Training an army of young women in NYC to take political action and resist the right-wing agenda.
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Money: That's What I Want
Thursday, November 27th
Get That Money.
Let’s be honest: asking friends and family for money to support progressive causes can be painfully awkward. But it’s also essential. Men often enter the political arena with more funds, more support, and more confidence than female candidates. If we want to get more progressive women in office, we need to help fix this resource imbalance.
At this #thebroadroom training, ladies learned how to make the hard ask, how to plan a fundraiser, and how to get that $$$ for the candidates and causes they care about.
Then we put those tools in action as we turn towards the next big hurdle: the 2018 elections.
We tested out our newly honed fundraising skills for Liuba Grechen Shirley, a 2018 Democratic candidate in New York fighting to unseat Republican Peter King. Check her out here: http://liubaforcongress.com/
About the trainers:
As Finance Director for Mayor de Blasio’s 2017 Mayoral re-election campaign, Elana Leopold raised over $10 million in the last year and a half, developed a citywide campaign finance plan, and organized hundreds of fundraisers through a developed network of donors. Leopold has also served as Senior Advisor in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in New York City, as Senior Aide to the Mayor, and as Compliance Director for the Mayor’s 2013 campaign. Leopold is also a co-founder of The Broad Room.
A New York native, Catherine Almonte has worked for the city she loves since graduating from Binghamton University. Most recently she served on Mayor Bill de Blasio's re-election campaign as Deputy Finance Director where she helped raise over $10 million, planned more than 100 fundraising events, and managed various projects including a TV ad shoot.
Previously, she tackled the puzzle of Deputy Director of Scheduling to the Mayor of New York City. Catherine has also served as Special Assistant to the Mayor, Event Coordinator for the Mayor's Office Special Projects and Community Events and Special Assistant to the Director of Appointments.
Catherine is a Dominican immigrant who now resides in Brooklyn. She is a cat lover and is passionate about dancing.
Dial for Virginia Dems
Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ Bulletin Broads
The Broad Room hosted a phone bank for two women running to help flip Virginia's House of Delegates blue. And we partnered with the amazing women at Bulletin Broads to phone bank in their store in Williamsburg *(perk: they provide free rosé)*. We had expert phone bank trainer, Alexis Confer (Chief of Staff to NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives), on hand to walk our dialers through every step.
Who did we dial for? Danica Roem is 32 years old — this is her first time running. And if she wins, she’ll be the first transgender member of the House of Delegates. Her opponent is Bob Marshall, 73, a 13-term incumbent who authored a “bathroom bill” during the last legislative session. Jennifer Carroll Foy is a public defender born and raised in Petersburg, VA. She was one of the first women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, and she's running in a district a Republican won in 2015 by just 100 votes.
Vote Pro Choice Phone Bank
Tuesday August 15, 2017 in Clinton Hill
In August, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (our party overlords) chose big tent politics at the expense of women - informing their base that reproductive rights would not be a litmus test for party endorsements.
The Broad Room is not about that. So on August 15th, we hosted a phone bank with #voteprochoice — an organization supporting proactive prochoice candidates across the country. Because reproductive care is not a litmus test. It's a fundamental right.
Membership Happy Hour
Tuesday August 2, 2017 @ Hotel Chantelle
There's no better way to spend a Tuesday night than in a room surrounded by fly progressive NYC women - and over 100 of you came together for our very first Membership Happy Hour. We talked about how you can become a member (it’s free!), our upcoming trainings (they're also free), and met incredible fellow activists.
Special thanks to our speakers Alencia Johnson, Director of Constituency Communications for Planned Parenthood, and Bailey Usdin, a superstar Broad Room member.
Flip the 6th: Phone Bank
Tuesday March 30, 2017 @ Hullabaloo Books
In March, we hosted a #Flipthe6th phone bank for Jon Ossoff. Democrats need to win back Congress in 2018—and the House is our best bet. One of the first congressional elections of the Trump era was Georgia's 6th - where Jon Ossoff was running in a special election for the seat left vacant by Trump's Health Secretary Tom Price.
Sadly Ossoff lost this battle - but we're not done yet!
Thanks a million to our phone banking guru/trainer Regina Schwartz, Director of NYC's Public Engagement Unit!
The Broad Room Launch
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 @ The Delancy
The Broad Room Launch was a huge success, thanks to the hundreds of women (and men) who stopped by The Delancey to hear more about the organization and meet other Broad Room members. Thanks to all our Broad Room members who joined the event, donated, and supported our growing organization.
Special shout out to our speakers Nelini Stamp and Julia Stroud.