|From:||Jeffrey M. K.|
|Sent on:||Tuesday, September 21, 2010 8:09 PM|
About Manhattan Young Democrats
Since the 1930s the Manhattan Young Democrats has been working to fulfill its mission to inspire, educate, and activate the youth of New York City. For nearly 70 years, MYD has grown the Democratic Party and cultivated leaders that bring about progressive change with each generation.
In the past few years, MYD has grown in strength. 2009 was a time of many accomplishments, including a nationally recognized online organizing effort for Marriage Equality in New York and the award winning Open Seat Project which put nearly 80 young people on the ballot for County Committee in Manhattan.
In 2010, MYD's leadership faced the challenge of not only maintaining but growing and channeling our momentum in this important election year. To do this, MYD filmed Take Back New York, which explains the problem of Albany corruption to our peers. Then we hit the pavement, bringing the Take Back New York presentation to local schools, fighting against MTA service cuts and staging a well-publicized protest against corrupt politician Pedro Espada on the anniversary of the State Senate "coup".
MYD also highlighted, and engaged in, the positive aspects of public service.? At Women Helping Women, MYD honored progressive thought leaders for their work on women's issues.? At Food For Thought, MYD raised over $1,500 for a local soup kitchen serving homeless LGBT youth, and MYD started the White Roof Project - an initiative that has partnered with the City and various nonprofits to paint roofs with environmentally-friendly, solar-reflective white paint. Finally, just this month, the White Roof Project become MYD's first initiative to spin off into its own nonprofit - and it's powered entirely by politically active youth, all of them MYD members!
MYD is working hard. However, we still need support to do what we do. Our post-primary field work has yet to begin, and MYD plans to continue to educate youth on the importance of State and Local elections. The work that started 70 years ago - recognizing that the youth of this country can, and should, have a voice in its democracy - continues. But it can only succeed if people today invest in tomorrow. Join, donate, support - be part of the future!
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