INBK and a coalition of NYC Indivisible groups kicked off 2019 with simultaneous meetings at the district offices of Reps Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke (with other meetings and actions with Reps. Jerry Nadler, Max Rose, Carolyn Maloney and Adriano Espaillat!) followed by a rally outside Senator Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's offices (with appearances from their staff) telling them all to #BeBold! Photos from the rally were heavily featured on Rachel Maddow’s coverage of the national event — see the video HERE
INBK's own Liat Olenick is central to the New York Times article about Indivisible's endorsement of Cynthia Nixon:
“We kept him there for almost three hours,” said Liat Olenick, who sat across from Mr. Cuomo and is the co-founder of Indivisible Nation BK, a chapter in Brooklyn. “It was a lot of smiling and joking, an effort to appear really accessible.”
But her chapter, in addition to the national one, is backing Ms. Nixon, whose name did not come up during their gathering with the governor, she said. “It was like Voldemort,” Ms. Olenick said with a laugh. “She who shall not be named.”
Senator Schumer cancelled his town hall at the last minute, but Indivisibles came anyway and took questions in the sweltering hear of the un-air conditioned sanctuary. The press joined us, with excellent coverage:
Thank you for joining us outside Senator Schumer's house to remind him: Our lives are on the line, Chuck! We were thrilled to co-host this rally with Make the Road NY, which we put together in 25 hours. We thought we would possibly get 30-40 people on such short notice, but instead, we had over 150 attendees.
This rally received tremendous press -- both positive and negative. Regardless, we are thankful for the large turnout and for the attention this rally brought to the issue.
Read our interview in Mic
INBK's Liat Olenick and Steve Wagner spoke at the #GOPTaxScam rally, along with Mayor DeBlasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, Councilspeaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, AFT President Randi Weingarten and other activists and union reps.
INBK's Liat Olenick co-wrote an op-ed in the Daily News with Indivisible Brooklyn's Chris DeNicola about Senator Schumer's "intolerable silence" about the IDC. Days later, Schumer makes his first public statement against the IDC, and Liat and Chris' piece gets the credit in this Huffington Post article!