Taking Action: Climate Change

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Learn what we can do.

Serious people know what we’re in for if we don’t take global action to reduce carbon levels in the atmosphere and stop burning fossil fuels. The destructive impacts of climate change are already threatening New York City–especially incommunities with the least resources.

What action can we take on a local level to counter this urgent problem?
In his first year, Mayor De Blasio has already laid out an ambitious sustainable energy plan, One City, Built to Last, that can have a major impact on New Yorkers by helping reduce carbon emissions an anticipated 80% by 2050. In tandem, many New Yorkers have joined the global divestment movement encouraging institutional investors to shift away from big fossil and into the sustainable energy sector. This financial strategy may play a key role in supporting the types of projects the Mayor endorses.

We’ll examine the Mayor’s plan, look at strategies of pension fund divestment, discuss how we can help at a local level to build a sustainable city, and brainstorm effective actions.

This event is a lead-up to the Global Divestment Day on February 13th.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, 6:30 PM

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH MEETING ROOM, 81 CHRISTOPHER ST.
Sponsored by Greater NYC for Change with 350NYC, Manhattan Young Democrats, United for Action, and Village Independent Democrats.

Space is limited. RSVP on Facebook or to dale.corvino@gmail.com

Updates January 2015

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Take a look at these announcements of city-wide activities and resources. Please, don’t forget to spread the word.

Moral Mondays

The next Moral Mondays NYC, a People’s Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address, is scheduled for Monday, January 26th from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Adam Clayton Powell Building on West 125th Street. Check it out here.

Join Citizen Action In Demanding Justice

Americans from coast to coast have lost faith in the criminal justice system. Staten Island DA Dan Donovan failed to bring even a single charge against the officer who killed Eric Garner. Now, Donovan is trying to stop NYC Public Advocate Letitia James from unsealing the transcript of the case. New Yorkers deserve to know what happened in that courtroom. Sign the petition demanding Staten Island DA Dan Donovan release the transcript.

Tax Relief And Help For Working Families

Find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the NYC Child Care Tax Credit. You could be entitled to a refund of up to $10,000. More info (including FREE volunteer tax-preparation assistance) here.

Get Active in 2015

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Let’s kick-off a year of activism!

A week into the new year and our calendars are already filling up with great, progressive events all over the state. Below you’ll find a listing of some events that should interest you.

First up is an event organized with the always-inspiring Reverend William Barber as part of the Moral Mondays movement. Moral Mondays began in North Carolina and are expanding all over the nation as a social justice movement. Greater NYC for Change is proud to support this incredibly worthy campaign in New York.

And SAVE THE DATE! On Thursday, January 29th, Greater NYC for Change will be celebrating the new year with a Manhattan happy hour. Details to come, but mark your calendars – it’s going to be a blast!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, January 12th
Moral Monday with Rev. William Barber to Fight for Fairness in Education
Buses depart from Brooklyn and Manhattan starting at 6:45 am.
Million Dollar Staircase, State Capitol Building, Albany. 
Join Rev. Barber, the powerful voice leading Moral Mondays in North Carolina, and thousands of parents, students, workers, and clergy to take back our democracy! Information on transportation to and from Albany here

Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
#DREAM4JUSTICE March
Noon
110th Street and Lenox Avenue, NYC.
We’ll march alongside the families of victims of injustice and our elders, youth, activists, students, and clergy to #DREAM4JUSTICE in 2015! Will you join us? RSVP here.

Tuesday, January 20th
Injustice: It’s Not Just Us
7-9pm
National Black Theater, 2031 5th Avenue (125th St), NYC.
Join the Manhattan Young Democrats for a nonpartisan panel event that aims to address the administration of fair and equal justice. Following the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island, we’ll provide an opportunity to learn about what we can do to tackle racial injustice from experts in politics and social and criminal justice. RSVP

Wednesday, January 21st
State of the State Demonstration for Transgender Rights
1pm
State Capital (The Egg), Albany.
The Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition (LITAC) is organizing a demonstration in support of transgender civil rights before and after Governor Cuomo’s “State of the State” Address. We believe this is the first GENDA-specific demonstration organized by a transgender-led advocacy group to be held at the Capital. More information here.

