This moment demands bold leadership in defense of our democracy. Use our action guide for call scripts, petitions, and more to push our legislators to impeach, expel, investigate, and invoke the 25th immediately.
Last week was... heavy. On Tuesday, with the power of Black women organizers, GA made history by electing its first Black and Jewish U.S. Senators, Rev. Rafael Warnock—one of our 2020 All-Stars—and Jon Ossoff. That monumental victory ensured that Democrats will take control of the chamber and have a realistic path for big, structural change and building back better in the months to come. However, our celebrations were cut far too short as we watched an insurrectionist attack unfold at our nation's capitol. Let's be clear: This was a violent, White Nationalist backlash to the political advancement of Black lives and broader racial and social justice. There must be immediate accountability and consequences for those who lit the match, stoked the flames, and cheered as they burned. Please stand with us and others across the country in demanding our legislators pursue bold, immediate action to: impeach the President, expel seditious Members of Congress, investigate the failure and complicity of security at the Capitol, and pressure the Vice President and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment. Our Action Guide has the call scripts, petitions, and more that you'll need to effectively use your voice. Finally, we hope you'll take the time to honor your well-being and process yours emotions this week. Together,
Tyler H. & Persist Brooklyn
SAT JAN. 16th 11-1 AM ET: Craft Team Swag Sale and Visibility
Your PBk Craft Team is at it again! Commemorate all our hard work and success with Patriotic Inaugural Swag: Magnets, Pins and Tie Tacks. Celebrate our electoral heroines, the new President and Vice President, the First Pets and others. Come find us and grab some swag at Grand Army Plaza!
TUES JAN. 19th 6:30-9:30 PM ET: Brooklyn Democratic Mayoral Forum
We are joining a coalition of 20+ Brooklyn-based grassroots organizations to host a Democratic Mayoral Forum on January 19! We will be hearing from over a dozen Democratic candidatesrunning for New York City Mayor about their vision for our city. The forum is open to all and will be held virtually via Zoom. Closed captioning and Spanish translation will be available. Sign up at tiny.cc/bkmayor and stay tuned for more updates!
THURS JAN. 21st 7-8:30 PM ET: What can activists *do*! Lies, Misinformation and Propaganda Working Group
JOIN US in exploring what we—and you—can do to counter lies, misinformation and propaganda and better understand the factors that influence public opinion, voters and democracy.
SAT JAN. 23rd 5-7 PM ET: Looking Local Virtual Happy Hour with Shahana Hanif (CD-39) for NYC Council
JOIN US online, with like-minded, politically-engaged Brooklynites to chat with NYC Council candidate Shahana Hanif (CD-39) about her race to represent Brooklynites in our city government. We'll hear a little about her candidacy before diving into an informal Q&A—come with your questions to ask and maybe a beverage!
SUN JAN. 24th & MON JAN 25th 6-8 PM: Study Group: "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World" by Anand Giridharadas
Inspired by our great community discussion with Anand Giridharadas, we will be discussing his book "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World" at our next study group meeting. JOIN US and also, if you plan to order a copy of the book, find local, independent, and BIPOC-owned bookstores via Bookshop.org, including Brooklyn-based Cafe Con Libros! Need some assistance covering the cost of the book? Please reach out and we will help you get a copy.
WED JAN. 27th 7:30-8:30 PM: PERSIST in the New Year: A Welcome Gathering for New Members
Unleash your inner activist in 2021 with Persist Brooklyn! Activism comes in many forms. We have opportunities to match all interests and skills and are always looking for new ideas and leaders. Join the Welcome Gathering to learn more about how to get involved!