Archive for June, 2015

Does Your Cable Company Have You As a Hostage?

June 29, 2015

Forum to Address Breaking the Cable Monopoly
Oneida County Office Building, 800 Park Avenue, 10th Floor, Utica, NY
Tuesday, June 30, 6pm – 8pm

Is Upstate NY getting left out and left behind in high speed internet and reliable phone service?

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Time Warner and Cablevision have divided up New York into cable monopolies & their only real competition – Verizon FiOS – is refusing to build out FiOS to most of the state! Rural and lower-income communities are being left out!

Learn more about this issue: What we can do to get Verizon to build FiOS in Utica. Ask questions to our elected officials who want to fight for our rights!

Telecommunications services are a necessity, not a luxury. Tell the NY Public Service Commission to put our economy, jobs and consumers first – not corporate profits! Tell the PSC to regulate to ensure all New Yorkers have a choice and access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet (FiOS) and telephone service, not just the wealthiest areas of New York.

The forum will be hosted by State Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi. The public is also invited to attend a participate in a question and answer session after the presentation.

For more information, contact 315-725-0974/
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Please call Rep. Richard Hanna, John Katko, & Elise Stefanik Now and Ask them to Vote No against Fast Track

June 11, 2015


The House is scheduled to vote on Fast Track legislation and a host of other awful trade proposals this Friday. Please urge your Representative to vote NO on Fast Track and other damaging trade measures.

We need calls to Rep. Richard Hanna, John Katko and Elise Stefanik today (June 11) and tomorrow (June 12).

Call your Representative right now. Dial 855-790-8815 to connect to your representative’s office and tell them to vote NO on fast-tracking the TPP!

The TPP is an international trade agreement written in secret by multinational corporate lobbyists and President Obama wants it to be quickly fast-tracked — essentially pre-approving the agreement.

The Fast Track bill has opponents and supporters on both sides of the aisle, and some representatives are still undecided. So even if you have a right-wing Republican as your representative, your voice can make a difference.
As Senator Warren said, “This is about grassroots democracy… If enough people speak out, we can make a difference. I’m counting on all of you on this one.”
We have to go all-in. Dial 855-790-8815 to connect to your Congress person’s office and tell them to vote NO on fast-tracking the TPP.

The Fast Track bill being considered would allow dangerous trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Parntership (TPP) to be rushed through Congress, with serious consequences for the economy, the environment and public health. The vote is going to be close, but with your help, we can derail this corporate power grab.

On top of that, the House is expected to hold two other trade votes tomorrow. One is on inadequately-funded “Trade Adjustment Assistance” that would exclude large numbers of displaced workers whose careers are offshored as a result of failed U.S. trade policy from accessing job retraining programs. We and our labor partners are urging Congress to vote NO on this cynical piece of the trade package.

Perhaps most henious of all, the House is also poised to vote on a customs bill that would weaken language already approved by the Senate to crack down on countries that are the worst violators of human trafficking. To put it plainly: a vote for the customs bill is a vote in favor of modern-day slavery.

This isn’t some hypotheical issue. Recently, slave camps with mass graves were found in prospective TPP-country Malaysia. Approximatley one third of the workers in Malaysia’s electronics sector are estimated to be forced laborers. Instead of addressing these horrific human rights violations, the trade package being voted on this week would give them tacit approval.

It’s inconceivable that this is the best trade policy our Congress can come up with. America can and must do much, much better than this. We need trade policies that protect jobs at home and improve working and living conditions around the world.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress NO to Fast


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John Furman
Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 411; Utica, NY 13503-0411
Office: 500 Plant St.; Utica, NY 13502-4710