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Troubling trend? Upticks in COVID-19 portend cautious revival? Brooklyn suffered more daily cases reported pre-holiday.
07/06/2021
NY sees signs of COVID-19 upticks after weeks of decreases

Troubling trend? Upticks in COVID-19 portend cautious revival?
Brooklyn suffered more daily cases reported pre-holiday.

New York is seeing signs that more people are testing positive for the coronavirus, a contrast from weeks of declining rates of new positive tests. An average of 365 people tested positive each day over the seven day period ending Thursday, according to state data. That’s up 17% from 312 as of a w...

First wave of new subway cars meant to speed up boarding arrive in Brooklyn.
07/02/2021
New high-tech subway cars arrive in Brooklyn

First wave of new subway cars meant to speed up boarding arrive in Brooklyn.

The first five subway cars in the new R211 fleet were unveiled on Thursday at the rail interchange and freight yard at 39th Street and First Avenue on the Brooklyn waterfront. These new cars, manufactured by Kawasaki, are part of an initiative to expand the use of CBTC (communication-based train con...

NYC elected officials join to urge Mayor de Blasio to reopen all New York City senior centers.
07/01/2021
Senior centers reopen slowly after brutal year

NYC elected officials join to urge Mayor de Blasio to reopen all New York City senior centers.

Several Brooklyn elected officials have come together to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to reopen all New York City senior centers funded under contract with the New York City Department for the Aging. De Blasio said last month that the centers, which are often operated by local nonprofit organizations,....

New policies will help transgender people obtain appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria.
06/30/2021
NYS Office of Mental Health and Department of Financial Services Announce NY Insurance Carriers Complying with State Requirements to Provide Coverage for All Gender-Affirming Treatments

New policies will help transgender people obtain appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria.

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Department of Financial Services (DFS) today announced that insurance carriers in New York are complying with new State requirements to provide coverage for all gender-affirming treatments for gender dysphoria. Previously, many of these plans excluded some o...

Out of approximately 10,000 individuals, 22 finalists have been announced for the ‘David Prize,’ for extraordinary indiv...
06/29/2021
Walentas Family Foundation’s `David Prize’ announces finalists for $1M prize

Out of approximately 10,000 individuals, 22 finalists have been announced for the ‘David Prize,’ for extraordinary individuals making NY a better and brighter place.

This week, The David Prize, named in honor of Brooklyn developer and philanthropist David Walentas and sponsored by the Walentas Family Foundation, has announced 22 finalists for the annual $1 million prize for extraordinary individuals who are making New York a better and brighter place, announced....

Global competition launched to create Governors Island climate research center. 7,000 new jobs, and billion dollar boost...
06/29/2021
Universities, research institutions invited to compete to create climate center on Governors Island

Global competition launched to create Governors Island climate research center. 7,000 new jobs, and billion dollar boost to NYC economy projected.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and The Trust for Governors Island on Monday launched a global competition to create a climate-focused research and educational hub on Governors Island. The competition invites universities and research institutions to establish an anchor institution for a Climate Solutions Cent...

First major activity in Borough-Based Jails Program brings Brooklyn Detention Center one step closer to 295 foot jail re...
06/28/2021
$8.3 billion spend begins, creating more local jails

First major activity in Borough-Based Jails Program brings Brooklyn Detention Center one step closer to 295 foot jail rebuild.

In a move that is sure to have ramifications on Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced the beginning of construction on a parking garage and community space alongside a new jail in Kew Gardens, Queens. The construction marks the first major activity in the Bor...

Save the Garden: Sunlight war not over for Brooklyn Botanic Garden despite one win.
06/26/2021
Benepe: One skirmish won, but battle to save Brooklyn Botanic Garden not over

Save the Garden: Sunlight war not over for Brooklyn Botanic Garden despite one win.

