I'm not here for me - Kevin Lovelady

I'm not here for me - Kevin Lovelady

I'm with the Poor People's Campaign for my neighbors in North Central Troy: a Puerto Rican family who collects scrap metal to make a living as their house crumbles around them.  They can't get good food for their kids because there's no grocery stores near them and they can't grow any food on their property, because the soil is contaminated with lead and industrial chemicals.

Correcting the Immoral Narrative - Suzanne Flierl Krull

Correcting the Immoral Narrative - Suzanne Flierl Krull

But the struggle is made even harder by the narrative of condemnation that the poor face each and every day.  This immoral narrative says that we are greedy, lazy, sponges that take and take and don’t give anything back.  But that’s not true!  8 out of 10 adult SNAP recipients who are neither disabled nor elderly have worked within in the last year, and more than half of us have worked within the last month.  Many of the poor work multiple jobs at immorally low wages and still can’t pay their bills.  That’s not lazy, that’s not greedy, and that’s not right!  

Labor-Religion Coalition Statement on SCOTUS Travel Ban and Janus Decisions

Labor-Religion Coalition Statement on SCOTUS Travel Ban and Janus Decisions

There is no sugar-coating it. Both of these Supreme Court cases will have negative consequences on real people, in New York State and throughout the country and world.

The scope of those consequences, though, is up to us. We will respond to anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-worker forces the same way that movements for justice have always defeated their opponents: solidarity, organizing, and direct action.

"I am only well if you are well" - Aly Wane

"I am only well if you are well" - Aly Wane

My name is Aly Wane and despite the fact that we are living in the age of Trump, I am still undocumented and unafraid. I want to thank the organizers of this event for giving me some time to share a few thoughts here. I was born in Senegal, originally brought here legally when I was 9, am now 41 years old and am still trying to become a citizen, which should give you a sense of how broken our immigration system is. But I’m not simply here to share my story with you.