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					                 * Phone: (718) 802-9540 * Fax: (718) 802-9741 * Email: Flynn@nycahn.org *
                                            * www.nycahn.org *
Dear NYCAHN members & friends:

Once again, I am writing to request your help. I am asking each of you to identify a staff member, participant,
tenant leader, anyone inside your agency who can take on the advocacy related job of mobilizing voters.

NYCAHN is a member of NY VOTE is a coalition of community groups organizing in communities across New
York City. We believe in mobilizing our communities’ voting power to support progressive policies that benefit
low-income communities, communities of color, and workers. We believe in using our collective power to hold
politicians accountable to our priority issues. We believe our city can and must reflect our values to share the
wealth, respect its workers, and promote fairness and equality.

NY VOTE is Make The Road By Walking, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, The Latin American
Integration Center, Mothers On the Move, The New York City AIDS Housing Network, The Northwest Bronx
Community and Clergy Coalition, and is coordinated by NY Jobs With Justice.

All of our organizations have joined together and created a progressive platform that includes each of our active
campaigns where there is state target. We did not include budget issues.

So far, we have been knocking on doors in SRO’s and in the neighborhood surrounding NYCAHN. The response
from politicians has been overwhelming. This kind of voter mobilization gives our community power.

Now, we would like to recruit your help. We know that you have buildings full of people who want to see
HIV prevention in prisons or better housing conditions. We know that you have the ability to really get
people to the polls on election day.

We are asking you to make it your job until election day, to fill out the attached voter walksheet. We want you to
ask your tenants and clients if they support our platform and if they will promise to vote on election day for
candidates who do the same. We also encourage you to direct your clients to www.aidsvote.org and have them
pledge to support this broader, AIDS specific platform.

Once you have filled out a complete NY VOTE walksheet form, send it back to us and we will make sure
everyone is registered and that politicians know that YOU are watching them.

If you have someone who is not registered, you can register them on-line at
http://www.nycahn.org/NYCAHNVOTES.htm and then click on Register on-line here!

If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a NY VOTE training at your organization,
please call Jennifer Flynn at 718-802-9540 x 16 or email flynn@nycahn.org

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,


Jennifer Flynn
Director
             * Phone: (718) 802-9540 * Fax: (718) 802-9741 * Email: Flynn@nycahn.org *
                                        * www.nycahn.org *
                                   NY VOTE PLATFORM
(Our goal is to identify as many voters as possible who will not only vote
on election day, but will also ONLY VOTE FOR CANDIDATES WHO
SUPPORT OUR PLATFORM)
Who is NY VOTE?
We are a coalition of community groups & labor unions organizing in communities
across New York City. We believe in mobilizing our communities’ voting power to
support progressive policies that benefit low-income communities, communities of color,
and workers. We believe in using our collective power to hold politicians accountable to
our priority issues. We believe our city can and must reflect our values to share the
wealth, respect its workers, and promote fairness and equality.
NY VOTE is Make The Road By Walking, Families United for Racial and Economic
Equality, The Latin American Integration Center, Mothers On the Move, The New York
City Aids Housing Network, The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, The
New York Civic Participation Project, NY Jobs With Justice, The United Food &
Commercial Workers Local 1500, The Professional Staff Congress at CUNY & the
Transport Workers Union Local 100.

OUR PLATFORM IS:
   We believe our communities should have economic opportunity!
   We believe in equal opportunity, equal schools, & equal access to public services
     and affordable, healthy housing!
   We believe all workers should be treated with dignity and respect!
   We believe that all New Yorkers should have access to health care!
   We believe our government must protect and promote the civil rights of all New
     Yorkers!

Our progressive solutions:

1. We believe our communities should have economic opportunity!
     We support economic development that results in living & prevailing wage jobs,
       local hiring, training & apprenticeship opportunities, and union jobs.
     We support access to education, training, and income support for people
       receiving public assistance so that they have the opportunity to exit poverty.
     We support economic development that meets community needs like schools,
       parks, affordable housing, and childcare.
     We believe community benefits agreements should be required for all
       developments & companies that receive public money.

2. We believe in equal opportunity, equal schools, & equal access to public
services and affordable, healthy housing!
     We believe that all public services (welfare centers, schools, hospitals, and other
       government agencies) should have adequate translation services accessible to
       all NY residents.
              * Phone: (718) 802-9540 * Fax: (718) 802-9741 * Email: Flynn@nycahn.org *
                                         * www.nycahn.org *
      We support increased state & local funding to improve our schools and public
       colleges.
      We believe that CUNY should remain open to and affordable for all New Yorkers.
      We believe that everyone should live in healthy housing without any housing
       code violations.
      We support city, state and federal investments to create 100,000 truly affordable
       housing units and supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS in New
       York City.
      We support increased funding to meet the overwhelming demand for regulated
       child care regardless of age and ensure that single parents have access to
       subsidized childcare.

3. We believe all workers should be treated with dignity and respect!
     We support a guarantee that employers pay prevailing wages in all publicly
       financed projects.
     We support increased apprenticeship opportunities for people of color and
       women.
     We believe that all New York workers have the right to organize for higher
       wages, job security, job safety and healthcare.
     We believe that businesses must pay at least New York State’s minimum wage,
       and it would be better if they paid high enough to lift families out of poverty and
       into opportunity.

4. We believe that all NYers should have access to health care!
     We believe that New Yorkers in the prison system should have access to quality
       healthcare, including HIV and HCV prevention.
     We believe employers need to provide quality healthcare to all their workers.

5. We believe our government must protect and promote the civil rights of all
NYers!
     We believe a person should not be asked about their immigration status by city
       officials or agencies and a person’s immigration status should not be shared with
       the federal government.
     We support comprehensive immigration reform allowing hard working immigrants
       in our country a path to legalization.
     We believe people should have access to driver’s licenses regardless of
       immigration status and that New York State should not enroll in the federal Real
       ID program which requires legal immigration status for driver’s licenses.
     We support expanding the right to vote to New Yorkers in prison upon discharge.
     We support creating a public relations campaign that educates all New Yorkers,
       including formerly incarcerated individuals, about their right to vote.

				
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