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IMV Steering Committee Member Sarah Reeske Featured in The Clinton Record, January 10, 2019

IMV in the News - Whose House? Our House! Rally in Utica, NY January 3, 2019


January 3. 2019

Contact: Steering Committee Members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley
                    Shirley Knop, [email protected] 315-853-6752
                    Betsy Briggs, [email protected], 315-717-1363
Indivisible Mohawk Valley Rallies in Utica For Democracy Reform
Utica, NY--Today, as the newly Democratic House of Representatives gaveled into session in Washington, Indivisible Mohawk Valley held its first demonstration of the new year at the Oneida Square Roundabout on Genesee Street in Utica, urging Congressman Anthony Brindisi to support the democracy reform bill H.R.1.  H.R.1, if enacted, will be a bold, progressive, comprehensive democracy package that includes reforms on voter empowerment and access, and curbs on corruption and money in politics.  The demonstration was also in support of a clean funding bill, one which ends the shutdown without giving in to Donald Trump's demand for an unnecessary and expensive border wall. 
"We want a genuine and robust democracy, where everyone who has a right to vote gets to vote, and gets to vote hassle and worry free.  We need to make sure that every citizen gets to vote, whether they have been to prison or not, whether they are disabled or not, whether their employers give them time off or not," said Indivisible member, Celeste Friend, one of about forty people who attended the peaceful, joyous demonstration.

Indivisible Mohawk Valley is part of the nationwide Indivisible movement, a progressive grassroots advocacy group, that made a vibrant contribution to the Democratic "blue wave" victories across the country in this fall's mid-term elections.  The demonstration was part of the Indivisible movement's "Whose House? Our House!" national day of action.  During the 2018 election, Indivisible Mohawk Valley was instrumental in getting out the vote, registering voters, and campaigning for Anthony Brindisi in the 22nd Congressional District.

Indivisible Mohawk Valley is a grassroots group of concerned citizens who embrace progressive values and push for progressive policies at all levels of government. https://indivisiblemv.com

This event was co-sponsored by Citizen Action of New York and SEIU 1199.
Media Advisory

December 19, 2018

Contact: Steering Committee Members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley

                   Shirley Knop, [email protected] 315-853-6752

                   Betsy Briggs, [email protected], 315-717-1363

As Congress Re-opens, Indivisible Mohawk Valley

Rallies at Oneida Square For Democracy Reform

Utica, NY—On January 3rd, from 4 to 5 p.m., Indivisible Mohawk Valley will be holding its first demonstration of the new year at the Oneida Square Roundabout on Genesee Street in Utica.  Indivisible Mohawk Valley is part of the nationwide Indivisible movement, a progressive advocacy group, that made a vibrant contribution to the Democratic “blue wave” victories across the country in this fall’s mid-term elections.  The Oneida Square gathering will urge Congressman Anthony Brindisi to back the democracy reform bill that Democrats are expected to introduce that day. (H.R.1)

The demonstration is part of the Indivisible movement’s “Whose House? Our House!” national day of action. H.R.1, if enacted, will be a bold, progressive, comprehensive democracy package that includes reforms on voter empowerment and access, and curbs on corruption and money in politics.

This celebratory demonstration marks the swearing in of our new congressman for the 22nd district, whose victory was actively supported by hundreds of our members who knocked on doors, volunteered at phone banks, carried petitions, and registered voters.  Our hard work paid off when we all won back our House.  This event is being co-sponsored by Citizen Action of New York and SEIU 1199.

WHAT: “Whose House? Our House!” Kickoff Rally with Indivisible Mohawk Valley and Citizen Action

WHERE: Oneida Square Roundabout, Genesee St., Utica NY

WHEN: January 3rd, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

RSVP: Shirley Knop, [email protected] 315-853-6752; Betsy Briggs, [email protected], 315-717-1363

     This peaceful demonstration has been organized by Indivisible Mohawk Valley, which is a grassroots group of concerned citizens who embrace progressive values and push for progressive policies at all levels of government. https://indivisiblemv.com
Media Advisory: Indivisible Mohawk Valley Holds "Thank You, Voters!" Rally

Last event at the site of nearly 100 #OneTermTenney Friday Pickets is scheduled for Friday afternoon, November 30th

Event details:
WHAT: "Thank you, NY22 Voters!" Rally

WHO: Indivisible Mohawk Valley

WHEN: 3:30-4:30 pm, Friday, November 30th

WHERE: Rep. Tenney's Office, 555 French Road, New Hartford

Local citizen activists will gather at Rep. Claudia Tenney's New Hartford office for a final Friday rally after nearly two years of weekly pickets and thousands of volunteer hours to increase awareness of public policy issues and encourage participation in electoral politics.  The rally will have a simple message: "Thank you, voters!"  Mohawk Valley voters turned out in record numbers on Nov. 6th to elect a new Congressional representative.

