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On Tuesday January 20th we will be hosting our Injustice: It’s Not Just Us event.
Injustice: It’s Not Just Us is a nonpartisan panel event which seeks to address the administration of fair and equal justice.
Following the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island, we will provide an opportunity to learn about what we can do to tackle racial injustice from well versed experts in politics, social and criminal justice.
Tickets are a available here!
- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, 18th Brooklyn Borough President, Former NYS Senator (20th District), Former Police Captain and Co-Founder of 100 Blacks in law Enforcement Who Care
- Dr. Christina Greer, Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, author of Black Ethnics and Political Commentator
- Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons, Justice League Board Member and President of GlobalGrind.com
- Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Civil Rights Advocate
- Glenn E. Martin, Founder and Executive Director of JustLeadershipUSA and advisory board member of the Vera Institute’s Public Health and Mass Incarceration Initiative
The Manhattan Young Democrats applaud today’s decision by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Acting NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to fully ban fracking in New York State. MYD is opposed to the dangerous practice of hydrofracking, understanding it poses a threat to our health and safety. We are proud our Democratic Governor took the right steps to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy. Here’s to a clean day and a cleaner future for New York!
Eric Garner was killed during an altercation with police officers, after a police officer held him in a chokehold, in violation of Police Department policy. The medical examiner ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide, resulting from the chokehold and the compression of his chest by police officers. In the face of those facts, the grand jury’s failure to find cause to indict in the death of Eric Garner is deeply disappointing, perplexing, and raises troubling questions about our criminal justice system and whether it can in fact work equally for every resident of our city and state. We welcome the just-announced federal investigation even as we deeply rue its necessity.
As Young Democrats we continue to believe that activism and political involvement are essential to achieve the reforms our criminal justice system needs. It is our responsibility as citizens to fight injustice.
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.