Migration and Borders & NYS Budget

Many have been following closely and actively engaging in support work for the migrant caravan at the US Southern Border, and many of us have been part of immigrant rights struggles for years.

Join us on Wednesday, December 19th, at 12pm for an online conversation to discuss the current moment in the context of these historical struggles - How did we get here? What is new and different in this moment, and what is a continuation of previous migrations and human rights struggles? What organizing is ongoing, and how can we best support from New York?

We'll be joined by:
Rev. David Telfort, Lafayette Ave Presbyterian Church
Rev. Emily Brewer, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Aly Wane, Syracuse Peace Fellowship

David and Emily have each recently traveled to the border with different faith leader delegations, and Aly is a longtime immigrant rights organizer and activist. We're excited to bring their insight and perspectives together to build a stronger immigrant rights movement.

Register here - and if you can't make it, don't worry, it will be recorded and available on our website afterwards! Please share the Facebook event!

photo credit: Steve Pavey #HopeInFocus

photo credit: Steve Pavey #HopeInFocus

New Hope for New York Budget Principles for 2019

Also next week, Labor-Religion Coalition will join with two dozen other groups in releasing a set of principles that must guide the upcoming New York State budget negotiations and legislative session.

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Our communities can't afford more austerity. We need increased investment in education, housing, healthcare, and a green economy, funded by a more progressive tax system. The New Hope for New York State Budget Plan calls on the new Democratically controlled state government to reject the politics of manufactured scarcity, fear and division, and embrace a politics of shared abundance, fairness, equity, respect and cooperation.

Click here to add your congregation or organization's endorsement by December 17.

You're also invited to join the rally and press conference Tuesday, December 18 at noon at the Million Dollar Staircase releasing the plan. Direct questions or RSVP to Peter Cook, Pcook@nyscoc.org or 508-380-8289; Michael Kink, michael.kink@strongforall.org or 518-527-2787; or Ron Deutsch, deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org or 518-469-6769.