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New York City Says “Don’t be Related to Walmart!”

Huffington Post, By Matt Ryan April 13, 2011. Last Friday, NY Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda, along with New York Communities for Change, the Retail Action Project, and other members of the Walmart-Free NYC Coalition staged a flash mob in Time Warner Center, headquarters of the Related Companies, the real estate developer currently in talks to lease Walmart space to build its first store in New York City.

Nearly a hundred singing and dancing New Yorkers converged on Related's lobby with brass band backing to let the mega-developer know we don't want it opening the floodgates for Walmart to take over our city.



Sometimes It Takes a Fire to Wake Us Up

Huffington Post, By Matt Ryan, March 30, 2011. One hundred years ago last Friday, 146 workers, mostly young immigrant girls, lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Trapped inside a sweatshop behind doors that had been locked to prevent theft and keep out union organizers, dozens of girls chose to throw themselves to their deaths nine stories below rather than be consumed by flames.

Traumatized by images of innocent bodies left strewn on city streets for days, New Yorkers rose to the occasion, initiating a wave of legal reforms and union organizing drives that laid the groundwork for the New Deal and the most exceptional gains that American workers have ever achieved.


Left, Right Unite Against Cuomo

Crains Insider, March 17, 2011. In an unusual, perhaps unprecedented occurrence, left-leaning New York Jobs with Justice sided with state Senate Republicans yesterday in rejecting the regional economic development councils proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "This could be a first," said a Jobs with Justice spokeswoman, "though we occasionally get a Republican who questions bottomless tax breaks." She said Cuomo hasn't provided enough details on the councils to demonstrate that they're "a coordinated, long-term strategy to create good jobs throughout the state." Senate opposition was not unexpected, given that the councils entail new spending largely outside of legislators' control.