Richard Codding wants to volunteer 2017-07-12 18:30:20 -0400
Volunteer for Social Justice!
We depend on the help of hundreds of volunteers each year to accomplish the important work we do. Volunteering is a great way to share your time and skills, meet like-minded people, and make a difference. We could use your help with mailings, organizing events, meeting with politicians, phone banking, going door-to-door, preparing the newsletter, technical support, data entry and more. Or maybe you have particular skill you would like to share. Here are some ways that you can help out:
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Our campaigns for specific social justice demands are the heart of our work. We need people to help strategize, plan, and implement our campaigns. The 7-point Fight for Economic Justice vision statement is central to our work and helps inform what campaigns we take on. For more information and to sign-up to volunteer for these campaigns, click the links below.
Fight for Fifteen Campaign
Quality Public Education Campaign
If we hope to win on the issues that we care so deeply about, we must have a large membership leading the way. This year, Metro Justice has ambitious plans to grow - and we need your help. We can connect you with other progressives in your neighborhood, that have already shown some interest in Metro Justice, so that you can reach out to them and help them become members in Rochester's fastest-growing progressive community organization! Sign up here.
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Richard Codding posted about Healthcare is a Human Right on Facebook 2017-05-18 07:54:06 -0400I think Healthcare should be a Human Right & I want to do something about it. Join me on the MJ Healthcare Campaign!
Thousands of people die every year in New York State and the
United States for lack of proper health insurance. The health care system of the United States is often a death sentence for the poor.
At Metro Justice, we say that Health Care is a Human Right! We intend to fight for it.
Luckily, there are plenty of models for what a health care system that makes health care a human right looks like. Every industrial nation in the world, other than the United States uses another model.
The Metro Justice Health Care is a Human Right Campaign demands the passage of New York Health, a Single-Payer Health Care bill for New York State.
What is Single-Payer Health Care?
At its most basic, Single-Payer Health Care is a system where the government provides for everyone’s health care costs. Everyone is included in the health care plan from birth to death, regardless of their current health, regardless of ability to pay, regardless of their employment or lack thereof. It is the necessary system to ensure that Health Care is a Human Right.
Assemblymember Gottfried convinced lawmakers four years ago to fund a study of the most cost-effective way to provide health care to all New Yorkers. The answer was single payer, which would reduce overall health care expenditures in New York by $20 billion annually by 2019. The state study said that single payer would be $28 billion cheaper annually by 2019 than the insurance mandate enacted by Congress. In addition to saving money, single payer was the only plan that guaranteed that everyone would have access to health care services.
Help us build a movement to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care! We can't do this without the support of our community!Become a volunteer
Richard Codding donated 2017-04-20 20:22:28 -0400
As part of the new Strategic Plan passed at this year's Annual Members Meeting, Metro Justice decided to affiliate nationally with the newly-formed organization People's Action. This is critical to helping connect us to the growing social movements that are resisting the Trump Agenda and moving forward a vision of social, economic, and racial justice.
We are sending a delegation of activists from Metro Justice to the founding conference of People's Action! A number of the members going are everyday working class people that will likely have a hard time covering some of the costs. We hope that you'll support their attendance at the conference with a donation today.
Any support is greatly appreciated by all those attending!Donate
Richard Codding donated 2017-07-19 06:26:15 -0400
Metro Justice is different than the other organizations out there. Instead of relying on grants from large foundations and corporations, we continue to remain member funded with membership dues.
Your Membership will provide us the support we need to facilitate direct action organizing for our many campaigns. Please continue your commitment to progressive action in Rochester. You can you make us stronger!
Instead of giving yearly dues, Metro Justice debits your credit card each month and those funds immediately fund our campaigns. Your monthly contribution creates a consistent base that Metro Justice can rely on to strengthen our campaigns, including the Fight for 15. Can we count on you to contribute monthly to Metro Justice as Sustaining Member?
Your continued support will fuel our strong commitment to Social and Economic Justice—thank you! The revolution continues at Metro Justice! Please continue supporting our work.
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Richard Codding wants to volunteer 2016-09-28 16:16:42 -0400Education unlocks the door of opportunity.If we do not educate every student, we are sacrificing not only our economic future,but also denying our children the opportunity to reach their dreams and potential.Over the last 10 years, Albany has shortchanged our schools and forced them to make tough cuts.What have our schools lost?35,000 Teachers, Aides, Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Librarians, Advance Placement Courses, Honors Courses, Career & Technical Education, Resources, Tutoring, Arts Programs, Dance Programs, Music Programs, Sports, After School Programs, Summer School, Clubs…the list goes on…..No More ExcusesAlbany’s rhetoric has not met reality. Governor Cuomo recognizes that schools need quality programs and supports in order to prepare students for college and careers. But, the investments that the Governor has put forth combined with 5 years of cuts have failed to improve the quality of education. New York is moving in the wrong direction.
New York has some of the best schools in the country that offer a diversity of courses and supports to meet their students’ needs and help them reach their fullest potential. But these schools are only in wealthy areas.
There is gap in New York separating the great schools from the ones that are struggling to provide even the basics for their students. This gap rings in at $8,601 per student, which is the difference between a student going to college prepared or dropping out because they lack the supports and resources.What works:Early Start in Quality Pre-K: Students who attend pre-K are more likely to graduate high school, go to college and earn higher wages as adults. Every $1 invested in pre-k saves taxpayers $7 in future cost.Time + Resources: A high quality and diverse curriculum tied with sufficient time give students the space to learn and grow. Extended Learning Time, such as afterschool programs, also allows schools to cultivate creativity by giving students the opportunity to engage in art and music.Supports for Student Success: Students come to school with a variety of social, emotional and physical needs. When these needs are appropriately met through programs such as Community Schools and Restorative Justice, students are better able to engage in learning. Teachers also require supports, such as mentoring and planning time, in order to build upon their skills to best serve students’ needs.Teaching & Learning, Not Excessive Testing: In the current climate of insufficient funding and raised standards, more harm than good is done if we do not address the misuse on standardized testing. There needs to be not only a reduction the amount of testing, but a moratorium on the high stakes consequences of those tests and a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.Important Links:AQE's 2014 Legislative Priorities: http://www.aqeny.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/11.20.2013_AQE-2014-Legislative-Priorites.pdfDo your part and support your community through volunteering for education equity!