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Governor Cuomo Pressed On Climate Change

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was urged to lead the country on combating climate change by activists at a boisterous Manhattan rally hosted by environmental coalition NY Renews this Thursday. Speakers from several of the 100 climate advocacy groups affiliated [...]

December 9, 2016 Democratic Party, Grassroots, News

How @realdonaldtrump’s Twitter Account Became a Political Weapon

It defies logic that at least one person on Donald Trump’s advisory team hasn’t suggested by now that he surrender his Twitter account to PR professionals. To be fair that person probably got fired. From Trump’s perspective, his tweets are [...]

December 9, 2016 Opinion
Dan Sherrell

Climate Change Activists Urge Democrats to Back Bill

NY Renews, a climate advocacy movement, will call on New York State lawmakers to lead the fight for environmental protections under the Trump presidency at a meeting on Thursday night in Manhattan. The movement, made up of one hundred community groups, climate [...]

December 8, 2016 Democratic Party, Grassroots, News
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Progressives Demand Cuomo Unify New York Democrats

A coalition of progressive groups will rally at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office today at 13:00 ET to demand he take immediate action to put the State Senate under Democratic majority control. State-wide elections on November 8 yielded the Democrats [...]

December 7, 2016 Democratic Party, Grassroots, News

Immigrant Defense Project Urges New Yorkers to Report Immigration Raids

Immigrant Defense Project, a New York advocacy group for the rights of immigrants with criminal records, has urged New Yorkers to report raids on immigrants, so it can continue to track enforcement trends through the Trump presidency. Over the past [...]

December 6, 2016 Immigration, News
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The Left Must Learn To Be Led

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” The words of Martin Luther King Jr. have gained fresh potency in the current political climate. All across the country brand new activist collectives and [...]

December 5, 2016 Opinion
Bill De Blasio

Mayor De Blasio to Trump: New York Will Not Sacrifice Its Values

Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, says that the city will not allow its progressive values to be changed under a Donald Trump presidency. “During this extraordinarily painful political challenge, we all continue to stand by our people and values, and [...]

December 5, 2016 Democratic Party, News

Why I Protested Against the Dakota Access Pipeline At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

As someone who was traveling in Asia during the election results, you can say that it was hard to have fun abroad knowing the madness that was going on at home. Most of the Americans travelling beside me claimed they didn’t [...]

December 5, 2016 Upstanders

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Endorses Bernie Sanders-Inspired New York Progressive Action Network

Bill De Blasio, mayor of New York City, has endorsed a new progressive political group formed from the ashes of the Bernie Sanders campaign. “It’s an extraordinarily powerful moment to be forming a progressive action network,” De Blasio said, speaking [...]

December 5, 2016 Democratic Party, Grassroots, News

Scammers Prey on Deportation Fears of New York Immigrants 

Immigrant communities in New York are being targeted by deportation and resettlement scams following Donald Trump’s election victory on November 8.  “We need to spread the information about the kind of fraud that is happening in the country right now, [...]

December 2, 2016 Immigration, News