CALL-TO-ACTION: Congress Spring Recess & Affordable Care
Congratulations! We have won the first battle of the Trump Era in the struggle to save and build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!
Congress couldn’t muster a majority to steal health care from millions of voters. We mobilized and stopped the Trump agenda in its tracks. A huge thank-you to every person who has marched, attended a town hall, visited your congressperson, made phone calls and sent emails. People power is what stopped the ACA repeal, and even ultra-conservative members of Congress had to shift their positions when faced with the people who mobilized to challenge them in their home districts.
But that was only the first act. We cannot stop now. The …
Posted on April 6, 2017 at 11:23 am
Guest post by Jillian Faison, Housing Works’ Director of New York State Governmental Affairs
This weekend organizers and community members from Housing Works, Fourth Family Inc., Citizen Action, and Youth Represent gathered in the Capitol during the annual Somos el Futuro conference to express their support for Speaker Heastie’s “raise the age” proposal, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility to eighteen.
50 of us marched through the concourse but as we chanted, and we were joined by many of the people attending the conference in our cry “What do we want? RAISE THE AGE! And When do we want it? NOW!” Our group marched to the Speaker Heastie’s open house where he came and addressed our group. …
Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm
A message from Housing Works President and CEO Charles King
After Donald Trump’s election, I wrote to remind all of you of our history of turning defeat into victory by coming together and fighting for what we believe in. The first two months of this Administration have been scary. But it has brought us and other people of good will closer together as we have organized, rallied, and fought.
Today’s victory could not be sweeter. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump used all of their collective power to pass Trumpcare in the House of Representatives. And they failed! This afternoon Ryan announced he was pulling the bill!
Thank you to every one of you who made phone calls, rallied, marched and talked …
Posted on March 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm
GUEST POST BY JARON BENJAMIN, Housing Works VP for Community Mobilization
Housing Works and Health GAP joined dozens of activists from NJ 11 for Change outside of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Morristown office to demand their representative change his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and to hold a public town hall to discuss other issues important to his constituents.
NJ 11 for Change has demonstrated outside of their congressman’s office every Friday this year, and the snow and cold temperatures didn’t stop them from hosting the weekly protest to make their demands. Most of the activists made their way into the office to voice their concerns about changes to healthcare.
Among the activists was Thomas Howe, a retired physician …
Posted on March 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm
We’ve been seriously missing our incredible comedy show around the bookstore, and can’t wait for 2017’s first show happening tonight! Our freewheeling and unleashed comedy night is hosted by the one and only Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Punderdome 3000) and tonight we’ll feature sets from Kate Willet (Comedy Central), Emmy Blotnick (Comedy Central), Langston Kerman (HBO’s Insecure), Chris Gethard (Upcoming HBO Special). Tickets include a free beer or wine. Join us for comedy at its finest, promising unpredictable performances, interactive bits, and surprise special guests!
And don’t forget, 100% of the proceeds for Loose go to the lifesaving services we provide to homeless and at-risk New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets & more info at …
Posted on March 9, 2017 at 12:24 am
Spring came early this year, and we are NOT complaining. Winter teased us with its few 60 degree days, and now more than ever are we craving the warm, sunny weather.
Now it’s time to put a little spring in your step! We’ve got so many fun, seasonal shopping events coming your way this month starting with “Best of Spring” kicking off TODAY at our 2nd Ave location! Shop our best fashion, furniture, and art donations at all 13 Thrift Shops, and know that your purchases help fund Housing Works’ lifesaving services! Now how’s that for some guilt-free shopping? Locations, dates and times here.
Clearance prices will be in effect leading up to each event, and remember …
Posted on March 2, 2017 at 11:32 am
Transgender rights have come under attack— specifically regarding trans and gender non-conforming students in schools. President Trump revoked guidelines issued by President Obama that specified that transgender students have the right to use restrooms in public schools that correspond to their gender identity. In New York State, Governor Cuomo has directed schools to protect transgender students, but trans students in many states will not be offered the same support or protections.
“States’ rights should never trump human rights! No one should be delegitimized by government, and restricting access to public accommodations is a blatant and violent civil rights violation,” said Housing Works President and CEO Charles King.
You can raise your voice in support of trans students by calling the Department of Education …
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm
On Thursday, February 23, Housing Works joined with 100 HIV and health advocates including representatives from GMHC, VOCAL-NY, BOOM! Health, NBLCA, Amida Care, Exponents, and Latino Commission on AIDS, for a press conference and rally outside of Governor Cuomo’s New York City office to demand that the Governor and Legislature restore $22 million in cuts to NYC public health programs in this year’s final New York State budget. The burden of these cuts would hit the City’s newly launched Sexual Health Clinics as well as its successful Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (ETE) initiative, which achieved an 8.3% decrease in new HIV diagnoses in 2015.
The cuts will also affect a number of other critical …
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm