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DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS Invites You To Our Holiday Party!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Let's take a break and get ready for the fight next year.
And where better to celebrate and nurture grassroots activism than at the aptly named
GRASSROOTS TAVERN – 20 ST. MARKS PLACE – BETWEEN 2nd & 3rd AVENUE

Snacks, drinks and music for all to enjoy!
(No charge for admission and refreshments)
Note: There are three steps down.

For assistance please contact info@didnyc.org

So please join

District Leaders
Terri Cude, Vittoria Fariello, Dennis Gault, Paul Newell

State Committee Member Ben Yee
DID President Jeanne Wilcke & Executive Committee

SUBWAYS

#6 TO ASTOR PLACE
WALK ONE BLOCK EAST TO ST. MARKS PLACE & 3rd AVE

R or W TO 8TH ST. STOP
WALK TWO BLOCKS EAST TO ST. MARKS PLACE & 3rd AVE

L TO 3rd AVE STOP
WALK SOUTH ON 3rd AVE FROM 14th ST TO ST. MARK PLACE, TURN LEFT

DID is the Official Democratic Club of the 66th A.D. Part B & 65th A.D. Part C

 

For information 212-460-8844 | info@didnyc.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/187378271825909/


Our Pre-Holiday PartyIs this Wednesday!

District Leaders - Terri Cude, Vittoria Fariello, Dennis Gault, Paul Newell

State Committeeman - Ben Yee

DID President Jeanne Wilcke & Executive Committee

Invite you to attend our pre-holiday fundraiser

Wednesday, November 29
6:00 – 8:00 pm
125 Greene Street, 5th Floor

Between Houston & Prince Streets
Sean Sweeney’s Penthouse SoHo Loft

$ 35   DID and County Committee members
$100   Friends of DID
$250   Supporters of DID
$500   Patrons of DID

Mail check to Downtown Independent Democrats
125 Greene Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Or, reserve your ticket online at DID Fall Fundraiser:
https://www.eventbee.com/v/did-fall-2017#/tickets

Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the door

DIRECTIONS: SUBWAYS TO BROADWAY/LAFAYETTE: B, D, F, M •
PRINCE ST: N, R
HOUSTON ST: # 1 • SPRING ST: C, E • BLEECKER ST: # 6

DID is the Official Democratic Club of the 66th A.D. Part B & 65th A.D. Part C

 

For information 212-460-8844                
info@didnyc.org



CLIMATE CHANGE & DEVELOPMENT:
Hear panelists from the EPA (formerly), Cornell Lab Ornithology, & a specialist in urban planning.
Assembly Member Deborah Glick is the host of a Town Hall on Climate Change, Sustainability & Development.

DATE:    Tuesday, November 28
TIME:     6 to 8 pm
PLACE:  The New School, 63 Fifth Ave., Bob & Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall

Panelists.
Judith Enck, Former Regional II Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Andrew Farnsworth, PHD, Research Associate in Information Science, Cornell Lab Ornithology
Mike Aziz, Urban Design Planner, Perkins + Will

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-town-hall-climate-change-sustainability-development-tickets-39838848067

Downtown Independent Democrats is a co-sponsor.


1.  CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION FORUM

DATE       WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 18
TIME        6:30 to 8 pm
PLACE     137 2nd STREET (East of 1st Ave) Cardinal Spellman Community Center

November 7 voters will vote yes or no on whether NY State should  hold a Constitutional Convention.
This vote only comes up every 20 years!  
Attend this forum to get information and a neutral breakdown.
D.I.D. will hold a vote a few days later on whether or not to support the Constitutional Convention.  Come informed!

Register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/

Sponsors: United Neighborhood Houses, Common Cause NY, Fiscal Policy Institute, FPWA, Human Services Council, NYC ETC, New York Immigration Coalition, UJA Federation, Catholic Charities.

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2.  D.I.D. MEETING

DATE       WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 25
TIME        6 to 7:30 pm
PLACE     VON BAR - downstairs -- 3 Bleecker Street (near the Bowery)

AGENDA:
Guest Speaker:   TERRY GIPSON, former NY State Senator, is exploring running for Governor of New York in 2018.
D.I.D. will  debate the Constitutional Convention ballot question and vote whether or not we support the Convention.

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3.     MARCH on the 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy!

D.I.D. is participating with now over 85 organizations!

DATE       SATURDAY - OCTOBER 28
TIME        11 am
PLACE:     
- Meet at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn
- March across the Brooklyn Bridge
- Rally at Alfred E. Smith Houses in Manhattan (St. James Place near Pearl St. & Madison St.)

www.sandy5.org

Demand a better climate future!   On the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy we will march to remember, resist, and rise together.

 

New York's elected officials must protect us from the impacts of climate change and lead the transition to a renewable energy economy.


Sunday:  Important Rally to Save Beth Israel Services

Hard to believe St. Vincent's Hospital closed 7 years ago after 161 years in existence.  
Now again we are calling people to rally with us to save hospital services.
Mount Sinai is shutting down vital services at BETH ISRAEL.

