July Working Group Updates

Housing

The Housing Groups made a large showing at a march in June for universal rent control and an end to homeless. The housing working groups are organizing tenants citywide. The Bronx/Uptown Branch is recruiting volunteers for a housing court watch program. People with flexible morning schedules and a desire for housing justice should contact b-um.housing[at]socialists.nyc.

Religious Socialism

The Religious Socialism group continues to support the Poor People’s Campaign, and have been involved demonstrations demanding immigrant rights and the end of family separations. At least four members of the working group were arrested in Albany in acts of civic disobedience while advocating for universal healthcare and climate justice. They are having a picnic in Queens on July 28. Those interested in attending should contact marcy.genevieve@gmail.com.

Racial Justice

The racial justice working group are pursuing an ambitious campaign to transform Bronx residents' economic livelihoods through a public banking option in the form of postal banking. They are also pushing forward with a campaign to provide real, effective civilian oversight of NYPD through an Elected Civilian Review Board by targeting key city council members to pass the supporting legislation.

Anti-War

The anti-war working group are coordinating committees specific to the BDS Movement and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and are looking for comrades to help with research, website design, and power mapping. Those interested can contact antiwar@socialists.nyc. Their next general meeting is on August 1st, from 6:30-8:00pm, location TBD.

Climate Justice

The climate justice working group is preparing for the #Rise4Climate Jobs and Justice September Actions in New York on September 6th and 7th. The working group has been welcomed to the steering committee of the citywide Peoples Climate Planning Committee, and is working diligently on the messaging and action committee. Stay tuned to next month's Red Letter for more information on the event, and join the citywide Rise Mobilizing Meeting next week to help push this coalition forward.