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When you vote on Nov. 8, you should vote on row E, the Working Families Party line. Why? Voting for a candidate on the WFP row counts just as much as if you voted for these same candidates on the Democratic or other party row, but it also sends a message about progressive political values. It shows your support for the issues that the WFP fights for: living wage jobs, affordable housing, a fair economy, climate protection, universal health care, better public education, and other social and economic justice issues. Your vote counts more when you vote WFP. Unlike most other third parties, the WFP thinks that constantly “spoiling” elections — i.e. voting for third-party candidates with no chance of winning — is not a smart strategy.

The WFP is proud to support the following candidates: Federal: Hillary Clinton – President; Senator Chuck Schumer; Kim Myers – Congress (CD 22); Mike Derrick – Congress (CD 21); New York State: Anthony J. Brindisi – Assembly 119; Arlene Feldmeier – Assembly 101; Jermaine Bagnall-Graham -Senate 51; Oneida County: Michael A. Arcuri – County Court Judge; New York State Judge: New York State Supreme Court – Judge Ted Limpert.

Wining back control of the House of Representatives is a critical priority for the WFP. That’s why we are very excited about supporting Kim Myers for Congress. Kim’s number one priority in Congress will be to help grow the economy and create good-paying jobs across Upstate New York. That includes investing in our communities’ infrastructure needs, building on our regional strengths and resources, and aligning our education systems with the skills and training needed for the jobs of tomorrow. She will fight against plans to cut or privatize the programs our seniors rely on and support proposals that will bolster Social Security and Medicare. The local labor movement has endorsed her. She supports increasing the federal minimum wage. Kim is committed to providing excellent constituent services and will create an office in Utica to help residents access federal assistance. She said: “Serving the entire 22nd district is a top priority for me. That’s why I’m committed to maintaining a fully-staffed, full-time Congressional office in the city of Utica.”




The most recent polls by NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Politics, The Washington Post and Reuters show voters prefer that Democrats take control of both the House and the Senate.

But it gets better. The latest from The New York Times indicates that Democrats could overcome enough gerrymandered districts to take the 30 seats needed to send Paul Ryan back to the minority.

Our 22nd Congressional District is crucial to winning back the House for progressives. Polls show that Kim Myers could win the District, but we need every vote.

With your help, we can change the direction of this country for a generation. The Working Families Party is urging progressive to support Kim Myers.

Please volunteer this weekend October 29 and 30 to help Kim Myers win this important congressional seat. We need folks to make phone calls and knock on doors. Staging locations will be United Food and Commercial Workers, Local One, 5911 Airport Road Oriskany, NY 13424 and the CNY Labor Agency, 287 Genesee St., Utica Utica, NY 13501.

Volunteers should meet at these locations for canvass and phonebank shifts. Canvass shifts are as follows: 9:30a-12:30p, 12:30-3:30p, 3:30-6:30p. Phonebank shifts are as follows: 9a-12p, 12-3p, 3-6p, 6-9p. Phonebankers should bring cell phones and laptops if they have them, and canvassers should bring cell phones and dress appropriately for the weather. If someone is willing to drive but not canvass door-to-door, they can still help transporting volunteers, as we will be in suburban and rural areas. Food and drink donations are always welcome. Please call 725-0974 or email for details. Thank you for your help.




For years, major corporations have been hiding trillions of dollars in offshore tax havens to get out of paying their fair share of taxes here at home.

Now New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who’s set to become the US Senate Majority Leader after the November election, is floating a plan to permanently slash the corporate tax rate. If that plan happens, tax dodgers like Apple, General Electric and Verizon can bring their hidden profits back to the U.S. while paying just a small fraction of the what they actually owe.
The plan is an insult to working families who play by the rules – and pay their taxes – every day.

Please tell Sen. Schumer not to back another huge giveaway to profitable corporations! The corporate tax rate is already the lowest it’s ever been in U.S. history.

Here’s what the people backing a “tax holiday” for corporations won’t tell you: It’ll blow a huge hole in the federal budget, costing $100 billion over the next 10 years.

ixty years ago, corporations’ taxes made up one-third of federal revenues, but today, because of offshoring, they make up just one-tenth. And the rest of us have had to pay the difference while vital programs and infrastructure investments get cut.

Profitable corporations should pay what they owe, not get special breaks after dodging taxes for years.

Please tell Sen. Schumer not to blow a hole in the federal budget by cutting taxes for Apple, General Electric and Verizon!

Thanks for all that you do,

Senator Charles E. Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax: (202) 228-3027
TDD: (202) 224-0420




The Central New York Labor Council will begin its annual coat drive on October 3, 2016 and will collect new or gently used children’s items until November 30, 2016. Adult items will be accepted, but please stick to the winter items! Every year we collect and distribute hundreds of items and by doing that, we make the walk to school or work, just a little bit easier.

Items can be dropped off at 287 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13501 or arrangements can be made for pick up by calling Enesa at 315-735-6101 or email Thank you in advance!