Indivisible Mohawk Valley was part of a wave of grassroots activism that swept NY's 22nd congressional district from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border following the 2016 election.  In 2018, Democrat challenger Anthony Brindisi, who did not take a single dollar from a corporate PAC, defeated Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney, whose campaign was well funded by corporate donors.

"While millionaire Donald Trump, Jr. was stumping for Claudia Tenney in Rome just twelve hours before the polls opened, I was just a couple miles away, volunteering at Anthony Brindisi's Rome campaign office, and sending out volunteers, some of them registered Republicans, one after the other to knock on doors--right across the street from the Tenney event," says IMV member Jennifer Geiger of Rome.  "Rome ended up going for Brindisi by less than 20 votes on election night.  So individual voters won out over big money and big names. It just shows that every single vote matters."

The Brindisi campaign knocked on 300,0000 doors total, 170,000 of those before November 3rd, and another 130,000 in the final four days of the campaign.  In terms of number of volunteers, it was the largest Get Out the Vote operation in the northeast.  The election was also decided by one of the smallest vote margins in the country.

According to IMV member Mona Perrotti of Clinton, who personally registered dozens of voters in the lead up to the election, "We're thanking voters, because every vote counts."

Facebook: @IndivisibleMV

Webpage: https://indivisiblemv.com/

Note: This event is open to the general public.  TV, radio, print, and online media outlets are encouraged to come.

IMV in the News - Trump is Not Above the Law Rally in Utica NY on November 8, 2018

MESSAGE for our Trump Is Not Above the Law Rally:
Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00 pm
Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica

We are here today because we believe in the rule of law and we have a president that doesn’t. We are here today to say enough is enough. We stand with Americans across the country to confront President Trump’s blatant efforts to interfere and shut down the Mueller investigation. We are here to stand up to Donald Trump.
From California to New York, from Iowa to Idaho, Americans are joining in similar protests like this one to stand up for the rule of law and protect the independence of the Mueller investigation. We are proud to be part of this historic and important effort.

We the people are the ultimate power in our democracy. Donald Trump can’t take that away from us, no matter how hard he tries. It will be we the people who hold him accountable for his abuses of power and corruption. And it is we the people that must stand up to his latest attempt to protect himself, his family, and his indicted associates from being held accountable.

President Trump is not above the law. The American people expect the President of the United States to play by the rules and lawbreakers to be held accountable. Throughout the last two years, President Trump has acted as if he is above the law by repeatedly threatening to undermine the rule of law and anyone that tries to hold him accountable - the press, Special Counsel Mueller, and we the people have all been attacked by this president.

The Mueller investigation must continue to be protected in the Justice Department. Make no mistake, by forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump is working to take control of the Mueller investigation. Trump’s new hand-picked Acting Attorney General -- Matthew Whitaker --will take over oversight of the Mueller investigation. The Mueller investigation must continue unimpeded. The American people deserve the truth. And they deserve accountability. Up until now, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been key to keeping the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller independent and protected it from interference from the White House and Republicans in Congress who want it shut down.

The Mueller investigation must continue without delay and interference. The Department of Justice must allow Special Counsel Mueller to continue his investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections and connections and ties to Trump and others. It has resulted in 35 indictments so far. The American people deserve an independent investigation to get the truth and to get accountability. Any attempt by the Trump administration or his allies in Congress to interfere in the investigation is unacceptable and must be stopped.

Whoever becomes Mueller’s new boss must publicly commit not to interfere with the Russia investigation. Loyalty to the rule of law -- not personal loyalty to Donald Trump. That includes any Attorney General, acting or permanent. We must make sure this person knows they work for the American people, not Donald Trump. The Attorney General of the United States is not Donald Trump’s personal attorney. They are the American people’s attorney.
Trump’s new handpicked Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker cannot oversee the Mueller investigation. He must immediately recuse. Matthew Whittaker has already told us what he thinks of the Mueller investigation. Before he joined the Trump administration, Whitaker was a frequent guest on cable news where he often criticized the Mueller investigation. He echoed Trump’s “witch hunt” label and mused about cutting Mueller’s budget. Whitaker is in no position to oversee this important investigation and must immediately recuse himself and promise not to interfere with Mueller’s investigation.

Congress must immediately pass legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller. It’s already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote. It needs to happen now.

We also demand that Congress immediately investigate any and all efforts to obstruct justice and abuse power. The American people spoke loudly and clearly this week: they put a check on Donald Trump. Congress must uphold its constitutional obligation to do its job and hold power accountable.
October 28, 2018 IMV Press Release:
Steering Committee Statement on Tenney's Activities Monday, October 29, 2018

Betsy Briggs, Co-founder and Steering Committee member of Indivisible Mohawk Valley, issued the following statement regarding the activities of Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22) on Monday, Oct. 29:

"Rep. Claudia Tenney will spend Monday, October 29th in the company of Oliver North, who will headline fundraising for Tenney's campaign at events in Broome and Oneida County.
Oliver North was a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980s. He was involved in the illegal sale of arms to Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua, an action expressly prohibited by Congress under the Boland Amendment.

