Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In place of Trump joint session of Congress address thousands attended People’s Address events across America during #ResistTrumpTuesdays

NATIONWIDE – Thousands of people gathered at Congressional offices and at town squares across the country on February 28, 2017; to respond to Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress tonight with their own People’s Address. There will be People’s Address events at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York City (7:00pm) and Washington DC (Independence Ave SE and First St at 7:30pm) and dozens more events around the country, from late morning into the evening. 

At People’s Address events, participants will speak out about their own visions for what we want to see in our nation, rooted in justice and solidarity, in stark contrast to Trump’s plans. At some events, participants will also express dissent to Trump by banging pots and pans to make joyful noises, inspired by the Latin American protest tradition of cacerolazos (meaning casseroles). A Cacerolazo (casserole) is a form of protest that consists of a group of people making noise by banging pots, pans and utensils that is popular in Latin American countries. 

It's been over a month since Trump took office. We have seen blatant attacks on our communities, a new administration that has no respect or value for basic human dignities and a President who is so corrupt there have been multiple calls for investigation. From the Muslim ban to ICE Raids and this week with Trump telling schools to ignore the law that protects trans kids in school, we say enough is enough!

On Tuesday February 28, 2017, Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time. Instead of watching a speech that will undermine communities, Activists will be convening the People's Address: A Cacerolazo! The People’s Address is a gathering to share stories and hopes for our country and our communities

“Tonight, Trump will dominate the airwaves giving an address to Congress that will surely chill millions of Americans to the bone.” said Nelini Stamp, Working Families Party’s membership director. “We want to make sure every American -- including our representatives in Congress -- can hear what the people want for our nation’s future. So we’re holding our own addresses.”
The People’s Addresses are a series of events coordinated by the Working Families Party and are part of #ResistTrumpTuesdays weekly protests. Supporting partners of the People’s Address events include MoveOn.org and United We Dream. Since Election Day, the Working Families Party has mobilized grassroots resistance to Trump with its #ResistTrumpTuesdays campaign. Tens of thousands of people have participated in more than 500 #ResistTrumpTuesdays protests at congressional offices, “quickly becoming a staple of this charged moment,” according to CNN.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Assemblyman David Weprin, Elected Officials and Major Advocacy Coalition to Stand Together To Oppose Proposed Visitation Cuts at Maximum Security Prisons

NEW YORK – On Sunday, February 26th at 12:00PM on the steps of New York City Hall; Assemblyman David Weprin, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Corrections, will be joined by the Osborne Association, the Fortune Society, the Prison Visiting Project, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society, Council for Unity, the Correctional Association of NY, the Challenging Incarceration Coalition, the Women & Justice Project, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, and other advocacy groups, religious leaders, and union representatives to rally against the executive proposal to reduce visitation days for inmates at New York State’s maximum-security prisons.

Included in the 2017 executive budget proposal is a plan to reduce the number of days in which visits are allowed at maximum-security state prisons from seven days a week to three days a week. The proposal would allow the state to save $2.6 million by eliminating 39 positions. Weprin has previously spoken out against the proposed cuts - “I don't think it is the humane thing to do,” said Weprin. “It’s really penalizing the families of inmates.”  If passed, this measure will cause suffering and separation for thousands of incarcerated people and their loved ones. 
Restricting visits is regressive, counterproductive, and cruel. Family visits are often the only ways that people in prison can maintain connections with children, spouses, parents, grandparents and other loved ones. These ties are crucial for loved ones on the outside, as well as for people who are incarcerated. Evidence has long shown that enhancing family and community connections is not only extremely valuable for incarcerated people and their loved ones, but also increases safety in prisons and and the outside community. 

It is already incredibly difficult for families and friends to visit their loved ones in NYS prisons. Reducing the number of days people can visit will compound existing difficulties by both restricting peoples' ability to visit and imposing unnecessary burdens on weekend visit days. For these reasons and more, Governor Cuomo must withdraw this proposal, and instead take steps to further expand visiting access for incarcerated people and their loved ones.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thousands participated in a rally at the Stonewall National Monument to protest Trump’s reversal of transgender student rights 

New York - A coalition of over 50 LGBTQ rights organizations and New York Elected Officials held an emergency rally to oppose Trump attack on Trans Students at the Stonewall National Monument in New York City, on February 23, 2017; participating trans speakers and Government Officials made it clear that they will fight to keep protections for trans and gender non-conforming people and students in the aftermath of the Trump-Pence Administration rescinding important protections for transgender students in schools.

