This is the first time the street vendor advocacy group "Street Vendor Power" is making a political endorsement. I am more familiar with their (under the name Street Vendor Project) annual awards of the best street vendors in NYC and their lobbying on street vendor related issues. Now they are starting to make endorsements. From Street Vendor Power:
I'm thrilled to let you know that tonight Street Vendor Power will be making our first-ever endorsement: Yetta Kurland for City Council for District 3 on Manhattan's West Side.
Last month, Yetta stood before our members and explained why she was the best candidate in the race to represent the West Village, Chelsea, and Hells Kitchen at City Hall next year. She talked about her work with Occupy Wall Street, a movement for economic justice in which our members played an active role. She laid out her resume of experience working as a civil rights lawyer on behalf of other marginalized groups, like LGBT communities, facing police abuse. She won our support, hands down.
You can read more about Yetta's campaign, and get invovled, here. I hope you will encourage your friends on the West Side of Manhattan to vote for Yetta Kurland in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, September 10th.
And I hope that tonight you will come celebrate our new 501(c)(4) organization, Street Vendor Power, as we raise money for the upcoming election season and make plans to amplify the voices of street vendors and their supporters.
When: Tonight! July 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm
Where: 27 East 4th Street (between Lafayette and the Bowery), Manhattan
What: Dollar tacos and cold beer
Want to see a garage where hot dog carts go to sleep at night? See you later!
Yetta Kurland has also been endorsed by:
National Organization for Women - New York City
Democracy for America
Amalgamated Transit Union International
International Union of Operating Engineers Local Union No. 94, AFL-CIO
Metallic Lathers & Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 46
New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU, AFL-CIO
TWU Local 100
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
League of Independent Theater - New York
among many others.
From Planned Parenthood of NYC:
Join The PPNYC Action Fund Activist Council For Our
4th Annual Sex Ed Trivia Night!
Test your knowledge in:
Sex Ed 101
Sex & Pop Culture
...and lots more!
Drink specials all night & prizes for winning teams!
Monday, July 15, 2013
At Manny's on Second, 1770 Second Avenue
Gather your sex savvy friends for a night of fun for a good cause!
Suggested donation is $10 at the door.
All proceeds benefit PPNYC's healthcare services, education programs, and legislative work.
This is another one that got dropped that I want to repost...with an update at the bottom documenting the pledges signed by candidates.
A coalition of some 14 NYC advocacy groups (including: Change The Stakes, Class Size Matters, Coalition for Public Education (CPE), Community Education Council 14, El Puente, Independent Commission on Public Education (ICOPE), La Fuente, Local 32BJ, Metallic Lathers & Reinforcing Ironworkers-Local 46, NYC Kids PAC, NYC Parents Union, Parents To Improve School Transportation (PIST), Transit Forward and TWU Local 100) had a NYC mayoral forum on education moderated by Juan Gonzalez (NY Daily News and Democracy Now!) and tried to nail down all candidates for mayor to very specific promises regarding our schools. A bold move--get them on record! Tell them you will hold them to it later.
Quinn and Weiner didn't bother to show. Neither did the Republican candidates Catsimitidis, Lhota, and McDonald. I should note that Quinn has a pretty bad record about showing up to public forums like this. It is almost as if she has no interest in meeting the public! Now I expect a disdain for voters and for education from the Republicans, but Quinn should know better! As a latecomer in the race I am willing to cut Weiner a little slack...he is still getting his campaign up and running now that he is rising to the occasion of running for mayor (he will NEVER escape the jokes!). But bottom line is it looks bad when so many organizations get together to hold a forum on one of the most important issues to parents in NYC and a candidate doesn't show.
Regarding those who bothered to show, here is how the coalition ranked the candidates based on the promises they were willing to publicly make on education related issues on the spot:
An informal calculation made at the forum shows these results: Liu and Gronowicz got perfect scores of 100%, Salgado 87%, Albanese 73%, de Blasio 60%, Carrion 50%, and Thompson 33%.
Just so everyone knows the players (since it has become a crowded field) here are the party affiliations of the invited candidates, whether they attended or not:
Sal Albanese (D), Adolfo Carrion (I), John Catsimatidis (R), Bill DeBlasio (D), Anthony Gronowicz (G), Joseph Lhota (R), John Liu (D), George McDonald (R), Christine Quinn (D), Erick Salgado (D), William Thompson (D), and Anthony Weiner (D).
I have met Albanese, de Blasio, Liu, Thompson and Weiner and can comment on them. My wife has met Quinn and I can pass on her comments there. The others I have not met.
