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Free speech: 1, Frackers: 0

After a Republican member of Congress had award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox arrested for trying to film a public hearing on fracking, more than 30,000 WFP supporters signed a petition supporting Fox.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney rebuked the Republican Congressman who ordered the arrest by dropping all charges. To thank you for your support [...]

February 16th, 2012

Congress arrests anti-fracking activist

Today, House Republicans ordered Capitol Hill police to arrest Josh Fox, award-winning director of Gasland, and his crew. His crime? Filming a public hearing on hydrofracking. Join us in calling on Committee Chair Rep. Andy Harris to apologize, and to respect the freedom of the press.

February 1st, 2012

WFP Leader Julie Kushner challenges Mitt Romney

WFP Leader Julie Kushner, director of UAW Region 9A, challenged Mitt Romney on his suggestion that the U.S. auto industry should have been allowed to fail. She talked with Ed Schultz about the interaction and about Romney’s assault on workers.

January 13th, 2012

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Last day to stop hydrofracking

We’ve been fighting against fracking for two years. We’ve won a temporary moratorium. But now it’s coming down to the wire.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has written their draft environmental impact report. If approved, it would open the door to allow the frackers to start drilling. Once the drills start – and once those chemicals [...]

January 11th, 2012

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Thank you from the Progressive Caucus

After Wednesday’s wonderful City Council resolution against corporate personhood, Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito and Brad Lander, the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus, sent us this thank you note for you.
It’s not every day we get validation that our online petitions and email campaigns actually matter. But clearly they do (check out [...]

January 7th, 2012

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Raise N.Y.’s minimum wage

This week, WFP executive director Dan Cantor and United N.Y. executive director Camille Rivera published an op-ed in the Albany Times-Union, calling for the state go give 700,000 people a raise. An increased minimum wage can help boost the economy and lift thousands of New Yorkers out of poverty.

January 5th, 2012

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Victory against corporate personhood!

With your help, NYC took a stand against Citizens United. Now we’re launching a campaign to end corporate control of end corporate control of elections in New York State. But we need your help.

January 4th, 2012

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The three best moments of 2011

2011 was something of a roller-coaster, wasn’t it? In January, the Tea Party seemed the most potent force in American politics and progressives were left scratching our heads. Thankfully, things change.
As I look back, three moments show the balance starting to tip back toward sanity, equality, freedom and democracy. The list is attached below and [...]

December 21st, 2011

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The right direction, finally

What a difference a few months makes.
Last summer, the Tea Party dominated every political discussion in the nation. The debt ceiling debate in Washington was fraudulent and job creation efforts in Albany were stalled.
Doesn’t that seem like a long time ago now?
Just yesterday, Governor Cuomo, the Speaker and the Majority Leader agreed on a package [...]

December 7th, 2011

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Get your 99% bumper sticker

You can tell the 99% movement is making waves because the 1% is trying to shut it down. Mayor Bloomberg and mayors around the country have ordered evictions. And on the UC Davis campus in California, peaceful protesters — sitting calmly — were pepper sprayed at point-blank range by the police. It’s awful to watch.
Now [...]

November 22nd, 2011


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