In the past decade, over a dozen of NYC hospitals have closed.

Where do we go in life and death emergencies...?

RALLY

DATE       SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

TIME        2 PM sharp

PLACE     1st  AVE  &  16th  ST

DEMANDS:

+   NY STATE HEALTH DEPT. IMMEDIATELY STOP CLOSURE OF SERVICES

+   AN INDEPENDENT STUDY OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS ON THE COMMUNITY AND LOWER MANHATTAN

+   ADOPT A TRANSPARENT & COMMUNITY-APPROVED HEALTH CARE PLAN

Downtown Independent Democrats joins the following groups:

NY State Nurses Association
Progressive Action of Lower Manhattan
Cooper Square Committee
Urban Justice Center
CAAAV - Organizing Asian Communities
CPHS - Putting the Public Back in Public Health
GOLES  - Good Old Lower East Side
Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats
NESRI - National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
CODA - Coalition for a District Alternative


The Manhattan and Brooklyn Democratic Party bosses deliberately suppressed the vote for a candidate in the 26th Senate District (to replace Squadron).
County Committee members voted over 72% for Paul Newell in Manhattan, which is the majority of the Senate District.

In Brooklyn, ONE PARTY BOSS refused to let his district's County Committee members meet and vote.  The result being ONE VOTE BY ONE PERSON in Brooklyn. The Manhattan party boss, also a lobbyist, and that ONE PERSON decided the candidate.  Two men in a room.

1.  A primary would have been the best way to pick a candidate.  The timing of the NYS Senator's resignation prevented a primary.
2.  The next best thing is to pick a candidate through County Committee, which is comprised of local citizens in the district.
3.  The WORST way is to have party bosses make choices for our community.  And this is exactly what happened.

Party bosses say they have the power to do this.  The point is:  SUPPRESSION OF THE VOTE IS NOT ETHICAL - NOR IS IT DEMOCRACY.

Tonight there is a Judicial Forum, where we will hear from many NY State Supreme Court Candidates.  
We are committed to nominating the fairest and most qualified judges.  
Our legal and judicial system is more important than ever to protecting our democracy.

JUDICIAL FORUM

We invite you to hear candidates for NY Supreme Court speak on their qualifications and important court cases.

All are invited!

You do not have to be a member to attend.

DATE Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TIME 6:30 to 8:30 pm

PLACE 505 LaGuardia Place

Community Room

(between Houston & Bleecker)

Immediately after the forum, D.I.D. members will meet and vote on candidates to endorse.

On September 24th, our recently-elected Judicial Delegates & Alternates carry these endorsements to the Judicial Convention where nominations for NY Supreme Court will be voted on.

 

D.I.D. is pleased to be joining The Village Reform Democratic Club and the Village Independent Democrats in co-hosting this forum for NY Supreme Court.



DATE Wednesday - August 23, 2017
TIME 6 to 8 pm
PLACE 310 Greenwich St. - Independence Plaza -- Community Room - 2nd floor (Cross street is Duane St.)

Four candidates are now in the running to seek the Democratic Party line for NY State Senator representing downtown Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.

This Wednesday we have a chance to hear each candidate present and answer questions.

The public is invited - you do not have to be a member to attend.

NY State Senator District Daniel Squadron has resigned.  To fill out his term through 2018, a Special Election will be called by the Governor which will coincide with the November General Election.

On August 23rd we will hear from candidates for the Democratic Party line who are seeking the seat Senator Squadron is vacating.  At the end of the meeting we will have open debate and discussion, followed by a vote to endorse a candidate.

NY STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES - 26th Senate District:

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ALAN J. GERSON

Lawyer & two-term former City Council Member (1st Council District - downtown Manhattan)

The District he formerly represented runs from Washington Square Park to the Financial District,

including Governors Island, Battery Park City and the majority of the Lower East Side.

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BRIAN KAVANAGH

Currently an Assembly Member in the 74th Assembly District.

Areas represented include Kips Bay, Tudor City Murray Hill, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, Murray Hill, East Village and part of the Lower East Side.

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PAUL NEWELL

Newell is a long-time downtown Community Activist and District Leader, 65th Assembly District (downtown Manhattan)

Areas represented include the Lower East Side, Battery Park City, South St. Seaport, Little Italy, Financial District and parts of SoHo and Chinatown.

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DIEGO S. SEGALINI

Executive Vice President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center and Public Member of Community Board 3.

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HOW THE PROCESS WORKS

As part of the Special Election process, the Democratic Party is expected to call County Committee members to designate a candidate to run on the Democratic Party line.  The Special Election will include other party choices, but here we concern ourselves with the Democratic line.

County Committee is the grassroots level of the Democratic Party.  Every small E.D. district in Manhattan - an Election District - has between two and four representatives.  One becomes a Democratic County Committee member by running in the Democratic Primary in September.  First your name must be on petitions and accepted to be a nominee to get on the ballot.  If running unopposed, you automatically win the seat.  If you have opposition you stand for election.

