We finished our mid-year drive with over $23,000 raised from over 240 donors, including 73 new monthly donors! That’s an increase of over 160 donors and $10,000 from last year. Because of your grassroots support we’ll continue to protect low-income households’ access to utilities: from the families of our members to statewide policy change.
We would also like to thank the national Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, and the Community Organizing Grants Fund of the Peace Development Fund, for their recent grant awards.
The Investigation of Central Hudson
The Public Service Commission’s investigation into Central Hudson Gas & Electric for possible violations such as racial discrimination and illegal shut-offs, initiated at our request in December, is ongoing. Our intern Caitlin Munchick recently published an article in CounterPunch explaining why the investigation is so important. An excerpt is below:
“Joel could fit in Trudy’s hand when he was born, head-to-toe in her palm. Trudy was told that the chance of survival for a child born under 21 weeks of pregnancy was less than 10%… The hospital discharged Joel [after 6 months]. His medical equipment filled the living room and he was attached to an oxygen machine… A man arrived on a day when Trudy was home from work, wearing khaki trousers and a navy blue golf shirt with the words, ‘People. Power. Possibilities. Central Hudson,’ covering his right breast. He told them that he was there to shut her power off.” Read the rest in CounterPunch.
A Victory Worth Seventy Million!
In June 2015, the Public Service Commission created a proposal to modify low-income energy assistance programs—without soliciting input from low-income people. Read our Poughkeepsie Journal article to learn how our work expanded their original proposal by $70 million in funding and 550,000 eligible households.