Author Archives: Kat Kane
We’re in for a crisp and gorgeous autumn weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to frolic (and canvas) door-to-door! Here’s how you can help out in key races this weekend: Saturday Keep Pennsylvania Blue – A slew of progressive groups are deploying members to Lehigh Valley, PA this Saturday (and EVERY Saturday through November) to canvas for President Obama. Details: Buses leave at 8am from Union Square East at 15th Street (across from Babies ‘R Us) RSVP here. Reclaim Congress – Criss-cross Brooklyn with other New York Dems in support of Mark Murphy, who is running to oust embattled Tea Party Congressman Michael Grimm. Details: Come to 526 72nd St. (b/t 5th & 6th Ave.), Bayside, Brooklyn any time … More >>
(The following originally ran on the New York page of the Huffington Post.) Events of last week left little doubt about the political clout of the Internet. Thanks to an online firestorm, Planned Parenthood not only emerged from a three-day flap with funding intact, but also 10,000 Facebook fans stronger and about $3 million richer. “Online Backlash Boosts Planned Parenthood” and “Social Media Flexes Muscle” were headlines we saw over and over again. There’s no question that social media organizing has come of age. Twitter and Facebook are beating the drum of every modern civic protest, catapulting peripheral issues into the nationalconversation through #hashtags and ‘likes.’ But who is the driving force behind social media — and by extension, contemporary … More >>
Fringe lunatic Carl Paladino has almost zero chance of becoming the next governor of New York – but all of his hate-spewing along the campaign trail still matters. Consider his latest round of bigoted remarks from Sunday (the day before National Coming Out Day). Paladino told a group of Hasidic Jewish leaders that he does not want children to be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option” and added that the gay pride parade is “not an example we should be showing our children.” Tragically, his homophobic comments come amidst a rash of suicides by gay youth around the nation and a string of vicious attacks against gay men right here in New York. The … More >>
This is the third installment of MYD’s “Virtual Town Hall,” a series of exclusive interviews with newsmakers, lawmakers, and other fascinating New Yorkers. The format is simple: We ask any five questions. They answer. No edits! Tony Avella is a former New York City Council Member and current candidate for State Senate in the 11th district (Queens). 1. Why do you think young people should care about the state government and what goes on in Albany? The dysfunction in Albany not only impacts funding for current programs/resources/initiatives that directly help young people, but also future funding. For example, funding for education throughout the State (including CUNY and SUNY) and job creation opportunities are in jeopardy because of the gridlock in … More >>
This is the first installment of MYD’s “Virtual Town Hall,” a series of exclusive interviews with newsmakers, lawmakers, and other fascinating New Yorkers. The format is simple: We ask any five questions. They answer. No edits! Our first participant is Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, a Democrat who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. Her district includes most of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Astoria and Long Island City in Queens and Roosevelt Island. Rep. Maloney is the current chairwoman of the Joint Economic Committee and serves on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 1. How can MYD members get more involved in the political process? What advice would you give to young … More >>
Photo via AP Arizona’s racially divisive anti-immigration law could cost the state it’s 2011 All-Star Game hosting privileges. New York Rep. José E. Serrano is calling for Major League Baseball to move the game from Phoenix. “I think Major League Baseball, with 40 percent Latino ballplayers at all levels, should make a statement that it will not hold its All-Star Game in a state that discriminates against 40 percent of their people,” Serrano said in a statement. Serrano the latest in a long line of lawmakers, advocates, and businesses calling for an economic boycott against Arizona in protest of the new law. The move could cost the already cash-strapped state millions of dollars.