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.
For the last eight+ years, DFNYC has hosted the first Wednesday of the month Democracy of America linkups in New York City. It is our tradition. These linkups started in 2003 as the monthly organizing meetups for volunteers of the Howard Dean presidential campaign, and have continued ever since as a place/time where progressives around the country can meet and share our ideas and concerns.
This year's election is now over but the real battles are just beginning. The future of this country is in the balance. It has never been more important for progressives to be united in pursuit of our causes and in support of those elected officials who stand with us.
Please join DFNYC for our December DFA linkup/meetup and lets talk about finding the ways to keep fighting the good fight! We will be having linkups in both Manhattan and Brooklyn this month. The Manhattan linkup details are below. The Brooklyn linkup details will be announced shortly.
What: Manhattan DFA/NYC Monthly Meetup/Linkup
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Peculier Pub
145 Bleecker St. (at Thompson), in the W. Village, near Washington Square Park
Or you can just show up! We have much to discuss. The battles are ongoing in D.C. and Albany, and city elections are coming up here next year. See you next Wednesday!
To the DFNYC Community,
We hope you are safe and well in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It has been a very stressful time for New York City. Along with many allied groups in the progressive community, we are torn on whether to focus on the relief efforts or the elections. We are also mindful that they are connected - both in terms of global warming and Mitt Romney's lack of respect for FEMA. We are promoting both types of volunteer opportunities and we will be updating our website (see calendar on the right) in the critical coming days.
There are many ways to volunteer for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts: (UPDATED)
A DFNYC volunteer project in the Rockaways is in the works - for either this weekend (Nov 17-18) or the following weekend. Please contact VP Jen at jenberkley-at-dfnyc.org.
Click here for a comprehensive page put together by activists for ways to help out, including shelters in your community where you can drop off requested items.
Click here for Occupy Sandy - the relief efforts being organized by the Occupy Wall Street Movement
Click here for the NYC's government's webpage on helping out with relief efforts.
Many of our local elected officials are distributing information on relief efforts. Contact your elected representatives to find out how to help in your community.
DFNYC Members teamed up with South Brooklyn volunteers to talk to voters about Andrew Gounardes this evening!
This year, we have a real opportunity to take back the State Senate, and this is one of the key races. Andrew is running against incumbent Republican Marty Golden, the "charm school for women" guy. Here's DFNYC Brooklyn Linkup host Rosalie Caliendo (left) and DFNYC Veep Jen Berkley (right) with Andrew himself!
To learn more about Andrew's campaign and get involved, click here for the campaign website, or contact Chris McCreight at chris-at-andrewgounardes.com (replace -at- with @) or 347-422-7422.
The third and final Presidential debate is Monday night! Focusing on foreign policy, it figures to be quite interesting. DFNYC is co-sponsoring a watch party in Brooklyn and there are many other watch parties around town. Here are a few:
Presidential Debate #3 Watch Parties!!
When: Monday, October 22, 9 p.m.
Where: All Around Town!
Monday is the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, focusing on foreign policy. There will be many watch parties taking place around town. Here are a few:
The debate starts at 9 p.m. The conversation, and the beer. start flowing by eight! Come out and support President Obama in his final ever debate!
1. DFNYC, Southern Brooklyn Democrats and Brooklyn Young Democrats Watch Party
1904 Surf Avenue at Coney Island (featuring the entire line of Coney Island beers)
2. Drinking Liberally Watch Party
4th Avenue between Bergen and St. Marks
3. Voterbook Manhattan Watch Party
2nd Ave @ E. 13th St (near Union Square)
4. Manhattan Young Democrats Watch Party
Village Pourhouse (3rd Avenue and 11th Sts near Union Square)
5. Obama for America NYC Watch Party
152 Orchard St.
New York, NY
6. Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21c) Watch Party
West 28th St between 7th and 8th Avenue (2nd and 3rd floors)
7. The Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club Watch Party
Sip and Chat
2910 Avenue D
New York NY
DFNYC Day of Action for President Obama in Pennsylvania!!
Sept. 29, 2012
Join us for a special DFNYC event on Saturday, Sept. 29th as we board a bus to the Lehigh Valley to campaign in Pennsylvania for President Obama. Recent polls indicate that the President has gained momentum in the Keystone state, so we have to work hard to make sure he keeps his lead in this crucial swing state.
We are co-sponsoring this trip with our friends at ACT Now and thank them for making this joint endeavor possible.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 8am (sharp) to 8pm.
Place: Meet the bus at Union Square (15th & Union Square East) in front of Babies R Us.
Bring: Comfortable shoes. Light snacks, water will be provided.