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
This year's Faith at Work Awards Luncheon is coming up next Thursday, November 2 at 11:30 at the Muslim Community Center of the Capital District! Join us as we honor these incredible New Yorkers:
I hope you'll be there to celebrate these honorees and the movement-building work of the Labor-Religion Coalition. Click here to reserve your seat today.
If you are a sustaining member of Labor-Religion Coalition, you are invited to attend as our guest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary ticket. (If you'd like to become a member, click here!)
With your leadership and support, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS will continue to unite faith, labor and community activists in a moral movement for justice in our state. We hope you'll join us on November 2 to celebrate what we’ve accomplished this year and build for the future.
Five years ago, Long Island was devastated by a storm more dangerous than anything we’d ever seen. Fueled by worsening climate change and rising global temperatures, Superstorm Sandy took the lives of 52 New Yorkers. Long Island transportation systems flooded, homes were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands lost power. By the time Sandy passed, it had left tens of thousands of families homeless and had cost New Yorkers $42 billion in damage, which our communities are still paying for today.
Five years after Sandy, we remember, we resist, we rise. On Sunday, October 29th, at 2pm, we will assemble at the Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst for a vigil and walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, followed by a rally.
These extreme weather conditions are only getting worse. In the past few weeks, we have seen untold devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. With climate disasters threatening communities around the country and world, and a federal government bought and paid for by fossil fuel billionaires, people are rightfully afraid.
But we are also determined. New York should be the model of a just transition away from an extractive fossil fuel economy to a regenerative economy. We want to live in a state where we can all breathe clean air, where our economy is powered by good jobs and renewable energy, and where our families are safe from dangerous floods, heat waves, and other environmental hazards.In solidarity with those who lost family members, homes, incomes, and security to Superstorm Sandy, we make the following demands of New York’s elected officials to make our communities whole, now and in the future:
- Get Sandy survivors back in their homes and repair damaged homes and affordable housing, including addressing mold concerns.
- Pass the NY Renews policy platform in 2018. Commit New York State to 100% renewable energy, thousands of good union jobs and true environmental justice by making corporate polluters pay for the climate-destroying pollution they dump into our air.
- Create a comprehensive and multifaceted flood protection plan for the entire Long Island southern shoreline that prioritizes vulnerable and at-risk communities
- Meaningfully work with communities for emergency preparedness (including education) and social resiliency, environmental justice, and community empowerment.
Hundreds of people are gathering in Binghamton right now for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Mass Meeting, featuring campaign co-chairs Bishop William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis. You can be part of this important evening by tuning into the livestream on the Poor People's Campaign Facebook page, beginning at 7pm. Click here to watch.
Tonight will feature live music, spoken word, addresses from Bishop Barber and Rev. Theoharis, as well as the release of the the Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State report. The Truth Commission held public hearings in three regions of New York this summer, gathering input from over 80 New Yorkers on their experiences with poverty and other injustices. You can view all the testimony and read the report's findings here. Three people who gave testimony - Liz James, Bobby Black, and Jackie Bogart - will also share their stories tonight.
As the Truth Commission report makes clear, we need a statewide and national movement to address the evils of poverty, racism, and other forms of oppression in our society. Tonight is one important step in building that movement here in New York.
Hope you'll watch and help spread the word!
The Hilton in Albany is refusing to negotiate a fair contract with workers, attempting to eliminate pension benefits, slash vacation time, and shrink wage increases. They also are refusing the employees' requests for anti-discrimination policies to protect immigrant and LGBTQ workers.
The announcement by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program represents a new low in the xenophobic and white supremacist assault on immigrants in our country. This is a transparent attempt to use a vulnerable population as a political bargaining chip: to further limit legal immigration, to further militarize the border, and to further cut taxes for the wealthiest in society.