Program

Free Career Training for 16-24 Year Olds

An Opportunity for a Better Life – Go for It

ORIENTATION & INTERVIEWS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15th
10:00AM

WORKING SOLUTIONS
NYS Dept. of Labor, NYS Office Building
207 Genesee St., Room 103D, Utica, NY 13501

Note: You Must Have ID To Enter The Building

YOU MUST CALL
Admissions Counselor David Brown at (315) 478-5529
To see if you are eligible for the program and to find out what documents to bring

• Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
• Students must bring their documents to Orientation
• Application Interviews will follow Orientation

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RCIL and MyFreeTaxes Offer FREE Tax Preparation!

Keep as much of the money you’ve earned as possible by filing your taxes for FREE with our IRS-certified volunteers!
If you live in Herkimer or Oneida County and your total household income is $54,000 or less, the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) and the Mohawk Valley Asset-Building Coalition have a trained group of certified volunteers that will electronically file your taxes for FREE!

Do you know if you qualify for Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs)? Our IRS-certified volunteers can work with you to determine if you qualify for any special tax credits that increase your return and help you keep more of what you earned!

Schedule your appointment today by calling 315.272.1888 or emailing EITC@rcil.com.

We’ll be scheduling appointments from January 27th through April 15th, on Wednesdays – Saturdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at our fully-accessible Super-Site, located in the Dorothy Smith Center for Advocacy at RCIL (1607 Genesee Street, Lower Level, Utica, NY). Additional hours are also available at the Herkimer and Rome locations, please call to make an appointment.

If you would like to file your taxes on your own, you can do so using My Free Taxes. Visit http://www.myfreetaxes.com, click on “File for Free”, and create a new account. All you’ll need is a computer and internet connection, and if those aren’t available, call 272-1888 and make an appointment to come use one of the computers at our Super-Site on Genesee Street in Utica!

For more information about Free Tax Preparation, or to schedule an appointment, please call 272-1888 or visit http://www.rcil.com/taxes.

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Resistance Picket Friday in Front of Rep. Tenney’s New Hartford Office

February 24, 2017

Claudia Tenney is listening! She has heard our calls for a Town Hall meeting, and has indicated that she is ready to hold one. So what now? We turn up the volume! She seems to be listening, so let’s make sure that she can really hear us!

Immediate call to action:

What: Resistance Picket in the Free Speech Zone, a four foot wide zone along the road.

Where: Representative Claudia Tenney’s office at 555 French Road. Park in the lot for Home Depot: her office is in the large brick building just to the right of Home Depot as you are facing it.

When: Friday from 3-5pm

How: Please don’t block traffic, don’t engage with counter-protestors, don’t be anything but civil and respectful. Bring signs that let Rep. Tenney know that everyone needs health care, that Immigrants are valued members of our community, and that Medicare and Social Security need to be protected. Make your voice heard!

Who: You! Me! All of us! Everyone! Bring a neighbor, grab a friend, include the whole family. Let’s make sure that Rep. Tenney knows how many of her constituents are concerned about the Trump agenda and her role in it. Let’s show her what Democracy looks like!

CNY PROGRESSIVE ACTION NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

Utica Community Town Hall Meeting Will Ask:
What’s Happening To My Health Care,
Congresswoman Tenney?

WHEN: Monday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: DeSales Center, 309 Genesee St. , Utica (across the street from Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (parking next to the building at the corner of Eagle and Genesee Streets)

No wonder it took Congress so long to release their healthcare plan –it’s not a plan at all!

Extreme right-wing elected officials in Congress are determined to eliminate affordable, quality healthcare. Their actions would cause 30 million hardworking Americans to lose healthcare coverage and also, would threaten the economic viability of the healthcare institutions that serve our communities. The recently released Congressional plan does not protect healthcare coverage –it destroys it!

At this public forum, being held in the style of a Town Hall Meeting, members of the Utica community will speak about how the newly released, flawed Congressional healthcare plan will impact their lives. Participants will take the opportunity to tell newly-elected Congresswoman Tenney* their stories, which illustrate the need for affordable healthcare.

*Congresswoman Tenney has been invited to the meeting.

 

Resistance Recess: Save our Health Care, our Communities and our Democracy

The week of February 18-26 is the first congressional recess of the 115th Congress, and for many of us, the first opportunity since Trump took office to speak as constituents directly with our members of Congress. This is the perfect time to ask the questions that we, as constituents, deserve answers to and to demonstrate, in no uncertain terms, that tolerance of Trump’s attacks on our health care, our communities, and our democracy are unacceptable and politically toxic.
That’s why we’re declaring this congressional recess: “Resistance Recess: Save Our Health Care, Our Communities, and Our Democracy.”

We will show up at our elected officials’ events, town halls, and other public appearances to make it clear to those that represent us in Congress and the media that tolerance of the Trump Administration’s hurtful policies is intolerable; that indifference or idleness is not acceptable; that complacency is politically toxic.

CITIZENS TO PROTEST OUTSIDE OF REP. TENNEY’S NEW HARTFORD OFFICE

What: Resistance Recess Action
When: Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24 (every day this week)
Where: Representative Claudia Tenney’s Office, 555 French Rd, Suite 101
New Hartford, NY 13413, Building One; parking is available in Home Depot lot.
Who: Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., local citizens, please have your group serve as a co-sponsor

Central New York Citizens in Action members are joining local citizens outside of Representative Tenney’s NH office building at 555 French Road to protest her absence from the district during this Congressional recess week. We will be there from 3-5 p.m. each day this week and we hope others will join us when they can, for however long they can be there.

Rep. Tenney is traveling to Iraq, Afghanistan and Munich with the Financial Services Committee over the Congressional break. She will not be in the District at all.

She joins approximately 200 other Republican Congressmen and women who are also missing in action from their districts. This is a Republican tactic and Tenney seems very comfortable embracing it rather than doing her job. Especially this early in a hugely tumultuous Congress her job is to be in District meeting with the public and listening to constituents. She wanted the job and now she has to do it, and we need to call her out until she does. Looking forward to having people join the effort to make Tenney’s absence an issue!

Please bring signs to protest the Trump and Republican agenda. There is a flat area at the corner at French Road where folks can picket. You cannot picket in the parking lot. Do not take signs into the office. Do not engage with counter protesters. Just ignore them. Stay out of the road. The area between the curb and four feet in is considered to be a free speech area (public property).

Assemblyman Brindisi: Let Your Voice Be Heard! Town Hall
Meetings This Week Focusing on the State Budget

Town halls take place this week in Utica and Frankfort to give constituents a chance to comment on this year’s proposed state budget

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica is inviting the public to attend town hall meetings this week he’s sponsoring to get input on this year’s proposed State Budget.

“This is an excellent opportunity to let your voice be heard. Work is continuing on the state budget, and now is the time to provide your input and opinions so I can make sure this spending plan best reflects the needs of our community. I hope you can join me for one of these town hall meetings, where you will have the opportunity to speak out on your priorities for the state,” Brindisi said.

Town hall meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. The following is the schedule of upcoming meetings:

• Tuesday, February 21st Frankfort High School Gymnasium, 605 Palmer Street, Frankfort
• Wednesday, February 22nd, MVCC IT Building Theater , 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica

For more information on the meetings, please contact Assemblyman Brindisi’s Utica District office at (315) 732-1055, or by email at brindisia@nyassembly.gov.

HANNA TO SPEAK TO UTICA COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENT GROUP

Speaker: Former Congressman Richard Hanna
Topic: The State of US Politics and the Future of the Republican Party Under President Trump
Date: Thursday, March 9th
Time: 7 pm
Format: 30 minute talk with plenty of time for Q&A afterward
Location: Utica College, Boehlert Hall, Boehlert Conference Center (on backside of building)
Sponsor: Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, Utica College

Central New York Progressive – 2.16.2017

February 17, 2017

Speak Up and Speak Out
in conjunction with the
National Strike 4 Democracy strike4democracy.com
Friday, February 17
Speak outs at 12 and 4, open mic in between
Drop in and stay for as long as you can
Speak from the heart, listen to and amplify the voices of others
Hamilton College Chapel

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Community Health Town Hall Meeting
Monday, February 20
7 – 9 p.m.

