We appreciate all the folks who came out to the Capitol yesterday—braving the weather and long security lines. Our power is in our people. When we stand together and raise our voices, there is no policy or reform that’s out of reach.
AROUND THE STATE
The Fair Elections Town Hall in New York City brought out a huge crowd. State leaders, along with Congressmembers Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, spoke on the need to fix New York’s broken campaign finance laws and pass a small donor matching system for campaigns.
Citizen Action was part of not one, not two, but THREE big actions at the State Capitol on Wednesday. Hundreds of members from around the state traveled to Albany (through snowy conditions) to push for Fair Elections reform, health coverage for immigrants, and an end to mass jailing and pretrial detention.
Our Hudson Valley chapter held a ribbon-cutting for their newly renovated office, followed later in the week by a screening of the Kalief Browder Story. They were joined by Kalief’s brother Akeem Browder. Kalief spent three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack, including two years in solitary confinement, before his case was eventually dismissed. He later took his own life in what’s a tragic example of the injustice of the criminal legal system.
Jumaane Williams won the special election for New York City Public Advocate. We’re proud to have supported his powerful grassroots campaign! #ItsTime #LetsGo
New Paltz – Friday, March 1st at 1:30 pm – Hudson Valley Climate Hearing – Community members will be advocating for the Climate and Community Protection Act at the New York Senate hearing. RSVP on Action Network
Buffalo – Saturday, March 2nd at 3 pm – Fair Elections Community Forum – Town hall on the need for Fair Elections and small donor matching. RSVP on Action Network
Utica – Saturday, March 2nd at 3 pm – Phonebank for Democracy and Education – Make calls for fully funded schools and Fair Elections. RSVP on Facebook
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