Rally Against Backdoor Trade Deals! // Protect People Not Profits!

TPP Rally

Most of what we eat, drink, wear, drive, and watch is the product of companies that are global in their operations. Their power over our lives, our planet, and our democratic institutions has never been greater, and with Congress’ current attempt to ram through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by way of Fast-Track legislation, corporate-led pursuits of globalization are more imminent than ever before.

Fast-Track would diminish the ability of Congress to amend harmful trade agreements, like TPP, and would enhance the ability of coporations to move their products, money, and factories around the globe more quickly and with less regulations. Again and again we have been promised that these trade agreements “create jobs” and grow the economy, but history tells us otherwise:

Since the 1994 signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

  • NAFTA was said to increase high-quality U.S. jobs through expanding exports. The opposite occured: Imports from NAFTA partners grew faster than U.S. exports and some 700,000 U.S. jobs were lost as production moved to Mexico
  • Heavily subsidized U.S. corn, and other staples, that poured into Mexico displaced an estimated two million small farmers

TPP is like NAFTA on steroids!

We cannot allow another job-killing trade deal to pass! JOIN US on April 1st at 4:30pm at Congressman Zeldin’s district office (31 Oak Street, Patchogue) as we rally against the TPP and Fast-Track and say NO to coporate profits and YES to protecting working people!

TPP Rally

Advocates Urge New York State to Pay Their Share Too!

This morning Long Island Jobs with Justice and the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union were joined by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island, TWU 252, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) and other transportation advocates in a call for New York State to increase it’s contribution to non-MTA transit systems all across the state, especially on Long Island. Non-MTA transit systems, both up-and-down state, will once again see little or no additional state assistance if the proposed budget goes through; due to rising operations costs, pensions and healthcare Long Island buses cannot survive at the current state funding levels, we NEED more funding!

A big “thank you” to everyone who came out today!
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BREAKING NEWS: Walmart announces it will raise wages!

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Friends,

Today is a big day for Walmart workers! Walmart, the largest employer in the world, made an announcement that they plan to raise the baseline wage for current employees to $10/hour. This wage increase will impact nearly 40% of Walmart workers in the US, or an estimated 500,000 Walmart workers!

This is not only a HUGE victory for Walmart workers and their allies, but also for the retail industry and the labor movement as a whole. Today, we celebrate the effectiveness of our organizing and lift up the strength and energy of all Walmart Associates who risked their jobs by striking and demonstrating.

This is what worker power looks like!

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The fight must go on though. This announcement still falls short of what US workers need to support their families, and we will continue to call for $15 an hour and respect on the job! Will you join us in this fight?

In Solidarity!

NYS DREAM Act One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality!

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Friends,

After years of fighting for the passage of the New York State DREAM Act, yesterday we came one step closer to victory. In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo finally called for its passage! This is definitely a positive first step to making DREAM legislation a reality for thousands of hardworking undocumented youth in New York; however, we remain wary of its packaging with the Education Tax Credit bill that can divert millions from public education.

This announcement came days after our rally at the Governor’s office in Hicksville.

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We believe the DREAM Act will have a tremendous impact on Long Island’s immigrant families and the educators who have worked tirelessly to ensure that all opportunities, despite their limitations, are available to their undocumented students. And, when thinking about the long-term economic impact, Peggy, a retired Long Island teacher, said it perfectly: “Allowing our NY State Dreamers who are full of courage, creativity and intellect to access funding for higher education is a way of insuring the future of NY State.”

We would like to commend all of the Dreamers, workers, faith leaders, educators, and allies who came together to push for the inclusion of the NY DREAM Act into the the state budget. Thank you for coming to marches, organizing, calling in, providing meeting spaces, and otherwise showing support.

In order to keep growing our movement, we must continue to stand for education and dignity for all our young people!!

Onward!

 

HUGE VICTORY FOR LONG ISLAND BUS RIDERS!

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Members of the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union celebrate a HUGE VICTORY after presenting a list of rider demands to Nassau County and NICE Bus in early September. A bus rider will be added to the Transit Advisory Committee, which oversees the NICE bus system, adding a level of representation that was not there before. This gives bus riders the opportunity to advocate for the kind of service THEY need!

