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  • Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Downstate Young Democrats’
    Keep the Change II: The Change Strikes Back


    Downstate Young Democrats (part of NYSYD) will be honoring
    Activist Majora Carter, Assemblymember Matthew Titone and NYC Comptroller John Liu at their annual awards reception.
    Monday, October 17th at 7:00pm
    Tammany Hall
    152 Orchard Street, NY, NY
    Tickets start at $30 ($20 for YD members)
    Contact ben@nysyd.net with questions.
    For more details, visit downstatedems.com.

    Solidarity Event: National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation
    Sat, October 22, 2pm – 3pm

    Union Square

    Step out for the 16th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation! October 22, 2011 Teach-in, march and rally beginning at 2pm at Union Square 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R to Union Square/14th Street Across the U.S., Black, Latino, and poor neighborhoods are treated like occupied territory by increasingly militarized armies of law enforcement.

    People are criminalized and brutalized for their perceived status – socioeconomic, immigration, mental health, and/or racial, gender, or sexual identity. People living in our communities, especially youth, are routinely stopped, harassed, beaten, and even killed.

    In Chicago, the home of the first Black president, police have shot 44 people so far this year, mostly youth of color, including 13-year-old Jimmell Cannon, who was shot eight times.

    NYPD continues to stop hundreds of thousands of youth of color every year for the most minimal suspicion, fewer than 10% of which result in arrest, and far fewer in charges or conviction.

    Police nationwide continue to kill with very little consequence. Twelve Miami cops shot at 22-year-old Raymond Herisse 100 times, then threatened those who recorded the incident, destroying their cellphones. A Tucson SWAT team shot at 26-year-old Iraq War veteran Jose Guerena over 70 times, claiming that he fired at them and then leaving him to bleed to death in his home. Both their allegations of gunfire and drug-dealing were later revealed to be false.

    In New York and New Jersey, at least 28 people have been killed by police since October 22 of last year, while at least 35 people have been killed by law enforcement in Washington State in the last 12 months. The killing of 22-year old Oscar Grant in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 resulted in a rare conviction for the officer who shot him; however, he was freed after mere months in prison, while people protesting the outrageous verdict were met with police violence and mass arrests. In the weeks following that cop’s release, SF cops killed Charles Hill, a 45-year-old homeless man, on a subway platform and 19-year old Kenneth Harding after he supposedly failed to pay a $2 train fare, then left him dying on the pavement in front of dozens of outraged witnesses.

    More info and link to the event: http://october22-ny.org/index2.html

    A Rally for Homeless LGBT Youth

    Monday, October 24th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Union Square

    As LGBT youth come out at younger ages, thousands face homophobia in their homes. Many are rejected by their families and driven from their homes. In New York City an LGBT teen is eight times more likely to experience homelessness than is a straight teen. LGBT youths suffering homelessness on the streets face terrible risk of HIV infection, physical and sexual assault, and suicide.

    In 2008, a census of homeless youth in NYC found that every night almost 4,000 youth are without stable housing. However, New York City and New York State funding provides fewer than 200 youth shelter beds. In 2011 the Governor and the New York State Legislature cut funds for homeless youth by 50%, and the Mayor sought to cut funds for homeless youth by 60%.

    On October 24th the LGBT community and its supporters will come together and rally to support our most vulnerable youth and demand that every homeless youth in NYC be provided safe shelter. We will come together to affirm the basic human value of our youth and to assert that they should not be thrown out of their homes, nor should they be left on the streets without shelter. We want our elected officials to hear loud and clear that we are a community that will seek to protect our teens.

    Solidarity Event: Move Your Money - Bank Transfer Day
    Sat, November 5, 9am – 5pm

    For more information visit the official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/nov.fifth Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will ALWAYS remember the 5th of November!! If the 99% removes our funds from the major banking institutions to non-profit credit unions on or by this date, we will send a clear message to the 1% that conscious consumers won't support companies with unethical business practices. • Open an account with a Credit Union or small, local bank • Transfer your funds to the new account on or before 11/05 • Follow your bank's procedures to close your account

    To find a credit union near you: http://www.findacreditunion.com/

    (A more mainstream alternative is TD Bank which did no predatory lending and might be more convenient than a credit union depending on your banking needs)


    Occupy Wall Street
    https://occupywallst.org/

    Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

    Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution from ivarad on Vimeo.



