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.
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!
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!
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
Rabbi Joanna Samuels, the Executive Director of Manny Cantor, invites us to join her at a rally Thursday afternoon in Brooklyn to protest the mistreatment of children and families crossing the border to the United States.
As Rabbi Samuels said, “U.S. government agents are forcibly separating children from their immigrant parents, sending the children to foster homes or detention centers while their parents are sent to jail. Often, the parents do not know their children’s whereabouts, or even if they are safe. The children are sent to live with strangers or in prison-like detention centers, unaware of whether they will ever be reunited with the families. This cannot continue.”
There are numerous reports of families being forcibly separated at the border, and of children being placed in prison-like detention centers where they have been abused physically and sexually. The legal context of these separations may be complicated, but the outcomes are clearly wrong, and as Americans we should not allow activity like this to be perpetrated in our name.
If you and your family would like to join the rally, meet at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway at 5:00 pm. We will then take the F train together to Brooklyn, where the rally starts at 5:30 pm.
Grand Street Democrats is ready to mobilize for election season!
On Monday, June 4, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm please join us at Manny Cantor Center for petition drive organizing for our endorsed candidates in New York, and for phone banking with Sister District for Liz Hanbidge for Pennsylvania.
We will also hear from Joe Telano from the NYS Democratic Party. He’ll let us know of some upcoming chances this summer to volunteer for Democratic campaigns that will help flip Congressional and State Senate seats to blue.
Petitioning starts on Tuesday, and we want everyone to chip in. This is an important function of belonging to Grand Street Democrats: our endorsed candidates need your help.
To participate in phone banking, please bring a laptop and mobile phone. We will be working from a script, contacting PA voters to make sure they know about important upcoming state elections.
Even in this deep blue corner of Manhattan we can help make a difference.
Following Eric Schneiderman’s sudden downfall and resignation 3 weeks ago, there are three candidates for NYS Attorney General seeking the Democratic nomination — Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout, and Leecia Eve. We will have a chance to hear from all three and vote afterwards for the GSD endorsement.
In addition, the party position of (Male) State Committee Member is open this year following the announcement that Lee Berman will not seek re-election to that seat. Two candidates are running: Chris Marte and Joseph Garba.
Any member with voting privileges who cannot make the meeting may designate an attending member to carry their proxy. No member may carry more than one proxy. Designations need to be in writing (email to email@example.com will be accepted).
Thank you to Downtown Independent Democrats for hosting this forum.