The war to save the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from shadows falling from 400-foot tall luxury condominiums is not over, BBG President Adrian Benepe told the Brooklyn Eagle. Even though Community Board 9 on Wednesday totally rejected the rezoning proposal, “This was just one skirmish in the long and d...

Bklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has new board talent with collectively ‘more than a century,’ of experience and connection...
06/25/2021
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces new board members

Bklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has new board talent with collectively ‘more than a century,’ of experience and connections.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced the election of Che Chisholm, Alex Stanton, and Antonia Yuille to the organization’s Board of Directors. The election took place at the Conservancy’s June 23 Board Meeting. “It is an exciting moment with the start of summer, the easing of COVI...

Music makes ‘mingle,’ as shoppers & strollers were literally ‘dancing in the streets’ down Montague Street on Monday.
06/24/2021
Montague BID, BHA bring music, joy to Brooklyn Heights

Music makes ‘mingle,’ as shoppers & strollers were literally ‘dancing in the streets’ down Montague Street on Monday.

After a long year of COVID lockdowns, merry melodies had shoppers and strollers literally dancing on Montague Street on Monday — as well as parading to the beat of free-wheeling bands across nearby neighborhoods. Concerts of classical, jazz and rock music enlivened Montague’s “Bankers Row,” ...

The war on rats in NYC continues:
06/23/2021
Rats Overrun Plaza at Brooklyn Subway Stop That Mayor Promised to Help

The war on rats in NYC continues:

This article was originally published on Jun 21 at 9:13pm EDT by THE CITY Every morning, Aida Torres shoos away rodents, then repeatedly cleans in front and behind her Mexican restaurant, Don Burrito, in Brooklyn’s Newkirk Plaza. In the afternoon, she pours chlorine on the ground to deter the crit...

Clinical Heroes: Dr. Wei's strategic planning quadrupled ICU capacities, saved thousands.
06/23/2021
Park Slope doctor, head of NYC Hospitals, wins national acclaim

Clinical Heroes: Dr. Wei's strategic planning quadrupled ICU capacities, saved thousands.

Dr. Eric Wei, president and chief quality officer of NYC Health + Hospitals, has been named to the “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” list by Modern Healthcare, a Crain’s publication for health care executives. As an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Wei, who lives in Park Slope with hi...

From earliest immigrants to NY-- the Dutch, the Brits, and later Irish and Italians-- the city has been a refuge for com...
06/21/2021
Why New York Is Leading City Welcoming Immigrants: History Shows NYC Founded On Biz

From earliest immigrants to NY-- the Dutch, the Brits, and later Irish and Italians-- the city has been a refuge for commerce. Today, that heritage explains why NYC is one of the world's greatest cities for immigrants.

As anti-immigrant sentiment erupts in Western democracies from Germany to the United States, some cities are still finding ways to make immigrants feel at home. I conducted hundreds of interviews with immigrants in New York, Paris and Barcelona intermittently for over a decade to understand how each...

JUNETEENTH...It's the happening thing with multiple live events all weekend. But did you know the full story of origins?...
06/18/2021
EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

JUNETEENTH...It's the happening thing with multiple live events all weekend. But did you know the full story of origins?
READ JUNETEENTH EXPLAINER HERE:

The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.” President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holi...

Drag racing, speeding causes fear & loathing on Parkway, Shore Rd.Arrests, increased ticketing are pushed by Brannan, Go...
06/17/2021
Drag racing causes fear and loathing on Belt Parkway, Shore Road

Drag racing, speeding causes fear & loathing on Parkway, Shore Rd.

Arrests, increased ticketing are pushed by Brannan, Gournades

WHY NOT SPEED CAMERAS?

Many residential neighborhoods in Brooklyn report problems with impatient motorists travelling above the safe speed limits, even running red lights. But Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights residents face a more serious safety problem along the Belt Parkway and the contiguous, parallel Shore Road, which is r...

