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Building a New Electorate

Only 8% of NYC voters participated in the 2016 congressional primary.

With new voices, new ideas, and new energy, we can build a new electorate.

 

PLEDGE TO VOTE IN 2018

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Join our community.

Tell us what matters to you.

Register to vote on 6/26/18.

 

So what's our platform?

Great question. Here's where we stand on the big ones.

We're experts on quite a few policies, but also okay admitting what we don't yet know. Over time, we'll listen and learn from academics and organizers who already have brilliant plans in motion, and we'll share more juicy details with you.

Overall, we hope our values system and past leadership show we're fit to make responsible decisions to benefit everyone, especially marginalized communities.

 

CLIMATE : CHANGING

SCIENCE : REAL

IMMIGRANTS : WELCOME

FREE PRESS : CRITICAL

VOTING : DIGITAL

HEALTHCARE : A RIGHT

GENDER : A SPECTRUM

 

BLACK LIVES : MATTER

INNOVATION : VITAL

EMPATHY : ESSENTIAL

SMALL BUSINESS : OPPORTUNITY

EDUCATION: FOR ALL

MASS INCARCERATION: END IT

MARIJUANA : LEGALIZE IT

 

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Apathy isn't a failure of the people, it's a failure of our leadership.

 
 

Over the past year, our team has worked to bring fresh perspectives into politics to discover why people march, but don’t vote. And we found a dangerous blind spot — political campaigns start with the assumption that certain groups don't care enough to participate, organizing resources to focus only on  “likely” voters while ignoring the rest.

Throughout our campaign, our promise is to always challenge what's typical. To assume our neighbors are intelligent, curious and open. To inspire all communities, rather than a few. To deliver value in every interaction. To be transparent about our process, and to use digital tools ethically, as a means to build accessible on-ramps for civic engagement.

What does this all mean? Well, a few things. Throughout the course of our campaign, our team plans to stick by the following:

1.  Break things down in simple language, de-mystifying the process along the way.

2.  Build a community from the ground up and always deliver value to our supporters.

3.  Make this fun to be a part of — politics really shouldn't feel boring or stressful.

4.  Reach beyond direct mail and door-knocking to try more creative tactics.

5. Listen, invite feedback, elevate others, and most importantly — keep it positive!

We'll document everything along the way and constantly share our findings with other progressives around the country.

If we can build a new campaign playbook, we can build a new electorate to flip the House.

 

STATS FROM NY-12

8

YEARS SINCE LAST SERIOUS DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER

253

18-24yo VOTED IN LAST CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY

 

52,623

18-34yo VOTED IN LAST  PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

25-34

AGE GROUP WITH HIGHEST % TURNOUT IN NOV 2016

 

OUR POLITICS SHOULD BE AS INSPIRING AS OUR CITY.

 
A political system that caters only to the wealthy and well-connected, the people with vested interests, is one that is inherently unrepresentative of the hopes and dreams of New Yorkers. I love this city. My family moved here from India, and New York launched our American Dream
We’re home to some of the most aspirational and progressive people in the world and it’s time for our politics to be as inspiring as our city. We learned after the last election that we no longer have the luxury to let others lead for us. We need to fight to make our people’s lives better, to push for what’s possible, to elevate voices that have been ignored, and to finally give people a choice for who represents them.
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Suraj Patel

Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Activist, Ethics Lecturer @ NYU Stern.

First-Generation Immigrant, Founding Team Member of The Arena, Founder of Creative Caucus, Board Member at Atlas:DIY, Obama White House Advance Team.