After he was indicted on 16 felony counts, he admitted to having lied to Congress. He was convicted on four felony counts, including obstruction of a Congressional inquiry.

Why Claudia Tenney, a member of Congress who seeks re-election to Congress, has decided that someone who lied to and obstructed Congress is an appropriate companion for her fundraising schedule in her district tomorrow is beyond the comprehension of her decent, law-abiding constituents.

Indivisible Mohawk Valley encourages our members to engage in constructive and peaceful activities that counteract hatred and division within their communities on Monday, Oct. 29th, and to observe a respectful commemoration of the lives that have been lost in recent days to hate crimes and gun violence."

Website: indivisiblemv.com
Facebook: Indivisible Mohawk Valley
Twitter: @IndivisibleMV
October 24, 2018 IMV Press Release:
Protest of Eric Trump's Campaign Rally for Claudia Tenney

More than 50 protestors lined Seneca Turnpike outside Claudia Tenney’s campaign headquarters in New Hartford on a cold and rainy Tuesday afternoon, to peacefully protest millionaire Eric Trump’s participation in a fundraising event for the Congresswoman.

The rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the peaceful protestors who waved signs and
American flags and cheered, as countless drivers jubilantly honked their horns and waved their
support at the busy intersection.  Tenney’s constituents made known their strong disapproval of her
votes to give massive tax cuts to the fabulously wealthy, while stripping away health insurance for
millions of ordinary working people.  They urged Tenney to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions, and to require the wealthy, like members of the Trump family, to pay their fair share of taxes.

“Claudia Tenney gave Eric Trump millions of dollars in tax cuts, and now she wants to cut my Medicare and my Social Security to pay for it all,” said Indivisible Mohawk Valley member, Donna McKendree.   After blowing up the nation’s deficit to a record high, Claudia Tenney and congressional republicans have announced their post midterm election plan to close their self-made budget gap, by cutting affordable health care and social security needed by millions of low income and middle income citizens.

The peaceful protest was organized by Indivisible Mohawk Valley, which is a grassroots group
of concerned citizens who embrace progressive values. https://indivisiblemv.com
Media Advisory:
Rep. Claudia Tenney's Constituents Protest her Campaign Rally with Eric Trump in New Hartford

New Hartford, NY - -While millionaire businessman Eric Trump headlines a campaign rally for Rep. Claudia Tenney on Tuesday, members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley will demonstrate against her 2017 vote for the #TrumpTaxScam that has lined the pockets of the super wealthy at the expense of her middle class, working constituents.

What: Protest of Eric Trump's Campaign Rally for Claudia Tenney
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:00 pm
Where: 8469 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford

After sending billions in tax cuts to wealthy individuals and large corporations via their 2017 tax bill and blowing up the nation's deficit, Claudia Tenney and the Republicans in Congress have announced that to close their self-made budget gap, they will seek to cut affordable healthcare, Medicare, and other income supports needed by low and middle income workers.

Many Indivisible Mohawk Valley members will also participate in a rally Tuesday morning at Tenney's Congressional office led by the "Nuns on the Bus" to call out the moral injustice of taking from the poor to give to the rich.

In August, Indivisible Mohawk Valley, together with local labor union SEIU 1199 and Central New York Citizen Action, turned out 2000 protesters in downtown Utica to protest Donald Trump's fundraiser for Claudia Tenney.
IMV in the News - Resist Trump & Tenney #EpicNY22Protest in Utica, NY on August 13, 2018






IMV in the News - #ConfrontCorruption and #DefendDemocracy Vigil in New Hartford, NY on
July 18, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: Vigil at Rep. Tenney’s Office in New Hartford to Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy

Concerned Citizens in the Utica-Rome Area Join Nationwide Vigils to Confront Public Corruption and Demand Democracy

More Than 32 Advocacy Groups in 70 Locations Nationwide Will Hold Vigils to Confront Public Corruption and Demand Democracy on Wednesday, July 18 at sundown.

From attacks on the institutions that exist to hold our leaders to account--the press and law enforcement--to rampant conflicts of interest, ethics violations and the flagrant abuse of government offices for personal gain, the degradation and corruption of the American government by this President, his associates and many in his party has reached a profound new low. We must urgently rise up to defend our democratic system. That’s why members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley and Central New York Citizen Action will come together on Wednesday, July 18th to participate in a national vigil to Confront Corruption: Demand Democracy.

Democracy is how we hold wrongdoers accountable and create a government that reflects our values of participation, justice and decency. But we are on a dangerous trajectory. Our leaders actively conspire to avoid accountability for injustices such as separating families, detaining children, attacking the rule of law, putting donors ahead of voters and shaping voting districts to manipulate outcomes.

