Here's what we have for penny poll results with some comparison to the federal budget. Arts/culture 265 pennies 10% of total; Education 487 pennies 18% of total; Climate/Energy 520 pennies 19% of total; Healthcare 470 pennies 17% of total; Housing 383 pennies 14% of total; Jobs 250 pennies 9% of total; Transportation 211 pennies 8% … Continue reading October 6 Penny Poll Tally
On Wednesday, October 6 the GPB conducted our first penny poll since the pandemic chased us off the streets. The weather was fine and we'd assembled a great team. The penny poll is our way of asking passersby on the sidewalks of New York how they would allocate federal tax dollars. We give people twenty … Continue reading Penny Poll, October 6, Union Square
It wasn't Sherwood Forest, but on the morning of July 15th - Tax Day 2020 - a group of modern Robin Hoods gathered to take from the Rich (Defund the Pentagon) and give to the Poor (Education, Healthcare, Housing and other important needs). Two Grannies and friends, some of whom sing with the NYC Labor … Continue reading It’s Tax Day – Defund the Pentagon – $ for Education, Health, Housing, Equity Programs
The U.N. defines 15 days of solitary confinement as torture. In NYS prisons and jails, 15 days is the minimum sentence, and most people spend several weeks to several years in solitary. It is the first punishment which is given by Correction Officers (COs) who interpret and enforce the several hundred rules, many of which … Continue reading SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE
Covid-19, it has been said, has “awakened” or “uncovered” the prevalence and extent of poverty and racism in our society. Structural poverty and racism have been in the foundation of the U.S. since the pilgrims landed. Poverty and racism affect every element of what is needed for a good quality of life There is not … Continue reading Where is the Will?
Join the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement http://nycaic.org/ for a STATEWIDE Day of Socially-Distanced Actions to #HALT solitary, featuring people who have survived solitary, loved ones of people in solitary, legislative allies, and others.
For several years, I’ve joined the call for the release of sick, aged and low risk people in prison, and for the release of people in ICE detention. With the COVID 19 pandemic, the urgency is exponentially increased. With the RAPP Campaign, (Release the Aging People in Prison), relentless GPB activist Joan Pleune, myself, and … Continue reading Release All Sick, Aged and Low Risk People in Prison! Release People from ICE Detention
Given the health and safety rules for all during the Corona Virus pandemic, the Department of Defense has set regulations to protect military personnel as well. Many local recruiting stations have been closed and current troops are remaining at their posts. But the military is not letting its recruitment guard down during this period as … Continue reading Military Recruiting and the Pandemic
Two years ago, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, seven Catholic workers (now called the Kings Bay Plowshares 7), broke into the U.S. Naval base in Kings Bay, Georgia – the Atlantic Fleet’s base for the Trident nuclear submarine arsenal. On this second anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 … Continue reading We Stand With The Kings Bay Plowshares
Activists from diverse organizations merged at Times Square (a "designated activity zone") speaking out against Trump's misguided, dangerous, war actions. The weekend of rallies began today to protest the US assassination of Iran's General Suleiman. Peace activists were out in force and it signals the start of a year brimming with resistance. "Now that Obama’s … Continue reading Stopping Trump’s Catastrophic Election Ploy