Chief Judge in Brooklyn Federal Court Remembers a Giant, 99-year-old Icon Jack Weinstein, appointed to bench by Pres. Ly...
06/16/2021
Remembering Judge Jack Weinstein

Chief Judge in Brooklyn Federal Court Remembers a Giant, 99-year-old Icon Jack Weinstein, appointed to bench by Pres. Lyndon Johnson.

It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, who passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was ninety-nine years old. Nominated to the federal bench by President Lyndon B. Johnson i...

TROUBLED PARK SPACEMore than dogs are urinating in Sunset Park now.Complaints grow nasty about park: ‘don’t blame dogs f...
06/15/2021
Sunset Park residents want dog run, crackdown on misbehavior in namesake park

TROUBLED PARK SPACE
More than dogs are urinating in Sunset Park now.
Complaints grow nasty about park: ‘don’t blame dogs for derelict abuse’
BUDGET FOR PROPER DOG RUN?
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Sunset Park residents and Community Board 7 (CB 7) members are calling for the neighborhood’s namesake park to create a dog run as well as to clean up what they describe as people’s abuse of the park grounds. These topics were addressed during CB 7’s Parks Committee meeting on Tuesday June 8. ...

With the party primaries coming up, “Ballots are being cast as the city is emerging, brimming with hope, after a year in...
06/14/2021
Crime leads voter concerns as NYC mayoral primary approaches

With the party primaries coming up, “Ballots are being cast as the city is emerging, brimming with hope, after a year in pandemic lockdown, but also amid an unsettling rise in shootings… it has forced the leading Democratic candidates to balance talk of police reform with promises not to let New York backslide to its long-gone days as a crime capital.”

Fear of crime is back as a political issue in New York City. For the first time in years it could be a prime factor in who voters pick as their next mayor. Early voting began Saturday in the city’s party primaries. Ballots are being cast as the city is emerging, brimming with hope, after …

Though passed over by the She Built NYC competition, a statue of Mother Cabrini is set to be unveiled tonight.
06/11/2021
Bishop DiMarzio to dedicate statue of Mother Cabrini in Carroll Gardens this evening

Though passed over by the She Built NYC competition, a statue of Mother Cabrini is set to be unveiled tonight.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, on Friday, June 11, plans to officially unveil and bless the Diocese of Brooklyn’s very own statue dedicated to Mother Cabrini. The statue will be permanently displayed in a shrine outside Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Roman Cat...

The bill has passed. Cuomo’s signature all that’s left between the BQE and its new “weight reduction” plan.
06/10/2021
Bill to ID, penalize overweight trucks on BQE passes legislature

The bill has passed. Cuomo’s signature all that’s left between the BQE and its new “weight reduction” plan.

Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon announced on Wednesday that their BQE Truck Weight bill (A.2316A and S.2740B) has passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate on Tuesday and will now head to the governor’s desk for signature. This is one of three topics covered in the ...

A new state law? New tech system to weigh trucks sought on BQE. ‘Weigh-in-motion’ mechanism would capture data, impose f...
06/09/2021
Measure to get overweight trucks off BQE moves closer to reality

A new state law? New tech system to weigh trucks sought on BQE. ‘Weigh-in-motion’ mechanism would capture data, impose fines like tolls. BILL BEFORE ASSEMBLY NOW.

A high-tech, motion-sensing system that senses the weight of trucks without a physical inspection will hopefully get many overweight trucks off the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, especially the fragile triple-cantilever section underneath the famed Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The Brooklyn Heights Assoc...

State Senator Jo Anne Simon is leading the race for Brooklyn Borough President in both endorsements and contributions, w...
06/08/2021
Simon leads Borough President race, Cornegy running close behind

State Senator Jo Anne Simon is leading the race for Brooklyn Borough President in both endorsements and contributions, with Councilmember Robert Cornegy following closely behind.

In the run-up to the Democratic primary for the new Brooklyn borough president to replace Eric Adams, State Sen. Jo Anne Simon is leading both in endorsements and contributions, followed closely by Councilmember Robert Cornegy. They are followed by Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, who has his own base...

