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On behalf of the Association on Aging New York, we would like to strongly encourage the public to consider the breadth of impact that COVID-19 will have on the aging population and their caregivers. The aging network in New York state provides services and support for older individuals, their families and caregivers. more
Citizens of the world stand in fear waiting to see how far and how wide the coronavirus will spread, and whether or not it will reach pandemic levels of infections. more
“Why should we be studying for the future that soon may be no more? This is more important than school.” That’s what 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg asserted, and inspired by these words, in March 2019, I co-organized a climate strike at the Bronx High School of Science in accordance with the Global Climate Strike to protest government inaction toward the existential threat that is the climate crisis. more
As we unsettle into the new “normal” of COVID-19, I can’t help but be keenly aware of the yawning gap that a crisis like this makes clear. more
In a deep blue state and legislature, this sort of open fracture among liberal and progressive voices is good for democracy, even when neither side shows signs of backing down. more
Google searches reveal our deepest fears: Stock markets crashing. Coronavirus cases skyrocketing. A virus threatens our wealth and health. And we search for answers that give us no good direction. more
In February, it was announced that Brooklyn’s Waterfront Park would be named after Marsha P. Johnson, who fought until her death for black, trans and LGBQ civil rights. Shortly after, Bayard Rustin was posthumously pardoned for a 1953 conviction for what was clearly then an anti-LGBTQ law. more
This March, we celebrate the 33rd Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation that called on all Americans to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and achieve their full potential.” more
Consider the following: There are 114,000 homeless children, either living in shelters or “doubled up” with a friend or relative, attending New York City’s public schools. That’s about the same number of people as the entire population of Hartford, Connecticut. more
Bronx renters spend approximately 45 percent of their annual income on housing costs. Bronx homeowners spend approximately 37 percent of their annual income on housing costs. Yes, we need to build more affordable housing, but we must do it thoughtfully. more
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