Don't Forget - SDNYC Winter Celebration is TOMORROW (12/14)!

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We hope to see you at the SDNYC Winter Celebration TOMORROW - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th!

This free event is always well attended and is open to anyone who considers themselves a part of the SDNYC community or who is interested in getting involved in our Club's efforts to advocate for LGBT New Yorkers. Please see below / attached for more information about SDNYC's 2017 Winter Celebration and share this invite with anyone you think would like to attend. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the party tomorrow!

SDNYC 2017 Winter Celebration Details:

  • DATE: TOMORROW, December 14, 2017
  • LOCATION: Amity Hall Downtown, 80 West Third Street, Manhattan
  • TIME: 7:30-9:30pm
  • ADMISSION: Free
  • FOOD & DRINKS: Pay your 2018 SDNYC membership dues for access to an open bar (wine & beer) from 7:30-9:30pm – see below for info about becoming dues paying member of SDNYC today! We will also have a cash bar for non-members & free hors d'oeuvres for everyone to enjoy.
  • RSVP: RSVP and invite your friends to join us on Facebook! (RSVP requested but not required)

SDNYC 2018 MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION: 

We strongly encourage you to save time at the door on Thursday by paying your membership dues online in advance of the party. You can sign up our website (www.SDNYC.org/membershipor click the below links to go directly to the SDNYC 2018 membership option that is right for you!

We will also be accepting checks, cash or credit card payments at the door on Thursday.

Need more info? Other Questions? Please contact us at stonewalldemocraticclubnyc@gmail.com

Why I Support SDNYC & Hope You Will Too

Good Evening,

I know it is the end of the day and that you are likely very busy so I will get right to the point. My name is Rose Christ and I have the honor of serving as the President of Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC (SDNYC). I am reaching out to ask you to join me in supporting the important work being done by SDNYC’s Membership and Board by becoming a 2018 dues paying member and/or making a donation today.  
 
Ready to support SDNYC? Great - just click these links to become a dues paying member of SDNYC and to make a donation!

Need to know more before committing to support SDNYC? No problem – just scroll down for information about why I choose to support SDNYC and why the Club is asking for your help today!

Why I Choose to Support SDNYC:
As someone who lives in this great City and who is privileged to both see and personally benefit from the advancements the LGBT community has made in New York, thanks in part to SDNYC's tireless advocacy, I feel a great debt of gratitude to this Club and I am proud to do what I can to ensure SDNYC has the resources to continue to push for expanded protections, rights, services, and opportunities for LGBT New Yorkers. For these reasons and many others, I choose to personally contribute to support SDNYC and hope that you will join me by becoming 2018 dues paying member and/or making a donation today.  

Why SDNYC Needs Your Support:
It’s been less than a year since Donald Trump took the oath of office but in that short period of time, the President and those close to his Administration have launched a steady stream of attacks against the LGBT community and emboldened the actions of bigots and homophobes. It is clear, that the Trump Administration is committed to stripping our community of the rights that have been secured through decades of tireless activism and that the White House will seek to obstruct any efforts to protect those in our community who are most likely to face discrimination and too often, violence.
 
As the New York’s largest LGBT-Democratic Club, it is SDNYC’s duty to be on the forefront fighting for LGBT rights. However, for SDNYC to be able to live up to this humbling responsibility, we need your help, especially given the challenges we are facing in today’s political environment. Can we count on you to help us by becoming a becoming 2018 dues paying member and/or making a donation today?

How Your Support Will Help SDNYC:
Your support will help SDNYC to host monthly public meetings, to advocate for the LGBT community year-round and in all five boroughs, and to engage new members in our efforts through special events (like our upcoming free annual winter celebration – invite below!).  In addition your support will help SDNYC to

  • Respond in real time when those in power attack our community’s rights by organizing rallies and public actions that make sure our demands for equality and respect are heard from Christopher Street to Trump Tower to the White House and all the way to Mar-a-Lago;
  • Draw attention to actions that discriminate against LGBT New Yorkers and seek justice for those affected by individual bias and/or systemic inequality;
  • Demand that more is done to stem violence against LGBT New Yorkers, particularly transgender members of our community who are too often the targets of violent hate crimes; and
  • Continue to do all we can to amplify the voices of historically underrepresented members of the LGBT community including calling on our local leaders to do everything in their power to support those most in need of protection from an increasingly hostile Federal government.

