Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, or HKDems for short, was formed on Saturday, January 14, 2017. After the 2016 elections, neighborhood residents felt a new and urgent need for engagement in local and national politics. The neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen lacked an active Democratic Club for many years, and many felt the need to follow this advice: “When they go low, we go local.”
Inaugural Club Meeting: Saturday, January 14, 2017
In some of its first actions the Club marched against the most shocking and damaging actions of the Trump Administration; sent volunteers to campaign with Stephanie Hanson’s successful race for State Senate in Delaware, maintaining the balance of power in that state; and worked with local businesses and employees to give out basic multilingual advice on the best course of action in the event of ICE raids.
First Club Outreach: Saturday, May 20, 2017
9th Ave. International Food Festival
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In recent months, HKDems ratified a new constitution, held a new election for club leadership, phone-banked to support other important Democratic races around the country, like Jon Ossoff, and campaigned for new district leaders and against New York’s Independent Democratic Conference.
We also held fundraising parties for candidates we supported, distributed Safe Space posters to local businesses, petitioned for and helped to fill needed spots for County Committee, held public forums with local elected officials, including Congressman Nadler, who talked about the Washington political scene and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried who talked about his Single Payer Health bill, and we held a panel discussion with city officials and advocates on homelessness in the neighborhood.
HKDems also did a relief collection for Puerto Rico, got absentee ballots to elderly and disabled voters, registered neighbors to vote, and sponsored a voter registration pub crawl!
The Club continues to grow rapidly, welcoming new members at every event. We are proud to receive the support of Congressman Jerry Nadler, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York Attorney General Tish James, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Speaker Corey Johnson.