What could have been a swift passage is becoming a final push for legislators to pass bills in relation to the criminal ...
06/07/2021
NY lawmakers mull criminal justice bills as session wraps

What could have been a swift passage is becoming a final push for legislators to pass bills in relation to the criminal justice system. With their prospects uncertain, much legislation is still on the table, including: parole reform, lowering the age of juvenile delinquency and automatic expungement.

Liberal groups are calling on New York lawmakers to use the last days of the legislative session to pass bills related to the criminal justice system, despite concern over rising gun violence that could make reform more politically risky. Democrats’ veto-proof majority in the state legislature has...

From our Subject to Inspection series: the battle for the 35th Council District is heating up over affordable housing. T...
06/04/2021
Subject to Inspection: Brooklyn Spaces and Issues

From our Subject to Inspection series: the battle for the 35th Council District is heating up over affordable housing. The contest seems to have narrowed down to two candidates- Michael Hollingsworth and Crystal Hudson. It’s clear that the results of this race will be a key indicator of where the politics of Central Brooklyn are heading.

A proposed 18 story apartment building at 840 Atlantic Avenue, at the corner of Atlantic and Vanderbilt Avenues, has set off a vigorous debate in Council District 35. At issue, is less about the acceptability of the site for conversion to housing (it is difficult to argue credibly that converting a....

Smorgasburg’s coming back to Williamsburg, but with a catch. In the wake of recent controversies over the redesign of Ma...
06/04/2021
Smorgasburg's back on the Williamsburg waterfront — with a catch

Smorgasburg’s coming back to Williamsburg, but with a catch. In the wake of recent controversies over the redesign of Marsha P. Johnson State Park, the food fair will be returning only as part of a one-year contract with quite a few caveats.

In the wake of recent controversies over the design of Marsha P. Johnson State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront, the popular food fair Smorgasburg is returning to the park on June 26 — but only as part of a one-year agreement. May would have been the 10th anniversary of Smorgasburg’s presence...

Brooklyn Heights’ Cat Cafe celebrates five years with a night of comedy, celebrity hosts, and cat videos.
06/03/2021
Seth Meyers and other celebs turn out to support Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Brooklyn Heights’ Cat Cafe celebrates five years with a night of comedy, celebrity hosts, and cat videos.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe at 76 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights, on Thursday will celebrate five years of cat rescue in Brooklyn with “Turning Five and Feline Fine,” an online streaming event featuring comedy, entertaining features about cat rescue, and of course — cat videos! Contrary to what some peo...

Bensonhurst Park is back!
06/02/2021
Bensonhurst Park, cut by Belt Parkway, is now revived

Bensonhurst Park is back!

On Tuesday, local elected officials, community leaders and Parks Department brass officially cut the ribbon on the reconstructed Bensonhurst Park Playground on Cropsey Avenue, a seaside park that is cut in half by the Belt Parkway. The park, which has not been renovated since the 1980s and previousl...

