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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 Plastic Bag Waste in NYC


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THE BILL TEXT   l   WHAT NEW YORKERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BILL   l    NEWS


After a multi-year effort by environmental advocates & young people, the New York City Council voted on May 5, 2016 to adopt the #BYOBag law, to eliminate the 10 billion wasteful, single-use plastic bags that NYC residents throw out every year. The #BYOBag law would have required that all retailers in NYC charge a 5-cent minimum fee for each carryout bag provided at check-out. 

Unfortunately, the New York State Legislature voted in February 2017 to nullify NYC's #BYOBag law and on February 14, 2017 Governor Cuomo signed the moratorium bill into law. Under the moratorium, the NYC City Council cannot move forward with a new bill involving fees until 2018.

Governor Cuomo appointed a statewide plastic bag task force, and charged them to come up with recommendations by the end of 2017. The task force is reportedly considering a ban and/or fee approach to dealing with plastic bags. 

Why We Need A Plastic Bag Law

Every year, NYC residents 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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