• Lindsey Ashlen

A Better NYC!

Good afternoon! I’m writing today from backstage at the Thomas the Tank Engine Show at the New York Botanical Garden! I’m puppeteering Thomas until Friday and on the 21st! (Tix/info if you have a kiddo who loooooves Thomas here: https://www.nybg.org/event/holiday-train-show/holiday-train-show-programs/aboard-thomas-friends/)

I wanted to start the day off with some good NYC news! As of January 1st we are:

• Banning foam containers, cups, and packing peanuts!

• Raising the minimum wage to $15

• Banning the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies in all five boroughs.

• Allowing people who do not identify as male or female to change the gender markers on their birth certificates to a nonbinary option!

• Gradually upping family leave to 12 weeks to use to bond with a newborn, adopted or fostered child; to care for family members with serious health conditions; or to address issues related to a family member’s military deployment.

• A new bill that will ensure that new and renovated buildings with public bathrooms have changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

Pretty excited about all of these improvements to the current system. Wins on many levels!

Article link here 👇🏼


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