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A Message from Citizen Action of New York

We hope that you can join us for this historic event! Fast Food Workers in the Fight for $15, Citizen Action of New York, local clergy, labor leaders and community members will join together in Albany for the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Memphis Sanitation Strike and to announce the Fight for $15 joining the Poor People’s Campaign.

WHEN: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12 pm at the State St. entrance of the NYS Capitol & 5:30 pm at the McDonalds at 391 Central Ave. in Albany.

Fast food workers in the Fight for $15 will hold a press conference at the State Capitol at 12 noon and a rally and protest at the local McDonald’s on Monday, February 12th joining protests stretching coast to coast on the 50th anniversary of the historic Memphis sanitation strike, which became a rallying cry of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Albany workers will vow to continue the sanitation workers’ fight for higher wages and union rights and show their support for cooks and cashiers across the Mid-South who will be striking Monday for $15 and union rights. Local fast-food workers will also announce Monday they will participate in six weeks of direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience beginning Mother’s Day as part of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, uniting two of the nation’s most powerful social movements in a common fight for strong unions to lift people of all races out of poverty.

The protests and strikes across the country will culminate in a 1,500-person march in Memphis from Clayborn Temple to City Hall – the same route sanitation workers walked 50 years ago – led by strikers in the Fight for $15 from across the Mid-South, Memphis sanitation workers who participated in the 1968 strike, and prominent labor and civil rights leaders.

The Memphis sanitation strike began on Feb. 12, 1968, when hundreds of Black men went on strike for recognition of their union, a local of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and demanded a raise to $2 an hour – the equivalent of $15.73 today.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both events.

In solidarity,

Jamaica

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FSS Newsletter 2018 No.1

FSS

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Scholarships Available for Your Clients/Tenants

Dear Albany Community,

CARES , though it’s City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative (CAPRI), is pleased to announce applications for scholarships are now open for consideration. Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded on a rolling basis for eligible City of Albany residents pursuing a licensing program or a professional and/or technical certification that will lead to full-time employment. Some examples of eligible programs include electrician, natural gas technician, massage therapist, commercial driver license, and nursing certification. This funding opportunity may be a perfect fit for one of your current or former clients looking to pursue a vocational or educational opportunity.   For more information on CAPRI and how to apply for the Workforce Scholarship Program on behalf of your client/tenant, please visit https://www.reducingalbanypoverty.org/capri-scholarship or email Pedro Perez, the Program Director at caprischolarship@caresny.org.

Thank you,

Nancy Chiarella

 ***PRESS RELEASE***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pedro Perez, Program Director

City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative

E-Mail: caprischolarship@caresny.org

Phone: 518.454.5412

City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative Announces

Workforce Development Scholarship Program

 Albany, NY – The City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative (CAPRI), led by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, announced the launch of the Workforce Development Scholarship Program.

Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded on a rolling basis for eligible City of Albany residents pursuing a licensing program or a professional and/or technical certification that will lead to full-time employment. Some examples of eligible programs include electrician, natural gas technician, massage therapist, commercial driver license, and nursing certification.

“Licenses and certifications are important credentials that can boost salaries, earning potential, and economic mobility—key components of reducing poverty in the City of Albany,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “This scholarship program will ensure that we are eliminating barriers for individuals seeking to advance their career or re-enter the workforce.”

This scholarship aims to offer the opportunity to earn credentials and certification that will provide the most relevant skills and knowledge to build viable careers.  It also works to ensure that barriers to obtaining and retaining employment are removed for the applicants through an innovative partnership with local not-for-profits. Each applicant will be sponsored by a not-for-profit, creating a support system that empowers eligible applicants to create opportunity and build equity.

CAPRI is part of the larger Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) led by Governor Andrew Cuomo that aims to assist impoverished individuals within a community with the goal to ultimately lift them out of poverty.

For more information on CAPRI and how to apply for the Workforce Scholarship Program, please visit www.reducingalbanypoverty.org, https://www.facebook.com/albanypovertyreduction/ or email caprischolarship@caresny.org.

cares

Nancy Chiarella

Executive Director

CARES, Inc.

200 Henry Johnson Blvd. Suite 4

Albany, NY 12210

caresny.org

518.489.4130, ext. 105

 

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A Village, Inc reveals their Honorees for this year’s ‘Celebration of Progress’

Village

For More information about A Village, Inc please click HERE to visit their website!