We are ready to double down on our efforts -- but we can't do it without our friends and champions. So please sign up to become a 2018 dues paying member today and consider donating whatever you can to support SDNYC’s work on behalf of LGBT New Yorkers in all five boroughs.

Thank you for being an important part of the SDNYC community. I look forward to continuing to work together to advance the needs of LGBT New Yorkers Citywide and I sincerely appreciate your support.
 
With gratitude,
Rose

Rose Christ
President
Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC

2017 General Election Activities & Information!

The 2017 general election is TOMORROW - Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 and we strongly encourage you to help elect SDNYC’s endorsed candidates by volunteering on election day! See below for more information about supporting our endorsed candidates and voting in tomorrow's election.


See below for information about SDNYC endorsed candidates that are looking for volunteers to help on Election Day (TOMORROW):

  Bill de Blasio – Mayor
 
Visit website to sign up: https://map.billdeblasio.com/
  or contact the appropriate area organizing director:

    Bronx:  Trent Seubert (319) 213-0463 or tseubert@billdeblasio.com
    Brooklyn: Trent Seubert (319) 213-0463 or tseubert@billdeblasio.com
    East Brooklyn: Morgan Luther (715) 559-1738 or mluther@billdeblasio.com
    Manhattan: Najaah Daniels (914) 906-0018 or ndaniels@billdeblasio.com
    Queens: Pilar Grullón (203) 300-1519 or pgrullon@billdeblasio.com
    SE Queens: Morgan Luther (715) 559-1738 or mluther@billdeblasio.com
    Staten Island: Trent Seubert (319) 213-0463 or tseubert@billdeblasio.com

  Scott Stringer – Comptroller
  Contact: Nicole Alesio 973-975-7302 or nicole@stringerfornewyork.com 

  Margaret Chin – Council District 1
  Contact: Vincent@margaretchin2017.nyc 

  Keith Powers – Council District 4
  Sign up online: Keith Powers GOTV & Election Day Volunteer Form
  Or contact: ben@keithpowers.nyc or (646) 283-5090

  Helen Rosenthal - Council District 6
  Contact: Ned Terrace (ned@helen2017.com) or 917-572-8817

  Costa Constantinides – Council District 22
  Contact: johnbenjamin185@gmail.com or 585-748-5114

  Justin Brennan – Council District 43
  Contact: volunteer4jb@gmail.com 

  Dylan Schwartz – Council District 51
  Contact: (347) 979-0692 or FriendsofDylanSchwartz@gmail.com


See below for information about voting in the General Election Tomorrow, November 7th, 2017!

  Not sure if you’re registered to vote in the 2017 General Election?
  Click here to confirm your voter registration.

  Need to know where to vote?
  Want find out who is on the ballot for your district?
  Click here to find your polling location and to see a sample ballot.

  Not sure who to vote for? 
  See below for an overview of SDNYC's endorsed candidates!

Primary Election Results!

Please join us in congratulating the following SDNYC endorsed candidates who won their Primary election races yesterday!

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We look forward to continuing to support these candidates in the weeks leading up to the General Election on November 7, 2017 as well as the SDNYC endorsed candidates that did not have a primary election yesterday!

See below for a complete recap of SDNYC endorsed candidates that are expected to appear on the 2017 General Election ballot in November.

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Don't Forget to Vote!

Don't Forget to Vote in the 2017 Primary Election
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

 

Not sure if you’re registered to vote the 2017 Primary?
Click here to confirm your voter registration.

Need to know where to vote?
Want find out who is on the ballot for your district?

Click here to find your polling location and to see a sample ballot.

Not sure who to vote for?
See below for an overview of SDNYC's endorsed candidates! (click image to enlarge)

SDNYC withdraws Ydanis Rodriguez Endorsement

In July 2017, Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC (SDNYC) voted to endorse Ydanis Rodriguez, a candidate seeking reelection to represent Council District 10 in the 2017 Municipal Elections. However, after learning of Rodriguez's recent endorsement of Ruben Diaz, Sr.'s campaign for NYC Council, SDNYC scheduled a special meeting on 8/17/17 to review it's endorsement decision.

