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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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More School Crossing Guards: A Big Win for Keeping our Kids Safe

Statement of NYC Council Members Lander and Gibson Commending Mayor de Blasio’s $6.3 Million Increase for School Crossing Guards in FY18

January 24, 2017

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for including in the FY18 Preliminary Budget a $6.3 million increase to hire 100 new School Crossing Guard Supervisors, a newly established NYPD position, along with 200 new School Grossing Guards to cover the City’s existing vacant posts.  Read more »

A few suggestions for fighting the Inauguration Day blues

You know I'm pretty relentlessly upbeat ... but I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't feeling pretty bleak this morning.

It really hit me last night what we are losing in President Barack Obama. It is impossible to describe how grateful I feel to him for giving my kids an example of democratic leadership that is so fundamentally decent, smart ... and irrepressibly committed to the idea of American democracy as a vehicle for mobilizing our better angels.

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Alternative Inaugural Readings: January 20, 2017

Alternative Inaugural Readings: January 20, 2017

From the Declaration of Independence (1776)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

(“And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’m’a compel to include women in the sequel.”
- Angelica Schuyler, courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton)

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Don't Let Albany Legislators Cram Plastic Bags Down NYC's Throat (and Trees, Storm Drains & Landfills)

Statement by Council Member Brad Lander on efforts by Albany legislators to overturn NYC's plastic bag law (which will go into effect on February 15th, 2017):

"With Trump and the GOP Congress rolling back climate protections and bullying cities, it would be shameful for Albany to join them. Don't they have more important work to do?

New York State legislators who care about the environment must defend the right of localities to advance effective, forward-looking environmental policy. Read more »

Honoring the Life of MTA Worker Louis Gray

Two months ago, MTA employee and father of three Louis Gray was tragically killed while conducting track maintenance at the Church Ave F/G subway station in Kensington. Louis’s maintenance partner Jeffrey Fleming was seriously injured in the same incident. Read more »

For our kids, and our democracy too: great & diverse Kindergarten & Pre-K choices

Few things matter more for our kids’ life-chances than getting a great start in their education. That’s why we’ve worked so hard in NYC to expand pre-Kindergarten, and to make sure families have strong public school options.

 And few things matter more for our democracy than bringing kids together, across lines of race & class, to learn, play, and work together. That’s why I’ve been working hard with advocates, educators, and colleagues to fight school segregation and promote more diverse schools. 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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