Upcoming NYC Events: Local Democracy & Mayoral Politics

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING - 9/28

If you're looking for a new way to get civically engaged and want the opportunity to vote regardless of federal voter registration, come to the next PB Youth meeting on Thursday, September 28th from 6-7:30pm at the Windsor Terrace Library (160 E 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218)

We will be going over the fundamentals of PB and the responsibilities of the PB Youth Committee, as well as making a PB Youth Recruitment video. There will be snacks!

If you have any questions/comments/ideas or want to RSVP to the meeting, reach out to our Media Advocacy & Public Relations Director, Ilana Cohen, at ilanacohen1017@gmail.com.


DISCUSSION OF BLOOMBERG & DE BLASIO MAYORALITIES - 9/29

YPPG will be co-sponsoring a discussion entitled "A Tale of Two New Yorks: The Bloomberg and De Blasio Years" hosted by The Gotham Center for New York City History. The discussion will be on Friday, September 29th at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue btw 34th & 35th St) from 6:30-8pm. 

Watch Jarret Murphy, the executive editor and publisher of City Limits, interview Christ McNickle and Joseph P. Viteritti about their new histories of the Bloomberg and De Blasio mayoralities. 

If you have any questions about the event, you can email Gotham@CC.CUNY.EDU

 

September Update: New Reading Material & Upcoming Event Info

As we begin a new school year with a wider range of issues to dedicate ourselves to, YPPG members should stay up-to-date on our three areas of focus for our 2017-18 advocacy agenda: voting rights (specifically, our progress on the Young Voter Act), school integration, and environmental justice in New York City.

Also, YPPG will be attending the Youth Action March on Saturday, October 7th from 12-3pm. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.

Enjoy the suggested reading below...

Voting Rights

“California and New York Push to Lower Voting Age” - Teen Vogue

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/california-and-new-york-push-to-lower-voting-age       *featuring Assemblymember Robert Carroll*

School Integration

“City Introduces Controversial Plan to Diversify Schools in District 1” - DNA Info

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170913/lower-east-side/diversity-plan-district-1-schools-controlled-choice

“Education by the Numbers” - The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/magazine/education-by-the-numbers.html

Environmental Justice

“Neighbors Sue Williamsburg Trash Dump to Get it to Clean Up its Act” - DNA Info

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170901/east-williamsburg/brooklyn-transfer-five-star-carting-trash-waste-transfer-facility-trade-waste

“Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions” - NYC.gov

http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/587-17/mayor-de-blasio-nyc-will-be-first-city-mandate-existing-buildings-dramatically-cut#/0



 

Eighteenx18 Video Submission Finally Here

What is at risk in America and must change now? The sustainability of our democracy! Young people increasingly hold progressive values and powerful voices. As tax-paying, responsible, well-educated teens, we are entitled to a vote - to a say in where our tax dollars go, how our school systems are run, and which officials truly represent our values. We are not just the future, we are the present reality. That's why we need to lower the voting age across the country and pass the Young Voter Act, which lowers the voting age in New York State to 17. 

 

 

Summertime Success: New Policy Issues Adopted at the YPPG Planning Meeting

YPPG’s Summer Planning Meeting on Friday, July 28th brought together both new and old faces in the fitting setting of local school M.S.51. Attendees deliberated at length on what issues the YPPG should integrate into its advocacy mission, especially with the next legislative session soon approaching. The teens settled on the umbrella issues of environmental justice and educational opportunity, specifically considering the intersection of race and class in providing equal education to all NYS students. Members are encouraged to suggest actionable items the YPPG may take in the future in service of this policy agenda. YPPG also shot footage for a video about its mission, which will be published on the website later this month. 

 

Between now and our next meeting, there are a few action items members should take to keep up their support of the YPPG

  1. Follow the YPPG and give us a shout-on social media (fill your news feed with progressive posts from our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts).

  2. Sign and share our petition in support of the Young Voter Act. Get all the other humans you know to do so as well!

  3. Make a donation to our cause (contributions of all sizes appreciated).

  4. Spread the word about the YPPG mission to your family, friends, and fellow humans! Invite them to our next meeting.

Teens debated over what they thought were the most pressing issues to integrate into the YPPG policy agenda for the upcoming school year. 

Teens debated over what they thought were the most pressing issues to integrate into the YPPG policy agenda for the upcoming school year. 

Summer Planning Meeting

We will be holding our next meeting on July 28th at 3 pm at Middle School 51 in Brooklyn. Join us for free food, conversation about the future of YPPG, and a discussion of YPPG's platform for next year. 

 

We will also be working on a video in support of the Young Voter Act for our website, social media, and media. If that sounds interesting to you, come to the meeting to participate.