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People's World NY We take sides — yours. The People's World / Mundo Popular is a national, grassroots newspaper and the direct descendant of the Daily Worker. The PW reports on and analyzes the pressing issues and struggles of the day: for workers' rights, peace, equality, social and economic justice, democracy, civil liberties, women's rights, protection of the environment, and more.
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We take sides - for truth and justice. We are partisan to working people, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, the GLBT community, youth, seniors and international solidarity. Since 1924, our press has been in the battles of the U.S. working class and people's movements. From the battles of the unemployed and the campaigns to organize the CIO, through the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and '70s to the struggles that have given us the "new" labor movement, to the people's upsurge that elected our first African American president, and now the growing movement for a progressive, people's agenda - we've been--and are--there. The PW is part of the independent and free press tradition, and now the growing netroots movement, in the U.S. We are funded exclusively by our readers - no corporate money. With a small staff and a network of volunteers, we are proud to put out what many call "the best labor newspaper in the country."

We take sides - for truth and justice. We are partisan to working people, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, the GLBT community, youth, seniors and international solidarity. Since 1924, our press has been in the battles of the U.S. working class and people's movements. From the battles of the unemployed and the campaigns to organize the CIO, through the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and '70s to the struggles that have given us the "new" labor movement, to the people's upsurge that elected our first African American president, and now the growing movement for a progressive, people's agenda - we've been--and are--there. The PW is part of the independent and free press tradition, and now the growing netroots movement, in the U.S. We are funded exclusively by our readers - no corporate money. With a small staff and a network of volunteers, we are proud to put out what many call "the best labor newspaper in the country."

Mission: The New York Bureau of the People's World both provides and solicits content—stories, opinion pieces and so on—for the national publication. Further, we plan an active role in New York City, hosting forums and organizing with others to enact progressive on local, national and international issues.

Operating as usual

City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester, NY
11/19/2020

City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester, NY

The CWTU, Rochester Housing Justice Alliance, and Housing Justice for All demand a real Eviction Moratorium to protect tenants! Andrea Stewart-Cousins Carl E. Heastie it’s time to act!! #EvictionFreeNY #StopMyEviction #CancelRent

Fair contract for New York State Nurses Association members at Montefiore NOW!
11/19/2020

Fair contract for New York State Nurses Association members at Montefiore NOW!

State and local officials sent a letter to Montefiore CEO Dr. Ozuah demanding they return to the table and bargain in good faith with NYSNA nurses for a fair contract. As cases are rising in across New York, we must respect and support our nurses working tirelessly on the frontlines. They deserve a fair contract now.

Thank you Andrea Stewart-Cousins State Senator Shelley Mayer Senator Chuck Schumer U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Jamaal Bowman for Congress Noam Bramson Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin Assemblyman Steve Otis Friends of Damon Maher County Legislator Terry Clements Friends of Catherine Parker Councilwoman Martha Lopez - New Rochelle Council District 1 for supporting our nurses!

Student/ Farmworker Alliance
11/19/2020

Student/ Farmworker Alliance

We’re launching a brand new campaign in the Wendy's Boycott: #DeliverWithDignity! We urge Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates to refuse to partner with Wendy’s until the company ensures the health & safety of farmworkers in its supply chain through the Fair Food Program ‘s best-in-class human rights protections. Go to bit.ly/deliverwithdignity

Stay tuned for how you can take action in convincing these companies to #DeliverWithDignity 🍅✊🏾

"The report calls for more than $16 billion in green energy investment in New York City over the next three years. The b...
11/19/2020
ALIGN NY

"The report calls for more than $16 billion in green energy investment in New York City over the next three years. The biggest chunk of spending, about $7 billion, would go toward improvements to housing infrastructure — meaning building new affordable and public housing across the city.

Investing in housing construction alone would create in excess of 42,000 jobs, according to the report.

The plan also calls for $3 billion of investment toward new climate resiliency projects designed to protect the city from major storms and coastal flooding, and another $3 billion toward the creation of new green manufacturing hubs.

Other ideas in the report include expanding retrofitting for buildings to accommodate solar power; expanding the city’s bike lane network; expanding the city’s organic recycling program; creating new commercial waste zones; and investing in job education focused on the climate industry."

