I have been impressed by two things about the campaign of Freddy Ferrer for mayor of NYC. One is his grassroots approach. Yeah, maybe this is forced on him because he can't match the millions of dollars that Bloomberg is personally putting into the mayor's race. But his answer is to get out among the people of NYC, talk, shake hands and listen. The second thing is the way Ferrer has been bringing together disparate ends of the Democratic Party. Howard Dean and John Kerry endorsed him nearly simultaneously. John Edwards followed later. Moderate Chuck Schumer stood side by side with iconoclast progressive Letitia James to support Ferrer in Brooklyn. Local and national politicians. Machine and progressive Democrats. Moderates and leftists.
I was lucky enough to meet Freddy Ferrer twice last week. I didn't think of it as lucky at first, but I was amazed at how much I liked him and at how well he interacted with people on the street. I met him first as he walked with Howard Dean through Union Square in Manhattan. Later I met him as he, Chuck Schumer, Letitia James and several other local politicians walked the streets of my neighborhood in Brooklyn. His reception was warm! People honked and yelled and wanted to shake hands.
Sadly, I will not be able to make the next big event in Ferrer's grassroots campaign: Big Dog is coming to town! But he and Ferrer will be hitting the Bronx, a Borough I seldom make it to. read more »
FERRER VOLUNTEER DEPLOYMENT SITES: Give a few hours to retake your city from Bloomberg, the man who donated to DeLay's PAC and directly to Bush. Help build NYC grassroots by joining NYC progressives in supporting Freddy Ferrer!
Below 96th Street
14 East 38th Street, 3rd Floor
(btwn. Fifth and Madison Aves.)
Jeremy Wilson (212) 363-0892
181 East 108th Street
(btwn. Lex & Third Ave)
Directions: 6 train to 110th Street
Samuel Delgado (212) 684-2005
612 West 178th Street, 2nd Floor #22 (btwn. Wadsworth & St. Nicholas)
Directions: A train to 175th Street
Carmen Perez (646) 418-7402
Bronx County Democratic Headquarters
135 Westchester Square
Directions: 6 train to Westchester Sq.
Gustavo Rivera (646) 643-4306
Andy King (917) 690-2217
1282 Richmond Road (btwn. Mark Street & Newberry Ave)
Bob Oliveri (917) 697-7798
Unity Democratic Club
203 Ralph Avenue (at Decatur Street)
Directions: A, C train to Ralph Avenue
Cleveland Beckett (917) 771-3853
A. Robert Brown (917) 690-8792
Pueblo Democratic Club
32 Varet Street
(btwn. Manhattan & Graham Ave)
Directions: J, M train to Flushing Ave. Walk North 3 blocks on Graham, left on Varet St.
Paul Thomas (917) 754-3631 read more »
Someone on myDD pointed out an interesting resource I had never heard of: The Portable Bloomberg. It has been reviewed by New York magazine, so it must be real. In it are Bloomberg's views as CEO, in his own words:
"I make it a rule never to go to Queens -- and since that eliminates both airports I don't travel a great deal."--Michael Bloomberg
"How do you motivate someone? Simple. Are they addicted to three meals a day?"--Michael Bloomberg
"The Royal family -- what a bunch of misfits -- a gay, an architect, that horsey faced lesbian, and a kid who gave up Koo Stark for some fat broad."--Michael Bloomberg
"The three biggest lies are: The check's in the mail, I'll respect you in the morning, and I'm glad that I'm Jewish."--Michael Bloomberg
"If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they'd go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale's."--Michael Bloomberg
"I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site [and] doesn't get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one."--Michael Bloomberg read more »
It is time to commit some time to the Ferrer campaign can do so in the
Regular Blitzes until election day:
Saturdays 11AM-3PM and Sundays 12PM-4PM
489 Court St. (between Huntington/Nelson) Independent Neighborhood Democrats
203 Ralph Av. (@Decatur St.) Unity Democratic Club
32 Varet St. (off Broadway/Flushing) Pueblo Democratic Club
505 59th St. 2nd Fl. (@5th Av.) Law Offices
10/15 10AM-12PM YWCA 3rd Av./3rd St.
Major Owens speaking (volunteer recruitment oppurtunity)
10/17 7:30PM United Methodist Church 6th Av./ 8th St.
Lamda Independent Democrats host Fernando Ferrer (volunteer recruitment
10/22 10AM-4PM YWCA 3rd Av./ 3rd St.
Brooklyn Peace Fair with Cindy Sheehan and Fernando Ferrer (not confirmed)
DO NOT ASSUME THAT MONEY CAN BUY AN ELECTION. FREDDY CAN AND WILL WIN WITH
THE SUPPORT OF COMMUNITIES ACROSS NEW YORK!
Contact Pierre Devaud, Brownstone Brooklyn Coordinator for all logistical
The Working Families Party endorsed Freddy Ferrer a couple of weeks ago. I attended that event, which included such stars as Major Owens, Letitia James and Chris Owens. Now WFP is trying to help Ferrer counter the huge amount of money Bloomberg is spending to buy the election:
We [WFP] don't often ask our network of supporters to donate directly to a candidate. Usually, we want your money invested in the WFP directly, as that pays longer-term dividends in terms of building our capacity.
Not this time. This time, we urge you to directly back the WFP-endorsed candidate for Mayor, Fernando Ferrer. He needs and deserves your support.
The incumbent Mayor is spending what can only be described as an obscene amount of money. He could just about give every voter another $400 property tax rebate for the amount of cash he is putting into his re-election.
This is called buying an election. It mocks the democratic process. Elections should be about ideas and values and the ability to articulate a vision...
The key thing right now is to increase the number of medium and small donors to Ferrer. He gets matching funds from the city at the rate of 6-1, and even though he'll never have Bloomberg-style dough, he can get enough to get his message out.
We know the incumbent mayor has a bottomless checkbook, and you don't. But PLEASE - open it and send $50 or $100 or $250 to the Ferrer campaign. read more »