An important role County Committee plays is when a vacancy in an office occurs.  A vacancy can happen for a myriad of reasons.  It can happen due to a death, as with Congressman Ted Weiss who passed away in 1992.  Current Congressman Jerrold Nadler was chosen by County Committee to be the Democratic nominee to replace Ted Weiss.  Or a vacancy can occur as a result of a resignation due to an indictment and conviction, as with former Assembly Member Sheldon Silver.

In the current situation Senator Squadron resigned voluntarily, albeit too late to have candidates petition to be on the ballot for the September Democratic Primary.  Therefore the Governor calls a Special Election and the Democratic Party steps in and designates a nominee for the office.  Since the timing is close to the November Election, it makes sense to have the Special Election at the same time.

The 26th District in question is split about 65%-35% between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The Manhattan County Leader has more authority due to the greater percentage of the district being in Manhattan.  While calling County Committee together to make a decision on a candidate is expected, the County Leaders can solely designate the nominee. They do not have to consider the opinions of the many on County Committee.

D.I.D. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The D.I.D. Executive Committee in a recent emergency meeting clearly made known their expectations that the process will be fair and transparent and that the voices of County Committee members will be heard and followed.  The D.I.D. Executive Committee fully expects all County Committee members from the entire 26th Senate District to come together and pick a candidate. The nominee will be on the ballot in November on the Democratic Party line.


Congressman Jerry Nadler launches GET ORGANIZED 2018 Town Hall.
Speakers include:
  • DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)
  • SwingLeft
  • NY Indivisible

D.I.D. is honored to be a co-sponsor.
RSVP needed to attend. The event is free.

DATE Tuesday - August 1, 2017
TIME 6 - 8 pm
PLACE Symphony Space -- 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com
Name of event: Get Organized: Congressman Nadler's Community Town Hall
or
Go to Facebook for details: https://www.facebook.com/JerryNadler/

VOTE TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
+ ELECTION OF D.I.D. OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

DATE      Wednesday - May 24, 2017
TIME       6 - 8 PM
PLACE   The Sheen Center

18 Bleecker St. - Entry around corner on Elizabeth St.
2nd Flr - Studios A&B, 2nd flr
(6 train to Bleecker or F, B, D, M to Broadway/Lafayette)

If you paid 2016 dues and have not paid yet for 2017, you can pay the night of the meeting.

Candidates for the following offices will be voted upon after open debate and discussion:
Mayor
Comptroller
Public Advocate
Manhattan Borough President
District Attorney
Civil Court Judges

City Council District 1
City Council District 2
City Council District 3

Female District Leader 65th Assembly District
Male District Leader 65th Assembly District
Female District Leader 66th Assembly District
Male District Leader 66th Assembly District

Election of D.I.D. officers and Executive Committee


Civil Court Judicial Candidate Forum

DATE      Thurday - May 11, 2017


TIME       7:00 - 9:00 pm

PLACE    
Seafarer's International House, 123 E. 15th Street at Irving Place

Dear DID Members and Friends,

Next week, the NY County Democratic committee will endorse candidates for Civil Court judge.  This is an incredibly important position that has huge impacts on the lives of New Yorkers who appear in their courtrooms.

Tonight, several of our sister clubs have organized a forum to hear candidates for Civil Court Judge at 7PM at Seafarer's International House, 123 E. 15th Street at Irving Place (Any train to Union Sq.  Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kzK6bYUTuL32).

The event is cosponsored by Coalition for a District Alternative, Tilden Democratic Club, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club and Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democratic Club.

Refreshments will be served.


CANDIDATE NIGHT for CITY-WIDE OFFICES
DATE Tuesday - May 2, 2017
TIME 6:30 - 10:00 pm
PLACE 208 West 13th Street
The LGBT Community Center (west of 7th Ave)

Candidates for the following offices have been invited:
- Mayor
- Comptroller
- Public Advocate
- Manhattan Borough President
- District Attorney

Co-Sponsors with Downtown Independent Democrats:
Village Independent Democrats
The Village Reform Democratic Club
Chelsea Reform Democrats
Coalition for a District Alternative (CoDA)
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club


DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS MEETING
APRIL 26, 2017 - 6 PM

Guest: Council Member Rosie Mendez
Candidates for City Council & District Leader
Elizabet St. Garden Update
Nominations for D.I.D. Officers & Executive Committee

DATE --- Wednesday - April 26, 2017
TIME --- 6 pm
PLACE --- 125 Greene St., 5th Floor (between Prince & Spring)

AGENDA:
1. GUEST SPEAKER: Rosie Mendez, City Council Member
2. ELIZABETH ST. GARDEN: Update on saving our garden.
3. CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: Two candidates who have not previously appeared.
Jasmin Sanchez - District 2
Dashia Imperiale - District 1
4. DISTRICT LEADER CANDIDATES: 65th & 66th Assembly Districts
Paul Newell
Vittoria Fariello
Terri Cude
Dennis Gault
5. NOMINATIONS for D.I.D. OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(our election will take place in May)

Want to run for a DID office or be on the Executive Committee? Let us know: info@didnyc.org
All are welcome to the meeting, you do not have to be a member to attend.
But - you do have to be a member to vote! Don't forget to renew your 2017 membership.