DeSales Center Inc.
309 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Across the street from Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Parking at the corner of Eagle and Genesee Streets

Please join us for a Community Health Town Hall Meeting to talk about quality care, access to care, creating a healthy community, and the effects of Medicaid caps and repealing the ACA in the 22nd Congressional District.

Invited Guest: Rep. Claudia Tenney
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Call Congressperson Tenney Today 202-225-3665/315-732-0713 – tell her you are disappointed and want her to attend the Community Health Care Forum – stop hiding! She needs to listen to the people in our district and hear how we are going to be hurt by the proposed cuts to health care, before she supports the repeal of the ACA and cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.

Congress is rushing to take away our health care! Rep.Tenney and her colleagues are quickly moving to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), yet with no sign of a viable replacement in sight … NOTHING.

84,000 will lose their health insurance in our Congressional Dist 22.. It’s a callous and irresponsible scheme that puts partisan politics ahead of the health and economic security of our fellow citizens.

Join us- Speak out! Tell Claudia Tenney – Don’t Take Away our health care!

Sponsors: Citizen Action of NY, 1199/SEIU, Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc

 

WHAT STANDS BETWEEN US? THE ISSUE OF RACE IN AMERICA & OUR COMMUNITY

Date: Tuesday, 2/21/2017 Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Place: Utica Public Library
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP through email below. Free and Open to the Public.

Presented By: Patrick L. Johnson
Facilitator/Consultant

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

This is a workshop that addresses the issue of racism in America and more importantly here in the Mohawk Valley. The purpose of this forum is to raise our awareness about the impact racism has in our lives – even when we may not be aware of it. The presenter will create an atmosphere that will allow all participants to share their experiences and concerns about racism in America. This workshop will afford the participants an opportunity to have an authentic conversation; one that is intended to be enriching and insightful. There will also be opportunities to offer solutions for a better community. One of the primary purposes of this workshop is to heighten our awareness as to how present racism is in the workplace and other areas of our life….even when we may not notice. Many people have not been offered the opportunity to have an honest dialogue about race relations. This is that opportunity.

We will explore what it means to be White, Black, Asian, Latino. What are your experiences given the racial identity that you hold? What stands between us? Although many would say that race relations have gotten better in America, what are the unresolved issues that keep us disconnected? One of the best things we can do for starters is begin to have honest conversations. It’s often what we don’t talk about that often produces polarization.

The participants in this forum will be fueled with new insight that will help them create a warmer and more welcoming work environment. This discussion will be thought provoking and engaging. We will not only gain a better understanding of others, but more importantly ourselves. In doing so, we find genuine ways to connect with people who are different than us, because we have been willing to ask the questions that help bring a better understanding of different groups. This workshop has proven to be an eye opener, also liberating and empowering for many who have participated in this workshop over the years. It’s well worth the time.

As the Mohawk Valley emerges into a very diverse community, we can no longer afford to put this conversation on the shelf. Please join us in this important dialogue. Thank you.

Patrick L. Johnson
Community Liaison
(315) 601-6002

Sponsored by the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

 

What’s your healthcare story?

IMPACT OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT REPEAL ON NYS

Over 2.7 Million New Yorkers Would Lose Coverage

Estimated State Budget Impact of $3.7 Billion

Counties Across New York Would Lose Over $595 Million in Direct Spending

New York Residents Would Lose $250 Million in Health Care Savings Tax Credits

Americans are learning that they hold the key to protecting their health care. It’s called democracy.

After Congress took the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement—which would leave more than 2.7 million New Yorkers without insurance—public resistance has forced them to pause.

That means there’s time for more personal stories to demonstrate that affordable, high-quality healthcare for all peopel is not negotiable.

Share your healthcare story so we can raise our voices as one.

This is the moment to make sure lawmakers know we won’t stand by as they try to roll back the ACA’s crucial protections for kids and families..

We’ll fight their efforts to block-grant Medicaid, which would deny the only insurance available to many of the most vulnerable people. And we will stand up for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Personal stories are a powerful tool. Share yours.

Together, we can make the political system work the way it should – and protect families and kids

We need folks to share how they have been helped by the ACA; please call 315-725-0974 or email cnycitizenaction@gmail.com. People can write comments, speak at our upcoming meeting, or we can video tape you. Share your story here: https://goo.gl/forms/U5wlPO75upkQ7Kao2!

 

CNYCIA SEEKING OFFICE SPACE

Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., a local nonprofit progressive public policy and advocacy group, is seeking doCnated office space in the Utica area. We are expanding our organization and need 24 hour/7 day a week access. Ideal space would accommodate desks, computers, filing cabinet, meeting area, and phones. The space could be an office within a larger suite. It could be an apartment in area zoned for apartment/office. We can pay utilities. Contact John Furman at 315-725-0974 or cnycitizenaction@gmail.com.

Sum 41 Music Video Parody Concert – Resist Trump Video Filming

February 3, 2017

Sum 41 Music Video Parody Concert – Resist Trump Video Filming

Saturday at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Brookwood Park
N Caroline St, Herkimer, New York 13350

We are filming our next music video that’s a parody of Sum 41’s In Too Deep. With Trump now President, the time to unify and drop differences is NOW. This song encourages people to drop what they are doing and get out and organize and gather together in solidarity. This video will include clips from the Women’s Marches, Airport Protests and whatever else will happen before February 4th. The Resistance begins with everyone coming together to embrace similiar values, ideologies, and fight for a better world rather than going backward.

Our goal is to have about 50 to 100 people show up from 730 PM to about 10pm on Saturday.

For Saturday: Show up at Brookwood Park right at 730pm. Some will come earlier to set up the actual performance scene. We will have hopefully a stage set up and we will have a band that is set to mockingly play the parody song. Your goal is to show up with enthusiasm and just be a part of the band crowd. I will reach out to individual people who confirm themselves to the event. I would like to grant certain people parts during the video for specific scenes. Tim Lyon will be directing the video.

More details to come. But please. This video is unifying and truly powerful. I will send you the audio track privately if you rsvp this event. Please take the time out to show up if you can.

https://www.facebook.com/events/203679990037041/

CNY PROGRESSIVE ACTION NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 1, 2017

February 1, 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!

You can view newsletter on:
http://www.cnycia.org
https://cnycitizenaction.wordpress.com

 

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SUPPORT UTICA REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS

Please consider attending the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) Press Conference in Response to the Executive Order Halting Refugee Resettlement this Wednesday in the MVRCR-DeSales Auditorium at 12 noon. Please come and show your support for our residents, past present and future, as we hope a packed auditorium shows solidarity to refugees and immigrants and also shows our public officials how many of their constituents are concerned over these horrible policies.

RESPONSE TO RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER
AFFECTING REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

In response to President Trump’s executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) will hold a press conference Wednesday, February 1st at 12:00 pm in the DeSales Auditorium, 309 Genesee St. Utica, NY.

Background:

• The U.S Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is being suspended for 120 days for all populations with a few exceptions.

• It sets a new refugee resettlement priority— requiring the United States to no longer prioritize the resettlement of the most vulnerable— but those who are fleeing religious persecution and are minorities in the country they are fleeing.

• Syrian refugees have an indefinite bar on being resettled, until such time that the President determines that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP.

• The order further bans residents of seven countries, including green card holders, from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan from visiting or entering the U.S. for 90 days. Other countries may be added to the list.

• It creates new screening procedures for refugees and other visa applicants in the U.S. and may require asylum recipients and others— to undergo additional screening.

