2021-04-06 12:04:41

New York's "Excluded Workers" Demand First U.S. Fund to Secure Pandemic Aid for Undocumented People

More than a year into the pandemic and the economic crisis it generated, many workers continue to be excluded from receiving any government relief. These excluded workers include undocumented people — many of them in essential services — and people recently released from prison. Hundreds of essential workers across New York are leading marches and hunger strikes to demand lawmakers support a $3.5 billion fund that would be the first of its kind in the United States to provide pandemic relief funding to those excluded from the current system. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now in final negotiations with legislators on a budget bill that was due last month, which could issue payments to up to 275,000 people. "I truly believe that this is the job of government," says Marcela Mitaynes, a New York assemblymember who is joining excluded workers in their hunger strike to push for pandemic relief and has called for a wealth tax to fund it. "We're supposed to provide for our people. And this is a moment where we need to step up."

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.
On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.
Missed an episode? Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.
#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change.
#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman Coronavirus Covid COVID-19 Democracy Now! Economic Crisis Essential Workers Free Speech TV Marcela Mitaynes New York Pandemic Pandemic Relief Undocumented people United States

Human Rights and Equality

Indian Country Today

Indian Country Today | Native Rights Under Biden Administration

Indian Country Today | Native Rights Under Biden Administration

This Week In White Supremacy- Presented by 1HoodMedia

This Week In White Supremacy | Republican Representative Cheers on Racist Actions During Protest

This Week In White Supremacy | Republican Representative Cheers on Racist Actions During Protest

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! | Counter-Demonstrators Spark Over 100 Arrests Amid Protest

Democracy Now! | Counter-Demonstrators Spark Over 100 Arrests Amid Protest

BreakThrough News

BreakThrough News | Texas Wants to "Make America White Again"

BreakThrough News | Texas Wants to "Make America White Again"

Related

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! | Counter-Demonstrators Spark Over 100 Arrests Amid Protest

Democracy Now! | Counter-Demonstrators Spark Over 100 Arrests Amid Protest

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Stephanie Miller Show | Trump’s Same Old Tactics

The Stephanie Miller Show | Trump’s Same Old Tactics

Exciting Spring Schedule Changes on Free Speech TV!

Exciting Spring Schedule Changes on Free Speech TV!

Rising Up With Sonali | How A Yes! Magazine Investigator Debunked Allegations Against Hamas

Rising Up With Sonali | How A Yes! Magazine Investigator Debunked Allegations Against Hamas

Proud Partners