CNY PROGRESSIVE ACTION NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 23, 2016

NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK CITIZENS IN ACTION, INC.
(ESTABLISHED IN 1997)

Now celebrating 19 years of community organizing, the Central New York Citizens in Action invites YOU to be part of a movement for progressive change based on shared social values. We believe in educating, advocating, and legislating for the collective good. Join us!
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HEADLINES

WILL YOU FIGHT TO ELECT LOCAL PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES?

CNYCIA STARTING CITIZEN ACTION OF NEW YORK CHAPTER

CNYCIA PARTICIPATES IN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL ECONOMY CONFERENCE

OCTOBER IS CO-OP MONTH

PARENTS, EDUCATORS, STUDENTS RALLY IN ALBANY AFTER WALKING 150 MILES FROM NEW YORK CITY TO DEMAND EDUCATION FUNDING

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ARTS AND CULTURE

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WILL YOU FIGHT TO ELECT LOCAL PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES?

As you know we are less than three weeks away from Election Day. Defeating Donald Trump in the presidential election is a top priority for progressives. It is also very important for progressives to do all we can to help win Democrat control of the House so we can enact legislation to help working families.

The Working Families Party is working hard to elect progressives throughout New York State. The race for the Congressional District 22 (Utica, Binghamton) is very tight. We have an opportunity to elect Kim Meyers to Congress so she can stand up for working families. Claudia Tenney, her Republican opponent, is a Tea Party Republican who would support polices favored by Donald Trump. Independent Martin Babinec is a free market conservative who does not care about working people. Both Tenney and Babinec have said they would caucus with House Republicans and support Paul Ryan for Speaker

Kim has been endorsed by progressive unions like CWA, UAW, and 1199 SEIU . She will protect labor rights and stop Republicans from privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Kim will help us continue the political revolution which Bernie Sanders started.

Can you join me to help Kim win? We are looking for canvassers and volunteers to support Kim and other Working Families Party candidates. We need folks to make calls, distribute flyers and posters, and walk the neighborhoods. You can make an important difference in these last days before the election.

Let’s be clear: Defeating Donald Trump is important, but it won’t enough if we cannot pass legislation in the House like raising the minimum wage, or refinancing student loans, or equal pay for equal work.

Thanks for doing your part. Here’s to having a lot to celebrate on Election Day!
Please contact us at 315-725-0974 or uticaromewfp@gmail.com.

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CNYCIA STARTING CITIZEN ACTION OF NEW YORK CHAPTER

The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. (CNYCIA) is forming a chapter of Citizen Action of New York to build upon the successful organizing work we have accomplished over the last two decades. The new chapter will enable us to bring new organizing resources and stronger progressive partnerships to Central Bew York. We are inviting to become a dues paying member of both CNYCIA and Citizen Action of New York.

Since 1997, the Central New York Citizens Action, Inc. has been a leader in progressive social change in the Utica, Rome, and the Herkimer area. We have successfully organized around progressive issues, helped to elect and support progressive candidates for public office who are committed to making a difference on these issues, and held elected officials accountable to progressive positions and values. Our success has been in large part due to our strong and effective relationship with Citizen Action of New York.

Citizen Action of New York is a grassroots membership organization taking on big issues that are at the center of transforming society – issues like:
• quality education and after-school programs for all our kids
• guaranteed quality, affordable health care
• public financing of election campaigns
• dismantling racism and promoting racial justice
• a more progressive tax system.

Citizen Action of New York has eight chapters and affiliates in major cities across New York State. Each is a vibrant local organization with local leadership, paid professional organizing staff, a local agenda and an active, diverse membership. Each has developed a strategy, program and structure to meet the organizing and political challenges that most affect their region. At the same time, all share overall goals and a statewide program.

Please join our chapter of Citizen Action of New York so we can become an even more powerful force for democracy and economic fairness. Becoming a chapter will strengthen our ability to fight for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations. For more information, contact 315-725-0974 or cnycitizenaction@gmail.com. Use this link to join: http://citizenactionny.org/member

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CNYCIA PARTICIPATES IN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL ECONOMY CONFERENCE

The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc. was proud to have participated in the Global Social Economy Forum to learn new ways to revitalize and make more democratic the Central New York economy. GSEF2016 which took place in Montreal from 6th to 9th of September reached its grand finale. Over 1,500 participants from 330 cities, 62 countries, over 200 government officials and 9 international organizations gathered in Montreal to promote the social and solidarity economy in a global scale. The central theme of GSEF2016 was ‘the collaboration between local governments and organizations of the social and solidarity economy (SSE)’ and selected 120 best social economy practices presented along with 11 working groups by different SSE themes. As the outcome of the GSEF2016, the Montreal Declaration; the promise of commitments of 1,500 participants across continents for the development of SSE was adopted. One of the main outcomes of the GSEF2016, the International Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer on the Social and Solidarity Economy (C.I.T.I.E.S) officially launched with the commitments from local governments and SSE networks from the City of Seoul, Montreal, Mondragon, Bilbao and Barcelona. As a close partner institution of GSEF, C.I.T.I.E.S will assist GSEF to achieve its mission by providing various programmes to the GSEF members such as advisory services, study missions, exchange programmes and research projects. A full report of the plenary sessions, workshops and working group discussions will be published soon and will be available. The Central New York Citizens Action Inc. will be organizing a conference in Utica to show how the social, cooperative, and collaborative economy model can help to bring living wage jobs and alleviate poverty in our area.

