In New York, our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, protections against sexual harassment and pay discrimination, and groundbreaking new rights for farmworkers and domestic workers.

But lawbreaking corporations who tried to block our progress haven’t given up. These companies have found a way to thwart the laws they don’t like: by forcing New Yorkers to sign arbitration clauses. Over half of New Yorkers have unwillingly signed away our rights to go before a judge or jury when companies break the law. And because the Department of Labor is too underfunded and weak to address all violations, companies are free to exploit their workers without consequences. As a result of New York’s enforcement crisis, companies steal almost $3 billion from hardworking New Yorkers every year, in the form of wage theft.

Support the Empowering People in Rights Enforcement Act and restore accountability for lawbreaking corporations.

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We are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Carl Heastie & Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to help pass the “Protect Our Courts Act” for our communities this legislative session.

Background: Protect Our Courts Act (POCA) has been on third reading since May 30th 2019, which means that it is ready to go for a floor vote. With revisions to the legislation completed, growing public support and majority support for the bill in both houses, and the ongoing arrests of New Yorkers outside of NYS courthouses, it’s imperative for New York State to bring the legislation to a vote as soon as possible.

Call Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie & Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins to express your support for the Protect Our Courts Act!

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This past Christmas, Yimy Aldair Benitez Lopez, a 25-year-old Long Island resident and asylum-seeker from Honduras, was set to complete their gender transition and celebrate their life living fully as a woman.

However, on November 7, 2019, Yimy was detained by ICE outside of criminal court and instead spent Christmas in ICE custody in Hudson County Correctional Facility, where they remain to this day.

Since they were taken into immigration detention in early November, Yimy has had to stop taking gender-affirming hormones for their own safety, undoing much of the progress they had made towards living as their full self.

Sign the petition to demand that ICE #FreeYimy immediately.

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Since 1790, the U.S. Constitution has mandated that every U.S. resident regardless of age, citizenship status, or ability to vote be counted every ten years.

The Census is critical because a full, fair count helps ensure that our communities get the resources and representation we need–for schools, health care, roads, and more! Our participation will help shape who has power in this country for the next 10 years.

Sign the pledge to participate in the upcoming #2020Census and we’ll send you periodic reminders in the coming months.

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Did you know that workplaces that pay people in tips are getting away with paying New Yorkers LESS THAN the minimum wage?

Restaurant servers, bussers, hosts, bartenders, car washers, and nail salon techs have rallied to end the subminimum wage that keeps them in poverty. To make game-changing progress for 400,000 New York residents who live off tips, we need to outnumber the corporate fat cats.

Sign our petition to Governor Cuomo to voice your support for One Fair Wage for tipped earners in New York!

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