Hawkins in Albany on Tuesday May 20 on race, prisons and war on drugs; minimum wage; and fossil fuel divestment

Howie Hawkins, who won the Green Party nod to run for Governor on Saturday, will be in the Capital District Tuesday May 20.

At 11 AM, he will join with Dr. Alice Green and the Center for Law and Justice to deliver signatures from 10,000 New Yorkers calling on Governor Cuomo to establish a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission.

The Commission would examine and assess the impact of the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration on hundreds of thousands of residents; give those harmed an opportunity to testify about the damage done to them; and find bold solutions to repair the harm done.

Hawkins will appear on Capitol Pressroom at 11:30 to discuss his campaign with Susan Arbetter.

Hawkins will also join in the effort to pass legislation enabling local communities to establish a minimum wage higher than the state’s present $8 an hour. Hawkins has called for a state minimum wage of $15 an hour.

At 3 PM, Hawkins will join with other climate change activists to discuss with the State Comptroller’s office the need to divest the state’s pension funds from fossil fuels. Hawkins opposes the pension funds being invested in coal, oil and natural gas companies that are causing significant damage to New York residents. Hawkins was active in the anti-apartheid divestment campaign targeting South Africa. Hawkins and the Green Party support transitioning New York to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030.


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