‘No IDC’ Protesters target Senator David Carlucci
Activists with local grassroots groups Rise and Resist, Rockland United, Rockland Action Citizens Network, Indivisible Rivertowns, and Ossining for Fair Funding joined with constituents of New York Senate District 38 to oppose Senator David Carlucci’s affiliation with the Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC) on Friday. 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 Carlucci disavow the IDC and rejoin the Democratic caucus. This protest follows similar actions against Staten Island IDC Member Diane Savino, Brooklyn IDC member Jesse Hamilton, Queens IDC member Tony Avella, and Manhattan IDC member Marisol Alcantara.
Young Democrats Debate Housing Policy
The Manhattan Young Democrat’s (MYD) Affordable Living Taskforce hosted a discussion Wednesday with Harvey Epstein, project director at the Urban Justice Center on how to navigate housing policy at the federal, state, and city level in the Trump era. The taskforce recently lobbied Mayor Bill de Blasio to support the Right to Counsel in housing court, an initiative the Mayor embraced in his ‘State of the City’ speech earlier this year. The groups also recently endorsed New York State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s Home Stability Support legislation which would provide rent supplements for families and individuals who are on public assistance facing imminent eviction or homelessness.
Activists Plan Emergency Anti-War Protest
Following Thursday night’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airfield by the US military, New York-based activists have called for a rally and march in opposition to the escalation of American involvement in the country’s civil war this Friday. The protest, coordinated by the International Action Center, will start at Union Square from 18:30ET. The Center claims that the US wars are always built “on lies and claims that they are fought for humanitarian reasons” and disputes the claim that the August 2013 chemical weapons attack on Ghouta, Syria was carried out by the Assad government. United Nations officials have said that all evidence pointed to the Assad regime’s complicity, as Syrian rebel forces lack the surface-to-surface rockets needed to deploy the chemical weapons.
Activists Confront “Fearless Girl” Statue
Anonymous protesters belonging to the New York Activist Nexus-Coordinating Action Team staged an unusual protest in the Financial District on April 1 aimed at the “Fearless Girl” statue on Broadway. The protesters staged a ‘die-in’ behind the statue at 22:00ET before gathering in a ceremonial circle around the girl to challenge the statue on the women and ideals she represented. The group believes the statue is a non-intersectional symbol as it elevates a narrow subsection of women who are already from privileged backgrounds.
Black Lives Matter Protests Claim Police Harassment
Marchers organized by Black Lives Matter on an April 1 protest against Mayor Bill de Blasio allege they were forced off their chosen route and onto the High Line by the New York Police Department (NYPD). The rally began outside the Macy’s department store on Herald Square before demonstrators started the march, held to pressure the Mayor to stop all NYPD cooperation with Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) officers, end “Broken Windows” policing, abolish the police, and reinvest the $5.5 billion annual budget of the NYPD into New York’s Black and Brown communities for housing, healthcare and education