On June 30, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) joined MRNY with seniors and small business leaders from our communities to highlight the importance of preserving Medicare for low-income seniors. At the press conference, Congressman Crowley released “Breaking the Promise,” a 15-page report opposing the budget cuts put forth by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
MRNY Small Business United member Leni Juca: "As a small business owner, it is hard to believe that we will balance our budgets on the backs of our seniors."
“My report highlights just how high the stakes are for 7th District seniors and the future of our community,” Crowley said. “I am glad to have a partner in the fight for our community’s seniors in Make the Road New York. We must do all we can to uphold the promise of Medicare for today’s seniors as well as for future generations.”
MRNY members have long worked to ensure equitable and accessible healthcare, by advocating for national health reform, winning state and local policies that ensure equal access to health care for English language learners, and organizing for paid sick days for all workers in New York City. Now, with attempts to voucher-ize Medicare gaining strength, we look forward to working with Congressman Joseph Crowley and other leaders to fight efforts that would weaken Medicare and to support efforts that keep us on course towards quality, affordable health care for generations to come. Our country needs to continue on the path set by health reform and treat health care as a right, not a privilege that only the wealthy can afford.
A copy of Congressman Crowley’s report can be read here.
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.