NYCCAL will be holding a press conference on Monday, March 26th at 9:30am, directly before heading in to City Hall to testify at the NYC Council’s budget hearing on immigration. If we make enough noise, and the $12 million we're fighting for again gets into the Mayor's Executive budget, it would mean it could be 'baselined'. Baselining funding will mean we won't have to ask for it every year but instead we will see it get woven into RFPs, more stable agency budget lines, etc. over time.
Please sign up here http://bit.ly/pressconf31618 if YOU and/or YOUR STUDENTS can join the rally and also id YOU and/or YOUR STUDENTS can testify at the hearing.
Ira Yankwitt will be delivering NYCCAL’s official testimony but we need others to echo the importance of adult literacy education!
On Wednesday, March 21st we are coordinating a call-in day where we would love students and programs to urge the Senate and Assembly to support funding for ALE at $7.8 million in the Adopted Budget to be released by April 1st. The key targets are listed below. If you have additional time for phone calls following outreach to the below list, please feel free to reach out to your own Senator or Assembly Member. This is our LAST push so let’s make sure the State hears us!
Key Assembly Targets: Catherine Nolan (518-455-4851) Carl E. Heastie (518-455-3791)
Key Senate Targets: Carl Marcellino (518-455-2390) John J. Flanagan (518-455-2071)
Click here to see sample script to use as a reference but feel free to customize, as long as you include the $7.8 million ask.
NYCCAL is holding a rally and press conference in Albany, NY, on March 5 in conjunction with Literacy New York, to call for $15.3 million in funding for Adult Literacy Education (ALE) funding. This would include the restoration of $1 million and add an additional $8 million to the existing $6.3 million in the current draft of the Governor's budget.
NYCCAL is sending at least one bus from New York City to Albany on March 5. The bus will be leaving NYC at or before 8 am and returning by 7 pm. To learn more about getting a seat on the bus and/or attending the rally, please contact Kevin Douglas.