You know there's nothing we love more than a good plan, and that starts with making a plan to vote! The NYC Board of Elections has just released a list of early voting sites and election day polling locations for the June primaries. Check your voting location options here (and you can even add it to your calendar️). Early voting starts June 12 and ends June 20, and election day is on June 22. Looking for more important dates, like updating your address or requesting an absentee ballot? BOE's got that too. Once you've made your plan to vote, join us to help your neighbors make their plans and tell them about WHO they should consider ranking in their votes. Join Persist Brooklyn at a canvass for Shahana Hanif (CD-39) on Saturday, or find a time to volunteer with any of our endorsed candidates on their websites: Brad Lander (NYC Comptroller), Shahana Hanif (CD-39), and Crystal Hudson (CD-35). To big plans and big dreams, The PBk Crew
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THURS MAY 13th 7-8:30 PM ET: Media & Democracy Working Group
JOIN the “Media and Democracy” working group (formerly known as the Lies, Misinformation and Propaganda working group) to better understand and respond to the factors that influence public opinion, voters and democracy.
SAT MAY 15th 10:30-3 PM ET: Canvass with Shahana Hanif & CBID Women's Caucus
Join Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) Women's Caucus, Persist Brooklyn, and Team Shahana for a canvass in District 39! We will be hitting the streets to speak with voters about Shahana's vision for an anti-racist, feminist city that works for all New Yorkers. Sign up now!
JOIN US online with other politically-engaged Brooklynites on Saturday, May 15 to chat with Alexa Avilés (CD-38) and Rita Joseph (CD-40) about their races and visions for our city government. We'll hear a little about their candidacies before diving into an informal Q&A — come with your questions to ask and maybe a beverage!
*Please note Persist Brooklyn has no plans to endorse in either City Council District 38 or 40 at this time.
SAT MAY 15th 7:30-9:30 PM ET: Documentary screening: "People You May Know" with director Q&A
Join Persist Brooklyn's "Media and Democracy Working Group" for a group screening of the alarming documentary that exposes the abuse of "Big Data" and the dangerous political alliance among religious fundamentalists, oligarchs, and Cambridge Analytica's shell companies that have fundamentally shifted the balance of politics in the United States. Learn more about a software company that has created a micro-targeting platform for US churches, whereby vulnerable people, the poor, the grieving, the addicted are targeted and radicalized into far-right politics. Trailer here.
We will stream the documentary together, followed by a Q&A with one of the directors. Then our group will brainstorm ways to use the information from the documentary in our civic engagement and fight for our democracy.
SUN MAY 23rd 5:30-6:30 PM ET: Rank Your Vote BK
Ranked Choice Voting experts at Rank The Vote NYC will lead an educational, interactive, virtual training to prepare Brooklynites to rock their ranked choice vote with confidence on June 22 and beyond. During this hour long training learn what ranked choice voting is, how it works, how to vote strategically, and have your questions answered. CC and Spanish translation available. Cohosted by Strategy for Black Lives, Indivisible Nation Brooklyn, Persist Brooklyn, South Central Brooklyn United for Progress, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and WHARR (Womxn's Health and Reproductive Rights). Sign up here.
THURS MAY 27th 7:30-9:30 PM ET: "The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America", by Ai-Jen Poo
Persist Brooklyn is excited to partner with Hand in Hand for a discussion about the growing population of aging Americans, and the crucial role that care work will play in the coming decades.
To prepare, we recommend reading "The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America", by Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. All are welcome! Check out tiny.cc/pbk-studygroup for more details about the event and other discussion sources.