June 2020 General Meeting

Full replay: https://www.facebook.com/cbidems/live

Rich Bennett began with a rundown of the agenda for the meeting. Then he discussed primary returns as of the time of the meeting, including some encouraging wins for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson. Other races are still awaiting final results.

Rich also renewed his call for the club’s continued support for our Black and Brown neighbors. He mentioned the repeal of 50a in the State Legislature as a step in the right direction and hoped more will be happening soon.

Speakers commenced as follows:

Anthonine Pierre from the Brooklyn Movement Center spoke (while attending an action) about their work as part of the Budget Justice campaign to #DefundthePolice. Get involved and support their work at http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/ 

Ruby Ayana from Swing Left talked about their Super State strategy and how Brooklyn progressives can help win Pennsylvania in 2020. Visit swingleft.org and enter your zip code Ready to organize? Create your event at swingleft.org/events. Writing letters from home? Go to votefwd.org/swingleft Partner with or create a group? Contact Don Pickett, Regional Organizer for NYC dpickett@swingleft.org

Alex Low from Sister District Project presented on that organization’s work, and particularly on the local Brooklyn chapter’s efforts to elect two PA State House candidates. The group has two big asks: Sign up and co-host events. Learn more at https://sisterdistrict.com/

The Climate Change Committee’s Joanne Boger presented a key action step for members to take to reject fracked gas and support renewable energy and environmental justice. The committee recommends that CBID members take individual action by contacting the Public Service Commission at:  https://actionnetwork.org/…/tell-the-public-service-commiss… Reach out to us if you’d like to get involved in this committee!

The proposed Constitutional amendments to allow CBID to conduct virtual voting when necessary passed by a vote of 19 to 1. The amendments will be re-considered for a second vote and adoption in our July meeting. Text is as follows:

  1. “All votes must be cast in person or online through an application/platform previously approved by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall convene virtual membership meetings and Executive Committee meetings and allow online voting at their discretion. In-person or virtual attendance is required in order to vote. Votes by proxy are not allowed.”
  2. “Every member of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to one (1) vote, which must be cast in person or online through an application/platform previously approved by the Executive Committee. In-person or virtual attendance is required in order to vote. Votes by proxy are not allowed.” 

Finally, details for our first-ever Virtual Trivia Night on Tuesday, June 30 were announced. After which, the meeting was adjourned.

May 2020 Meeting Notes

5/28/2020

Meeting began with club business:

Rich Bennett opened the meeting with a motion to spend over $7,000 for mailers for the upcoming primaries. The motion was seconded and approved by a vote of 29 to 0, no abstentions.

Then, as she had been unable to speak during the April 2020 general meeting, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson was invited to speak at this meeting. Assemblywoman Richardson has been serving in the 43rd Assembly District since Jesse Hamilton was defeated in 2018. He is now attempting a comeback and Ms. Richardson spoke about his tactics and his prior record as an IDC member, gave her appreciation for the CBID endorsement, and requested volunteers to help with her campaign.

Jason Salmon was the next speaker. He is running for a state senate seat for District 25. He spoke about actions he has been taking to provide food support for residents in NYCHA housing in his district. He also talked about the challenge of campaigning during a pandemic lockdown and hopes for more volunteers to do phone- and text-banking in the coming weeks leading up to the primary.

Rachel Eve Stein, the candidate endorsed by CBID in the upcoming primary election for district leader in Assembly District 52, also spoke about the challenges faced by campaigning during a pandemic. A call was put out for more volunteers for phone and text banking, which remain the only safe way to connect with voters.

The next speaker was Whitney Hu, speaking for South Brooklyn Mutual Aid. This group has been serving over 2,000 families in the South Brooklyn area, with 250 volunteers, providing food and other resources to those in need. She emphasized that the number of families in need will likely grow as time goes on and hopes that the number of volunteers and donors would do the same.

In a similar vein, Judy Wallig spoke about the work of Heights & Hills, an organization serving the senior community in Park Slope and environs for many years. The facility they have run for a long time, the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, has been turned into a food bank facility with volunteers using it as a source to bring food to home-bound seniors. Other activities have become virtual, including phone and Zoom meetings to provide contact with seniors to allay isolation.

Finally, a Climate Change Committee update was presented by Joanne Boger, Mary Beth Carroll, Marvin Ciproen, and Alice Ott. Among items discussed were the Climate & Community bill, legislation to divest city and state pension funds from fossil fuel providers, and the impact of the pandemic on subway usage when the restrictions on work are lifted. A return to mostly car usage is a big concern.

The meeting was adjourned.

June 2020 Days of Action

Sign-up links below. Support our endorsed candidates before the 6/23 primary!

Thursday, June 4th – Postcarding for Genesis Aquino. Sign up using this registration form by 6/3 and we’ll do a contactless delivery of postcards and stamps to your home. We’ll all hang out on Zoom this evening so we can postcard together! 

Sunday, June 7th – Day of Action for Diana Richardson. In partnership with Brooklyn Young Democrats, we will be calling voters from 12-2pm to ensure that Assemblywoman Richardson wins re-election in Assembly District 43! Save the date and we’ll follow-up with info of how to sign up. 

Thursday, June 11th – Phone-banking and Text-banking for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. Sign up at https://voteyvette.com/get-involved/ and then join CBID on Zoom the evening of 6/11 so we can come together while reaching out to voters.

Saturday, June 13th – Day of Action for Jason Salmon. Join CBID and Lambda Independent Democrats from 1-3pm to help contact voters in the 25th Senate District.

Saturday, June 20th – Phone-banking for Rachel Eve Stein. Sign up to call voters in the 52nd Assembly District from 12-2pm. 

Plus: Census Phonebank! Every Thursday from 6-8pm, NYC Census is hosting virtual phonebanks to encourage your fellow New Yorkers to fill out the census. Sign up here

March Meeting Cancelled

Due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, and in response to the need to safeguard public health, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats is postponing our club’s activities this month.

The following events will not take place as scheduled:

**Postponed:** Monday, March 16th Womxn’s Caucus Networking Event
**Cancelled:** Thursday, March 26th Monthly General Meeting

Additionally, all of the club’s petitioning shifts on behalf of our endorsed candidates are cancelled for the next few weeks. We will continue to coordinate with these campaigns on the best way for CBID members and allies to support them, and look forward to sharing more opportunities to do so in the coming months.

We encourage all club members to take appropriate precautions in the coming weeks, such as practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and not touching your face.

Any additional scheduling changes will be shared with club members via email, as well as shared on our social media platforms.

Thank you for your understanding.