Are You Ready to Rumble?

img_3813Protesters from all over the country made their voices heard in D.C.

The PUMA movement was born spontaneously in the zeitgeist around the May 31, 2008 DNC RBC meeting in Washington, DC. We mobilized to action during the shocking events leading up to and as a result of the Democratic Party’s betrayal of the fair reflection of the voters.

So, PUMAs . . . what are you doing now?

We New York Area PUMAs are still connected! We have formed an unaffiliated grassroots group, and created a new blog: NYPWR: New York Area PUMAs for Women’s Rights. Our mission is articulated by Hillary Rodham Clinton in her statement that “women’s rights are human rights.”

We will have meetings, events and actions of our own, and we will also link to other groups and actions to which we’ve given our PUMA Roars of Approval!

NYPWR’s leadership includes TPT/NY, LadyBoomerNYC, MadamaB and Sheri Tag.

If you’re in the NY Area, including any Eastern states, and want to join us, please visit NYPWR, say hi, subscribe to our blog, and sign up for our email list!

This Week’s Events

New York City

The Sky Below film screening presented by the Foreign Policy Association
Wed, April 8th, 5:30-8 pm, Scandinavia House, NYC

Click here for more info and tickets. Watch the amazing trailer!

Don’t miss this award-winning documentary film about the partition of the Indian subcontinent, with NY PUMA, Director Sarah Singh.

NYC & Nationwide

A New Way Forward, a coalition of progressive organizations, is planning protests all over the country, this Saturday, April 11, 2 pm EDT. Sign the pledge on their website and send a message to the President and Congress to break up the banks, fix them, and resell them to the private sector.

NYC protest is in Union Square. Find a protest in your city and sign up!

Okay, PUMAs—it’s time to emerge from our chilly hibernation! Let’s go! We’re just getting warmed up!

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11 thoughts on “Are You Ready to Rumble?

  1. Hi, LB,

    Do you know of any local events that will commorate the first anniversary of the PUMA movement on May 31st? I have asked a few other PUMAs, but no one has heard that there is anything planned either locally or nationally. If you hear of anything, please post me privately. Thanks!

  2. That previous message should say “commemorate”. I can spell, but sometimes I can’t type! 😉

  3. Also, I tried to send a message to the NYPWR group to be added to their mailing list, but my message was returned to me as “undeliverable”.

  4. Thanks for writing, NYCgirl, and for relaying your message about NYPWR undeliverable. We’ve had some signups on there since we announced yesterday, but I’ll look into it. For now, I can grab your email here and sign you up for the NYPWR email list. Stay tuned to your emails for a take temperature-type announcement about 5/31. Glad you’re asking, interested, and on-board. Yes, we must commemorate and remember!

  5. You do realize that A New Way Foward is a pro-Obama group, don’t you?

    The group is led by Donny Shaw, an Obama for America organizer. Mike Lux of OpenLeft, Jerome Armstrong of MyDD, Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos, Jane Hamscher of Firedoglake, and William Greider of The Nation are all on the board of directors.

    These are not protests but rather expressions of support for the President encouraging him to take a more progressive stance on the economy by nationalizing the banks.

  6. Thanks, LB! I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂 I will pass along your message re: May 31st. I know that there will be other interested PUMAs.

  7. ho sento – I looked at A New Way Forward’s site before posting and didn’t see all those names, so thanks for the info. However, I think people should check out what they’re trying to do, if interested. It looks to me like A New Way Forward is protesting Obama’s top-heavy economic bailouts. If groups, like Code Pink and other progressive orgs, who were supporting Obama, are starting to break away or the kool-aide wearing off, that’s good news. I don’t expect that the disillusioned will be coming from the right, and politics unfortunately makes strange bedfellows. I’ll be interested to see what happens, although it’s raining in NYC today, a sucky day for a protest. Cheers!

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