Hello CBID family,
When I decided to run for CBID President, I set our goals for 2018 to both focus on our electoral work and to expand our reach. I feel tremendously proud of the work we have all done towards those goals. During the Spring, we were mobilizing petition efforts for Max Rose and Yvette Clarke. Over the summer we petitioned, canvassed, called, and texted for Zellnor Myrie, for Andrew Gounardes, for Doug Schneider, and contributed our time and efforts to other anti-IDC races. Post Primary, we honed our focus to Max Rose, Andrew Gounardes, and Liuba Grechen Shirley. And the other night, MSNBC called Max Rose as the first red to blue Congressional flip of the evening. By the end of the night, Democrats gained a strong control of the House and and immensely strong grip of the New York State Senate.
We have a lot to celebrate. We also didn’t win every race. And we never will. But the way that we conduct ourselves and the drive that we put into our work is what is most important. We will continue to work tirelessly with one another, with other communities, and build off the ideals and values that bring us together.
This month’s meeting will look at that — what do we stand for? What do we want to fight for in 2019? 2019 will be a shift for us, away from electoral politics and into legislative action. (PS – I do know we’ll have a tough and short Public Advocate race, everyone loves canvassing in the snow, right?!) 2019 will be a year that we have to pass legislation that we’ve been fighting for and has been held up by Cuomo and the IDC. Reproductive rights, voting reform, immigration rights, and much, much more. We’re going to spend our November meeting discussing, prioritizing, and then writing action plans towards our ideals.
We have proven we can mobilize and win elections, we will keep that energy going and prove that we can fight for and pass legislation on a State and Federal level.
Thank you all for all you have done. I want to take a second and single out a few people who have gone above and beyond this year, and acknowledge their tireless work — Erica Cohen, Melissa Turoff, Hilary van Santen, Rich Bennett, Marty Bernstein, Allison Mingus, Ali Manning, Joe Criscione, Ben Theodore, Cheryl Kraus, and Cheryl Wertz all have done amazing work, and worth an extra thank you the next time you see them.