Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.
We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.
You can download our bylaws here.
Democracy for NYC is deeply saddened by the death of Ken Thompson, the pioneering Brooklyn DA. We were so proud to support him in his hard fought Democratic primary in 2013 and impressed at the ways that he transformed criminal justice in New York City. Click here for the NY Times article about his life.
Transgender activists, supporters, and elected officials gathered to raise funds for a new political organization: TransPAC. Rhonda Patillo of Democracy for NYC was there. (On the right in the photo below.) For more photos, click here to visit the Facebook page of Greater NYC for Change.
Democracy for America (DFA) and DFNYC are supporting our friend and fellow member Zephyr Teachout in her race for Congress in the NY 19th District. The 19th District is upstate and includes Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock, Rhinebeck and surrounding area. Zephyr is a true progressive whose main issue is curbing the influence of big money in politics. We think she will be a star in Congress. To support Zephyr, please go to http://www.zephyrteachoutforcongress.com
The Board of Directors of DFNYC (Democracy for New York City) wishes to announce that we enthusiastically support our friend Paul Newell in the upcoming election for Assembly in the 65th District. Paul is a tireless progressive advocate, with whom we have worked for many years, and he has consistently shared our belief in the need to reform the state legislature. We think he will be an outstanding Assemblyman and a great voice for the Lower Manhattan community. Paul Newell is exactly the kind of person that we need to be sending to Albany.
Please click on the link below for ways that you can help support Paul in the upcoming Sept. 13th primary.
(Note: This statement represents only the unanimous support of our leadership DFNYC has decided not to hold any formal member endorsement votes during this cycle)
Democracy for NYC stands with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando this past weekend, and their families, friends and community. We've watched, feeling powerless, as the horrifying details of the tragedy have emerged and we need to stand up and stop these senseless killings. We stand ready to support the LGBT community, the Latino community, and all victims of violence as we work towards healing and preventing these atrocities. We joined our fellow New Yorkers in a vigil night, reported here by Gothamist, with photos.