Today, I used my lunch hour to dash up to midtown to 780 Third Avenue, where Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand both have offices. I expected a few dozen people trying to get past the security desk to the senators’ offices. Instead, I found a large, loud crowd standing in the freezing rain!
Although we live in a “blue” state, we have to keep the pressure on our elected representatives. If you need any evidence: yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer voted with the GOP to confirm Mike Pompeo as CIA Director.
In better news, Schumer has indicated that he will oppose Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. (How could there ever have been a question about how he’d vote on this?) Today, the Judiciary Committee, on which Schumer sits, delayed the planned vote on Sessions until next week. This afternoon, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand indicated that she will vote no on Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. She also spoke up for reproductive rights and the ACA. Our Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, has indicated that she will stand strong against the Trump agenda. Let’s hold them to it!
MoveOn, Indivisible, and other groups plan to meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 6PM at Grand Army Plaza, in Brooklyn, near Schumer’s home. We need to keep the pressure on him. As we chanted this afternoon, “Come November, we’ll remember.”
Meanwhile, here are a few things you can do:
Contact Schumer, Gillibrand, and Clarke. Let them know what you think about their actions. Tell them that you expect them to stop the Trump agenda every step of the way. Remember, legislators give most weight to actual letters from constituents, less to phone calls, and still less to e-mails. (In person visits are heaviest, of course.) Do as much as you can.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in attending a planning meeting in our neighborhood. If there is interest, we’ll organize a meeting to take this to the next level. If not, I’ll keep sharing information about protests we can join and actions we can take independently.