A Brief Note about CVH's First Acts of Civil Disobedience

March 3, 2011 

Hello Friends of CVH,
I wanted to share with you some quick info from our action yesterday, which involved about 150 people at the state Capitol Building and saw 17 leaders and allies arrested for acts of civil disobedience.
Community Voices Heard and VOCAL-NY were joined by allies from CAAAV, FUREE, Picture the Homeless, Queers for Economic Justice and Right to the City (NYC Chapter) in holding a protest around New York's revenue crisis at our state capitol yesterday.
The protest further defined the choice facing Governor Cuomo between tax cuts for millionaires and investing in healthcare, education, safety net programs and other public services ordinary New Yorkers rely on.  About 150 low-income New Yorkers from the five boroughs, Westchester, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Albany rallied while 17 were arrested for blocking entrances on the south side the capitol. 
Protesters held banners saying "Gov. Cuomo:  People Before Wall Street, No Tax Breaks for Millionaires" and "Cuomo Inc: Fighting for Wall Street Bankers & Landlords."  [Thanks, too, to some of our allies that joined us in solidarity!]
Check out the slideshow below, and you can watch videos here with some more photos here. (More videos right here shortly!)

 Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

The protest was widely covered in the media, including those below.  (The NY1 and Fox23 segments under TV/ Video are among the better pieces.)


·         Albany Times Union 
·         Buffalo News
·         Newsday
·         AP/Wall Street Journal (and AP with photo)
·         Gannett
TV / Video:
·         NY1
·         12WBNG
·         WNYT 12
·         Fox23
·         MyFoxNY
·         NPR
·         North Country Radio
·         State of Politics First and Second
·         Daily News / Daily Politics
·         Politics on the Hudson
·         Capitol Confidential First and Second
·         WNYC/The Empire
·         Gotham Gazette/The Wonkster
It was incredibly exciting for Community Voices Heard members and staff to participate in the first act of civil disobedience against our new Governor.  Please help us spread the word that enough is enough - budgets cannot be balanced on the backs of poor people any longer!

In solidarity,

Sondra Youdelman
Executive Director