Compassion and Choices has set a goal of gathering 6,000 signatures during the NY State Fair, and as the Fair comes to an end, we are very close to reaching our goal. If we can meet this target, we can show the governor and top leaders in the state legislature that there is widespread support for medical aid in dying across the state.
Have you signed a petition before? Please sign again! This petition will go to Governor Cuomo and really make an impact. There are only a few days of the fair left and we want to be sure that we meet our goal.
See the below 8/24/17 letter with details from NY Campaign Director Corinne Carey, as well as a link to her recent live interview at the State Fair.
I’m writing to you from the New York State Fair in Syracuse! It’s the second day of the fair, and we’ve already collected hundreds of signatures to send to Governor Andrew Cuomo to let him know how strongly New Yorkers feel about becoming the next state to authorize medical aid in dying.
Today is Governor’s Day, and the governor himself toured the State Fair yesterday. We’ve set a target of 6,000 petition signatures to deliver to the governor by the end of the fair. And even if you aren’t able to make it out to Syracuse, you can help our campaign by signing the petition.
Our opponents recently delivered thousands of petitions against medical aid in dying to the governor’s office, and while we know support outweighs opposition in our state, we have to demonstrate that support so the governor and other elected officials can see it.
If we can come together and show our support to the governor and top legislative leaders, we can convince them to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act. Take action today to help us win.
Sign the petition to show the Governor that the Medical Aid in Dying Act has strong support across the state:
We have decided that one of the best ways to reach large numbers of people about the Compassion & Choices campaign to pass the aid in dying bill is to hit the malls! And what better season than the holiday shopping season? We have scheduled a number of days at various area malls to man information tables, where we will hand out printed materials and ask interested visitors to sign the Compassion & Choices support petition, at the following malls in our area:
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2PM-7PM
2001 South Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2PM-7PM
Palisades Center Mall
1000 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, New York 10994
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 2PM-7PM
Jefferson Valley Mall
650 Lee Boulevard
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
Date To Be Determined in January/February 2017
White Plains, New York
Thanks to those who have already offered to sit with us at the tables—we’re looking forward to spending time with you. But we need more volunteers. If anyone is interested in taking a shift, even for a few hours, please let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.
Throughout the summer and the fall, Compassion & Choices NY will be engaged in a long and enriching process of meeting with influential and thoughtful stakeholders to ask for their support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. But we need to do much, much more.
We currently have about 5,000 signatures statewide on our petition to let lawmakers know that ordinary New Yorkers support expanding end-of-life choices. If each person reading this message can get 5 friends and family members to sign the petition, we should make our goal of 10,000 signatures by this fall. This is a key priority because without citizens letting their lawmakers know that they care about this issue, it won’t become a legislative priority.
This is a goal we know we can achieve with your help!
Here is a printable petition form with room for 12 signatures (useful if you’re attending a gathering of some sort): Petition Compassion & Choices pdf
Email us at email@example.com or the New York campaign at NY@compassionandchoices.org to learn how to get involved in one of the many meetings, public forums, and fairs C&C will be involved in this summer. And thank you for all that you do!