• Provides for a new procedure to allow states and localities to discriminate against refugees by deciding whether they can be placed in their state or communities.

• It is essential that we stand firm and fight for the rights of refugees and our shared American values.

We stand with the American people in strong opposition to this Executive Order which turns our backs on refugees, in particular Muslim refugees. Utica has a 36-year history of welcoming refugees of all faiths who have added to the vibrancy and economic growth of our city. We reject the notion that Christians would be given preferential admittance before their Muslim neighbors. Closing our borders to refugees based on their national origin runs contrary to our constitutional values and is not only insidious, but dangerous. We call on members of this new administration and Congress to do everything in their power to reverse this order.

What You Can Do Today About Immigration
Wednesday’s pronouncement about building the wall and limiting refugees demands a public response. Please download this You Are Welcome Here poster http://peacecouncil.net/sites/default/files/imagefield_thumbs/You%20are%20Welcome%20Here%20Flyer.jpg?1485381591 and post them all around your neighborhood.

Here are additional posters you can post at your home and business!!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B39MIOQWguUJY2Fqa2thVDVuRTA/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B39MIOQWguUJRE1wbzJycU5idE0/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B39MIOQWguUJTWpOd0ZpWHhoNmc/view?usp=sharing

 

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MORE IMMIGRANT RESTRICTIONS
In addition to the executive orders announced last week that denied admission to refugees and other immigrants, there have been reports that the Trump Administration will order more restrictions on immigrants who use or would be expected to use public benefits. The order would make certain lawfully present immigrants or applicants more at risk of being designated a “Public Charge.” Under current law, that designation applies to receipt (or expected receipt) of cash assistance (such as TANF or SSI) or long-term nursing home care. The new order could include many additional benefits (SNAP? WIC? We don’t yet know.)

The Executive Order has not yet been announced but a draft was leaked to the press. Based on existing law, changes to “public charge” language by executive order would not apply to refugees/other humanitarian immigrants or to decisions about naturalization, but could apply to immigrants seeking to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Expectation that they would be/have been “public charges” would be grounds for denying a visa application or adjusting status; that current LPR’s who leave the country for more than 180 days could be denied readmission; current LPR’s who utilized benefits within 5 years after entering the country could be deported.

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CITIZEN ACTION MEETING TO FIGHT AGAINST TRUMP AGENDA –
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 FROM 7-9 PM,
DESALES CENTER, 309 GENESEE ST. UTICA

Please join us at the next meeting of the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. to help us resist Trump-Pence-Ryan agenda that flies in the face of our progressive values. We must protect the rights of and demand respect for refugees, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBQT community. We must stand up to Republican proposals that will take away our health and Social Security benefits and services for children and the elderly. Our meeting will provide an update on local, state, and national efforts to fight back policies, laws, executive orders, and cabinet appointments that take away our rights, erode our democracy, and benefit the 1% at the expense of the rest of us. Learn how you can get involved and become part of the movement to block Trump’s divisive agenda. We will have break out groups such as protecting rights of the vulnerable, communications, election mobilizing, and lobbying. The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2 between 7 and 9 pm at the DeSales Center, 309 Genesee St. Utica. It is across the street from the Munson-Williams Proctor Institute in Downtown Utica. Parking is available next to the building. Thank you for your support.

CALL REPRESENTATIVE TENNEY TO TELL HER TO OPPOSE ACA REPEAL AND TRUMP’S AGENDA

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, (NY-22)
tenney.house.gov
@ClaudiaTenney
512 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-3665

TAKE OUR PLEDGE TO RESIST TRUMP’S AGENDA!

I pledge to resist Trump’s hate filled agenda.
I pledge to stand up to Trump’s hate filled agenda by actively supporting candidates who will:

Create an economy that works for EVERY person, not just the super-rich and corporations

Overhaul our criminal justice system with the goal of ending mass incarceration of Black, brown and poor individuals

Make massive investments in green energy and other infrastructure to mitigate the effects of climate change

Fight for policies that dismantle structural racism, sexism and economic inequality

Become a member at this link: http://citizenactionny.org/member

SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER STATEMENT TO
CNY CITIZEN ACTION ON TRUMP

We applaud the Senator’s work in opposing the Trump administration and urge him to continue his efforts! Please find below his statement:
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After the first week of the Trump presidency it’s clear our country is at a cross roads. In his first week in office the president has stomped over our proud American tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees, trafficked in alternative facts, and is attempting to fill his cabinet with billionaires and bankers. What kind of country do we want to be: one that helps the middle class and those struggling to get there or one that further rigs the system in favor of the special interests?

The people that the president has nominated to serve in his cabinet will have incredible power over millions of Americans and in shaping what kind of country we are going to be.
I’ve made it very clear I will vote NO on nominees DeVos (education), Tillerson (state) and Sessions (attorney general). Nothing will change that, and while I will continue to demand that each nominee issue a public statement on his or her views of President Trump’s Muslim Ban, I will vote against nominees who will be the very worst of this anti-immigrant, anti-middle-class, billionaires’ club cabinet. Rep Mick for Budget Director, Rep Tom Price for Health and Human Services, Steve Mnuchin for Treasury, Scott Pruitt for EPA and Andy Puzder for Labor have repeatedly shown they will not put the American People or the Laws of our nation first, and I will vote against their confirmations.

STAND UP FOR HEALTH CARE

Members of Congress are debating a repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and major cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other health coverage programs. We know consumers are Mulvaney looking for ways to get involved in the fight for health care.

Here is what you can do this week:
Ongoing: Tell your elected officials to #ProtectOurCare. Call-in at (866) 426-2631.
Ongoing: Share what quality, affordable health coverage means to you. If you or a loved one has benefited from the ACA, please share your story with us. Please call 315-725=0974 or email cnycitizenaction@gmail.com.

STAYED TUNED. KEEP FIGHTING.

STAND UP CHUCK! RESIST TRUMP!

Thursday, Feb 2, Noon-1:00 PM
outside Senator Schumer’s district office (100 S. Clinton St.), map

Facebook Event
DETAILS: On January 24, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders calling for the approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, owned by Energy Transfer Partners and TransCanada, respectively.

We can’t let Trump’s anti-environmental agenda threaten our water, air, food, undermine civil rights and commit our planet to climate chaos.

Join in the resistance to fight back.

Join us in a Statewide Day of Action On February 2nd to give Senator Schumer a message – our environment, our health and our right to clean air and water are not for sale.

As Senate Minority Leader and the highest-ranking Democrat, Schumer must lead the charge to resist Trump’s anti-environmental agenda and block his disastrous Cabinet appointments.

