Don't Leave Me

I, like many others, never imagined that Donald Trump would win the election. But what was even more shocking were many of the post-mortems from the left. In the face of the most explicitly bigoted president in modern American history, I expected the Democratic Party to stand in solidarity with the marginalized groups targeted by Trump and the GOP. Instead, many Democrats called for an end to "identity politics," claiming that the Democratic Party needs to focus less on the rights of women and minorities if it is to appeal to the minority of white male voters who sent Trump to the White House with only a slim Electoral College majority. The cynicism was astounding. Many commentators and even top Democratic leaders were willing to abandon the most vulnerable members of society, who granted them a popular vote win, for the sake of appealing to the very people who oppress us. As a queer woman of color, this was devastating to hear, and showed me that we cannot rely on institutions to protect us. It's up to community and grassroots activists to stand up for what is right and just. My life and the lives of my friends are at stake because of our marginalized identities, and I am tired of our very existences being treated as dispensable by Democrats.

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Our First Story

A number of years ago, I used to cross Amsterdam Avenue to get from one part of the Columbia University campus to another. But what I crossed was also one of the deepest, if mostly unknown, economic and racial divides in New York City. As I stepped off a boardwalk onto the avenue, I would be immediately approached by one of the shabbily dressed black men and women hanging around the crossing. He or she would follow me from one boardwalk to another, making a hasty plea for cash, and quickly walk away with a few coins once we reached the other side. On that side a campus security guard would promptly check on us to ensure that nothing was happening.
Owning both side of the street, the University prohibited panhandling on the boardwalks, making the street crossing the only place in that vicinity, where the local homeless could eke out their daily subsistence. There, between squealing cars and rushing students, was their domain, where they could be themselves — the outcasts of our ostensible prosperity, begging to survive another day in the middle of the first African-American president’s Alma Mater.
Many of these men and women came from black communities in south Harlem, which are only a few blocks away from the Columbia campus but a world away from the wealth and power embodied by the ivy league school. Walking through that other world, I would see the grim output of centuries of this country’s racial divisions — half-alive figures huddling on porches and benches or lying on the ground, reduced to a state that many of us would find unfit for an animal. For a number of years that I lived on campus, I did what many students and neighborhood residents did: I volunteered at a local homeless shelter, trying to do my small bit to bring a modicum of humaneness into these people’s lives and to shun my sense of guilt for being on the other side of the divide that separated us.
One of the things I understood in the shelter was that no matter how much effort volunteers made or how many individual successes we had, we were up against powerful forces that devastated low-income black communities, to a great extent through governmental policies or lack of action. Segregated housing and education, mass incarceration, and failing social services are only a few of them. Our society dealt with these communities by putting their pain out of sight, by separating ourselves and taking advantage of them. The ghetto and the prison are monuments to this separation, as was the panhandling strip between the Columbia-owned boardwalks of Amsterdam Avenue.
Today, as I work in southeast Queens, much of which is populated by African-American communities neglected for decades and devastated by the 2008 foreclosure crisis, I see many faces that are much like those I used to see in the homeless shelter: faces of decent hard-working people, who have been pushed to the margins by failing schools, draconian laws, mental illness or plain hard luck — people who did an honest day’s work in the past and could offer to the society a lot more if it bothered to give them a fair chance to do it.
My name is Gennady and my government failed thousands of my homeless fellow citizens but cutting them and their communities out of our society, as it failed their neighbors — myself and others — by leaving it to us to undo this failure. But I have also failed myself by letting my government get away with it for as long as it did.

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A Victim of Societies ills

My name is Shamanie and my government has failed me. Did it start with being born with Sickle Cell Disease and watching as the diseases of a "greater race" were cured? Or was it when I decided to give back to my community and teach in the inner city only to be afflicted with ten plus years of crippling respiratory illnesses. Again, I watched as the needs of minorities were put aside in the pursuit of profitable factories, infrastructure and other lung killers. It continued when I was unfairly dismissed from a bureaucratic job by an unqualified principal and was allowed no recourse because I was not tenured. This led to losing my first apartment to rising rent and of course, incurring more debt. Now I sit not caring about the future because it's ripe with poor credit scores and $100,000 in school loan debt for a position I still haven't attained. My only comfort is that 90% of the country is experiencing the same pain. It is this, and this alone that has given me the strength to fight back!
We the people have the strength and the will to do what is necessary to take our country back. Thanks to the resistance I now participate in local elections, I have more campaigns to volunteer for and I am more educated about our legal system. I am now more keenly aware of how flawed our system is and this is where the Democratic Party comes in. We need them to turn away from paid lobbies and turn to face what corruption has done to their constituents. I truly believe that this is our last chance to save our country and our Planet from dictatorship and eventual devastation.

