Twenty-one protesters were arrested at the state Capitol on Monday during a long and loud rally outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and the antechamber to the state Senate.The activists called for the governor and lawmakers to move ahead with funding housing projects and instituting higher taxes on the wealthy.
Protesters asking for more help for the homeless got arrested at the state Capitol on Monday. The demonstration focused on trying to get Governor Cuomo to support increasing taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers and use the money for anti-poverty programs.
Twenty-one people are under arrest following a rally at the Capitol Monday. The group was blocking hallways outside the governor’s office and Senate chambers. They were demanding tax reform to end homelessness.
Nelini Stamp wants America to say Timothy Caughman’s name ― not the name of the man who killed him. “Timothy was killed by a white supremacist, by a white terrorist,” Stamp told a crowd of about 300 protesters Friday evening in Manhattan’s Union Square.
Eight people were arrested in late January. They were demonstrating against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have provided funding for legal services for indigent New Yorkers.
Four times in the last six weeks, demonstrations at the Capitol have ended in arrests. The numbers are small — fewer than a dozen people — and the issues vary. The events have been organized by VOCAL-NY, a two-decade-old advocacy group that was founded to help people with AIDS.
“At the crux of Mayor de Blasio’s announcement is the critical, progressive belief that increasing taxes on the most fortunate to improve the lives of those least fortunate is good public policy and a moral imperative,” said VOCAL New York and Make the Road New York in a statement sent to City Limits.
“Landlords don’t want to take programs now. Vouchers have an ending,” says Paulette Soltani, the Homeless and Housing organizer at VOCAL, a New York-based economic justice organization. “The LINC voucher only lasts for five years so they’re questioning ‘what’s going to happen in five years? What’s going to happen when De Blasio leaves?’”
Patient advocates are urging state officials to address hepatitis C, a virus that affects the liver, similarly to the way they have targeted AIDS with the “End the Epidemic” campaign that aims to bring the number of new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to 750 per year by 2020.
A group of roughly 40 activists streamed past legislative staff at Tuesday morning’s joint budget hearing on taxation, interrupting testimony by Taxation & Finance Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion with Occupy-style speeches and chants on a range of progressive issues — from tax-related topics such as the extension or expansion of the “millionaires tax” to undocumented immigrants’ rights, school funding and state support for CUNY and SUNY.