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OCTOBER IS CO-OP MONTH

The Central New York Citizens in Action Inc. can help local groups organize consumer and worker co-ops. As part of our efforts, we are celebrating October as National Co-op Month. Consider these facts about co-ops:
• There are more than 40,000 cooperative businesses in the United States with 350 million members (many people belong to more than one co-op). These cooperatives generate $514 billion in revenue and more than $25 billion in wages, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with support from USDA Rural Development (http://reic.uwcc.wisc.edu/default.htm).
• Cooperatives represent a strong business model and greatly contribute to both the national and local economies.
• Studies show that consumers want to do business with companies that share their values, making today’s environment ideal for cooperatives and their commitment to the communities in which their members live and work.
• Co-ops don’t have to answer to outside shareholders; they care about meeting their members’ needs.
• Co-ops represent democracy in action, with control exercised by a board of directors elected from the ranks of members; the board hires and directs management and is ultimately responsible to the members;
• Cooperatives generate jobs in their communities, keep profits local and pay local taxes to help support community services. Cooperatives often take part in community improvement programs, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the cooperative experience.
Consumer, housing, and worker co-ops can help to revitalize Central New York, protect the environment, and democratize the economy. Please contact us for more information on starting a co-op.

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PARENTS, EDUCATORS, STUDENTS RALLY IN ALBANY AFTER WALKING 150 MILES FROM NEW YORK CITY TO DEMAND EDUCATION FUNDING
October Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of the CFE Trial, Yet New York State Still Owes Schools $3.9 billion Statewide
Twenty students, parents, educators, elected officials and advocates from across the state arrived in Albany on October 11 as the final stop of a 10-day, 150 mile walk from New York City, where they gathered for a rally outside the New York State Court of Appeals to demand Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) funding. The “Ed Walk for CFE,” which has been endorsed by over one hundred organizations, commemorates the historic school funding case and brings together communities from all across the state to demand the New York legislature finally pay up. The Ed Walkers began their journey on October 2, walking through Manhattan and the Bronx, Yonkers, Ossining, Peekskill, Garrison, Cold Spring, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Saugerties, Catskill, Coxsackie, Ravena, and finally Schenectady for the last part of the walk to the steps of the Court of Appeals in Albany.
Tuesday morning, the Ed Walkers joined the Ed Riders, who have biked 350 miles from Buffalo, at 6:30 AM at Emmanuel Friedens Church in Schenectady to walk the final stretch of the journey to the Courthouse. The Ed Riders made stops in Rochester, Auburn, Syracuse, Rome, Utica, and Herkimer.

The Ed Walkers and Ed Riders gathered on the steps with dozens of other parents, teachers and advocates from communities along their route to demand the $3.9 billion that New York State owes students. The group then walked to the Capitol to deliver invoices to Governor Cuomo for the CFE funding from every school district in the state, demanding the Governor, Senate majority, and Independent Democratic Conference join the Assembly in support of CFE. In 2016, the Assembly put forth a multi-year proposal to fund Foundation Aid in full; the Senate majority proposed funding 20 percent, and the Governor approved just 6 percent.

“I walked because New York is violating the rights of children across the state, and more likely than not, those children are children that look like my own. Black and brown and low-income children across the state are suffering from inadequate educational funding. We’re walking because they matter, the communities we walk through and the children that come out all matter. This walk and our call to fully fund education is a necessity,” said Natasha Capers, a parent that walked the full 150 miles from New York City, and coordinator at the Coalition for Educational Justice.

“We have walked 150 miles not because we wanted to, but because we had to. For 10 days many of us left our children at home, to demand the kind of education that is their right by law. Governor Cuomo, the Senate Republican Majority and the Independent Democratic Conference have to decide now what their education legacy will be. A decade later we are still waiting for them to fulfill the promise of CFE. Black, brown and poor children have waited long enough for the billions owed. It’s time for them to choose our children over politics,” said Zakiyah Ansari, advocacy director of the Alliance for Quality Education, and parent that walked 150 miles from New York City.

“Our children can’t wait another year. The continued failure by the Governor and the Senate Majority maintains the system of racial and economic inequality that plagues our school system. It is unconstitutional and it is past time for New York State to deliver equity in education for our children,” said Robert Jackson, the lead plaintiff in the CFE lawsuit who walked 150 miles.

“We biked across all of New York State, 350 miles, so that we can show the Governor this isn’t just about one child, or one school,” said David Cates, one of the bikers who traveled from Buffalo, and a parent with Citizen Action. “We met parents, students and teachers in every town we passed through saying their students aren’t getting the education and opportunities they deserve. All these people have come to Albany because we believe all New York’s students have a right to those opportunities, no matter where they live.”

