New York is the most unequal state in the nation, yet we know that our government officials – those we have elected to represent us – ignore the realities most New Yorkers experience. And worse, they try to convince us that what we are experiencing, what our communities are experiencing, is either not as bad as it is or is somehow our fault.
To combat these false narratives, the New York Poor People’s Campaign created a Poor People’s State of the State Report NYSPPC PPSOS ENG Final.pdf – Google Drive that provides research and evidence to prove the real impact of poverty in our communities. They are collecting signatures for a petition to Governor Hochul: End poverty in New York State! – Action network calling on Governor Hochul to do the following:
- Publicly acknowledge the ongoing and interrelated poverty crises in New York State.
- Called an in-person meeting with the Campaign of the New York State Poor, including New Yorkers directly affected by poverty, faith leaders and policy experts, to create a political agenda that meets the needs of ALL New Yorkers.
They are also compiling short video interviews from those most affected by poverty, racism and/or the effects of militarism and environmental degradation to send along with the petition to Gov. Hochul and other officials. It’s imperative that Governor Hochul hear real stories from real people fighting.
And they hosted three events at Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend in Albany, Long Island and Rochester. These events are designed to share her response to Gov. Hochul’s State of the State address and amplify the voices of the poor and dispossessed in New York.
On Sunday, January 15, the New York Poor People’s Campaign hosted an afternoon of reflection and fellowship at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Community Center in Wyandanch. The participants were diverse, from all ages, ethnicities, races, and belief systems with a key connecting point: an understanding that common problems create common goals, and as NYPPC member Susan Steinmann acknowledged, “Everyone is about a paycheck away from disaster.” . This sobering reality can happen at any time, so understanding our human connection, both in thought and in fact, encourages us to unite and work together. In fact, Tri chairmen Jamel Coy Hudson and Kelly Smith defined the poor people’s campaign as one fusion movement– in an effort to reverse the direction of profits over all people.
For the words of Dr. Bringing King to light raised questions about changing direction, having the moral vision and clarity to confront racism, extreme poverty and militarism. People raised their voices in unison, encouraged to sing the refrain, “And we will be silent no more.” LIPC’s Monique Fitzgerald and the Brookhaven Landfill And Remediation Group addressed environmental toxicity in communities where “thoughts and prayers” are held environmental justice must be exceeded. Professor Camillo “Mac” Bica, representative of Veterans for Peace Long Island, portrayed poverty as a tool of the rich, exploitation of the poor as “for a purpose”.
Now is the time to bear witness, fight poverty, not the poor, and understand that poverty cannot be ignored and together we cannot be complacent. Our government officials need to understand that when it comes to easing—permanently—people’s pain and struggles, people are abandoning their myth of scarcity.
Help them show that there is a new and disturbing force that is organizing and growing in strength and power by signing and sharing the petition, sharing the report, and getting involved. Learn more at www.nysppc.org
(Video by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4upg3fw91igskm8/PPSOS%20MLK%20weekend%20event%20FINE%20cut.mp4?dl=0 )