December 2019 Meeting Notes

12/19/19

Welcome

  • Introduce yourselves to a neighbor

Elected Officials

  • Assemblywoman Wright (56th AD – Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights)
    • Happy holidays
  • Assemblyman Carroll (44th AD)
    • Happy holidays
    • 2019 progressive victories thanks to groups like CBID
  • Assemblywoman Simon (52nd AD)
    • Happy holidays
    • Ditto about this year being one of the best years in the state leg – getting a Dem state senate was critical
    • This year, dealing with budget shortfalls – might be a painful budget
    • Need to work to solidify NYS Senate – lots of GOP senators not running for reelection, opportunities to get a veto-proof majority, changes dynamic with governor
    • Asked Asher to delay vote until January, because 52nd home club is IND – it was not received well
      • It’s about courtesy, we work with other clubs all the time
      • IND will endorse in that race in January
      • Just wanted to set record straight if anyone had any concerns
    • Next Java with Jo Anne set up on 1/7 on 4th Ave; open house holiday party at district office tomorrow afternoon (341 Smith St)

Officer & ExComm nominations

  • January elections – new slate of officers and ExComm members
  • ExComm plans the meetings, make decisions about the club, when we’re going to endorse, which races to get involved in, committees, etc. – nuts and bolts – great way to get more involved in club
  • There will be a new president (term limit) –
  • Marty: likely 12 ExComm slots, depending on who pays dues either today or by election
    • Currently we have ~23 ExComm slots, so a big potential drop
    • Considered based on whoever paid in 2019 or 2020
  • As per November ExComm meeting, members were never notified their memberships are expiring, ExComm voted to allow an amnesty as long as they pay their dues before they vote to cure their membership and vote
    • Any members who last paid 2017 or prior years, paying dues now would only allow them to vote after 30 days or 60 days for club elections
    • Marty: any motions or voice votes, need
  • Marty: Because of problems with NYS Campaign Finance Board, reluctant to take cash – will make few exceptions if folks know they didn’t pay
  • Can take nominations for ExComm or officers from the floor tonight, or ExComm on the floor at general meeting
  • Current officer nominations:
    • Comms – Ben
    • VP Membership – Allison
    • VP Political Strategy – Erica
    • Treasurer – Marty
    • President – Rich
    • Still an opening for Recording Secretary
    • Can take nominations for any of these, but especially recording secretary (this is a compliment to Ben, who acknowledges it in writing)

Climate Committee Update

  • Alice: trying to get state leg to put $1 billion forward for Climate Protection Act – 12/16 150 people started lobbying in local offices
    • Now a part of NY Renews coalition
  • Joanne: went to Kavanaugh’s office, we were not very successful because the senator did not have time – that lobbying has to continue
  • Nicole: doesn’t the governor have to sign legislation before it goes into effect?
    • Jo Anne Simon: some environmental justice provisions in the CCPA that got watered down; have not seen whether the bill went to the governor’s desk yet. Governor has 10 days once it arrives in order to sign. Lots of bills stacked up, always happens.
    • Don’t see a reason for him to veto this bill, but he already vetoed two of my bills this month
    • Nicole: maybe we can do some advocacy getting that other bill signed, since funding one would be tricky if the other isn’t included

Miscellaneous

  • Marvin: federal PAC needs $, also needs to be managed by someone other than the Treasurer
    • Someone interested in running the federal PAC should get in touch with Asher
  • Club dinner on Sunday, 2/9 at Shapeshifter Labs at 5:30 PM

Club Endorsements

We are not endorsing in the 21st Senate District – Asher received confidential information last night, cannot disclose, we are postponing this endorsement. No candidate will present

52nd Assembly District Female District Leader Race

  • Jim Brennan: moves to postpone the endorsement in this race
    • Marty seconds

Discussion:

  • Jim: as Jo Anne mentioned at top of the meeting, she expressed concern that CBID was going to endorse before IND – should defer in the spirit of this partnership
    • We are still 10 weeks away from the beginning of petitioning. People pop up, drop out, enter the race late. Still 6.5 months away from the primary. Premature to deal with this at this moment.
  • Erica: technically, the choice of endorsements is up to the Executive Committee, generally not left to the membership. Would argue that this objection is improper
  • Joe: as member of ESC, we wanted to schedule these races early because the early funds would matter. Don’t quite get the argument. LID endorsed first, as did NKD.
    • Jo Anne: LID had the courtesy to talk to me about it. NKD did the same, too. My district is most affected, DL would work more closely with me than with anyone else. If there was an endorsement in the 44th, there would be a courtesy extended to the assembly member, his decision-making, their timing
  • Lisa: been in this club for 12 years, in the 52nd AD, and always thought this club was blended between 52nd and 44th. Fine with delaying because it’s premature, but not fine to delay just because another club hasn’t made an endorsement. Understand reaching out to assembly member and other district leader, but not just to defer to another club.
  • David: I definitely think that talking to the assembly member and DL is an important courtesy, and perhaps we messed that up. But our endorsement timing is our choice and not related to any other club. The point about our alliance with IND is also true for LID. Candidates are here, we have good turnout, logical that we should move ahead. I do want to hear DL and Assembly member’s opinions
  • Diana: vocal advocate for not delaying the meeting. New ESC has restructured the endorsement process, and we need to work out kinks of communications – take this as a lesson and not as a conflict. Wanted to start endorsements today because we have a full plate in the coming months. And in this race where not a lot of people are endorsing, it’s meaningful to endorse. I assumed that Josh and Jo Anne would have endorsed already and their opinions matter to me quite a bit, so I’m at a bit of a loss. Now changed my mind, and support tabling it.
  • Cheryl: concur with Lisa and Diana. We have never deferred to IND in either timing or choice of our endorsement in my 15 years in the club. The opinions are significant to me and I care about that.
    • Jo Anne: not about deferral to IND. Not assuming you’d make the same decision. Deference to the member, as a courtesy. IND has not yet taken a vote, and I’m reluctant to get out ahead of my club. I have to respect my club members.
    • Joe: why did you allow LID and NKD to endorse?
      • Jo Anne: Not about allowing. I asked them to hold off, and they didn’t. they had members in the race and I understand that. Their original date many of us would be out of town, they changed the date so we could attend.
  • All of the DL candidates are here tonight. They have prepared to speak. Good showing of the membership tonight. Would be a waste of members’ time to not vote tonight. Deferring to other club on the timing of endorsements runs contrary to the word “independent”
  • How would delaying tonight’s vote affect our endorsement schedule?
    • General murmuring, no one seems to know. Hadn’t yet fully decided which races we would be endorsing in.
  • Relationships between club and DLs haven’t always been positive. Relationship in the 52nd AD is positive, and that’s a good thing. Endorsing someone that the DL and Assemblywoman don’t want to work with, that would be a problem.
  • Josh: caution comparing clubs as apples to apples…incorrectly states that one candidate is an executive committee member of two clubs that already endorsed
    • 2010, IND was supporting a candidate Jesse Straus, proposed him as next male DL. CBID as a group took it upon ourselves to go meet with Jesse. Expected it would go well. It didn’t. Came back and decided we couldn’t support IND candidates. We nominated Chris Owens instead. That choice was made in dialogue. Dialogue is important.
  • Marvin: we live in a horrible time politically. People talked past each other. The club is impressive tonight, people are open to reconsidering decisions. We look to make the best decisions based on the info we have.
  • Asher: call the question
    • Who can vote: if you paid dues in 2018, you are allowed to vote as long as you paid Marty tonight before the vote (you will be cured). If anyone is unsure, they should check with Marty.
      • Marty is confident we can do a hand vote.
  • Motion: delay the vote for the 52nd AD female DL
    • 18 in favor
    • 7 opposed
    • 8 abstained
    • Motion carries.
  • Offer to both candidates to speak. Will do so again.

Rachel Eve Stein

  • Born and raised in rent-stabilized West Village apt, attended NYC public schools; dad organized rent strikes in our building
  • Worked for congress, pulled back to NYC, couldn’t afford the neighborhood where I grew up, have lived in Gowanus for past 9 years
  • Show up for community – got supplies and sandwiches to people stuck during Superstorm Sandy; women should lift each other up, co-founded WIN NYC – pro-choice networking group
    • Founded Women’s Committee of Brooklyn Young Democrats – actually produced anti-harassment guide
  • If elected:
    • Organize volunteer pipeline to defeat Trump and protect vulnerable democrats like Andrew Gounardes – bring 52nd AD democratic energy elsewhere
    • Organize around climate change and affordable housing on state committee
      • 7 professional years in environmental advocacy and education – designed program; Built department, managing $millions of taxpayer money, organized first outreach team
      • Can make county and state party’s operations more sustainable, represent at the top of the platform
      • Gowanus rezoning – deeply involved since 2013, community events with councilmembers to ensure rezoning doesn’t just benefit developers and landlords
      • Continue work reforming the party – been on CC since 2014, grateful for Josh and Jo Anne pushing for rules reform and financial transparency
        • Make sure current members are active, and if not – find out way: mobility, language issues, child care, etc. – offer accommodations instead of shutting them out
        • Increase engagement through poll working ­– heard about issues for working issues for early voting, will work to resolve swiftly
      • Evaluating judges – prioritize diversity in professional and personal background and prioritize gender identity
    • Worked in Stars & Stripes Democratic Club – no Obama/Biden poster, met another young organizer, Kevin Peter Carroll, conspired to put a poster up. We stapled a sign from a rally to the wall. Kevin later became a DL, but united to commitment to public service, finding common ground. Sign is still there.
  • Collaborative spirit, which I will bring to the rest of Executive Committee to find common ground. Unite for good policy even when we don’t agree 100% on all the issues.
    • Thousands of hours volunteering for candidates. Know the issues, know my community

Jesse Pierce

  • Hoped there would be a vote, but grateful for the time
  • Feel really strongly that CBID’s endorsement would be such a huge boost – CBID puts in the work, rich history or reform advocacy and local political organizing
    • Leads to high levels of participation and engagement in 52nd and 44th Ads
  • Most excited about building a party organizational structure with my community with defined roles and responsibilities and processes
    • Speak to a mission to serve Brooklyn voters
    • Very achievable
  • Specifically: Double down on Assembly District Committee (ADC)
    • Work with people to define roles and what can be achieved, which creates unity and a space for people to participate. If things are ill-defined, it’s hard to get things done.
    • Culture of accountability and transparency
    • Everyone has a role to play – create a system that exists beyond one particular person and one particular role. Create a leadership pipeline.
  • Key responsibilities – can bring other CC members and other engaged democrats to ensure we’re coming up with the right solutions and picking the right candidates that align with our values
  • Disperse power amongst district Democrats – involve as many people as possible
  • Running my campaign as a job interview; 6-7 canvassing events already, knocked over 1,500 doors; postcarding event with 23 volunteers writing 160 postcards. That’s the level of energy and focus and inclusion that is critical to this role
  • Want to partner with CBID in that vision of a party organization that we can be proud of

Asher: contentious yet well-discussed issue. Last call for nominations for Executive Committee or any officerships

  • nope