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2018 Black History Month Film Series Is Here!

Please Join the Center for Law & Justice for our annual Black History Month Film Series.
Happening every Thursday in the month of February. Films begin at 6 pm. Dinner and/or light
refreshments will be served! For additional information or to RSVP please call Amy at
518-427-8361 or email amy.cflj@gmail.com

The Black Experience Film Series Flier

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A Thank You From the South End Children’s Cafe

Dear Friends at the Albany Housing Authority,

2017 was an amazing year for the South End Children’s Cafe.

Thanks to you, and your ongoing support, belief in the program and dedication to the children, we were able to celebrate serving over 14,600 meals in just two years!

And especially thanks to you, we moved into our new space at 25 Warren Street, Albany. Since opening on December 4 to the children, we have served over 1,000 meals already. Your support from the beginning of planning for this has been unbelievable, and I am so grateful to all of you and your staff for everything!

We have created a slideshow to show our appreciation to you for all you have done. Please enjoy your slideshow HERE.

Please come by sometime for dinner (we eat at 5) or a visit to see your kindness in action. Happy 2018! May you have as much joy and happiness in your life as you bring to so many others.

Sincerely,

Tracie Killar

Director, South End Children’s Cafe

PO Box 10581

Albany, NY 12202

518.275.8890

www.southendchildrenscafe.org

 

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A Word from the Homeless Action Committee

HOMELESS ACTION COMMITTEE

 393 NORTH PEARL ST.                                                                     Office (518) 426-0554

 ALBANY, NY  12207                                                                          FAX                462-5839

www.homelessaction.com

Volunteer to Help the Homeless

The Homeless Action Committee operates an Outreach Van program which makes rounds on the streets of Albany to places where homeless people congregate. An Outreach Van volunteer would assist individuals with basic needs as well as transportation to area resources or other human services organizations. The police, hospitals and other agencies will often call the Outreach Van to provide transportation for individuals to shelters or motels for the night.

The hours are between 2-10PM every day of the week. During the winter, on Code Blue nights, the hours are until 12AM.

Volunteers for the Outreach Van must be able to work with individuals with active alcohol/substance abuse issues, have good judgment, be responsible, reliable and have a good knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.

We are looking for volunteers to make at least a 2-3 hour weekly commitment. Excellent writing and organizational skills are a must. Volunteers must be motivated, patient and willing to help those who are vulnerable.
This is a great opportunity to assist others who are in greatly in need. Please reply with a cover letter and resume.

***You may e-mail cover letter and resume to hacvan@verizon.net OR you may also fax your info to (518) 462-5839.

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Free Tax Preparation Information!

Tax Prep

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Congratulations to a 2017 High School Graduate

Sonia Graham-1

For more information about the WAGE Center please visit their website HERE!

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Board Meeting for the month of November has been cancelled.

THE NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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Capital Holiday Lights in the Park 2017 Kick-Off

Holiday Lights 2017

Join Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Santa, and other special guests as they throw the switch for Light Up the Holidays. Take a walk around the lake as part of the walk-only Charity Walk Night to benefit the local Charities of Choice for 2017.

Charities of Choice

Alzheimer’s Association of NENY

The Albany Fund for Education

Soldier On

For more information visit the Event Page!

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Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Team Presents A Benefit Concert

Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Team

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Breathing Blocks: Vacant Lot Steward Program

Breathing Blocks Flyer

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He(ART) of the Hill – Celebrating the Creative Pulse of N. Swan Street

Join us Friday, October 6th at 4:00 PM for Music, Art, Food, Workshops, and More!

He(ART) of The Hill Flyer

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“Positive Action Creates Self-Esteem”…and Success

Vernell

For more information about the WAGE Center please visit their website HERE!

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National Night Out 2017!

Thank you to everyone that came out and made National Night Out another huge success!!

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Board Meeting for the month of August has been cancelled.

THE AUGUST BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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2017 Summer Jazz Cruise – Presented by The Grand Street Community Arts Center

2017 Summer Jazz Cruise 8.7.17

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Boys & Girls Club of Albany – Teen Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany Teen Program 8.2.17-1

 

For a printable flyer, please click HERE!

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Center for Law and Justice – H.E.A.L. Community Cookout

CFLJ HEAL FLYER

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