Cumbo turns on the Bedford Union Armory + AT&T Strike!

Local News

Elections

  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn has announced that he will not challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio. He won a leadership position in the House Democratic conference last year and will hence be focusing on national politics from here on out. This further clears the way for De Blasio’s reelection.
  • Hiram Monserrate has announced a campaign for the 21st Council District (North-Central Queens) against Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. Monserrate was previously a State Senator who took part in a proto-IDC coup that gave power to Republicans in 2009 before he was ejected from the Senate due to domestic violence charges. He also served prison time on federal corruption charges.
  • The amount of money a candidate is required to have spent on their campaign in order to appear in NY’s mayoral primary debates has more than tripled since last year, now at $174,225. Police reform advocate Bob Gangi (and the furthest left candidate) has raised less than $7,000 but has loaned himself $45,000 more. Sal Albanese has raised almost half of the money required, but if he can’t raise (and spend!) the rest by September, De Blasio will not be required to debate fellow Democrats.
  • A daycare owner, Moreen King, is joining the race for term-limited Darlene Mealy’s council seat (District 41, Bed-Stuy/Brownsville).
  • The Campaign Finance Board’s most recent filing deadline shows DSA-endorsee Khader El-Yateem and and Justin Brannan nearly tied for raised donations to datein the race for the 43rd Council District.
  • PENNSYLVANIA - In the Philadelphia DA’s race, a defense attorney who opposesthe death penalty, cash bail, and who has sued the police department 75 times won a decisive victory in the Democratic primary.

AT&T Weekend Strike

Over 35,000 AT&T workers in 36 states were striking at 1295 stores over the weekend. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) organized the strike after months of working without a contract, negotiating for wage increases to cover rising healthcare costs, a fair scheduling policy and security from outsourcing. AT&T has been sending more of its new jobs either overseas or to third-party non-union shops,

Stores across the country completely closed due to the strike including the Sunset Park and Wall Street store in NYC, but AT&T flew reps into NYC to keep some other stores open. DSA members made strong showings across the nation, in many cases representing more than half the picket line. Teamsters refused to deliver packages to AT&T., American Federation of Teachers, National Nurses United, New York State Nurses Association  and the AFL-CIO also showed their support, with some some bringing food and coffee to the picketers. DSA Phoenix reportedly experienced violent intimidation but everyone is okay.

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