Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 6:30 PM
- Naftuli Moster – Executive Director, YAFFED, Young Advocates for Fair Education spoke about YAFFED’s campaign to encourage NYS Department of Education to enforce rules that require religious based schools provide a secular education. He spoke specifically about the several of the Hasidic and Orthodox schools that are not providing a full curriculum and the lack of enforcement of state requirements.
- James Vacca – member, Charter Revision Commission – The Commission is considering several recommendations – among them are a NYC government rainy day fund; a floor for the budgets for Borough Presidents and the Public Advocate offices; Corporation Council reform including requiring Council input; and rank voting for City-wide and Borough President and City Council races (seen by some Commission members as a potential method to eliminate run-off and increase minority representative) for up to 5 choices. He encouraged GOTV efforts, given only Charter Revision and Public Advocate race on ballot this November.
- Melissa Sklarz – Melissa was asked to address the club in reference to her having a history of not supporting progressive candidates and openly LGBTQ candidates. She indicated that her history of building allies for transgender issues influences her decisions for endorsing candidates who yield the most power and overrides her concerns regarding winning races for progressive candidates and also LGBTQ candidates. Melissa maintains that she supported DA candidate Melinda Katz over Queer Latina candidate Tiffany Caban because Melinda is a friends of hers. Melissa also indicated that these kind of endorsements may change in the future.
- Hawk Newsome – President - Black Lives Matter, New York Chapter – Discussed both the history and current status of the Eric Garner case. He discussed how it is indicative of the lack of priority even progressives have for African American justice issues. He asked club members to attend a Penn Station protest this Friday at 6:30pm. He indicated that the main focus now – and the only way to provide any justice for Eric Garner’s death is to ensure Officer Pantaleo is fired.
- Allen Roskoff - made an appeal for people to contribute $50 for Jumaane Williams’ re-election campaign, with the goals of 10 club members. Allen also indicated that the next club meeting will including meeting Judicial candidates.
- Support for current efforts to enforce the requirement that non-public and religious schools provide secular education, including the efforts of YAFFED. (passed by unanimous vote)
- Report on Congressional races from Dan Roskoff – Dan discussed 2 Congressional races outside New York City the club may want to be involved with – 1st Congressional District in New York, currently represented by Republican Lee Zeldin, where 3 democrats are running and 2nd Congressional District, currently represented by Peter King, where at least 3 Democrats are also running. Club members will meet the Democratic candidates to see if there is a role for us to play.
Club adjourned at 9:05pm