We hope you are enjoying the start to the Summer. Catch up with what we’ve been up to over the past two months and some of what we’ll be doing over the next couple of weeks.
Join Our Fundraising Team?
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is holding our Summer Fundraising Drive from July 17th to August 7th. Will you join our team to help us raise $30,000?
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson relies on people — people to organize, people to show up, people to fundraise, and people to donate. As a young organization, we could not have survived without volunteers asking people they know to donate and support us during our fundraising drives. Last drive, 60 volunteers recruited over 500 donors, supporters, and sustainers to raise more than $40,000.
If you would like to know more about what it means to join the team, send us a reply email or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fighting for a Hate Free Hudson Valley
In May, the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone helped hold a May Day action in Poughkeepsie and launch local Hate Free Zone work in Peekskill.
In June, the Hate Free Zone helped support the incredible efforts of the Hudson Valley Community Coalition in its work to defend Ossining High School student Diego Puma-Macancela and his mother Rosa from deportation. We thank the many Hate Free Zone supporters who made calls, sent emails, and signed petitions in support of Diego and Rosa. Tragically, they were both deported back to Ecuador. However, the Hate Free Zone is continuing to grow with over 900 individuals and 30 institutions signed on, and will continue to resist deportations in the Hudson Valley.
Also in June, the Hate Free Zone helped support the successful passage of a sanctuary resolution in Poughkeepsie. We thank the Hate Free Zone supporters who spoke up at City Council meetings. We will continue to support the passage of sanctuary resolutions in cities across the Hudson Valley.
Fighting for Education Justice
Doreen Clifford and Debra Long, two Poughkeepsie school board candidates who endorsed in full the education justice platform created by the Poughkeepsie parents and students we work with, were elected to the Poughkeepsie school board in May.
When Debra and Doreen take their seats in July there will be a new majority on the school board that has pledged to close the discriminatory PACE program. Debra and Doreen beat out two longtime incumbents who refused to close PACE, one of whom had been on the board for six years, the other 12 years.
To help ensure the speedy closure of the PACE program, the achievement of other policies in the education justice platform, and the expansion of our work with young people, several former PACE students will be doing paid organizing internships with us this summer.
Fighting for Energy Justice
We stand with the rest of the New York Energy Democracy Alliance (EDA) in expressing our disappointment in Governor Cuomo’s process for making appointment to the Public Service Commission. As the EDA’s statement says:
“The Governor’s slate of nominees has created a [Public Service Commission] that is all-white and 80% male, with no consumer or environmental justice advocate among them. These new Commissioners risk derailing efforts towards Governor Cuomo’s stated goals for a renewable and sustainable energy future through the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). This slate of commissioners does not meet the needs of everyday New Yorkers – the 1 million families in NY who struggle to pay their energy bills, the neighborhood groups that work hard to put a solar panel on a community center roof but are stalled by unwieldy regulation; the residents living in neighborhoods overburdened by air pollution due to environmental racism; the local renewable energy installers that want to bring more jobs to our state; or the generations to come that will suffer the ravages of climate.”
The full statement can be read on the EDA’s website.
Saying Bye-For-Now to One of Our Founders!
One of our co-founders, Margaret Kwateng, will be leaving the organization at the end of the month. Margaret, along with me, became the first full-time paid staff for the organization in 2014. She has brought so much to Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, and we wouldn’t be here today without her incredible work. We’ll miss her, but are excited that she’ll be spending the Fall and Winter as a Trustee’s Fellow with the International Honors Program, working with students abroad to study global social justice issues.