And when I contrast my lengthy length of stay in the New York City shelter system with the Declaration of Independence's creed, it is clear to see that housing is a human right.
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.
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!