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==Anti Con Ed campaign==
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The campaign to replace Con Edison with a public power utility has grown since [[Democratic Socialists of America]] and Councilman [[Costa Constantinide]]s held a hearing in July about resisting the power provider’s rate hikes.
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Since then, Con Edison enacted rate hikes that will continue over the next three years, and the coalition has gathered community and legislative support.
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As a follow-up to that hearing, which was held in the immediate wake of the summer’s extensive blackouts, the DSA Ecosocialist Working Group held its third citywide public power town hall of the year from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 2020 at HANAC George Douris Tower, located at 2740 Hoyt Ave. S in Astoria.
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The group was joined by a host of electeds, including State Senator [[Michael Gianaris]], Assemblyman [[Ron Kim]], Assemblyman [[Brian Barnwell]], and Constantinides, as well as groups like [[New York Communities for Change]], [[Food and Water Watch]], [[Hearts Across Queens]], [[Queens Independent United Progressives]], [[Sunrise NYC]].
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The coalition recently supported three pieces of legislation in the state legislature that would essentially enact public power. They would expand the New York Power Authority, require all state-owned and municipal properties to use renewable energy and create a downstate Power Authority to take over Con Ed, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and National Grid Gas service across New York City and several other surrounding counties.
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“This is the first time that there’s a real alternative on the table,” said [[Charlie Heller]], a spokesperson for the DSA. “The thing we want people to take away is that this is about people who live in Queens. This is an opportunity to share your frustration with Con Ed, and learn how you can do something about it.”<ref>[https://qns.com/2020/03/queens-electeds-nyc-dsa-to-host-astoria-town-hall-on-replacing-con-ed-with-public-power/]</ref>
  
 
==Caban supporters and endorsers==
 
==Caban supporters and endorsers==

Revision as of 20:44, 3 March 2021


Michael Gianaris

Anti Con Ed campaign

The campaign to replace Con Edison with a public power utility has grown since Democratic Socialists of America and Councilman Costa Constantinides held a hearing in July about resisting the power provider’s rate hikes.

Since then, Con Edison enacted rate hikes that will continue over the next three years, and the coalition has gathered community and legislative support.

As a follow-up to that hearing, which was held in the immediate wake of the summer’s extensive blackouts, the DSA Ecosocialist Working Group held its third citywide public power town hall of the year from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 2020 at HANAC George Douris Tower, located at 2740 Hoyt Ave. S in Astoria.

The group was joined by a host of electeds, including State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, and Constantinides, as well as groups like New York Communities for Change, Food and Water Watch, Hearts Across Queens, Queens Independent United Progressives, Sunrise NYC.

The coalition recently supported three pieces of legislation in the state legislature that would essentially enact public power. They would expand the New York Power Authority, require all state-owned and municipal properties to use renewable energy and create a downstate Power Authority to take over Con Ed, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and National Grid Gas service across New York City and several other surrounding counties.

“This is the first time that there’s a real alternative on the table,” said Charlie Heller, a spokesperson for the DSA. “The thing we want people to take away is that this is about people who live in Queens. This is an opportunity to share your frustration with Con Ed, and learn how you can do something about it.”[1]

Caban supporters and endorsers

The La Boom Nightclub in Woodside, Queens, was packed wall to wall with hundreds of supporters. People were chanting “Sí se Puede” and “Black and brown lives matter.” That was the scene at approximately 11:15 pm June 25 2019 when Tiffany Caban declared herself the winner in the Democratic primary for district attorney.

Tiffany Caban was a virtually unknown public defender until February 2019. Cabán built a grassroots campaign that brought in community organizations, such as Make The Road, and political groups, including the Working Families Party, Citizen Action, and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Cabán was endorsed by Larry Krasner, the District Attorney from Philadelphia who led the way in the movement for transformative justice. Her national endorsers included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Local endorsers included: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; NYS Senators Jessica Ramos, James Sanders, Julia Salazar, and Michael Gianaris; NYS Assemblymember Ron Kim; and NYC council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Antonio Reynoso.

Actress Susan Sarandon tweeted this morning; “@CabánForQueens victory over the ‘machine’ in Queens makes me proud to be from Jackson Heights and shows once again that a people’s movement can bring real change, real justice.”[2]

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