TAKE ACTION NOW: Stop Albany from passing Uber-Bought Bill in State Budget

Based on information made public, the latest deal for special Uber/Lyft & co. deregulation in New York State is farther to the right than similar legislation in most other states.  All progressive measures included in the earlier Assembly version of the bill appear to have been replaced with regressive measures like “Directing civil cases involving drivers or passengers to arbitration instead of the courts,” according to the Buffalo News – that means forced arbitration, seemingly straight out of the Trump playbook.

All we have are leaked media reports, because the deal is being rushed through by the Governor in his budget, behind closed doors, in the midnighthour. Meanwhile, there has been no public release of a financial impact study which looks at loss of tax revenue, increased enforcement and compliance costs, increased spending due to a reduction in available services such as accessible taxis, and the expected impact on public transportation usage and public subsidization.
This legislation also creates a special carve-out for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) so that they will pay a lower sales tax than taxis and other for-hire-vehicles. This is pure corporate welfare won by Uber and Lyft at the expense of tax revenue that could fund our schools, our hospitals, and our public transportation networks.

NYC Beyond The Moment Teach-In #FreedomCities

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Fifty years ago Dr. King called for people to confront “the fierce urgency of now” in his important “Beyond Vietnam” speech– he asserted that this country needed to “undergo a radical revolution of values.”

Join us on April 4th for a conversation and teach-in as we go beyond moments of outrage, beyond narrow concepts of sanctuary, and address barriers between communities with so much at stake and imagine visionary #FreedomCities.

Tuesday, April 4th from 6:00-9:00PM 
25 W 18th Street, 5th Floor
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP HERE

We don’t deny our differences, we embrace them and build a movement bold, broad, and big enough to include our many realities. Resistance includes taking to the streets, and building a movement truly rooted in solidarity must include taking the time to deepen our understandings of how we got here and what we’re up against.

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End Broken Windows Rally at City Hall

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Join the Coalition to End Broken Windows, the New York Worker Center Federation, Enlace, 5 Boro Defenders and the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) on the steps of City Hall before the City Council’s Public Safety Committee budget hearing to rally against more funding for the NYPD and to demand NYC #EndBrokenWindows.
Join us March 30th at 9am in front of City Hall, RSVP on Facebook

As part of our continued demand for #SafetyBeyondPolicing and our support for the #FreedomCities movement, our communities don’t want our money going to the continued enhancement of police power. We want community centers opened, our schools properly funded, free or reduced fares for poor New Yorkers and so many more of our most pressing needs met.

Divest from policing and invest in our communities! We want a Freedom City!

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Rally for More Street Vending Permits and Fairer Rules!

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Tuesday, April 4 from 11:30am- 2:00pm at City Hall

Join us Tuesday, April 4 from 11:30am- 2:00pm at City Hall  as we ask Mayor Bill De Blasio to Pass Intro. Bill 1303 to give more permits to street vendors in New York City. The number of permits has been frozen since the 1980s and it is time that we update the existing system and make fairer rules that allows street vendors to continue to make the streets of New York a more diverse place. RSVP on Facebook.


Building the Freedom Cities Movement featuring Sohel Mahmud

#freedomcities sohelSohel is a 2016-2017 Delfino Leadership Institute member and DRUM member-leader.

Back in January, worker leaders from the WCF launched the Freedom Cities Movement with the vision of transforming New York into a city that truly provides our communities with both safety and freedom. Their vision of a Freedom City includes worker rights for all, an end to criminalization of people of color and immigrants, investments in people and the planet, divestment from the military and mass incarceration, and gender justice. Freedom Cities centers on redefining safety in the workplace, the streets, and their homes; and it lifts up a divest/invest framework that demands for reparations and investment in our communities. On Saturday February 18th, worker leaders in the Delfino Leadership Institute met again as part of the 2016-2017 cohort in order to strategize and advance the FC Movement.

In any movement, base building is key, which is why it is a central piece of Enlace’s IOA — Integrated Organizing Approach. As movement-leaders, the cohort participants came to the conclusion that in order to bring the vision of Freedom Cities into reality, they would need to be building the base. As Delfino participant and DRUM member-leader, Sohel says, “If there are no people, there is no movement.” At the training, workers learned one of Enlace’s IOA frameworks called the RAP. Participants developed and practiced a rap they would use to bring people into in the movement. In addition, they also developed a strategy outlining the next steps with the people they recruit. According to Sohel:

As leaders in NYC, we need to have the knowledge of how to plan, how to strategize, how to bring people together. It’s essential for our movement. We learned something special at Delfino; how to make our movement strong. Our confidence is growing, which is especially important when you are fighting an invisible monster. We don’t know what’s going to happen next, so we need to be confident in our abilities. Our insides need to be strong; this training gave us confidence in our abilities to lead.

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