List of Projects
Issue Canvassing, Block Associations and Deep Canvassing
We are providing guidance to our members who are interested in forming block associations. We are recruiting people to become representatives of their community and canvass regularly in their neighborhood about pressing issues. This project is still in the early stages where we are developing a pilot run with Alice Christy, a volunteer for our organization who ran for County Committee in Queens. In addition, we have been sending out questionnaires to all our members who are interested in canvassing. We are hoping to improve canvassing by using technology to assure volunteers are asked to canvass on issues they care about in geographical areas near them. Click here to learn more about this process.
Unfair Property Tax Assessment in New York City.
We have been doing all we can to empower various organizers to combat the unfair way property is assessed in New York City. This includes sending out volunteers and staff to help canvass and enhance awareness of this issue. In addition, we have staged several protests against Mayor Bill de Blasio in hopes he will rectify this issue and have met with several of the mayoral aides to discuss the issue in detail. Our next steps will be building a database to make organizing this issue easier.
County Committee Project
We are recruiting as many good people that we know to participate in their local political party by running for a seat on the county committee, or for a district leader position. Our hope is to change the closed political system and move the Democratic Party to the left by opening its doors to as many ordinary Americans as possible. We will empower ordinary Americans by also providing legal guidance to assure they are not denied access from being on the ballot. To learn more about the county committee, click on this link. Please be aware that these party committees can be found all throughout America (depending on the area you live in, the exact name, process and scope of power may be slightly different). We are also doing research on every county committee. We have acquired the bylaws and list of officers for every county in New York, as well as several towns in Connecticut. We have also obtained everyone who sits on the county committee for all 5 boroughs and Long Island. Please fill out this form if you are interested in running.
Campaign For NYS Single Payer Health Care Bill
Politics Reborn members have been canvassing regularly to encourage ordinary New Yorkers to lobby their New York State Senators to support a bill that would provide single payer health care. More information about this bill can be found here.
Tell Your Story Project
In October 2016, Politics Reborn hosted its first ever Tell Your Story event where people came to Queens to tell their story on how government has failed them. We hope to make this an ongoing project throughout America. You are also encouraged to tell your story on your own and add it to our website! The more personal and powerful of a story you are willing to share, the better! It is time we force people to see the millions of Americans who are suffering. Both political parties have ignored the needs of the American people and the world for too long! You can add your stories here. We already have several members who have submitted their own stories.
Promoting Civic Engagement and Cultivating Leaders
We have hosted various book discussions and film nights. Films we have watched and discuss include Bulworth, Weiner, Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point and The Brainwashing of My Dad. Books we have read and discuss include Rules for Radicals, Assata, Activism Inc., Stride Towards Freedom and Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
Voter File Project
In certain parts of the country, voter files are still not very readable. For example, in states like NY, the Board of Elections provides voter files in ASCII format making it almost impossible for ordinary people to utilize unless they have a data wrangler to help them. Politics Reborn has been working on was making all voter files open source. Unfortunately, we had to put this project on hold for the time being. Nevertheless, you can see the amazing work we have already done by clicking here.