Thursday, June 15, 2017

HEALTH: "Die-In" Protest for NY Health Act

Indivisible Pleasantville, along with a number of other political organizations, is organizing a protest following a meeting to request Sen. Terrence Murphy publicly state whether or not he supports the Affordable Care Act and whether or not he supports the NY Health Act in the event the ACA is repealed.

Details

  • Date/Time – Friday June 16, 4pm
  • Location – Public Sidewalk on Rt 118 near Murphy’s Restaurant, 355 Kear Street, Yorktown, NY 10598
  • Parking – In Mall Parking Lot near Kmart, then walk to Rt. 188

Chant

New York Health Act is just and fair
Senator Murphy show you care

Program

  1. Crowd – everyone take video and/or pictures
  2. Announcer (Marianna Stout) – opens event, signals Dead People to lie down, and calls on storytellers
  3. Dead People – at signal, lie down and hold up tombstones
  4. Storytellers – in turn, read their own stories
  5. Announcer – signals Dead People stand up
  6. Chanting by everyone

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Message from Candidate Daren Tolz

Dear Members of Indivisible Pleasantville,

I am running for Westchester County Legislator, District 3, against Margaret Cunzio.

I currently teach high school math in Harlem. My past experience includes running a small business, project management at IBM, and finance. So, I am not a politician by trade. But - like many of us, I was inspired by the 2016 election outcome to get more involved in my community and stand up for liberal values, which is why I have announced my candidacy for this seat. As many of you know, this race is extremely important because although the Democrats have a majority, we have two legislators that regularly vote with the Republicans. This means that every legislator that we can turn over to a true Democrat, makes an important difference.

Margaret Cunzio votes virtually 100% with Mr. Astorino. She is effectively a rubber stamp for his agenda. She was supportive of the ice skating rink, the gun show and she is in favor of airport privatization. (although she won’t announce publicly)

We have an excellent chance of winning this seat, based on the closeness of the last election and the current wave of grass roots activism.

Because Democrats don't typically vote in non-presidential elections, we only need about ONE-THIRD of the 2016 Hilary voters in order to win. (last time we lost by 800 votes)

I am supporting George Latimer for the top of the ticket, who I believe to be an excellent candidate. With about 80% of Democratic voters voting straight across the Democratic ticket his candidacy will give us some momentum. So yes, we need clear messaging, name recognition, and few other things, but really this entire effort comes down to a "get out the vote" campaign that will benefit every Democratic candidate.

I need help in order to make my candidacy successful. This will be an extremely grassroots effort and its success will rely on manpower and the enthusiasm of individuals. To that end please let me know if you are able to lend your time (even a little of it!) to help out the campaign. We need:

  • office support
  • campaign management team members
  • door knockers
  • communications team members
  • lots of other help - if you reach out we’ll find a place for you!

If you are interested please send me an email: darentolz@gmail.com.

Thanks for all that you do,

Daren Tolz
Candidate for Westchester County Legislator, District 3

Monday, June 12, 2017

STATE ACTION: Phone Storm for Single-Payer Healthcare

This week, June 12-16, we will be calling about Single Payer healthcare (Medicare for all) via the New York Healthcare Act. We are asking for broad support for the concept of Single payer Healthcare and we are specifically asking for support of S4840. This bill was passed the Assembly and Governor Cuomo will sign this into law if delivered to him.
Some key links:
Follow past the break for good talking points, possible counter-arguments, and a detailed Q&A with Prof. Leonard Rodberg of Queens College/CUNY. For more information contact State Committee chair Danielle King at

ENVIRONMENT: Pleasantville Reusable Bag Initiative

Single-use plastic shopping bags are a chronic litter and pollution problem. While they offer a few minutes of convenience, the damage they can cause is lasting. PleasantvilleRecycles, the Village's recycling committee, proposes that Pleasantville join New Castle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, the city of Rye, and many other municipalities, states, and countries around the world to adopt an ordinance that will encourage customers to use reusable bags by restricting the availability of single-use plastic shopping bags and imposing a fee on paper bags. Doing so will help make Pleasantville a cleaner and safer place to live.



To sign the online petition visit this link with change.org.

If you want to help participate, you can download literature to distribute here:

* Anyone may sign the petition, but we ask that you keep separate, clearly-labeled copies for village residents, non-residents, and minors

For more questions, contact the Indivisible Environmental Committee at