February 2nd 12pm-1pm Senator Schumer’s Syracuse Office – James M. Hanley Federal Building, 100 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13261

FIVE DAYS OF ACTION TO STAND WITH IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES

Following the devastating actions of President Trump this past week, New Yorkers banded together to stand up for immigrants and refugees. Help us keep the momentum going! With reports that the Trump administration may take even more anti-immigrant actions in the next week, it is more important than ever for us to make our voices heard.
Here are five things you can do in the next five days to stand up and support immigrant and refugee communities:

• ASAP Flood social media with demands to reverse President Trump’s harmful and un-American executive orders and call out New York Congressional Reps who support these orders, like Rep. Peter King and Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island, Rep. Claudia Tenney of Utica, and Rep. Tom Reed of Ithaca. Say thank you to Rep. Grace Meng of Queens for introducing legislation to repeal the ban on refugees.
.@repleezeldin @realDonaldTrump’s Exec Orders are un-American & unconstitutional. I call on you to stand up for what’s right! #NoBanNoWall
.@reppeteking @realDonaldTrump’s EOs are immoral and just wrong. Reverse your position! #NoBanNoWall #OurNY @thenyic
.@claudiatenney @realDonaldTrump’s Exec Orders are wrong! Refugees make your district stronger! #NoBanNoWall #OurNY
.@reptomreed @realDonaldTrump’s Exec Orders are dangerous – Refugees need to be integrated not excluded! #NoBanNoWall #OurNY
Thank you @RepGraceMeng for legislation repealing @realDonaldTrump’s unconstitutional Exec Order #NoBanNoWall http://bit.ly/2jrSX5U #OurNY

• Wednesday: Voice your opposition to unqualified and anti-immigrant nominees, particularly Attorney General nominee Senator Jeff Sessions. Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos will be voted on by the full Senate any day now, we need you to call and tweet at moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowsi ASAP. We are also standing by for an announcement about a Supreme Court pick tonight. If this individual is outside the mainstream and has voiced unconstitutional xenophobic views, we’ll need to mount resistance immediately.
.@senatorcollins Protect our children’s future – vote NO on @BetsyDeVos for Secretary of Education #NoDevos #OurNY
.@lisamurkowski vote no on @BetsyDeVos – she’s dangerous for our schools, children and country #NoDeVos #OurNY
• Thursday: Donate to immigrant advocacy organizations. The NYIC and our members need your support now more than ever.
• Friday: Join us for Jummah prayer at JFK Airport, standing in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, those detained in airports across the US, and those unable to fly home. We will circulate further details, but plan to arrive by 11:45 a.m. outside the Terminal 4 Arrivals Hall.
• Saturday: Host a postcard party! Social media is great, but handwritten letters have a much greater impact. Invite family and friends over to tell your representatives that you demand justice for immigrant communities. Messages can be as short as a sentence or two about recent executive orders, pending nominees, and why the first two weeks of the Trump presidency don’t represent the values of America. Click here to find address of your congress person.
We at the CNYCIA are so grateful for your support, and for everyone in our great State who believes in opportunity & justice for all. This is Our New York.

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JOIN FORCES TO RESIST THE NEW D.C. AGENDA

Please join us in Albany this Friday to organize a statwide coalition to fight back against Trump’s attack on health care and safety net programs! We will have a van from Utica. Please RSVP 315-725-0974 or cnycitizenaction@gmail.com.

With our new President & new Congress – all the advancements that we have fought long and hard for over the past 50 years are under attack.

That is why we are reminding you to reach out to your organizational leaders in every region in the state to join us for a vital statewide planning meeting to help organize to stop the attacks on our health care, vital social safety net programs and much more.

It is important that we have representation from each of our targeted Congressional district so that we can form effective regional teams to fight back

Join Forces to Resist the New D.C. Agenda
Friday – Feb3 – 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
1199/SEIU Office – 155 Washington Ave, Albany

We Have Joined Forces – Renew the American Promise & NY Health Care for America Now

Other Sponsors : Center for Independence of the Disabled in NY, Citizen Action of NY, Fiscal Policy Institute, Hunger Action Network, Metro Health Care for All, NY Statewide Senior Action, NYS Alliance for Retired Americans ,1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers, Central NY Citizens in Action

Commentary: Signs Suggest Trump Budget Will Feature Unprecedented Cuts Plus Large Tax Cuts Favoring Wealthy
In a new commentary, Robert Greenstein outlines the mounting signs suggesting that the forthcoming Trump budget may contain cuts harsher than those in recent House GOP budgets, which themselves would have slashed programs and services across much of the budget.
The budget Republicans approved last spring, for example, contained a stunning $6 trillion in domestic cuts over ten years, shrinking spending outside of Social Security, Medicare, and interest payments to just 7 percent of gross domestic product. That’s less than three-fifths its average level over the past 40 years and a little more than half its average level under President Reagan.
Yet those unprecedented cuts may not be enough for the Trump Administration.
Reports say the Trump team is meeting with career staff to assemble a budget with $10 trillion or more in savings, of which about $8.5 trillion would be cuts to programs outside defense.

The forthcoming Trump budget is likely to represent the largest Robin Hood-in-reverse proposal from any President in modern history, shifting substantial amounts of income from people of modest means to those who already possess enormous wealth.
Read the full commentary here: http://www.cbpp.org/federal-budget/commentary-signs-suggest-trump-budget-will-feature-unprecedented-cuts-plus-large-tax

PROGRESSIVE GROUPS RELEASE PROACTIVE, PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
MY FAMILY, OUR NEW YORK
A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA FOR OUR STATE
PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS AND ALL NEW YORK FAMILIES

New York Must Block the Trump Attack on Immigrants, Women & Religious Groups

• Protect all immigrant families and kids by making New York a sanctuary state

• Block any registry of people based on their religion or ethnicity

• Ensure affordable access to abortion, contraception, and reproductive health care for all New Yorkers by passing the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act

• Offer driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status by requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a license to any New Yorker who can establish state residency

• Extend the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) to the entire state and ensure that no New York family will be torn apart simply because they cannot afford counsel

TAX THE RICH AND HOLD WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE

New York Must Fight Income Inequality. New York Must Block the Trump Tax Breaks for Corporations and Billionaires and Invest in New York’s Communities

• Expand and extend the millionaires’ tax to capture explosive income gains among the super-rich

• Enact state law to close the carried interest loophole that only benefits hedge fund and private equity billionaires

• Create new state tax provisions to recapture the resources lost by the unfair and unnecessary Trump/GOP tax cuts for the rich. We must reinvest in the needs of New Yorkers, including public education and property tax relief

• Enact new state surcharge on corporations that pay their CEOs over 100 times more than their lowest-paid employees

• Re-enact New York state’s “Robin Hood Tax” or stock transfer tax

• Tax CEO bonuses and exorbitant pay packages designed to game federal tax laws

PROTECT AND EXTEND OUR PUBLIC INVESTMENTS IN

SCHOOLS, HEALTH CARE & HOUSING

New York Must Block the Trump & Billionaire-Driven Attacks on Public Education, Health Care & the Safety Net

• New York must invest in our local public schools and fulfill the $4.3 billion owed to our neediest schools as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity

• New York must block the privatization of public schools by expanding community schools, expanding access to pre-K and childcare services

• Mandate training and education for all school staff in anti-racist, culturally responsive practices

• Fully fund a high-quality, free SUNY and CUNY education for all state residents including undocumented immigrants and provide financial aid to undocumented students at private colleges

• Stop the Trump/GOP attack on Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. Ensure essential medical benefits and services continue for all New Yorkers and that New York moves forward on a Universal Health Care for All system in New York

• Fully fund the END AIDS 2020 platform

• Provide quality, affordable long-term care and support for seniors and people with disabilities who wish to live at home with dignity

• Enact stronger rent laws to protect New Yorkers living in rent stabilized apartments, and end

big developer tax breaks for creating luxury developments

• End homelessness and extreme poverty in New York by:

• Fully funding 20,000 units of supportive housing statewide. The Governor

and legislative leaders need to sign the M.O.U. releasing $1.9 billion for supportive and affordable housing

• Enacting the Home Stability Support Plan to stop eviction and house homeless New Yorkers.