SPRING FUNDRAISER!

SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017

With dangerous leadership in Washington
and our entire city government up for election this year,
progressive community organizations will be
more important than ever in 2017!

Join us up on the roof in SoHo!
Eat a little. Have a drink.
Mingle with elected officials, candidates,
community activists and your neighbors.

District Leaders
Terri Cude, Dennis Gault, Paul Newell,
D.I.D. President Jeanne Kazel Wilcke and
D.I.D. Treasurer Sean Sweeney
cordially invite you to join the
DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS
as we honor
Dwayne Clark
United Federation of Teachers Manhattan Representative
and
Don Albright
United Federation of Teachers Special Representative
on the festive occasion of our Spring Fundraiser

Sunday, April 23, 2016
from 12:00 to 2:00 pm
at the loft of Sean Sweeney
125 Greene Street, Fifth Floor
between Houston and Prince Streets
For information 212-460-8844 or info@didnyc.org

Directions:
B, D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette
N or R to Prince Street
6 to Bleecker Street
1 to Houston Street
Children Welcome
Eventbrite (to buy tickets):https://DID2017.eventbrite.com

Checks may be sent to:
Downtown Independent Democrats
c/o Sweeney
125 Greene Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1164262080351504/

www.DIDNYC.org
Official Democratic Club of the 65th Assembly District, Part C
and the 66th Assembly District, Part B

UPDATED DID MEETINGS & MORE

The date for the next DID General Meeting is Wednesday, April 26.
Rosie Mendez, City Council Member, will be the guest speaker.

We'll also hear updates on our beloved Elizabeth St. Garden
+ District Leader Candidates
+ two City Council Candidates (who have not previously appeared before us).

Last but not least!
We'll have our own DID nominations for Officers and Executive Committee. The DID election takes place in May.

Renew your membership so you can vote!
(Go to didnyc.org and press the Membership link.)

Don't forget our DID Spring Fundraiser Sunday, April 23rd!

Detailed list of these events & more:
APRIL 5
Didn't make the DID meeting to hear downtown City Council candidates? There's another chance.
Our friends at Village Independent Democrats & the Village Reform Democratic Club will be hearing candidates this Wednesday.

DATE -- Wednesday - April 5, 2017
TIME -- 6:15 to 10 pm
PLACE -- Judson Memorial Church, Assembly Room, 239 Thompson St.

Candidates appearing are listed at the end of this email***.

APRIL 9
PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH ORGANIZING MEETING

DATE -- Sunday - April 9, 2017
TIME -- 5 pm
PLACE -- The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St.

Sponsored by United Thru Action, People's Climate Movement NYC, Food & Water Watch, 350NYC, Greater NYC for Change

The Climate March in Wash. DC is April 29! UTA is sponsoring a bus.
To register for the bus:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-march-for-jobs-justice-and-climate-april-29-bus-to-dc-tickets-32962999218?aff=UTA1

APRIL ??
DID NOMINATIONS + ELECTION OF OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

DATE & PLACE -- To be announced.

Want to run for a DID office or be on the Executive Committee?
Let us know: info@didnyc.org

Yearly dues must be paid up to vote. Dues can be paid on the DID website: didnyc.org under Membership.

APRIL 23
DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS ! SPRING FUNDRAISER !

Meet the candidates up close & personal. Engage with fellow community leaders & neigbors.
Funds raised go towards printing petitions, mailers, flyers, postage & renting meeting space.
Support your grassroots democracy!

DATE -- Sunday - April 23, 2017
TIME -- 12 to 2 pm
PLACE -- 125 Greene St, Penthouse 5th flr

Tickets: $50 for DID Members & Neighbors
$200 to $1000 (that would be a big help!) for Candidates & Benefactors


APRIL 26

AGENDA:
1. GUEST: Rosie Mendez, City Council Member
2. ELIZABETH ST. GARDEN: Update
4. CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: District 1 & 2 (two candidates who have not previously appeared)
5. DISTRICT LEADER CANDIDATES: 65th & 66th Assembly Districts
& last but not least!
6. DID NOMINATIONS for OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (the election will take place in May)

DATE --- Wednesday - April 26, 2017
TIME --- 6 pm
PLACE --- 125 Greene St., 5th Floor, NY, NY

Want to run for a DID office or be on the Executive Committee?
Let us know: info@didnyc.org

Yearly dues must be paid up to vote. Dues can be paid on the DID website: didnyc.org under Membership.
MAY 2

CANDIDATE NIGHT for CITY-WIDE OFFICES
DATE -- Tuesday - May 2, 2017
TIME -- 6:30 - 10 PM
PLACE -- LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St.

Candidates for the following offices have been invited:
Mayor
Comptroller
Public Advocate
Manhattan Borough President
District Attorney

DID is a co-sponsor with Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
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AND MORE organized by our State Committeman Ben Yee:
APRIL 4

PHONEBANK FOR JOHN OSSOF - Democratic Congressional Candidate in Georgia
This is a Special Election April 18. And right now it's REALLY important to get Democrats elected in every state besides our own.

