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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 »

#GetOrganizedBK Leader Highlight: Alice E.

Alice (left) with Marjorie (right) at a Lunch at Cuomo's Rally

Every week, we'll be highlighting a #GetOrganizedBK leader to show you insight on the actions they're planning, the work they're doing, and more. These will be highlighted in our weekly #GetOrgBK newsletters. 

This week, we're highlighting Alice E. from our Women's Health and Reproductive Rights working group.  Read more »

Governors Island is open! (Here’s how to get there)

Over the past 10 years, Governors Island as become a great part of summer in New York City, a whimsical island full of culture, music, and food. If you made it last summer, you got to climb & slide down The Hills.

This year, the season has started even earlier! For the first time ever, the island opened on May 1 and will stay open until October 1st. The island is open Monday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday-Sunday from 10 AM - 7 PM.

On the weekends, it will be easier than ever to get there from Brooklyn. Read more »

VICTORY! Mayor Announces Plan for Air Conditioning in ALL NYC Public School Classrooms.

Last October (on an 80-degree day) we launched the #TooHotToLearn campaign, to call attention to the dire need for air-conditioning in our public schools. Students, parents, and educators in hundreds of school submitted responses to our survey, with stories of classrooms that exceeded 100*F, of the inability to concentrate, of students with ashthma or special needs unable to attend, even of kids fainting from the heat.   Read more »

Next up: Save the one planet we’ve got.

I hope you got a little respite over the past few days, with celebrations of Easter and Passover, some time off for Spring Break with family, and some glorious renewal in the promise of spring. Read more »

Our Schools Are Too Hot To Learn!

On too many days, in over 10,000 classrooms (about 25%), it is simply #TooHotToLearn. In those rooms, rising temperatures have made it unbearable on an increasing number of hot days in May, June, September, and October. Students and teachers report sweltering classrooms. Some have reached 100 degrees. In that heat, students experience headaches, dehydration, and are unable to focus. Students with asthma can’t even safely attend. 

How can we expect teachers to teach, or students to learn? Read more »

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