• Properly fund public housing throughout the state

CREATE THOUSANDS OF NEW, GOOD
JOBS & PROTECT ALL
NEW YORK WORKERS

New York Must Block the Trump Attack on Workers and Unions

• Block corporate and Trump efforts to roll-back worker protections through strategies like using forced arbitration, legalizing the misclassification of platform economy workers, and defunding enforcement agencies

• Strengthen retaliation protections to encourage workers to blow the whistle on abuse and to protect workers from retaliation when they do come forward

• Empower state agencies to perform proactive enforcement in high violation industries and substantially increase resources for complaint-driven enforcement

• Finish the work of establishing one fair wage in New York State, by eliminating the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and getting to $15 an hour for those regions of the state left behind by the 2016 deal

• Stop the failed strategy of subsidizing corporations to “create” jobs

• Invest directly in public jobs that build our state’s social and physical infrastructure

• Expand paid family leave programs

• Pass a statewide paid sick days law

• Enact fair hours laws and safe staffing laws

• Invest in New Yorkers from early education to higher education and support worker-owned businesses statewide

• Ensure the right to collectively bargain and strengthen unions in New York

 

LEAD THE NATION IN CLIMATE PROTECTION AND

CLEAN, CHEAP ENERGY

New York Must Block the Trump Attack on Our Environment & Our Climate

• Enact the Climate and Community Protection Act (S8005 / A10342)

• Stop all fossil fuel infrastructure buildout

• Pass an interstate compact of carbon taxes and rebates to support clean energy and help families using clean energy

• Work with California and other reality-based states and cities to join the Paris Climate Accord

• Defend and expand New York State actions against climate polluters, including the Attorney General’s investigation of ExxonMobil

• Establish a state constitutional right to clean, safe water for all New Yorkers
CREATE A FUNCTIONING, MEANINGFUL DEMOCRACY

New York Must Block the Trump & Billionaire Attack on Our Democracy

• Enact public financing of elections by establishing a small donor matching system for campaigns

• Close the LLC loophole, lower contribution limits for candidates and committees and limit transfers between committees to implement a check on how much money special interests and large donors can use to influence elections

• Make voting easier and more accessible by establishing same-day registration, early voting, mail-in voting, automatic registration and 100% accessible polling places

• Restore the right to vote for New Yorkers on parole

REFORM NEW YORK’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

New York Must Block the Trump Attack on Criminal Justice Reforms

• Enact a package of strong police accountability measures that includes ending solitary confinement, and closing Rikers Island Correctional Facility and Attica Prison

• Require statewide reporting on deaths in police-involved incidents and enforcement of violations and misdemeanors, including racial, gender and other demographics

• Ensure fair administration of justice, eliminate racial disparities and expand prevention and rehabilitation by overhaulingthe criminal justice system from pre-arrest to community re-entry

• Reduce the number of prisons, and number of people incarcerated, by reducing sentences through parole, bail and sentencing reform

• Raise the age of criminal responsibility and youth offender status

• Enact state law to protect domestic violence survivors facing prosecution for taking action to protect themselves and their families

• Ensure NY meets its constitutional obligation by fully funding indigent legal defense and passing a speedy trial law to address court processing delays and reduce people being held in pre-trial detention

• Ban racially discriminatory arrests for ticketable violations and end racially biased, costly and unconstitutional low-level marijuana arrests

• Empower those most harmed by the criminal injustice system by restoring the voting rights, labor rights, and eligibility to Tuition Assistance Program for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people

• End the school-to-prison pipeline. End arrest and criminal summons in schools for all non-criminal violations and misdemeanors by passing the Safe and Supportive Schools Act

URGE NYS GOV. CUOMO TO STAND UP TO TRUMP FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Citizen Action is a member of NY ReNews, a statewide coalition working on energy democracy and climate justice.

We’re not even a week in, and the Trump administration has already begun ignoring climate science, dialing back progress, and pushing our planet toward the brink of catastrophe. In the face of federal denialism, it’s up to the great state of New York to help lead the fight to save the world.
Join thousands of other New Yorkers who are calling on Governor Cuomo to defy Trump and make climate change an urgent top priority.
Call his office today at : 1-518-474-8390

How? He can start by including the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) in the state’s 2017 budget. The CCPA tackles climate pollution in all sectors, while getting frontline communities the resources they need to weather the climate storm, and instituting key labor protections that will ensure good, family-supporting jobs in the renewable energy economy. Unfortunately, we didn’t see anything near this kind of ambition in the budget proposal Cuomo unveiled on January 17th.

Just 10 days after Trump’s inauguration, help us make sure we’re setting New York on a course to lead the nation in tackling climate change. Our futures depend on it.

 

BROAD COALITION OF ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ADVOCATES UNVEIL NEW LEGISLATION AND ANALYSIS IN FAVOR OF GRANTING DRIVER’S LICENSES TO UNDOCUMENTED NEW YORKERS

The New York Immigration Coalition, along with The Fiscal Policy Institute and the New York City Office of Comptroller Scott Stringer, elected officials and advocates unveiled new legislation and analysis in favor of granting driver’s licenses to Undocumented New Yorkers.
New analyses from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Fiscal Policy Institute find significant social and economic benefits of extending driving privileges to undocumented immigrants. The analyses found that the policy change would help support immigrant families by expanding job opportunities, while modestly lowering insurance premiums for all state drivers and improving public safety on roadways, with the fiscal costs of implementing the proposal more than offset by added revenues. The new legislation will be introduced with full support of the Green Light NY: Driving Together Coalition, a statewide coalition of immigrant organizations who have been advocating for licenses as a way to better protect and integrate immigrant communities in New York. The new bill also provides significant data security protections to push back on overreaching federal administration.

IN RESPONSE TO EXECUTIVE BUDGET, NEW YORK NONPROFITS

GATHER TO CALL FOR STATE INVESTMENT IN HUMAN SERVICES

COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SHOW THE HUMAN

IMPACT OF CONTINUAL UNDERFUNDING IN THE REGION

A coalition of human services nonprofits from across New York State were joined by Assemblymembers Fahy, Gunther, Hevesi, and Rosenthal, as well as Senators Amedore and Hamilton, to call on Governor Cuomo and the legislature to strengthen the nonprofit human services sector through smart and efficient investment and systemic changes. The Executive Budget, while acknowledging the importance of human services, provided little in the way of strengthening the organizations and the sector responsible for supporting and lifting families out of poverty.

The Coalition, which is comprised of nearly 350 organizations across New York State, is part of the statewide Restore Opportunity Now campaign, which seeks to address sector health issues like fully funded contracts, competitive salaries and benefits for nonprofits needed to recruit and retain high quality staff, and program funding to meet the growing needs of New Yorkers.

The advocacy campaign amplifies a recent report highlighting the need for human services in New York communities. In many cities, child poverty exceeds 50 percent, and food security and housing continue to be pressing issues. Despite these statistics, spending in the human services sector in New York has decreased by an average of 1.3 percent per year since 2011.

Human services are the State’s first line of defense in combating pressing issues like poverty, but rising costs coupled with ever present needs and lack of investment have undermined the health of the sector, which is now at a breaking point. Fifty-eight percent of providers in the state in 2014 reported that they were not meeting the need in their communities. Only 7 percent reported that their State contracts covered the full cost of providing services. Recruitment and retention of qualified staff is also a major challenge, due to low levels of compensation, often set by government.

The Coalition is calling on the governor and legislature to take the first steps this budget session to strengthen the sector by funding the minimum wage for direct human services contracts and Medicaid reimbursements, implementing an funding a 15% floor for indirect, and continuing investment in the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Improvement Program. These steps would ensure that human services providers continue to deliver essential services efficiently and effectively.

Coalition members will also participate in an advocacy day today, meeting with more than 20 Assemblymembers and Senators.

“Our investments in human services aid vulnerable populations, help uplift communities, and extend ladders of opportunity to the next generation of New York leaders. We must boost our investment in this critical sector because nurturing healthy human services makes for healthier, higher quality of life communities for all New Yorkers,” said Senator Jesse Hamilton (D).
“As we stare down the barrel of a Trump Administration, it is imperative that New York invest in the future of children and families by fully funding non-profit organizations across the State,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF). “Non-profits often act as a safety net in many communities where residents struggle with homelessness and poverty. We must do everything possible to insulate New Yorkers from the coming cuts at the federal level, and funding the State’s non-profits will go a long way in protecting the most vulnerable over the next four years.”