The President sided with Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday in rescinding the protections, which allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, even though Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in favor of keeping them.
Tonight’s rally is being sponsored by over 50 local LGBT-rights organizations and will feature appearances by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, New York Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and other public officials. 

In New York City, officials are promising to stand by transgender people of all ages, and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said, "We are dedicated to ensuring every student is provided with a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment."
New York City has had its own guidelines in place since 2014, stating that a “transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity,” according to the Department of Education.

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As Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Grows as Trump Pushes its Completion, Indigenous Leaders to Call on Mayor DeBlasio to #DefundDAPL

New York City - On a Press Conference held at the New York City Hall steps on February 23,2017; Leaders from the Ramapough Lenape Nation, NYC American Indian Community House, American Indian Law Alliance, International Indian Treaty Council, backed by allies including a wide range of community, environmental and environmental justice organizations, call on Mayor DeBlasio as well as Comptroller Stringer to end NYC's business, contracts and pension fund investments with banks such as Wells Fargo, which are funding the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). Mayor DeBlasio has written NYC's banks with concerns about their funding of DAPL - but now is the time for actions, not words. Treaties and indigenous rights are being violated.

Last week, the Mayor and Comptroller separately declared their opposition to the pipeline, which threatens the water for 17 million people and runs through sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux as well as violates Treaty rights and Native sovereignty. The leaders and groups will praise the Mayor and Comptroller’s public statements while urging the Mayor and Comptroller to take stronger, meaningful action similar to the City of Seattle, which recently ended its business with Wells Fargo over the bank’s support for DAPL. NYC does business with six banks financing DAPL, including Wells Fargo.

As part of his earliest executive orders, Trump reversed the Obama Administration’s decision to review the project’s impacts before granting final permits, and declared his strong support for the destructive project. 
This action was led by Indigenous leaders from the Onondaga Nation, Ramapough Lunaape Nation, American Indian Law Alliance, American Indian Community House, International Indian Treaty Council and backed by other groups opposing the Dakota Access pipeline, including NY Communities for Change, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Sane Energy Project, 350 NYC, and more.

#Activism #CityHall #CorporateGreed #DakotaAccessPipeline #DefendTheSacred #DefundDAPL #divest #DivestDAPL #FossilFree #IndigenousRights #IndigenousRising #KeepItIntheGround #MayorDeBlasio #mniwiconi #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkCityCouncil #NoDAPL #NoPipelines #NYC #NYC2StandingRock #NYCityCouncil #PeacefulResistance #PressConference #ProtectTheSacred #resistenciaindigena #RiseWithStandingRock #ScottStringer #‎Solidarity #StandingRock #StandWithStandingRock #StopTheBlackSnake #StopThePipeline #WaterIsLife #WaterProtectors ‪#‎weareallconnected

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Over 350 Environmental, Civic and College Student Organizations Support Attorney General Schneiderman’s ExxonMobil Investigation

New York City –Activists representing more than 350 environmental, civic, and college student organizations delivered a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in support of his investigation of ExxonMobil.  Recently uncovered documents show that for decades the Big Oil giant knew about the growing hazards resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, but they did not alert the public to the dangers. 

Representatives from the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Food & Water Watch, 350.org, and others emphasized the scientific and legal importance of the investigation in the ongoing effort to address climate change and its effects on life on Earth. 

“There is significant evidence that ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change,” said Megan Ahearn, Program Director for NYPIRG. “Exposing this deception is critical to protecting people and the planet and we want Attorney General Schneiderman to know how important his investigation is to ensuring that Big Oil is held accountable.” 

After the meeting, representatives from supportive groups gathered outside with a 15-foot-tall oil drum and held a press conference calling for continued pressure to determine what ExxonMobil knew about climate change and failed to disclose. Experts from the legal and scientific communities spoke about the importance of the investigation.   

