Hit the Streets on Oct. 1

Are you ready to take the next step in building a community grassroots progressive movement? If so, then please joins us on October 1 for our Outreach Kickoff.

The event will start out at a volunteer’s home in Utica’s Cornhill neighborhood, and run from 3-6 p.m. We’ll spend the first hour reviewing scripts and materials, then hit the streets in pairs to knock doors in the community, engaging Cornhill residents in a dialogue around what challenges they feel the community is facing, and how building community power will strengthen collective demands for justice, fairness and equity.

For more details, please email our chapter’s lead organizer Kristina Andreotta at kandreotta@citizenactionny.org.

Celebrate Our Values on Oct. 14

Central New York Citizen Action will hold its inaugural JAM (Justice, Arts, Music) Fest on Saturday, October 14 in Utica. It will be held at three adjacent venues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: DeSales Center (309 Genesee St.), Utica
Public Library (303 Genesee St.) and Kopernik Park (corner of Genesee and Eagle Streets). Admission is free and open to the public.

Celebrating Progressive Values through Music, Arts, and Family Fun is the theme of the Fest. To read more about this event, including a list of performers, go here. There is also a Facebook event page.

Sponsored by the Central New York Citizen Action and Citizen Action of New York, the JAM Fest will feature live music, crafts, art and film exhibits, speakers, children activities, face painting, nonprofit, job, and health
information, and community discussions. It aims to bring people together to showcase local art and music as well as create a common public space for a dialogue on how we can bring about positive and progressive community change.   Co-sponsors include: Central New York Labor Council and1199SEIU,

Short films dealing with economic justice, racial and gender inequality, immigration, and other current
issues will be shown at the Utica Public Library. Local nonprofit agencies and businesses will also have exhibits showcasing products and services. There will be free giveaways. Food trucks such as the Polish Road House will be at the event. The Central New York Labor Council will hold its 2017 Organized Labor Charitable Giving Campaign for United Way and SEFA at the Fest. This is a nonpartisan event.

For more information: cnyjamfest@gmail.com,  315-725-0974.  The performance director for the event is Tasha Cooper who can be reached at tcooper@gmail.com, or 315-542-0817.

Our Activists Seek County Seats

Two very active members of our Citizen Action movement are seeking county legislative seats. Venus Lanaux is the Democratic and Working Families party nominee in Oneida County’s 23rd District (North Utica and parts of
East Utica). Keith Rubino is running in Herkimer County’s first district in the village of Herkimer.

You can learn more about Keith and his campaign at his campaign website and emails can be sent to Keith from there too. People interested in volunteering on Keith’s campaign can contact Keith or Holly Rubino directly. Keith’s number is 315-360-2385 and Holly’s is 518-332-7296. Keith’s Facebook is typically a better way to reach them during the day since they’re both working, but calling and leaving a voicemail is always fine. Evening (4pm and after) is probably the best contact time.

“My proposition,” says Venus, ” is that WE find out what the government is talking about, and then we exercise our right to participate in the decision-making process by appointing a candidate who will gladly express the concerns of the people the laws and budgets made affect most!” You can donate to her campaign and learn more at her Go Fund Me page.

Keeping the Pressure on Tenney!

Once again Congressional Republicans tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act and once again we have successfully responded to block them. Like numerous groups across the nation, CNY Citizen Action mobilized with a rally (photo above) and calls to Congress. On Tuesday, Sept 26, the Senate pulled the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill.

But there is always more work to do. Keep Calling Rep. Claudia Tenney (315-732-0713) and tell her to oppose repeal and any cuts to Medicaid or Medicare. And keep your eyes on upcoming tax proposals which are sure to benefit the super rich and harm the poor and working poor. And don’t forget to join us each Friday at 4 p.m. for protests at her local office (555 French Rd., New Hartford).

Learn More About Single Payer Health Care

Our friends at Indivisible Mohawk Valley are sponsoring a forum on Single Payer this Sunday at the Jewish Community Center. Here are details.

Volunteer & Become A Sustaining Member

Please consider being a CNY Citizen Action Volunteer and support progressive local actions by becoming a sustaining member.