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Contact Governor Cuomo TODAY to Save NYC's "Bring Your Own Bag" Law

This is our last chance to save NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Law. Governor Cuomo will make his decision in the next few days. 

Please call or write Governor Cuomo TODAY and ask him to VETO A. 4883S. 4158 and allow NYC to implement our Bring Your Own Bag Law. And please share this message and encourage others to do the same.

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Statement from Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin in Response to NY State Assembly’s Passage of Bill that Nullifies NYC’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Law

City Council Members Margaret Chin and Brad Lander join advocates in appeal to Governor’s Good Environmental Record

 We are disappointed with the Assembly decision to ignore the unified voice of New York’s environmental, climate justice and neighborhood groups -- at the very moment the federal government is rolling back environmental protections. We appeal to Governor Cuomo to help us reach a compromise that would allow New York City to try out this effective, common-sense strategy for dealing with the 10 billion plastic bags that pollute our trees, oceans and landfills every year.

 Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has emerged as a national leader on environmental policy. We hope that Governor Cuomo will see the value of New York City’s democratically elected law, which is consistent with his progressive track record on environmental policy. 

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Join Environmental Groups & Elected Officials to Save NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Law

New York City, Feburary 5th -- Environmental groups and elected officials will gather at New York City Hall today to call on the Assembly, Senate and Governor to Oppose Assembly Bill No. 4883 and Senate Bill No. 4158, which would nullify NYC’s Bring Your Own Bag Law -- the CIty’s thoroughly-vetted, democratically-adopted, easy-to-follow, environmentally-sound, Bring Your Own Bag Law. Read more »

New York’s Environmental Groups Overwhelmingly Oppose Albany’s Plan to Nullify NYC’s "Bring Your Own Bag" Law

New York’s environmental organizations are overwhelmingly opposed to efforts in the New York State Legislature to overturn NYC’s Bring Your Own Bag Law. Here's what they have to say about it: Read more »

Editorial Boards Oppose Albany Effort to Preempt NYC's Plastic Bag Law

The editorial boards of the New York Daily News, New York Times, Albany Times Union, Crain's New York Business, Newsday, and AM New York all support NYC's "Bring Your Own Bag" Law, and oppose efforts by the New York State Legislature to overturn and pre-empt it: Read more »

Lead sponsors of NYC’s “Bring Your Own Bag” bill appeal to NYS Assembly not to nullify the City’s thoroughly-vetted, democratically-adopted, easy-to-follow, environmentally-sound law

 

New York City Council Members Chin, Lander, Reynoso, Richards make clear that the City Council stands ready to address technical issues the Assembly has raised in negotiations. The City’s law is set to go into effect on February 15th, and should not be pre-empted (either temporarily or permanently).    Read more »

Help NYC Develop a Citywide Transit Plan

As NYC grows, we urgently need thoughtful planning to improve our public transportation. So I’m very pleased that the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) is working with us to do just that. Read more »

We must keep organizing. Here are 4 more chances.

Your activism is truly what is keeping me going.

This has been one of the darkest weeks our lifetimes. Xenophobia is now the official policy of the White House. The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines roll back hard-fought environmental wins – just as the planet once again experienced its hottest year ever. We have a President committed to lying, stoking Islamophobia, and provoking hostility with our neighbors. And we’re only one week in.

But your commitment to getting and staying organized has been extraordinary. Last Saturday’s marches were the largest democratic mass demonstrations in American history – and it felt like everyone we knew was in the streets together (thanks for all the great pictures & videos you shared). This Wednesday, so many of you helped launch the Kensington Hate Free Zone, led by Desis Rising Up & Moving and leaders of the Bangladeshi Muslim community, where we pledged to support a community defense system to love and protect our neighbors. You’ve continued to write letters and make phone calls by the thousands.

Still, each day’s news from Washington is going to be bleak. So we must stay active.

Here are four more opportunities: Read more »

GetOrganizedBK Working Group Updates

Get Organized BK! does not pretend to have all the answers, or one winning strategy for resistance. What we do have are a lot of people eager to work together. So we have helped form 15 working groups. 

We’ll keep this page updated with summaries and (where we have it) contact information for each group.

Some of the groups meet primarily at our (approximately) once-a-month large group gatherings. Others are doing more active work together in-between, on-line (several have Google Groups of their own), in person, and in the streets. All these groups are volunteer-led. So get involved, take responsibility, work generously with others, and feel free to suggest & help form a new group if you see then need.  

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