"ExxonMobil has been on notice of climate change for six decades, and public evidence strongly suggests that the company may have misled investors and the public regarding the causes, nature, and risks of climate change. said Steven Feit, attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law. “Attorney General Schneiderman's investigation is critical to understanding whether or not Exxon's actions constitute fraud. If so, the public must be made aware and those responsible must be held accountable." 

Jennifer Jacquet, an environmental studies professor from NYU also participated in the press conference, highlighting how this investigation could be critical in determining how the country responds to climate change going forward. "Exxon’s legacy of climate change and climate change denial is not only immoral and comes at the expense of clean energy policies and our planet, but it is fraud,” said Jennifer Jacquet, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU. “This case is one of the most important of the twenty-first century.” 
"Big Oil needs to come clean about the harm they've done to the political process and the planet," said Paige Murray, Senior at Brooklyn College and NYPIRG Environmental Campaign Project Leader. "Burning fossil fuels has had catastrophic impacts for life on Earth, and fossil fuel companies knew it. Students like me, who will bear the brunt of climate change impacts, know that the Attorney General's investigation is critical to holding Big Oil accountable for their deception."

“The Trump administration will not investigate Big Oil – because the fossil fuel industry is running the federal government,” said Eric Weltman, a Brooklyn-based Senior Organizer with Food & Water Watch. “That’s why Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigation is absolutely necessary, both for the sake of our democracy and the future of the planet.”
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#NoDAPL rally outside the Army Corps of Engineers at Foley Square demanding a halt to the eviction

New York - As peaceful water protectors face eviction from Standing Rock, NYC high school students on mid-winter break held a rally outside the Army Corps of Engineers at Foley Square on February 22, 2017; demanding a halt to the eviction. Private school students will walk out of class at 2pm ET so they can be at Foley Square by 3pm ET when the eviction is set to begin.

These students stand with the youth of Standing Rock who first put out the call to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and are calling on Mayor DeBlasio, Comptroller Stringer and the New York City Council to protect the future of NYC youth and youth around the world by divesting New York City's pension funds from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline and other fossil fuel infrastructure.

NYC Youth Stands with Standing Rock is a a high school student led movement, calling on NYC, both its residents and city government, to defund the Dakota Access Pipeline and divest from all fossil fuels. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Thousands of New Yorkers took the streets at the "Not My President's Day" rally outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower 

New York - On February 20, 2017; the "Not My President's Day" rally outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower congregated approximately ten thousand New Yorkers shoulder to shoulder along Central park West from 61st street to 67th street in Manhattan, on a peaceful demonstration as part of a nationwide series of demonstrations held on President's Day to protest the federal agenda implemented by Donald J. Trump.

Statement from the Organizers: 

Donald Trump has attacked every value New Yorkers embody and does not represent our interests. We will be staging a rally at Columbus Circle to protest the un-American policies of the current White House:

- He plans to cut federal funding to our state in an attempt to turn us against our immigrant population, funneling money away from important public institutions.
- He wants to use our tax money to build a wall that no one wants.
- He attacked our Muslim communities and instituted an Islamophobic religious ban.
- He approved a pipeline that threatens to destroy sacred lands.
- His administration opposes a woman's right to choose and purged the White House website of information pertaining to police brutality and LGBTQ rights.
- His party doesn't take climate change seriously and undermines our state's efforts to combat it.

Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact. He does not represent our interests. He was voted in by a minority of the American public but governs as if there's no resistance. But there is -- and on February 20th, we will honor previous presidents by exercising our constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest everything Donald Trump stands for.
There is a congressional recess on February 20th that aligns with President's Day. Let's rally while our federal representatives are back in town and remind them who they represent. 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Today, We Are All Muslims" rally: Russell Simmons Invites New Yorkers Of All Backgrounds To Stand In Solidarity With American Muslims In Times Square On February 19 To Declare 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too'

NEW YORK - New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds gather on Sunday, February 19th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm in New York's Times Square, (at the corner of 48thStreet & Broadway, Manhattan) and join hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and prominent religious leaders to declare their solidarity with American Muslims who have recently been impacted by discriminatory rhetoric and a travel ban by the Trump Administration.