DATE -- Tuesday - April 4, 2017
TIME -- 6:30 - 9 PM
PLACE -- 109 W 39th St., Suite 1201
See Eventbrite:

APRIL 12

(Real) Politics 101
DATE -- Wednesday - April 12, 2017
TIME -- 7 PM
PLACE -- 55 West 13th St., New School

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room 1202 Arnhold Hall
See Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-politics-101-tickets-33296214875


***APRIL 5th CANDIDATES:

Council District 1
Margaret Chin
Christopher Marte
Aaron Foldenauer
Dashia Imperiale

Council District 2
Carlina Rivera
Mary Silver
Erin Hussein
Ronnie Cho
Jasmin Sanchez

Council District 3
Corey Johnson

Additional candidates:
Female District Leader-66th AD Part A - Keen Berger
Male District Leader-66th AD Part A - Arthur Z. Schwartz



March 12    5 PM
UNITED THRU ACTION & NY INDIVISIBLE
Organizing Meeting
Church of the Village
201 West 13th St., NY, NY
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March 22     6-8 PM
DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS MEETING
to MEET DOWNTOWN NYC CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
Districts 1, 2 & 3
The Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St., (enter on Elizabeth St.), NY, NY

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March 22     6-8 PM
HOW TO GET ON THE BALLOT IN NYC
Sponsored by the Committee on Election Law
NYC Bar Association
42 W 44th St., NY, NY (btw 5th & 6th Avenues)

RSVP: Sarah Steiner Esq. at sks4law@aol.com

***
March 27     7-9 PM
CIVICS 101 Workshop led by Ben Yee & co-hosted with Rally + Rise
Flatiron School 11 Broadway, #215, NY, NY

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March 29      7-9 PM
ORGANIZING 101
Workshop led by Ben Yee, State Committeeman
233 Broadway, Suite 2030, NY, NY
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Join DID - go to: didnyc.org & click on membership. $25, $15 seniors & students.


March 22, 2017 - Meet downtown City Council candidates + 5 Resolutions

NY City Council races have begun!

Meet the candidates.  Make an informed decision when you enter the voting booth in next September's primary election.

DATE: Wednesday March 22, 2017
TIME: 6 to 8 pm
PLACE: The Sheen Center - 18 Bleecker St., Studios A&B (Entry on Elizabeth St.)

Each candidate will present individually on their background, vision for the office, and top issues they will focus on.
Questions will be taken after each candidate speaks.

D.I.D. members will vote on which candidates to endorse in late May or early June.  Then we'll carry petitions to get those candidates on the ballot for September.

Agenda:
City Council candidates from downtown, covering Districts 1, 2 & 3.

List in formation of candidates who will present.

Additional items and resolutions will be forthcoming closer to the date of the meeting.

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We voted for 5 important resolutions at our February meeting.  We even supported a Republican proposal on climate change!

(In concept, not all the details, but still…!)

To read the full text go to the link under Resolutions in the left margin.

 

Support for proposed legislation in NY State:

1. THE NEW YORK VOTES ACT: Removes barriers to voting

2. TRUMP ACT: Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public for presidential candidates

3. NY STATE LIBERTY ACT: Immigration-related matters, fair & ethical guidelines

Environment:
4. REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL ON CARBON FEES TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Taxes:
5. NY STATE PLAN TO CUT MIDDLE-INCOME TAX & MAINTAIN HIGH-INCOME TAX

 

***We encourage individuals & groups to take these resolutions or language from them to write their own letters or resolutions and send to elected officials.


Elections don't have to be like this! Outrageous voter suppression
in other states. But what about our own backyard?

We're co-sponsoring a forum this Thursday on ELECTION REFORM.

Check out the DID resolution we did last week endorsing
the NEW YORK VOTES ACT - at the end of this email.

ACTION: Send a letter to the Governor & NY State elected officials
telling them you support this legislation.

Attach our resolution or copy excerpts from it as you like.  Let our
electeds know that we know what's up in suppressing voters in NY State.

FORUM:
DATE      Thursday - February 23, 2017
TIME       7:30 to 9:30 pm
PLACE     Seafarers International House
,
123 East 15th Street, 2nd floor **Come early to ensure a seat.

DID is a co-sponsor with a great group of political & grassroots organizations:
Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative
(CoDA), Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, Manhattan Young Democrats (MYD),
New York Progressive Action Network, Village Independent Democrats (VID)

SPEAKERS:
Brian Kavanagh - New York State Assembly Member
Sarah Steiner - Election Lawyer; Former Chair of the NYC Bar Election Law Committee
Michael Ryan - Executive Director, NYC Board of Elections
Lourdes Rosado - Bureau Chief, Attorney General's Civil Rights Bureau

_____________________________________________

Here's our DID resolution:

DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS 
RESOLUTION
TO
ENDORSE THE NEW YORK VOTES ACT

NEW YORK VOTES ACT is proposed legislation to update and reform NY State's voting system.

