CPD congratulates our good friends, the Maine People’s Alliance, for the vital role they played in the success of the Maine marriage equality referendum on election night.
The victory represents the first successful proactive marriage equality ballot measure in the country. It is largely through intensive organizing work of partners such as MPA that the referendum passed. Maine is now the final New England state to pass marriage equality. Great work MPA!
Last week, the County Executive of Suffolk County, Long Island signed a new Executive Order that will provide comprehensive interpretation and translation services at all county agencies for more than 120,000 limited English proficient (LEP) Long Island residents. The new language access program will ensure that all Suffolk families are able to access government services and benefits. The order also protects the confidentiality of residents’ immigration status - a policy that is critical to building trust between immigrant communities and their local government.
The Center for Popular Democracy is proud to have worked with our partners to draft the Suffolk County Language Access Executive Order and to build the campaign for equal access to government services throughout New York State.
Enthusiastic congratulations also to our core partner, CASA de Maryland, for leading the referendum fight on the Maryland DREAM Act, which was approved overwhelmingly by Maryland voters on November 6th.
The Act, which grants in-state tuition benefits to most immigrant college students, sets a new precedent in the fight for immigrant rights and equality – this is the first time tuition benefits have been approved by popular vote. ¡Sí se pudo!
Warehouse workers within Walmart’s supply chain in New Jersey, Illinois, and California frequently complain of unsafe working conditions, poverty wages and the underpayment of wages. CPD is supporting worker groups in three states to mobilize, by providing legal, organizing and fundraising support.
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Over one million New York City workers lack paid sick time to care for themselves or their loved ones. For these workers, the choice is stark: work through illness, endangering coworkers and customers, or face losing pay and the possibility of losing your job. Paid sick leave legislation has been enacted from San Francisco to Connecticut, from Seattle to Washington, DC, but, in New York, the Paid Sick Time Act has been stalled. The New York Times has twice endorsed the bill and the Center for Popular Democracy is working hard to organize and move this bill passed its final hurdle.
In partnership with the NY State Paid Family Leave Coalition, CPD has been playing a lead role on campaign strategy, legislative drafting, and faith organizing in support of the bill.
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