An estimated 40 percent of private sector workers in Albany County lack even one paid sick day. This means that workers - especially low-income workers - are too often forced to choose between caring for their family’s or their own health and earning needed wages.
The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival continues to grow here in New York! Over 3,000 people have signed up to take part in our state. If you haven't yet, take the pledge here: poorpeoplescampaign.org
There are a few upcoming opportunities to learn more about how to get involved and to introduce your friends and neighbors to the campaign.
Women, particularly women of color, have always borne the brunt of poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological destruction. At the same time, women have always contributed critical leadership to social justice movements, although their organizing is not always recognized. The Troy, NY launch of the Poor People’s Campaign will highlight how women are affected by these systems of injustice and oppression–and how they are fighting back. The evening will feature a lively panel discussion, music, refreshments, and how you can get involved in the Poor People’s Campaign.
The United States Supreme Court will soon be hearing oral arguments in the case Janus vs. AFSCME, which threatens to undermine working people's collective bargaining power throughout the nation. You can learn more about the case here.
This concerted attack on working people won't go forward without a response, however. There are several upcoming actions around the state - see the details below and join where you can!
The following appears as a guest column in the November 22nd Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY. Read the full column here.
This is the time of year that, as many of us gather close with family and loved ones, we consider the ways we can help those among us who are struggling. We make donations to local charities, we volunteer, and we serve meals at soup kitchens. These efforts to serve our neighbors and communities are admirable, to be sure, and they often provide an essential lifeline. However, if we truly desire to end poverty in our communities, we must recognize that these acts of charity are not enough — and cannot be enough.
Back in July, residents from across the Capital District gathered together to share their stories and experiences of poverty, as well as their stories of resistance. This was part of a series of events around New York State, and the testimonies gathered have been compiled into a report, available here: nytruthcommission.org