“The Alliance for Quality Education’s efforts are less about a walk to Albany and more about parents’ and students’ symbolic expression of the need to march toward providing all students in New York a fair and substantive opportunity to learn – a march and effort that the Schott Foundation for Public Education fully supports,” said Dr. John H. Jackson, President & CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

“Parents, families and educators across the state continue to be concerned about appropriate levels of support for our students. Despite recent school aid increases, New York students are still owed $3.9 billion under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit and settlement,” said Kyle Belokopitsky, executive director of the New York State PTA. “There has never been a more important time for the full funding of our schools, as we work to make every child’s potential a reality. NYS PTA looks forward to working collaboratively with AQE and other educational groups to support every child. “

“Ten years after CFE ended, we are right back where we started: with tens of thousands of children in overcrowded classes of 30 or more; schools having to triage academic intervention services because they can’t afford to help all our children; and teachers and other staff being cut by the thousands. This is more than a ‘systemic failure’ as the CFE court called it then — it is a tragedy and an outrage. Our state leaders know what to do-they have known what to do for 10 years now. It is time to fully fund Foundation Aid and fulfill this state’s CFE promise to all of New York’s children,” said Attorney Wendy Lecker with the Education Law Center.

The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code. Combining its legislative and policy expertise with grassroots organizing, AQE advances proven-to-work strategies that lead to student success and ultimately create a powerful public demand for a high quality education. For more information, please visitaqeny.org.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

 

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PEEL BACK THE LAYERS OF LEAD EXPOSURE, A HAZARDOUS CHALLENGE TO OUR COMMUNITY’S FUTURE.

Join the Lead-Free MV Coalition for a FREE presentation on the definitive history of lead poisoning in our country, featuring David Rosner, PhD, & Gerald Markowitz, PhD, authors of “Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children.” It will be held Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM at Watson Williams Elementary School, 107 Elmwood Pl, Utica, New York 13501.
Following the presentation, a panel of local lead experts will discuss the impact of lead poisoning in our communities. Visit leadfreemv.org for details and our eventbrite link to register.

DEBATE REMINDER – OCT. 25TH – ONEIDA COUNTY JUDGE
WHAT: Debate – Oneida County Court Judge Position
WHO: Candidates: Michael A. Arcuri (D) & Robert L. Bauer (R)
WHERE: American Legion Post 1376, corner Middle Settlement Rd. & Clinton St. (near Twin Orchards)
WHEN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. — FREE ADMISSION! Plenty of parking adjacent to the Legion. Fully accessible.
SPONSOR: League of Women Voters of the Utica/Rome Metro Area
PURPOSE: Your opportunity to meet the two candidates and to witness their responses to questions posed by two panelists and fellow audience members.

HOW CAN WE STOP THE TRUMP EFFECT?
Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Syracuse University Hall of Languages, University Pl, Syracuse, NY 13210
With Trump’s campaign swirling down the toilet, it seems all but certain that Hillary Clinton will win the election. But will that quell the “Trump Effect”? Clinton can be relied on to maintain the status quo, but will politics as usual weaken the far right or make it more nasty and bigoted? What will it take to build a fightback against the racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, and immigrant-bashing that Trump’s campaign has brought to the surface?

DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 30 at 1 PM – 5 PM
4 Elements Studio
Broadway, Westminster Building, Utica, New York 13502
4 Elements Studio would like to invite everyone to join us for a special holiday, Dia de los Muertos/The Day of the Dead…

Our 3000 year old celebration starts on Sunday, October 30th from 1 to 5 at our studios across from Utica City Hall…Stop by to view our Festive Altar adorned with sugar skulls, marigold flowers, trinkets, gifts, artworks, and other offerings in honor of our visiting spirits… Stroll through our open studio for holiday gifts or your next piece of art for the home…Please feel free to bring a little token or memory of your loved one to add to our Altar.

 

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FREEDOM FUND DINNER 2016
The Oneida County Chapter of the NAACP is hosting its annual Freedom Fund Dinner on November 6. The event is at the Radisson, in Utica from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The keynote speaker is Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, the Director of the CNY Chapter of the NY Civil Liberties Union.
Tickets are $50 per adult, $45 per youth. For more information or to reserve your seat, call Darlene Mack Brown at (315) 733-2069.

ARTS AND CULTURE

 

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Musicians are fighting Trump!! “A playlist of songs that Donald Trump will hate.”
– The Washington Post

Check out 30 Days, 30 Songs, an online compilation album that features a new song by a new artist every day for the final thirty days leading up to the election. I love the band EL VY’s song – “Are These My Jets?” which shows how Trump views reality!
http://www.30days30songs.com/

Michael Moore, The filmmaker and activist, has announced a late-breaking October surprise in the form of Michael Moore in Trumpland, based on his own one-man play. The movie had its world premiere in New York City last Tuesday and will begin its theatrical run this week. We are trying to organize a showing in Utica or Rome.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES ARE NEEDED
Please submit your articles, news items, and calendar listings to cnyprogaction@gmail.com.

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