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On July 28, 2020 the Abolition Park Council held a press conference at Columbus Park (Mulberry & Worth St.) where they presented their immediate demands for the city in response to the NYPD raid on July 22, 2020, that violently removed their people –and resources– from City Hall Park without negotiation, warning, or remorse. Press conference was followed by a 24 Hour March.
Community members spoke on the forceable arrests that took place during and after the attack on July 22, as well as personal property taken and disposed of without regard or opportunity for retrieval. Many of those vital supplies stolen by NYPD belonged to the houseless and working poor who resided and participated in the camp’s political agenda of abolishing the police state and liberating Black lives. These displaced people publicly shared their intentions and experiences at Abolition Park prior to the eviction, and clarified objectives for the future of this movement.
If you want to know what really happened on July 22 when Abolition Park was evicted, check out and follow their posts on Instagram (abolitionpark) or Twitter (@abolitionpark)/.
Get behind City Council Res 747-A! Given the extreme budget shortfall that NYC is experiencing because of the fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need the City Council to demand increased federal aid which can only come if the funds are diverted from the Pentagon budget. Thus far only 17 Councilmembers have signed on to Resolution 747-A, which takes the first step by mandating hearings on the topic. Where are the other 34?
Find out if your City Councilperson is a co-sponsor. If they aren’t, call or email them to insist that they sign on. We are particularly focusing now on: Mathieu Eugene (Dist. 40), Mark Levine (Dist. 7), Inez D. Barron (Dist 42), Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (Dist. 36), and Speaker Corey Johnson (Dist. 3).
(Find your councilperson here if you don’t know who represents you.)
The National Defense Authorization Act is now being debated. It’s chock-full of money for new nuclear weapons and other dangerous, wasteful programs. Call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand at 202-224-3121 to let them know what you think.
Here’s how the NYC council voted on 2020-2021 budget:
x-YES: 32 (Adrienne Adams, Queens; Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Brooklyn; Diana Ayala, Manhattan/Bronx; Justin Brannan, Brooklyn; Fernando Cabrera, Bronx; Andrew Cohen, Bronx; Margaret Chin, Manhattan; Robert Cornegy, Brooklyn; Daniel Dromm, Queens; Mathieu Eugene, Brooklyn; Vanessa Gibson, Bronx; Barry Grodenchik, Queens; Andy King, Bronx; Peter Koo, Queens; Karen Koslowitz, Queens; Rory Lancman, Queens; Stephen Levin, Brooklyn; Mark Levine, Manhattan; Farah Louis, Brooklyn; Alan Maisel, Brooklyn; I. Daneek Miller, Queens; Francisco Moya, Queens; Bill Perkins, Manhattan; Keith Powers, Manhattan; Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan; Deborah Rose, Staten Island; Rafael Salamanca Jr., Bronx; Ritchie Torres, Bronx; Mark Treyger, Brooklyn; Paul Vallone, Queens; Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Brooklyn.)
NO: 17 (Inez Barron, Brooklyn; Joe Borrelli, Staten Island; Steven Matteo, Staten Island; Chaim Deutsch, Brooklyn; Ruben Diaz Sr., Bronx; Mark Gjonaj, Bronx; Robert Holden, Queens; Ben Kallos, Manhattan; Brad Lander, Brooklyn; Carlos Menchaca, Brooklyn; Donovan Richards, Queens; Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn/Queens; Carlina Rivera, Manhattan; Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan; Eric Ulrich, Queens; Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens; and Kalman Yeger, Brooklyn.)
ABSENT: Costa Constantinides, Queens.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott Lasted 381 days. We Got This.
Did you miss it? See the video on our YouTube channel.
Reimagining Community Safety: Defunding and Demilitarizing the Police
> How and why have the police across America become so militarized?
> What would it mean to demilitarize and defund the NYPD?
> What should new law enforcement look like?
These pressing political questions were addressed by:
Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center, leader of BMC’s issues campaign on police accountability; and
Michael Brenes, historian who teaches at Yale University. He is the author of the forthcoming book For Might and Right: The Cold War and the Remaking of American Democracy.
Q&A, and town hall with lively discussion, followed the presentations.
See the video. For further info on the campaign to defund and demilitarize the police, check out Communities United for Police Reform. Learn more about the NYC Budget Justice platform here.
Let us all celebrate the Supreme Court decision against discriminating against LGBTQ people in the workplace. Onward with PRIDE!
The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled that Trump’s efforts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) violated federal law. This decision comes after a long string of lower court decisions blocking the termination of DACA. We join Make the Road and many others in celebrating this victory, taking Trump to the highest court in the land and winning! #HomeIsHere