Statement on Ferguson

Tonight’s grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson is one fraught with emotion. The events of the year have led much of America to question issues of justice and race in a manner which has become increasingly common in recent years. There is never an excuse for the loss of life, no matter the circumstance. Michael Brown was just starting his young life and his family’s grieving does not end with this verdict. We are extremely disappointed in the outcome, but respect the wishes of the family of Michael Brown and protest what we see as an injustice non-violently. Our hope as an organization, is that we can continue to address issues of systemic racism, socio-economic inequality and freedom of speech. As Democrats we firmly believe everyone deserves a fair chance at the American Dream. As Young Democrats we know we must work to ensure the injustices we see today are not repeated again tomorrow.

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2015 Officer Application

Once again it’s election time for MYD!  Every year the members of the club vote for our leadership. In order to run for an officer position you must fill out an application which is then distributed to the membership to read. While applications aren’t due until January 7th, we’re putting them out now so those considering a run will have the opportunity to make their intention known at the MYD Holiday Party on December 16th.

Officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (learn exactly what the requirements are in Article III of the MYD Constitution, HERE). These positions are elected at the first meeting of the year by dues paying members.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 20 at 7pm.

To run for these positions you must have attended at least one MYD event in 2013 and be a dues paying member for 2014.

Please submit Officer Applications to me at president [@] gomyd.com with the subject line “2014 Officer Application” by 6PM by Wednesday, January 7th.  Applications will then be posted to the blog for the general membership to read and review no later than January 14th, as per our Constitution.

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Now is THE Time

The election night results are still a sore spot for many of us.

We knocked on doors, made phone calls and held up signs.

But we came up short.

While that certainly was crushing and deflating, Councilmember Corey Johnson reminded us why despite all this, now is THE time:

“As progressives we have to seize this moment, so people across the country can look to us for policies that work!”

People are counting on us to be loud and committed to the fight for a living wage, the DREAM Act, and affordable housing.

November 4th, 2014 was a rallying cry to regroup and fight harder. Sometimes it takes a loss to figure out the best path to success.

Keep fighting the good progressive fight at our annual holiday party on TUESDAY December 16- tickets here!

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Propositions

The views expressed below are mine and mine alone. The Manhattan Young Democrats do not hold official positions on any propositions.

There are three ballot propositions to vote on:

Proposition one: Redistricting

Currently every 10 years, state legislative and congressional districts are redrawn in an inherently political process.

This proposition seeks to depoliticize the process: The ‘independent’ commission will be comprised of 10 individuals who cannot be elected officials. Public hearings will be held on the proposed redistricting plans and funding and bipartisan staff will be provided.

BUT
Eight of the 10 commissioners will be appointed by the four state legislative leaders.

AND
If the commissions redistricting plan is rejected twice by the state legislature, the state legislature can amend the plan.

AND OH
In September Justice Patrick McGrath of Troy rejected the use of the term ‘independent.’

I’m voting NO on Prop 1.

Proposition two: Electronic State Bills

State legislators must have a copy of bills on their desks three days before a vote.

This will allow bills to be sent to legislators electronically, allow them to review and print the bill at their desk and require any and all changes made electronically are recorded.

No brainer. I’m voting YES on Prop 2.

Proposition three: Bonding out Electronics for Schools

This will allow the state to bond out $2 billion for electronics and construction to ensure equitable public school instruction statewide.

Two of my concerns:

-Bonds should only be used on capitally eligible items such as infrastructure which have a useful life of at least 5 Years and cost at least $35K. As a ‘planned obsolesce conspiracy theorist,’ I can’t say any tablet or computer I’ve ever owned fits that criteria.

-NYS has the most segregated school districts in the country. I think there are better ways to desegregate schools and ensure equitable educational outcomes that don’t involve billions of dollars in bond debt for electronics.

I’m voting NO on Prop 3.

Did you vote?

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Coordinated expenditure campaign launched for Recchia

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New York Next

COORDINATED EXPENDITURE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED FOR RECCHIA 

New York, NY- (October 22, 2014) Today, the launch of the New York NEXT PAC was announced, along with the filing of its first coordinated expenditure campaign in support of Domenic Recchia’s Congressional bid. Founded by prominent New York Young Democrats organizations across the City in an effort to make New York City a better place for both this generation and those that follow, New York NEXT announced that it has commenced work in support of Recchia for Congress. Joined by Manhattan Young Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Queens County Young Democrats and Richmond Young Democrats; New York NEXT revealed key components of the campaign including a one hundred person field effort. (more…)

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Manhattan to Pleasantville for Justin Wagner!

This past Sunday, 18 intrepid NYC’ers set out for Pleasantville, New York to help turn the New York State Senate blue!  MYD joined with Greater NYC for Change and Citizen Action NY to knock on doors for State Senate candidate Justin Wagner, this year’s best chance for a Democratic pick-up.

10678664_10154736979385230_8408108764390495984_nAs canvassing goes, you can’t do much better than the Hudson Valley in the fall. We broke up into teams of two and headed out on foot to talk to voters. A lot of people weren’t home (hey, it was a beautiful day!) but the people we did talk to were very nice, and there was a lot of support for Justin.  All told we knocked on over 500 doors!
10675689_10154736979065230_3152569080194944148_nOf course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without lunch at the Pleasantville Diner.

There are 22 days until the election, and there are still plenty of opportunities to help. Interested in volunteering in the next few weeks? Check out one of these great events:
Canvass for Dom Recchia in Brooklyn on October 19th

Canvass for Terry Gipson in Cold Spring on October 25th

Phone bank for Democratic candidates

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