Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats are two organizations focused on getting more progressives elected to Congress. They aim to do this by supporting progressive challengers against Republicans in swing districts and also by reforming the Democratic Party. Accordingly, they are supporting primary challengers against establishment Democrats whose rhetoric are not always 100% aligned with their actions.
For NY’s 14th Congressional District, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats have put their support behind Alexandria Ocasio to run against Congressman Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary. Alexandria is a young woman of color from the Bronx with a strong progressive platform. Learn more about her here and here.
Jake invited Alexandria to speak at an upcoming NYCIA Council meeting. If you are interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The NYCIA Council is not endorsing any candidate at this time.
This meeting was focused on how to improve the way we are working and to encourage better turn out and regularity of meetings and events. We had some great ideas for events, actions, and future meetings. Minutes are available through the Google Group.
Rise and Resist is organizing an action on Thursday, June 15th at 6pm outside of Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office (633 Third Avenue): The IDC is Failing New York. This will be the culmination of a series of protests against the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a rogue breakaway group that gives the Republicans a majority in the State Senate.
With the end of the legislative session looming, it’s time to shine a spotlight on all the progressive bills that they have blocked. To do so, we want to bring together activists representing a range of issues and constituencies. We’ve chosen to gather outside Cuomo’s office because of his complicity in Albany’s dysfunction – and because it’s a relatively central location for protesting all 8 IDC members at once! Please join if you can!
Where: Foley Square, 111 Worth Street, New York NY 10013
When: 6:00 pm
A special election for NY State Assembly District 9 is being held on Tuesday, May 23. Democratic candidate Christine Pellegrino is a teacher who has been teaching reading in the district for 25 years. She was a delegate for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Primary and has been endorsed by a number of progressive groups. Her opponent is running from the Conservative Party (further right that the Republicans) who recently posted on Facebook that he opposes the move to provide legal council for immigrants, stating: “We can empower these gangs by making New York a sanctuary state, providing them a taxpayer-funded legal defense against their deportation, and learn nothing from these events, or we can go the route of encouraging our brave men and women in the police force to work with federal authorities to work toward their deportation and keep law-abiding New Yorkers safe.”
Please consider canvassing for Christine Pellegrino:
When: 2.5hr shifts at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm every day between now and election day
Where: Massapequa, NY. The campaign will pick you up at the LIRR station (Masspequa Park stop, about a 1hr train ride from Woodside)