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  • Clean Elections Now!

    A public campaign finance system would level the playing field between the interests of regular voters and big-money campaign donors.

    The Campaign Finance Reform Act passed by the State Assembly would be the most important political reform for New York in a generation. But so far, the media has ignored the story. Add your name to call for clean elections now:

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  • Tell City Hall to Stand Up for Green Jobs

     The City Council is poised to pass a landmark law that would make New York a world leader in green buildings — and help create thousands of badly needed jobs. But real estate lobbyists want to kill the bill – so we have to act fast.

  • $100 Metrocards? Tell Mayor Bloomberg to fix the MTA.

    When Mike Bloomberg ran for re-election last year, he promised “no more excuses” from the MTA. But now that the MTA has a budget crisis, the Mayor is missing in action — and transit riders will end up paying the price. Tell him:

  • Stand with Rosa

    While Senator Lieberman keeps trying to blow up healthcare reform, it’s good to see we’re not the only ones who are angry. Rep Rosa DeLauro said:

    “No individual should hold health care hostage, including Joe Lieberman, and I’ll say it flat out, I think he ought to be recalled.”

    Rep. DeLauro has it right. Senator Lieberman should not be able to strip real reform out of the healthcare bill.

  • 24 Hours to Speak Out against MTA Cuts
  • Thank your Rep. for voting “Yes” on Health Care Reform

    Our Representatives need to hear from all the New Yorkers who appreciate their historic votes.

    Sign your name to the message below and we’ll deliver it to your Member of Congress. You can also add your own personal message of thanks:

  • Governor Christie, make a better choice for New Jersey.
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    Tell the MTA: Run our subway ad!

    The MTA is refusing to run our ad about their plans to raise fares and cut service.
     
    We’re going to send a letter demanding that they reverse their decision on free speech grounds — but first, we want to show them how many New Yorkers are on our side.
     
    If you agree that it’s ridiculous of the MTA to reject these ads, sign our petition:


  • Sign the petition to Albany:
  • Tell your City Councilmember:
  • Help Stop the Mayor’s Misguided Plan

    Tell the New York State Legislature to stop the plan to charge rent in New York City’s homeless shelters.  Help us reach our goal of 4,000  5,000   6,500 signatures:

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    City Councilmembers who have signed the letter are in bold:



    BRONX

    Maria del Carmen Arroyo
    Fernando Cabrera
    Helen D. Foster
    G. Oliver Koppell
    Annabel Palma
    Joel Rivera
    Larry B. Seabrook
    James Vacca
     
    BROOKLYN

    Charles Barron
    Erik Martin Dilan
    Mathieu Eugene
    Lewis A. Fidler
    Vincent J. Gentile
    David Greenfield
    Sara M. Gonzalez
    Letitia James
    Brad Lander
    Stephen Levin
    Darlene Mealy
    Michael C. Nelson
    Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
    Diana Reyna
    Albert Vann
    Jumaane D. Williams
     
    STATEN ISLAND

    Vincent Ignizio
    James S. Oddo
    Deborah Rose
    MANHATTAN

    Gale A. Brewer
    Margaret Chin
    Inez E. Dickens
    Daniel R. Garodnick
    Robert Jackson
    Jessica S. Lappin
    Melissa Mark-Viverito
    Rosie Mendez
    Christine C. Quinn
    Ydanis Rodriguez
     
    QUEENS

    Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.
    Elizabeth Crowley
    Daniel Dromm
    Julissa Ferreras
    James F. Gennaro
    Daniel J. Halloran
    Peter Koo
    Karen Koslowitz
    James Sanders, Jr.
    Eric Ulrich
    Peter F. Vallone, Jr.
    Jimmy Van Bramer
    Mark Weprin
    Thomas White, Jr.

     

  • Tell Albany: Pass the Arizona Boycott

    If you believe New York should join the nationwide movement to boycott Arizona until the state rolls back its new immigration law, sign the petition to our State Legislators:

  • Sign the letter to the Yankees and Mets:
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  • Support Paid Sick Days

    Tell your elected leaders: when people get sick, they should stay home from work.

    The center for disease control says so!

  • Tell Gov. Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg: Halt the Hike!

    The only way New York can have and affordable and reliable mass transit system is a greater public investment from the city and the state.

    Tell the Mayor and the Governor, before we ask transit riders to reach even deeper into their pockets, the city and the state need to fully fund New York’s mass transit system, the greatest public asset we own.

  • Democrats for Sale?

    The New York Times reports today that landlords are funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to Senate Democras. Why? They’re hoping if they grease the wheels, Democrats won’t pass affordable housing laws if they take power this fall.