The vigil is designed to elevate the importance of protecting the Mueller Investigation, confront the corruption of the current administration, and demand a democracy that works for everyone. Additionally, it is part of a broader fight against a compromised Supreme Court, and threats to Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act, both of which are supported by a majority of Americans.

The current administration is increasingly hostile to democratic norms. Just today the world learned that the President blames poor relations with Russia not on Russia's jailing and killing of political opponents and journalists, their invasion of Crimea and threats against the sovereignty of other neighboring countries, or their interference with American elections, but on "U.S. foolishness and stupidity." What corruption lies at the root of the President's possibly treasonous attack on the United States and his alliance with Putin against Robert Mueller and the FBI?

As citizens we demand an answer to this question from Congress and other bodies with the power to investigate. We seek to confront corruption at the highest levels and call upon our elected officials to defend our democracy.

WHAT: Joining fellow Americans in 60+ cities across the country, concerned citizens will gather in New Hartford, NY to demand accountability from elected officials and confront corruption while bolstering our democracy nationwide.

More on the national effort is at confrontcorruption.org.

WHEN: 8:00-9:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18

WHO: Indivisible Mohawk Valley and Central New York Citizen Action

WHERE: Congressional Office of Rep. Claudia Tenney, 555 French Road, New Hartford
IMV Monthly Meeting, May 22, 2018

Many thanks to New York State Assembly candidates Chris Salatino (119th), Keith Rubino (118th) and Chad McEvoy (101st) who responded at length to questions about the environment, women's reproductive rights, health care, education, guns and more at the meeting.  Thank you also to candidate Sandy DiPerno (Oneida County Clerk) who answered numerous questions about her job.  For more information about the candidates, here are links to their websites.

IMV stood with progressive partners to mark anniversary of Tenney's vote for the AHCA bill - May 4, 2018

​IMV's Sarah Reeske and Betsy Briggs interviewed on WUTQ 100.7 FM's Talk of the Town on April 25, 2018

​IMV was a co-sponsor and members participated in March for Our Lives in Utica, NY on March 24, 2018


​IMV in the news - Rally in Opposition to Tenney Re-election Announcement in New Hartford, NY on
March 3, 2018


Press Release                                                     For immediate release
Saturday, March 3, 2018
New Hartford, NY

Nearly 70 Gather in New Hartford for #OneTermTenney Rally

On Saturday March 3rd, 68 protesters from across the Mohawk Valley rallied in New Hartford in opposition to  Rep. Claudia Tenney's re-election announcement held at Cavallo's Restaurant on Genesee Street.  

The constituents, many of them members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley, expressed surprise that Tenney plans to run for re-election after she drew a massive wave of negative attention to the Mohawk Valley last month when she insisted contrary to the facts that mass shooters are Democrats or liberals.  All three of her recent congressional predecessors subsequently criticized her comments and her public conduct as inappropriate to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.  In spite of the backlash across in her district and across the country, she continued to defend her remarks in TV appearances. 

"She's an embarrassment to all of us. I don't know why she feels the need to be in the spotlight on TV constantly, but it's not to represent us.  I agree with former Rep. Hanna that Rep. Tenney seems to have a constituency of one," said Joan Klossner of Clinton, who attended the rally.

Sally Myhr of Rome agreed, "She refuses to hold an authentic town hall.  Voters who challenge Tenney are ridiculed and dismissed. Hers is the only voice she wants to hear."

Signs at the rally included:  "Repeal and Replace Tenney" and "Shame on Claudia: No More Lies."

Tenney's fundraising has flagged in recent months, along with her local support.  She has, however, continued to take large donations from Wall Street securities and investment corporations; Tenney sits on the House Committee on Financial Services.  Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett said Saturday that the new law, for which Tenney cast a yes vote, gave a $29 billion windfall to the conglomerate that amounts to nearly 45 percent of its total $65.3 billion profit for 2017.  In central New York, regular taxpayers have lost their SALT deduction, and may see higher taxes.  

Her New Hartford constituents expressed disappointment.  "She's weak and ineffective. We have yet to see her take a major vote in Congress that has a positive impact for us.  Her votes favor her big corporate donors," commented New Hartford resident Barbara Brooks Goodman. 

Katie Timapano, also of New Hartford, said, "She is so far afield morally that it's hard to take her seriously.  There's a breakdown in trust that we've never had before in this district."

Hundreds of motorists signaled their agreement with honks and thumbs up, and rolled down their windows to join in chants of "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Claudia Tenney has got to go!"  One protester counted motorists 20 to 1 in favor of the protest message, "#OneTermTenney."

Even after more than a year of picketing Tenney's congressional office in rain, snow, and frigid temperatures, her constituents have kept their sense of humor and strengthened their commitment to send her into retirement. "I work harder on making Tenney protest signs than she ever has representing what is supposed to be her constituency," said Bonnie Zweifel also of New Hartford. 