The legislation includes:
Allow early voting
Automatic voter registration
Online absentee ballots
Shorten time to register with a party or switch parties
Restore voting rights to people on parole
Hold all statewide primary elections on one day in late June

Downtown Independent Democrats members have fought for decades to remove obstacles to voting and improve the process.

NY ranks as one of the lowest states in voter turnout (near the bottom).
This legislation will remove barriers to voting and encourage participation in our democracy.

Therefore be it resolved:

The Downtown Independent Democrats endorse the NEW YORK VOTES ACT.

Furthermore we thank NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the many other voting-reform advocates who drafted and stand behind this legislation.

February 15, 2017
Downtown Independent Democrats
Contact:  info@didnyc.org

The proposed legislation can be read here:  http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/

Enter Bill # A05312

To see the full legislation:  Check off the Text box at the top towards the right.

 


FEBRUARY 15

Downtown Independent Democrats Meeting
All invited! You do not have to be a member to attend.

DATE Wednesday -  February 15, 2017
TIME 6 to 8 pm
PLACE 310 Greenwich St. Independence Plaza,
Community Room,2nd floor (Cross street is Duane St.)

Agenda in formation.  
Tentative Speakers: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
& District Leader Paul Newell.

Who should lead the Democratic Party at the national level?  
A leader will be chosen in late February.

We will vote on our preference. 
Even if you are not a member who can vote, your input is welcome.

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FEBRUARY 23

FORUM ON ELECTION REFORM

Speakers:
Brian Kavanagh - NYS Assembly Member,
Sarah Steiner - election lawyer,
Michael Ryan - Executive Director,
Board of Elections,  Lourdes Rosado -
Bureau Chief, Attorney General's Civil Rights Bureau.

DID is a co-sponsor with other political & grassroot organizations.

DATE Thursday - February 23, 2017
TIME 7:30 to 9:30 pm
PLACE Seafarers International House,
123 East 15th Street, 2nd floor

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WORKSHOPS: (Real) Politics 101 & Organizing 101

DID State Committee member Ben Yee continues the workshops.  
They've been very popular and get sold out so sign up now.


(Real) Politics 101

Feb 13 - 6 pm    Flatiron School, 11 Broadway, #260
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-politics-101-tickets-31262456850


Organizing 101

SOLD OUT Feb 23 - 7 pm        
Arts On Site, 12 St. Marks Place, #3F
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/organizing-101-tickets-30813008538

Feb 25 - 1 pm        
Arts On Site, 12 St. Marks Place, #3F
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/organizing-101-tickets-30813104826

 


WOMEN'S MARCH ON NYC - SIGN-MAKING PARTY
Time: FRIDAY 8 PM - 10 pm
Place: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street  (west of 7th Ave)

Bring poster material, marker pens, scissors, tape, a snack, whatever materials you need.
Don't forget - no poles or wires allowed on signs.  One idea is to make a sandwich board of your sign with string.

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SATURDAY 10:30 AM --- WOMEN'S MARCH

Meet at Union Square and travel together.
Look for us holding signs VID/DID/UTA
Village Independent Democrats, Downtown Independent Democrats, United Thru Action

Time: 10:30 AM - Depart for subway @ 10:45 - don't be late!
Place: In front of the Gandhi statue at 14th St & University Place 
(the Northeast corner of 14th & University / aka Union Sq. West)

We expect to enter the March at 11:55 am at 47th & 1st Ave.

ADVICE:  It's going to be crowded and we have to flexible about timing entering the March.  
Be patient, wear a smile.  Most important is that all of us are there and participating!
MORE ADVICE:  No backpacks or oversized bags.

Register for the Women's March on NYC here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-on-nyc-tickets-29464021682


January 5, 2017    
Downtown Independent Democrats Meeting

All invited! You do not have to be a member to attend.

DATE: Thursday -  January 5, 2017
TIME: 6 to 8 pm
PLACE: 310 Greenwich St. - Independence Plaza - Community Room - 2nd floor
(Cross street is Duane St.)

SPEAKERS:
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NY STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON

We are honored to have State Senator Daniel Squadron join us.  The first session of the year in the NY State Legislature opened today. We'll be interested to hear Senator Squadron's views on the State of our State.
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DISTRICT LEADER DENNIS GAULT

District Leader Dennis Gault will give a downtown update on affordable housing, transportation and public education.

He'll also give his take on why we should vote NO to a NY State Constitutional Convention.  Whether or not to hold a Convention will be on the ballot in November.  We need to be informed and hear the pros and cons in order to take a position and educate the public. This issue is on the ballot only once every 20 years, so pay attention!
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STATE COMMITTEEMAN BEN YEE

State Committeeman Ben Yee has hit the ground running in 2017.  He's hosting workshops (first one Jan. 9) to educate and organize people.  He'll give the low-down on these important workshops to get citizens up to speed on how to be involved in their democracy.  We will post dates of the workshops as they come up or see the schedule here:  https://www.facebook.com/YouMatterNation/posts/1299768826752435

Who should lead the Democratic Party at the national level?

