If we vote in the primary on September 9th we can pick candidates who will win in November and will fight for progressive causes. We can make it so that when Democrats take over the State Senate we will pass:
- The Womens Equality Act (equal pay, anti sex trafficking, codifying Rove v Wade into NYS law)
- The Dream Act (giving undocumented NYS high school graduates equal access to college)
- A raise in the minimum wage indexed to inflation
- Public funding of NYS elections
- GENDA (equal rights for transgender New Yorkers)
- Fracking (a state-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing)
Why Vote in an Unwinnable Race?
You can’t win an election if you don’t vote! Surprises do happen.
Elected officials need to know that progressives care. They can’t take us or their reelections for granted. They need to know we’ll hold their feet to the fire about issues we care about.
Are these good enough reasons to vote? YES!
Two key Democratic Primaries that ACT NOW wants to have an impact on:
Governor: Zephyr Teachout vs. Andrew Cuomo
ACT NOW is supporting Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor who has taken a heroic stand against the corruption of Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo disbanded the Moreland anti-corruption commission before it could finish its job. He has chosen not to use his incredible influence to pass public financing of elections or to ban fracking. He has supported tax cuts for the wealthy and promoted casino gambling.
State Senate: Oliver Koppell vs. Jeff Klein
Oliver Koppell is running against state Senator Jeff Klein in Westchester and the Bronx. ACT NOW is supporting Koppell. By pulling five elected officials out of the Democratic Conference, Klein and his IDC have helped block voting on the Womens Equality Act, a ban on fracking, and public funding of elections among many other things.
Oliver Koppell has been an elected official in the Bronx for more than 30 years. He has written more than 300 laws and has a long list of accomplishments, notably in the areas of environmental protection and social legislation.
What is ACT NOW doing about it?
On Sunday, August 24th we are having a phone bank in Central Park at 4 PM. We will be making calls to support Oliver Koppell. Come on Sunday at 4 PM to Crystal Springs on the North side of Sheep Meadow next to the Pan Quotidien. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and get exact directions. It’s great way to spend Sunday afternoon. Betsy will bring snacks!