Internship Opportunity at the Progressive Caucus

The New York City Council Progressive Caucus is seeking a motivated intern for the spring 2017 semester with an interest in public service, city government, legislation, and public policy.

The NYCC Progressive Caucus was founded in 2009 as an advocate for social and economic justice within the City Council. The Caucus has been instrumental in the passage of employment discrimination, tenant displacement, and environmental protection legislation in New York City.

The internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about the inside workings of city government and gain hands on experience working in politics. The Progressive Caucus intern will support the Director in researching policy and potential legislation, planning and executing advocacy campaigns and events, and assisting with projects related to media relations, social media, and website development, as well as office management tasks.

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Victory: Council Passes Freelance Isn’t Free Act

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In a landmark victory for the nation’s 55 million independent workers, the New York City Council passed the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act – first-of-its-kind legislation that extends the social safety net and provides millions of NYC freelancers with unprecedented wage theft protections. Intro. 1017-C, supported by Freelancers Union and introduced by Council Member Brad Lander, will now provide NYC’s freelancers with equal protection from wage theft. Continue reading

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New York Letter Calling on CFPB to End Predatory Payday Lending

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On Oct. 7, the New Economy Project submitted a powerful letter –- signed by the Progressive Caucus and 130 other New York elected officials; a government agency; community, labor, civil rights, faith-based, and legal services groups; and community development financial institutions –- forcefully urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue the strongest possible payday lending rules. Continue reading

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Victory: Council Passes Multi-racial ID Bill

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On October 13th, the City Council voted on three bills that would ensure appropriate collection of demographic information – including race, ethnicity and sexual identity data from those who access City services.  Continue reading

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Statement on #EdWalk to Demand Campaign for Fiscal Equity Funding

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Members of the City Council Progressive Caucus unite under the charge to create a more just and equal New York. We are concerned that New York State’s continued refusal to fully fund our public schools reinforces a model that leaves children to compete in an uneven playing field. Continue reading

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