Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats

Progressive reform politics for Central Brooklyn, New York City and beyond since 1968.

Agenda for Nov 16th General Meeting, Camp Friendship, 339 8th St at 6th Ave, Park Slope, 7:00pm
Zellnor Myrie – Candidate for State Senate District 20
Other Electeds
Discussion of Development and Gentrification in Brooklyn. Invited guests include CM Brad Lander, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Monica Underwood, Chair of Families United For Racial and Economic Equality, and others
Plus for the first time ever we will be pardoning a turkey! Just kidding, we can’t do that but neither can the president..


CBID Meeting Minutes – September Meeting 9/28

The schedule:

Led by Asher, Corresponding Secretary – Ben is on the way

2 organizations; 2 guest speakers; 3 breakout groups

Break-out sessions:

  • Education (maybe) – led by Richard Morrell stepping in for Elen Raider
  • Reproductive Health Act – led by Susannah Pasquantonio
  • Immigration – le by Claudia Galicia

Opening Comments

  • First meeting since the primaries – Asher asked who voted and almost everyone in the room did
  • More people should run for office


  • David Pechefsky:
    1. Running for Congress, 1st Congressional District in Eastern Long Island
      1. Held by Dem Tim Bishop, beaten by a Trump-supporting Republican Lee Zeldin – get rid of him!
    2. Running based on the need to be more progressive economically
    3. Worked in city council, worked with National Dem Inst (democracy worldwide – worked in Liberia to create a CBO)
    4. Personal life – from Patchogue, working class life


  • Cheryl – do they have sense of buyer’s remorse in voting for Zeldin
  • Marty – who is your opponent in the Dem primary? – 4 others
    • Harry Gershon(sp??), has lots of money, home in the Hamptons – which does not play well, so not a good chance
      • Has tons of money, but he can’t beat Zeldin
    • Lou – Are you too quixotic / does CBID back unrealistic candidates?
      • He’s engaging the local Dems base – the field is open, there is no ONE strong candidate, DC Dems are waiting to back someone
    • Is there a public policy response to cultural inequality?


  • Women of Color for Progress – Jasmine, Aliya, Christina
    1. Started organization when the Harlem seat became open and NO women ran, the machine also did not support any women – and this was a wider issues, city-wide
    2. Launched in March of this year (2017) – agendas through 2021 when 38 seats of the city council are open – to get women of color in office in districts of color
      1. 21 and 21 and Eleanore’s Legacy – other groups
    3. City Council elections – just left 11 out of 51 seats L – they want to change these numbers – to create a pipeline for grassroots orgs, people from and of the communities
    4. 4 Pillars: Civic Engagement, Progressive Advocacy, Transparency, Supporting Candidates
    5. Events in activities: week of action for launch (150 people), panel discussion “long way to go,” dinner parties; a few general meetings with a game “who’s to blame?”; meeting on mental health
    6. Christina = campaign manager for Amanda Frias – 2 candidates won!
    7. What’s next? To run for district leaders, city council – how to train people
    8. *** KEY to CBID – how to diversity our membership! Join with them!


Ben arrives and takes over !!

  • Announcement from Emerge New York – Kimberly Berney-Brooke
    1. Exec from Emerge America – how to train Democratic women for leadership and office
      1. How they are different from Eleanore’s Legacy
      2. They win! 2016 71% won their seat; trained 2,500 women and 25% are women of color
    2. Oct 14th “Taste of Emerge” bootcamp event – to train / run for 2018 seat and build a pipeline – Keynote Speaker Andrea Stuart Cousins

Public Officials: JoAnne Simon and Senator Montgomery, Patria Frias-Colon also won civil court judge – have joined us

State Senator Montgomery:

  • All 5 seats for civil court judge who won were women
  • Nov 7th is the date for vote on Constitutional Convention in NY State
  • 2 other proposals: constitutional amendments –other way you can change constitution – she is a NO
    • on pension on public officials – she is a NO on (raising?) her pension
  • Focus on healthcare and protecting NY staters
  • She wants to emphasize civic engagement and education too!
  • Question / props to the “Young Voter Act” to lower age and teach civics in high school !


Assembly-woman Joanne Simon:

  • Hurricane relief efforts – The State is making a big effort and city as well
  • The whole Squadron Thing! The County Committee; machine politics and need special elections to get them in – bad process
  • Joanne and Josh supported the placeholder position – Joanne is working on it
  • Josh adds in on the process on the bklyn county committee issues


Patria Frias-Colon:

  • Thanks CBID for help and support in winning civil court judge Dems primary


Breakout Groups:

  • Suzanne Pasquantonio – Reproductive Health Act
  • Claudia Galicia – Sunset Park Latino Democrats – Immigration
  • Richard Morrell – on Education


Immigration Break-Out Group:

  • How ID NYC changed their lives – to enter the PTA meeting, would get arrested instead of getting a ticket for littering – she supports it as protection
  • Sanctuary City also changed their lives – “came at a time when Trump made everyone more racist” and people were being stopped by ICE and police – and now there is a truce, a feeling of calm
    • Without sanctuary city people were NOT trusting police or calling 911 or 311 – to leave the house feeling safe
    • City Council; NYLAG; Legal Aid gave money to organizations for lawyers helping immigrants – most of the time if you get a lawyer, the stats showing they are able to stay – lawyers are KEY- need more lawyers now STATE-wide not just city
  • The Liberty Act – just New York State becoming a sanctuary state – people can’t go upstate or leave the city – without a lawyers they will probably get deported
    • Her cousins got caught at a checkpoint for driving without a license (which is NOT a crime)
    • Need support the Liberty Act – defeated by IDC before it got to the floor
  • Their next step is identifying IDC members and passing Liberty Act
  • The Dream Act and Dreamers – NOT just Hispanic but Asians too
    • The Dreamers do not get FAFSA financial aid – needs to pass at the State level – so can get state tuition fees AND FAFSA
    • Cesar Bargas – prominent lawyer organizing
  • Partner with Make the Road
  • How to counter Jesse Hamilton
    • Get people who are Green or Independent to register as a Democrat by October of this year 2017
    • Get the word out to Dems about IDC
    • Get the word out about 2 primary dates (Federal vs. State)
  • How about submitting an op-ed for the NYT?

Relief Center – St. Jacoby 54th st an 4th Ave – for Mexican Earthquake relief


Report back:

  • Reproductive Health Act – and why it has not passed assembly (IDC)
    1. We need to organize grassroots orgs
    2. Suzanna will share with Erica on how to go forward
  • Education – 1. charter schools and whether we should take a stand; 2. John Jay school and de facto segretion; 3. Afterschool programs
    1. Education committee – to go forward


Upcoming events: Oct 12th evening with Celinda Lake – right before Emergence Event –

Oct 26th next meeting !

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