Sarah Reeske
or Jen DeWeerth

Webpage: indivisiblemv
FB: @indivisiblemv
Media Advisory
Friday, March 2nd, 2018                                                                                                                                          For Immediate Release
Saturday March 3rd: Tenney's Constituents Protest her Re-election Campaign Announcement
— On Saturday March 3rd, members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley will demonstrate outside Cavallo's restaurant in New Hartford while Rep. Claudia Tenney kicks off her 2018 campaign for Congress. Many of her constituents are surprised that she plans to run for re-election after she drew a massive wave of negative attention to the Mohawk Valley last month when she insisted that mass shooters are Democrats.
All three of her recent congressional predecessors, former Congressmen Sherry Boehlert, Mike Arcuri, and Richard Hanna, subsequently criticized her comments and characterized her public conduct as inappropriate to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. In spite of the backlash across in her district and across the country, she continued to defend her remarks in TV appearances.
"She's an embarrassment to all of us. I don't know why she feels the need to be in the spotlight on TV constantly but it's not to represent us. I agree with former Rep. Hanna that Rep. Tenney seems to have a constituency of one," said Joan Klossner of Clinton, who intends to be at the rally.
Her constituents question Tenney's intention to run for re-election. "She's weak and ineffective. We have yet to see her take a major vote in Congress that has a positive impact for us. Her votes favor her big corporate donors," commented New Hartford resident Barbara Brooks Goodman.
Last April, more than 130 demonstrators stood in front of Cavallo's to express their frustration with Tenney's representation and her failure to hold a town hall in a public venue. Organizers expect an even larger crowd at the #OneTermTenney rally on March 3rd in spite of heavy snowfall during the previous 36 hours; more than 200 individuals have expressed interest in attending the event.
WHEN: Saturday, March 3rd at 1:30 pm
WHERE: In front of Cavallo's Restaurant at 40 Genesee St., New Hartford, NY

Sarah Reeske
or Jen DeWeerth
​IMV in the news - No President is Above the Law #CoverUpCaucus Rally in Utica NY on February 19, 2018


Media Advisory for: 2/19/2018                                                                                                                                      February 16, 2018
Contact: [email protected]

Monday, Feb. 19th: Rally Outside Utica City Court in Utica Accuses Congressperson of
Covering Up Trump-Russia Ties

Local Citizens Urge Rep. Tenney to Quit the #CoverUpCaucus and Protect the Russia Investigation

Utica, NY — On Monday, February 19th, members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley will rally in front of the Utica City Court, demanding that Rep. Claudia Tenney quit the #CoverUpCaucus—the group of congressional Republicans actively undermining special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump’s potential collusion with Russia—and instead support bipartisan legislation to protect the Russia investigation.
Rally-goers argue that the #CoverUpCaucus is obstructing the investigation by sowing doubt about the legitimacy and independence of the investigation through such actions as promoting the cherry-picked “Nunes memo,” hampering the bipartisan legislation to protect the special counsel from firing by Trump, and deflecting attention from the visible threats Trump poses to American democracy discovered by Muller’s investigation so far.
The event in Utica is one of more than two dozen happening throughout the nation between February 16 and February 25, at which concerned citizens will gather to demand that their congressional representatives stop fighting to protect Donald Trump from this criminal investigation.

WHEN: Presidents’ Day , Feb. 19th. 10:00 AM
WHERE: In front of Utica City Court, 411 Oriskany St. W, Utica, NY 13502

“We want congressional Republicans to stay out of Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation,” said Betsy Briggs of Herkimer, a member of Indivisible Mohawk Valley. “Donald Trump believes that anyone with enough money or power is above the law, and the GOP’s “Cover-Up Caucus” is helping him make that the case. This week, while Rep. Tenney is home on Presidents Day recess, we’re asking her: Are you protecting our democracy, or are you protecting Donald Trump?”
View all of the actions here: www.CoverUpCaucus.com
​In the news - Utica Women's March, Women March in Seneca Falls on January 20, 2018




​IMV in the news - "Thank You" Claudia Tenney Rally/Press Event in New Hartford NY on December 22, 2017

​IMV in the news - #GOPTaxScam Protest in Herkimer NY on December 9, 2017

IMV in the news - Rally to protest #TrumpTaxScam in Oneida NY on December 2, 2017

​IMV in the news - Picket outside Congresswoman Tenney's office to protest #TrumpTaxScam, November 16, 2017


​IMV in the news - Picket to Protest Congresswoman Tenney's GOP Budget Vote, October 13, 2017

