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.
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DFNYC is sad to report the passing of our longtime Linkup host and grassroots Brooklyn political organizer Annette Mont. She lost her battle with cancer at the age of 71 on June 11th. Our thoughts are with her family; her husband Stuart Mont, her daughter Randi, her son Ira and daughter-in-law Jill, and her two grandchildren.
Annette volunteered for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, and when we first met her, we were impressed at her intelligence, her friendliness, her straightforward nature, and the wonderful community of progressives she was a part of in the Sheepshead Bay / Midwood area of Brooklyn. Annette and Estelle Glasser were the hosts of Meetups (Linkups) at Annette and Stuart Mont's home, a historic Dutch Farm house in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Annette had an impressive career helping children. She worked as a teacher, a guidance counselor and a child psychologist.
Annette was also a preserver of New York history. She and her husband lived in the Wyckoff-Bennett homestead, an original Dutch farmhouse in Brooklyn. Here is a short heartwarming video about the house with Stuart and Annette. One of the best lines is a great representation of Annette's personality: "For the record, I don't believe in the ghost."
Video - Annette & Stuart Mont in their historic home
Daily Kos post - by Rosalie Caliendo
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families after the tragedy at the Boston marathon.
The Ballot is Here! Voting in DFNYC's endorsements is open now until Tuesday, April 16, 5:00 P.M. (Extended due to tax day.) Click here to read our endorsement rules and fill out your ballot.
Photos from DFNYC's Annual Bash - Click here for photos from DFNYC's Annual Bash w/Gustavo Rivera, Liz Holtzman & Melissa Mark Viverito at Chelsea Manor this past Wednesday, April 10th. Click here to make a contribution!
Thank you to Won Tamura for graphic design.
Gov. Howard Dean was at The Strand Bookstore this evening, with David Burstein, author of the book Fast Future.
Here's Gov. Dean pictured with DFNYCers Richard Wallner, Matt Ward, Merle McEldowney, Tracey Keij-Denton, and Dan Kinber.
Click here for more info about the event and David's book. We learned of this event only recently, and sent it to our Alerts list. If you'd like to be on the DFNYC alerts list, please email us at info-at-dfnyc.org.
On Tuesday February 12th, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address. Given the current political tensions, this promises to be quite an event. DFNYC is happy to support three great events that will happen that evening, two in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn:
1. STATE OF THE UNION WATCH PARTY AND GUN VIOLENCE FORUM
Voterbook Manhattan, which grew out of the 2008 Obama campaign, is sponsoring a watch party, in the Times Square area, and a forum on gun violence which will take place before the speeches begin. Leah Gunn Barrett of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence will speak about what is going on currently in the gun control movement, and lead a discussion about learning the difference between the myths and the facts about gun issues. President Obama is expected to address gun control in his speech.
What: Voterbook Manhattan Gun Violence Forum and State of the Union Watch Party
When: Tuesday Feb. 12th, 7 p.m.
Where: Harley's Smoke Stack (formerly the Irish Rogue)
356 W. 44th St between 8th and 9th (event is upstairs)
For more information or to rsvp:
2. Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21C) and Manhattan Young Democrats (MYD) Watch Party-
Our friends at DL21C and MYD will be co-hosting a watch party. They will have drink specials, great food and special guest speakers. DL21C events are good to attend if you want to see and be seen and meet local candidates and politicos
What: DL21C and Manhattan Young Democrats State of the Union Watch Party
When: Tuesday Feb. 12th, 7 p.m.
Where: Smithfield's (upstairs) 215 W, 28th St
For more information or to RSVP:
3. Drinking Liberally's Annual State of the Union Watch Party
Our longtime friends at Drinking Liberally are having their annual SOTU watch party at a really cool bar in Brooklyn. Their SOTU watch parties are always terrific events:
What: Drinking Liberally's annual State of the Union Watch Party
When: Tuesday, Feb. 12th 7 p.m.
Where: Building on Bond
112 Bond St (at Pacific St)
After President Obama speaks, Marco Rubio will deliver the GOP response, and Rand Paul will give the Tea Party response. Be prepared to throw popcorn at the big screens when the bad guys come on. If you go to DL's party, I'm sure Justin Krebs will insist!
Look for DFNYC'ers at all three events. See you there!!
Join us for three important events: