Ever since November 8th, many of us have gone through a series of difficult emotions while grappling with the election of Donald Trump. It's been a tough few months, but it has also led to a renewed spirit of activism and involvement among so many people all over the country. We have seen this right here in Hudson County, with dozens of people attending our Political Action Meetups to plan for how we can fight to protect human rights and freedoms threatened by the Trump Administration.
We need you to join us as we stand with Young Democrats from around the country at Inauguration Weekend Rallies to continue this fight. There are hundreds of protest events happening all over the country and here are some are great opportunities to take action:
Women's March on Washington, Saturday 10am
Jersey City People's Inauguration: Defend Our Communities, Friday 2pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1206709969365168/
Women's March on NYC, Saturday 10:45am
Women's March on Trenton, Saturday 10am
Women's March on Asbury Park, Saturday 12 Noon
Many of you were with us recently to see HCYD President Brian Platt and Katie Brennan square off in a debate against the Hudson County Young Republicans at Willie McBride's in Hoboken. It was a very fun event, a stimulating exchange of ideas and an opportunity to spread the Democratic Party message. Most importantly, all proceeds benefited True Mentors, a local non-profit we are proud to partner with.
The Hudson County Young Democrats (HCYD) have successfully registered over 1,000 new voters throughout Hudson County and northern New Jersey in 2016 so far. HCYD’s Voter Registration Team of volunteers spent countless hours canvassing high-traffic areas in Hudson County seeking to find those that needed to register to vote, regardless of place of residence, party affiliation, or candidate preference. The end result is a significant increase in registered voters in the area in time for the November 8th General Election.Read more
The Hudson County Young Democrats held its first ever Happy Hour event last night in Jersey City, with over 100 new members in attendance as well as supporters from as far away as Essex, Bergen and Morris counties. The event was also attended by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jersey City Councilman Daniel Rivera, West New York Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo, North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco, Hoboken Councilman-elect Mike DeFusco, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Roxbury Councilman-elect Daniel Kline, Fulop Chief of Staff Mark Albiez, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise Deputy Chief of Staff Craig Guy, Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Direcor John Minella, Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman Aide Jen Watterman, Essex County Young Democrats President Rashawn Davis and many staffers, operatives and young professionals from throughout Hudson County.
"This incredibly successful first event demonstrates the strong desire among young people in Hudson County for an organization to help them get involved in improving our communities," said HCYD President Brian Platt. "We haven't even fully established the group, but momentum is already building quickly." Platt further added "I would like to thank the outstanding elected officials who spoke at our event as well as the members of HCYD and the Executive Board for their hard work in making this happen. This is an exciting time in Hudson County and we look forward to fulfilling our mission of inspiring civic activism and expanding youth participation in government and politics."
HCYD officially launched last month and held its first General Meeting earlier this week, where the Executive Board and attending members discussed future actions the group will take such as voter registration drives, community service projects and more. The organization is believed to be the first active Young Democrats group in the county since the 1980s.
Hudson County Young Democrats Chapter Officially Launches with Support of Chairman Prieto, Hudson Democratic Leaders
The Hudson County Young Democrats are officially launching as a local chapter of the national Young Democrats of America with the support and guidance of Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Democratic leaders from throughout the county. The chapter has launched a new website and Facebook page and will be hosting its first General Meeting on December 7th and its first Meet and Greet Happy Hour on December 9th. More events designed to increase political participation and community engagement among Hudson County residents under 36 years old will be announced in the future.
"As Chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization one of my goals is to bring more residents into the political process and I am excited to see a local chapter of the Young Democrats forming to aid in that mission," said Speaker Prieto. "With tremendously important elections for President, Congress, State Legislature and Governor on the horizon it will be essential to get young people engaged and excited about our candidates and this organization will surely be an important help in that regard."
HCYD will be governed by an Executive Committee led by Brian Platt, Director of the Jersey City Office of Innovation, who will serve as President. Michael Makarski, a Senior Director of Public Affairs at MWWPR, will serve as Vice-President. North Bergen Board of Education Trustee Luis Rabelo will serve as Treasurer. Hannah Peterson, a Research Assistant in the Office of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, is serving as Secretary. Campaign Finance Consultant Koren Frankfort will be the organization's Membership and Outreach Director. Chief of Staff to Hudson County Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano Marelyn Rivera will serve as Events and Activities Director. Vision Media Vice-President Philip Swibinski will serve as the group's Communications Director.
"Our mission is to encourage civic activism and inspire greater participation and involvement in the political process here in Hudson County," said Platt. "We are excited to get started and on behalf of the organization I would like to thank Chairman Prieto, Mayor Steve Fulop and all the Democratic leaders in Hudson who will be helping to make this a success."
Membership in HCYD will be open to any residents of Hudson County who are registered Democrats under 36 years of age. The organization is governed according to bylaws that were ratified by its founding members. Elections for Executive Committee positions will be held each December starting in 2016 and voting will be open to any HCYD member in good standing. The organization plans to maintain a close relationship with nearby chapters as well as state and national YDA.
"This has been an incredibly exciting year for the New Jersey Young Democrats. Young Democrats sought office and won. From local council races, to Freeholder and Assembly races, YD's stepped up to the plate and proved we are a force to be reckoned with," said New Jersey Young Democrats President Marshall Spevak. "It is particularly exciting to now have a new chapter of our organization forming in one of the most important Democratic counties in New Jersey in the Hudson County Young Democrats. I am very excited to work closely with the HCYD team and help them become another successful part of our state organization."