cvh tURNS uP THE hEAT ON gOV. cUOMO & sENATOR dEAN sKELOS
On Saturday, August 18, we visited the homes of Gov. Cuomo and NY Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to tell them that we need them to stand up and fight for our communities. Cuomo is too worried about his own political career and Skelos is only looking out for the 1%.
After coming together from around the state, CVH leaders from Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Yonkers and New York City reviewed the work of these two politicians. The leaders gave them failing grades on a number of topics, including good jobs and access to them, truly affordable housing, a strong democracy and fair elections, and a strong safety net.
We then took these grades -- written on giant, 5-foot tall report cards -- to the governor’s house in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County and to the senator’s house in Rockville Center, Long Island. When the five school busses pulled up to their houses and their neighbors came out to the sidewalk, we made sure it was clear just why we were there and then we delivered these report cards right to the front doors of these politicians.
Having seen their communities on August 18, we also left them invitations to now come and see OUR communities later by touring them with us later on this year.
(And thank you to all the CVH members that turned out that day and an extra thanks to those that played leadership roles at the People’s Assembly or on the actions!)
Take a look at pictures, video, and more info about the August 18th action! Contact Henry@CVHaction.org for more information.
cvh rEGISTERS 1,000 nEW vOTERS & bEGINS 2012 vOTER oUTREACH wORK
In July and August, CVH worked with members and other canvassers in the Mid-Hudson Valley to register to vote 1,000 New Yorkers in Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Beacon. This Fall, we will shift into voter outreach and mobilization to be sure these newly-registered voters and their neighbors all know it is not just the presidential election in November, but there are races for Congress and state legislature, too. We are reaching out to thousands of voters that do not show up every year, encouraging them to make sure they don’t sit this election out.
Because this region expects to see competitive elections at the state and federal levels this year, it is especially critical that all low-income New Yorkers are registered to vote and that we turn out on Tuesday, November 6 in big numbers to send a message to the politicians that will represent us in Washington D.C.!
Contact Chris@CVHaction.org for more information.
CVH TO RESPOND TO ATTACKS ON WELFARE
CVH is responding to the attacks and talk around the supposed lessening of work requirements for TANF recipients. As members have been saying: "The work requirements are NOT gone!"
We are planning media events and will soon have a video featuring members responding that we will post to our Facebook page.
CVH will also be meeting the State of New York to talk about our ideas for how the state could apply for a waiver application to allow greater access to education, more subsidized employment or transitional jobs, support for people starting small businesses and changing the way the success of TANF is measured.
To find out more come to the Strategy Session on Saturday, Sept 15. Contact Jennifer@CVHaction.org for more information.
pOUGHKEEPSIE lEADERES pUSH bACK aGAINST bAD pOLICIES FOR THE hOMELESS
CVH leaders in Poughkeepsie are continuing to build out their work on truly affordable and decent housing with a press event recently that led off the regional news. The only emergency homeless shelter in Dutchess County announced in August that it would start charging the homeless to stay there, as well as limit the length of stay. This has already caused some people to choose to sleep outside now, in order to “bank” the days they are allowed to stay in the shelter for the colder weather season.
You can see the press coverage here and here. The work around truly affordable housing in Poughkeepsie is now kicking into a whole near gear, so contact Blair@CVHaction.org for more information.
nycha aTTACKED BY ny dAILY nEWS, nEEDS TO iNVEST IN rEPAIRS
The NY Daily News recently wrote a series of articles attacking the management of NYCHA. Some of these articles highlighted real issues, but others just attacked this important public resource. We joined with a number of allies in August to call on NYCHA to #MoveTheMoney and make needed repairs now, as well as make important changes to the way NYCHA management operates, while Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a report that cited the results of our survey of NYCHA residents from 2011.
We will continue to push for NYCHA to move the money into repairs, to make important changes to its management system, and we are working to get a participatory budgeting (PB) system set in place for certain NYCHA funding. Bringing PB to NYCHA would bring residents into the decision-making process in an entirely new way, just as it has done with the city council funding that now uses PB. We are also starting to collect pictures of apartments in need of repairs in NYCHA buildings.
Take a look at our call to action for NYCHA to Move the Money and take a look at a few of the repairs needed in NYCHA. Contact Kflu@CVHaction.org for more information.
[Photo courtesy of FUREE.]