Progressive Caucus Statement on Arrest of Dreamer Daniel Ramirez

The New York City Council Progressive Caucus condemns the Trump administration’s continual affront to immigrant communities, most recently with the arrest of DACA recipient and DREAMer Daniel Ramierez Medina, who was arrested by ICE agents in the Seattle area and stripped of his DACA protections. We are alarmed and outraged at the President’s erratic and immoral approach to immigration which spreads fear in marginalized immigrant communities, and does not make our country any safer. The NYCC Progressive Caucus recognizes the wide contributions of immigrants to our city and to our nation, and the Caucus has long advocated for rights and protections of New Yorkers who are vulnerable due to documentation status. We urge ICE to free Daniel Ramirez Medina, and urge the Trump administration to cease its attack on immigrant communities. Continue reading

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Council Members, Advocates Speaks Out Against President Trump’s Executive Orders

2-2-17-anti-trump-rally-and-presserProgressive Caucus Members, along with other Council Members and advocates, rallied on the steps of City Hall to stand in opposition to President Trump’s regressive executive orders.

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, members of the City Council Progressive Caucus along with other council members and advocates from across the City, rallied on the steps of City Hall in opposition to call on President Trump to end his continual affront to vulnerable communities and threats to cities that protect them. The Caucus members have been present at actions and protests across the city, supporting advocates in rapidly responding to Mr. Trump’s affront on already vulnerable communities. At the rally on Thursday, the Caucus and its partners pledged to stand in solidarity those most affected by President Trump’s executive orders, which include a more aggressive deportation operation, the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border, and banning the entry of refugees and other migrants from majority-Muslim countries.

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VICTORY: City Council Passes Three-Quarters Housing Bills

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New York, NY— The New York City Council Progressive Caucus commends today’s passage of Three-Quarter Housing bills. The five bills, sponsored by Council Members Corey Johnson, Donovan Richards, Ritchie Torres, and Jumaane Williams, aim to tackle the problem of unregulated unsafe and poor quality “three-quarter” houses by making stable housing more accessible for three-quarter-house residents. The dwellings, frequently in dismal condition, often house vulnerable New Yorkers who may struggle with homelessness, mental illness, or addiction.

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Progressive Caucus Supports Home Stability Support

The New York City Council Progressive Caucus announces its support of Assembly Member Hevesi’s Home Stability Support (HSS) program, a new statewide rent supplement for families and individuals facing eviction, who are currently homeless or who have lost housing due to domestic violence or hazardous living conditions. In endorsing the HSS program proposal, the Progressive Caucus joins over 110 state assembly members, 30 city council members, six community boards, and hundreds of community organizations advocating for the measure, as well as Public Advocate Letitia James, the Independent Democratic Conference, and Congressman Joseph Crowley and Congresswoman Grace Meng.

The HSS program addresses the thousands of households that are on the brink of homelessness in New York State due to inadequate shelter allowance levels. Originally established in 1975, the shelter allowance was designed to pay the full rents of the vast majority of households on public allowance. However, the allowance has failed to keep up with the rising costs of housing. Roughly half of those receiving shelter allowances without other housing subsidies, more than 80,000 households, are placed at serious risk of becoming homeless due to shelter allowances that are far below the actual cost of housing, with rents that are 1.5 times or more than their shelter allowances.

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NYC Council Caucuses Issue Statement on Anti-Immigrant Executive Order

­­­­­­­ The New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC) and Progressive Caucus (PC) stand together in fierce opposition to President Trump’s executive orders implementing more aggressive exclusion and deportation operations for immigrants and the announced executive order banning entry of refugees and other migrants from majority-Muslim countries. These actions are rooted in racism, protectionism, and xenophobia, and they harken to the ugliest moments in modern human history.

Members of the City Council Progressive Caucus and the BLAC unite under the charge to create a more just and equal New York for all New Yorkers, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or documentation status. As champions of progressive values in New York City and advocates for New York City’s communities of color, our Members are often on the front lines against institutional racism and other discriminatory practices—especially those threatening constitutional protections. We are alarmed and outraged at the President’s regressive proposals and his continual affront to immigrant communities and threats to cities that protect them. We unequivocally rebuke these executive orders as obstacles to unity and insults to the rich cultural contributions of our nation’s immigrant population.

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