Constituents Confront Marisol Alcantara Over IDC Membership
Members of grassroots activism group Rise and Resist will join with constituents of Senator Marisol Alcantara (SD-31) to protest her affiliation with the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) in front of her offices at 5030 Broadway today (Friday) from 1pm. The action is intended to put pressure on Senator Alcantra to leave the IDC, which caucuses with Senate Republicans, and re-join the Democratic caucus. The action is the latest in a series protesting IDC members organized by Rise and Resist.
Women Of Color For Progress Launch
Advocacy group Women of Color for Progress (WCP) aims to empower women of color “to excel, lead, represent, and be heard” as well as work towards a more transparent political system oriented towards progressive human rights. Supporters gathered in the Lower East Side on Tuesday to celebrate the group’s founding and hear from its ten principal organizers: Aliya Allen, Amanda Farias, Carlina Rivera, Chand Nirankari, Cristina Gonzalez, Haili Copas-Starke, Jasmine Fernandez, Karen Coronel, Princess Manuel, and Radhe Patel.
Anti-Trumpcare Protests Heat Up
The rally was organized by New York-based resistance group Rise and Resist, and was held outside the NYC Federal Building, where Medicaid offices are located. “We are here today to protest the Republican plan to destroy healthcare. One of the worst parts of the Republican plan is Medicaid block grants, which cap the amount of money a state gets. When the state runs out of money, people run of out of Medicaid. It is estimated that block grants will cut Medicaid by 35% in ten years. Can we stand for that? No! Will we tolerate that? No! Will we fight back? Yes!” said Mark Milano, a member of Rise and Resist, speaking at the event.
State Democrats Urge Greater Voter Participation
A rally on Sunday for voting modernization reforms, including automatic voter registration and an early-voting option, was addressed by Democratic State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, who said: “We’re worried about our healthcare, our housing, the rights of immigrants who came to this country and built it, and continue to do so, but in addition to paying attention to those substantive rights, we have to take care of the democracy itself, of the most basic aspects of our democracy, which is the right of ordinary citizens to participate in their government.”
Heritage of Pride Under Pressure From Activist Groups
At a heated meeting at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in the West Village, New York-based activist groups Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist once again urged Heritage of Pride to feature the resistance as a Grand Marshall in the upcoming NYC Pride march, in response to the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ policies, as well as numerous Republican bills aimed at stripping the community of its rights.