​IMV in the news - Healthcare subcommittee sponsors Single-Payer Health System Forum in Utica, NY on October 1, 2017
The forum was livestreamed and has been saved to the video section of the Forward Mohawk Valley Facebook page.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                           September 19, 2017
​                                                          Concerned Citizens Attend Claudia Tenney's 'Town Hall'
U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney held a ‘Town Hall’ for the express goal of meeting with her constituents in the 22nd District.  In an interview with Utica Observer Dispatch in April she stated, “We’re looking forward to engaging [via a town hall] I can’t wait to do one.”
However, this ‘Town Hall’ was paid for from her re-election funds and had  more of an atmosphere of a campaign event. 
Nevertheless, more than 140 citizens showed up from NY 22 Indivisible grassroots groups to ask questions and to voice their concerns about Tenney’s record of voting on the side of big business and her commitment to the untenable agenda of President Trump.
Attendee Sarah Reeske stated: “Tenney’s vote against the Affordable Care Act represents a betrayal of all of those who need affordable health care.  Tonight she defended that position and it is her constituents who will ultimately be the losers.”
Tenney has consistently claimed that those who have opposed her positions were paid protestors and that she has never previously had a town hall due to death threats.  The attendees tonight put that concern to rest once and for all.  Everyone attended with respect and submitted appropriate questions on cards before the event.
Unfortunately, Tenney remarked sarcastically on some of the questions, and derided members of the media as well as many of her constituents for their heartfelt convictions. 
It is generally accepted knowledge that Tenney scheduled her ‘Town Hall’ in Camden instead of a more central location in order to discourage attendance.  However, attendees drove hours to attend including Tenney's residents of Binghamton, Cortland and many small towns in Madison County.
"I was disappointed that she said things that were lies but we had no chance to follow up and correct her," said Matt Wahila who drove 2 1/2 hours from Endwell, NY. 
Many members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley who attended expressed interest in seeing Rep. Tenney hold a true town hall where there could be a dialogue with her constituents rather than a monologue.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________NY22 Indivisible Grassroot Groups Attend Claudia Tenney's First 'Town Hall, ' September 19, 2017





​IMV members respond in support of DACA - Rally at Oneida Square, Utica NY, September 5, 2017


​IMV in the news - Care for All Demonstration outside the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York office in Utica, NY, August 28, 2017


​IMV in the news - Stand Against White Supremacy! Rally at the Christopher Columbus statue on the Memorial Parkway in Utica NY, August18, 2017


​​​IMV members respond to a call for racial justice - Justice for Qasir Vigil in Utica NY, August 17, 2017



IMV in the news - Utica Observer Dispatch and WKTV - No Hate Here / Indivisible Against White Supremacy Solidarity Rally, August 13, 2017


http://romesentinel.com/oneida/utica-protestors-denounce-white-supremacist-march/[email protected]/

IMV in the news - The Oneida Daily Dispatch August 2, 2017 Care For All #3 Demonstration

Press Release                                                                                                                                                                                      1 August 2017  

​                                                           Tenney a No-Show for Walmart visit in Oneida today
                                                                           Local citizens wait in heat of the day
After confirming a long-planned tour of the Walmart Superstore in Oneida, Rep. Claudia Tenney did not appear for the event today.  A peaceful and silent demonstration by members of local grassroots groups was held in Tenney's absence.   "We have to wonder whether she cancelled because she doesn't have the courage to drive past a few peaceful citizens standing silently at a distance of more than 500 feet," said Sarah Reeske, one of the demonstrators. "Sadly, her failure to show up also disrespects the employees at Walmart who planned for and coordinated her meeting."
About 50 of Tenney's constituents stood in front of the store  on a hot afternoon, with signs such as "Healthcare for All, "We want living wage jobs," and "Tenney: Listen to Us."  The demonstrators included members of Indivisible Mohawk Valley, Oneida Call to Action, and other Madison County grassroots groups.  Their goal was to remind Rep. Tenney who she represents and encourage her to pay attention to their concerns about jobs, health care, and education for all in her district. 
Indivisible Mohawk Valley, along with other similar groups across the country, is responsible for the final demise of the so-called ‘skinny amendment’ to the Affordable Care Act which would have left millions of people without adequate health care, many of them in NY22 where nearly a dozen health care facilities would have lost critical funding.  Medicaid would have been effectively repealed if this bill had passed.  80% of Americans and the majority of our U.S. Senators agreed that this must not happen.  
Now another crisis is facing the upstate New York communities in the form of President’s Trump’s proposed federal budget. "Education, job training, transportation, adequate housing options, and affordable child care are the key foundations for job creation and economic growth, and all are threatened by the current proposed budget," said Jen DeWeerth, a member of Indivisible Mohawk Valley.  "Instead of supporting these needs, Rep. Tenney has voted to remove clean water, consumer, and internet privacy protections, and has aligned herself with the interests of the big banks and other corporations that contribute big money to her campaign."
Indivisible Mohawk Valley will continue to stand up to Tenney’s political agenda in Washington, an agenda which does not support  economic opportunity, health care and job training for all in our region.  The question is, will Claudia Tenney listen to her constituents, or will she continue to vote lockstep with a President who thinks all of us in central New York ought to abandon our homes and families and move elsewhere?  
Webpage: indivisiblemv.com Twitter: IndivisbleMV
Hashtag: ​#OneTermTenney, #ClaudiaNoShow, #CareForAll, #ClaudiaNoCare
Media Advisory                                                                                                                                   For Immediate release July 31, 2017

Local citizens plan a third silent “Care for All” demonstration

Representative Claudia Tenney will be touring the Walmart Supercenter in Oneida on Tuesday, August 1.  Since she has been relectant to schedule a face to face town hall with her constituents, her constituents are taking their message to her.
There will be a peaceful demonstration utside of the Walmart on that date, 3:15 to 5:3 pm, to express the area's support for an agenda which includes job creation, a living wage for all, and economic justice.  These common sense demands are under assault by the President's budget, which Representative Tenney supports.
Alll who feel that "Care for All" is a message worth sending to our Representative in Congress are encouraged to attend.  This grass-roots rally will be silent, with participants wearing black.

