I am excited to share with you news about the newest member of our Vote Cetera Campaign Team, Volunteer Coordinator Simone Richmond!
Simone's background is in grassroots advocacy, educational and electoral campaigns with groups including California Peace Action and the Global Green. We are grateful that she has joined our team and we hope that you will warmly respond to her outreach efforts when she calls you about volunteering with our Street Team, for Phone Banks and various jobs in between. Visit the volunteer page tonight and let us know how you can help out. Coordinating volunteers for a grassroots campaign is a full time job. Please make a contribution today.
Our movement building and organizing is needed now more than ever before. A new article just published in The Atlantic magazine confirmed what many of us know about the city of Syracuse - that poverty is on the rise, especially for people of color. According to the newly published study, in Syracuse, 65% of the black population lives in high-poverty areas, up from 43% of the black population in 2000. The number of high-poverty census tracts grew to 30 from 12.
Creating economic development and opportunities for a dignified life for everyone in our community will be a heavy lift. Our Street Team has been circulating a petition for a local hiring ordinance that would require contractors hired with city money to provide at least 20% of the positions to local workers. As a small but significant step, we are supporting this Urban Jobs Task Force campaign to expand local job opportunities for city residents.
Want to discuss our City Council campaign in person? Meet others Greens and community activists? Come to one of our upcoming events:
Tuesday, August 11, 7pm
Polish Home, 915 Park Ave.
Ice Cream Social and Fundraiser
Thursday August 13, 6:30pm
340 Midland Ave.