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The Lawsuit Against Obama

July 30th didn’t simply mark a new low for the 113th congress, but a new height in political irony.

Going on a month now, House Speaker John Boehner has sought a new way to impede the policy goals of our President, while simultaneously aiding GOP House and Senate campaigns throughout the Nation.

The solution finally came in the form of a lawsuit against the President for not strictly enforcing the Affordable Care Act, the very law the GOP has been trying to undermine since it was first proposed six years ago.

By calling attention to those parts of the Act not currently being actively enforced, specifically the mandate on employers who do not wish to provide health care coverage, House Republicans believe that they can speak to small business interests across the country in an important mid-term election year, while simultaneously stalling the President’s goals for essential legislation to move our country forward. I’m talking about student loan relief and immigration.

Key words used to date by GOP elected officials include tyranny, constitution (shredding of) illegality and impeachment.

But what’s the end goal here? Winning the lawsuit? Impeaching the President?

No. If fact, the two previous attempts to sue sitting presidents have been dismissed; two judges have ruled that members of Congress do not have the grounds to sue.

The true goal is to control the national political narrative so that Republicans don’t have to take stands on important issues facing our nation. As ridiculous as the lawsuit appears, it already succeeded – Congress adjourned for its five week summer recess without passing critical legislation that would address the mounting immigration crisis. Come November, you can bet your bottom dollar that the GOP will tag the Democrats with the blame for the fallout due to the failure to act.

DON’T FORGET: Join us and 500 supporters and guests on WEDNESDAY August 13th as we honor 5 young progressives at Young Gets It Done!

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Our 5 Under 35

Next Wednesday, August 13th come meet our 5 amazing honorees under 35 for the 6th Annual Young Gets It Done:

Mayor Svante Myrick

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Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at 24, the City of Ithaca’s youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color. Svante was first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 while still a junior at Cornell. The Mayor championed and passed a series of economic development reforms, and in 22 out of the 24 months of his term Ithaca has led New York State in job creation. The City now has the lowest unemployment rate in the State. As Mayor he inherited a $3 million deficit. His first budget included a radical overhaul of City government that merged departments, streamlined processes and was able to successfully close a $ 3 million deficit – all while delivering the lowest tax increase in the City of Ithaca since the year 2000. His active advocacy in Albany and in Washington D.C. has resulted in over $20 million of grants and awards from the State and Federal government. Svante has changed the way people in Ithaca view public space by turning his dedicated mayoral parking space into a public park, after years without them he’s brought fireworks back to the City on the 4th into the 21st

Sara Valenzeula

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Sara Valenzuela currently serves as Director of External Relations for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. Prior to joining the Public Advocate’s Team, Sara spent the past 3 1/2 years serving in a variety of government outreach roles as New York City Regional Director for State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Community Liaison of Immigrant Affairs, Latino Outreach, and Education for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison and Latino Affairs Liaison for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. In these roles, she encouraged progressive legislation and initiatives in partnership with fellow government agencies, elected officials, and advocates in New York. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Teach For America alumna, Sara has dedicated her career to political and minority advocacy. Following her TFA commitment, Sara moved to Washington, D.C. in 2007, to serve as Legislative Correspondent to then Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair, Joe Baca. She was later recruited to serve U.S. Senator Robert Menendez as Legislative Aide/Latino Issues Liaison. In addition, she served as Congressional Hispanic Caucus Liaison and advisor on Latino issues for members of the Senate Hispanic Task Force. During the last months of the 2008 Presidential election, Sara was recruited by Obama for America to serve as Deputy Field Organizer for Hispanic Outreach in Pueblo, Colorado. Following the election she helped found the New Latino Movement, a civic century by embracing social media and overhauling the City’s web presence. engagement group focused on developing young leaders to promote equal opportunity and justice for Latinos. Before her move to New York City, Sara spent the last year and a half of her time in Washington DC as the Associate Director of Government Affairs at Earth Day Network, directing federal policy and national environmental initiatives. ?Sara continues her advocacy even outside the office. Upon arriving to New York City, she began the New York City chapter of the New Latino Movement, a group she helped found in 2008 to engage young Latinos in national and local advocacy. She also joined the inaugural New York City chapter of Women’s Information Network serving as a Political Action Chair. In 2012, Sara participated in the New York City New Leaders Council fellowship and went on to serve as Recruitment and Institute Chairs for the 2013 and 2014 classes. In addition, Sara serves on the Greater New York City for Change board, where she has actively trained and led volunteers during the 2008 election to canvass and register voters in Pennsylvania, organized constituents to join recovery trips to Far Rockaway following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, and helps to educate members on local and federal policy. Sara currently resides in the East Village of Manhattan.

