Monthly Archives: June 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE – A number of Poughkeepsie residents walked through areas of the city Saturday and cleaned up vacant, foreclosed properties and buildings to point up a need for more affordable housing. The effort, spearheaded by the group Community Voices Heard, called on banks to clean up the properties and make them available for homeless residents.
Poughkeepsie resident Sheila Blanding was among those marching through the city. “These banks got away with crashing the economy and the housing market, and yet they still own homes in Poughkeepsie that used to belong to people,” she said. “Now these homes are sitting empty, and at the same time we have families who are homeless. Who needs these homes more – the banks or people?”
Dina Wilson, who attended the march with her seven-year-old son, is homeless. “I think about my son, and what logic he must have to employ, to rationalize the fact that there are unwanted properties all over the place, but our family lacks a permanent residence,” she said. “We have the solution to end two social ills at the same time – foreclosed houses with foreclosed people.”
The people who rallied called for the CEOs of specific big banks and local government officials to take action to address the housing and foreclosure crisis.
“These are now more vacant homes than homeless people in the United States,” said Sharon Froelich of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson Home Defense Association. “Our goal is to see that no one is forced out of their homes. To do this we will use both legal action and public support, including direct action to keep people in their homes or move people into vacant homes,” she said.
Dear All: Thank you to everyone who took the time to make public comments on Thursday and inform the SC Legislature about the resolution you would like the legislature to consider. It has been very helpful to dilineate the process – now it will be part of a larger discussion on Wednesday June 27 from 6-8 at the LaPolt Senior Center in Liberty on “How a Resolution Gets Passed in the SC Legislature.”
June 21, 2012
Sullivan County Legislature meeting.
Today, at least seven members of MoveOn.org Sullivan (NY) presented a petition to the Sullivan county legislature in Monticello NY, for a ‘resolution’ to Overturn the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme court decision. Kathie Aberman introduced our Petition, describing the MoveOn.org , Public Citizen’s movement since last January to overturn this decision and get money out of politics, and, as our draft resolution said,
1) A corporation is not a person and can be regulated
2) Money is not speech and can be regulated, and
Ending with, “The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.”
The proposed ‘draft’ resolution was presented by; Kathie Aberman, Robert Dorn, Padma Dyvine, Marshall Rubin, Chet Carlin, Priscilla Bassett, Thomas Brown, Marilyn Valant, Mary Ann Burke, Mary Ellen Boyd, Catherine Rivas, Harris Alic, James Clark, Kristina Williams and several hundred petitioners, residents of Sullivan County.
Some members were unable to be present and others read their statements supporting this.
Several of us were interviewed and photographed by local media, and a special group portrait was taken with Cora Edwards, one of the 9 Legislators present.
June 14, 2012
Across the nation, concerned citizens of all political stripes are mobilizing in support of an action to
nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. U.S. Election Commission.
This court case resulted in granting corporations and unions the right, under the guise of the First
Amendment freedom of speech, to provide unlimited, anonymous funds to political campaigns. Much
of this money is currently being used to buy partisan political ads through the broadcast media.
As a result the nation’s media have been inundated with huge amounts of cash, in effect
drowning out opposing points of view, a dire threat to our very existence as a democracy.
In a number of states, counties, and municipalities, resolutions have been introduced to garner
support for a constitutional remedy that would overturn the Citizens United decision.
Members of MoveOn, the Sullivan County, N.Y. affiliate of a national grassroots organization is
introducing a draft resolution to the Sullivan County Legislature at its next public session on Thursday,
June 21, 2:00 P.M. in the County Administration building in Monticello. The group is hoping that a
large public turnout will help convince legislators of the urgent need to adopt a overturn resolution in
order to restore democracy to the elective process. “We’re at a critical crossroads, and a strong
affirmation of our determination can turn back the threat of an undemocratic takeover of our public
institutions,” , Sullivan County, NY, MoveOn.
This is good news. The ‘home rule’ movement against Fracking is catching on.