Current Actions

  • To Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson: Give Guild Members Back Our Bonus!

    In an e-mail sent to all Scholastic employees, you, Mr. Robinson, were proud to announce: "Scholastic had an outstanding year with strong performances across the company. All parts of the company executed well and contributed to solid growth in the current year."

    "As a thank you for the outstanding company performance in 2012, bonuses will be awarded to all full- and part-time employees in the U.S. You will receive a bonus payment on August 10, 2012, equal to an additional one-week’s pay, based on your salary as of May 31, 2012."

    "This thank you payment recognizes the important contributions you have made to our record year and underscores the fact that your dedication is what makes us the leader in children’s publishing, education, and media as we move our business to more digital products and distribution. "

    Eleven days later, the company contacted The Newspaper Guild of New York, and informed Local Representative Bobby Townsend that Guild - represented Scholastic employees were not included in the "Thank You Bonus" and had been sent the notice of the extra week's pay by mistake.

    Apparently, someone decided that we Guild-represented Scholastic employees - we who create the content on which so many students and teachers rely - DO NOT, as you so eloquently stated: " work at the highest level to support our customers—in the field, on-line and on the phone providing service, in our warehouses making sure every child gets the right book, and in our offices developing product, managing our sales, operations and finances."

    So, the bonus the rest of Scholastic's employees will receive on August 10th is a "thank you" for all they, but NOT Guild-represented employees, do to help children read and learn in the US and throughout the world.

    Mr. Robinson, Guild represented employees are just as deserving of a "thank you" for our ongoing hard work and support for the company.

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  • Release Peace Activist Yonatan Pollack

    Israeli Peace Activist Yonatan Pollack is set to begin a 6 month prison sentence on January 11, 2011. He was detained two years ago, on January 31, 2008, during a Critical Mass bike ride through the streets of Tel Aviv in protest of the Israeli siege on Gaza. He was the only person arrested during the thirty-person peaceful protest, with police officers claiming he was the organizer because they recognized him.

    Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak convicted Pollack of illegal assembly, sentencing him to three months in prison. A three month sentence, which had been suspended, was tacked on. That sentence had been given to Shapira for protesting the construction of the Separation Barrier. 

    “I find myself unable to express remorse in this case … If His Honor decides to go ahead and impose my suspended prison sentence, I will go to prison wholeheartedly and with my head held high. It will be the justice system itself, I believe, that ought to lower its eyes in the face of the suffering inflicted on Gaza’s inhabitants, just like it lowers its eyes and averts its vision each and every day when faced with the realities of the occupation,” said Pollack after the sentence was handed down.

    Despite claims of various wrongdoings on behalf of Israeli government officials during the 2008 Gaza siege, Pollack is so far the only Israeli to be indicted for charges during that time.

    If a peace activist on a bicycle is the only one who is in the wrong here, something is not right.

    Join us in protesting Pollack's sentence by sending this letter to Israeli officials.

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  • Represent All of New York - All of New York

    I write to you as a concerned citizen in hopes that you will join me this election season in voicing your support for freedom of religion and cultural expression for all New Yorkers. The opposition to the proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan, Park51, attacks fundamental American values, flies in the face of New York’s rich history of diversity and inclusion, does nothing to protect us from terrorists and undermines our democratic political processes.  As your constituent I ask that you, my elected representative, speak out against bigotry and intolerance by endorsing the coalition statement of New York Neighbors for American Values, or by issuing an independent statement voicing your support for Park51. Please join me and many other New Yorkers in saying “no” to those who would seek to divide us and distract voters from the important employment, education and safety issues we all care so much about this election season.

    Although tolerance and diversity have sustained and helped define our state and nation, most religious, racial and ethnic groups have at one time or another been the target of discrimination and bigotry, and many still face such challenges today.  Despite this, our fundamental values of tolerance and openness continue to expand when principled voices rise above the rhetoric of fear and hatred.  

    New York Neighbors for American Values, a diverse coalition of individuals and organizations, represents tens of thousands of voters and residents across the city and state who have come together to reaffirm that New York is proud to include Muslim-American community members and institutions. New York Neighbors opposes those who would attack our fellow New Yorkers based on their religion, heritage and culture and is calling on citizens, legislators and candidates in the city and state to live up to the values of diversity and inclusion that Americans have fought for and held dear for centuries. (You can read New York Neighbors’ call to action for candidates and elected officials here.)

    Our Constitution's founding freedoms extend to every person and every house of worship, regardless of creed or color. Muslim, Arab and Middle Eastern Americans must be welcomed on every street and in every town square across the nation.  I hope that in this time of controversy, you will join me and New York Neighbors for American Values in supporting religious and cultural freedom by standing up for the right of American Muslims to build Park 51. Please represent New York—all of New York—by publicly stating your support for Park51 and endorsing the coalition statement of New York Neighbors for American Values. Visit today to add your name in support.

    With thanks,

  • Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives

    As members of a tradition that sees each person as created in the divine image, we respond with anguish and outrage at the spate of suicides brought on by homophobic bullying and intolerance. We hereby commit to ending homophobic bullying or harassment of any kind in our synagogues, schools, organizations, and communities. As a signatory, I pledge to speak out when I witness anyone being demeaned for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. I commit myself to do whatever I can to ensure that each and every person in my community is treated with dignity and respect.
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  • NY Neighbors Organizational Endorsements

    As Americans and as New Yorkers we are stronger when we work together. New York Neighbors for American Values embraces the American constitutional values of religious freedom, diversity, and equality. We stand together and rebuff the crude stereotypes meant to frighten and divide us.

    New York Neighbors for American Values is proud to include Muslim-American community members and institutions in our community, as we do all communities working to strengthen the fabric of our vibrant city. We reject the idea that any neighborhood in our great City is off-limits to any particular community. We welcome the effort of Muslim New Yorkers to build institutions that serve their communities and our diverse City.

  • NY Neighbors Petition

    Join us in welcoming an Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, serving Muslims along with the entire community.  This is our response to the bigotry expressed by some opponents of the Cordoba House, known also as Park 51.

    No neighborhood should be declared “off limits” to people of any religion, race or ethnicity. Signing our coalition statement is a practical way to show your support for real American values: equality, diversity and religious freedom.

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