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.
We at Democracy for New York City (DFNYC) are shocked and appalled by the decision of the grand jury in Staten Island to not indict the police offer who choked out Eric Garner. This incident was captured on video and witnessed by many people. Eric Garner's wife and children were entitled to see the police officer in this case answer for his actions in a fair trial. This is another case where racial and class biases have hindered, if not prevented, a chance for citizens to have justice under the law. We call for this matter to be taken up in federal court. DFNYC will continue to work with progressive groups and community leaders in our city to ensure that the day will come when people, regardless of race or class, can live their lives without fear. We call on the Mayor, City Council, Police Commissioner and our elected representatives to enact much needed reforms.
We at DFNYC are extremely disappointed at the decision not to prosecute Darren Wilson and are heartbroken for Michael Brown's family and the subsequent violence that has taken place in Ferguson. Based upon what we have heard regarding the eyewitness accounts, leaks, inconsistencies in Wilson's story, and released testimony, the actions of prosecutor McCulloch with regards to the manner in which he led the grand jury raise serious questions about his bias, making it evident to many that the investigation was a flawed, tainted process and the grand jury trial was an unfair proceeding. This is a problem that is not new in our society - we have seen it all too often: systemic, and pervasive racial bias in law enforcement, particularly through the use of excessive force, against people and communities of color that is not being redressed in our legal system. A common question we have posed in light of this decision is where do we go from here? At the core of this is a tragedy. A young, unarmed, African-American teenager was killed, and we encourage the Obama administration's Department of Justice to bring federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police department. However, this is something even bigger. We encourage peaceful protest, and will promote marches and rallies taking place throughout the city on our website. We encourage our right to be heard. We encourage dialogue, and events related as such. We hope to learn from this. This is not a problem that will be solved in the immediate future, but it is long past time that we develop solutions.
The 2014 elections are around the corner and NYC progressives are organizing events. Sign up to volunteer today - we need you!
Monday night, Oct. 27: Letter writing to save the U.S. Senate.
Write letters to progressives in Iowa and N.C. (we've got lists!) encouraging them to volunteer for Kay Hagan and Bruce Braley - two great Dems in two close races for U.S. Senate. 6:30-8:30 at Whole Foods at 95 East Houston. Details here.
Vote Now: Endorsement for Governor: *General* Election
~Ballot at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFNYC2014
~You are eligible if you attended 2 DFNYC events since Nov. 2011
~Deadline is Friday, October 10th, at midnight.
After Labor Day, we made several endorsements in the 2014 primary and general elections in New York City. Due to the energy and attention around the governor's race, we informed our members that if the candidate that Democracy for NYC endorsed did not win the Sept. 9th primary, we would have another endorsement vote for the general election.
Rob Astorino & Christopher Moss
Steve Cohn & Bobby Kalotee
Andrew Cuomo & Kathy Hochul
Howie Hawkins & Brian Jones
Michael McDermott & Chris Edes
No Endorsement (DFNYC Should not endorse in this race)
Other (please specify)
~(Gov. & Lt. Gov candidates run as a ticket)
~(Listed in alphabetical order by Gov. candidate's last name)
Eligibility & Process:
The same rules from the September endorsement vote apply to this revote. DFNYC members who have attended 2 events from Nov. 17th, 2011 to Tuesday, August 12, are eligible to vote. DFNYC is committed to the principle of the secret ballot. After getting feedback from our members in 2012, we moved to an online system, and we preserve anonymity by having trusted DFA activists from outside New York count the ballots. (In September's vote, one vote counter was a DFA activist while the other was not affiliate with DFA.) No one in DFNYC will see how any member voted.