SOTU Watch Party Tonight
Don’t miss tonight’s State of the Union Watch Party at 8:30PM! Joined by surprise special guests before the SOTU speech, we will be gathering virtually from anywhere to share ideas and links, prepare for the midterms, and congratulate each other on our successes.
This watch party is co-hosted by New York for Biden+Harris, Upper East Side for Change and Women’s Leadership Forum Metro NY.
We are excited to SEE you there!
- Click here to register for the 8:30PM Zoom.
Stand with Ukraine
In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, New York Governor Kathy Hochul ordered the State to stop doing business with Russia and cancel investments. The governor also welcomed Ukrainian refugees – New York has the largest Ukrainian population in the U.S.
Here’s How You Can Help Ukrainians (source: Washington Post):
- Voices of Children, a charitable foundation based in Ukraine, has been serving the psychological needs of children affected by the war in the country’s east since 2015, according to its website. The group’s psychologists specialize in art therapy and provide general psychosocial support with group classes or individual sessions. Many of its psychologists are based in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, areas that have long been controlled by Russian-backed separatists and that are on the front lines of the current, wider conflict. Now, Voices of Children is providing assistance to children and families all over Ukraine, even helping with evacuations. You can donate here.
- Journalists with the Kyiv Independent have done tremendous work covering the war, offering the world constant updates as they fear for themselves, their families and their homes. The Independent has started a GoFundMe asking for support, but they’ve also promoted a separate GoFundMe — “Keep Ukraine’s media going” — for journalists around the country who have received less international attention. “[Ukraine’s reporters] have shown extraordinary courage, but the reality on the ground is that most operations cannot continue from Ukraine alone,” one organizer wrote. “This fundraiser is aimed at helping media relocate, set-up back offices and continue their operations from neighboring countries.”
- José Andrés, the beloved D.C. chef famous for feeding people in need around the world, is already in Europe with his World Central Kitchen team helping provide “thousands of meals in Poland, Romania and even inside Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter. Anyone who wishes to donate to the efforts can go here.
- Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 and has since launched efforts to build a stronger democracy in the country. Now, according to its website, the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. We have a large procurement team of volunteers that tracks down and purchases supplies and a logistics team that then gets them to Ukraine.” Razom — which means “together” in Ukrainian — posted a list of the lifesaving supplies it has already purchased and is asking for more support here.
- Click on the website for Care, the international humanitarian juggernaut, and a pop-up window appears. “UKRAINE EMERGENCY,” the alert says, with a photo of a woman holding a child. “Families in Ukraine are fleeing violence and urgently need emergency aid. CARE is providing food, water, and more,” the homepage says. The group has partnered with People in Need and hopes to build a fund that can reach 4 million people, especially women, girls and the elderly. Donations for Care can be made here.
- Save the Children, founded more than a century ago, is blunt about the grueling nature of its work: “We work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child,” its homepage says. The organization says it is “gravely concerned” for the children of Ukraine and Afghanistan. Its donation page says that $50 can prevent three children from going hungry for a month, $150 can provide warm blankets for 30 children, and $300 can furnish masks to refugee health workers on the front lines.
- Sunflower of Peace is a small nonprofit with ambitions to help Ukrainian orphans and internally displaced people. A post on its Facebook page in mid-February said it had launched a fundraiser for first-aid medical tactical backpacks. Each backpack, it says, can save up to 10 people. They’re packed with bandages and anti-hemorrhagic medicines, among other critical items. The group has worked mostly off its Facebook page, where it’s accepting donations.
- Even with Western support, Ukraine’s army and its legions of volunteer fighters are severely outgunned by Russian forces. The National Bank of Ukraine has created an account where people from around the world can donate to the country’s military.
NY-03 Candidate Forum
The Sound Shore Votes Coalition, made up of Indivisible and Westchester based grassroots Democratic Party groups, are holding a forum featuring the candidates running in the NY-03 Democratic primary. NY-03 is an open seat currently held by Rep. Suozzi, who is vacating it to run in the gubernatorial primary.
NY-03 Democratic Primary Candidate Forum
Date: Thursday, March 10th
RSVP: Click here to register
The newly drawn district links Westchester Sound Shore communities with sections of Queens, the Bronx, and Long Island.
Democracy at Risk & What to Do About It
Come hear David Pepper – political thriller author, law professor and former Chair of the Ohio Dems – discuss his new (and timely) book: Laboratories of Autocracy.
David knows firsthand the biggest risk to our democracy being stolen is happening in the states.
American democracy is under attack. Long before the events of January 6 and far from Washington, a well-organized, determined minority has worked for years to undermine the democratic foundations of our political institutions, seeking to establish permanent GOP minority rule. Largely at the state level, these forces of anti-democracy have rigged legislative elections, undermined voting rights, attacked courts, and are subverting the mechanics of the ballot-counting process and the Electoral College system.
Come learn how to win the fight for democracy here at home.
Fair Pay for Home Care
Home healthcare workers provide care that allows “seniors and people with disabilities to live independently and with dignity in their own homes. New York is facing an extreme shortage of home care workers, and there is a critical need to hire more workers now and over the next decade to meet the overwhelming demand.
- Click here to take action in support of fair pay for home health care workers.
FIVE TOWNS: ONE BOOK.
Bringing our communities together for an important conversation around The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee.
Featuring a discussion with the author, Ms. McGhee, on Sunday March 27th, 2:00-3:30pm. This will be a hybrid event with a limited number of in-person tickets available as well as a virtual option to participate.
IW is proud to cosponsor this event. New York Times Bestseller The Sum of Us offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
Postcarding Is Back
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