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Young Democrats in the News: Tirade about town’s marijuana policy goes viral on TikTok

The Albany Times Union reports on video of Orange County Young Democrats President Zachary Constantine speaking at a Goshen Town Board meeting about their plans to ban the sale of cannabis going viral on TikTok.

@zacharyconstantine

Local board meetings in Upstate NY are fun. You should go sometime. ##NY ##NewYork ##legalizeit ##speakup ##government ##politics

♬ original sound – Zak

Young Democrats in the News: NYSYD President Jovan Richards on MetroFocus

Check out NYSYD President Jovan Richards on PBS’s MetroFocus discussing local politics with The City‘s Alyssa Katz and former NYC Board of Elections President JC Polanco.

NYSYD’s Statement on AG’s Investigation

Five months ago, we believed the survivors and trusted that the Attorney General’s investigation would substantiate the allegations that had been made. Yesterday’s report from Attorney General James brought the survivors one step closer to justice by validating their claims that Governor Cuomo engaged in a pattern of unacceptable behavior and sexual harassment. Today, we, the New York State Young Democrats, again, call on Governor Cuomo to promptly resign. If Governor Cuomo does not resign, we urge the New York State Legislature to expeditiously remove him through the impeachment process.

Far too often, survivors do not have an investigation and comprehensive report published by the Attorney General to validate their claims. Furthermore, many of the protections that are afforded to those in most workplaces are diminished, or non-existent, for staffers in all three branches of the state government. In this case, we have an opportunity to enact a level of swift justice by removing the perpetrator from power.

We continue to call upon the legislature to revise practices and enact legislation that will provide a safe environment for survivors to come forward — and find justice when they do. We have full confidence in the Democratic supermajorities to pass swift and comprehensive legislation that centers on protecting victims of sexual harassment and violence. Now is the time to make the workplace safer for all.

To all survivors of sexual harassment or assault in any instance: We hear you and support you wherever you are, as this is not limited to the workplace or legislative halls. We remain an organization committed to working with you to dismantle the systems that sustain environments where these actions are welcome.

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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
For survivors, employers, employees, organizations looking to eliminate sexual violence in the workplace.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
Survivor Hotline: 800.656.HOPE(4673)

YWCA of New York
For Victims and Survivors of sexual violence who are in need of housing and counseling

1in6
For men who are survivors of sexual abuse or harassment

NYSCADV (New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

NYS Young Democrats Stand with the AAPI Community #StopAsianHate

The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members and community against anti-AAPI hate crimes. While these incidents are not exclusive to the pandemic, violent attacks on individuals, especially Asian elders, vandalism of businesses, racial epithets shouted by strangers, and more have plagued the lives of AAPI individuals throughout the country over the last year. Since the beginning of COVID, there has been a 1900% increase in hate crimes against AAPI throughout the country. The latest of which ended the lives of 8 people, 6 of whom were women, in Atlanta, GA just yesterday.

This xenophobic behavior is a remnant of our country’s racist history and a trait of the worst of our society. It must be stopped. We call on everyone to do their part in protecting our AAPI members, neighbors, friends, & family using the intervention links below. We can #StopAsianHate together.

In addition to the physical effects of these hate crimes, we acknowledge this additionally takes a toll on one’s mental health whether they were a victim or not. To anyone who has been directly or indirectly affected by AAPI Hate Crimes, we encourage you to speak up and speak out about your experience. You are not alone and there are many avenues of support available to you, some of which have been linked below. NYSYD stands with you against this hate and with our AAPI community.

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STOP AAPI HATE – A research center dedicated to documenting anti-Asian hate incidents, providing resources for victims, & advocating for policies to reinforce human and civil rights protections

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Hate Crime Resources – Legal resources, advocacy groups, statistics, toolkits, trainings, & more courtesy of the NAPABA

Asian Mental Health Collective Therapist Directory – List of Asian Mental Health Professionals in New York State

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training – Bystander Intervention Training session in conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing for Justice (AAJC)

NAPAWF NYC – COVID Racist Harassment Coping Guide – A guide to caring for oneself before, during, and after an incident of harassment developed by the NYC chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Detox Local – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Young Democrats in the News: Calling on Gov. Cuomo to Resign

Check out some of the recent coverage NYSYD has recieved after calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.

NYS Young Democrats Stands with Survivors Calls on Cuomo to Resign

We acknowledge the courage of everyone brave enough to speak their truth in regards to their experiences with Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) firmly stand with all survivors of sexual harassment or assault. We understand that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). We take these allegations seriously and we support Attorney General Letitia James’ independent investigation into these matters.