“Like New Yorkers across the State, we are very excited about many of the initiatives put forward by the Governor in the State of the State. There are over 800,000 hardworking New Yorkers in the not for profit sector who will be involved in the implementation of many of these new initiatives including people in the mental health workforce. We need the continued support of the Governor and the Legislature to help keep funding whole for this workforce by supporting salary and benefits that allow nonprofits to recruit and retain a high quality staff,” said Glenn Liebman, CEO of Mental Health Association in NYS.

“We are here to advocate for investment in some of the most important people in New York state,” said William T. Gettman, Jr., CEO, Northern Rivers Family of Services. “Our not-for-profit human services workers are responsible for helping the children of today grow into the leaders of tomorrow who will help keep New York a great place to live,

Madison County Democratic Committee
February 2, 2017, 7:00PM

Colgate Inn
Hamilton, NY

Guest Speaker: Nancy Ries, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies
Colgate University

“Trump and Putin: Kindred Autocrats or Actual Collaborators”

Community Events

I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language
Opening Reception, Fri, Feb 3, 6-8pm, Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesse Street, Syracuse
Panel Discussion/ Artist Talk, Sat, Feb 4, 2017, Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesse Street, Syracuse.
This exhibition will allow for direct communication through interactive sculpture; to catch a glimpse into other’s experiences with candid photography and subject statements; and it will invite the viewer to observe social benchmarks of our past with poignant collages and prints.

A Place of Rage Screening
Wednesday, Feb 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. ArtRage Gallery
A Place of Rage is an exuberant award-winning documentary film by filmmaker Pratibha Parmar. The film will be introduced by Marcelle Haddix, Chair, Reading & Language Arts, Syracuse University. A celebration of the contributions and achievements of prominent African American women, the film features Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of civil rights, black power, lesbian and gay rights and the feminist movement, the trio reassesses how women like Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society and the world generally.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
February:

Tue. Feb. 7 – a Childcare/Pre-K lobby day AND a state-level Health Care for All NY lobby day

Feb. 13 – Environment Budget Hearing Action on Climate Justice (NY Renews) – (

February 16 – Raise the Age Call In Day 518-455-2800
I am calling to urge you to pass comprehensive ‘Raise the Age’ legislation in the state budget due April 1st. New York is one of only two states that prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for any offense, no matter what. This has been proven to jeopardize public safety and does not match what we know about how to help young people get back on track. I urge you to support Raise the Age this session and to do the whole package! Thank you.

President’s Week: February 20-25 – Congressional Recess!!! (Health Care focus)
Please contact your member of Congress to stop ACA repeal. Please call your Representative to tell him/her to Say no to ACA repeal, cuts to Medicaid/Medicare/SNAP/Housing and federal corporate tax breakes. We are planning many events during this time.

Tue, March 7 – Raise the Age Lobby Day – Save the Date

Also: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Driver Licenses for ALL NY, Albany Day
Join for a day of legislative visits to speak up for licenses for all in NY.
Send an email to wccny@workerscentercny.org to reserve your seat.
For almost a year, we have been building community support and leadership among our members to win driver licenses for all immigrants in NY.
We will be part of a Broad Coalition of Elected Officials and Advocates that will unveil new legislation and analysis In favor of granting driver’s licenses to undocumented New

SAVE THE DATES:

April 23-25: People’s Action “Rise Up” Founding Convention
Purpose: To publicly launch People’s Action as a political home for our affiliates, as a movement leader for our allies, and as a powerful counterpoint to the politics of white nationalism / fascism that has hijacked our democracy.

April 29th – People’s Climate March II in DC

Justice Works 2017: June 3 & 4 at the Desmond, Albany, New York

BECOME A MEMBER OF CITIZEN ACTION OF NEW YORK TODAY:
http://citizenactionny.org/member

Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.
(Utica-Rome Chapter of Citizen Action of New York)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 411; Utica, NY 13503-0411
315-725-0974
cnycitizenaction@gmail.com

http://www.cnycia.org

https://cnycitizenaction.wordpress.com
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https://www.facebook.com/Central-New-York-Progressive-Action-659297800873928/?fref=ts

Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. was developed from the Utica Citizens in Action, a multi-issue public interest association affiliated with Citizen Action of New York. It was founded in 1997 to address critical social, economic and environmental issues facing residents of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties. Members of our group worked to empower low and moderate income Central New York residents to participate in shaping the policies that affect their lives, such as economic justice, environment, housing, education, economic development, health care, public benefit programs, and consumer issues. Our projects include research and policy development, public education on a wide range of public policy issues, development of educational materials, community outreach and grassroots organizing, coalition development, training, and lobbying. Please join our email list by sending an email to cnycitizenaction@gmail.com with the subject heading – Join List. We also invite you to become a member of our group and attend our meetings.

\Please Join Us! – Workshop: What Stands Between Us? The Issue of Race in America & our Community

January 25, 2017

Date: Thursday, 1/26/2016 Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Place: Utica Public Library
Second Floor, Gallery
Presented By: Patrick L. Johnson
Facilitator/Consultant

RSVP: (315) 601-6002

pjohnson7newlifeinstitute@yahoo.com

The Workshop is free and open to the public. Light lunch will be served.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

This is a workshop that addresses the issue of racism in America and more importantly here in the Mohawk Valley. It will place on Thursday, January 26th at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica (Second Floor). Parking is in the rear. We will begin at 9am and end at 3 pm. The purpose of this forum is to raise our awareness about the impact racism has in our lives – even when we may not be aware of it. The presenter will create an atmosphere that will allow all participants to share their experiences and concerns about racism in America. This workshop will afford the participants an opportunity to have an authentic conversation; one that is intended to be enriching and insightful. There will also be opportunities to offer solutions for a better community. One of the primary purposes of this workshop is to heighten our awareness as to how present racism is in the workplace and other areas of our life….even when we may not notice. Many people have not been offered the opportunity to have an honest dialogue about race relations. This is that opportunity.

We will explore what it means to be White, Black, Asian, Latino. What are your experiences given the racial identity that you hold? What stands between us? Although many would say that race relations have gotten better in America, what are the unresolved issues that keep us disconnected? One of the best things we can do for starters is begin to have honest conversations. It’s often what we don’t talk about that often produces polarization.

The participants in this forum will be fueled with new insight that will help them create a warmer and more welcoming work environment. This discussion will be thought provoking and engaging. We will not only gain a better understanding of others, but more importantly ourselves. In doing so, we find genuine ways to connect with people who are different than us, because we have been willing to ask the questions that help bring a better understanding of different groups. This workshop has proven to be an eye opener for many, also liberating and empowering.

This workshop will be unique and a little different from what we are accustomed to in the sense that we are asking the college to create a space for a small group of people FROM the community to join us in this very important discussion. This is done for at least a few reasons:
1. When having a discussion on race, it is critical to have voices, experiences and perspectives that are not a part of MVCC – it brings a different perspective.
2. Because of our internal relationships here at MVCC, it is helpful to have an external, fresh perspective from outsiders so that questions can be asked that we may not have thought about.
3. The more diverse and different professions we have in the room, the more we are able to consider how race impacts different areas of our life. Bringing in outside perspectives and experiences stimulates the discussion and heightens our awareness and aids in our professional growth.

As the Mohawk Valley emerges into a very diverse community, we can no longer afford to put this conversation on the shelf. I invite you to join this important dialogue.

*A light lunch will be served

UPDATE ON CNY RESIST TRUMP RESISTANCE – JANUARY 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

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!

You can view newsletter on:
https://cnycitizenaction.wordpress.com
http://www.cnycia.org

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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 cnycitizenaction@mail.com 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 cnycitizenaction@gmail.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]
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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.

Please Join Us! – Workshop: What Stands Between Us? The Issue of Race in America & our Community
January 26th at the Utica Public Library

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 cnycitizenaction@gmail.com for more information.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES ARE NEEDED

Please submit your articles, news items, and calendar listings to cnyprogaction@gmail.com.

