On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the campaign of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will co-host a workshop to educate and empower the community on their rights while engaging with ICE.
The #AbolishICE: Know Your Rights and Resisting ICE workshop will be led by Luba Cortes from Make the Road NY, Genia Blaser from Immigrant Defense Project, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, the Democratic nominee for Assembly District 34.
This is the third workshop in a series of events hosted by the campaign. Previous ones included topics like organizing a childcare collective and an eviction defense workshop.
UPDATE: According to the FDNY, four people, including a civilian and three firefighters, were taken to a local hospital. The incident was under control in two hours and 10 minutes.
A fire broke out in the basement of an apartment building at 45-45 46th Street in Sunnyside on Friday afternoon.
No one appeared to be injured. After just a few minutes, the fire seemed to be contained, though several dozen firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour.
As you can see from the photo above, the windows of the first floor and basement were broken.
Though some residents from nearby buildings were evacuated, it looked like some went to the roof to check out what was going on.
It was unclear if the restaurant next door, Bistro Punta Sal, a Peruvian spot, was affected.
Dozens of people were watching the firefighters at work just across the street. One man with an American flag-designed mask tossed two firefighters water bottles. Others applauded the firefighters for their work.
Acting Borough President Sharon Lee is looking for two dedicated parent volunteers to fill two vacant positions on Community Education Council District 30.
Lee is accepting applications from education-minded individuals until Friday, August 7.
CEC 30, which includes Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Astoria and Long Island City, is responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies and providing input to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.
Each CEC oversees elementary and middle schools in their respective community school district. There are seven community school districts in Queens.
CEC members meet for public meetings every month, and visit schools to see what their educational needs are. They also review the district’s educational programs, approve zoning lines, and submit a capital plan to the chancellor after holding public hearings.
The CEC membership application is available online here and can be returned by email to email@example.com.
Later this evening, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will join soon-to-be Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Housing Justice for All to host an eviction defense training for tenants looking to hold onto their homes.
Attendees will discuss ways families can protect themselves against evictions through “organized defense efforts and blockades.”
The lawmakers will also highlight the need for a universal eviction moratorium in New York through the end of 2020, and to cancel debt.
On Tuesday night, the New York City Council voted to pass the $88 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021.
For weeks, advocates marching and protesting across the city have called for defunding the NYPD by at least $1 billion. The demonstrations have resulted in an occupation of City Hall Park, where activists called on the City Council to decrease the police budget significantly.
However, as City Council Speaker Corey Johnson later admitted, negotiations for the $1 billion in cuts fell short.
When the vote for the budget came, 37 members voted in favor, while 12 voted against. Sunnyside Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was one of the no votes.
“The people have demanded a real $1 billion cut to the NYPD, but also a reimagining of public safety in this city,” he explained in a statement. “Sadly, the most historic part of this budget is how it fails to meet the moment.
“As a person who benefits from white privilege, I have a particular obligation to meet this moment and to use my power and privilege to end white supremacy and a police state that brutalizes black and brown bodies,” he added.
Van Bramer noted that over $350 million of the cut is through overtime reduction goals. However, he said based on history, the reduction is more of a “suggestion” because NYPD blows through overtime numbers.
The councilman added that the budget should have eliminated more cadet classes and actively reduced the headcount of uniformed officers.
On moving school safety officers out of the NYPD to the Department of Education budget, Van Bramer said those changes happen over two years, and does nothing for students who feel over-policed and criminalized.
“It’s not a cut,” he said. “We should have gone much further and invested more in education and programs that build up communities.”