Monica F. Guerra

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Monica Foskett Guerra is Co-Founder and Network Director of the Women’s Information Network.NYC (WIN.NYC), a non-profit dedicated to the professional development of pro-choice, Democratic young women, and works on Wall Street as member of Fitch Rating’s Public Finance Group. Prior to her work at Fitch Ratings, she managed capital budgeting for both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Borough President’s Offices. In her capacity as Director of Capital Budget and Economic Development for the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, she served as a Mayoral appointee to the Board of Directors for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and as a Gubernatorial appointee to the New York City Regional Economic Development Council. She has also managed federal appropriations and developed financial regulatory policies for former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Congressman Mike Quigley. While working for the U.S. House of Representatives, she was awarded with a Congressional Statement of Recognition in honor of her outstanding public service record. Prior to working in Washington, DC, Monica was a field strategist on numerous political campaigns and served as a Regional Field Director for Hillary for President. Monica received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration in finance from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Danny Corum

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Since arriving on the scene in New York from California, Danny Corum has hit the ground running in the progressive labor world of NYC and politics. While studying Labor Relations at the CUNY Murphy Institute he interned for the United Federation of Teachers. It was there at the UFT that Danny was able to successfully run the member-to-member field program in one of the hottest contested NYC state senate races; outspent nearly 3 to 1, still managed to pick up the win. After completing his internship he went on to get his Master’s Degree from CUNY Murphy Institute and then returned to the UFT where he went back to overseeing the UFT Field Operation for all of their endorsed city council candidates along with their candidates for city comptroller and mayor. Following the 2013 Primary Election Danny was tapped by UFT President Michael Mulgrew to be the COPE Coordinator in charge of fundraising for the UFT VOTE COPE Political Action Fund. Danny has brought a fresh approach to motivating the 200,000 members of the UFT to voluntarily contribute to VOTE COPE. He has brought over his passion and energy from California, and in a very short time has been able to make a name for himself across the city as an up and coming political operative.

Carlina Rivera

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Carlina Rivera is an affordable housing activist and District Leader in the Lower East Side. Carlina is a lifelong LES resident and the Director of Programs and Services for Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a community-based organization focused on neighborhood preservation and eviction prevention reaching 10,000 residents every year. While at GOLES, Carlina has worked on campaigns that helped halt infill on NYCHA property during the Bloomberg administration and helped initiate a State Attorney General investigation into illegal landlord tactics to deregulate affordable units in over 100 Manhattan buildings. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Carlina was GOLES’ principal disaster volunteer organizer and coordinated nearly 3,000 volunteers to knock on 15,000 doors of local residents. Since the storm, GOLES has been instrumental in establishing LES READY, the Long Term Recovery Group of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and securing over $300m in federal funding for storm protection along the East River. Carlina serves as an executive member of both Manhattan Community Board 3 and the Coalition for a District Alternative, a progressive political organization combining activism with electoral organizing to preserve the rich diversity of the LES. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Bellevue Hospital and the NYC Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, and has served on the Borough President’s Senior Advisory Group. Carlina is president of the Tenant Association of her building, which works to preserve the building’s affordability for the 171 families that live there. A graduate of Marist College, Carlina has worked for Kaplan K12 coordinating their academic after- school programs in elementary and middle schools in low-income communities and for Lawyers Alliance to empower new nonprofits with the tools to organize their legal structures.

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Progressive Pickings- Week of 8/3

Hey Young Dems,

Young Gets It Done is upon us! Beat the rush and buy your ticket now to the BIGGEST PROGRESSIVE PARTY OF THE YEAR- 500 supporters, friends, and elected officials in one place next WEDNESDAY August 13th. Let us know you’re coming!

