There have been a few policy updates related to our Legislative Theatre work!
Legislative Theatre: Compromising Positions — policy update!
An attempt at intersectional legislative reform, the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act “offers a groundbreaking set of reforms and seeks to answer the calls for change that have reverberated across the country. The BE HEARD in the Workplace Act is the first comprehensive federal proposal to address workplace harassment in the #MeToo era. [...] The BE HEARD in the Workplace Act would extend protections against harassment and other forms of discrimination to all workers; remove barriers to access to justice, such as short statutes of limitations and restrictively interpreted legal standards; promote transparency and accountability; and require and fund efforts to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination.” Read more about the act here.
So what can you do? Stay tuned: we’ll have tools for you to contact your Senators about this bill, and other next steps on how engage and learn more!
Legislative Theatre: Apartment Complex — a new tool for renters!
Our friends over at the Center for Urban Pedagogy have a PDF available: Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors? “What can you do if your landlord is harassing you? Many New Yorkers face this problem as landlords throughout the city push out long-term tenants and raise rents to make a bigger profit. A new policy called the Certificate of No Harrassment (CONH) gives tenants a tool to fight back against harassment and displacement.” Read more about the policy, download this helpful tool, and learn more here.
So what can you do?
Know there’s something shady happening? From CUP’s poster: “The CONH program makes it the landlord’s job to prove they are not harrassing tenants. But tenants need to report harassment and record their experiences so that it becomes part of the record HPD reviews in deciding whether or not a landlord can get a Certificate of No Harassment. Reporting will also help get more buildings included on the list of properties that must meet the rules of this program.”