The Statewide Caravan to Restore the American Promise was a massive effort by Citizen Action of New York and our many coalition partners and supporters to draw attention to the fact that right now, politicians are working to strip away our social safety net in order to repay a debt caused by corporate greed. We traveled across New York State to hold lawmakers accountable for their attempts to fix the budget by compromising the quality of life, comfort, and dignity of working families, disabled people, children, and our senior citizens – our greatest generation – in their final years.
At a press conference in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, AQE Executive Director Billy Easton spoke adamantly about the negative effects of Governor Cuomo’s budget cuts to education that are now being identified across the state as local school budgets pass. Last year, 10,000 school employees lost their jobs, including teachers, administrators, secretaries, aides, librarians, and other indiduals. Class sizes have increased, many essential in-school and after-school programs have been cut, and schools have been permanently closed. This year, 16,000 more school employees will also lose their jobs.
On Wednesday, March 30th, hundreds of concerned New Yorkers will converge upon the state Capitol to protest a devastating state budget that puts millionaires before working class New Yorkers. Organizations participating include Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen...
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.
Yesterday, parents and schoolchildren in cities and towns across New York delivered special Valentine’s Day messages to their State Senators and Assemblymembers. The message: “Don’t break our hearts with more cuts to education.”
These events were covered by many press outlets. Here are some of the stories:
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...
While Legislators are doing a lot of talking about passing the now month-late State Budget, earlier today, parents, teachers, students and taxpayers joined the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) at the Capitol to deliver over 6,600 handwritten letters to Senators demanding a temporary tax on Wall Street to prevent $1.4 billion in proposed cuts to education funding. Read More…
Public Schools are meant to be the great equalizer by providing every student the chance to succeed, go on to any college and pursue a meaningful career. However, when the executive budget threatens to cut state school aid, it is the neediest school districts that are...
by Diana Cihak, Western New York Organizer
Yes, we had a disappointing weekend.
It appeared that the Administration we worked so hard to elect was backing away from our strongest mandate – true health care reform through a strong public option.
But every cloud has a silver lining!