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Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio

Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave

New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy.   Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first.  When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers.  For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for.      *                         *                                 *                           *                       * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers

Emily James
1,557 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Borough President Melinda Katz, Michael Gianaris, Catherine Nolan, Bill de Blasio

Save "The Lot" From Development

“From squares and boulevards to neighborhood gardens and children playgrounds, public space frames city image. The connective matrix of streets and public spaces forms the skeleton of the city upon which all else rests.” - United Nations Habitat III Issue Papers To Our Neighbors and Friends — We are reaching out to you because we need your help and signatures regarding the continued diminishment and depletion of open and public green space in our neighborhood.  11,000+ residential units, over a million square feet of office space, and around 1,800 hotel rooms that are under construction or proposed for the neighborhood. What is not being planned is public open space, which is increasingly rare and/or grossly underutilized by design. According to New Yorkers for Parks’ 2015 rankings City Council District 26 (which includes Court Square) showed only 2% Parks & Playground and ranked 46th out of the City's 51 Council Districts for having Public Parks & Playgrounds. In Court Square, it’s alarming to learn that one of the neighborhood’s most central, albeit private, open spaces, The Lot (located at 43-12 Hunter St), has been formally slated for development by its owner Rockrose Development. We are calling upon our elected officials to help rectify a problem that is spiraling out of control. With all attention placed on the waterfront, communities east of 11th Street have gotten worse with almost no public open space and less and less light and fresh air as every square foot is going vertical. We, as residents and business owners, are dissatisfied with the way open space has been ‘planned’ for, ‘protected’, and ‘maintained’ to this point. Families live here. People work here. Much of their livelihood is sourced here. A reasonable ratio of development to active open space is critical to the health, safety, and overall well-being of residents. And although ideas and thought-starters are thrown around, it feels very much as though a wait and see approach has been taken on the matter of open space in Court Square. There are simply some things we cannot afford to wait and see what happens. And it cannot fall solely to the responsibility of the residents to protect and enhance open space opportunities. Please sign our petition to call on our elected officials, to take a good look at what's possible in The Lot — and other open space opportunities. We ask our electeds to work with Rockrose to actualize its potential in partnership with community groups for their tenants, our families, and neighbors. Given their vision to develop it, we cannot afford to wait and see. We’re simply asking for a collaborative effort to be made to earn more time for the neighborhood to understand and appreciate everything that it can be: a critical touchstone of our growing community. Sincerely,Court Square Civic Association

Court Square Civic Association
430 supporters