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St. John Villa Academy High School Class of 1971 - 50th Class Reunion When: September 18th, 2021 Where: Lorenzo's Restaurant @ Hilton Gardens Staten Island Time: 1 pm - 5 pm Price: $75.00 Deposits being taken now. Final payment/balance due August 18, 2021. Contact for more information page St. John Villa Academy High School- Class of 1971 AND/OR Marcella Mickie [email protected]
In 2019, the Benson Schools’ Kids Action Team created a video for the A4283 Ban Puppy mills in pet stores bill that was presented to the NYS Assembly. What a wonderful contribution these students had made. Sadly, the assembly members did not feel animal abuse was a high priority that year, or the next year. As of today, May 28, 2021, the bill is sitting in the Assembly Rules committee with a few days of session remaining. Please call and email your assembly member and the Rules Committee members in support of this bill and ask to move it forward for a floor vote. Rules Committee: https://nyassembly.gov/comm/?id=33 Assembly Members: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/ A4283 Bill: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a4283 PLEASE SHARE - Thank you!
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Ban Puppy Mills in Pet Stores bill has passed in the NYS Senate! The bill is now in the Assembly Codes Committee. Please call your assembly member in support of A4283 AND share, After 3 years of waiting, this bill needs everyone's help and support to succeed now. https://www.facebook.com/groups/312502376807921/permalink/371193020938856/
Please join me in leading a campaign to save our beaches, particularly in Brooklyn, NY. We are raising money to bring awareness to our communities to save our beaches particularly in Bayridge, Brooklyn and Sunset Park Brooklyn. Too much garbage is ending up on our roadways and ending up in our beaches. We need to do everything to raise awareness among our community and public sector. Our campaign will create posters and Ads, outreach to city officials and politicians and PSA's. I hope you will donate and join the cause. Please check out our link below.
Laughter expands the soul of Americans to a planetary scale! (Double smile: an April Fool's gift to America from Ukraine) Divide the bagel in half and you will see that there are two smiles in each bagel. A smile is a kiss of the soul! Laughter is the daily glow of the mind! April 1 - World Day of Humor and Laughter. In Australia, this day begins literally with laughter - the laugh of the mocking bird kookaburra. In England and Germany it is "Fools' Day", in Israel - "Fools' Competition" (card players), in Spain - "Fools' Day", in France - "Fish Day", in Japan - "Puppet Day", in Scotland - " Day of the cuckoo ", ... In India, members of laughter clubs organize processions, chant "Ho ho, ha ha ha," dance and clap their hands, stop to laugh, and move on. April Fools' Day is a day of jokes all over China. In America, April 1 is the day of practical jokes and laughter. For example, on April 1, 1835, in one of the most popular publications, a message appeared about the invention of a powerful new telescope, with which you can carefully study the inhabitants of the moon. According to the publication, sleepwalkers looked like winged monkeys. Not a single reader doubted this invention. In Germany, the tradition of celebrating April 1 dates back to the 17th century. The tradition was called "Send to April". Children were sent to the pharmacy with errands like "go get pigeon milk" or "get us some mosquito fat." In Russia, they are not sent to "April", but to the ass! The evil lady shouts to the peasant: I wanted to send you, but I see that you are already there! ... In the East, they say: "He who does not have a wife can go to war to find her, who has several wives, he constantly lives in the war." Three wives are three father-in-law! As one Pakistani journalist commented, “She used to be the mistress of my heart, and now she is the owner of my wallet. Imagine that there are three such housewives! " ... The "Encyclopedia of World Humor" can be published in America (for the military). With examples of African wisdom: * With persistence, you can dig a well with a needle. * The smaller the lizard, the more it hopes to become a crocodile. Humor is like healing acupuncture for the mind. Three minutes of laughter equals fifteen minutes of gymnastics. Humor is a medicine with an unlimited shelf life. Unfortunately, now the inhabitants of the whole earth suffer from a common disease - psycho-addiction, from which there is no vaccination yet. The planet, like a drug addict, "got on the needle." Psychologists recommend laughing in moments of depression, laughing artificially, and a miracle happens. As a result of vibrations, each cell of the body is filled with light, cosmic energy. Laughter expands the soul! Humor strengthens our immune system and helps fight COVID-19 and other diseases. A cheerful mood is a vaccine against depression, a disinfection of the soul. Laughter gives birth to hormones of happiness! Mikhail Aroshenko, laughing therapist, editor of the "Gorilka +" magazine, Dnipro, Ukraine, [email protected] * Attached photo: Euphoria from the taste of "double smile" and dandelion wine. I propose a business project: to release bagels with the inscription: "Find two smiles in me and eat with a friend!" ** Colleagues! If you post this note, please send me the posting page by email to: [email protected] *** Aroshenko Mikhail Mikhailovich, 49052, Ukraine, Dnipro, st. Orlovskaya, 24-a, apt. 12 Phone: + 38050-340-43-99
