We won’t let him destroy our kids’ planet (or their country).

Some things we want for our kids: A good education. Their health. A country they can be proud of. A planet to live on.

Who knew we’d be battling the President just to preserve their basic democratic inheritance? It’s “covfefe” (in my youth we called it “fubar”).

By leaving the Paris Climate Accord, Trump is not just spitting on the rest of the world (though he is doing that, to be sure, since the U.S. is the largest historic emitter of greenhouse gases). He is playing Russian roulette (pun very much intended) with our kids’ future.   

We can’t let him do it. Read more »

Council Members Push to Reform NYC’s Capital Projects Management

New issue brief shows 44% of projects severely late, 42% severely over budget. City Council legislation seeks fundamental reform.
May 25, 2017
New York

In the wake of ongoing City Council attention to the weaknesses in NYC’s capital projects management system, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and Deputy Leader for Policy Brad Lander, along with Council Members Mark Levine, Andy Cohen, Ritchie Torres, and James Vacca, released an issue brief further highlighting the problem, and announced a package of legislation to reform the City’s system for managing capital projects. Read more »

A fair work week for New Yorkers

Nearly five years ago, fast-food workers in Downtown Brooklyn went out on strike for a few hours -- and they sparked a national movement.

Their demand, “$15 and a union,” was dismissed as crazy at the time. But by demanding dignity, by organizing, by their courage, they made it possible. Since then, more than 22 million Americans have benefited from state & local increases in the minimum wage … and more than 10 million (including all low-wage workers in NYC) are on the path to earning $15/hour. Read more »

Join the Student Demonstration for Integration this Saturday. You won’t find better inspiration for justice.

This time of year, as graduations approach, I always get a little teary-eyed about the power of public education (and this year will be worse than usual, with my kids graduating from middle-school and high-school).

Public education is the foundation of our democracy. We put our tax dollars to work -- the biggest share of our spending in NYC by far -- for the concept that all our kids are created equal, and should have equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. Read more »

Time to start talking about (the road to) impeachment.

Many of us have long believed that Donald Trump was unfit to be President, that his ongoing foreign business dealings violate the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and that he is a walking conflict-of-interest.

What’s new in recent days is increasing evidence of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to undermine the election, and that the President himself has repeatedly obstructed justice by trying to prevent the investigation. That growing evidence -- and our sustained pressure -- is making the drumbeat for impeachment louder and louder.  Read more »

Don’t want a world without Planned Parenthood? Join us Monday night for #GetOrganizedBK

The daily drumbeat of investigations into potential corruption, collusion, conflicts-of-interest, and obstruction of justice within the Trump Administration makes it hard to stay focused. And of course we must keep up the pressure for a real investigation … and real consequences. Read more »

Share your #SubwayWoes, with me & the MTA

Signal malfunctions, switch problems, power failures, sick passengers. In recent weeks, I’ve heard from so many of you about subway problems that have upended your schedule, made you miss meetings or classes, and snarled New York City.

If you think things are getting worse underground, you aren’t imagining it. Subway reliability has dropped dramatically, with delays doubling over the past five years.

Tomorrow, as part of our budget hearings, the MTA will testify before the New York City Council. Although the MTA is a state-controlled agency (the majority of seats on the board are appointed by Governor Cuomo), they have at least agreed to appear before us. Read more »

Starting today, freelancers get paid on time.

Just Raymona, a pattern-maker from the Bronx, paid the people she owed out of her savings when she was stiffed, but couldn’t pay her own rent or phone bill.

Mauricio Niebla was part of a group of 30 writers and editors cheated out of a total of $400,000 by a national publishing company.

The stories go on and on. Over one million New Yorkers work as freelancers or independent contractors. Unfortunately, most of them – over 70% according to a Freelancers Union survey – have been cheated out of payments that they’ve earned, for amounts that average more than $6,000 per year. Read more »

The Brooklyn PTA 5K is on today, rain or ... drizzle!

We’re sorry about the weather this morning, but we are still running the Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run for Public Schools this morning at 10 AM. I’ll be there and I hope you will too! 

(There are events in Prospect Park every Saturday & Sunday throughout the spring, so it is very difficult to secure a “rain date.” And you wind up losing tons of people anyway. So the PTA 5K is a “rain or shine” event. We’ve been lucky to have good weather most years, and today, we’ll be running in the rain.)  Read more »

Free Press - Teach Media Literacy Campaign

The Free Press group is working a project to support legislation being proposed in the state assembly that would require schools to teach media literacy as part of the regular curriculum.  

See more about the bill here.  Read more »

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