MYD News + Events

Good morning Young Democrats!

 

We’re all getting slammed with fundraising emails — we’re hitting one of the federal filing deadlines, so it’s just that time of year. But take heart! This is not a fundraising email! It’s your regularly scheduled MYD newsletter — so read on!

The Week After

It’s been a week since the thrilling conclusion of the Rangel-Espaillat primary. In the end, Congressman Rangel, the dean of the New York delegation, held onto his uptown Manhattan- and Bronx-based seat in a race that was close, but not close enough to leave the result in doubt.

Both Congressman Rangel and his challenger, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, each had significant support in the community — including within our own club — and we know we have some friends and Young Democrats who are thrilled at the result, and some who are disappointed. But here’s something we can all be thrilled about, coming out of last week: Democrats are poised to finally win the State Senate.

Under what was said to be tremendous pressure from powerful unions, the mayor, and the governor, the Independent Democratic Conference has finally stated they will align with Democrats, not Republicans, after the November elections. And it looks like Democrats have plenty of opportunities to clean up in those elections. While we were all watching the results from the Rangel-Espaillat primary last week, a key Republican state senator on Long Island won his primary to run for Congress, finally confirming that his state Senate seat will be an open one in the November elections. That’s just one of three obvious pickup opportunities on Long Island, plus another in the Hudson Valley. And those are just the pickups that are within striking distance from the City!

So stay tuned — we’ll be asking you to hop a van or a train and come support some of the excellent Democrats running in these districts once the leaves start turning!

Summer Events Coming Up:

Two big events are on this summer’s political calendar, and one of them is right around the corner:

  • The Manhattan Democratic Party’s summer fundraiser — the second annual Demmy Awards (see below for an exclusive Young Dems offer for the Demmys) —  and
  • MYD’s own Young Gets It Done, our biggest fundraiser and party of the year! Save the date (August 13). See the schedule below for more details!

-Ashley

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
After Dasani: Shining Light on the Invisible- Panel on Homelessness
6:30 PM
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street
Greater NYC for Change, Village Independent Democrats, Manhattan Young Democrats, Democracy for NYC, and Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing invite you to join a free panel event focusing on NYC homelessness and what has changed in the last six months since Andrea Elliott’s inspiring New York Times piece, Invisible Child. The panel will be moderated by former MYD board member and current Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max, and panelists will include James Dill (Executive Director, Housing & Services, Inc.) and Lisa Lombardi (Urban Pathways).
 
Homeless Panel Debrief with MYD Economics Committee
Following the GNYCFC Homelessness Panel (about 8:30 PM)

Location TBD – Meet at St. John’s Following the Panel Event (See Above)

Join the economics committee for a discussion and debrief following the GNYCFC homelessness panel.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Transportation Committee Meeting 
8:00 – 9:00PM
NY County Democratic Committee Office, 108 W. 39th St., 12th Floor 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
MYD Social Justice Committee Meeting
7:30 PM
108 W. 39th St., 12th Floor — New York County Democratic Committee Offices
 
Monday, July 14, 2014
2nd Annual Demmy Awards — at the Apollo Theater

7 PM

The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street
The Manhattan Democratic Party invites you to a glamorous evening of entertainment and awards, as they honor outstanding Democrats and New Yorkers. Note: there will be discounted orchestra seats (from $125 or $250 down to $30) when MYD members enter the code MYDDEMMY on ticketmaster. Offer open for a limited time only. The regular upper mezzanine seats will be $30 too. Info and tickets here.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Ready to Run & Prepared to Lead
Africans in the Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape
10 AM – 3 PM
258 St. Nicholas Ave, Manhattan
The African Leadership Project in partnership with the Manhattan Young Democrats will bring the brightest and most civically engaged leaders of the African Diaspora together in one room for an in-depth conversation and training on how to successfully impact the political landscape in this country through electoral politics and other key leadership opportunities.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
MYD Economics Committee Meeting
7:30 PM

Desmond’s Tavern, 433 Park Ave South between 29th and 30th Streets

Join the econ committee to chat with fellow members about scaffold law, unpaid interns and intern harassment, affordable housing and homelessness, union contracts, sharing economy, food justice, impact of the economic crisis on millennials, and more!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
SAVE THE DATE: MYD’s Sixth Annual Young Gets It Done Awards
Time TBA

Up & Down, West 14th Street

Join us for our biggest and most exciting event of the year as we welcome over 500 supporters and just about every elected official in the state! We’re organizing the MYD Host Committee, so please reach out to MYD Finance Director Alex Leopold on how to get involved and become a member of the Young Gets It Done Host Committee – [email protected].
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
MYD Economics Committee Meeting
7:30 PM

Desmond’s Tavern, 433 Park Ave South between 29th and 30th Streets

Join the econ committee to chat with fellow members about scaffold law, unpaid interns and intern harassment, affordable housing and homelessness, union contracts, sharing economy, food justice, impact of the economic crisis on millennials, and more!