Have you met our 5 under 35 honorees for Young Gets It Done? They’re progressive and awesome!

What do racism and the year 2042 have in common? Our Learning Lab Director Megan lets us know this week.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
MYD Women’s Issues Committee Meeting
7:00 PM
Starbucks, 29th St and Park Ave South
Join the women’s issues committee for our August meeting, all are welcome! Email women@gomyd.com for more info.
 
MYD Transportation Committee Meeting
7:30 PM
NY County Democratic Committee Office 108 39th St, 12th Floor

Join us for our monthly committee meeting! Email transport@gomyd.com for more details.

Phonebanking for Democrats!

6 PM – 9 PM

Kate Linker’s Loft, 227 West 17th Street, 6th Floor
Join fellow New York progressives every Wednesday night as we make phone calls for Democrats here in New York, and all over the country. Candidates include Justin Wagner, Dom Recchia, Allison Grimes, and more. You can reserve your spot HERE. Any questions? Email kateplinker@gmail.com.
Not an official MYD event, but sponsored by our friends from Greater New York City for Change.
 
Thursday, August 7, 2014
MYD Social Justice Committee Meeting
7:30 PM
NY County Democratic Committee Office 108 39th St, 12th Floor 
Join the Social Justice Committee every 1st Thursday of the month.  For more information, email Saqib: case@gomyd.com
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Canvassing for People’s Climate March and Divestment
12 PM – 4 PM
Meet at Union Square, Manhattan
Join 350 NYC for a mass mobilization of canvassers for climate justice! We’ll be creating buzz among New Yorkers as we hit the streets in a single afternoon. We’ll let folks all over the Big Apple know that they can create change and a saner, safer world through support for city and state fossil fuel divestment and the People’s Climate March. Sign up on the Google FormFacebook, or Meetup event. Email worce22j (at) mtholyoke (dot) edu for more information.
Not an official MYD event.
 
Monday, August 11, 2014
NYS Assembly Debate (District 76- Upper East Side)
6:30-8:300 PM

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (331 East 70th Street)

Come listen to the Democratic candidate for the Upper East Side’s Assembly District 76 describe their stances on important state and local issues- moderated by Dick Dadey of Citizen Union and Kyle Pope of Our Town. Featuring Gus Christensen, Ed Hartzog, David Menegon, and Rebecca Seawright. RSVP via email: debates@citizenunion.org or call 212-227-0342 x39.
Limited seating- arrive by 6:15PM
Not an official MYD event.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Queens County Young Democrats’ Annual Summer Bash
7:00 PM

Rocky McBride’s, 27-01 23rd Ave, Astoria

Join QCYD for their 8th Annual Summer Bash! Open bar for two hours is included with your ticket, as well as free appetizers! Get ticket prices and RSVP at theFacebook event
 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) Hosts Howard Dean
6:30-8:30 PM

277 West 17th St- 6th Floor

Gov. Howard Dean is our special guest and keynote speaker at our DFNYC Annual Bash this upcoming Tuesday.  Join us for food, drinks and a celebration of 10 years of progressive politics in DFNYC. For MYD member ticket prices to this fundraiser please email: rsvp@dfnyc.org  
Not an official MYD event.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
MYD’s Sixth Annual Young Gets It Done Awards
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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.comClick here to purchase your tickets in advance!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Manhattan to the Bronx for Gustavo Rivera!

Time TBD

70 East 184th St, Bronx, NY
Join fellow NYC progressives as we trek up to the Boogie Down for some good old fashioned door knocking! We’ll be canvassing for State Senator Gustavo Rivera, one of the most progressive members of the state legislature. For more info, or to RSVP, click on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524476671099941
Note: not an official MYD event.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Phonebanking for Democrats!

6 PM – 9 PM

Kate Linker’s Loft, 227 West 17th Street, 6th Floor
Join fellow New York progressives every Wednesday night as we make phone calls for Democrats here in New York, and all over the country. Candidates include Justin Wagner, Dom Recchia, Allison Grimes, and more. You can reserve your spot HERE. Any questions? Email kateplinker@gmail.com.
Not an official MYD event, but sponsored by our friends from Greater New York City for Change.
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Phonebanking for Democrats!