 

2014: Year in Review

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The motto of Greater NYC for Change is “everyday people for social and political change.” We’re committed to bringing together people from all walks of life around the common aim of building a better society, a stronger tomorrow, and solutions to our most intractable problems.
We’re also committed to an ideal of grassroots leadership–to helping those who can lead us toward social justice and to developing new leaders from the creative collaboration of innumerable activists.
 
This year, we extend thanks to the numerous anti-fracking activists who led and inspired is in demanding and securing a ban on hyrdrofracking in New York State. We express admiration as well as gratitude to the brilliant young organizers who mobilized New Yorkers and millions nationwide in peacefully demanding justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and others like them, and respect and dignity for our communities of color.
We’re deeply thankful to the many who worked with us on our initiatives and coalition projects in 2014, among them:
  • Get Covered New York: Huge thanks are due the 120 volunteers and our partners at Health Care for All New York, who helped insure almost 4,000 people in our city’s medically underserved communities. 
  • Register New York: Kudos to those who joined us and the New Latino Movement to register hundreds of people to vote in the 2014 elections.
  • UPK-NYC Coalition: We celebrate the advocates and volunteers who made universal early education programs a reality for our city’s young children and families. 
  • Fair Wages for New Yorkers: We applaud the members of RaiseUpNew York, FastFoodForward, and the collective Fight For $15 and a Union, along with our colleagues in the Living Wage Coalition, who helped secure this year’s victory to limit tax-subsidized structural poverty in New York City. 
  • Protecting New York’s Homeless: Gratitude is due the many who joined us in our important panel on the plight of New York’s many homeless children and the blight of homelessness–and also committed to action. We extend grateful appreciation to Pastor Mark Erson of St. John’s Church for providing a space for discussion and a place for assistance to the many homeless youth (including LGBT youth) in Lower Manhattan.
  • The People’s Climate March: Admiration and respect for our colleagues and fellow  organizers for the brilliance of the largest worldwide gathering for a secure planet in history, and for their ongoing work for climate justice 
  • Fair Elections: We thank the many who continue to fight with us in demanding publicly financed elections, with oversight, to limit corruption and strengthen the people’s voice–and to secure the kind of locally reflective, disinterested representation that New York City’s campaign finance reform has provided for all New York residents. 
  • Get Out the Vote NY: We continue to be awed by all those who joined us in our massive, four-month-long voter contact effort, including multi-candidate phone banks and canvasses, to help attain stronger political representation for the people of our city and state.
We enjoyed working with New York’s many outstanding progressive elected representatives in 2014.
We extend our gratitude to the remarkable organizing groups and institutions we worked alongside this year, including ACT NOW, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Chelsea/West Village for Change, Citizen Action of New York, Community Health Advocates, Democracy for New York City, Health Care for All New York coalition, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, Make the Road-New York, Manhattan Young Democrats, New Latino Movement, New York Communities for Change, New York State Young Democrats, Putnam County Young Democrats, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, 350.org350.nyc, Strong Economy for All Coalition, United for Action, Village Independent Democrats, VOCAL-NYC, Westchester Young Democrats, WFP Manhattan, and more.
 
New York is the better for all our efforts. We look forward to working together, every day, in 2015! === Dale Corvino, Maki Isayama, Kate Linker, Kim Moscaritolo,Yuridia Peña, Aliya Quraishi, Brett Saffer, Sara Valenzuela, Tasha Williams

#BlackLivesMatter

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Marchers on 14th Street

On Saturday, December 13th, Greater NYC for Change gathered with people across the nation in a Day of Resistance. We demanded an end to police brutality, particularly of unarmed members of our communities of color, and recognition of the vital importance of black humanity in our society.

We joined in the demand to engage in civil disobedience and #ShutItDownfrom the conviction that out of this peaceful crisis can emerge the reform of the criminal justice system and the promise of the equitable and just society that #AllOfUs require.

Go to fergusonaction.com for information about events in your area.