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Nevertheless, they persisted. We will, too.

I was distressed to wake up this morning to news of ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) raids in cities across the country.

Our Local Progress colleague Greg Casar, a city council member in Austin, TX reached out to let me know about raids taking place in his community. Greg has led the way in making Austin (and the surrounding Travis County) into a sanctuary city, refusing to hand over immigrants in local jails to ICE for possible deportation.

The Washington Post reported raids in at least 6 states last night. It’s clear that many of those rounded up have no criminal records. The result: “panic and terror … running through many immigrant communities,” according to Make the Road NY. And that, of course, that is exactly what the Trump regime is aiming for. Read more »

Get Organized BK Upcoming Actions, Updates, Next Meeting 1.16.17

I hope you were able to enjoy some time with friends and families over the holidays, and that you are ready to gear up for the fights ahead in 2017. With the New Year, we hope to ring in a new era for resistance and organizing.

As a reminder, our next #GetOrganizedBK meeting will be on Monday, January 16th at 7 PM at Congregation Beth Elohim. That’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we’ll have a few reflections first, before splitting into working groups again. We’re pretty sure this is how he’d want us to spend it. Below, we’ve shared some updates and requests from #GetOrganizedBk in addition to some great events coming up over the next several days.

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Reduce Single-use Bags in NYC

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Status Update (January 2017): The City Council passed NYC's plastic bag law (Intro 209-A) on May 5, 2016 after extensive debate, to eliminate the 10 billion wasteful, single-use plastic bags that NYC residents throw out every year. The Council bill was amended to reduce the fee from 10-cents to 5-cents, to exempt SNAP/WIC transactions, to give stores a grace-period before fines are imposed, and to add more outreach (in multiple languages) and time for New Yorkers to prepare for the fee.

The bag bill is set to go into effect on February 15, 2017. For more information on the bill's implementation, visit DSNY's website.  

Unfortunately, legislation sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder and Assembly Member Michael Cusick (S.362/A.1750) would -- if passed by both houses, and signed by the governor -- prohibit New York City from implementing our bag fee law. 

As President-elect Trump and GOP Members of Congress threaten to undo critical climate protections nationwide, and strip cities and states of their ability to advance sustainability, New York State legislators who care about the environment must defend the right of localities to advance effective, forward-looking environmental policy.

Please call your State Senator & Assembly Member to urge them to oppose the "NYC Bag Pre-emption Bill" (S.362/A.1750).

Find your state senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator 

Find your assembly member: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/

Why We Need NYC's Plastic Bag Law

Every year, New Yorkers dispose of 9.37 billion single-use plastic bags -- and millions of them end up in our neighborhoods, trees, streets, and oceans.  New York City spends $12.5 million per year to send them to landfills, and even more to clean them off playgrounds, beaches, parks, and other public places. 

Even when properly disposed of, plastic bags often blow away onto the street or into waterways, where they become eyesores, clog storm drains, and endanger wildlife. If we are going to achieve our OneNYC zero waste goals, we can't ignore harmful plastic bag waste.

Our bill aims to reduce the use and negative impacts of carryout bags by requiring a 5-cent charge for carryout bags in NYC grocery and retail stores.  Read more »

Help End Credit Discrimination

Victory! Thanks to your help, New York City now has the strongest law in the nation to end credit checks for employment. Click here to see the full text of the law

The use of credit reports to discriminate against job applicants is on the rise, with over 60% of employers nationwide using the credit histories of prospective employees to inform their hiring decisions.  

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