Author: Lenny

Lenny Braman has enjoyed talking politics with family, friends, and perfect strangers for as long as he can remember, and is glad to be talking politics as a member of ACT NOW’s Board of Directors. First as a law student and now as a practicing lawyer, he has been involved with attorney political groups, and did volunteer voter protection work in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. He has also done voter registration, fundraising, get-out-the-vote, and other volunteer activities on numerous progressive campaigns.


By now we are all too familiar with the unspeakable horror of this past Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  The young children who will never have the chance to grow up.  The anguished faces of parents and loved ones whose worst nightmares have become reality. Sadly, our country is no stranger to these kinds of tragedies:  Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tuscon, Aurora, the list goes on.  The question is whether we will keep accepting these senseless murders as the status … Read More

Hurricane Sandy Victims Still Need Your Help

As we end our Thanksgiving weekend warm, well-fed, and thankful for our blessings, it’s a good time to reflect on those who are still trying to put their lives back together from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.  Our city and region are recovering, but it’s going to take a long time and a lot of hard work.  There are lots of ways that you can help, depending on what you’re able to contribute: Give Money.  Worthy organizations big and small … Read More

Election Night Party

Join ACT NOW and our friends from Living Liberally, Manhattan Young Democrats, Greater NYC for Change, and Planned Parenthood NYC Action Fund as we gather to watch the results come in on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the DCTV Firehouse on 87 Lafayette Street b/w Walker and White Sts. We’ll be there from 8pm on. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, or needed items like flashlights and batteries. Here’s to victory on Tuesday!  Hope to see you there!

Fighting the Tea Party in NYC’s Backyard

This past Sunday we had a great time up in beautiful Putnam County, working hard to send the Tea Party extremists Greg Ball and Nan Hayworth home and elect progressives Justin Wagner and Sean Maloney.  ACT NOW, along with the Working Families Party, Greater NYC for Change and friends, did some serious canvassing in a pretty Republican/Independent area, knocking on nearly 400 doors, identifying lots of supporters and undecideds, and educating the voters about our candidates. As if you didn’t have enough … Read More

Vice President Paul Ryan? It’s On!

We can’t believe it either.  Mitt Romney actually chose Paul Ryan as his running mate — Paul Ryan, the most conservative VP running mate ever selected. This means two things: 1. Mitt Romney is running scared.  He would never have taken such a huge risk on a far-right, unpopular VP had he felt like he was cruising to the White House. 2. We absolutely cannot allow Mitt Romney to win.  As bad as a President Romney would be, you can be … Read More

A Brief Timeline of Marriage Equality in the U.S. (So Far)

“The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Marriage equality has been back in the news following such milestones as President Obama’s public support of the rights of same-sex couples to marry, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s much-anticipated wedding, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.  It’s important to note that Mitt Romney opposes not only same-sex marriage, but civil unions, which even Pres. George … Read More

Subsidizing Romney

This Tuesday, April 17, when most Americans are filing their tax returns and writing their checks to Uncle Sam, Mitt Romney will be taking an extension until October.  You can get this six-month extension too if you need one — such as if you’re running for president and would rather not make your tax returns public right now. While the highest income tax bracket is currently taxed at 35%, the Romneys have estimated an income of $20.9 million for 2011 … Read More

Countering the Right-Wing Assault on Voting Rights

This election year, one issue that can’t be stressed strongly enough is how Republican state legislatures across the country have quietly engaged in a systematic attempt to disenfranchise voters. In 2010, Republicans gained control of a number of state governments and promptly began a coordinated campaign of voter suppression through various legislative means:  voter identification laws, restrictions on early voting and absentee voting, restrictions on voter registration and registration drives, and disenfranchisement of those with prior convictions. This transparent suppression initiative, … Read More

Fight Back Against Citizens United

It’s been a little over two years since the Supreme Court’s deeply troubling decision in Citizens United, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums to influence elections — and its critics’ worst fears have already come true.  Super PACS, the political monster unleashed by Citizens United, have already spent tens of millions this election cycle, with billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson alone spending over $11 million and saying he might spend $100 million to support Gingrich or another Republican.  Corporate money can … Read More

Redistricting in the Courts

For those of you following the ongoing saga of redistricting in New York, last week saw the development of a growing consensus that the courts, and not the state legislature or an independent commission, will ultimately draw New York’s district lines. As Governor Cuomo put it the other day, “this always winds up in the courts.” And despite a recent Supreme Court decision that required a Texas court to give weight to a legislatively-created plan in drawing district lines, the courts … Read More