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Over the past three months, the various MYD issue committees have been working hard to develop the official MYD 2013 Policy Platform. Working with the policy team, the committees identified issues that were most important to their members and developed policy points around those issues. I am very proud of the work the committees have done, and I am especially proud of this platform; it is both ambitious and progressive, and my hope is that it will encourage our members to take action on the issues that matter most to them. You can read the platform below or download it HERE.
Earlier this week, I testified at a hearing organized by Senator Jeff Klein of the Independent Democratic Conference on campaign finance reform. The Senate and Assembly both currently have bills that would limit individual campaign contributions and enact a public financing system similar to the New York City system which provides matching funds for donations up to a certain amount. Last year MYD voted to sign on to a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to support such a system, so we are very pleased that the state legislature is currently considering such legislation. There are currently two competing bills in the Senate – one from IDC leader Jeff Klein and the other from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The … More >>
“This year, an average of 1.5 million New York City residents, 1 in 4 of which are children, live in households facing food insecurity.” The above was one of the many facts addressed at a conference hosted by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The conference, which was held Saturday at Barnard College, focused on ending hunger through citizen action. I was particularly struck by the title of the workbook handed out to the participants: “Beyond the Food Drive.” As I learned at the conference, canned food drives are actually one of the most ineffective and inefficient ways to fight hunger. According to the NYCCAH, the top three ways for volunteers to combat this epidemic are to contact elected … More >>
Today the Manhattan Young Democrats officially submitted testimony to the New York City Council in support of the Paid Sick Leave bill. The bill would require employers to provide a certain amount of paid sick time per year to their employees. Last year MYD members voted to endorse the Paid Sick Leave bill and we are proud to submit testimony in support of the bill today. You can read the full text of our testimony below. Special thanks to Saqib Bedi, Amanda Perez and Cynthia Salim who all contributed to it. The Manhattan Young Democrats would like to thank Chairman Nelson and the members of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor for the opportunity to present this testimony in … More >>
On Tuesday, several MYD members got on a bus headed for Albany with one goal in mind: to talk to state lawmakers about passing the New York DREAM Act. Among other things, the DREAM Act would allow undocumented youth to access state financial aid programs for college. Lobby day began with a rally/press conference; we heard from a diverse group of speakers, including state lawmakers, representatives from education groups, and DREAMers themselves. My team leader Diana, a 16-year old sophomore from the Bronx, told her inspiring story about being brought to this country by her father because he wanted her to have a better life. After lunch we headed to the Capitol where we met with staffers from various legislators’ … More >>
Join the Brady Campaign and other gun control advocates as they rally at the state capital in support of the NY SAFE Act. Despite passage of the law last month, opponents, including the NRA, are still lobbying state legislators to repeal it. This is our chance to stand up to the NRA and help keep New York safe! https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1354-stand-up-to-the-nra WHEN: Thursday, February 28th – Starting at 12:00 p.m. WHERE: State Capitol Building, Albany, NY