From Momentum to A Movement

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...

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Jobs – New York Has a Choice

While New York’s official unemployment rate is continuing to rise and statewide is now near 9%, the “real” unemployment rate is: 27.2% for Black men 18.8% for Hispanic Women 18.1% for Black women 17.4% for Hispanic men 14.1% for Asian and other men of color 11% for...

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One Person, One Vote

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...

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Faces of Change: Osman Muse

Osman moved to the US from Somalia with his parents when he was in the 6th grade. He remembers that when he got here, he felt like he was “trapped in outer space” because he had no way to communicate with people.

Osman couldn’t speak English, and his parents couldn’t speak English either.

On the heels of winning a new education funding formula in New York, which provided high-needs school districts with fair funding, in May 2007, Citizen Action volunteers collected surveys from over 270 parents in Buffalo. The surveys asked parents about how the new money coming into the school district should be spent. Read More…

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What We’re Up Against

by Diana Cihak, Western New York Organizer
I just got back from a meeting with Senator Gillibrand’s staff and they told me a sick, sad story. One of the staffers was returning to the office the other day when she was very physically confronted by two women at her office door. They immediately started yelling at her with irrational comments about health care reform including how this was not only going to “destory their lives, but the lives of their children.”

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All Politics is Local

by Diana Cihak, Western New York Organizer
We are getting closer to winning real health care reform than we have ever been before. It’s not perfect, true – but we are going to win something. It’s a major battle that we are about to win, with a bit more work!

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Scene of a Crime in Buffalo

by Diana Cihak, Western New York Organizer
On Friday, activists gathered in downtown Buffalo to call out the private health insurance industry and their practices of denying coverage in order to increase profits.

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Big Insurance is the Problem

On Tuesday, activists in dozens of state across the US protested the unfair, profiteering, and crisis-causing practices of big private insurance companies in America. In New York, Citizen Action focused on two of our state's worst: United Healthcare and GHI/HIP. We...

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