 

After hearing from Rodriguez at the special meeting, reviewing his 2017 SDNYC candidate questionnaire, and discussing his track record on supporting LGBT New Yorkers, the Club determined that Rodriguez had misrepresented his position on supporting candidates who work against LGBT equality in his questionnaire, and that his support for Diaz, Sr. was unacceptable. As a result, SDNYC withdrew its endorsement.

 

Although Rodriguez has historically been a friend of the Club, SDNYC was deeply troubled and disappointed in his decision to stand by his endorsement of Diaz, Sr., despite the strong rebuke from his constituents and the LGBT community at large. While SDNYC has rescinded its endorsement, the Club remains steadfast in urging Rodriguez to withdraw his support for Diaz, Sr. immediately and to apologize to the LGBT community.

 

The Club does not relish calling out its friends by name but we will not hesitate to continue hold all those who advance the political ambitions of bigoted candidates accountable for their actions. SDNYC has been clear that it is unconscionable for those who claim to be our allies to support candidates who actively work against the equality for the LGBT community and SDNYC's decision to withdraw its endorsement of Rodriguez is consistent with the Club's ongoing commitment to being vocal in calling out those who choose to stand by candidates like Diaz, Sr., instead of standing up for the rights of LGBT New Yorkers.

SPECIAL MEETING TO REVIEW SDNYC ENDORSEMENT OF NYC COUNCIL MEMBER YDANIS RODRIGUEZ

Meeting Information:

  • DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017
  • TIME: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • LOCATION: The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th Street, Manhattan

As you may have seen reported in the press earlier this week, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez recently endorsed Ruben Diaz, Sr.’s campaign to represent City Council District 18 in the Bronx.
 
Rodriguez is running for reelection to represent Council District 10 in Manhattan and received SDNYC’s endorsement in late July. Prior to voting to endorse Rodriguez, SDNYC’s Membership reviewed his response to our Club’s 2017 candidate questionnaire, in which Rodriguez answered “no” to the following question: “Have you or would you in the future, endorse or financially support any candidate for public office or current elected official with a track record of working against LGBT equality?”

Rodriguez’s endorsement of Diaz, Sr. is inconsistent with his response to this question. As has been well documented, Diaz Sr. has consistently worked against the LGBT communitythroughout his tenure in NY politics and he is continuing to espouse discriminatory, bigoted and misogynistic points of view as candidate in the Council District 18 primary election.

Therefore, pursuant to the Club’s Bylaws, we will be reviewing SDNYC’s endorsement of Rodriguez at a special meeting scheduled for this Thursday, August 17th from 6:30-7:30 at the LGBT Center in Manhattan.
 
At Thursday’s meeting eligible SDNYC Members** will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not the Club should withdraw its endorsement of Rodriguez. In the event the number voting Members attending the meeting does not constitute a quorum, the Members of the SDNYC Board will hold a vote to determine whether or not to withdraw the Club’s endorsement. The Club’s endorsement decision will be shared on SDNYC’s website, Facebook page and twitter feed shortly after ballots are counted and confirmed.

Please email us with any questions in advance of Thursday’s meeting and we hope you will join us as we review this important endorsement decision.

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*SDNYC Bylaws:
The Bylaws state that the Club may review whether to withdraw its endorsement if “new information is revealed regarding a candidate that is inimical to the purposes of the Club,…the candidate publicly changes a position on an issue of importance to the Club, or it becomes apparent that the Membership was not fully informed about the candidate’s positions on issues of importance to the Club.” (The full text of SDNYC’s constitution and bylaws is available on our website.)

 
**Eligibility to Vote at SDNYC's Meeting on August 17th:

  • Individuals who have been dues paying Members of SDNYC in 2016 or 2015, are eligible to vote at the August 17th meeting so long as they have paid the Club's 2017 dues before casting their ballot (payment can submitted online in advance or in person at the August 17th meeting).
  • Individuals who were not dues paying Members of SDNYC in 2016 or 2015, must have paid the Club's 2017 Membership dues on or before May 20th to be eligible to vote at the August 17th meeting.

 To pay 2017 dues and find out more about becoming a Member visit:
www.SDNYC.org/membership

SDNYC 2017 Endorsement Announcement

Tonight SDNYC's membership reviewed requests from more than 70 candidates seeking the Club's endorsement in the 2017 municipal elections, including the 45+ candidates that attended this evening's endorsement meeting to speak directly with our members about their commitment to the LGBT community and we are pleased to announce that our members voted to endorse the following candidates:

* Mayor -- Bill de Blaiso

* Public Advocate -- Letitia James

* Comptroller -- Scott Stringer

* Bronx Borough President-- Ruben Diaz, Jr.