Ben will give us a road map on how we can impact who becomes the next leader of our Democratic Party.
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RESOLUTION:
Vote on a resolution that calls for the NY State Legislature to enact early voting.
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AGENDA:  Information

Downtown NYC is an important place, not just nationally, but worldwide.  The history and fight for democracy and rights runs deep down here.  2017 will be a crucial year to protecting many of our rights.

D.I.D. members are involved in neighborhood and local political associations, on community boards, and in elected office. Others are involved in national and global organizations protecting our democracy, saving our planet from ourselves, and reaching across city and state lines to elect progressive candidates.

We are strong advocates for the community.  We will continue our fights against over-development, particularly in high-risk flood zones, for better transport and schools, and for environment and resiliency plans to protect our future.

A tough road is ahead of us and we'll all need to ramp up our game.  In 2017 we will continue to educate and engage people in our democracy.  Join us at meetings to meet our elected officials and interview candidates for office.

Downtown Independent Democrats info@didnyc.org
Visit Downtown Independent Democrats on Facebook.
To renew your membership or join DID - go to: Membership in the left column. $25 ($15 seniors & students).


Celebrate grassroots activism at the aptly-named Grassroots Tavern!
Jukebox music and beverages!

The Downtown Independent Democrats invite you to our Holiday Party.

Date:       MONDAY   DECEMBER  19,  2016
Time:       6  to  8  PM
Place:      GRASSROOTS TAVERN
20 St. Marks Place - between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

Note:  There are three steps down, please contact info@didnyc.org if you need assistance.

Subways: 6 --- Astor Place stop - east one block to St. Marks Place & 3rd Ave
N&R --- 8 St stop - walk east from Broadway past Astor Place, continue one more block to 3rd Ave & St. Marks Place
L --- 3rd Ave stop - south on 3rd Ave from 14th St to St. Marks Place, turn left.


D.I.D. President Jeanne Wilcke District Leaders Terri Cude, Dennis Gault, Paul Newell, and Jenifer Rajkumar,

and State Committee Members Lee Berman and Ben Yee invite you to our Fall Fundraiser.

Looking forward to robust & laser-focused conversations!

We have a lot of work ahead, let's get together & network at this important time in history.

DOWNTOWN  INDEPENDENT  DEMOCRATS
Sunday, November 20, 2016
12:00 to 2:00 pm
125 Greene Street, Fifth Floor

(at Sean Sweeney's Fabulous SoHo Loft between Houston and Prince Streets)

Details:   https://did-fall-2016.eventbrite.com

$35 - Members & friends & volunteers with community groups & local political clubs.

$100 - Candidates & elected officials & good spirits.

$5 - Discount on new memberships or renewals!

On Sunday membership of $25 will be $20.  Senior & student membership of $15 will be $10.
- Additional contributions for the volunteer work we do are always appreciated.

Looking forward to robust & laser-focused conversations!

For questions or information:  212-460-8844 or info@didnyc.org


Assembly Member Deborah Glick will join us for a post-election strategy meeting.

State Senator Brad Hoylman may attend, we'll update when confirmed.

DATE: Thursday - November 10
TIME: 6 to 8 pm
PLACE: The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., Studio C

(Corner of Elizabeth & Bleecker, entry door on Elizabeth St.)


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Nov 8    Night of Election!

Nov 10  Downtown Independent Democrats Meeting

Nov 20  Pre-Holiday Fundraiser

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NIGHT OF ELECTION -
We're joining with friends from CODA (Coalition for a District Alternative) for a nail-biting night.
The owner of Donnybrook will have all the t.v.s tuned to the results.

DATE      Tuesday -  November 8
TIME       8:30 PM until...!
PLACE     Donnybrook, 35 Clinton Street, corner of Clinton & Stanton, between East Houston & Rivington

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DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS MEETING

Agenda & Speakers forthcoming.

DATE      Thursday -  November 10
TIME       6 to 8 pm
PLACE     The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., Studio C
Corner of Elizabeth & Bleecker, entry door on Elizabeth St.

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DID PRE-HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER

Hold the date!

DATE      Sunday-  November 20
TIME       12 to 3 pm
PLACE     125 Greene Street, 5th Flr, between Houston & Prince

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Downtown Independent Democrats --- info@didnyc.org

Visit Downtown Independent Democrats on Facebook.

To renew your membership or join DID - go to: didnyc.org and click on Membership in the left column.
$25 ($15 seniors & students).


 


Downtown Independent Democrats announces that Yuh-Line Niou will be attending our next DID meeting on Monday, October 10th.

Yuh-Line won an impressive victory in the September primary for the seat in the 65th Assembly District, representing the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan, replacing former speaker Sheldon Silver. She will present her goals and plans for the office, as well as taking questions from the audience.

We have newly-elected State Committee members! This volunteer position is our communication line at the State level.
Meet Lee Berman, representing the 65th AD, and Ben Yee, representing the 66th AD.

AGENDA (information):
- Endorsement vote for NY State Assembly, 65th AD.
- Resolution calling for limitation of new high-rise building in or near high-risk flood zones.
- Updates on Community Issues, including:  
Elizabeth St. Garden, SoHo/NoHo Zoning, 45 Rivington, FiDi rent stabilization, lack of representation in Battery Park City.

WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2016
TIME: 6 pm
WHERE: 125 Greene St., Fifth Floor (btw Houston & Prince)

Fur further information, email us at info@didnyc.org or call (212) 460-8844

Check Downtown Independent Democrats on Facebook for updates.
To join DID for to didnyc.org & click on membership. $25, $15 seniors & students.



 

We're joining Congressman Nadler Saturday morning to get the word out.

Date -- Saturday June 25 
Time -- 9:30 to 11:30 am
Where -- 310 Greenwich St - Independence Plaza
(near the Farmer’s Market & end of Duane St)

We'll pull double-duty and collect petition signatures
at the same time.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick & State Committee
candidate Ben Yee are on board too.

Mark your calendar - Tues June 28 
vote in the Democratic Primary Election for Congress.

DID's endorsedcandidates for Congress:

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer
U.S. Representatives Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney & Nydia Velazquez.

June 28 -- is the Federal Primary
Sept 13 -- is the State Primary
Nov 8 -- is the General Election


JUNE 1, 2016 MEETING TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES

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DATE:    Wednesday, June 1, 2016
TIME:     6 to 8 pm
PLACE: 154 Sullivan Street, downstairs auditorium St. Anthony's Church,
corner of West Houston, between Thompson & MacDougal.
- If you paid 2015 dues and have not paid yet for 2016, you are eligible to vote immediately upon payment of the dues in arrears.
- Members more than one year in arrears must wait one month after payment of arrears to be eligible to vote.
Brad Hoylman
Daniel Squadron
John Bal
Alice Cancel
Don Lee
Gigi Li
Christopher Marte
Paul Newell
Yuh-Line Niou
Jenifer Rajkumar
Deborah Glick (incumbent)
Arthur Schwartz
Male: Deley Gazinelli
John Scott
Ben Yee
Female: Rachel Lavine (incumbent)
Margaret Chan (Re-election)
Josh Hanshaft (County position)
Emily Morales-Minerva (County position)


Between Prince & Houston Streets
Meet the candidates for the New York 65th Assembly District!
D.I.D. President Jeanne Wilcke
as we honor Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Sunday, May 1 --- 12:00 to 2:00 pm
125 Greene Street, Fifth Floor
between Houston and Prince Streets
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT: https://DID2016.eventbrite.com/

One ballot is for the Presidential Primary and one ballot is for the Special Election for the 65th Assembly.
Prior information indicated there would be two voting machines and two ballots. There is only one machine and two ballots.
The 65th AD ballot has been redesigned to conform with the primary ballot design.
Hours:      6 am to 9 pm
Check your poll site:      nyc.pollsitelocator.com

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
HILLARY CLINTON
BERNIE SANDERS
*** VOTE TWICE ***  if you live in the 65th Assembly District.  There is a Special Election for NY State Assembly.
You will receive two ballots - one for the Presidential Primary and one for the Special Election.
SPECIAL ELECTION
NY STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 65
Democratic Party        ALICE CANCEL
Republican Party        LESTER CHANG
Green Party                DENNIS LEVY
Working Families Party   YUH-LINE NIOU
Reform Party               LESTER CHANG
Independence Party
Clean Up The Mess Party
The 65th Assembly District includes the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Battery Park City, Financial District, South Street Seaport, Little Italy, Nolita and parts of the East Village and eastern SoHo.

 

 

To be eligible to vote you must be a member in good standing.

CANDIDATES:

NY State Senate - 27th District

NY State Senate - 26th District

NY State Assembly - 65th Assembly District

NY State Assembly - 66th Assembly District

NY State Democratic Committee - 66th Assembly District

Civil Court Judge (3 positions open)


CHANGE OF LOCATION !

We will be meeting May 23rd at 125 Greene St., 5th Floor

DATE – Monday May 23, 2016

TIME – 6 to 8 pm

PLACE – 125 Greene St., 5th Floor (between Prince & Houston St)

Trains: N,R to Prince St, 6 to Bleecker St, B,D,F,M to B'way-Lafayette, C,E to Spring St, 1 to Houston St.


We have a great opportunity to hear each candidate individually on their community involvement, background, their vision for the office they seek, and top issues they will focus on.

There will be a question & answer period after each candidate speaks.

List in formation of candidates who will present.

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Visit Downtown Independent Democrats on Facebook for updates.

Join DID - go to: Membership page $25, $15 seniors & students.


May 1st Sunday - DID Spring Fundraiser!

District Leaders: Jenifer Rajkumar, Paul Newell, Terri Cude, Dennis Gault, and

cordially invite you to join the

DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS

on the festive occasion of our Spring Fundraiser

at Sean Sweeney's Fabulous SoHo Loft


For information 212-460-8844 or info@didnyc.org

VOTE - TUES APRIL 19, 2016 - Twice if you live in the 65th Assembly District

For the 65th Assembly District there is ONE voting machine but you will receive TWO ballots.

Vote:      Tuesday April 19, 2016

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