Thursday, April 24, 2014

PUSH heads to D.C. for protest, conference

            People United For Sustainable Housing (PUSH) will be heading back to Washington, DC this month for a national protest and conference.
            PUSH Buffalo will be joining National People’s Action (NPA), which hosts the national conference every year. The conference runs on April 26-28.
            NPA has been fighting against social and racial injustice on a national level for more than 30 years. PUSH Buffalo has been affiliated with NPA for seven years.
            Round trip transportation will be provided via two, 50-passenger buses to and from Washington.  The cost of the trip is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. For reservations call (716)-884-0356.
            “We would love nothing more to bring more people to NPA,” said Jennifer Mecozzi-Rivera, organizing director of PUSH Buffalo.
            The goal of the conference is to prevent banks from giving out predatory loans. There are also other workshops that will focus on youth activism. 
            “I am hoping there is more impact on youth,” said Mecozzi-Rivera.
            Every year PUSH and NPA target different legislators and lobbyists to protest against while in Washington. Last year 800 protesters picketed the home of Edward DeMarco, who was the former director of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. By Shatai Melvin and Elisabeth Tate