This has been a bad month for the powerful but elusive idea that Americans aren’t defined by where we come from, by the color of skin, by our religion … but instead by the idea that all people are genuinely created equal.

If we want to save it — in the wake of white supremacy on the march Charlottesville, and Donald Trump’s decision to repeal DACA — we’ve got some serious work to do. Please join fellow #GetOrganizedBK activists as we gear up for a busy fall.

Defending DACA

DREAMers are our neighbors, students, interns, employees, friends, and loved ones. They came here as kids. They’ve worked and studied hard. The United States has been their only home. Their only “crime” is sharing the same American dream that we all have. Sending them back to a country they’ve never known is cruel, but it’s not just cruel, it’s un-American.

Our marching, organizing, phone calls, and court challenges have helped to beat back the travel ban, prevent the decimation of health care, and stop devastating cuts to Planned Parenthood. Let’s make sure we do no less for these DREAMers.

Please join Indivisible in demanding the Congress protect these DREAMers. We’ve also got some great resources from the ACLU, the NEA, and the New York City Council.

Additional actions are listed below, and we’ll keep them updated on the #GetOrganizedBK Facebook page.

After Charlottesville: Our next #GetOrganizedBK meeting (Wednesday, September 13th)

The xenophobia behind the attack on DACA sadly echoes the racism and anti-Semitism that we saw on-the-march in Charlottesville last month.

In the wake of Charlottesville, we have a shared responsibility to confront the history and realities of racism, anti-semitism, and xenophobia — not just in the policies of this Administration, but also in our own implicit biases, internalized oppression, and unearned privilege so that we can show up as allies in work for justice.

It’s not enough to tear down monuments, we must also confront — and work to change — systems that embed racism and discrimination in our public and private institutions, and indeed in our own lives.

That’s what we’ll be doing at our next #GetOrganizedBK meeting on Wednesday, September 13th (RSVP here).

We’ll also hear from leaders of some campaigns currently underway in New York City, to make concrete progress in uprooting racism, including:

  • Close Rikers, an effort to reduce the impacts of mass incarceration and close what is perhaps the largest physical monument to racial injustice in our city.

  • Right to Know Act, a campaign to prevent discriminatory policing and improve communication, transparency & accountability between NYPD and New Yorkers.

  • School integration, to confront the shameful reality that 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, NYC’s schools remain stubbornly segregated – sorting opportunity by race and class across generations.

Because the sanctuary at Congregation Beth Elohim is undergoing repairs, we’ll be in the ballroom across the street on Garfield Place.The ballroom seats fewer people – so please RSVP. If there are more of you who want to attend, we’ll both set up a live-stream, and organize ways that many more people can participate as we move forward.

#GetOrganizedBK Meeting
September 13, 2017
Ballroom: 274 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn
Across the street from the Congregation Beth Elohim sanctuary
6:30 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Program Begins

From Charlottesville, to DACA, to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — these are painful moments. But we’re also faced with a real opportunity for transformation — not just to try to preserve that American Dream, but to transform it in a way that truly works for everyone. So let’s get to work. 

See you next Wednesday, 

Whit & the GetOrganizedBK Team

#GetOrganizedBK Community Listing

Thursday, 9/6
@ 5:00 PM
Immigrant youth to Trump: We are #HereToStay!
Donald Trump has chosen to stand with white supremacy and has made the despicable decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and put the lives of 800,000 immigrant youth and their families at risk. We will march through Jackson Heights, led by immigrant youth with a message for Trump: We are here to stay!
Saturday, 9/9 @ 2:00 PMFight for DACA!
We showed them once, now we’ll show them again!Trump wants to end DACA, which protects almost 1 million Americans from deportation. Trump wants to deport us, deport our friends, deport our family, deport our neighbors. We won’t let them attack our communities. We have two demands: 1) Don’t end DACA 2) Pass the DREAM Act. Let’s make our voices heard!
Wednesday, 9/13 @ 6:30 PM#GetOrganizedBK: After Charlottesville, what must we do?
Even in these already-challenging times, recent days have been especially difficult ones: watching neo-Nazis on the march, domestic terror claim the life of Heather Heyer, a synagogue under siege, and the repeated moral failure of Donald Trump to stand up for the most basic American values. The question for us, after Charlottesville, is what we will do?
Until 9/92018 ACA Thunder Clap
We’re using the power of the Indivisible Movement and its supporters and friends to help spread the word about the open enrollment period so that more people have a chance to access affordable health insurance on the federal and state exchanges for 2018.