What: A grass-roots demonstration in support of the values of our families, friends, and neighbors

Where: 2024 Genesee Street, in front of the Walmart Supercenter in Oneida, NY

When: Tuesday, August 1, 3:15 pm- 5:30 pm

Who: Representative Tenney’s constituents who are concerned about her refusal to meet with her constituents in a community forum, her failure to support the creation of living wage jobs, and her efforts to take away health care and Medicaid needed by many local workers.

Contact: Jen DeWeerth
Contact: Sarah Reeske
​Hashtag: ​#CareForAll; #OneTermTenney; #IndivisibleMohawkValley
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News Advisory -                                                                                                                             For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017
Contact: Jen DeWeerth or Sarah Reeske

​Emergency National Protests Opposing Mueller Firing

What will happen if Mueller is fired?

As the nation speculates whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be fired, activists across the country are gearing up for a nationwide response. Upstate New York is no different. Local organizers are already making contingency plans for protests in the Mohawk Valley.

If Mueller is fired before 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, organized protests will ensue beginning at 5:00 p.m. local time. If he is fired after 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, organized protests will ensue at 12:00 Noon local time.

WHAT: Protest Opposing Mueller Firing

WHO: Indivisible Mohawk Valley and CNY Citizens in Action. Contact: Jen DeWeerth

WHERE: New Hartford Consumer Square, 4765 Commercial Drive, New Hartford

HASHTAG: #NotAboveTheLaw

A protest advisory will be sent day of with additional details, including a timeline of events regarding the Russian Investigation.

“Only a thorough investigation with full and truthful answers can ensure that the security of our election system will not be compromised in future elections. We implore Representative Claudia Tenney, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer to do everything in their power to prevent President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller,” said Emerita Pizarro, a local pediatrician and member of Indivisible Mohawk Valley. Kathy Collett, also of Indivisible Mohawk Valley, added, “Allowing Mueller to conduct the investigation free from interference will give Americans the truth they deserve. Robert Mueller's firing, however, would be an assault on the rule of law at the foundation of our democracy."
Media Advisory -                                                                                                                         For Release: Immediate - May 31, 2017
Contact: Sarah Reeske and Jen DeWeerth, Organizers 

​Indivisible Mohawk Valley Holds Local March for Truth Rally

New Hartford, NY

WHAT: #March For Truth Rally

WHERE: Commercial Drive in front of Consumer Square, New Hartford, NY

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 12:00pm-1:30pm

On June 3, 2017, concerned citizens from across the Mohawk Valley will demonstrate to call for urgent, transparent, and impartial investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and ties to the Trump administration. The local rally is organized by Indivisible Mohawk Valley and co-sponsored by CNY Citizens in Action in solidarity with marches and rallies in more than 100 cities across the nation.
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     May 19, 2017

​​Local Citizens Plan Counter-demonstration to Rep. Tenney's Fundraiser

Representative Claudia Tenney, of NY’s 22nd Congressional District will hold a fundraiser at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. on Monday, May 22nd. Minimum for entry to the event is $500 with a suggested donation to her campaign of $5000 per person. Those elites who can afford the steep price of the ticket will have the opportunity to have their concerns heard by the Congresswoman. And this fundraiser, advertised as “Women’s Tea with Tenney at Trump,” will put money directly into the pocket of President Trump, as Tenney has chosen his Washington D.C. hotel as the venue for her fundraiser. This is the same hotel that has repeatedly implicated the President in likely violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits a sitting President from taking payments from foreign governments.

Again and again, Tenney has placed the priorities of the President and other wealthy corporate interests over her own constituents. Holding her fundraiser in his hotel, and lining his pockets, is just one more way in which she demonstrates her loyalty to him. She has repeatedly underscored her devotion to the President by appearing by his side in public ceremonies, and voting 100% in line with his extreme agenda. Tenney is clearly positioning herself as a member of the Washington elite.  And she is consistently refusing to ally herself with the working Americans who live in her district. Tenney is out of touch with those she has sworn to serve.

