Last week, I joined African Communities Together, New York Immigration Coalition, and other groups in a march and rally in honor of World Refugee Day. We assembled in Bryant Park, marched to the United States Mission to the United Nations, and held a rally at nearby Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza right across the street from the Trump World Tower.
Yesterday hundreds of people braved NYC‘s cold winter temperatures and gathered at Columbus Circle to bring attention to the problem of 421a tax breaks that subsidize luxury developments such as One57 on Billionaire Row.
The New York Times has an interesting article on this very subject.
On Thurs the 16th, I joined hundreds of people filled with “low-wage rage” who marched in front of Alice Walton’s new $25 million Park Ave condo. Ms. Walton is one of the children and heirs to the Walmart founder’s fortune. Four of these heirs, including Alice Walton, occupy almost half of the slots in the Forbes list of the Richest 10 People in America.
Walmart, along with Alice Walton, has been the focus of many protests over the years. The reason is simple. Walmart, which is also the world’s largest retailer, has had its harmful labor practices adopted by retailers, fast-food chains, and other low-wage employers in NYC and around the world.
As workers around the country find themselves facing growing poverty and inequality, a lack of dependable hours, and few opportunities for career advancement, they have begun pushing back in ever-increasing numbers against the “Walmart economy.”