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Not Your Typical Email Blast

Four days ago, Doug Jones stunned the nation by declaring victory over Roy Moore, becoming the first Democrat to win a U.S. seat in the state of Alabama since 1992.  At Politics Reborn, we didn't want to flood you with one more uplifting email that simply asks you to donate. Instead, I want to speak from the heart and write the following:  

We should have tremendous joy in the fact someone as despicable as Roy Moore will not be serving in the U.S. Senate. However, we must not become complacent now that the election has ended.

I have been involved in this field for some time now and I have seen how our obsessions with elections have often hindered our ability to effectively organize. Elections can not be the be-all and end-all for social movements. 

At Politics Reborn, we are trying to do something different. At Politics Reborn, our goal is to build a sense of community and give power back to the people. Instead of simply sending out mass email blasts asking members to donate or sign an online petition, we make more personal asks such as asking members to schedule a conference call with us so we can better understand who they are and how we can truly empower them.

We organize Film Nights and Book Discussions so we can form more effective social connections with our members, while becoming more educated organizers.

We have helped empower various members become leaders in their community and we are hoping you will strengthen this organization and sign up to volunteer if you haven't already done so.

If you have signed up to volunteer, you can always take the time to fill out this survey as well so we can better understand how to better empower you.

Before you know it, it will be 2018 and we need this social movement to elevate to the next level. Signing online petitions and attending marches can not be the last step to creating an effective social movement.

We need your help registering voters, educating and engaging your community to become politically involved, and changing the national consciousness. 

Announcements

Due to the holidays, Politics Reborn has decided to change its first meeting in Long Island which was originally scheduled for 12-17-17. The event has been rescheduled to January 8th, 2018. Details and RSVP here


Don't Forget to Join Basecamp

Basecamp is the platform we use to connect people to various projects. From graphic design to data entry, the projects we do on Basecamp has it all. You can fight for progressive causes, even if you are a hemisphere away! Email us if you are interested in joining!

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Check out Politics Reborn's upcoming events - and our survey!

Announcements

Politics Reborn needs your help with getting the list of members who sit on each county committee in New York.  Our goal is to increase government transparency as many of these lists are not publicly available or accessible. You can find more information regarding our progress on this project here.    


Better Understanding Our Members

Please take the time to fill out this survey so we can better understand how to strengthen this organization. 

Upcoming Events

  • 12-07-17: Film Night, Class Divide, 35-37, 36th st. Astoria, NY. Details and RSVP here. Afterwards, we will be discussing ways in which we plan to battle REBNY and developers in the upcoming year.
  • 12-13-17: Book Discussion: Activism Inc. 35-37 36th st. Astoria, NY. Details and RSVP here.
  • 12-17-17: Politics Reborn Comes To Long Island: Our First Meeting In Plainview Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd Plainview, NY. Details and RSVP here.


Schedule A Call

If you want to start organizing, schedule a one-on-one conference call with our staff today by clicking here. Our job is to help you continue this movement.


Don't Forget to Join Basecamp

Basecamp is the platform we use to connect people to various projects. From graphic design to data entry, the projects we do on Basecamp has it all. You can fight for progressive causes, even if you are a hemisphere away! Email us if you are interested in joining!

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Gratitude for #GivingTuesday, and upcoming events!

I would like to thank everyone who donated to Politics Reborn. Giving Tuesday was a huge success!  

Your donation will allow us to continue Our Tell Your Story Program, strengthen our Community Organizer Project and continue to make grassroots candidates competitive in elections without needing the blessing of any political figure or party. The work we are doing would not be possible without you.

I truly believe that each of our members will look back one day and speak with such pride that they were involved with this revolutionary organization when it was only still beginning. 

Want to get more involved? Fill out our survey here.

Announcements

Politics Reborn will be participating in the Forward Union Fair this weekend! RSVP and Details here

Upcoming Events

  • 12-06-17: Film Night, Class Divide, 35-37, 36th st. Astoria, NY. Details and RSVP here. Afterwards, we will be discussing ways in which we plan to battle REBNY and developers in the upcoming year.
  • 12-13-17: Book Discussion: Activism Inc. 35-37 36th st. Astoria, NY. Details and RSVP here.
  • 12-17-17: Politics Reborn Comes To Long Island: Our First Meeting In Nassau. Plainedge Public Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd, Massepequa, NY. Details and RSVP here.


Schedule A Call

If you want to start organizing, schedule a one-on-one conference call with our staff today by clicking here. Our job is to help you continue this movement.


Don't Forget to Join Basecamp

Basecamp is the platform we use to connect people to various projects. From graphic design to data entry, the projects we do on Basecamp has it all. You can fight for progressive causes, even if you are a hemisphere away! Email us if you are interested in joining!

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It's not too late! Participate in #Giving Tuesday with Politics Reborn

#Giving Tuesday isn't over yet! There's still time to pitch in.

We’re excited about the incredible wins that our organizers achieved with the Stamford Board of Representatives, but you know we can’t stop there. We want to help more people organize their communities and rewrite our political destiny - but we can't do it without you. Today, we need your help to raise $20,000 to support in our continuous fight in advocating #ForThePeopleByThePeople. Please donate now and help us reach this goal! We also encourage supporters to share there #GivingTuesday #UNselfie on Twitter and Instagram.

To get involved and support our #GivingTuesday goal of $20,000, visit and feel free to share: goo.gl/2zogrQ

 

For more information about Politics Reborn, visit: goo.gl/kmgqsC

Since our strength comes from our supporters and our voice advocates for the People, we invite you to join our movement and to support us as we continue this revolution one community and social issue at a time. We would greatly appreciate your help in advocating for the People by supporting and sharing our work at Politics Reborn. Politics Reborn was created for the People by the People because it’s ordinary people that can create extraordinary change.

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Join our #GivingTuesday Revolution…

We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Although #GivingTuesday is one day a year, we understand that advocating for the People and their communities is a daily fight so we welcome advocates of all backgrounds to join us in continuing the revolution one community and social issue at a time.

At Politics Reborn, we value our supporters and members because they give us the strength and inspiration to make our vision a reality. We want to help more people organize their communities and rewrite their political destiny - but we need your help to do so.

Today, we are asking to support us in reaching our #GivingTuesday goal of $20,000 to support in our continuous fight in advocating #ForThePeopleByThePeople.  

With your help, we will inspire future leaders to advocate for the People and their communities! If you would like to continue supporting our efforts, we encourage you to become a member of Politics Reborn and we kindly ask you to consider becoming a monthly supporter at the highest level that you’re comfortable with. By becoming a monthly supporter, you will be consistently supporting our advocacy of fighting for a government that will be of the People, by the People, and for the People.

To get involved and support our #GivingTuesday goal of $20,000, visit and feel free to share: goo.gl/2zogrQ

For more information about Politics Reborn, visit: goo.gl/kmgqsC

We encourage supporters to follow Politics Reborn on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Feel free to share your #GivingTuesday #UNselfie with @PoliticsReborn. Thank you for supporting Politics Reborn and we hope that you will support us this #GivingTuesday by joining the Politics Reborn revolution. 

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Victory For Our Candidates! Historical Upset

Last Tuesday, Politics Reborn showed what strong community organizing can do! We are proud to say that on Election Day, Reform Stamford was victorious!  Nina Sherwood, of Politics Reborn, helmed a slate of candidates who wanted to fight back against corporate interests and bring the power back to the people of Stamford. Eight of the eleven candidates on the slate won, six of whom have never ran for office before. It was an uphill fight, but grassroots organizing, with the support of Politics Reborn, won the day!

Reform Stamford now occupies a third of the seats of the Stamford Board of Representatives! The establishment better look out!


Keep the revolution of community empowerment going by donating 27 dollars now.

 

Come celebrate our victories and help Politics Reborn plan its next steps at our Membership Meeting, tomorrow evening at The Cherry Tree in Brooklyn. Have a slice, raise your glass to victory, and roll up your sleeves, because the work continues! RSVP HERE

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It's Time To Get Out The Vote!

Announcements

Election Day is fast approaching! Help Get Out The Vote For Our Endorsed Candidates and Ballot Initiatives!


Help Carmen Hulbert's Campaign For City Council 38

  • Click here to RSVP to one of her GOTV events!

Help Jabari Brisport's Campaign For City Council 35

  • Click here to RSVP to one of his GOTV events!

Flyer For the Yes Vote on Having a NYS Constitutional Convention
 
We will be holding a morning and evening shift in Jackson Heights and one morning shift in Bayside on November 3rd

Email us if you are interested in Flyering For The Yes Vote on Con-Con in your neck of the woods!

Politics Reborn Membership Meeting in Brooklyn: November 14th, 2017
      
Details and RSVP here.

Activists Needed - 
Contact Us Regarding the Volunteer Opportunities Listed Below

  • Data Wrangling - We are going to need your help in making voter files accessible to all.
  • Website Designers - We are going to need your help in tweaking certain aspects of our Politics Reborn website


Conference Call Schedule
If you want to start organizing, schedule a one-on-one conference call with our staff today by clicking here. Our job is to help you continue this movement.


Don't Forget to Join Basecamp

Basecamp is the platform we use to connect people to various projects. From graphic design to data entry, the projects we do on Basecamp has it all. You can fight for progressive causes, even if you are a hemisphere away! Email us if you are interested in joining!

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