The rally is being sponsored by leading pioneers in the field of Muslim-interfaith relations. Simmons will be joined by Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), and Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center, who served as Grand Marshall of New York City's Muslim Day Parade last fall.

According to Simmons, who serves as Chairman of the FFEU, "Currently African Americans, women, Latinos, Asians and basically everyone who is not a straight white privileged male is at risk.  And of course there is no freedom in that status as well because the spirit of the oppressor is oppressed as well. We are living in a time when unity will make America great. This is a special  moment for Americans to band together to promote for each other the kind of compassion and equality we want for ourselves."

According to Rabbi Schneier, who organized the first 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too' rally which drew more than 5,000 New Yorkers to Times Square in March, 2010, "We are heartened that in recent days people across the country have been coming out to protest the recent unconstitutional travel ban and the growing anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia in our country.  What is needed now is a mass rally in the heart of Times Square, in which thousands of Americans comprised of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, come together again at the most famous crossroads in the world to make a collective statement that 'Whenever my Muslim brothers and sisters are demonized and vilified, discriminated against or victimized by hate crimes and violence, 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too.'"

Imam Shamsi Ali, an immigrant from Indonesia and co-author with Rabbi Schneier of Sons of Abraham: a Candid Conversation About the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims, commented, "The Muslim community of New York City is deeply grateful to people of all backgrounds, who will be coming to Times Square on Sunday, February 19, to say they will stand with –and even register as—Muslims, if this discriminatory pattern continues. Polls have shown that the vast majority of American Muslims are loyal and productive citizens who should not be tarred with guilt by association with a handful of extremists whose hateful ideology violates the basic tenets of Islam. Leaders and grassroots members of mosques and mainstream American Muslim organizations should be engaged in the fight against extremism, violence, and terrorism, instead of being treated as if they are somehow complicit in it."

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

New York Activists Stage a New Orleans-style Funeral Procession to Mourn the Death of U.S. Presidency

New York City—In honor of President’s Day Weekend, Rise and Resist, a grassroots group of activists formed in response to the election of Donald Trump, will mourn the death of the institution of the United States presidency with a New Orleans-style funeral procession.

Marchers will gather at the arch in Washington Square Park at noon on Saturday, February 18. After a brief rally, the funeral procession will proceed north along University Place. Pallbearers will carry a coffin with the presidential seal and the inscription “The American Presidency: April 30, 1789 to January 20, 2017.” A traditional brass jazz band will lead the march, which will end in Union Square. Bold and historically significant imagery will include a set of original drawings of previous American presidents held upside down by mourners to indicate distress.

“Donald Trump is not merely dangerous, he is a national disgrace,” said Jay W. Walker, a member of Rise and Resist and one of the event’s organizers. “Colluding with Russian spies, committing sexual assault, telling brazen lies to the American public, engendering fear and race hatred—Trump and those he surrounds himself with have demeaned the highest office in the land and, by extension, every American.”
Since his inauguration just one month ago, Trump’s cabinet and Supreme Court appointments have laid bare his plan to lay waste to the very government he was elected to nurture, and his inappropriate behavior have made plain his disdain for the office to which he was elected. “Xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynist—the list of of reasons why Trump is unfit to be president goes on and on,” said Christina Chapman, another event organizer. “We are here to tell Trump that we will not allow him to run roughshod over the American people, and we’re here to show the American people that by coming together, we can fight back against Trump’s hate-filled agenda—and win.”

Formed the week following Trump’s election, Rise and Resist is a diverse group of people committed to direct action to oppose, disrupt, and defeat any United States government action that threatens democracy and equality.

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Hundreds of Animal Liberation activists targeted the gruesome fur trade with a mass march in NYC

New York -  On February 18, 2017; hundreds of Animal Liberation activists targeted the gruesome fur trade with a mass march. The foot-to-pavement action began at the steps to the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd St., a well trafficked and highly visible area amongst the popular of New York City. From there, the march took the city streets and made its way to the campaign’s lead target and financial profiteer from animal abuse and torture, Canada Goose (101 Wooster Street, its only physical storefront in the United States ) where a mass protest was held ending with a candle light vigil to stand in solidarity with the innocent lives brutality lost for the sake of the latest fashion trend. 