Additionally, after countless efforts to get the County to invest more in public transportation, they have bumped up their contribution by $2M! While the operational needs of the bus system are well over the $4.6M that is in the 2015 budget, this is another victory for bus riders across Nassau County!

THE RIDERS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!

Check out today’s Newsday article:

NICE bus gets $2M bump in 2015 Nassau budget

Updated October 30, 2014 8:40 PM
By ALFONSO A. CASTILLO  alfonso.castillo@newsday.com

A bipartisan agreement by Nassau lawmakers will boost the county’s subsidy to its bus system by $2 million, freeze fares for some customers in 2015, and give NICE riders more say on issues that affect them.

The plan, included in Nassau’s newly adopted 2015 budget, increases the county’s subsidy to the Nassau Inter-County Express to $4.6 million from the previous $2.6 million. It promises to hold a ride to $2.50 for customers who pay in cash or with NICE’s mobile application, and will add four new members to the county’s Bus Transit Committee, which governs NICE.

The four new members will include two appointed by County Executive Edward Mangano, one by the Republican majority, and one by the Democratic minority. Democratic lawmakers said they plan to make their pick a riders’ representative, chosen in conjunction with the nonprofit Long Island Bus Riders Union.

“NICE Bus continues to save taxpayers millions of dollars while protecting riders from a fare hike or service cut,” Mangano said in a statement Thursday.

But the new county budget was not all good news for riders. Even with the increased subsidy, NICE still runs a deficit of about $6 million, according to figures in Mangano’s originally proposed executive budget. And Nassau’s vow to not raise fares outside of any hikes on the MTA-controlled MetroCard removes one of the county’s options to help fill the deficit.

Officials with Veolia Transportation, NICE’s parent, declined to comment Thursday.

Long Island Bus Riders Union spokeswoman Anita Halasz said she fears that, without further government subsidies, Veolia may be forced to cut service to fill a budget gap, as it has before.

“Can we not come up with a better plan?” Halasz said. “We need to be prioritizing public transportation.”

Halasz added that she was grateful that riders will soon be able to voice their concerns on the county Bus Transit Committee, even if that voice may be “diluted” by the addition of three additional Republican appointees. In total, seven of the panel’s nine members will be appointed by Mangano or the GOP majority.

“I think no rider representation is worse than some rider representation,” Halasz said. “For us, this is a victory.”

 

Registration Open for our 2015 Working But Still Poor Conference! Register Today!

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Register today for our 5th Annual Working But Still Poor Conference, being held on Friday, March 13th. This year’s theme is “Protecting Families from Economic Injustice on Long Island”. Workshops will reflect on the structural injustices impacting working families across Long Island and present opportunities for advocacy and movement building. Visit http://longislandjwj.org/conference/ for a full list of workshop descriptions and presenters!


FEATURED SPEAKERS

We are honored to have Rev. Jim Wallis as our closing keynote speaker. He is the president and founder of Sojourners, a national Christian organization committed to faith in action for social justice. Rev. Wallis recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. Rev. Jim Wallis’ most recent books include: On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good; Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery; The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America; God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. 

We are also very excited to have Lisa Sharon HarperSojourners’ senior director of mobilizing, lead a two-part workshop for clergy and congregational leaders on how to preach about social justice. Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. She has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health-care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational civic engagement.


INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

How To Preach About Social Justice … And Hold On to Your Congregation
(Two-part Sojourners’ workshop for clergy and faith leaders led by Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojourners)

Income Inequality and Gender Inequality: Trends in the Suburban Family

Long Island’s Segregated Schools: Tracking Some Children Into Economic Insecurity

Messaging Workshop: How To Talk About Immigration Policies that Break Up Families and Deny Dreams

Mass Incarceration of Minorities and Poor People: Locking Some People into Economic Insecurity

Putting Families Last: Low Wage Jobs and the Lack of Public Transportation on Long Island

Quality Child Care: An Economic Necessity for All; Available Only for Affluent Families


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REGISTER HERE TODAY!

If you have any difficulties with or questions about registering, please contact Kimberly at 631-348-1170 ext. 317.

Sponsorships are available! If you would like to learn more about how to become a conference sponsor please contact Anita at 631-348-1170 ext. 304 or ahalasz.lijwj@gmail.com

We look forward to your participation!