It’s Time to Move the Money!
Congress voted yet again to spend OVER $700 BILLION on the military! The National Defense Authorization Act (for fiscal year 2021) was passed in both the House (H.R. 6395 passed July 21, 2020) and the Senate (S. 4049, passed July 23, 2020). In the House, Reps. Clarke, Maloney, & Nadler who voted NO. If you’re in their district, please call or write to thank them. Velazquez did not vote. If you’re in her district, ask her why. Jeffries and Rose voted yes. If they represent you, please contact them to let them know how outraged you are. (Find out who represents you.)
In the Senate, Gillibrand voted No, and deserves our thanks. But Schumer voted Yes, even though he had previously supported the Sanders/Markey amendment to cut a mere 10% from the military budget. Call to let him know that he should have used his leadership to marshall a strong vote not to support this outrageous and immoral use of our tax dollars. Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
We need the NYC City Council to pass Resolution 747-A which calls for immediate hearings on how much of the federal money that NYC desperately needs to open our schools and to tackle the COVID-10 pandemic is being squandered on the military. More than 60% of the federal discretionary budget now goes to the military. Get the facts on military spending.
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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.