Activists take the empowering feeling of resistance and make it infectious as they flood the city streets to bring attention and awareness to the incredibility cruel fur trade. With a goal to educate the public of something hidden from the headlines and obligate everyone take notice of the torture and mass killing of animals for wearable garments. Seeing to completely eradicate the use of real fur in the fashion industry and empower the community. Because companies like Canada Goose, Paragon and other well-stitched labels are preparing to contract kill, torture and profit from another thousand animals tomorrow, it is imperative to ACT NOW; despite having faced threats, tickets and arrest from the New York City Police Department, The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and neighborhood occupants. All of which have been brought to the attention and are under investigation of civil rights violation attorneys and outlets. The DEP claims that the use of vocal cords registers above the ‘allowed decibel level’ and uses the fear of punishment to try to repress basic amendment rights, like that of freedom of speech.
“If we continue to let the public go un-educated and un-aware of what really takes place in the fur industry- more mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters will be trapped, skinned and killed. We march with full hearts and clenched fists to demand an end to the torture and murder of these animals who are born with the exact same right to life as you and I.” -Rob Banks, Animal Activist in NYC. “Around the world, compassionate people are coming together to put an end to the fur industry. Now is not a time to separate and divide..what we are doing is not breaking any laws and not causing physical harm to anyone. Yet, activists are arrested and bullied in any attempt to be silenced. ”

Through pressure, resistance and a demand for liberation, major cities including Toronto, London and New York City’s anti-fur campaign- the Animal Liberation Movement will continue to swarm the streets every snowy season. “Canada Goose should be ashamed of themselves to stand so proudly behind a label of torture and abuse”, animal advocates proclaim. “This march and protest is about showing that the grassroots movement has the capacity to shut the fur industry down."

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Friday, February 17, 2017

25 Legal Organizations to Hold #LawStrikesBack Actions at Courthouses Nationwide During F17 General Strike

NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is organizing a day of action for the legal community to express our solidarity with the growing movements against the new regime and its white supremacist agenda. On February 17 at 1 PM EST, lawyers, legal workers, law students, and law professors will gather in front of courthouses across the country in coordination with the nationwide #GeneralStrike planned for the same day.

“We are facing unprecedented attacks on our most fundamental human rights and are seeing the unfolding of authoritarianism before our eyes. The legal community has no choice but to show up, to defend our communities and to fight back by holding our institutions accountable,” said NLG President and LatinoJustice PRLDEF Associate Counsel Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan.

In the three weeks since Donald Trump has taken office, we have seen a flurry of executive orders targeting immigrants and intensifying law enforcement; racist, unqualified millionaires appointed to the nation’s highest positions; assaults on the press, and “alternative facts” presented as truth. However, we have also witnessed communities engaging in profound organizing and direct action—from the streets to airports and schools—to reject the current administration and disrupt business as usual. On February 17, we’re taking the resistance to courthouses.
“It is crucial for the legal community to come together to provide support for resistance movements against the current administration. We must fight back against the legitimization of racial and religious bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny that violate the core principles of democracy,” said NLG Executive Director Pooja Gehi.

A total of 25 legal organizations are participating in the event as cosponsors, representing diverse fields including immigration, racial justice, mass incarceration, LGBTQIA rights, and civil liberties and human rights. 

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Indigenous Leaders from the Ramapough Lenape Nation and Environmental Activists join international call on German bank to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline companies

New York City - On February 17, 2017; Indigenous leaders from the Ramapough Lenape Nation and American Indian Law Alliance will join environmental activists from Food & Water Watch and 350NYC on Friday, February 17th, at 11 am outside the New York headquarters of Germany-based BayernLB bank at 560 Lexington Avenue (at East 51st Street) in Manhattan calling on the Bavarian bank to divest from its $120 million investment in companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline across treaty-protected land of the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota.

Leaders from the Ramapough Lenape Nation will hold a prayer ceremony outside the bank in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock. A delegation will also deliver a letter to bank executives in support of a group of German activists pressuring the bank, which is 94 percent owned by the Bavarian government, the Bank Board Chair is major supporter of UN sustainability goals and Paris climate accord; activists demand to back up that commitment with divestment
A simultaneous action is planned at BayernLB Headquarters in Germany.

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