We believe the survivors and trust that the AG’s investigation will substantiate the claims that have been made. Because of this, and in light of this demonstrated pattern of behavior, we call on the governor to resign immediately.

These particular incidents reiterate the need to reform the structures and systems through which the legislature and executive address issues of sexual harassment and assault. Alongside the need for investigating these particular incidents, we call upon the legislature and executive chamber to revise practices so that staff and survivors not only feel they can come forward, but that they will find justice when they do.

To all survivors of sexual harassment or assault in any instance: We hear you and support you wherever you are, as this is not limited to the workplace or legislative halls. We remain an organization committed to working with you to dismantle the systems that sustain environments where these actions are welcome.

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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
For survivors, employers, employees, organizations looking to eliminate sexual violence in the workplace.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
Survivor Hotline: 800.656.HOPE(4673)

YWCA of New York
For Victims and Survivors of sexual violence who are in need of housing and counseling

1in6
For men who are survivors of sexual abuse or harassment

NYSCADV (New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Resignations & Impeachment

Representatives Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) to resign for their complicity in Wednesday’s deadly insurrection on the US Capitol.

Representatives Lee Zeldin, Nicole Malliotakis, Elise Stefanik, and Chris Jacobs have violated their oath to the American people and have shamed and disgraced their home districts and New Yorkers as a whole. With their lawless acts to delegitimize our electoral process, attempting to undermine our democratic institutions, and public-facing objections to a duly elected President – and Vice President-Elect, we have seen firsthand how their actions and words have serious and deadly consequences. What happened on Wednesday was an absolutely disgrace and this all falls on the shoulders of any and all republicans who have aided Donald Trump’s actions over the past four years!

These Elected Officials do not represent New York and they do not deserve to hold any form of elected office. Join Chairman Jay Jacobs and me in signing this petition demanding their resignation.

Sign the Petition

Today, we have learned that the Republicans will choose not to act (shocking, right?) and that Congressional Democrats will once again have to step in and help save our great country. We applaud any and all congressional representatives (including Rep. Jones, Rep. Bowman, and Rep. AOC), who have drafted articles of impeachment for Donald Trump and expulsion for any of their colleagues who chose to be complacent with Trump’s actions.

The New York State Young Democrats will choose to not sit idly by while our country is under siege by the radical right under the direction of a failed President. We will continue to flood the NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, and the Congressional chambers with young, dedicated, patriotic, and righteous democrats, who will serve and protect the constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

NYSYD Calls on Schmitt to Resign

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt’s decision to support the demonstrations that took place in Washington, DC by seeing off a group of participants was a severe betrayal of his oath of office, the oath he swore as a United States service member, and the values that unite us as New Yorkers.

Anyone who has witnessed the last four years of Donald Trump spreading outright lies and allowing the poison of white supremacy to spread knew that there was a real danger that the demonstrations would end in needless violence. When Donald Trump ordered the Proud Boys to, “Stand back, and stand by,” on national television, they knew what the second part of that statement meant.

What happened today was domestic terrorism that featured law enforcement discovering multiple explosive devices, gallows, and the proud display of hate symbols in the beating heart of the world’s oldest continuous democracy. Media reports and security officials have raised the specter of violence for months. There very well could have been a more unnecessary tragedy that day in the capital. Assemblyman Schmitt has his own legislative staff, did he not think of the safety of those working in the capital who were just trying to do their jobs that day? Did he not think of the safety of law enforcement?

Furthermore, Assemblyman Schmitt’s decision to give a maskless address to a group of these individuals traveling out of state to a heavily working-class and Black city during an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases is deeply insulting to Washington workers who have suffered greatly during the pandemic.

We demand that Assemblyman Schmitt resigns from his seat in the New York State Assembly, and apologize to the voters of his district.

Merry Christmas from your friends at the New York State Young Democrats

Merry Christmas from NYSYD

We don’t need to tell you how hard this year has been. We have spent months under lockdown, we have seen racial strife, and we have seen despots try to overturn the will of the people. Yet, we have made it to the other side.

The holidays are usually a time when we take inventory of the good things in our lives and the things that stay permanent: friends and family. While this holiday may be a bit different in that we can’t gather around a tree to see what Santa brought or, later, a large group at a dinner table, we can take solace in that, even while apart, we still have each other.

Our dinner table conversations may be done over Zoom (which, by the way, is free for the next few days) but it comes with some benefits. Instead of having to listen to our crazy uncle spout conspiracy theories that he heard on OANN, we can mute them. Instead of having to sit and endure questions about when we’re going to settle down, we can say “we’re having a bad connection,” turn off our video, and move into the next room for a few minutes.

No matter how you celebrate today, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

Merry Christmas from the New York State Young Democrats!