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Under intense pressure from advocacy groups across New York, today, members of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) publicly agreed to adhere to the new law requiring incarcerated people to be counted as living...
This year’s Citizen Action leadership conference is the event that the progressive movement in New York has been waiting for. It’s the event our movement needs to grow stronger and move forward. It’s the event that you, as a progressive, need to attend, so that you can share your experiences, ideas, and skills with other progressive activists who have a deep passion for justice and who believe that we have the power to make New York a better place for everyone.
Justice Works: A Conference for Progressive New York – is a new event like none other in New York.
by Karen Scharff, Executive Director
A major victory was won in the name of democracy today as the Legislature – finally – adopted the revenue portion of the state budget. Through that bill, New York State has put an end to the undemocratic, antiquated, and racist practice of prison-based gerrymandering. When Governor Paterson signs the bill, New York will join Maryland and Delaware as the only states to reallocate people in prison back to their home communities for the purpose of drawing legislative district lines.
On Wednesday, June 2nd, we’re converging on the Capitol to tell our legislations to end prison-based gerrymandering now! Join coalition organizations, community members, and New Yorkers who want their democracy back in the Well of the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, June 2nd from 11 am to 4 pm.
This past weekend, Citizen Action leaders from all across the state gathered in Kerhonkson, NY for our Annual Leadership Conference. The time together is meant for discussion, planning, and --yes--simply enjoying each others company. Shanna Goldman, our Organizing...
We need a massive groundswell of grassroots support right now into the State Capitol to end prison-based gerrymandering.
Click the ‘take action’ button below to send a message to your State Senator and Assemblymember right now!
by Shanna Goldman, Organizing Director
Right now, we’re working to pass legislation that would change New York’s antiquated practice of adding the count of people in prison to the population of the district where they are incarcerated – as opposed to their home community. Folks keep asking me how “upstate” benefits from the change in legislation.
My first problem: the term “upstate.” Can you please tell me which of these communities best represents upstate?
Is it Elsmere Street in Buffalo, a hip strip of shops and restaurants and single and double family homes?
The principle of 'one person, one vote,' is a sacred component of our democracy in the United States. But, here in New York, when it comes to counting people in prison, representation is anything but equal. Last Thursday (January 28th), we kicked-off a new campaign to...