New York City Council Passes Fair Work Week Legislative Package, Sponsored by Progressive Caucus Members, to Protect Low-Wage Workers

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New York, NY – The New York City Council Progressive Caucus applauds today’s passage of the Fair Work Week bills by the New York City Council. The five bills, sponsored by three Progressive Caucus Members, Council Members Brad Lander, Corey Johnson, and Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, aim to protect vulnerable low-wage fast-food and retail workers in New York City. The bills, included in the Progressive Caucus’ policy platform, will provide workers an opportunity to secure advance notice, stable schedules, a pathway to full-time hours, and a new way to work together.

The five bills that passed today by New York City Council encompass:

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New York City Council Progressive Caucus and Allies Host Policy Convening  Focused On 2018 Resistance & Progress Policy Platform and Ambitious Progressive Vision for New York City

New York, NY — The New York Progressive Caucus brought together members, allies, and the public, to address and discuss their new adopted platform, “Resistance & Progress: 18 Progressive Policies for 2018.” Programming for the event centered around crucial campaigns and legislative priorities the Caucus has been and is invested in fighting for — especially under the current political climate and the regressive era of the Trump administration.

Sessions included:

  • Protecting & Creating Affordable Housing in Livable Neighborhoods
  • Building a More Equal Economy
  • Public Education to Give Every Child a Real Chance
  • Reforming Policing & the Criminal Justice System
  • Aggressively Combating Climate Change & Accessible Transportation for All

The Progressive Policy Convening provided much lively discussion and insight especially during this period of influx in the country. The Progressive Caucus will continue its work for New Yorkers as it fights for a more equal and just New York. Expect further events, meetings, and actions as we gear up with our allies as we continue to fight for resistance and progress.  Continue reading “New York City Council Progressive Caucus and Allies Host Policy Convening  Focused On 2018 Resistance & Progress Policy Platform and Ambitious Progressive Vision for New York City”

Progressive Caucus Promotes Bike Safety and Education through Bike to Work Day

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New York, NY – The Progressive Caucus, in partnership with Transportation Alternatives, Streets Pac, Citi Bike, Bike New York, and Get Women Cycling, participated in its fourth annual Bike to Work Day today with group rides and a rally at City Hall to promote cycling advocacy and engagement. This event aims to bring attention to the need for resources to support bike safety, education, and infrastructure throughout the city. Caucus members support cycling because it promotes a healthy lifestyle, environmentally sustainable behavior, and a viable transportation option within a congested and overburdened system.

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Progressive Caucus and Lunch4Learning Coalition Rally for Universal Free School Lunch

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New York, NY – Members of the Progressive Caucus joined Lunch 4 Learning advocates, along with DC37, UFT, CSA, and the Black Latino Asian Caucus, to rally on the City Hall steps today to urge Mayor Bill De Blasio to honor his campaign promise to provide Universal Free School Lunch to all 1.1 million New York City public school students. Universal free and healthy school lunch for all 1.1 million NYC public school students is the most effective way to encourage greater participation by eliminating the poverty stigma associated with the program.

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Progressive Caucus FY18 Budget Priorities

Every year, the Progressive Caucus works to ensure a fair budget that maintains a commitment to strong core City services while supporting programs that protect the most vulnerable. At a time when the Trump administration threatens the most basic rights and beliefs of many of our residents, an equitable and fair budget that strengthens core City services and protects the most vulnerable is that much more important in order to resist the bigotry and divestment from public assistance occurring at the national level.

With our values and the threats to our city from the national level in mind, Caucus members identified the Caucus’ FY18 budget priorities, using our eleven-point ADVANCEMENT framework to outline our policy and budgetary goals for this legislative term. Due to the critical partnership and leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Committee Chairwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, many of these priorities and other investments were advocated to be baselined in the Council Response to the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget.

The Council’s Budget Response to the Mayor reflected the following budget items prioritized by the Progressive Caucus for the FY18 Budget Cycle:

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