News and Events - May 2019

Six Weeks Left in the 2019 Legislative Session

With the end of the legislative session approaching, the fate of several critical pieces of legislation is still uncertain. Over the next few weeks, our elected officials need to feel the pressure from all of us to act on housing protections, criminal justice reform, and immigrant rights.

Tuesday, May 14 - Housing Justice for All Day of Action

On May 14th, tenants from across New York State are traveling to Albany to fight for "good cause eviction," a bill that would make sure that landlords have a good reason to evict a tenant, and would protect tenants against rent increases. We're also fighting to close loopholes in rent regulation that lead to massive rent hikes for the state's 2.5 million rent regulated tenants. Click here to sign up now! Buses will leave from around the state.

Tuesday, May 21 - Green Light Advocacy Day

The campaign to expand driver's license access is heating up! The bill is closer than ever to passing, but opponents are getting more vocal with their lies trying to stop it. On Tuesday, May 21st, there will be a statewide mobilization to the Capitol. Register here and share the Facebook event. 

CALL TODAY to #HALTSolitary Confinement in New York

Last Tuesday, Labor-Religion Coalition joined a faith leader day of advocacy in support of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act (S1623/A2500). New York State’s use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails far exceeds national averages. Although the UN has said that solitary confinement beyond 14 days can amount to torture, many individuals in New York remain in isolation for months, years, or even decades. The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act would end this practice. Click here to learn more.

Even though a majority of the Assembly and Senate has expressed support, legislative leaders aren't brining the bill to a vote. TODAY is a critical time to call to urge HALT be brought to a vote now! Please make two calls today to urge passage!

1. Call Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins TODAY at (518) 455-2585 / (914) 423-4031 & tell her:

“The HALT Solitary Confinement Act (S1623/A2500) has 33 Senate cosponsors and others committed to vote for it. I respectfully urge you to bring HALT to a vote now (as is, without watering down its protections), so we can finally end this torture. There is no time to lose. Do not let another mind or life be taken by this torture. Thank you.”

2. Call Assembly Speaker Heastie TODAY at (518) 455-3791 / (718) 654-6539 & tell him:

“Thank you for your leadership in supporting the HALT Solitary Confinement Act (A2500/S1623). We appreciate that the Assembly passed HALT last year and that you continue to support the bill. I respectfully urge you to bring HALT to a vote now (as is, without watering down its protections), so we can finally end this torture. There is no time to lose. Do not let another mind or life be taken by this torture. Thank you again.”

Poor People's Moral Action Congress, June 17-19

At the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress this June, people from all over the country will convene on Capitol Hill to frame the national political narrative around the REAL emergencies facing 140 million people today. Somebody’s been hurting our people, it’s gone on far too long and we won’t be silent anymore!

Everyone who attends will be there for the release of our Moral Budget, a forum with presidential candidates, a National Freedom School and Congressional hearing.

Register now and join us in DC this June:

New York Poor People's Campaign

Tuesday, May 14 - Elmira - Building leaders - what's next?

Potluck dinner and discussion.

6-8 pm, Frederick Douglass AME Zion Church, 400 Madison Ave, Elmira

Friday, May 17 - Brooklyn - Poor People's Campaign Concert and Jam

Join us in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, May 17th, from 7-10pm at the Interference Archive (314 7th Street, Brooklyn) for a NYC Poor People's Campaign Concert & Jam!

“…the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign was grounded in a spirit of solidarity, of reconciling a troubled past, and of finding the dignity in all people. Nowhere did that emerge more poignantly than in the movement’s songs.” Angelica Aboulhosn

An evening of music and song in celebration of the history and spirit of the Poor People’s Campaign featuring an incredible line-up of contemporary musicians and movement leaders! After the concert we will lift our voices in a song circle and open jam, please bring your musical instruments and join in!

Free admission.

Monday, May 20 - Albany - Capital Region PPC Organizing Meeting

6 pm, St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Ave, Albany. Enter through accessible door on the parking lot side of the building. 

Join us for a Poor People's Campaign Organizing Meeting in the Capital Region.  At 6pm we'll go over the story, strategy, and structure of the campaign, and then the regular meeting will begin at 6:30pm. We'll be discussing the upcoming Moral Action Congress in Washington D.C. and other events coming up this summer. If you're new, or want to get better at presenting on the campaign, join us at 6!

Tuesday, May 21 - Potsdam - North Country PPC Organizing Meeting

6 pm, Potsdam United Methodist Church, 26 Main St.

Join us to learn updates from the campaign and continue building the movement in the North Country! We'll discuss the upcoming Moral Action Congress in D.C., and continue planning for the upcoming North Country People's Hearing. 

If this is your first meeting, or you want to get better at sharing about the campaign, join us at 6 pm and learn the background and story of the campaign. Regular meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Learn more about this campaign and how you can take part!

Intern with Labor-Religion Coalition

Are you a college student looking for a meaningful internship experience? Do you know someone seeking an internship opportunity? Labor-Religion Coalition is now accepting applications for full or part-time interns for the summer or fall 2019. Interns will have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas, based on their particular skills and areas of interest. Click here to learn more.