How to Talk Politics

I haven’t blogged much since the election (it is after all, an election blog), but with the inauguration mere hours away, I thought it’s time again.

I am in Washingthton, D.C, to report on the Women’s March on Saturday, and on my way here I witnessed a inspirational example of how you should talk to someone who doesn’t share your political opinion.

A single woman had a ticket to the inauguration, the rest was coming from NYC for the march. It’s was pretty clear that most of the people on the bus were pro-Hillary, when the Trump supporter got asked what she is in the city for. She answered: “I am from the other side as you guys.”

And then the woman across from her said, “No, I don’t think so. There are no fences.” It completely took the Trump supporter by surprise, and meant she could then have an actual conversation with the people on the bus instead of getting defensive or aggressive.

Kudos to the woman on the bus to D.C.

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Politically (Un)Correct Shopping @ Fishs Eddy

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Fishs Eddy has always been political, with their Hamilton shot glasses and Notorious RBG cups. This hasn’t changed post-election, and at their Broadway store, they aren’t even trying to hide what they think of the new president-elect.

All Trump merchandise is 30% off and proceeds from the “I am Huuuge” espresso cups are partly donated to Planned Parenthood.

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They also have an idea what you should do with their Trump blocks: burn them.

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Subtle.

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Meanwhile, they dedicated a wall with personal notes to HRC.

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Union Square Subway Therapy

Be kind to one another. Love Trumps Hate. It’s going to be ok. You are not alone. Love. Love. Love.

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Almost 80% of people in Brooklyn voted for Clinton. In Manhattan and the Bronx it’s closer to 90%.

Given these numbers it’s understandably that the win by Donald Trump came as a big and profound shock for the majority of New Yorkers.

On Wednesday, an artist started handing out post it to reeling New Yorkers in the Union Square subway station. The mission: write down your feelings and heal. Subway Therapy.

“Subway Therapy is about making people smile, laugh, and feel less stress,” the creator of the project, Matthew “Levee” Chavez, wrote on his website.

By now, the post-it wall spans several tunnels and is a beautiful and powerful statement of New Yorkers coming together. Take a look.

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

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Thousands of protestors marched down Fifth Avenue today, marking it the fourth day of continuous anti-Trump protests in New York.

Across the boroughs, New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for Clinton (almost 80% in Brooklyn,  close to 90% on Manhattan and Bronx).

Given these numbers it’s understandably that Trump’s surprising success left many New Yorkers looking for ways to show their anger. Or just a place to meet likeminded people.

“This makes me so happy,” said one woman in her twenties looking around the march. All around, there was a tremendous amount of positive energy, and the march didn’t only serve as an expression of free speech and political will, it also was like a big therapy session.

It was the first time many New Yorkers felt okay again all week.

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The peaceful protest was a wild mix of ages, genders and races, and so where the causes they were promoting in their signs and chants.

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My body, my choice. Her body, her choice.

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I object the president elect.

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Love trumps hate. 

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No hate. No fear. 

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This is what democracy looks like.

Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump go away.

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We are the popular vote.

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Climate change is real. Protect the EPA. 

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Black lives matter.

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Anti-Trump Demonstrations Continue in New York

Slowly, but surely New York is waking up from it’s collective moment of shock and mourning.

In the meantime, many New Yorkers are tacking actions and protesting Trump and the values he stands for.  And even though Trump doesn’t seem to agree, peaceful demonstrations and marches are a powerful tool of democracy. So keep them coming!

Today – Saturday – two demonstrations are leaving Union Square to march to Trump Tower. One at noon, one at 9pm.

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Meet you at Union Sq. at 12pm and march to Trump Tower (725 5th Ave) at 2pm.

Divided is the reason we just fell. We must unite despite our differences to stop HATE from ruling the land.

This is a peaceful protest. Violence/vandalism will not be tolerated


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Exercise your right to free speech and PEACEFUL protest at Union Square Park this Saturday starting at 9pm! At 10 pm we will head to Trump Tower to join other protesters.

There is another protest earlier in the day, this is an opportunity for those who cannot make it to join in the fight. 
This is not about hate and anger- lets use our anger and frustration to show that our right to protest can make a difference when we do it the right way. No matter your reason for fighting back, make it there and make it known. 


 

New Yorkers Can Swap Votes to Prevent Trump

Tuesday is the day the universe hopefully doesn’t come to an end (fingers crossed).

Since New York is a Democratic stronghold, you might think your vote won’t count in the long run. That’s what TrumpTraders.org is for.

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The idea is simple – third party voters who want to support their candidates, but also avoid Trump, swap it with a Clinton voter in a safe state.

So if you are a New Yorker Clinton supporter you might vote Green Party for someone in Florida or Ohio – so that that person votes Clinton in a swing state.

Just sign up here and ship your vote to a place, where it counts.

 

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Watch: America Votes – NYU Reports

Five days to go, so maybe it’s time to start planning, where you are going to watch.  Looking for an alternative to CNN? How about NYU?

I am the executive producer of NYU’s election coverage, so if you watch us, it’s basically like watching a Lady Liberty Votes election show.

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New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is reporting the 2016 US presidential election through a live broadcast airing on Election Night!

It’s Trump vs. Clinton in an epic showdown — and we are right there to cover it minute by minute for you!

From 8:00-10:00PM (EST) NYU Journalism student reporters will monitor election results as they come in, speak to anchors located outside the Clinton and Trump victory parties, interview guests on air and follow the Senate and House races. Join us as we relive the 2016 presidential race, discussing a variety of topics including millennial voters, the use of social media, the Muslim vote, and the importance of political education.

Watch: The Election Show will be live streaming here beginning at 8:00PM (EST).

You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NYUElection

Spotted: Halloween-Clad Phone Bankers

In honor of Halloween, these volunteers dressed up as super women during their phone banking shift in the Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn.

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© Curtesy of Betsy Steinman

They are part of “Moms Demand Action,” a group fighting for better gun control.

The cat woman on the right is Betsy Steinman, a longtime volunteered whom I profiled here.

Meet the Libertarian Senate Candidate for New York

With two weeks to go, this might come as a shock to some of you – but the Trump-Clinton showdown is actually not the only New York election happening on November 8.

There is also a Senate seat in play. To be fair, Chuck Schemer seems to be safe (and might even secure the post of Speaker, if the Democrats take back the Senate), but there are still people challenging him.

Alex Merced, for example, a 30 year old Libertarian who has big plans for the future. First and foremost, he wants to be famous.

Read all about him in this Lady Liberty Votes feature published on Medium.

 

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