* Manhattan Borough President -- Gale Brewer

* Queens Borough President -- Melinda Katz

* Staten Island Borough President -- Thomas E Shcherbenko

* Brooklyn District Attorney -- Eric Gonzalez

* Manhattan District Attorney --Cy Vance

* Council District 1 -- Margaret Chin

* Council District 2 -- Carlina Rivera

* Council District 3 -- Corey Johnson

* Council District 4 -- Keith Powers

* Council District 5 -- Ben Kallos

* Council District 6 -- Helen Rosenthal

* Council District 7 -- Mark Levine

* Council District 8 -- Diana Ayala

* Council District 9 -- Bill Perkins

* Council District 10 -- Ydanis Rodriguez

* Council District 11 -- Andy Cohen

* Council District 12 -- Karree-Lyn Gordon

* Council District 13 -- Marjorie Velazquez

* Council District 14 -- Randy Abreu

* Council District 15 -- Ritchie Torres

* Council District 16 -- Vanessa Gibson

* Council District 17 -- Raphael Salamanca

* Council District 18 -- Elvin Garcia

* Council District 19 -- Paul Vallone

* Council District 20 -- Alison Tan

* Council District 21 -- Francicsco P. Moya

* Council District 22 -- Costa Constantinides

* Council District 23 -- Barry Grodenchik

* Council District 24 -- Rory Lancman

* Council District 25 -- Danny Dromm

* Council District 26 -- Jimmy Van Bramer

* Council District 28 -- Richard David

* Council District 29 -- Karen Koslowitz

* Council District 30 -- Elizabeth Crowley

* Council District 31 -- Donovan Richards

* Council District 33 -- Steve Levin

* Council District 34 -- Antonio Reynoso

* Council District 35 -- Laurie Cumbo

* Council District 38 -- Carlos Menchaca

* Council District 39 -- Brad Lander

* Council District 40 -- Brian Cunningham

* Council District 41 -- Alicka Ampry Samuel

* Council District 43 -- Keven Peter Carroll

* Council District 51 -- Dylan Schwartz

SDNYC Endorsement Meeting Tomorrow!

ENDORSEMENT MEETING TOMORROW
July 26 | 7:30 PM | LGBT Center

Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26th at SDNYC's 2017 endorsement meeting. The meeting will be from 7:30-9:30pm at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. Click here to RSVP to attend (not required) and to share our meeting information on Facebook.


During this meeting, candidates, current elected officials and members of SDNYC's Board of Directors will have an opportunity to briefly address our membership. Following these remarks, eligible SDNYC members will be able to vote for the candidates they recommend SDNYC endorse.

See below for more information about SDNYC's endorsement process and contact us with any questions.

  • Qualifying for Inclusion on SDNYC's Endorsement Ballot:

Candidates qualified for inclusion on SDNYC's ballot by being a incumbent that was endsorsed by SDNYC during their most recent election OR by submitting our 2017 Candidate Questionnaire.

 

  • Eligibility to Vote at SDNYC's July 26th Meeting:
    • Individuals who have been dues paying members of SDNYC in 2016 or 2015, are eligible to vote so long as they have paid the Club's 2017 dues before casting their ballot (payment can submitted online or in person at the July 26th meeting).
    • Individuals who were not dues paying members of SDNYC in 2016 or 2015, must have paid the Club's 2017 membership dues on or beforeMay 1st to be eligible to vote at the July 26th endorsement meeting. 

To pay 2017 dues and find out more about becoming a member visit: 
www.SDNYC.org/membership
 

  • Endorsement Ballot: 
    • The ballot distributed at the July 26th meeting will include the following for each municipal office under consideration for endorsement:
      • If applicable, the name of the incumbent candidate, provided that candidate received SDNYC's endorsement the most recent election for their current office.
      • The name(s) of candidates who have submitted SDNYC's online questionnaire by the July 24th deadline.
      • A line for a write in candidate's name.


Please contact us with any questions & we hope to see you at SDNYC's endorsement meeting tomorrow!