MONDAY, DEC. 3, 1-3 PM. THE MIDTERM ELECTiONS: A POST MORTEM.
The House of Representative flipped. So did the NY State Senate as well as a number of governors and state houses. Republicans increased their majority in the U.S, Senate. There were notable progressive victories and defeats. By gender, race and ethnicity, the face of the U.S. House and state legislatures became more diverse. Health care, immigration and voter suppression were big issues in a polarized and at times racially charged election. By a two to one margin, a Florida referendum restored voting rights to ex-felons. In a mid-term election full of contradiction and possibilities, what does it all mean?
We’ve asked three young activists and astute observers of the changing political landscape to (1) do a post-mortem and (2) look to the future. Two are CUNY political scientists and members of the PSC Legislation Committee. Susan Kang teaches at John Jay, is a co-founder of No IDC New York and helped spearhead the NYS electoral work of Democratic Socialists of America. Geoff Kurtz is chapter chair of the PSC at BMCC and has written widely on liberalism, social democracy and the politics of protest. Susan and Geoff will be joined by Ava Benezra, the Working Families Party’s campaign manager for Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams in the September primary.
Discussion will follow. As usual, light refreshments will be provided. PSC Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor, 1-3 PM