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Kaseem Moultrie on the steps of the capitol during the People's State of the State protest. Photo: Marie Cusick
Kaseem Moultrie on the steps of the capitol during the People's State of the State protest. Photo: Marie Cusick

Progressives present "people's" SOS message

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A coalition of progressive groups got the jump on the governor's speech, holding their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany yesterday.

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Marie Cusick
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

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Dozens of people from labor, faith, and community groups gathered to push for a legislative agenda this year that includes raising the minimum wage, closing corporate tax loopholes and reforming campaign finance.

Kaseem Moultrie is a labor organizer who spent years barley scraping by as a janitor making minimum wage.

“I think that government needs to be more responsive to the people, and not corporate America. I think they’re being bought off by corporate America. We need fair elections, and we're going to keep mobilizing and continuing to build until they hear us loud and clear.”

A proposal to raise New York’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour failed last year, but the governor is expected to renew the push for it in his address.

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