Read the Equitable Recovery for NYC report here:https://alignny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CW4A-Equitable-Recovery-Report-v3-1.pdf

Unions like New York State Nurses Association District Council 9 Local #3 IBEW know that climate justice is connected with worker justice. That is why they are joining Climate Works For All in creating a plan for 100,000 climate jobs in NYC. https://www.amny.com/news/unions-help-create-vision-of-a-greener-post-pandemic-job-market-for-new-york/

Professional Staff Congress/CUNY
11/19/2020

Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

The City University of New York Needs Smaller Classes

Sign the Petition Demanding Smaller Classes at CUNY
-->https://psc-cuny.org/ClassSize

TRIP Queens
11/19/2020

TRIP Queens

ENOUGH! For more than 40 years, “loitering with the intent for prostitution” has criminalized far too many Black and brown folks!

Community members and allies are preparing to march to @CarlHeastie’s office to demand the repeal of the #WalkingWhileTrans ban.

Eye on the prize: a Socialist Bill of Rights. What do you think such a bill would include?
11/19/2020

Eye on the prize: a Socialist Bill of Rights. What do you think such a bill would include?

Under Socialism, employment and a life of dignity will be a human right!

Public Bank NYC
11/19/2020
Public Bank NYC

Public Bank NYC

"The time is now to create a banking institution that will do what Wall Street hasn’t and won’t: invest the public’s money to advance economic, racial, and environmental justice in NYC." - CWA District 1's Bob Master and NYC Council Member Mark Levine

Let's make #PublicBanking a reality in New York!

Nurses’ survey: Hospitals still flunk in protecting nurses from coronavirus
11/19/2020
Nurses’ survey: Hospitals still flunk in protecting nurses from coronavirus

Nurses’ survey: Hospitals still flunk in protecting nurses from coronavirus

OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation’s hospitals still flunk in protecting their nurses from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, the fourth mass survey by National Nurses United says. And the reason, the union bluntly adds, is the bosses prioritize profits over people.

New York Nail Salon Workers Association
11/19/2020

New York Nail Salon Workers Association

Mañana estaremos hablando, por medio de Facebook Live, con la Comisionada Lorelei Salas sobre la ley de dias de enfermedad pagados entre otras cosas. No se lo pierdan y vengan con sus preguntas! 11AM

City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester, NY
11/19/2020

City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester, NY

Thanks to Free The People Roc for showing up strong today!!! Stopping evictions is a community effort! We need to defund the RPD and reinvest money into an equitable housing system that truly keeps people safe!! #DefundRefund #CancelRent #EvictionFreeRoc #FTP

Housing for people, not for profit!
11/19/2020

Housing for people, not for profit!

What's going on in Flushing? Check out these slides for more information about where we are at in the Special Flushing Waterfront rezoning process!

Tune in Wednesday, November 18 at 10AM for the City Council subcommittee vote: https://council.nyc.gov/livestream/#virtual-room-1

#FEDUPflushing #noflushingrezoning

Vigilance is still as important as ever in the struggle to protect the vote.
11/19/2020
People power stops a racist GOP electoral coup in Michigan

Vigilance is still as important as ever in the struggle to protect the vote.

The Wayne County, Michigan Board of Canvassers did an about face late last night and voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election in the predominantly African-American city of Detroit and its suburbs. The vote was a unanimous 4-0.

Members of the NY Metro Area Postal Union and supporters rallied in front of the James A. Farley Post Office in Manhatta...
11/18/2020

Members of the NY Metro Area Postal Union and supporters rallied in front of the James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan at noon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, as part of a national day of action celebrating their crucial role in delivering the vote to defeat Trump, and asking for support from the public to defend the USPS from privatization.

"You should be absolutely proud of the fantastic job that you did to protect democracy in America," union President Jonathan Smith told the postal workers at the action.

Then he addressed the crook in the White House. “Mr. Trump, are we still a joke? Mr. Trump, are we still inefficient? Mr. Trump, do we not get the job done?"

“Let me tell you about the sacrifice that the postal workers made," he said, turning back to the audience. "We have had more than four thousand postal workers nationwide come down with the COVID virus. We have had more than 45,000 postal workers quarantine because of the virus, and we have had more than 100 deaths because of the virus, but we still delivered America’s mail."

