By Ricky Silver, Co-lead Organizer at Empire State Indivisible

For four years, our country has been under constant assault from the Trump administration. And for most of 2020, our country has been rudderless as we’ve been tackling a global pandemic which continues to wage psychological, economic, and physical trauma on society in ways we are quite frankly, not emotionally equipped to manage. …


By Kellie Leeson, Co-lead Organizer at Empire State Indivisible

if clannishness had not been brushed down
and trotted out yet again;
if your banding together,
your sharing and solidarity,
had not been bludgeoned apart,
your home not burgled, and the sick
in their beds not loathed
and left to heal themselves
would I be so at one with you?

- Somali poet, Hadraawi

A friend sent me a picture of a stamp from the Somali postal service in 1981 with an image of refugees fleeing war in search of safety in Somalia. The image is beautiful. …


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8th, 2020

Contact: Ricky Silver | ricky@empirestateindivisible.org | 610–220–6110

New York, NY — Today, Empire State Indivisible announced their endorsement of Jamaal Bowman for Congress in New York’s 16th Congressional District. Empire State Indivisible has now made 8 official endorsements in the June 23rd Primary Election with a focus on challenging the entrenched power dynamics of the Democratic Party.

In this latest endorsement, Empire State Indivisible is joining the growing progressive coalition of endorsers for Jamaal’s campaign which now includes the Working Families Party, Make The Road Action, Center For Popular Democracy Action, the New York…


By Kellie Leeson, Co-lead Organizer of Empire State Indivisible

Last Sunday while talking on the phone with a friend she asked, knowing I live alone, if I felt lonely. I was not lonely — I was angry, and that was even before the tragic death of George Floyd. I was and I am enraged by the absolute failure of our leaders, at every level of government, to rise to the moment.

The president is the disaster we all knew he would be. Anyone who was paying attention knew he would be terrible in a crisis. …


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29th, 2020

Contact: Ricky Silver | ricky@empirestateindivisible.org | 610–220–6110

New York, NY — Today, Empire State Indivisible announced three new endorsements in the upcoming June 23rd primary, adding to their progressive slate of candidates fighting to represent their communities in Congress and in the New York State Legislature. As part of their official endorsements of Samelys López for Congressional District 15, Mondaire Jones for Congressional District 17, and Diana Richardson for Assembly District 43, Empire State Indivisible plans to support the campaigns with critical volunteer activities in the final stretch leading up to election day.

Empire…


March 29th, 2020

Dear Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie:

We are New Yorkers committed to a vision of New York where all can live, thrive and prosper. We are united in our goals to uplift and expand our democracy, to support and protect our most vulnerable communities, and to tackle the underlying inequality that drives multiple crises in our state.

These crises existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the impact of the virus has exacerbated the urgent need for raising new revenue to fully fund our public schools as well as to ensure sufficient funding for healthcare, housing…


Imagine a world where our elected officials stepped up and prioritized transparency, and representing the most vulnerable? We call it the land of Oz. Because all it would take to make the below IMAGINED press release real is some courage and a heart.

We urge our leaders to pull back the curtain on the wizard and fight for Budget Justice.

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FOR IMAGINED RELEASE — NOTE THIS RELEASE IS FICTIONAL

Date: March 23, 2020

From: The Honorable Speaker Carl Heastie

The Honorable Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Senate, Assembly Overwhelmingly Pass One-House Resolutions

Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie reiterate commitment to…


We are New Yorkers committed to taking care of our communities. Through solidarity, collaboration, and by following best prevention practices, we will overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

While we support our communities in this difficult time, it is critical that our elected officials respond to this crisis with their eyes on the future of our great state. In this moment of crisis we can show our state and the world the values of care and compassion that are the backbone of our communities and our state.

Thus far, New York State’s Coronavirus response is raising serious concerns that our leaders will…


By Kellie Leeson, Co-lead Organizer of Empire State Indivisible

I spent three weeks in New Hampshire ahead of one of the First in The Nation primaries in support of Elizabeth Warren. While there is much to consider about the NH primary and whether it is appropriate for two very rural and white states to lead the presidential nominee selection process, at this point this is the reality. …


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2020

Contact: Ricky Silver | ricky@empirestateindivisible.org | 610–220–6110

New York, NY — Today, Empire State Indivisible announced their first slate of 2020 endorsements throwing their support behind progressive candidates who are standing up to confront the traditional power dynamics in the Democratic party. As part of their official endorsements of Yuh-line Niou for Assembly District 65, Adem Bunkeddeko for Congressional District 9, and Melanie D’Arrigo for Congressional District 3, Empire State Indivisible plans to support the campaigns on the ground for critical volunteer activities including petitioning, canvassing, and GOTV.

Empire State Indivisible formed in the…

Empire State Indivisible

We use the Indivisible Guide to defend New York against the Trump administration and those in our state government that enable its harmful policies.

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