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Camille Rivera
Camille Rivera is the Deputy Commissioner for Communications and External Affairs at the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Rivera, a Bronx native, is a graduate of Queens College. She previously served as the Executive Director of UnitedNY, working to improve wages and working conditions in the state.

A Bronx native, Ms. Rivera is a graduate of Queens College. She is a former Community Organizer with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and a former Deputy Political Director with SEIU 32BJ. Ms. Rivera is also a leader in the Working Families Party.

Entries by Camille Rivera

A Compassionate Call to Action: Continuing the Pope's Message

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 3:08 PM

Pope Francis visited New York City bearing a dramatic and poignant message: The need for a collective response to addressing income inequality and finding compassion for the poor, the needy and the homeless.

Eloquently, his Holiness spread that message across New York City. He shared it with world leaders at...

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The Real Faces of Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Being homeless, is more than just not having shelter or somewhere to sleep. It's about not having a home -- a center of connection, a foundation of community and a source of support. It is our responsibility, as New Yorkers, as a community, to be compassionate, understanding and helpful to...

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Political Power to the People

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Everybody talks about giving power to the people, but recent events in Albany give us hope that will truly happen in the coming months and beyond.

On May 31, a great and historic coalition of workers, labor organizations and community groups like the

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Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Communities across the country are coming out to support the rights of workers -- their neighbors, and with good reason.

As corporations reap record profits in the billions of dollars, everyday Americans are recognizing the injustices in workers being paid poverty wages and denied their right to organize while executives...

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Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

(107) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Just when you think you've seen everything, something comes along that knocks you off your feet.

Just a week after charter school queen Eva Moskowitz invaded the capital -- flanked by thousands of parents, children and teachers she practically required to attend from her 22 schools that...

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It's Time to Raise the Wage

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:20 PM

We're on a roll. In the last few weeks, those of us fighting to get economic justice for low-paid workers and for raising the minimum wage have scored some big wins.

The battle has been going on for some time, but it really got a boost on Martin Luther King...

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Workers Are Going to Win Justice

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:58 PM

For more than two and a half years, contracted airport workers at major New York-area airports -- JFK, La Guardia and Newark -- have been fighting for wage increases, benefits and paid sick days and holidays.

They have held demonstrations, presented petitions to the Port...

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Why Airport Workers Must Have MLK Day as a Paid Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while in Memphis fighting on behalf of striking sanitation workers. Every year, we pause on his birthday to remember his heartfelt courage and honor his boundless legacy. Millions of Americans have the day off as a paid...

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A New Day, New York

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Nearly a month ago, a new day dawned in New York politics. After 20 years of Bloomberg and Giuliani, and city administrations that worked mostly for the mega-rich and for big business, a super-majority of New Yorkers voted for a government that stands up for working...

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Our Airports Shouldn't Be the Home of Low Road Employers

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Juan Chapman and his wife and their teenage daughter live on the $8 an hour he earns as a security officer for Aviation Safeguard at LaGuardia Airport. His pay comes to less than $300 a week, with no sick days or health benefits. "We avoid eating out as much as...

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Class Warfare

(8) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 1:32 PM

As an eyewitness to the growing gap in income inequality in New York City, I can't say I was shocked to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Joe Lhota accuse Bill de Blasio of waging a mayoral campaign built on class warfare. I was surprised he was...

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Bad Banks

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Those of us who work with low-wage workers have had a busy -- and satisfying -- summer.

We have supported fast food workers who took the brave step of organizing strikes in New York and across the country with the simple demand of raising workers' poverty level...

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Justice Prevails, Racial Profiling Must End

(48) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 3:11 PM

As a person of color who has lived in mostly Latino and black communities all my life, the sight of young men of color being routinely stopped by police on the streets is a fact of daily life. I was even stopped once when I was a teenager walking home...

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Why the Strike Is Back

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 9:29 PM

It's been hard to escape news of strikes this year. Fast food strikes are spreading -- again -- through the country this week. Walmart workers launched strikes recently and the high-profile public transit strike in San Francisco showed that strikes are back.

Here in...

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Standing Up for Low Wage Workers

(18) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 3:06 PM

It has been amazing to witness the fast food-worker strikes that have swept the country in the past few months. It started in New York in late November with a one-day strike against fast-food chains like McDonald's and Wendy's and has spread to St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and...

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The Chained CPI: A Bad Deal for Our Seniors and Veterans

(13) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:30 PM

President Obama was absolutely right when he proclaimed in his inaugural address, "we must reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."

But I strongly disagree with parts of his proposed budget that...

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A Bad Deal for New York's Low-Wage Workers

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 10:24 PM

By their nature, compromise agreements don't make everybody happy, but the new minimum wage deal that cleared the State Legislature is a particularly lousy compromise.

While it will definitely help some workers in the short-term, it will leave taxpayers subsidizing age discrimination and create a new "maximum wage"...

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March 1st Has Come and Gone - Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Well, the March 1 deadline for the so-called sequestration has come and gone and we are still standing.

But don't fool yourself, while much of the pain may not be immediate, it will soon take a horrible toll on all of us -- unless you...

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Uniting to Improve Wages and Conditions for Workers

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:27 AM

In March of 1968 -- just three weeks before he was assassinated -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared in a speech that one of the great lessons of the civil rights struggle was that it was not just about integration -- but also about economic justice.

"We know now...

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It's Time to 'Flip the Debt'

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Reports that the economy shrunk in the last three months of 2012 -- largely due to so-called austerity measures -- is not only bad news for the country: It could be terrible news for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who depend on the social safety net...

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