"Now the election is over, and the elderly still need their medicine, and the small business owner still needs to continue, and ... those veterans that gave 20-30 years of their life ... 95% of their medicine comes through the postal service," Smith pointed out.

"We need to send a message to the Biden administration: we expect you to deliver on your promises."

"We ask that they take the HEROES Act now and vote on it, and give the postal service, but not only the postal service — the American people — the relief that they deserve, and that they need."

"This election wasn’t about Biden versus Trump. What won was love. What won was unity. What we voted against was discrimination. What we voted against was hate. What we voted against was separatism. What we voted for was a chance to bring America back together again. ... We are depending on this administration to bring unity back, to bring love back, to bring working together back, to stop hatred. It’s important. This is bigger than just the postal service.

"We need the American people to deliver for us like we delivered for them. We need the American people to show up that we are essential and not just tell us that we are essential. We need you to call your Congressional leaders and your Senate leaders and tell them to support your postal service, because I’m here to tell you: vote by mail is here to stay."

“This country was not built by people wearing suits; it was built by people wearing cover-alls. And we have to take this country back.

“We have to make sure that the people we depended on the most during this COVID pandemic was the same people that they didn’t want to pay $15 an hour. I’m talking about that grocery store worker. Aren’t they important now? I’m talking about your school teachers. Aren’t they important now? I’m talking about your gas attendant. Aren’t they important now? ... This pandemic was a wake up call to America on who is really important."

NYC Labor Attorney and NYC Council candidate Arthur Schwartz talked about the similarities between the transit workers' struggle and those of the postal workers.

“The postal service is a public service; it isn’t designed to make money. … It needs the support of the government in order to exist, and it’s threatened by the actions of the present administration and the Republican Party who don’t want to fund the postal service.”

“The same thing is happening with the NYC Transit Authority, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority," he said.

"[The transit workers] need $12 Billion in order to survive next year, and the Republicans and Trump don’t want to give it to them, and in fact if Republicans win the Senate it’s going to be a fight for survival. So they don’t want us to get our mail; they don’t want us to take our subways."

"My dad’s an asthmatic, and I worry about him every day," one postal worker expressed. "It never stopped him from doing his job. When I asked my dad how was your day, he said, ‘Man, I had 1,000 feet of mail to deliver.’ That is massive."

"When I think about [the ballots delivered] to end Trump’s reign on this country," he continued, "I think about it in feet and sweat and hours and I think about these people. ... We need to fund this incredible institution, ... because our country does not work, our country cannot survive, if our institutions are not funded properly."

"You know who was bailed out with this money?" postal worker Diane Erlanger asked, speaking with People's World after the rally. "The wrong people."

"We have never charged any taxes, we have always served the American people and you know what, we take pride in our freaking work."

"A lot of minorities work in the post office," she continued. "They say we make too much money. Hell, I work from check to check. The cost of living doesn’t stop, you know what I’m saying? ... I don’t want to have to pay UPS or FedEx prices. I wanna get my mail. I need you to get your mail, ... and we want to bring back the services the way it used to be. You ever seen these carriers out there til 10 o’clock at night? You got carriers getting killed - they don’t give a sh-- about us. Well I care about each and every one of you."

Postal workers and supporters rallied in front of the James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan at noon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, as part of a national day of action celebrating their crucial role in delivering the vote to defeat Trump, and asking for support from the public to defend the USPS from privatization.

The HEROES Act would deliver $25 Billion in emergency funding to the USPS, as well as needed protections for frontline workers, extension of employment benefits, additional funding for public schools, aid to local and state governments, and other supports that are so necessary to ensure millions of people in the US are able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call your Senators today and tell them to pass the HEROES Act!

”Today I’m wearing my TWU hat,” NYC Labor Attorney and NYC Council candidate Arthur Z. Schwartz told the postal workers....
11/18/2020

”Today I’m wearing my TWU hat,” NYC Labor Attorney and NYC Council candidate Arthur Z. Schwartz told the postal workers. “I want to bring greetings from Tony Utano, Pres of TWU Local 100 and their 46,000 members.”

“I want to talk ... the similarities between what’s going on with the Transit Authority and what’s going on with the postal workers.”

