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New York City Council Progressive Caucus

Who Will Be The New York City Council Speaker?

THE NEW YORK WORLD | Posted 09.17.2013 | New York

By Sebastien Malo, The New York World Primary wins shape contest for council speakerWhile the election for City Council speaker is still months aw...

Paid Sick Days for a Million More New Yorkers

Brad Lander | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

Taking a day off when you are sick. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but many low-wage New Yorkers have no paid sick days and even put their job at risk if they stay home sick without pay. But soon that will be in the past.

What We're For

Brad Lander | Posted 07.06.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

It is true that the members of the Progressive Caucus are working closely with labor unions and community groups to help bring about a more progressive New York City? It's not a secret conspiracy. We've been writing about it for months.

Public Safety for All?

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

What the mayor offered New Yorkers Tuesday was a pep rally for his failing proposition that our city has to choose between better policing and safer streets, between saving lives and protecting our Constitutional rights.

Pursuing the American Dream From a Brooklyn Homeless Shelter

Letitia James | Posted 02.19.2013 | New York
Letitia James

It is imperative that we set the national example and make it clear that companies seeking to do business in New York City cannot be allowed to treat their workers like second-class citizens.

Does NYC Live Up to Our Values?

Brad Lander | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

Electing real progressives won't be easy, but with this coalition, we have what it takes to win. Together, we can grow the Progressive Caucus and make real change in New York.

Steps Toward a Better NYPD - and a Safer, Fairer City

Brad Lander | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

This week, we took some big steps forward toward a better NYPD. With independent oversight, we will finally be able to take a close look at NYPD policies that impair civil liberties, put officers in danger, or lead to ineffective policing.

The People's Testimony

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Citizens United v. FEC equated corporate political contributions with freedom of speech, opening the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence elections.

A Stronger NYPD, a Safer New York

Brad Lander | Posted 08.15.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.

Making the City Stronger

New York City Council Progressive Caucus | Posted 08.01.2012 | New York
New York City Council Progressive Caucus

As the New York City Council grapples with a budget that proposes cuts to child care, senior services and homeless shelters, to name a few, the handouts to corporations and big banks with little accountability or transparency are appalling.

Proposed Budget Cut: Private Contract Overspending!

Letitia James | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Letitia James

Overall, over the last five years contract costs have increased at nearly twice the rate of overall budget spending, reaching over ten billion in spent public funds. We need increased oversight of private contracts and consulting costs.

Do You Think It's Fair...

Brad Lander | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

Many employers in New York City and across the country routinely use credit reports to discriminate against job applicants with poor credit histories. This puts people in a cruel Catch-22.

The Bloomberg Administration's Double Standards on Poverty and Accountability

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.01.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

It is clear that this administration has a double standard when it comes to accountability. Poor and working families must prove their need, at every step, in order to receive even the bare minimum of assistance.

What Does It Mean to Put Students First?

Brad Lander | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Brad Lander

I hope that a group called "Students First" would make it a top priority to stop the rapid rise in New York City public school class sizes.

Pipe Dreams: The Case Against Keystone and the Gasoducto

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 06.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Between the combination of more efficient use and green energy, we can chart a course for a cleaner future without oil pipelines that destroy our environment and put our health at risk.

NYPD Surveillance: What We Don't Know, And Why It Matters

Brad Lander | Posted 05.15.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

The truth matters. That's why I am working with my colleague Jumaane Williams, the Brennan Center for Justice, and other groups on legislation to establish an NYPD Inspector General.

Citizens United: Bad for Small Business and Bad for Democracy

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 04.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Among the victims of mega-corporate power will not only be everyday citizens and their elections, but also small businesses in our country.

Living Wage Is a Step in the Right Direction

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 03.21.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

NYC businesses, especially those that receive city subsidies, must do something to alleviate the hardships faced by our city's poorest families. The Living Wage bill is the first step in a process that can ensure that this happens.

Corporate Personhood Undermines Democracy

Stephen Levin | Posted 03.11.2012 | New York
Stephen Levin

In the wake of Citizens United, Americans have a choice: sit back and watch our democracy erode, or work to undo the decision and restore individual rights in the face of the false notion of "corporate personhood."

Justice for Private Danny Chen

Margaret S. Chin | Posted 02.26.2012 | New York
Margaret S. Chin

For the last two months, the family of Private Danny Chen, his friends, and the Chinese-American community in New York City have had only one question: what happened to Danny?

New York City Needs a Real Living Wage

Margaret S. Chin | Posted 02.06.2012 | New York
Margaret S. Chin

The benefits of living wage laws are not abstract. They are not just about money or development or investment. They are about doing what is right, just, and fair.

Mayor Bloomberg's Cowardice and Occupy Wall Street

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 01.16.2012 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD acted with cowardice by trying to use the cloak of night, while people slept, as a shield from the highly questionable tactics they engaged in during their raid on Zuccotti Park.

A Progressive Caucus for the "New Progressive Movement"

Brad Lander | Posted 01.14.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

It's not just our legislative fights and our progressive principles that make us part of the "new progressive movement." It's also a style of politics that is infused with hopeful energy, and partners with community members.

A Call to Action: Support Occupy Wall Street

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 12.20.2011 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

When I first made the decision to visit the Occupy Wall Street encampment, I was skeptical. However, what I -- and now thousands of New Yorkers -- have found at Zuccotti Park is an undeniable energy and spirit.

The Human Price of Our Budget

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.25.2011 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Summertime in Brooklyn should be a carefree time, a time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragically, it has become a season of bloodshed for too many of our young people.