In response to this elitist Trump Hotel, local citizens will stage a “Tenney Out of Touch” rally at her local office at the same time that she entertains her wealthy donors in Washington. Tenney has time for a high tea with the political and corporate elite, but not the courage to face her constituents in her own district with a Town Hall. While she is serving tea to her wealthy donors in Donald Trump’s luxury hotel, local citizens will gather to enjoy pizza, tomato pie, and lemonade free of charge and all are welcome.   

What: Tenney Out of Touch Rally
Where: In front of Tenney’s New Hartford Office, 555 French Road
When: Monday, May 22, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Who: Local citizens who are opposed to Rep. Tenney holding her fundraiser at Trump’s hotel

Contact: Jen DeWeerth
Contact: Sarah Reeske
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     May 10, 2017

​Local Citizens Plan Another Silent "Care for All" Demonstration

On Friday, April 28th, a “Care for All” demonstration drew 125 citizens from local grassroots groups outside Cavallo’s restaurant in New Hartford. Inside, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney attended a “Deplora-Ball” fundraiser celebrating President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Outside, the demonstrators dressed in black and wore signs expressing their concerns about her recent votes to allow industry to pollute rivers and streams, and to sacrifice her constituents' privacy on the internet in favor of big money lobbyists and corporations.

Congresswoman Tenney continues to refuse to hold a Town Hall anywhere in her district, NY-22. She is unwilling to listen to all of the concerns of those she was elected to represent.  She does, however, have time to attend a breakfast sponsored by a professional association of realtors at Hart's Hill Inn in New Hartford on Clinton Street on Friday, May 12th.  Since she refuses to meet with her constituents in a Town Hall, her constituents are coming to her.  Constituents from her district will demonstrate outside the facility from 7:30 am-9:00 am, again wearing black and again remaining silent. The goal of the demonstration is to express disappointment that Congresswoman Tenney put the health care of nearly 300,000 of her constituents at risk when she voted for the American Health Care Act last week.  The demonstrators consider "Care For All" to be a non-negotiable priority in NY-22. It is increasingly clear that Congresswoman Tenney does not share this value with us, her constituents. Demonstrators will communicate their disappointment to their Congresswoman, whether she is willing to listen or not.

Demonstrators will also bring donations to benefit the CNY Veterans Outreach Center of Utica (http://cnyvoc.org).  Members of the community are welcome to show that they "Care for All" by coming to observe the demonstration and bringing monetary donations, shelf-stable food, clothing, or household items for the CNY Veterans Outreach. 100% of these donations will go directly to veteran services.
#CareforAll asks:  If Claudia Tenney has voted to allow industry to pollute our Mohawk Valley waterways, take away our internet privacy, and remove patient protections for people with pre-existing conditions in order to provide a tax cut to the ultra-wealthy and serve corporate interests, what is she willing to do to her constituents next?

What: A grass-roots demonstration in support of the values of our families, friends, and neighbors
Where: Hart’s Hill Inn in New Hartford, NY
When: Friday, May 12th, 7:30 – 9am
Who: Representative Tenney’s constituents who are concerned about her refusal to meet with her constituents, and who are also concerned about refugees, health care, climate change, Russian interference with our democratic process, racial and sexual justice, and many other issues.

Contact: Jen DeWeerth
Contact: Sarah Reeske
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                    April 27, 2017

​Local Citizens Plan Silent Counter Demonstration at Tenney's Deplora-Balll

Representative Claudia Tenney has refused to hold a public Town Hall on the grounds that such an event poses a security risk to her. Nonetheless, Representative Tenney and her supporters will be celebrating President Trump’s first 100 days in office in a New Hartford bar on Friday, April 28th. This event, to be held at Cavallo’s bar and restaurant in the village of New Hartford, has been dubbed the “Deplora-Ball”. This “Deplora-ball” is meant to celebrate the Trump Administration’s first 100 days, during which this administration has attempted to bar entry to refugees on the basis of religion, undermine healthcare, undo decades of environmental progress, enrich the wealthy through tax cuts, build a wall on our southern border, and undermine peace around the world.

In response, many of Representative Tenney’s constituents will stand outside in silent protest against these genuinely deplorable actions of the White House and Republican Congress. They will hold a “Care for All” demonstration. They insist on making “Care for All” a non-negotiable priority here in New York’s 22nd Congressional district and everywhere in America. They stand for affordable healthcare, protecting Social Security, embracing diversity and supporting vulnerable members of society, safeguarding the environment, championing the needs of working families, and other values deeply embedded within our community. Demonstrators will be dressed in black and be silent. They will wear signs expressing their deepest concerns about the actions of President Trump, Representative Tenney, and the Republican Congress. Their protest will be silent but their message will be loud and clear.

What: A grass-roots demonstration in support of the values of our families, friends, and neighbors
Where: Campion Road near Cavallo’s, 40 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY
When: Friday, April 28th 7:30 – 8:45pm
Who: Representative Tenney’s constituents who are concerned about refugees, health care, climate change, Russian interference with our democratic process, racial and sexual justice, and many other issues

Contact: Jen DeWeerth
Contact: Sarah Reeske