MID/LATE JULY 2012 NEWS & UPDATE

MID/LATE JULY 2012 NEWS  & UPDATE

Corporations and labor unions have been emboldened this election season to spend unlimited sums of cash. The Supreme Court is telling them to go full-speed ahead. The high court reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision from 2010, following a challenge to a Montana law that prohibited corporate spending in elections. Groups including Mount Vernon United Tenants continue to rally local governments to fight the Citizens United decision.

Corporations and labor unions have been emboldened this election season to spend unlimited sums of cash. The Supreme Court is telling them to go full-speed ahead. The high court reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision from 2010, following a challenge to a Montana law that prohibited corporate spending in elections. Groups including Mount Vernon United Tenants continue to rally local governments to fight the Citizens United decision. / AP Photo/Evan Vucci (Courtesy Journal News)


Citizens United

In the last mailing we told you about MVUT’s leadership effort in getting the Mt. Vernon City Council to pass a resolution seeking to overturn the horrible Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. We also included a copy of the City Council’s Resolution.  We mentioned that we’d do a “Community View” in The Journal News. Dennis and Roberta Apuzzo, the President of the Mt. Vernon City Council (not MVUT), co-authored same and it ran this past Saturday July 21. Here’s a copy of the article. (We notified The Joumal News of their error in listing Ms. Apuzzo as President of MVUT and not the Mt. Vernon City Council, and The Joumal News has confirmed to us that they will post a correction on their website).

 

Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: The State of Black and Latino in Westchester County

Dennis participated in this important and exciting event sponsored by the White Plains and Greenburgh NAACP, and Blacks In Law Enforcement on Saturday July 21 at the Greenburgh Town Hall. A major focus of the meeting was the issue of “disproportionality”, i.e, the fact that Blacks and Latinos are “disproportionally” represented in numerous categories such as the criminal “justice” system, public assistance, foster care, special education etc. The case of the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. by White Plains police was also high on the agenda. His son, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. was there and shed light on developments in the case. There were mothers from Mt. Vernon who had lost children to senseless violence that plagues our streets – and there was determination on their part not to “give in and run away” but to fight to make our city the great place it has been. There were many important leaders on hand, elected and community, who committed to work together on these important issues confronting us.

See article in Greenburgh Daily Voice about the forum.

 

Voter Education Forum – Saturday August 4

As one effort to respond to the concerns raised in the above, the Voter Education Advocacy Committee, made up of the African American Youth of Westchester, the Nepperhan Community Center and a host of other organizations, are sponsoring an important Voter Registration Forum on Saturday August 4 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Riverside High School at 565 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers (see enclosed flyer). MVUT has voter registration applications at our office and we’re actively trying to register any unregistered people who come to our office. Likewise we’d encourage any of our members and friends to direct anyone they may know who’s not registered to come to the MVUT office and fill out their registration. MVUT will even provide the postage to the Board of Elections!

There are important elections coming up – the Presidential election this November and the County Executive race next year. We must do all that we can to make sure that as many people become registered who are able to. We should also try to get people involved in local campaigns to let them begin to exercise power in their lives. We’ve explained in past mailings specifically on the Citizens United case, how the ugly influence of big money is diminishing our “democratic principles”. Voter registration and education is one (1) counterweight to this insidious phenomenon. Let us know if we can do a voter registration campaign in your building? In your neighborhood? Call us!

 

Fundraising

The summertime is always the slowest time for us in raising money. Donations often dry up around now. We know we often ask the same people over and over to contribute, but as you can see, especially for the successes outlined in our last mailing – low Westchester Rent Guidelines, numerous eviction preventions, the passing of the Citizens United resolution – we’ve earned your support. If you live in a rent regulated building, and your lease comes up for renewal between October 1,2012 and Sept. 30, 2012, the Guidelines we played a big role in getting passed will save you several hundred dollars. For example, if your rent was $ 1,000 and you took a two (2) year renewal, just from the prior year’s Guidelines of 4%, you’d save $420 over the course of
the lease term!

Keep that in mind when filling out the following Donation Form. Thanks.

Support Tenants’ Rights!
Support Economic Justice!!
Support MVUT!!!

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