Monday, July 16, 2018

Zephyr Teachout slams Jared Kushner's attack on kids, lays out plan to protect tenants

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NEW YORK, NY - Zephyr Teachout, candidate for NYS Attorney General presented her Landlord/Tenant Platform outside Austin Nichols House in Williamsburg on July 16, 2018, in response to news reports that 19 tenants are suing Kushner Cos, for harassing them out of their rent stabilized apartments by exposing kids to cancer causing substances and called on other candidates for Attorney General to reject real estate money.

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“The wrong people are in jail. The real estate lobby contributes millions of dollars to New York politicians so they’ll look the other way on the housing crisis. This broken system has cost people their homes, their health, and in some cases, their lives. A mere slap on the wrist is not enough to deter greedy landlords: they must face criminal investigation as well as serious civil penalties. I’m not taking any corporate or LLC money, and I’m calling on the other candidates not to either, so that as Attorney General the public can trust that the chief law enforcement officer in the state will investigate predatory landlords, not protect her donors.” 

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Teachout laid out her tenants rights agenda for the Office of the Attorney General, which includes:
  • Creating an ombudsman position, who will be responsible for community engagement with tenant groups, organizers, and individuals, to better source cases and respond to complaints
  • Increasing the staff in the Real Estate Finance Bureau 
  • Stepping up criminal prosecutions in the Real Estate Enforcement Unit, a team in the Criminal Division dedicated to real estate crimes
  • Refusing to accept any campaign money from LLCs, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), or real estate lobbyists

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Teachout is the only candidate to refuse corporate money, including LLC contributions, which is the primary way real estate interests abuse campaign finance laws to make big dollar donations. Political donations from the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and their members account for one tenth of all campaign contributions in New York, a staggering number that puts into perspective the affordable housing crisis in the state. REBNY has consistently backed Senate Republicans, the IDC, and contributions from Real Estate account for a quarter of Governor Cuomo’s 6M January filing. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Cynthia Nixon, candidate for NY Governor, calls for shut down of Spectra AIM Pipeline near Indian Point nuclear power plant

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PEEKSKILL, NY - Cynthia Nixon, Candidate for NY Governor, held a press conference in Peekskill on July 13, 2018; with local community leaders calling on New York State to shut down the Spectra/Enbridge AIM Pipeline. The recently installed 42" diameter fracked gas pipeline, located within 105' of critical safety infrastructure of the aging and failing nuclear power plant. The site also holds 40 years worth of radioactive spent nuclear fuel in overcrowded and inadequate containers. Nixon urged New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to use authority delegated by Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to ensure the shut down of gas through AIM pipeline.

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After granting all necessary permits for the AIM Pipeline, the Governor, amidst ongoing protests and community outrage, ordered four New York state agencies, the Department of State (DOS), the Department of Public Service (DPS), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Department of Health (DOH) to perform an Independent Risk Assessment regarding the co-location of the pipeline and nuclear power plant. Nearly two and half years after commissioning the study and a year and a half since the Spectra/Enbridge AIM Pipeline went into service, the NYS released the executive summary of the risk assessment that acknowledged unanswered questions and echoed years of safety concerns of experts and community members alike.

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“It shouldn’t have taken four state agencies, $250k, and two years to know that it's dangerous to put a high pressure gas pipeline under a nuclear power plant 35 miles north of Manhattan,” said Cynthia Nixon. “Now that Cuomo has finally acknowledged the risks experts and communities have been warning about for years, the state has an obligation to act and ensure public safety, immediately. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's inaction over the past 5 years, the 20 million people that live and work in the 50 mile impact zone around Indian Point are now in jeopardy due to a massive, high pressure, fracked gas pipeline running alongside Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.”

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Following the press conference, local community leader Courtney Williams, PhD and cancer researcher whose family lives 400 feet from the pipeline, gave Ms. Nixon a tour of pipeline and power plant sites and explained their threats to the community and beyond. “I’m so grateful Cynthia Nixon came to Peekskill. It’s one thing to know that there’s a gas pipeline under the power plant or next to the elementary school, but to see it and to speak to those impacted is something else entirely. We here in Peekskill are tired of fighting our own governor to protect us. We need Cynthia Nixon in Albany to stop the flow of gas, ensure there’s no more gas infrastructure at the Indian Point site, and that we have a Citizens Oversight Board to watchdog the process of shutting down Indian Point as safely as possible.”

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After the infrastructure tour, local elementary school students showed Ms. Nixon around their kindergarten Playground, 400 feet from the Spectra/Enbridge AIM pipeline expansion. Irene Lindberg, 8 years old, one of the Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School students who gave Ms. Nixon the tour said, “I think Cynthia Nixon would be a great governor because she listens to the people, even kids!”

