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NYC Resistance Roundup: April 21

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Protesters Condemn Goldman Sachs Tax Avoidance

Demonstrators assembled outside Goldman Sachs’ offices in the Financial District on April 18 to protest the tax dodging practices of the Wall Street behemoth. Organizers advertised the gathering as a chance to condemn the bank, which they call ‘Government Sachs’ in reference to the number of former employees – such as Steve Bannnon and Gary Cohn – working in the Trump White House, for paying less tax in percentage terms that “regular working people, including many immigrants, women, and people of color who are struggling to make ends meet every day.” A report compiled by a coalition of tax justice organizations last year revealed Goldman Sachs holds $28.6 billion in offshore tax havens beyond the reach of the US Internal Revenue Service. The protest came days after tens of thousands took part in Tax Marches on April 15 demanding the President release his tax returns.

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No IDC Activists Target Senator Peralta

Members of grassroots activist group Rise and Resist will join with Queens residents this Friday afternoon to protest State Senator Jose Peralta’s affiliation with the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). The IDC is a breakaway group of Democratic senators who caucus with Senate Republicans, depriving the chamber of what would otherwise be a Democratic majority. Activists are demanding that Peralta disavow the IDC and rejoin the Democratic caucus. “It is so disappointing that Peralta decided to collaborate with the Senate Republicans just days after Trump’s inauguration,” said Susan Kang, one of Peralta’s constituents. “Instead of protecting the interests of immigrants and vulnerable people in our district, he is empowering those who want to implement the Trump agenda in New York. He sacrificed his integrity and hung his constituents out to dry. And this is unacceptable. “This protest follows similar actions against Staten Island IDC Member Diane Savino, Brooklyn IDC member Jesse Hamilton, Queens IDC member Tony Avella, Manhattan IDC member Marisol Alcantara, and Rockland County IDC member David Carlucci.

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Progressives Demand End To Big Money In Politics

Progressive big-hitters addressed New Yorkers in Foley Square on April 20 to make the case for taking big money out of politics. Speakers include Tim Black, of The Tim Black Show, Sam Ronan, a former Democratic National Committee Chair candidate, Robin Laverne Wilson, a former Green Party US senate candidate, and Ali Mizra, a progressive running for Congress in Western Nassau and South East Queens, among others.

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NYC Democrats Aid Long-Shot Georgia Congressional Candidate

Grassroots politics community You Matter rallied activists to phone bank for Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate who stood in the special congressional election in Georgia on April 19. Ossof won 48.1% of the vote in the deep-red district, which had been vacated by Congressman Tom Price when he was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services by President Trump. Dozens of New Yorkers participated in the get out the vote drive. Ossoff will now face a run-off election with Republican Karen Handel in June.

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Women Activists Established New Community For Intersectional Feminists

A group of New York City women have launched a new activist community, called The Broad Room, to mobilize women to resist regressive, right-wing policies and fight for progressive change. The group originated as an email newsletter, titled The Broad Memo, designed to educate and engage New York City women in the politics of resistance. Activists gathered at The Delancey on the Lower East Side on April to hear the group’s planned calendar of events – which focus on activist training and educational workshops.

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