Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Common Cause/NY 2017 Update


“What can I do?” That’s been the most asked question since the Election among those who cherish the inclusive rights affirming American Democracy that Common Cause/NY and its members and activists work to achieve and that we fear will be under threat after the installation of Trump as President.

They want to hear your concerns, share some ideas, and talk about tangible, specific ways in which you can be involved at both the New York State and Federal level.

There will be a members’ strategy meeting on January 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Executive Director Susan Lerner’s Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY apartment.

Email them at nyoffice@commoncause.org to let us know that you can make it. T%hey will send out the address after the first of the New Year. If you live outside of New York City and would like to participate in a strategy meeting in your area or a Statewide strategy and planning conference call, please let them know at nyoffice@commoncause.org!

On December 6th Common Case/NY's Assistant Director, Trevon Mayers stood with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he announced his proposal for Statewide Voting Rights Protections and Reforms. The Attorney General’s office conducted an analysis of voter complaints during the April Presidential Primary and found significant barriers to voter access to the ballot. Among these reform proposals included bringing Early Voting to New York State, allowing Same Day Registration for voters and implementing an Automatic Voter Registration process.

Common Cause/NY supports the Attorney General’s efforts to protect the integrity of our Elections and our Democracy, and rhey were excited to discuss meaningful Election Reform priorities heading into the 2017 Legislative session.

On December 15th, Common Cause/NY joined several Advocacy groups across the Country to deliver over 400,000 signed petitions to Trump Tower, demanding that the President-Elect address voter concerns about how his business dealings and assets present many opportunities for the powers of his office to be used as a means to influence his own financial gain instead of what works best for voters.

Common Cause, joined by Every Voice, and Public Citizen, collected petitions demanding that Trump fully sell his businesses and put his assets into a truly blind trust that is managed independently, not by his family. CREDO Action and MoveOn gathered petitions demanding the House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz begin a Congressional investigation into Trump's Financial arrangements and potential conflicts of interest, while Rootstrikers called on Congress to pass the Presidential Accountability Act that would require Trump put his assets into a true blind trust before taking office.

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