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Following the tours, Ms. Nixon held a small roundtable of local impacted residents and then a meet and greet with a standing-room-only crowd of community members and local elected officials at The Beanrunner Cafe in downtown Peekskill.

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Robert Kesten, Candidate for State Senate 40th District, said “with an incomplete risk assessment, the pipeline needs to be closed down until we can be guaranteed that it is safe for people in the surrounding areas, and I don’t believe that it is a legitimate possibility.”

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Peekskill Common Council passed a resolution in March 2018 calling on Governor Cuomo to release the risk assessment and citing concerns about potential dangers of the co-location of the fracked gas pipeline and the nuclear power plant. Councilmember Colin Smith said, “We are grateful that Ms. Nixon is standing with Peekskill and calling on the state to protect our community and the 20 million New Yorkers who are at potential risk in light of the findings and questions raised by the risk assessment.”

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The decommissioning of Indian Point, set to begin in 2020 and 2021, does not mitigate all the risks associated with the site. Gary Shaw, a leader of Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition said, “The spent fuel storage units at Indian Point are each designed to have a maximum of 264 spent fuel assemblies per unit. As of 2014, one had 1374 assemblies and the second had 1345 assemblies. We need the Governor to act now and to promote a Citizen’s Oversight Board.” 

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The next steps are clear. As Ms. Nixon said, “The Public Service Commission must use all of the power it is delegated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to shut down the pipeline until public safety is assured and outstanding questions answered to the satisfaction of the community.”

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Zephyr Teachout

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NEW YORK, NY - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the powerhouse insurgent who unseated the 20-year incumbent Joe Crowley in Congressional District 14, announced her endorsement of Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General of the State of New York today in a press conference on July 12, 2018, at the Charging Bull statue in lower Manhattan.

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“Zephyr Teachout showed long before the success of our campaign an unprecedented willingness to stand up to the powerful forces of big money in New York politics. That spirit of independence and strength of will is exactly what we need in an attorney general. Zephyr is the only candidate in this race rejecting corporate money, and for that I commend her and fully endorse her candidacy,” said Ocasio-Cortez.  

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“Alexandria ran a gutsy, grassroots campaign about getting big money out of our politics and lifting up the voices of people left behind. I was so proud to endorse her when it was just the two of us at a flower shop in Queens, and just as proud to have her support now that the world has woken up to the power of fearless women," said Zephyr Teachout.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Transgender community members and allies joined the 7th Annual Trans-Latinx March

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New York, NY - Make the Road New York hosted the seventh annual Trans-Latinx March on July 9, 2018. Transgender community members, allies, and elected officials marched through the streets of Jackson Heights to celebrate the diversity of the transgender community while demanding an end to transphobia and homophobia. The transgender community sent a clear message to the Jackson Heights community that Trans people exist and they demand social equality and inclusion. 

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Transgender people are disproportionately the victims of hate violence and discrimination. In Jackson Heights, Queens, over the past two years there have been multiple attacks on trans-latinx women—with more than fifteen attacks last year alone. Trans members of the community and their allies stand united against such actions and, on Monday, will continue to show their resilience. 

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The Trans-Latinx march was preceded by a press conference and followed by a community block party with food and performances.

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Participating Organizations: Make the Road New York, Translatina Network, Community Healthcare Network, ACQC, OASIS LGBTS Wellness Center, New York City Anti-Violence Project, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo, The Trevor Project, GMHC, New York Transgender Advocacy Group, Caribbean Equality Project, and LGBT Network - Queens LGBT Center. 

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Civil disobedience outside Trump Tower after Trump announced his SCOTUS nominee

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New York, NY - National Action Network (NAN) leadership and leading activists committed an act non violent civil disobedience outside Trump Tower in New York on July 9, 2018, resisting Trump SCOTUS nominee from day one and call on Senator Chuck Schumer and the Democrats to hold the Line at all costs.

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Trump just nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a monumental shift in the court’s balance. Here’s what you need to know about him:

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh's extreme outlier approach to the Second Amendment would elevate gun rights above public safety and put in jeopardy the full range of gun safety laws — including assault weapons and large-capacity magazine prohibitions, minimum age requirements, safe storage requirements, and other common-sense gun safety laws.

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Kavanaugh is one of the most cravenly partisan choices Trump could have made. He’s been called the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” as he seems to always show up in high-stakes, far-right political battles and conspiracy theories.

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Both because of his partisan allegiances and his views on presidential powers, Kavanaugh’s nomination could shield Trump from facing accountability for his crimes and corruption. Kavanaugh once wrote a law review article declaring that presidents should be free from criminal investigations. Also, while taking a shot at the Affordable Care Act in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, he wrote a lengthy opinion asserting that presidents can decline to enforce laws that they think are unconstitutional, even if courts disagree.