    Join us in Liberty Plaza: Corner of Liberty st. and Broadway, EVERYDAY 1 PM and 7 PM


    TIME'S UP NYC!
    http://times-up.org/

    TIME'S UP! is a New York City-based not-for-profit direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.

    Click here for recent campaigns

    Click here for a Calendar of environmental events around NYC

    Click here to learn about and join in with Critical Mass, the group Bloomberg seems to hate the most.


    CURRENT TV NYC:

    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world.

    In NYC Current TV is available on:
    Time Warner Digital: Channel 103
    DIRECTV: Channel 358
    DISH Network: Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.


    Majora Carter's "The Promised Land"
    WNYC-AM820

    Saturdays at 2PM. Sundays at 8PM. Listen to the new radio documentary show hosted by Bronx Science Alumna & Local Environmentalist, Majora Carter.


    Comptroller John Liu - Economic Impact of Gay Marriage




    PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO:
    WWRL AM 1060
    http://wwrl1600.com/default.asp

    Check out the daily programming schedule here.

    click here for their schedule of local events

    WWRL Book Club
    Become a member of the WWRL Morning Show, become a Morning Maniac.
    Here’s your chance to be the recipient of a morning show “MUST READ” book.
    Every Friday Mark Riley randomly selects a registrant, one per hour (6-9 am) and awards a “Must Read” that keeps up with world events

    Click Here to Join!


    CLEAN UP NEW YORK POLITICS:
    GRASSROOTS NYC: This is an organization founded by fellow Daily Gotham blogger and DFNYC activist Dan Jacoby.

    GrassrootsNYC was created to provide a new method for generating real government reform in New York City. Instead of the old-fashioned method of fighting for reform (and usually not getting much done), GrassrootsNYC aims to leverage the power of tens of thousands of reform-minded New Yorkers to force our government to work for us - the way our Founding Fathers intended government to work.


    This is a real chance for you to get involved in reforming our political system from the bottom up. To find out more, visit GrassrootsNYC's website and sign up for updates. This could be one of the most important groups you can get involved with if you want to see NYC politics cleaned up.


    MANHATTAN MEETUPS: Here are some local meetups geared for progressives

    The New York City Democratic Party Meetup Group
    This group is a dynamic active group which participates in local as well as national politics. From time to time we have speakers. We also discuss ways to improve the Democratic party and take action.

    Prior to a primary we do not support any particular candidate but rather we hope to bring IMPORTANT ISSUES to all of the democratic candidates.

    Come join!

    David Chen
    david_chen100@yahoo.com
    Click here to join.

    Liberal Book Club NYC
    We are lovers of liberal issues, Democratic politics and left of center books. We meet the first Tuesday evening every month (unless otherwise noted).

    We want to create a social and pleasant way to spend a couple of hours discussing selected book over cheese and wine. This is a friendly, unpretentious group of people meeting at a West Village clubhouse of one of the oldest liberal Democratic political clubs in New York City. We range in age from our 20s to 70s. Although diverse, our common ground is our love for making the world better through liberal ideals.

    Click here to join.

    Voterbook Manhattan
    Our grassroots group began in January 2007 to support Barack Obama for President. We are now a good citizen, political and social group. Our goal is to encourage and organize political participation by making politics fun and promoting our members' interests. We use of the internet to create offline discussion forums and political activities. While each of us may hold a different candidate or cause most dear at any given time, we are allied in our goals and ambition to create a better democracy. We have regular meetings in Manhattan.

    Click here to join.


    KEEP WAL-MART OUT OF NYC:

    Bloomerg and the right wing New York Post want to help Wal-Mart open up in NYC even though Wal-Mart has been shown to deliberately destroy small businesses, use illegal immigrant labor paying them slave wages, and treating their workers badly.

    I don't mind big chain stores. I like IKEA and CostCo and Trader Joe's in particular. But Wal-Mart has been shown to be bad for communities they open up in.

    Wal-Mart has a gender discrimination suit against them still active: Meet the Woman Behind the Walmart Gender Discrimination Suit

    Click here for National Organization of Women's Statement on WalMart's Gender Discrimination.

    Learn about Wal-Mart’s Dismal Record on Worker and Customer Safety (PDF)

    Wal-Mart's Wage and Hour Violations (PDF)

    HELP STOP WAL-MART AND BLOOMBERG FROM RUINING NYC
    Check out these websites to find out how you can fight back.

