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Dan Cantor

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A Wake-Up Call

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:18 AM

The following is a transcript of my speech this weekend on Staten Island at the march protesting the death of Eric Garner, who was strangled by the police.

Thank you. Good afternoon. My name is Dan Cantor, and I'm with the Working Families Party. I am humbled to...

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My Son Doesn't Look Like Trayvon

(98) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 4:17 PM

You've heard the story already. A young, unarmed black man was shot and killed, in a place he had every right to be. The tears of parents and friends flow.

But I'm not talking about the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. This story is closer to home.

A few...

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Want to Fix Albany? Defeat Espada

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 11:24 AM

New York's state government is a mess, and we're all paying the price.

But the Working Families Party is launching a major push to change that this election year -- by kicking out the worst politician in Albany.

State Senator Pedro Espada has repeatedly blocked progress for working...

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Time for a New York Bonus Tax: An Open Letter to Albany

(5) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 4:39 PM

Maybe someone can explain this to us:

  • In 2006 and 2007, CEOS at 10 of the top bank and mortgage companies pocketed total compensation worth $548 million, while those companies pulled down profits of over $68 billion.
  • In 2008, we learned that those profits and executive compensation were built on...
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Getting Back to Work

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 3:12 PM

When Staten Island Republicans tried to come after Councilmember Debi Rose and the Working Families Party with a "junk" lawsuit their real goal was simple: to throw a wrench in New York's resurgent progressive movement.

Our opponents - Republican operatives and corporate lobbyists - know they can't beat...

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Hold Mayor Bloomberg Accountable on His Campaign Promise to Fix the MTA

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 4:46 PM

Love New York? New York urgently needs your help.

Our city's transit system is in crisis. The cost of a monthly MetroCard could rise to over $100 next year. Service is being cut on dozens of bus and subway lines. Crucial upgrades are being neglected.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran for...

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Why Working Families Are Voting for Bill Thompson

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 2:06 PM

How can we make a City that works for everyone?

That’s the question the Working Families Party asks when deciding which policies and candidates to support in New York City.

And that’s why, on Tuesday, we’re backing Bill Thompson for Mayor.

Our current mayor has his own...

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Shocking New Study: Half of NYC Without Paid Sick Days

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 6:28 PM

If you’re sick, stay home.  That’s not just common sense, it’s advice public health officials dealing with Swine Flu and other infectious diseases give everyday. But for half the people reading this column, staying home might not be an option.

A shocking new report released last Thursday by...

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Landmark Green Jobs Bill is Win-Win-Win

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 10:23 AM

What if we could help stop global warming, save homeowners on their utility bills, and create thousands of badly needed jobs too?

It’s not a far-off fantasy, it’s the power of the green economy.  And thanks to Albany’s leadership, New York is set to become a national (and global)...

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Progressive Landslide

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 1:03 PM

Yesterday, something amazing happened in New York City.

John Liu rode a rainbow coalition to win the runoff for Comptroller and in November he’ll become the first Asian-American ever elected to citywide office.

And Bill de Blasio, who just six months ago was an inspiring but little-known progressive hero, won...

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Change Strikes Again

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 12:39 PM

Tuesday’s election results were simply incredible. Two major citywide upsets. Two major milestones for civil rights and equality in New York City.  And seven inspiring, first-time candidates for City Council made it across the finish line.

The lesson is clear: when people organize and act, we can carry on the...

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Landmark Green Jobs Bill Passes Senate 52 - 8

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 5:47 PM

New York may be on the verge of becoming a world leader in energy efficiency.

Working late into the night, the State Senate passed the historic Green Jobs-Green New York bill yesterday after more than a year of hard work from the WFP and a broad coalition of environmentalists, businesses,...

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Stopping Swine Flu: Paid Sick Days for All New Yorkers

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2009 | 2:03 PM

When the Swine Flu outbreak hit New York City, public health officials and even President Obama told us to stay home if we felt sick.

It’s sound advice for preventing the spread of germs, but for the more than one million New Yorkers who do not have a single...

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Boston Gets It: Paid Sick Days Should be a Basic Workplace Standard

(19) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 1:13 PM

I'm not saying we should start rooting for the Red Sox, but some people in Boston are starting to talk a lot of sense.

Let me explain. When the Swine Flu outbreak hit, public health officials and even President Obama stressed that if you felt sick, you should stay home...

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The Next Obama? Help Send Community Organizers to City Hall

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 3:03 PM

For the first time, America has a community organizer in the White House. What if we put a whole slate of community organizers in City Hall?

That's what the Working Families Party is fighting to accomplish this year. After Barack Obama's inspiring victory, the WFP searched throughout NYC for the...

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Right-Wing Group Attacks Working Families Party for Standing up on Healthcare Reform

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 3:31 PM

Yesterday, the Working Families Party launched an urgent action alert: five New York Democrats in the House were blocking President Obama's health care reform. The response was incredible. Over 4,000 New Yorkers have already signed the petition.

That's not all. We got confirmation that our strategy of holding the...

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Why Working Families Back Thompson

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2009 | 4:05 PM

As our city and nation tackle the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, standing on the sidelines is unacceptable. Just like last November's election, New York City needs a change. That's why the Working Families Party is supporting Bill Thompson for Mayor.

On July 2, Mayor Bloomberg, Comptroller Thompson,...

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