“The postal service is a public service; it isn’t designed to make money. … It needs the support of the government in order to exist, and it’s threatened by the actions of the present admin and the Republican Party who don’t want to fund the postal service.”

“The same thing is happening with the NYC Transit Authority, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Between the two of them they employ about 80,000 people in the State of New York.”

You guys move the mail; the transit workers move NYC, and [the Transit Authority is] also not designed to make money, which is why 100 years ago it was a private company, but now it’s run by the government.

“[The transit workers] need $12 Billion in order to survive next year, and the Republicans and Trump don’t want to give it to them, and in fact if Republicans win the Senate it’s going to be a fight for survival. So they don’t want us to get our mail; they don’t want us to take our subways; they don’t want us to take our buses’ and they say, ‘Tough luck — walk to work.’

“We really are fighting one fight. Public employees are the enemies of the present power structure in Washington and we join you, the TWU joins you in this fight to get the proper funding, to make sure not just that we get our jobs, but that the services that we provide continue to be provided.”

“As a labor lawyer, the first client I had in 1978 was the NY Metro Postal Union, and I was hired because 125 people got fired for going on strike at the bulk mail center in New Jersey, and they basically said that because of the importance of the services that were being rendered by postal workers, if they want on strike, they had to be fired. It was a precursor to what went on with PATCO several years later where they fired 10,000 air traffic controllers.”

“[They said] if someone missed a shift and stood on a picket line outside the post office, they had to be fired, ‘cause their presence was so critical, and here we are 42 years later where they’re basically saying to us … we don’t need you, you’re not that important. Well in fact they’re talking out of both sides of their mouth. Postal workers are critical to our country; they are critical to working people; they are critical to people who can’t afford to go to UPS everyday and send their packages by UPS or FedEx; [they are critical] to people paying their bills, getting their bills, getting their checks, and they are critical to the [more than 600,000] postal workers who rely on the postal services to put bread and butter on the table for their kids.”

“We will be with you standing [with you] until we win, because we are going to win.”

Postal workers standing to defend the USPS from privatization on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
11/18/2020

Postal workers standing to defend the USPS from privatization on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

“We feel that the American people deserve the service that we’ve always been giving them," Diane Erlanger told the Peopl...
11/18/2020

“We feel that the American people deserve the service that we’ve always been giving them," Diane Erlanger told the People's World, "and because of whats happening with DeJoy, and —I’m going to say it — the Republicans not pushing for that stimulus package, the wrong people were bailed out with this money.

"It’s not just the post office, ... I'm fighting for you guys. This is an institution — we have never charged any taxes; we have always served the American people, and you know what, we take pride in our freaking work.

"I love my job. My mother was a postal worker and I think that she kind of molded me to be what I am, and responsible. My son’s not a postal worker but because of her work ethics and the way she molded us, my son — I’m so proud of him, most young people you got to push them — my son got a union job. Not everyone goes to college. I’m so proud of him.

"I love this job, and you know what, a lot of minorities work in the post office. They say we make too much money. Hell, I work from check to check. The cost of living doesn’t stop, you know what I’m saying? And not only that, I don’t want to have to pay UPS or FedEx prices. I want to get my mail, [and] I need you to get your mail.

"And you know what, we want to bring back the services the way it used to be. You ever seen these carriers out there til 10 o’clock at night? You got carriers getting killed! They don’t give a sh*t about us. Well, I care about each and every one of you."

"When I think about [the ballots delivered] to end Trump’s reign on this country, I think about it in feet and sweat and...
11/18/2020

"When I think about [the ballots delivered] to end Trump’s reign on this country, I think about it in feet and sweat and hours and I think about these people," one postal worker told those assembled.

"My dad’s an asthmatic, and I worry about him every day. It never stopped him from doing his job. This is the only job that gets measured in feet. It’s about the boots you put on the ground, on the sidewalk, ensuring the mail is delivered every day. When I ask my dad how was your day, he said, “Man, I had 1,000 feet of mail to deliver. That is massive."

"We need to fund this incredible institution, not just for the United States, but for every generation to come, because our country does not work, our country cannot survive, if our institutions are not funded properly. Let’s go, let’s get that $25 Billion. Call your Senators today. Let’s join and let’s get together.”

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