It’s the morning after the primary! Congrats to all the victors, but just as importantly- THANK YOU to everyone who ran in the first place! It’s a courageous thing to participate in the democratic process- gathering signatures, fundraising, and canvassing.
Now that we know who will fall under the “D” column in November we are gearing up for a solid 2 months of campaigning for #NYSBlue. How can you help?
First and foremost, bookmark this page and signup for our newsletter if you haven’t already. Then take note of these upcoming events:
- We want to train you on how to campaign! Take this survey so we know exactly how to make YOU the best campaigner!
- SUNDAY 9/14 State Attorney General Eric Schniederman is kicking off his re-election campaign on the steps of City Hall at Noon! We endorsed him last month so join the party! RSVP by emailing finance[at]gomyd[dot]com
- TUESDAY 9/16 MYD General Meeting we’ll be at the Gramercy Park Bar (322 2nd Ave) with Dan Garodnick and your favorite young liberals! Let us know you’ll be there
- WEEKEND OF 10/12-10/13 We’re going on the road to Pennsylvania! Help our neighbors in PA go blue! Contact/RSVP VP[at]gomyd[dot]com
- TUESDAY 10/7 OPEN BAR with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli- Yes, you read right: OPEN BAR with Tom DiNapoli- You MUST RSVP TO ATTEND, do so HERE
Don’t forget what’s at stake here: Women’s Rights, the DREAM Act, and Income Inequality come to mind- Let’s do this young dems!!
Please Note: MYD does NOT endorse any candidate in a Democratic Primary. The views expressed below are solely those of the author.
First things first – views stated here are mine and mine alone. They do not represent the opinions of any organizations or other individuals. You should vote your conscience tomorrow, Tuesday 9/9 (find your poll site here).
If you’re a progressive you should be voting for Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu with no qualms.
Sadly, this is not the case for many. The most common and deceptive argument I’ve heard is that Andrew Cuomo is an effective governor while Zephyr Teachout has no experience. That the Governorship is not a trivial job and running New York State is not a job for anyone – it is a job for Andrew Cuomo so suck it up.
This insidious argument is one of the most common false dichotomies in politics and one of the roots of voter antipathy. In America, our leaders – especially our executives – are more than functionaries. The Governor IS a non-trivial job. They appoint agency heads, who are responsible for the day to day management of public services; they set the agenda and work to pass legislation so they can execute their vision of government; and most importantly they play a pivotal role in creating the budget, turning our ideals and beliefs in financial reality.
But understand, elections are not primarily there for us to decide who we think will turn ideals and beliefs into governing practices the best, they are there for us to decide on our ideals and beliefs. Implementation is a matter for the civil service but policy is a matter for the people. That’s the real idea of democracy.
Zephyr Teachout has been a professor of government for a long time. She specializes in government corruption – which essentially means how to keep government in the hands of those it is meant to serve. I have no doubt that she understands what it means to be a manager and has what it takes be a Governor. Because ultimately, a one term Senator and community activist can manage the pants off a predecessor who has an MBA and ran an oil company, a major league sports team and a state.
But even if Andrew Cuomo could Governor her into the ground, I don’t care. I don’t care about the bipartisan support he built to lower taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year during the recession. I don’t care how on-time his budget was in slashing $10 billion in services – $5 billion of which came from his own millionaire’s tax cut. And I don’t care about how politically suave he is at keeping his poll numbers up while wriggling his way out of promises or demands on campaign finance reform, corruption, hydrofracking, redistricting and women’s rights. I would honestly prefer a Governor who did ALL of those things late, never or with complete incompetence than the studied quagmire Andrew Cuomo has brought us.
The cynics have one thing right. This election and this position are too important to make a single-issue vote. Which is why I’m not voting for the best manager; I’m voting for the best Governor.
MYD’s Member of the Month is Mel Farrah! Mel just joined MYD this year after relocating to NYC from Atlanta, and is already one of our most active members. She’s been a rockstar for MYD this year; not only did she attend and represent MYD at the New York State Young Democrats Convention, but she also raised over $1,000 for MYD’s AIDS Walk team.
Although Mel recently moved to NYC from Atlanta, she was actually born and raised in Cambria Heights – Queens, NY. For Mel, “New York is home, and home will always be my favorite place because it has provided the foundation for all that I have learned thus far.” Mel’s passion for politics began at an early age in her “home” of Queens:
“My grassroots beginnings, ‘sign holding’ with fellow Queens native former Governor Mario Cuomo at the tender age of seven, was just the beginning of my life-long passion for service and politics. Former Assemblywoman Cynthia Jenkins was my first political role-model practically adopted me as her ‘granddaughter,’ taking me to every rally and campaign event she could find. Our photos from that day made the cover of the local paper – the day our work culminated in the Governor’s election is my favorite; as that was the day it all began to make sense. When people work hard and work together they really can make a difference.”
Mel has worked in social service for several years now. While she was in Atlanta, she was the former Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor with the Atlanta City Council. In 2007, she joined a government agency, to gain targeted policy and government experience with a social service focused agency. Now that she is back in NYC, she continues to make a difference in the social service sector:
“Information is essential for breaking negative cycles; poverty, ignorance, violence. I’m a service-oriented politico, with a passion for community service and education – especially civic education, which I believe, is the key to political and economic empowerment for every community. As Board President of a nonprofit that empowers urban youth distinct travel and service experiences, I have seen firsthand how integral information is in facilitating a child’s opportunity to succeed in school and in life.”
Mel found and joined MYD after researching the New York chapters of YDA. She had positive experiences with the Young Democrats of Atlanta, and was eager to join and become an active member of a YDA chapter in New York. After moving to the Upper East Side, she joined the MYD chapter after meeting some friendly MYD members at a NYSYD holiday party. We are thrilled she did, and are lucky to have Mel back in New York and as a member of MYD!
In response to violent protests caused by decades of racial tension between civilians and the police in Ferguson, MO, and the murder of Eric Garner in NYC, Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network (NAN) and other organizations and community leaders organized a rally protesting illegal maneuvers still being used by the NYPD. NAN representatives stated logistics of the march would incorporate community leaders all along the route and designate them as “marshals” wearing orange bans on their arms. Multiple organizations were represented as well, including SEIU, UFT and NAACP. Also present were Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Ydanis Rodriguez, Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Laurie Cumbo, among other city-officials.
The route began at the site where Garner was illegally choked by NYPD officers and snaked along the waterfront until it reached the stage where the Rev. Al Sharpton and others were set to speak. The security presence was very noticeable as was expected after the incidents in Ferguson.
Though the atmosphere was tense, the march itself was altogether peaceful, no reports of violence from the police or protestors. One observation why this may be the case is perhaps because the police were seen at times marching side-by-side with the protestors, including some top brass, however in Ferguson, that was not the case. An overall success, the march ended off with protestors hearing from community leaders as well as the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Our first Learning Lab of 2014 begins at 7PM WEDNESDAY August 20th at the Border Crossers office: 71 Fifth Avenue 6th Floor.
Why did the incidents involving Michael Brown and Eric Garner happen, and what can we do? Starting Wednesday, MYD is teaming up with Jaime-Jin Lewis, executive director of Border Crossers, for a 4-week series on recognizing and addressing structural racism in America. We’ll talk history, our own stories, bias, power structures, and then develop action plans. This is an extremely timely MYD Learning Labs program — to join, sign up here!
Any questions? Please email: classes[at]gomyd[dot]com