Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.
We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.
You can download our bylaws here.
This message was originally sent to the email newsletter list in December 2014:
To all DFNYC members and supporters,
I have been so proud to work with you on progressive issues and campaigns since the start of DFNYC over ten years ago. Coming out of Howard Dean's presidential campaign was a stressful yet inspiring time in politics. But through grassroots organizing, we showed that Democrats can be strong progressives and win.
Many of you have met my husband Eelco, who is originally from Holland. We have always wanted to raise our kids, ages 5 and 3, at least partially in Holland, and Eelco recently accepted a position in the development office of Nijmegen University near Eindhoven, where he went to undergrad. This all happened rather quickly, and we will be moving at the beginning of February.
I am very excited that Max Smith will be taking on the role of President of DFNYC, and I am working with him, Richard and the rest of the leadership team to ensure a smooth transition. I have gotten to know Max since his work on Obama's re-election campaign, and I know that he will do a terrific job leading DFNYC.
tdenton-at-dfnyc.org (replace -at- w/@)
We at Democracy for New York City (DFNYC) are shocked and appalled by the decision of the grand jury in Staten Island to not indict the police offer who choked out Eric Garner. This incident was captured on video and witnessed by many people. Eric Garner's wife and children were entitled to see the police officer in this case answer for his actions in a fair trial. This is another case where racial and class biases have hindered, if not prevented, a chance for citizens to have justice under the law. We call for this matter to be taken up in federal court. DFNYC will continue to work with progressive groups and community leaders in our city to ensure that the day will come when people, regardless of race or class, can live their lives without fear. We call on the Mayor, City Council, Police Commissioner and our elected representatives to enact much needed reforms.
The 2014 elections are around the corner and NYC progressives are organizing events. Sign up to volunteer today - we need you!
Monday night, Oct. 27: Letter writing to save the U.S. Senate.
Write letters to progressives in Iowa and N.C. (we've got lists!) encouraging them to volunteer for Kay Hagan and Bruce Braley - two great Dems in two close races for U.S. Senate. 6:30-8:30 at Whole Foods at 95 East Houston. Details here.