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.

Events: Gathering for Healing

With weeks predicting a strong lead for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s win came as a shock for many.

Especially here in liberal New York, walking through the streets today felt like a solemn funeral, with many people still railing with the results.

If you feel you need to share your feelings and get help lifting your spirits, there is a multi faith gathering in Washington Square Park at 3pm today.

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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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SNL Breaks Character to Urge Viewers To Vote

Only two more days and – for better or worse – this election will be over.

(And don’t you dare bring up Gore vs. Bush now, I can’t stand the idea of going through a couple more weeks of all this.)

And in an unprecedented sign of how serious things have become, Saturday Night Live broke character yesterday evening to urge viewers to go and vote. And make the right choice.

 

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.

Event: Hillary Bday Texting Party

Hillary Clinton’s birthday is on Wednesday and her campaign came up with a fun way to celebrate it – a texting party.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30
The Jane Hotel
113 Jane St New York, New York 10014

“What’s the best present Hillary’s home state can give her for her birthday? Thousands of voter contacts into battleground states! 

While the birthday girl will be campaigning in battleground states, you can join Kathy Najimy, DR Natasha Diggs and fellow Hillary supporters as we celebrate and forge a path to victory!”

RSVP here
Free admission with RSVP and a cash bar. Please invite your friends!

 

Live-Tweeting Round 3

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

 

Live-Tweeting the Debate – Round 2

It’s 30 days until election day – or as other countries call it, maybe it’s time to start campaigning.

It’s also round two of the presidential debates – this time as a town hall-style event in St. Louis. Follow Lady Liberty Votes as I live-tweet the debate.

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.