JOB CORPS – U.S. Dept. of Labor Program
Free Career Training for 16-24 Year Olds

An Opportunity for a Better Life – Go for It
NYS Dept. of Labor, NYS Office Building
207 Genesee St., Room 103D, Utica, NY 13501
Note: You Must Have ID To Enter The Building
Admissions Counselor David Brown at (315) 478-5529
To see if you are eligible for the program and to find out what documents to bring
Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
·Students must bring their documents to Orientation
·Application Interviews will follow Orientation


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, assists low-income families in purchasing many food items. However, those families cannot use SNAP/Food Stamps to purchase every day, non-food necessities. Legal Services of Central New York, which provides free legal services to low-income individuals and families, is asking you to donate the items listed below that are not covered by SNAP/Food Stamps, so that everyone in our community can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. From October 20, 2016 through November 15, 2016 Legal Services of Central New York will be collecting donations of the following items: Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, Toilet Paper, Feminine Hygiene Products. New/Sealed Items Only. Please No Mouthwash Please

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:
Legal Services of Central NY, 268 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
(M-F 9am-5pm)
Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501
(M-T 8:30am-8pm; W-F 8:30am-5:30pm; Sat 8:30am-5pm)
Tramontane Café, 1105 Lincoln Ave, Utica, New York 13502
(M 9am-5pm; T-TH 9am-10pm; F 9am-11pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm)

Donations will be distributed by Rescue Mission of Utica and Utica Hope House
Rescue Mission of Utica: distributions beginning on November 21, 2016
Utica Hope House: distributions on the 3rd Thursday of every month

If you have any questions, please contact Legal Services of Central New York at (315) 793-7108



The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees invites the public to the sixth annual UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival from Thursday, October 27th to Saturday, October 29th, 2016. Utica serves as a home to over 16,000 individuals who have experienced and fled human rights violations and persecution to start a new life in the United States. In fact, Utica has been deemed “The City that Loves Refugees” by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Such rich history of Utica provides an excellent home for UNSPOKEN.

This year, fifteen films submitted from around the world have been selected to be shown at the festival. The films will be shown on Friday, October 28th, and Saturday, October 29th at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Mohawk Valley Community College in the Schafer Theater located in the Information Technology Building. These films discuss various human rights issues concerning many parts of the world including genocide, homelessness, access to healthcare, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and many others.

UNSPOKEN is more than films and will also include a Provider Training – Refugee Trauma: Culture & Care at the Radisson Hotel -Utica Centre on Thursday, October 27th from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets are $15 per participant. There will also be a Firefly Storytelling Session at the Tramontane Cafe from 7:30-9:30pm on Thursday, October 27th that provides the opportunity for community members and guest speakers to share their stories and experiences.

On Friday 28th, there will be a Festival Reception and Silent Auction that will be held at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute- Fountain Elms. Tickets $30 per attendee. The UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival was founded by Michael Patrei, Peter Vogelaar, and Rick Short in 2011 in order to bring light to culture and human rights issues from around the world to Utica. The film festival provides an opportunity to see these films locally in Utica. It aims to create a space where different voices are heard and to promote understanding of people’s different backgrounds and experiences.

The UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival is produced by the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and brought to you in part by Bank of Utica and CNY Arts. Utica’s Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is a non-profit organization, established in 1981, that provides services to refugees, immigrants, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. MVRCR’s goal is to help individuals and families achieve independence and self-sufficiency by providing services that allow us to build community with many cultures.

Schedule of Events Thursday, October 27th: 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Provider Training- Refugee Trauma: Culture & Care at the Radisson Hotel Fee – $15. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 am Presentations will begin at 9:00 am Registration:

UNSPOKEN 7:30 p.m. Firefly Storytelling Session at the Tramontane Cafe Friday, October 28th: Films at Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute Tickets: $6 MWPAI Members, $8 General Admission, $4 Students, Free for PrattMWP Students 10 a.m. I’ll Be Home, Voices from Kaw Thoo Lei 12 p.m. Gods behind Mountains 2 p.m. American Heart 4 p.m. The Black Zone, Limpiadores 5:30 p.m. Signs of Humanity 7:30 p.m. American Heart

Films at Mohawk Valley Community College – Schafer Theater Tickets: $5 General Admission, $2 MVCC Employees, Free for MVCC Students 1 p.m. Non Assistance, A Struggle for Home–The Crimean Tatars 4 p.m. Good Girls Don’t Tell, People Like Us, Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World 7 p.m. The Pearl of Africa 5:30 p.m. Festival Reception & Silent Auction to be followed by a showing of “American Heart:

Fountain Elms at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Tickets $30 Registration Saturday, October 29th:

Films at Mohawk Valley Community College – Schafer Theater 1 p.m. Katarina Taikon: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter 4 p.m. Women Are the Answer 7 p.m. American Heart

For more information, including film descriptions, visit For press inquires contact Shelly Callahan at 315-738-1083 or via email at