In New York City, thousands of teachers, union members and activists [including members of Make the Road New York] marched on Wall Street Thursday under the banner: "Make big banks and millionaires pay." The protest came just a week after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed laying off 4,000 public school teachers.
ďMy name is Lauren. Iím a New York City public schoolteacher. I teach at East Harlem. Iím out here today because not only are the jobs of myself and my co-workers at stake due to these budget cuts, but also the futures of my students: the less teachers, the less quality education. So Iím out here to say that Wall Street needs to pay their fair share. There are corporations and banks that are getting away with paying no taxes. There are billionaires, millionaires, who are getting away with paying less percentage of their income than the rest of us. And I say they have to pay their share, so thatís why Iím out here today."
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.