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In the coming months and years, the Supreme Court could decide whether Trump is held accountable for his corruption and crimes, and if he’s able to expand his executive powers. So, it’s easy to see why he chose Brett Kavanaugh.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

NYC Protest to Demand: The Trump/Pence Regime Must GO

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New York, NY - The assault on immigrants is the linchpin and battering ram of a whole fascist program:

* The Muslim Ban. 
* White supremacy and terror. 
* Environmental deregulation as the planet burns. 
* Open misogyny and theocratic restrictions on abortion and even birth control. 
* Stripping away rights recently won by LGBTQ people. 
* 8 million on the verge of starvation in Yemen due to U.S. backed war. 
* Threats of nuclear annihilation 
* A thoroughly fascist Trump/Pence Supreme Court for generations.

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This is an American Fascism: “Trump/Pence regime’s ‘Make America Great Again’ is a 21st century fascist program of Manifest Destiny – ‘America First’ – wrapped in the flag and Mike Pence’s Bible taken literally, with a program of white supremacy, misogyny, and xenophobia.”

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ENOUGH. Basta Ya! We know enough to see what has been put into motion. If we allow them to get away with caging and torturing children, they know there is nothing they can’t get away with.We must not allow them to pack the Supreme Court and wipe out women’s right to abortion, LGBTQ rights, and more and worse. Every crisis this regime gets through strengthens the regime. This is a shock we cannot normalize.

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We – the masses of people – must act to stop this whole fascist program and demand that this illegitimate, immoral regime be removed from power.

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This cannot wait until November. The Trump/Pence Regime will not be bound by the normal political process – they are shattering norms, remaking the courts, radically altering the whole political and global landscape. The Democratic Party will not stop this. For them, empire and order is more important than justice, even if that means the order of fascism.

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On July 7: Join Refuse Fascism, mobilize your organization or your friends and neighbors and take to the streets across the country to raise the demand: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

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In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rise and Resist Drops ABOLISH ICE Banner at Statue of Liberty

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New York, NY - Liberty Island was evacuated because of a person climbing the Statue of Liberty's base on the Fourth of July shortly after seven protesters who unfurled an "Abolish ICE" banner from the statue's pedestal calling for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement were arrested.

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Reflecting the sentiments of last week’s nationwide End Family Separation protests, members of Rise and Resist planned and executed a non-violent banner drop and human banner action at the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day. An ABOLISH ICE banner was hung, and activists spelled out the same message on their shirts. Dozens of tourists cheered on the activists, and the protest was broadcast via live stream over social media.

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Some other reasons for the protest include:
  • Tens of thousands of people whom ICE has deported have no criminal record.
  • ICE detainees have been denied medical care and are subject to solitary confinement, sexual assault, and rape. 
  • ICE requested that the National Archives and Records Administration destroy records related to its detention operations.
  • Asylum seekers are often held by ICE without trial or bail.
  • While the United Stated has a reputation for refuge. ICE conducts raids in our schools, courthouses and workplaces, spreading fear and brutality. 

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In literature handed out at the protest site, the protesters demand that families be reunited now, that the current administration end detention as a deterrent, that deportations be halted, and that legal counsel for all immigrants be provided. 

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“ICE has proved to be a threat to our liberty and way of life, and should be abolished,” said Leon Kirschner, Rise and Resist member. “They go after the most vulnerable among us, acting without due process to detain people. For-profit companies are making money off family separation. This has to stop now.”

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Banner organizing group Rise and Resist stated the climber isn't connected to its demonstration: The person who climbed the Statue of Liberty was one of forty participants in our planned banner action, but her decision to climb the statue was made independently of the group, without consulting any other member of the group. We understand and share her desire to see the immediate release of children from detention and reunion with their parents. We hope that her legal representation will arrange for her release under her own recognizance.

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Rise and Resist Follow Up Statement Concerning Liberty Island Events: The members of Rise and Resist thank everyone for their quick mobilization in support of Patricia. We appreciate the criticism and comments that have been made about the statement released Wednesday evening. On reflection, we realize that in our haste to complete the statement, so that we could continue working to secure the best legal representation for Patricia, we unintentionally led people to believe that we were distancing the group from Patricia. Nothing could be further from the truth. Patricia is our friend, our comrade, our sister. From the moment that we realized that this amazing woman whom we have gotten to know, love, and respect was the person who had climbed to the foot of Lady Liberty, we had three concerns: one for her safety from falling, second, for her safety as a woman of color who was about to be engaged by law enforcement, and third, to find her the best legal representation that we could. 

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Rise and Resist, formed in response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is a nonviolent direct action group committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties.

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