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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Events: Election Night Watch Parties

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This election is too crazy and scary to watch alone. So take your friends, find a bar and get through this together. Here is your Lady Liberty Votes Guide for New York Watch Parties.


Election Night Screening of ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and Results Party

Watch “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” as you prepare for the results to come in. The screening will be followed by a reception and a results viewing party.

Tuesday, November 8, 7:30  pm
French Institute Alliance Française
Florence Gould Hall
55 E. 59th St., Upper East Side

$14. Buy here.


Election Night — a Brazen Political Party!

The NYC Political Forum is hosting their non-partisan discussion and watch party. Before the first results come in, they are doing an “Open Mic,” where every member gets two minutes to rant freely on politics.

Tuesday, November 8, 7 – 11:30 pm
The Brazen Tavern
356 W 44th Street

Free. RSVP here. 


East Village for Hillary Watch Party 

Tuesday, November 8, 6:45 – 12 am
Mary O’s, 32 Avenue A, East Village

Free with a two-drink minimum. RSVP here.


WIN.NYC Election Night Pantsuit Party

In support of the country’s first potential female president, WIN.NYC is asking guests to don their most stylish pantsuit for this watch party. Proceeds from the event will be used to fight against female homelessness.

Tuesday, November 8, 8-12 am
Distilled Bar, 211 W. Broadway, TriBeCa

$35 – $50, three drinks included. RSVP here


Election Night Singles Party 

With all the craze going on during election night, why not make it even more extreme and meet the love of your life?

The Meetup group “NYC Social” is hosting a single parties. Their motto: “Do I have to be affiliated with a political party? No, you just to be affiliated with partying!”

Tuesday, November 8, 6-11 pm
Carragher’s Bar
228 West 39th St, New York,

$15-25, including two drinks. RSVP here.
Singles ages 21-45


Political Party with Keli Goff: Election Night Party

Journalist and screenwriter Keli Goff  is hosting a results party filled with with cocktails, trivia and politically-inspired bingo.

The event includes comedy by Khalid Rahmaan, election updates from the WNYC newsroom and games and intrigue from our resident hype man WNYC producer Sean Rameswaram, plus DJ spinning all night long by Studio 360’s Louis Mitchell.

Tuesday, November 8, 7 pm
The Greene Space
44 Charlton St., Hudson Square

$20, including one drink. RSVP here.


We’re All Screwed Party

Come celebrate the fact that we are all very much screwed at this local watering hole with a big screen. No cover.

Tuesday, November 8, all night
The Saint Catherine
660 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights

Free. Info here.


The Gist and Trumpcast Election Night Extravaganza

Slate’s political journalists Jacob Weisberg and Mike Pesca will be hosting a live podcast as election results roll in. Party with your favorite podcasters, and as the evening progresses, Mike and Jacob will discuss up-to-the-minute results with an all-star lineup of influential thinkers, writers, and comedians.

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 pm – 12 am

The Bell House
149 7th St., Gowanus
When: 6:30 p.m.

$20,  one drink included. Buy here.


See a list of more events here and here.

And if you rather be with your friends at home, you might consider watching the election via the NYU Election Show (that I produce) instead of CNN.

 

Event: Free Screening: ‘I Voted?’ + Q&A with Katie Couric

Does your vote count? Or is Donald Trump right and the election will be rigged?

The answer is both surprising & disturbing. Learn how America’s voting works in this non-partisan documentary. After the screening, there will be a Q+A with Executive Producer, Katie Couric.

Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:30 pm

 

The Lounge at WeWork SoHo
173 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013

Free, but RSVP needed

 

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.

 

View story at Medium.com

Live-Tweeting Round 3

Let the games begin. Follow Lady Liberty Votes as I live-tweet the last and final debate.

 

Events: Last and Final Round of Debate Watch Parties

With 20 days to go until America votes, it’s time for the third and final presidential debate between Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and – to go with SNL – probable president, Hillary Clinton.

If watching by yourself feels too scary, here is a list of places to watch it in a larger group in New York.


NYC Political Forum Debate Watch Party

“We have arrived at Act Three — the final debate with less than three weeks left to go before the Elections.  With the hopes of a viable Third Party challenge fading quickly, this bitterly-fought contest enters into its final leg between the two most unfavorable candidates in the recent polling history.”

“Meanwhile, the polls have drifted further apart, as the once-dead heat race has now turned into a possible electoral landslide for Team Clinton.”

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:00 pm
The Black Sheep
583 3rd Ave

RSVP on Medium



screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-38-48-pmTheater in Asylum Debate Watch Party

After their big success doing the Democratic primaries, Theater in Asylum is now creating theatrical adaptations of the general election match-ups.

To beginn, they are watching each debate to analyze its content. Later on, they will devise an original piece around it, and present it live.

“With mimicry, abstraction, and earnest curiosity, we seek to illuminate the candidates, their policies, and their characters.”

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9:00 pm
12th Street Ale House
192 2nd Ave, NYC

RSVP on Facebook


 14656360_10153817105780988_1411502723529858205_nPussy Power at Trump Tower

If you want to get some energy out of your system BEFORE watching the debate, join a “Pussy Power” protest outside of Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives.

“Let’s protest the pussy-grabber at his place of residence right before the next presidential debate. Bring t-shirts, posters, and all your friends.”

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30 pm
Trump Tower
725 5th Avenue

RSVP on Facebook

Pantsuit Power for Hillary

I can’t believe I missed this #PantsuitPower flashmob last week, but luckily there is video of it.

Over 170 dancers – all dressed in Hillary’s signature pantsuits – met at Union Square, New York’s prime spot for political action, and just danced, danced, danced.

 

“I wanted to bring some kind of humanity to her campaign, because I think humanity and love and humor tend to get lost when we’re in the heat of all of this,” the organizer, Celia Rowlson-Hall, told the Washington Post.

Is Trump Building a New White House?

Like I mentioned, I am interning in Washington right now, and while I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue the other day, I came across this:

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1600 Pennsylvania Ave might be the most famous address in the country. Home to the White House, it has endured a long history of presidents and first families, all the way to the Obamas.

Following this year’s elections the famous building will either – for the first time ever- see an old inhabitant again (Clinton) or welcome real estate mogul Donald Trump.

For Trump the building itself might be a disappointment, after all his current domicile is made of gold and marble and modeled after Versailles.

Maybe that’s why Trump is busy building a new castle-like hotel that is set to open this year – albeit on 1100 Pennsylvania Ave and not on 1600. Who knows maybe he wants to replace the White House and establish a new presidential home? I wouldn’t be the first controversial idea he has ever had.

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