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UPDATE ON CNY RESIST TRUMP RESISTANCE – CNY PROGRESSIVE ACTION NEWSLETTER

January 11, 2017

JANUARY 10, 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!

You can view newsletter on:
https://cnycitizenaction.wordpress.com
http://www.cnycia.org

 

 

ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Representative to #ProtectOurCare

Members of Congress are voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make major cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. Please join the National Call-In Week and tell your Representative to oppose these cuts to health coverage and #ProtectOurCare.
Call (866) 426-2631

The U.S. Congress is back on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. this week and some U.S. Senators and Representatives are already talking about moving ahead with plans to roll back advances in healthcare coverage and gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To this we say: Not on our watch! This would put coverage at risk for nearly 30 million people. That’s not a typo. The healthcare of 30 million people is on the line.

Outrageous!

Can you make a call to NOW and tell them NOT to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
It’s time to turbocharge our efforts. Momentum is growing across the U.S. to stop the repeal of the ACA; and polls show an overwhelming majority of people disapprove of Republican lawmakers’ plan to repeal it without knowing how they might replace it.

The time to call is now. Many U.S. Senators are starting to realize the implications of this horrible direction and Repealing the ACA without a replacement plan is reckless and dangerous for America’s families and economy! The repeal of the ACA would be devastating to families and would have far-reaching negative financial implications for our communities and nation. Hard-working people across the U.S. have benefited greatly from this new law through improvements such as:
• All new insurance plans are required to cover preventive services at no cost—like check-ups, well-child visits, birth control, cancer screenings, and vaccines.
• People with pre-existing conditions like asthma, cancer, and diabetes can no longer be denied or charged more for coverage.
• People with chronic illnesses no longer face lifetime caps on their benefits that basically cuts off their coverage when they need it most.
• Medicaid has improved and now provides coverage to millions more, including hard-working parents.
A repeal of the ACA will also have a devastating effect on our economy, resulting in a $140 billion loss (yes, billion with a B) in federal funding for healthcare and a loss of 2.6 million jobs across all states in 2019.
Credit: momsrising.org

We are asking residents who live in the 22nd Congressional District to call Rep. Claudia Tenney Today – 866-426-2631 Toll free Or 202-225-3665 DC office.
Tell her – Please Don’t Take Away our Health Care- Do Not Repeal the Affordable Care Act – 25,000 people in Oneida County will lose their Health Care. Please do not raise the age for Medicare or turn it into a voucher program or cut Medicaid funding to our state. Please Keep your hands off our health care!

We are also asking constituents in CD 21 and CD 24 to make calls as well.

Please see below contact information for your representatives for CD 21, 22, and 24.

Representative Elise Stefanik
21st Congressional District
512 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
DC Phone: (202) 225-4611
DC Fax: (202) 226-0621
Email: https://stefanik.house.gov/contact/email

Representative John M. Katko
24th Congressional District
1123 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
DC Phone: (202) 225-3701
DC Fax: (202) 225-4042
Email: https://katko.house.gov/contact/email

Representative Claudia Tenney
512 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3665
Fax: 202-225-1891
New Hartford Office
555 French Rd
New Hartford, NY 13413
https://tenney.house.gov/contact
https://twitter.com/RepTenney
https://www.facebook.com/RepClaudiaTenney/
Washington, DC Office
@claudiatenney
#NY22

PLEASE SUPPORT UTICA MAYOR AND
COUNCIL TO STOP ACA REPEAL

WHO: Mayor Rob Palmieri, members of the Utica City Council, community activists and healthcare workers
WHAT: a press conference
WHEN: Thursday January 12 at 3:30 PM
WHERE: Utica City Hall
WHY:Mayor Rob Palmieri and members of the Utica City Council are passing resolutions asking Congress to ensure that people do not lose their healthcare with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They will join together in a press conference on Thursday January 12th at 3:30 at Utica City Hall with healthcare workers and members of the community who will share their story on why people need to keep their health insurance. Please come to this important event.
Please bring signs but limit the messaging to preserving the Affordable Care Act.

LOCAL GROUPS TO OFFER TRAINING FOR FUTURE PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES, CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS, AND GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS

TRAINING ON JANUARY 12

Central New York Citizens in Action, the New York State Working Families Party, and the Oneida County Democratic Committee are teaming up to sponsor a series of candidate training workshops to recruit, train, and elect the next generation of progressive leaders. The first session of the Running to Win workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at the Central New York Labor Council, 287 Genesee Street, corner of Dakin Street, Utica. Parking is available in the rear. It is free and open to persons who share progressive values and are interested in running for office or assuming party positions.

“The WFP is seeking progressive champions willing to challenge the status quo and fight for a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. If you are ready to join the fight, and are interested in running for office or helping out a friend, this is a workshop for you,” said Jesse Lenney, Working Families Party Upstate Political Director.

Bill Thickstun, Chair, Oneida County Democratic Committee, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Citizens in Action and the Working Families Party on this project. Donald Trump and the Republican Congress are launching an attack on all the great progressive achievements of the past 80 years–Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, civil rights, environmental conservation, progressive taxation, worker and consumer protections. We need every voice and every pair of hands to join in resisting their efforts.”

Running to Win is part of the WFP’s candidate farm team training program that arms progressives with the strategies, tools, and skills needed to win elections. Topics include fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, and targeting voters; recruiting volunteers; field activities; message development; persuasion; and Election Day plans.

“These trainings will give grassroots activists in Central New York the tools they need to create positive change in their communities and create a bottom-up infrastructure of progressive leaders,” said John Furman, one of the leaders of the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Working Families Party. “Our goal is to identify, train, and support grassroots activists in the skills and strategies to create a progressive future for our community and nation as well as help them manage successful campaigns or run for office themselves.”

For more information, please email uticaromewfp@gmail.com or call 315.725.0974.

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 cnycitizenaction@gmail.com for more information.

PROTEST AGAINST THE TRUMP AGENDA ON INAUGURATION DAY IN WASHINGTON

Please join people from all over the nation who will be coming to Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017 to participate in a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day.

Buses Leaving Central New York

Utica Bus

Utica buses are currently filled. To be placed on waiting list, please send an email to cnycitizenaction@gmail.com. We suggest that people should check out the buses from Oneonta and Syracuse which have seats available.

Oneonta Bus – stops in Binghamton –call Eileen Andrews: 607 226 7994
Information:
Women’s March on Washington Bus trip. Leaving: Oneonta 1am, Norwich 2AM Binghamton 3AM $80 / person. Payment check or Paypal. For more information and to reserve your seat 607 226 7994.

Syracuse Bus – We are departing Syracuse around 2:00 AM Friday and departing DC to return to Syracuse Saturday night.
Cost
$75 – $125 Sliding Scale (Paying more helps others participate)
Scholarships available for those who cannot afford the $75.
email bus@peacecouncil.net or call (315) 412-1485.
http://peacecouncil.net/civicrm/event/info?id=11&reset=1

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO STAGE UTICA COUNTER-INAUGURAL RALLY/TEACH IN

Designed to inaugurate hope and stand up to the Trump Administration, the Utica Counter-Inaugural Rally/Teach In will be held between 1 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at the DeSales Center, Inc., 309 Genesee St. Utica. The event will consist of a rally and a march, workshops on organizing and issues, music, films, posters, speakers, potluck lunch, networking, and exhibits. We need help to organize this event. People can perform music, hold workshops, suggest films, make signs and posters, help to publicize the event, make speeches, act in skits, face painting for kids, and bring a dish to share. Please call 315.725.0974 or email cnycitizenaction@gmail.com to volunteer.

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY TO HOLD FUNDRAISER ON JANUARY 26

Senator Al Franken Senate Judiciary Committee
General Counsel Joshua Riley Featured Speaker

The New York State Working Families Party will host its fourth annual fundraiser on Thursday, January 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Stief, 618 Varick Street, Utica.

