William Smith- July Member of the Month

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Aside from having a fantastic name, William has been an active member of MYD for the last year. Last year, William became an elected member of the New York County Democratic Committee after petitioning on his own and collecting over 100 signatures in his election district! This past May, he represented MYD at the New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) Convention in Yonkers.

William’s love for politics began at an early age. A lifelong resident of East Harlem, William wrote his Congressman (Charlie Rangel) every year since he was 6 years old. After majoring in political science at the City College of New York, William yearned to further his knowledge and experience in public service. He decided to serve as an Intern Staff Assistant in Congressman Rangel’s office, and at the conclusion of the internship, he decided that he wanted to become more involved politically. Since then, William has certainly lived up to that goal: he served as the Manhattan Field Organizer for Bill Thompson’s 2013 mayoral campaign, he ran for and became an elected member of the NY County Democratic Committee, and he now currently serves as the Community Liaison to NYS Assembly Member, Keith Wright.

An issue that is near and dear to William’s heart is the efficient use of public capital in improving our infrastructure:

The efficient use of public capital in improving our infrastructure is a vital component to the success of NYC, NYS and our nation as a whole. We have seen how this issue has evolved over the past few years. With the Obama administration making infrastructure one of its main policy initiatives, we must examine this issue further. With the push in emerging markets for the privatization of ports, airports and core transportation assets, I believe it is time to examine how it could work in the United States specifically with major municipalities. With municipalities’ fiscal outlook not improving and the federal government appropriating less money, the only way to maintain and enhance our infrastructure is by privatizing certain assets and sourcing private investment. The use of public-private partnerships to ensure our infrastructure needs are met is imperative to our economic and hurricane sustainability. We must also put in place stronger safeguards to ensure any private sector partners have stricter MWBE requirements. We must have stronger federal and state government support in subsidizing vocational training to ensure that our citizens have the necessary skills and experience to compete for potential job opportunities that would arise from enhanced infrastructure spending.

William’s favorite thing about being a young New Yorker is living in a city that is both vibrant and filled with possibilities.

The greatest part about being young in New York is that there are so many professional opportunities available to you if you work hard, have a vision for your career and are ready to put in the work to accomplish your goals. New York is the most diverse place, and it helps foster economic and social advancement like no other place in the country. I would not say there’s a worst part about being young in New York. Being young in New York teaches you the value of hard work, patience and the understanding that you have to earn respect through perseverance. Therefore I wouldn’t say there’s a “worst” part about being young in New York, you are just able to learn many valuable life lessons sooner than in other states or cities.

You can meet William and other active MYD members tonight at the 2nd Annual Demmy Awards and at MYD’s 6th Annual, Young Gets It Done event.

Learn more about how you can become involved in MYD on our membership page.

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MONDAY NIGHT: The Demmy’s!

Join the NY Democratic Party celebrate in style with Comedian Gary Gulman from Last Comic  Standing, Dougie Fresh, Dance Theater of Harlem and more!

THIS Monday July 14th at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem! 


The 2nd Annual Demmy's

The 2nd Annual Demmy’s

Enter the code ‘MYDGO’ tickets are $40.60 TOTAL Buy your tickets HERE:
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Hobby Lobby

You’ve also probably spent the past week shaking your head. Last Monday, SCOTUS ruled that a corporation can be exempt from the Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate. So women who happen to work for a company such as Hobby Lobby will not be able to get birth control pills.

These are women who likely work lower wage jobs and have fewer employment opportunities.

These are women for whom restricting birth control access can mean an incredibly burdensome pregnancy on numerous levels.

These are women whose interests and well-being are important to shed light on as we fight for a more equitable and (honestly) humane United States of America.

How you might ask, especially considering the fact the ACA was upheld by the Supreme Court, was a company able to circumvent a federal mandate?

Well my friend, a little thing called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. It’s federal law which is meant to prevent laws that burden a PERSON’s free exercise of religion.


A PERSON? NOT a corporation?

Sadly, you read right. A privately held company with reported revenues of nearly $2.3 billion (2011) has religious rights! Restricting women’s rights Monday through Saturday, but closed on Sundays!

If you’re not upset- think about THIS:

Now that companies have religious rights, they can restrict other medical mandates they disagree with- think blood transfusions or vaccinations.

Remember when we saw companies gain personhood back in 2010 with the Citizens United ruling? (Companies have first amendment rights- who knew!) Well we all know the outcome from that ruling hasn’t been pretty.

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK! We cannot stand to watch the rights of women, the disenfranchised and the non-billionaire get drowned out!

We’re Democrats, We’re real people doing really great things and MYD is here to channel your anger and your fury into action:

Come rage at our next General Meeting on TUESDAY July 15th!

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Watch the World Cup with Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez


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“Time and time again, Republicans in Congress have failed Americans by stalling efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. In light of their never-ending obstruction tactics, I commend President Obama for taking the bold step to consider executive action to address pressing immigration needs. With 11 million immigrants living in the shadows, many of them children and youth, governments at all levels must do what they can to regularize their situation and prevent the terrible consequences of allowing a two-tier society.”

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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!


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.
Email econ@gomyd.com for more information.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Transportation Committee Meeting 
8:00 – 9:00PM
NY County Democratic Committee Office, 108 W. 39th St., 12th Floor 
Come catch up on the latest happenings in the transport world, from subway construction to Citibike! Email transport@gomyd.com for more details!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
MYD Social Justice Committee Meeting
7:30 PM
108 W. 39th St., 12th Floor — New York County Democratic Committee Offices
Join the Social Justice Committee every first Thursday of the month (note: rescheduled to the second Thursday this month!). For more information, email Saqib: case@gomyd.com.
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!
Email econ@gomyd.com for more information.
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 – finance@gomyd.com.
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!
Email econ@gomyd.com for more information.


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