The highlight...: All the candidates promised to commit to specific class size reduction goals by the end of their first term, and if necessary, to raise revenue to meet them. All the candidates also promised to stop sharing personal student information with inBloom and other corporations, without full parental notification and consent.
The most contentious issues -- predictably -- related to Mayoral control, governance and parent empowerment. Only Liu, Gronowicz and Salgado agreed to give up three of their appointments on the Panel for Education Policy to representatives who would be elected by parents, though Thompson said he would give up two of his seats. DeBlasio and Thompson also opposed giving Community Education Councils the authority to approve co-locations and school closings, though they said they would listen to CECs for advisory input...
Another contentious issue related to require charter schools that are housed in DOE facilities to pay rent; Albanese, Carrion and Thompson said they would not require this.
You can find video of the forum here: http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2013/06/last-nights-parent-led-mayoral-forum.html
A preliminary compilation of the answers each ATTENDING candidate gave for pubic consumption (and on which the above rankings are based) on the forum's questionnaire can be found here (PDF). No partial credit to those who didn't attend!
UPDATED: Here are scanned copies of the signed pledges of each of the candidates, responding whether they would support each one of our demands. If the next mayor is one of these individuals, you can be sure we will hold them to their promises! [ALL PDF's] Sal Albanese (D), Adolpho Carrion Jr (I), Bill de Blasio (D), Anthony Gronowicz (G), John Liu (D), Erick Salgado (D), Bill Thompson (D)
Note once again the complete absence of Quinn, Weiner and all the Republicans when it comes to our schools.
Had this up earlier but it seems to have disappeared and replaced by older content. So I will put it up again. I was waiting for a flight at JFK when the Supreme Court decisions came down...and I was in California when they briefly were able to start marrying gay couples again, before the Hate Lobby filed their newest frivolous and petty lawsuit to try and prevent same sex couples from legally formalizing their relationships the same way straight couples can. So I want to put this back up:
For more on Yetta Kurland, please go to her website.
This comes from the local reform Brooklyn Democratic club Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform:
We are committed to the hard work of democracy...
...and on July 10, that includes hanging out at a neighborhood bar.
Democracy is a constant struggle. We have been talking to tens of thousands of local voters and getting their signatures to put Ede on the ballot. In a few days we'll be done with that and we'll be on to the next phase: hanging out with you at Branded Saloon. (Of course, we hope you'll bring your check book, too!)
We kindly invite you to our meet-and-greet! Please join us at:
Ede Fox Meet & Greet
603 Vanderbilt Avenue
Wednesday July 10
Please visit us at EdeFox.com for more details on Ede's policies and how to donate...or visit us in person at our campaign headquarters at 732 Washington Avenue between Prospect & Park.
More on Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform:
PHDR is a group of progressive Democrats committed to seeing real reform come to the Kings County Democratic Organization.
We are committed to engaging Prospect Heights and the surrounding communities of Brooklyn in political reform, education and awareness. PHDR will endorse and help elect reform-minded Democratic candidates to District Leader, City Council and State Legislative Seats to give the community an effective voice at all levels of government. We will encourage residents of Prospect Heights to run for office, and work with our elected officials to keep them accountable.
We feel strongly that the more Prospect Heights residents participate and work with local government, the better our government will be. PHDR will serve as a forum to address significant issues in the community and help residents engage with local government to solve problems.
More on Ede Fox:
Ede Fox, a born and bred New Yorker, has worked for the New York City Council since 2006, first as the Legislative and Budget Director for Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and then as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams. In these capacities, Ede has helped negotiate sustainable development projects, bringing much needed jobs and affordable housing to local communities, and worked for legislation to protect tenants’ rights.
Ede has worked on numerous political and union campaigns, from helping health care workers get the contracts they deserved, to conducting grassroots organizing to elect progressive, community-minded candidates at all levels of government, from District Leader, to City Council, Congressional, Gubernatorial and Presidential races. She is an active board member of Brooklyn Community Board 8 and serves as the Chair of its Environmental/Sanitation Committee, in which capacity she has championed statewide issues like the anti-hydrofracking movement as well as local concerns including the responsible use of pesticides in public areas.
In 2010, Ede successfully ran for a County Committee seat with New Kings Democrats in order to bring politically minded, but not yet active neighbors into the political process. This past year, Ede co-founded Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform (PHDR), a new democratic club committed to fighting for transparency, accountability, and inclusionary democracy at the local level.
Ede received her Master's in Anthropology from UCLA and Advanced to Candidacy for her Doctorate before returning home to New York City. In addition to chairing the Environment/Sanitation Committee of Community Board 8, she is also a member of the Dean Street block association, Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform, New Kings Democrats, and Brooklyn Neighborhood Congress. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter and a member of The Church of St. Joseph, R.C.