The filibuster has broken the Senate. A filibuster (also known as ‘talking out a bill’) is, in theory, a parliamentary procedural mechanism that a Senator can use to delay or prevent debate or a vote on a specific proposal. In recent years, it has entirely devolved into a tool used by the minority party to block legislation from advancing in the Senate.
Stay tuned for a PBk Action Guide on what you can do to demand Senate Democrats repeal the filibuster. In the meantime, please email your lawmakers to support the For the People Act (H.R.1/ S.1) via this link. (Script is provided – it’s quick and easy!)
Even if we didn't expect an impeachment conviction, it's always disappointing to be reminded just how corrupt the Republican party is, and how little Democrats will do to hold them accountable. But if they won't fight for us, we're ready to fight for each other and keep fighting together for the country we all deserve. (Now that you mention it, I guess we do say 'fight' a lot.) This year, the fight for change starts on the local level, and we're excited to see so many incredible progressive candidates running in races across the city. We hope you'll get involved in helping one or more of these candidates win, with Persist Brooklyn or with other progressive orgs and campaigns! Persist Brooklyn will be holding endorsement interviews on Sunday, February 21st, Saturday, February 27th, and Sunday, February 28th for Comptroller, CD-35, and CD-39 candidates respectively. These interviews, 30 minutes each, will be held via Zoom. Each session will likely run from 10am - 3pm ET (final times tbd), and will include 30 minutes of PBk member deliberation at the very end. After each session, online, ranked choice voting will be open via OpaVote for 24 hours. As a reminder, only those who successfully registered will be able to vote in the final endorsements. However, all PBk members regardless of voter eligibility are welcome and encouraged to attend.
THURS FEB. 18 7-8:30 PM ET: What can activists *do*! Lies, Misinformation and Propaganda Working Group
JOIN US in exploring what we—and you—can do to counter lies, misinformation and propaganda and better understand the factors that influence public opinion, voters and democracy.
FRI FEB. 19th 6-7:30 PM ET: YAPPY HOUR with the Craft Team
Since the weather outside is frightful, and we can no longer gather in the park, join our Crafts Team online to write, yap, and nurture our ongoing progressive activism.
SAT FEB. 20th 5-7 PM: Looking Local Virtual Happy Hour with Brandon West (for Council District 39)
JOIN US online, with like-minded, politically-engaged Brooklynites to chat with candidate for City Council District 39 Brandon West about his race and vision for our city government. We'll hear a little from Brandon before diving into an informal Q&A—come with questions to ask and maybe a beverage!
Save the date for our next Looking Local coming up on March 6 featuring Maya Wiley for NYC Mayor and Antonio Reynoso for BK Borough President!
*Please note Persist Brooklyn has not made any endorsements in NYC 2021 races at this time.
SUN FEB. 21st 10AM-2 PM: NYC Comptroller candidate interviews
JOIN US for the first of our endorsement interviews to hear from four candidates running for NYC Comptroller: Brad Lander, Zach Iscol, Reshma Patel, & Terri Liftin (schedule & candidates subject to change). Please sign up to receive a link to the endorsement questionnaires ahead of time. Reminder - please do not share this link!
THURS FEB. 25 7-8:30 PM ET: The Unholy Alliance: How Christian Nationalists, Plutocrats & Disinfo. Platforms Sabotage Democracy
Anne Nelson is the author of Shadow Network: Media, Money and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right. She is also a journalist and lecturer in the fields of international affairs, media and human rights. In 1995 she became the director the international program at the Columbia School of Journalism, where she created the first curriculum in human rights reporting.
The deadline to update your party affiliation was extended to TODAY, Feb.16th!
Check your voter registration (even if you think you're all set)
Update your party affiliation by re-registering ASAP
You'll need to be registered with the *Democratic Party* to vote in NYC's Democratic Primaries in June. If you are registered with the Working Families Party for example, you will be unable to vote. If you are not yet registered to vote in NYC, you have until May 28th to register.