Tag: 2021

“At the End of the Day, Climate Is a Working-Class Issue”

By Andrew Giambrone

Read the full article from Jacobin, here.

India Walton may have lost the Buffalo mayoral race last week, but her campaign isn’t the only socialist one in upstate New York. Today in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Sarahana Shrestha, the Ulster County cochair of the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) local chapter, announced her bid for the state assembly seat for Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock, Rhinebeck, and other areas. The seat is currently held by Kevin Cahill, a nearly twenty-nine-year incumbent expected to seek reelection in New York’s 2022 Democratic primary.

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After a long strike at Mercy Hospital, how do Catholic Health and union workers repair the relationship?

By Jon Harris

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Catholic Health System and the Communications Workers of America traded blows like heavyweight boxers in a 35-day main event at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo – shaped during the prior 18 months by a pandemic that forever changed each side.

The bout is now concluded, after about 2,500 workers overwhelmingly ratified new labor contracts over the weekend and into Monday.

Now it’s time to recover. That starts now, as the 2,000 workers who were on strike for 35 days begin returning to Mercy Hospital on Wednesday.

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NAACP ‘coming back home’ to African American Heritage Corridor

By Mark Sommer

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

The 106-year-old Buffalo branch of the NAACP is “coming back home,” branch president Rev. Mark Blue said Tuesday of the organization’s imminent relocation to a rehabilitated 19th century building in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor.

“This is kind of like a dream come true,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who grew up on the East Side never knowing about the history of the corridor, including the start of the Niagara Movement, the precursor to the NAACP, or the role of the Underground Railroad at the Michigan Street Baptist Church.

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With a community on edge, the trial over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery begins.

By Richard Fausset

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

The jury, which is made up of residents from Glynn County, where more than a quarter of the population is Black, includes 11 white people and one Black person. Anxiety over the jury’s racial makeup was palpable among observers and participants during the more than two weeks that the jurors were being chosen.

Lawyers have said the trial could last a month. The extraordinarily long jury selection process, a grueling process that took two and a half week and included the seating of four alternate jurors, has already underscored the explosive nature of this case. That is particularly true in coastal Glynn County, where many of the 85,000 residents are connected by bonds of family, school or work, and where racial tension and harmony are deeply laced.

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Covid-19 vaccination rate climbs statewide; so do positive test rates in WNY

By Scott Scanlon

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Covid-19 vaccination rates continued to climb across New York State over the weekend as children ages 5 to 11 began to receive their first smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration authorized such doses for children in that age range last month.

“The weather is getting colder, and friends and family will be spending more time indoors, increasing the risk of transmission and threatening the incredible progress we’ve made so far,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday afternoon as she reported almost 111,500 new vaccines were given during the previous 24 hours.