Get Organized

Councilmember Brad Lander held an incredible organizing meeting 2 weeks ago. Below are ways to follow up and get involved in a number of issues in our neighborhood.

Speaker/Organization Follow Up Information:

Christina Chang, Planned Parenthood NYC:

Check out 5 ways you can support Planned Parenthood of New York City and our communities at http://www.ppnycaction.org/takeaction. Sign up for our alerts, follow us on social media, donate, connect with partner organizations standing up for communities under threat, and learn about events, actions, and volunteer opportunities. Of course, these are just a few things you can do right now. The opportunities to get involved and fight back won’t end here. We are in for a long haul and you can be sure that there will be more ways to take meaningful action in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Thank you for your support!

Mayra Aldass-Deckert, NY Immigration Coalition:

In this very uncertain environment, NY Immigration Coalition is busy gearing up, and aligning with local, state, and national partners. We need your help, and there are a lot of ways you can get involved. First, sign up for our news alerts – we’re organizing a national day of action in December, keep an eye out for more information. We also need volunteers. We need graphic designers, printers, and people with all kinds of skills! We also need your donations. They will help especially to provide for attorneys and resources for families in need. Most importantly be sure to speak with your friends, family, and neighbors about the many benefits and contributions that immigrants bring to this city, this state, and this country.

Mimi Bluestone, 350Brooklyn:

First, come to our next meeting on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm at St. Lydia’s storefront church, 304 Bond Street near Union. We are a volunteer group and we need artists, researchers, organizers, web designers, writers and help of all kinds. Visit 350brooklyn.org and email us at 350Brooklyn@gmail.com. Second, join us and our nearly 100 partner groups in the NY Renews coalition in the effort to move our state off fossil fuels and into clean, renewable energy. Come to the NY Renews Town Hall meeting on Thursday, December 8, at 6:30 at Friends Meeting house on Rutherford Place in Manhattan (enter on East 15th Street). Finally, help us organize for offshore wind energy in our region, and help us work to make the April 29 climate march on Washington the biggest climate event ever. Email us at 350Brooklyn@gmail.com and we will help you get involved. The climate needs you!

Jon Green, Take on Wall Street campaign:

This election has brought imminent threats not only to our ideals, but threats to the safety and security of families and communities, and threats to the safety and security of our economy. Donald Trump is hell bent on returning to the economic policies that gave us a financial crisis. We need to press democrats to fight this every step of the way, to remind them not only what’s at stake, but also that the country overwhelmingly agrees with us. They want more Wall Street regulation, not less. And we also need to go back on offense. Dodd Frank was just the beginning. We need to reinstate The Glass-Steagall Act, close Wall Street tax loopholes and make Wall Street pay its fair share. You can join this nationwide campaign here, and please like us on facebook.

Mark Winston Griffith, Brooklyn Movement Center:

The Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) is a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing body based in Central Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and the surrounding area). We bring together residents to develop local leadership, identify important issues in their lives, win concrete improvements in the community, and build power. We build the connective tissue among us so when we have to hit the streets and work on a policy issue, we are ready to move. Like so many nonprofit organizations, we are now in the mass scramble for resources as people are being pitted against one another. We have to fight against that and all come together. All the work we have to do starts on the local level. We encourage you to join the Brooklyn Movement Center as a core member, or a solidarity member, and to support the work that is going on through your donations

Virginia Goggin, New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

Take a stand against violence that targets LGBTQ New Yorkers by: joining our mailing list for Community Alerts at www.avp.org; signing up for Twitter updates @antiviolence; taking the pledge #IWillNotStandBy; reporting violence against LGBTQ people at 212-714-1141 or anonymously at avp.org/get-help/report-violence; signing up to volunteer; and by donating to AVP a twww.avp.org/donate and other community based organizations to help us increase our impact during this time.

Rashida Richardson, New York Civil Liberties Union

To stay informed about the NYCLU issues, campaign, and upcoming events, sign up for our Action Alert list: www.nyclu.org/action. You can find more information about our work to protect New Yorker’s privacy rights: http://nyclu.org/ecpa. We also encourage you to join the NYCLU on March 13th for our Lobby Day in Albany! Join our Action Alert list or visit our website for more information: http://nyclu.org/#. You can also join the NYCLU and become a card carrying member: http://nyclu.org/take_action/donate

Women’s March on Washington (January 21)

Join the NYC Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington DC. The group will be keeping members up to speed on details for a January 21 March on Washington. Join on facebook to discuss carpooling, sign making, songwriting, chant creating, or anything else that will get us motivated and unified for the march. Email womensmarchorganizer@gmail.com or join the event on Facebook.

NYC Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

The NYC Chapter of SURJ has been working to support Black Lives Matter, the Right to Know Act, and more. The group is starting to convene a Park Slope chapter of SURJ. Check out NYC SURJ’s website or Facebook for more information on how to get involved.

NY Appleseed and Integrate NYC4Me

NY Appleseed and Integrate NYC4Me are both working to integrate NYC schools. You can learn more about NY Appleseed here and IntegrateNYC4Me here. If you or your student wants to get more involved promoting integration in your school, send an email to hello@integratenyc4me.com

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC)

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is a coalition of attorneys, law students, and voting rights advocates who have a deep commitment to Democratic politics and who share the common goal of protecting each citizen’s right to vote. You can join NYDLC and learn more about the organization here.

Election NIght Watch Party

Join us for an Election Night Watch Party!

Please join CBID and other local clubs as we host a watch party for the this historic election!

We will host a watch party at Black Horse Pub from 7:30pm until the fate of the world has been decided.  Join us as we watch state by state as our country decides to remain the leader of the free world or head straight into the dark ages!

When: Tuesday, November 8 @ 7:30pm
Where: Black Horse Pub, 568 5th Ave, Brooklyn
Why: because this is what we live for

Brooklyn Politics and Progressive Reform


CBID has fought for progressive reform since 1968. As a community-based club here in Brooklyn, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats have been instrumental in the election of many candidates for public office.

Much of the success in Brooklyn politics has been a result of our question and answer forums with prospective candidates as well as our extensive on-the-street contact with our constituents.

Staunchly opposed to political corruption, we are proud of our independence and our commitment to progressive reform in city, state, and national politics. We are a vehicle for citizen empowerment and making government more accountable to our neighborhoods.

We meet monthly, usually on the 4th Thursday at 7pm at 410 6th ave. to discuss issues, neighborhood concerns and Brooklyn Politics, and would be delighted to have you join us.

You can find us on facebook here.