Chapter Statement: Bello, Yudelson, and Maffucci Side With Republican Caucus on Public Power, Leaving Constituents at the Mercy of RG&E’s Corporate Greed

In opposing the study, County Executive Adam Bello, along with Legislators Michael Yudelson, Howard Maffucci, and the entire Republican caucus, have sided with RG&E’s corporate lobbyists over their constituents. Instead of getting the facts, Bello has resorted to fearmongering with baseless concerns. The influence of Bello and associate Bob Duffy over the County Legislature (Duffy receives over $200,000 a year to serve on the board of RG&E’s parent company, Avangrid) has subverted the will of the people.

Engineering Genocide: The War Profiteering of L3Harris

Image: Gears; Rochester flower with Palestine flag; Blood drops. Title: Engineering Genocide: The War Profiteering of L3Harris

Now, can you picture 10,000 tons of weapons on 244 cargo planes and 20 ships? 15,000 bombs; 57,000 shells; and 200 kamikaze drones. This is what was received by Israel from the US (that we know of) in just the last few months of 2023. Annually Israel receives almost $4 billion dollars in military aid from the US and now $14 billion more in aid is potentially on the way. All these funds must be spent on US made weapons; weapons like those made here at L3 Harris.

BID Battle: Community Prevails Over Big Developers

Mural Above: "The Gentrifiers" Mayor Malik Evans, NY Senator Jeremy Cooney, Andy Gallina, Ken Glazer, Galin Brooks, Patrick Dutton, Chris Hill

The suspension of the BID formation process is a direct result of sustained resistance. A diverse coalition of residents, small businesses, community organizations, and artists united under the name of BID Education Committee to oppose RDDC’s agenda. Over the past two years, these organizers tirelessly engaged with the community, raising awareness about the anti-democratic nature of BIDs and the potential adverse impacts on equity. …

Withholding the Vote: The Congressional Union and the Democratic Party Boycott

Title: Withholding the Vote: The Congressional Union and the Democratic Party Boycott. Image: A group of organizers from the Congressional Union before departing from Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Alice Paul outlined the election policy: First, the enemy must be identified. All present could agree, she believed, that the enemy was the Democratic Party. Holding the presidency and both houses of Congress, they were to blame for blocking the suffrage amendment. Second, the method of attack: the Democratic Party would be attacked with the weapon of nearly four million votes belonging to women in the nine enfranchised states, to whom an appeal would be made “to withdraw their support from the Democrats” in the coming election.

Rochester Prevails Against the Unjust BID

Image: Paintbrushes and paint tubes over a canvas background. Text: Rochester Prevails Against the Unjust BID. Logos: ROC DSA and No BID Roc

While Rochesterians have won the battle by stopping the BID, the war against privatization, gentrification, and over-policing is far from over. Rochester should not be run by wealthy property owners and they certainly haven’t given up on their goal of control of downtown. ROC DSA is committed to continuing this fight and we urge you to join us.

Chapter Statement: Letter of Resignation from the Police Accountability Board Alliance

Rochester skyline in Red, Red Rochester DSA logo. Title: Chapter Statement: Letter of Resignation from the Police Accountability Board Alliance

Despite the critical role of the PAB and the need for independent police oversight in Rochester, ROC DSA has made the decision to resign as a member agency of the PABA. This decision was not made lightly. Over the last several years, the PABA has become a challenging and, at times, deeply toxic environment. Our organization’s departure is far from the first and, unfortunately, it will almost certainly not be the last. We urge the leadership and remaining members of the PABA to take a critical look at the state of the alliance and find the lessons that must be learned. This city needs the PAB, and the PAB needs a functional PABA.