Activist Check-In: Our Everyday Heroes

by | Oct 15, 2021

Dear Activist,

The crisp feeling of Fall is in the air and we are just a week away from the beginning of early voting for the November 2 General Election! Have you made your plan to vote yet? Be sure to double-check your voting location and confirm your registration status before casting your ballot, whether in-person or absentee!

When we vote in elections, much of the focus is on the candidates, but did you know that there are important ballot measures across New York State this upcoming Election Day?

Don’t forget to flip your ballot and make sure your voice is heard!

Around the State

Activists in Albany Speak Out in Support of Proposal 7

On Wednesday, October 13, members of our Capital District chapter and civic leaders from across the city joined together for a press conference in front of the Albany police headquarters. Proposal 7, on the ballot in Albany this November, will give the current Community Police Review Board the power to conduct meaningful independent oversight of allegations of police misconduct and ensure true police accountability.

Group of activists outside Albany Police Headquarters

Find more information on the Vote Yes on Prop 7 Coalition’s effort and get involved here!

Our Everyday Heroes Awards

On Thursday, October 14, Citizen Action hosted our annual Our Everyday Heroes Awards in New York City! The annual Our Everyday Heroes Awards honors people in New York State’s community organizing and social justice ecosystem who’ve made significant contributions to moving the needle forward on key issues that Citizen Action works on, like racial justice, ending mass incarceration, getting big money out of politics or environmental justice!

This year’s honorees were Zakiyah Ansari, Charles Khan, and Jennifer Ching, and we were joined by special guest speakers including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Representative Jamaal Bowman.

Comic graphic of Our Everyday Heroes Awards featuring three honorees

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Closing Message:

“They say it takes a village to raise a child, but I say it takes a village to raise an organizer.” – Charles Khan, Organizing Director at Strong Economy for All and 2021 Our Everyday Heroes honoree, accepting his award.

Charles Khan, accepting his award at Our Everyday Heroes

In Solidarity,