Lower Manhattan

The month of May has been a busy month for campaign work!

Every Monday night until the primary on June 25th, the LoMan Electoral WG will be holding a phone bank for Tiffany Cabán. More info here.

The Lower Manhattan Healthcare committee will be canvassing in Stuyvesant Town for Medicare for All and the NYHA on June 2nd. More info here.

The branch’s political education committee will be doing a reading series on Terry Eagleton’s Why Marx Was Right to answer some of the most common questions asked of socialists like, ‘Is socialism inherently violent?’ or ‘Do socialists believe in human nature?’ People new to the left are encouraged to attend, but members of all knowledge levels are welcome to brush up on the basics. The reading group will meet on Tuesday nights in May, as well as the first Tuesday in June. More info here.

The next branch meeting will most likely be on May 30, where, among other things, there’ll be a discussion of proposals for the upcoming convention and candidate statements from those running for citywide leadership positions (CLC and SC). Hope to see you there! More info here.

North Brooklyn

North Brooklyn held its monthly branch meeting on May 15, with updates from comrades in the ongoing campaign for Universal Rent Control and in the Queer Caucus on the Reclaim Pride campaign. The branch discussed the proposals and amendments that will be coming up for a vote in the upcoming citywide convention.

NBK partnered with State Senator Julia Salazar to hold a Day of Action for universal rent control at Maria Hernandez Park on May 11. North Brooklyn neighbors gathered for a rally and canvass in support of the nine bills currently before the senate.

The branch also partnered with the Brooklyn Electoral Working Group for a voter registration drive in Maria Hernandez Park on May 18.

North Brooklyn Night School continues through July 1, with upcoming sessions on Climate Change, The Russian Revolution, and the Lenin Controversy. All are welcome to come and learn with every second Monday at Mayday Space!

Central Brooklyn

At the last branch meeting, Central Brooklyn members voted to expand the size of the Organizing Committee from 6 to 7-9 members, just in time for new OC elections this month.  Submissions were received from a lot of great candidates, so even with the larger number of seats, it is looking to be a competitive election! The current members of the OC held an open meeting with candidates to discuss the inner workings of the branch and talk about ideas for the upcoming year.

On May 15th, CBK members partnered with the Healthcare Working Group to canvass for Medicare for All and the New York Health Act.

The next Central Brooklyn branch meeting will be on May 29th 7:00-9:00 PM at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Brooklyn. There’ll be statements from candidates for the branch Organizing Committee and a section about the history of Pride and how to get involved with the NYC-DSA endorsed Queer Liberation March at the end of June. There’ll also be breakout groups to discuss a number of the proposals for the upcoming citywide convention. More info here.