6 PM – 9 PM

Kate Linker’s Loft, 227 West 17th Street, 6th Floor
Join fellow New York progressives every Wednesday night as we make phone calls for Democrats here in New York, and all over the country. Candidates include Justin Wagner, Dom Recchia, Allison Grimes, and more. You can reserve your spot HERE. Any questions? Email kateplinker@gmail.com.
Not an official MYD event, but sponsored by our friends from Greater New York City for Change.
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Race, racism, politics and 2042

Hari Kondabolu- 2042 & the White Minority (VIDEO) 

Does Hari “get” racial politics? Do you? What does this video mean for Young Democrats? What is racism, and what should we do about it?

Join MYD’s newest learning lab to be part of this exciting conversation!

We’re teaming up with Jaime-Jin Lewis, executive director of Border Crossers for a 4-week series on recognizing and addressing structural racism in “post-racial” America. We’ll talk history, our own stories, bias, and power structures, then begin to develop action plans.

This Learning Lab is only $20 for MYD members and will be held on Wednesday nights from August 20th- September 10th from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Space is limited, so sign up here to reserve your spot!   Have questions? E-mail Megan: classes(at)gomyd(dot)com.

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Progressive Pickings- Week of 7/27

Hey Young Democrats,

Have you met William Smith our July member of the month? We’re still looking for August’s, email Christina for more info: dev@gomyd.com

Interested in learning something new? Our first learning Lab of 2014 kicks off next month, check it out!

We testified! Check out the transportation committee testimony before the MTA’s reinvention commission!

Check out the upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Phonebanking for Democrats!
6:30 PM – 9 PM
Kate Linker’s Loft, 227 West 17th Street, 6th Floor
Join fellow New York progressives every Wednesday night as we make phone calls for Democrats here in New York, and all over the country. Candidates include Justin Wagner, Dom Recchia, Allison Grimes, and more. You can reserve your spot HERE. Any questions? Email kateplinker@gmail.com.
Note: not an official MYD event.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Electoral Dysfunction: Special Military Edition
7 PM
The PIT: 123 E. 24th Street, between Park and Lex
Electoral Dysfunction, the show that blends political debate, current events and side-splitting comedy is proud to announce it’s first ever all-military show, featuring some of the smartest and silliest soldiers on the planet for a conversation on Veterans’ Affairs and more – and if you’re active, reserve or retired military, this show is 100% free! Tickets | Facebook

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
MYD Women’s Issues Committee Meeting
7:00 PM
Starbucks, 29th St and Park Ave South
Join the women’s issues committee for our August meeting, all are welcome! Email women@gomyd.com for more info.

MYD Transportation Committee Meeting
7:30 PM
NY County Democratic Committee Office 108 39th St, 12th Floor
Join us for our monthly committee meeting! Email transport@gomyd.com for more details.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
MYD Social Justice Committee Meeting
7:30 PM
NY County Democratic Committee Office 108 39th St, 12th Floor
Join the Social Justice Committee every 1st Thursday of the month. For more information, email Saqib: case@gomyd.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Queens County Young Democrats’ Annual Summer Bash
7:00 PM Rocky McBride’s, 27-01 23rd Ave, Astoria
Join QCYD for their 8th Annual Summer Bash! Open bar for two hours is included with your ticket, as well as free appetizers! Get ticket prices and RSVP at the Facebook event!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
MYD’s Sixth Annual Young Gets It Done Awards
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM 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. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance!

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Manhattan to the Bronx for Gustavo Rivera!
Time TBD
70 East 184th St, Bronx, NY
Join fellow NYC progressives as we trek up to the Boogie Down for some good old fashioned door knocking! We’ll be canvassing for State Senator Gustavo Rivera, one of the most progressive members of the state legislature. For more info, or to RSVP, click on the Facebook event:
Note: not an official MYD event.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Talking About Race- Learning Lab 2014
7:00 PM
Border Crossers Office- 32 Broadway
Join MYD as we team up with our friends at BorderCrossers for a 4-week learning lab on recognizing and addressing structural racism in “post-racial” America. We’ll discuss history, share stories, examine bias and power structures, then develop and action plan. The class meets for 4 consecutive Wednesdays and costs $20 total. Sign  up here!

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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