    Wal-Mart Free NYC
    Neighborhood Retail Alliance


    Some Living Liberally groups in Manhattan: Progressive Action Through Social Interaction

    Reading Liberally NYC Classics
    "Saving Democracy One Book at a Time"
    A Liberal Book Club at a cool bar
    Third Monday of each month, 6:30 pm
    Location:
    Stone Creek
    140 east 27th st in the backroom
    New York, NY, 10016

    Eating Liberally Manhattan
    Food and Good Politics Mix
    Eating Liberally meets every month -- with food, guest speakers, films, discussions -- though not on a consistent night
    Location: The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street (between 8th and 9th.)
    For more info: Contact the chapter leaders

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    "Promoting Democracy on Pint at a Time"
    * When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * Where? Rudy's Bar & Grill, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * When? Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    * Where? XES Lounge, 157 West 24th St (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)

    Greenwich Village Drinking Liberally
    * When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    * Where? Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)

    Washington Heights Drinking Liberally
    * When? Last Sunday of each month, 6:30 pm
    * Where? Coogan's, 4015 Broadway (at 168th Street)


    Democracy for America Groups in Manhattan: Organizing the Left one Neighborhood at a Time.

    These Meet the First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side, Manhattan - Now at 8:00 pm, The Parlour, 250 West 86th Street (between Broadway & West End. with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    New Location: SoHo (formerly West Village), Manhattan - 7:00 pm, Housing Works Cafe 126 Crosby St (between Houston and Prince) with hosts Jen Berkley and Richard Wallner.


    MANHATTAN NAACP:
    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local Manhattan branches:

    Ossining NAACP
    39 BROADWAY 22ND FL
    New York, NY 10006

    Mid Manhattan NAACP
    270 W 96TH ST
    New York, NY 10025
    212-749-2323

    New York NAACP
    144 WEST 125TH STREET
    New York, NY 10027
    212-666-9740


    National Jewish Democratic Council:

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. We look to our Jewish tradition to guide us on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of our work.

    NJDC believes that through our work in Democratic Party politics, we can ensure a better world for our children and grandchildren.

    For more information, or to become a member of the New York chapter, contact msudco2@aol.com.


    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    NYC Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    P.O. Box 1660
    New York, NY 10163
    (646) 961-3792
    info@au-nyc.org
    http://www.au-nyc.org


    MANHATTAN YOUNG DEMOCRATS:

    We’re here to welcome you to the New York City political scene. Whether you were a first-time voter in the last presidential election or you consider yourself a political guru, MYD’s purpose is to welcome, inspire, educate, and activate the youth of New York City.

    Meet MYD: Manhattan Young Democrats from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.



    Join the Manhattan Young Democrats and get involved–it’s the next step.


    Downtown Independent Democrats
    http://didnyc.org/

    Since the 1970s, the Downtown Independent Democrats has been the voice for residents of lower Manhattan in the politics of the Democratic Party. Born from the reform movement that overturned many decades of party-boss rule in lower Manhattan, D.I.D. continues to support progressive government and issues, helps elect honest and intelligent public officials, and supports deserving and qualified judicial candidates. We serve as a direct conduit to local elected officials, organize forums to introduce prospective candidates to the voters, and then organize support behind our endorsed candidates.

    Our endorsements of candidates are always made at open public meetings, often after lively debate and discussion of the issues with the candidates themselves. We also provide printed and online voter information, sponsor get-out-the-vote drives and register new voters.

    D.I.D. fought for (and won) loft legislation, moderate-income housing, small business protection, better schools, better parks, and neighborhoods made safer with a better quality of life for our families.

    Our members actively serve on PTAs, the community boards, Community Emergency Response Teams, advocacy groups, as well as civic and neighborhood associations.

    The club's district covers one of the largest land areas of any club in Manhattan. Neighborhoods represented by the club include Battery Park City, the Financial District, TriBeCa, Hudson Square, SoHo, NoHo, the South Village, the Washington Square area, Washington Square Village, Silver Towers, Village View, and parts of the Lower East Side and the East Village, as well as Governors Island.

    For more info, contact:
    Jeanne Wilcke, President, tel: (917) 948-4859, email: info@didnyc.org
    Sean Sweeney, Treasurer, tel: (212) 460-9896, email: treasurer@didnyc.org
    Andy Neale, Webmaster, tel: (917) 517-2068, email: webmaster@didnyc.org


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