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!
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.
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!!
Today is not your average Tuesday. It’s Giving Tuesday – a powerful event when people give back to the causes they care about most. Giving Tuesday takes place every year on the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving weekend – a weekend when spending is rife at some of the most unscrupulous companies. Giving Tuesday is an inspiring way to start the holiday season and celebrate a collective spirit of generosity.
This year has been a year of new beginnings for LI Jobs with Justice – new leadership, new organizing team, new office, new energy. And boy have we accomplished a lot!
- The members of the Bus Riders’ Union released a list of bus rider demands and fought to gain representation on the Transit Advisory Committee. On October 30th, THEY WON!
- LI Jobs with Justice was part of a coalition of immigrants’ rights groups who responded with compassion when thousands of refugee children with Central America fled violence in their home countries and sought to reunite with their families. We organized the largest gathering of faith leaders across Long Island where over 125 leaders renewed their commitment to see justice done!
- Last Friday, on the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday – LI Jobs with Justice led a demonstration against Walmart – the greediest corporation – and supported the efforts of striking Walmart workers across the nation who are on strike for better jobs! The fight continues
Powerful grassroots change is only possible through the support of donors like you! Today, we thank you for your ongoing support and hope that you will join us on this national day of giving, and thousands of others across the world, who are fighting for what’s right by giving back – and giving generously. Donate TODAY and help us win more victories for working people across Long Island this holiday season and into the New Year. Contributions are fully tax-deductible.
From all of us at LI Jobs with Justice – THANK YOU FOR STRENGTHENING THE MOVEMENT!
Anita, Aaron, Kimberly, Dick and Victoria
PS: After you give back, please spread the word on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday to inspire others to support Long Island Jobs with Justice!