The keynote speaker will be Joshua Riley who has worked in Congress as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Maurice Hinchey, a legal advisor on Senator Ted Kennedy’s Labor and Pensions Committee Staff, and most recently as General Counsel to Senator Al Franken on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He will talk about the importance of protecting working families’ interests during the 115th Congress, where Republicans will control both chambers and the White House. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Mayor Robert Palmieri of Utica will also speak.

Hosted by the Herkimer-Oneida-Madison Counties Working Families Party Chapter, the Winter Cocktail Party will celebrate 18 years of progressive victories on the local, state, and national levels. Tickets are $125 and two for $200 (WFP enrolled voters and regular monthly contributors can qualify for special pricing.) Tickets may be purchased by contacting John Furman (315-725-0974), Jesse Lenney (585-414-4274), uticaromewfp@gmail.com, online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2017uticawfp or by sending a check made payable to “Working Families” to: Working Families, P.O. Box 20498, Rochester, NY 14602.

Special event sponsor opportunities include: Chair Level – $1,250 (8 tickets), Champion Level – $1,000 (7 tickets), Leader Level – $750 (6 tickets), Activist Level – $500 (4 tickets), Friend Level – $350 (3 tickets). More information on the event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1215696445162265/

Founded in New York in 1998 by a coalition of progressive unions, community organizations, and activists, the Working Families Party’s goal is to use electoral politics and issue campaigns to win concrete victories for working people. More information can be found at: http://workingfamilies.org/ .

With chapters in ten states and a supporter-base that spans the nation, the Working Families Party has won public policies that make a difference in the lives of working families, from paid sick days laws and minimum wage increases to reforms to criminal justice laws and policing practices to wins on student debt and environmental protection. The WFP’s progressive candidates’ Pipeline is recruiting, training and electing the next generation of progressive leaders.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES ARE NEEDED

Please submit your articles, news items, and calendar listings to cnyprogaction@gmail.com.

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CENTRAL NEW YORK RESIDENTS ORGANIZE TO OPPOSE TRUMP AGENDA

January 6, 2017

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Utica Counter-Inaugural Rally, CNY Contingent to March on
Washington, Candidate Training Planned

A coalition of local, state, and national organizations announced today that they are launching the Campaign of Resistance against the Trump Agenda in Central New York. Among the groups are Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., Citizen Action of New York, Public Citizen, Working Families Party, Central New York Solidarity Coalition, Cornhill Community for Change, and MoveOn.

Speakers at the news conference and rally today said that residents of Central New York will be hurt by proposed Trump policies.

✓ Many Central New York senior and disabled residents rely upon basic safety net programs which are expected to be slashed. Medicaid is likely to be turned into a block grant to states and cut deeply. Medicare is likely to be privatized and replaced with vouchers; Affordable Care Act will be repealed. SNAP/Food Stamps will be turned into block grants and funding will be sharply reduced.

✓ Rates of poverty and unemployment are higher in Upstate New York than other parts of the country. Tax and budget policies that favor the 1% at the expense of the rest of us will be put into effect, increasing inequality and condemning many to low wage jobs without benefits.

✓ Small businesses, farms, and working families are the engines for economic growth in our region. Huge giveaways to corporations will hurt small business and increase taxes for the middle class.

✓ The Trump infrastructure proposal will likely be a massive tax subsidy for private sector entities that will, for example, build a road and then own it/charge tolls on it. This will put a cost burden on struggling households and take away public control over infrastructure like water, energy, and transportation systems.

✓ The economic revival of Utica, where one in four residents is an immigrant, is threatened by Trump’s deportation proposals. Immigrants, including 700,000 “Dreamers” (young people who have temporary legal status under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program) are threatened with deportation.

More than 40 people attended the news conference today. Representatives indicated that they are planning to hold the following actions to block Trump’s proposed policies:

1) Designed to inaugurate hope and stand up to the Trump Administration, the
Utica Counter-Inaugural Rally/Teach In will be held between 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at the DeSales Center, Inc., 309 Genesee St. Utica. The event will consist of a rally, workshops on organizing and issues, music, films, speakers, potluck lunch, networking, and exhibits.

2) Central New York Citizens in Action and other groups are helping to organize buses from Clinton, Syracuse, and Binghamton to take residents to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration Day protests. Interested persons should call all 315-725-0974 or email cnycitizenaction@gmail.com.

3) A community meeting sponsored by Central New York Citizens in Action will be held between 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday, January 9 to plan future activities, organize committees, and recruit volunteers.

4) On January 12, the first of a series of workshops will be held to identify and train progressive candidates for local party and political office Local groups are seeking progressive champions willing to challenge the status quo and fight for a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. The Running to Win series is part of the Working Families Party candidate farm team training program that arms progressives with the strategies, tools, and skills needed to win elections. Topics include fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, and planning.

5) Local actions will be planned for January 12 to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. is seeking local citizens to provide stories of how they and their families have been helped by the Affordable Care Act and other health insurance programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Persons interested should complete a survey at http://www.cnycia.org.

6) Days of action to protest the Medicare privatization, weakening the EPA and the National Labor Relations Board, slashing the Dodd-Frank Law and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, expanding private for-profit charter schools, privatizing government functions and deporting immigrants are in the process of being planned for the next several months.

7) The Central New York Citizen in Action, along with its partners, will be conducting research to document the impact of proposed Trump policies on the lives of Central New York residents and to propose alternative policies that put people first. Reports showing the loss of funding and services will be provided to the public, media, and elected officials.

8) The groups are deploying a rapid response team of citizen volunteers to hold Upstate New York members of Congress accountable, monitor cabinet appointments, appropriations, and legislation, and act as a watchdog for the interests of working people. They will be mobilizing constituents to make newly-elected Representative Claudia Tenney (R-C-22) as well as Representatives John Katko (R-24) and Elise Stefanik (R-21) aware of how Trump policies will hurt Central New York.

Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Director, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, said: “We believe in a nation that is of, for and by the people. But President-elect Trump has shown his administration will be the opposite – he has proposed to fill his Cabinet with corporate CEOs, billionaires and big donors. We will join coalitions like this one in Central New York that are forming throughout our nation to resist the Trump’s administration’s corporate agenda, which will put profits over the planet and its people.”

Paul Lomeo of Central New York Citizens in Action stated: “We are the vocal majority that will stand up to defend American values against the radical agenda of a reckless and vindictive President and an extremist Congress. We are the Resistance.  We accept the electoral laws that made a man chosen by a minority of voters President of the United States. However, we will fully exercise our Constitutional rights to protest his policies and educate voters on why we believe those policies are so wrong.  CNY Citizen Action will serve as the organizer of this broad coalition of people. We have many concerns about the damage that awaits us. We cannot stand by idly.  The time for mourning is over. Now, we resist and organize.”

Kari Procopio, local women’s rights advocate and member of Central New York Citizens in Action, called out lawmakers like Tenney to abandon partisan politics and support women, minorities, and the working class. “Tenney’s track record as our state representative proves she is out of touch with the real issues facing constituents,” said Procopio. “Our Campaign of Resistance doesn’t end with Trump. We will press Tenney to stand against his dangerous agenda and stand up for women’s health, equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, and policies that would benefit working women and families.”

The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. is a multi-issue grassroots advocacy organization affiliated with Citizen Action of New York. More information regarding the regional Campaign of Resistance against the Trump Agenda can be obtained through calling 315-725-0974, emailing cnycitizenaction@gmail.com, or at the following web sites:
http://www.cnycia.org
https://cnycitizenaction.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-New-York-Citizens-in-Action/265689434204
https://www.facebook.com/Central-New-York-Progressive-Action-659297800873928/?fref=ts
Twitter: @CNYACT