Statement from the White House

President Obama applauds Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio for the remarkable work accomplished this week in New York, where lawmakers delivered a major victory on early childhood education for middle class families and those working to get into the middle class.  New York’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion over 5 years to begin to phase in publicly-funded preschool across the state will provide opportunity for thousands of children, including 53,000 children who will be able to attend preschool in New York City this fall.  President Obama will continue to call on Congress to enact his plan to partner with states and cities to provide high-quality preschool for every child, and encourage states and cities to take action so children have the chance to enter kindergarten ready for success.

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Help Send “Know How” to Tribeca

Founder of the White Roof Project and MYD alum, Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza needs help getting his film, Know How, to Tribeca. Know How is a collection of stories about life in and around foster care, told and performed by NYC foster care youth.

Know How is one of 12 projects nominated for Indiewire’s Project of the Year. The winning project will get the chance at a spot in the Tribeca Film Institute’s Filmmaker and Industry Meetings at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Check out all of the projects here and vote for your favorite.

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MYD’s 5th Annual Engendering Progress

Please join the Manhattan Young Democrats at Engendering Progress, our fifth annual event to honor women thought-leaders, activists and trailblazers.

Honorees include:

Katrina vanden Heuvel (Editor of The Nation)
Christina M. Greer (Fordham Professor of Political Science)
L. Joy Williams (Political Strategist)
Lady Parts Justice (a Sarah Silverman & Lizz Winstead Collaborative Project)

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7-10 PM

Hudson Bond, 215 West 40th St


$10 for MYD members
$15 general admission
$20 for admission + MYD membership

To co-sponsor Engendering Progress or join the host committee, email Katie and Jovana at

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MYD March General Meeting

Join us for the March General Meeting where we will be voting on amendments to the MYD Constitution mixed with happy hour specials.

At the General Meeting, we’ll be voting on a few amendments to MYD’s Charter & Bylaws. Pursuant to Article X of the MYD Constitution, the Executive Board will present the following amendments to the general membership for approval:

  • In Article II, Sec. 1: delete language reading “and are registered members of the Democratic Party.” Purpose: eliminate formal barriers to participation in MYD for non-citizens or voters registered in other political parties whose political principles are nonetheless aligned with MYD’s mission and goals.
  • In Article VI: eliminate the position of “College and University Liaison.”
  • In Article VI: eliminate the position of “High School Liaison.”

When: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7 PM

Where: Revival Bar, 129 E 15TH St, New York, New York 10003


  • Voting Amendments
  • Upcoming Events & News from the MYD Board
  • Engendering Progress Updates
  • Member Time


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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

With President Barack Obama, Zach Galifianakis, Scott Aukerman, Funny Or Die, Between Two Ferns, more »

President Barack Obama sits down with Zach Galifianakis for his most memorable interview yet.

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White Roof Project’s Change Maker Series: Interview with Manhattan Borough President Brewer

Our friends over at the White Roof Project talk sustainability with Manhattan Borough President Brewer in their latest Change Maker series entry. The Change Maker series is a conversation with elected officials, nonprofit professionals, and environmental advocates working to mitigate climate change in creative and tangible ways.

White Roof Project: During the Bloomberg administration, sustainable building policy was a legislative priority. Do you think that sustainability standards will continue to be a major concern this year?

MBP Brewer: Yes, absolutely. Some major concerns include working with schools to make buildings more green. There needs to be more oversight. Sometimes it is as simple as making sure that lights and computers are turned off at night. Sometimes it is encouraging more intensive measures such as white roofing and solar. As a New York City Council Member I funded a lot of green houses and gardens. This is something that I am very interested in. The latter also speaks to issues of food insecurity. That is a big concern for Manhattan residents. Finally, I am always thinking about asthma and the health related effects of smog.”

Read the full interview here.

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