Presidents Message – March

President’s Message – March

At last month’s meeting, a really important point came up in our discussion. We were discussing the importance of holding our electeds accountable, and the point was made that just because we endorse someone, doesn’t mean they get our blind support. In fact, just the opposite. Our endorsement means two main things, to me: 1) stronger accountability and 2) hard work on our part. And these things go hand in hand.

The candidates that we endorse must be held to a higher standard, and it’s both our job to hold them to that and for them to stay open in listening to us. A candidate who seeks our endorsement and then never shows up again is not someone we want to be supporting. And it’s up to us to make our endorsement mean something on the hard work front. Petitioning is fun, but it’s feet on the pavement work. Candidates seek our endorsement, remember that. They come to us because they know that a CBID endorsement means something, and it’s up to us to hold that standard up.

You’ll notice this month there are events and petition days all centered around that. We’ll have a lot of petition days for various candidates, so please take a look and come out on whichever days you can so we can collect those signatures. We’ll have a meet and greet with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, an informal way to ask our Congresswoman the questions we need to ask. We’ll march with our fellow high school allies in the March for Our Lives. We’ll also have some events that are just for fun! Yes, sometimes we can let our hair down, meet up for some good ole fashioned karaoke fun.

The point is – let’s stay active this month and keep what makes CBID so special stronger together. There is a long road ahead of us – the budget being passed, Congressional Primaries, State Primaries, and then General Elections – so stay focused, stayed rested, and always reach out for help or questions. No one person is going to do all of this alone, there’s simply just too much to do. Bring a friend, split up the work, and rely on each other and we’ll keep pushing forward.

Onward
Asher Novek
ashercbid@gmail.com

February 2018 General Meeting Minutes

CBID February 22 2018 – General Meeting Notes

Agenda:

CBID Committee Overview: we will go over our club committees and the work they are doing (Diversity, Judicial, Dinner/Events, Communications/Social Media, Audit, Constitutional)

Endorsements: Congressional Districts : We will hold endorsements for the following Congressional races (All declared candidates for these races have been invited to speak to the club):
NY-1, NY-2, NY-7 (Valesquez) NY-8; NY-9 (Clarke) NY-11 (held by Donovan)

NY 1 (Zeldin); NY 2 (Peter King)

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President’s Message – February

President’s Message

Hello CBID!  I am incredibly grateful and humbled to take on the Presidency of the Club.  For those who don’t know me, I have worked around local politics and civic engagement for the last 9+ years.  I have worked on the governmental side of things, on campaigns, and on civic awareness and participation projects throughout the City.  CBID has always been my political home, and I’m excited about what we have in front of us.

What do we have?  Well, to be honest, a whole lot of work.  Since the Presidential election we have been talking about 2018 as a target and bullseye to gear our work towards.  And now we’re here.  We have both Congressional races around the country and State Senate races here at home of the utmost importance.  We have the ability to flip both the House of Representatives and the New York State Senate.  I can’t think of two bigger whales to go after – not that I condone the hunting of whales, you can take up issues with that metaphor with Melville.

In order to make substantive change in this City and this country, I see two main things we all need to do: focus and push ourselves.  I will admit that sometimes I get totally overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead.  Between interviewing candidates, researching races, then getting into petitioning for both Federal and State races, canvassing, phone banking, text banking…it can seem daunting.  I want to stress something I try to tell everyone: you don’t have to do everything.  No one will do everything.  But if we work together and keep organized (which, in large part, is mine and our Executive Committee’s job), then everyone can stay focused on their work.  Do you love petitioning?  Do you feel passionate about one candidate in particular?  Do you want to focus on phone banking?  There are always options and always work to do, but the first step is YOU identifying what you want to do.  We will make sure to plug you into the right effort, don’t worry about that.  But it begins with you.

Second, I want to mention that all of us need to push ourselves into more uncomfortable territories.  Activism should take us our of our comfort zones, and if it’s not, then ask yourself why.  Door knocking, attending protests, lobbying legislatures, calling representatives – there are so many ways to DO something, I want to challenge all of us to do something that is more uncomfortable than we normally do.  These actions aren’t all we can do, often times the little things end up meaning more.  That also extends into conversations we have.  If someone makes you uncomfortable in the way they talk about race or gender, but you’ve never been comfortable to bring it up to them – do it.  These little actions are just as important as the bigger, more public ones.

Activism is all on us and starts with yourself.  It starts with you asking for help.  Then we can and will help one another and work together.

Onward
Asher Novek
ashercbid@gmail.com

Dream Act Rally in D.C. this Wed 2/7

*We demand a Clean Dream Act!*

Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2018

The Dreamer arrests are getting more and more aggressive and hateful. This Wednesday, a big coalition is planning an action in Washington DC, and they need more people willing to participate in civil disobedience, to say that the targeting of DACA recipients is wrong and won’t be tolerated. I know midweek is tough, February weather is tough — but if we don’t stand up for them, how can we live with ourselves? And who will stand for us?

TO SUPPORT, REGISTER, FOR MORE DETAILS:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzGToMyyKr8sqOOT7vVB-byAO4NpwZDiJSU9keeF8XuK4ubw/viewform