    Because of the work of tenant activists, almost every Democratic Senator has publicly pledged to fight for affordable housing. Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith has not yet taken a position, and he’ll be the key decision-maker.

    Tell Senator Smith: Join your fellow Democrats and take the pledge to fight for tenants!

  • Stop the Cap!

    stop the Cap!

  • Tell Gov. Paterson: We Need a Fair Budget

    Gov. Paterson’s budget proposal asks everyone to sacrifice — everyone except the wealthy New Yorkers who could most afford to do so.

    Tell Paterson and Albany leaders: We need a fair budget that asks everyone to pitch in:

  • Let the Budget Committee Know How You Feel
  • Stop Taking Wall St. Money

    During the Great Depression, Congress passed laws designed to ensure that our nation would never suffer a collapse of that magnitude again. Regulations were enacted to keep banks and insurance companies seperate, to establish regulatory bodies with real oversight, and more. Unfortunately, Congress and successive Administrations repealed those laws and sowed the seeds of the current crisis.

    Why did they do this? One answer is the need for ever increasing amounts of money from Wall St. to pay for expensive political campaigns. Some Democrats wanted to compete with Republicans over who can be more ‘business friendly’ by loosening the controls that kept the financial system stable.

    The result? A Dow Jones index nearly half what it was a year ago.Trillions of dollars in bailouts, loan guarentees, Fed money and stimulus packages. Millions out of work, retirement funds devestated, a massive increase in forclosures and a rise in everything from homelessness to suicide, bankruptcies to clinical depression.

    We hope Obama can make a difference – and soon. But we also need to make sure this never happens again. Our idea? Tell your Representatives and Senators to make the pledge: I will not take Wall Street money ever again. This isn’t all we need to do, but it’s a good start.

  • Support the Healthy Families Act – HR 1542

    PigThe outreak of a potentially lethal flu pandemic has put the issue of paid sick days into stark relief. If we don’t find a way to let workers stay at home when they are sick, they will come to work and place  the rest of us at risk. To address that, the Healthy Families Act will set a minimum of at least 7 paid sick days for every employee. This isn’t just good policy for working people – it’s an essential public health measure.

    Fifteen members of Congress from New York haven’t yet signed on to HR 1542*. Please ask them to do so. Three million New Yorkers don’t have any paid sick leave right now, and that has to change. If your Representative has already joined as a co-sponsor, your statement of appreciation will help them understand how urgent it is to have this bill passed now.

  • House Passes Paid Sick Days!

    After a nine hour debate, the house passed the paid sick days bill, 88-58.

  • Tell Speaker Quinn: Pass Paid Sick Days ASAP!

    39 out of 50 New York City Council members already support the Paid Sick Days bill – and hundreds of people joined Gloria Steinem to rally for the bill on the steps of City Hall last month.

    There’s no reason to wait – urge City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to build on her long record of healthcare leadership by bringing paid sick days to a vote in the City Council as soon as possible.


    Use the form below to send a message to Speaker Quinn asking her to schedule a vote on the Sick Days bill:
  • Tell Speaker Quinn: Pass Paid Sick Days ASAP!

    39 out of 50 New York City Council members already support the Paid Sick Days bill – and hundreds of people joined Gloria Steinem to rally for the bill on the steps of City Hall this past Tuesday.

    There’s no reason to wait – urge City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to build on her long record of healthcare leadership by bringing paid sick days to a vote in the City Council as soon as possible.


    Use the form below to send a message to Speaker Quinn asking her to schedule a vote on the Sick Days bill:
  • Support Marriage Equality!

     

  • Schumer vs. Lieberman
    Tell Sen. Schumer: Healthcare is too important to let Joe Lieberman hold us hostage. Stand strong for real reform.
  • Financial Regulation Passes in the House!

    Now thank your Representative for voting the right way!

    Congress has taken a major step toward reigning in abusive financial products and services. Payday loans, subprime mortgages and credit card tricks hurt consumers and our economy. Today, all five members of the Connecticut’s Congressional delegation stood with working families instead of with bankers and speculators.

    Please take a moment to thank your member of Congress for voting the right way.
    Start by entering your zip code in the form below.

  • Support criminal justice reform!
  • Stand with Grocery Workers

    Stand with Grocery Workers

  • Write a Note to the MTA Chairman

    Chairman Jay Walder has agreed to meet with New York City students about MetroCard cuts — and they’ll take your message along. Take a moment to tell the MTA chief why students shouldn’t have to pay the price for budget problems in Albany and at the MTA:

     


     

  • Show Your Thanks

    25 brave New York Congressmembers voted “yes” on health care reform. We can’t let their opponents attack them for doing the right thing.

    Tell your Representative how much you appreciate their courageous health care vote:


     

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