Thursday 10/4: GSD Fall Meeting

GSD Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 4
6:00 pm

Seward Park Coop Community Room, 266 East Broadway

All GSD officers are up for re-election: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. If you are a member, please consider running! This club will continue to grow and engage local Democrats only with commitments from people like you!

We will also be discussing City Charter proposals that will be on the November ballot, and finalizing our November endorsements.

8/27 6pm: Meet Robert Rosenthal

You are invited to meet
Robert Rosenthal, candidate for civil court
Monday, August 27
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Seward Park Coop Community Room
266 East Broadway

On September 13, we have an uncommon opportunity to select a new civil court judge for the second judicial district (covering much of the East Village and Lower East Side). Robert Rosenthal is the only candidate in that race to be rated “Highly Qualified” by three independent screening panels, and is endorsed by every one of our local elected officials as well as many prominent members of Grand Street Democrats.

On Monday evening, come meet Robert and hear why it’s so important to vote for him on September 13.

Sunday 8/26: Canvass for Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams

Grand Street Canvass for Nixon/Williams
Sunday, August 26
1:00 – 5:00 pm

413 Grand Street, Apt. F1007

We have another chance this weekend to tell neighbors about our support for Cynthia Nixon for Governor and Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor.

We’ll meet in Seward building 2, apartment F1007 with campaign organizers before heading out to contact Seward Democrats personally.

Sunday 8/12: Canvass for Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams

Grand Street Canvass for Nixon/Williams

Sunday, August 12
3:30 – 7:30 pm

550J Grand Street, #11F

After our meeting Thursday with Cynthia Nixon and her campaign team, we are ready to knock on doors on Grand Street to mobilize our neighbors for the primary. GSD member Sarah Richardson has graciously opened her home on Sunday to get this campaign season underway.

Thursday, August 9: GSD Summer Meeting with Special Guest Cynthia Nixon

GSD Summer Meeting with Special Guest Cynthia Nixon

Thursday, August 9
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Seward Park Coop Community Room
266 East Broadway

The Democratic Primary is right around the corner, and Grand Street Democrats will be standing with our endorsed candidates right up until the polls close on September 13.

At the top of our ticket is Cynthia Nixon, candidate for Governor, who will be the special guest on Thursday, August 9 at our Summer Meeting. Nixon and her campaign team will be there to talk about her campaign and how to help get out the vote in our neighborhood.

I really hope you can join us!

Monday July 30: Meet Robert Rosenthal

Meet Robert Rosenthal

Monday, July 30
6:00 – 8:30 pm

550H Grand Street (Lewis)
Apt. GG (ground floor)

Joyce Ravitch and GSD member Ellen Gruber Garvey invite you to meet Civil Court candidate Robert Rosenthal on Monday evening at their home in Hillman.

Rosenthal has been endorsed by Grand Street Dems, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera, and … well, basically everyone. But he still faces a Democratic primary on Thursday, September 13, and is working hard to meet as many voters as possible before then. Please drop by Monday to say hi!

Tuesday 7/31: Support No IDC challengers

No IDC Fundraiser

Tuesday, July 31
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Brass Monkey
55 West Little 12th Street

Over the next seven weeks, we will be asking GSD members to participate in a few meaningful ways in the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 13.

First up: this amazing fundraiser for “No IDC” challengers for NY State Senate.

These 8 Democrats are running to unseat the IDC Dems who formed a coalition with Republicans, blocking most progressive legislation in NY for the last 7 years, including parts of the Women’s Equality Act to codify Roe v. Wade in New York law, GENDA to protect LGBT New Yorkers from discrimination, voting reform, criminal justice reform, campaign finance and ethics reform, and important protections for tenants.

But wait, didn’t you read that the IDC broke up and joined the mainstream Democrats in Albany? Don’t be fooled. They did this only after this year’s legislative session ended, they did the exact same thing during election season four years ago (then stuck with the Republicans after getting re-elected), and they are still running with campaign funds raised illegally by pretending to be an entirely different party.

Luckily, our State Senator, Brian Kavanagh, is *not* part of the IDC, so we don’t need to vote for a challenger on September 13. But the outcome of these primaries will effect the kind of work Sen. Kavanagh can accomplish on our behalf in Albany.

I hope you’ll join Grand Street Democrats in supporting these Democrats on Tuesday, July 31.

July 15: LES Historic District* Walking Tour

Walking Tour of Proposed LES Historic District

Sunday, July 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Meet at the corner of Hester & Forsyth

We’ve received a special invitation from LESPI board member (and GSD member) Helena Andreyko:

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (LESPI) was honored to receive the support of the Grand Street Democrats for the proposed historic district on the LES, and is delighted to invite members of GSD for a free tour of the proposed district, Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm.

Our tenement buildings have been home to waves of immigrants for generations and were once the center of one of the most vital and bustling centers of commerce in the City. Their facades reflect an era of intricate design and construction that would never be replicated today, but whose intricate features are rarely noticed by pedestrians hurriedly passing by.

Please join Richard Moses, President of LESPI, for a one hour tour as he points out buildings and the beautiful features that make our neighborhood special and worthy of historic designation.

The tour is free but we request an RSVP below.

*Proposed Historic District (so far).

Families Belong Together — sign-making today, rally tomorrow

Our friends at Manny Cantor Center are taking the lead in organizing our community’s protest of Trump policy to separate families at the border. Despite his executive order last week, the threat to children still exists and we feel compelled to continue resisting this fascist program.

GSD will be making signs later today (Friday) and marching tomorrow (Saturday). Please see below for details.


Dear friends,

In the past few weeks members of our Manny Cantor Center community have attended a rally organized by Families Belong Together and signed a banner in our lobby in support of those seeking asylum and the families that have been detained or separated across our nation.

This afternoon, we will meet as a community to prepare for tomorrow’s rally, and tomorrow, along with our friends from the 14th Street Y, we will meet together to mobilize with #FamiliesBelongTogether.

We invite you to raise your voices and join us:

Rally Sign Making | BYO Materials
TODAY, 4PM-6PM | Manny Cantor Center, 4th floor

#MCCMobilize to Attend “Families Belong Together” Rally in Foley Square
TOMORROW (Saturday), 9:15 AM | Meet in Front of Manny Cantor Center to walk to Foley Square

Thursday 6/28: Can DOT stop the traffic madness?

With our elected officials’ help, we’ve been pushing the Department of Transportation to make good on its promise to provide a solution to the traffic problem that plagues Grand Street, Clinton Street, and East Broadway.

On Thursday, we might finally get a chance to hear the DOT proposal at a special CB3 meeting:

Thursday, June 28
6:30 – 8:30 pm
301 Henry Street
(Henry Street Settlement Youth Services Gymnasium)

If you can, please show up (wearing your pink Grand Street Dems shirt) so DOT knows just how important this issue is to our neighborhood.