Born in New Jersey and raised in New York City, Avi Garelick spent time in California and Illinois before returning to New York City in 2010. He currently lives in Washington Heights, is an active member of the Uptown Manhattan/Bronx (BUM) chapter, the NYC-DSA housing working group, and the community organization Northern Manhattan is Not For Sale. He is the director of a Hebrew School in Manhattan.
At its third meeting, on April 22, the Citywide Leadership Council will discuss two concerns raised by NYC DSA members: an updated grievance procedure and two proposals and an endorsement.
With the record-breaking winds and rain of 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with Puerto Rico still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, it is undeniable that we are living through the effects of global climate change. It will likely get worse before it gets better – and while the technologies and policies exist to effectively confront this existential threat to the planet, capitalism keeps them from flourishing.
DSA members who worked on Jabari Brisport’s campaign for city council last year learned how hard it is to gain votes on a socialist or green party line. In a working class, largely African American and immigrant district, many or most voters remained loyal to the Democrats.
They say the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again but expecting the results to be different.
Bronx/Upper Manhattan collected signatures with the Immigrant Justice working group to keep ICE out of the courts.
Collectively, the NYC DSA Working Groups thought about how to create intersectional campaigns this month. Groups were asked to think about how to incorporate race, gender, and class differences into their education materials and platforming.
On May 1st, NYC-DSA will continue the tradition of celebrating International Worker’s Day with a rally and march in solidarity with NYC’s immigrant community. May Day is a chance to stand against racist ICE harassment and economic exploitation while demonstrating the power of all working people. Although the city depends on immigrant labor, our economic system pushes immigrant workers into the shadows, keeping their wages low and their families afraid.
“I am not afraid. I am not afraid. I would die for liberation, ‘cause I know why I was made.”
From this song that opened the first NYC meeting of the Poor People’s campaign, you could tell that the Poor People’s Campaign means business.