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 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.
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.
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.
DFNYC is proud to announce our endorsements in the primary and general election for 2014! After feedback from our members and a voting period that ended on Tuesday, our members have chosen to endorse the following candidates:
~Governor - Zephyr Teachout
Gov. Andrew Cuomo 7%
Zephyr Teachout 87%
No Endorsement 6%
(Note: A write in vote stating "Vote WFP" was attributed to Gov. Cuomo)
~Lt. Governor - Tim Wu
Kathy Hochul 6%
Tim Wu 92%
No Endorsement 2%
(Note: A write in vote stating "Vote WFP" was attributed to Kathy Hochul.)
~State Senate District 31 - No Endorsement (Our threshold is 60%)
Adriano Espaillat 50%
Robert Jackson 39%
No Endorsment 11%
Percentages will be posted here later today.
NYS Senate District 33 - Bronx - Gustavo Rivera
NYS Senate District 34 - Bronx - Oliver Koppell
State Senate District 22 - Southern Brooklyn - Jamie Kemmerer
Congressional District 11 - SI & Southern Brooklyn - Domenic Recchia
*Our newsletter emailed on Sept. 4th erroneously stated that we endorsed Tony Avella in the 11th. (We have supported Avella in past campaigns.)
Thank you to our vote counters!
DFNYC wishes to extend a big thank you to our volunteer vote counters, who were diligent and patient with our process and extended deadline: Leah Brown and Kesh Ladduwahetty in D.C., and Jennifer Boysko in Virginia. Jennifer is running for Virginia House of Delegates! JenniferBoysko.com
About the Voting Process:
DFNYC members who had attended 2 events from Nov. 17th, 2011 to Tuesday, August 12, were 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. (This year, one vote counter was a DFA activist while the other was not affiliate with DFA.) No one in DFNYC knows who anyone voted for.
Email us at info-at-dfnyc.org.
Democracy for NYC is a local coalition group of Democracy for America. We get involved in progressive issues and campaigns in New York and across the country. Join us for the 2014 midterm elections! To learn more, read What We Stand For.