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QUEENS: Rally and March for Public Education Funding

Saturday, March 25 at 12pm - kickoff at PS 69

State Senator Jose Peralta abandoned our community when he didn't vote for $4.3 billion in state funding owed to our public schools. Instead, he sided with Republicans. Join us to march to Peralta's office to demand he fully fund our schools.

ROCKLAND: New Orleans Jazz Funeral March for progressive legislation

Saturday, March 25 from 11am - 1pm Rockland County Courthouse, 1 South Main Street, New City

Dozens of people will participate in this Jazz Funeral, including families and local musicians. In a state that is over 60% Democrat, there is no reason for Senator Carlucci, who was elected as a Democrat, to enable the GOP to control our budget and determine which legislation gets passed.

What Is the IDC?

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) – led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein – is a group of NY State Senators who were elected to office as Democrats but align with Republicans.

In 2012, Democrats won a majority of seats in the State Senate, but the IDC broke away from the main Democratic conference to give Republicans control of the Senate. [Huffington Post]

Democrats also held a majority of Senate seats after winning a Special Election in 2016, and once again after the 2016 election, but Republicans have remained in charge through their alliance with rogue Democrats. [Buffalo News]

Who is in the IDC?

Marisol Alcantara

Manhattan

Tony Avella

Queens

David Carlucci

Rockland

Jesse Hamilton

Brooklyn

Jeff Klein

Bronx

Jose Peralta

Queens

Diane Savino

Staten Island

David Valesky

Onondaga

“Party of Trump”: Who are the IDC's Republican Allies?

The Senate Republicans whom the IDC has empowered are among Donald Trump’s earliest and most ardent supporters and his closest ideological allies in New York State. [NY Daily News]

The Senate Republican conference is 100% anti-choice and anti-LGBT, opposes the NY DREAM Act, opposes criminal justice reform, and opposes campaign finance reform, all while promoting anti-immigrant legislation that could have been written by Steve Bannon. [NY Post, NY Daily News]

IDC “Alternative Facts” vs. Reality

Alternative fact: The IDC led the charge on the “Fight for $15”
Reality: In 2013, the Republican/IDC coalition voted for a gradual minimum wage raise from $7.25/hr to $9.00/hr that experts and mainline Democrats criticized for not going far enough. In 2015, after the IDC lost any say over the legislative agenda, Governor Cuomo pushed through a minimum wage hike to $15.00/hr that needed mainline Democratic Conference votes to pass

Alternative fact: The IDC can force Republicans to pass progressive legislation
Reality Senate Republicans have blocked the following legislation from passing in New York

  • DREAM Act to provide tuition assistance to children of undocumented immigrants
  • Elements of the Women’s Equality Act to codify Roe v. Wade in New York law (Reproductive Health Act to protect access to abortion and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act to protect access to no-copay birth control)
  • GENDA to protect LGBT New Yorkers from discrimination
  • Voting Reform including early voting and automatic voter registration
  • Criminal Justice Reform including “Raise the Age”
  • Campaign Finance Reform and Ethics Reform to clean up Albany corruption

Here's a full list of progressive legislation that passed the Assembly but died in the Senate during the last legislative session. We can expect many if not most of these to be reintroduced this year; let's keep pressure on our senators to get these through!

The Sad Truth

Talking Points: IDC Facts and Rebuttals

Talking to the media, your Senators, or your neighbors? You can also download the talking points as a PDF.

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