Today's March Over the Brooklyn Bridge
Trump and the Legend of El Dorado John Burl Smith Two weeks ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) debut of Donald Trump’s new” Republican Party in Orlando, many Americans, though amazed, witnessed what Trump’s brand of politics means for America. Before a word or cameras rolled its main stage became the star of the show. Designed like an Odal Rune, the insignia of Adolf Hitler’s infamous SS, prompted over 100,000 tweeters to light up cyber space like the Las Vegas strip, decrying the N**i symbolism. Promptly, both the Hyatt Regency Orlando and CPAC adamantly denied the stage was designed to resemble the N**i symbol, yet Hyatt defended its client’s right to use any design they chose, even if it represents racist groups like N**i Fascist. Clearly the stage resembled an Odal Rune, with diamond shaped extensions, which many tweeters said they remembered that sign from Charlotteville in 2017. Just the same, a parade of GOP lawmakers lined up, like Germans supporting De Führer, pledging fidelity to Donald Trump, the GOP’s load and savior. Led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, flanked by wing man Kevin McCarthy, a gaggle of Paul Gosar, Ann Wagner, Madison Cawthorn, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz resembled tail gunners waiting in ambush for Democrats. Amazingly, the talk of the roast or picnic (the original meaning of the term pick-a-nig**r) was a six-foot-golden statue of Donald Trump, which was wheeled around the hotel so Republicans could supplicate themselves as it passed. Again, tweeter feeders went after the “golden Donald,” like dive bombers in “machine gun alley” hunting convoys. However, the less prosaic, simply compared the situation to the “Idol worshipers” of the golden calf while Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. On the other hand, I see a less Biblical and a far greedier symbolic obloquy to the Legend of “El Dorado.” “El Dorado” according to the Spanish legend began with “El Hombre Dorado,” “The Golden Man” or “El Rey Dorado,” “The Golden King,” both terms describe a mythical chief (Zipa) of Colombia’s Muisca tribe. Zipa, for his initiation ritual, covered himself with gold dust and submerged himself in Lake Guatavita. The El Dorado legend evolved from a man to a city, onto a kingdom, and then an empire. For me this is more of a Donald Trumpian vision, one based entirely on wealth, power and mysticism, which explains why so many greedy Republicans grovel and kiss Trump’s feet to avoid his dog house. The people we are really talking about are individuals that are crawling through slime and over each other to please a grifter, hoping to become the President of the United States of America. Just think about that for a moment. Then ask yourself are any of these “Neanderthal” thinking individuals resemble anyone you want to influence your children? That is the question Americans must answer when thinking of voting for their next Congressmen, Senator and President. That individual will create the world your children will have and you must ask yourself, will it be better than what we have today or worse? I look at my Grandchildren and great-granddaughter, while thinking of the world of sharecropping. My Mother and father escaped it in 1946 and I remember the political voter suppression back then and compare it to what Republicans are doing today. Then I say unequivocally, we are not going back. Progressives took the biggest and best shot Republicans had in 2020 and lost because we have the numbers and they know it now. Their problem is the 18 to 30 demographic; they are the largest voting block and it is growing. High school seniors and other first time voters became the key in Georgia. Showing up at the polls, they were numbers Republicans had not figured on in their victory scenario, which became the bases of their “election fraud stolen election claim.” Street organizers knew the votes had always been there, but getting them to turnout was the challenge. The 18 to 30 demographic, because of their politics, Republicans cannot attract, so they have opted to try and suppress it. The Democratic Party must answer with and all out push to register high school seniors across America. They will make Democrats competitive in districts Republicans presently control. These young people major issues are jobs and access to college. Young people coming out of high school and even drop outs cannot get fast food jobs any longer, because the elderly have taken those jobs to meet work requirements. A youth jobs program will give many families with only one breadwinner another check. Such families in low income neighborhoods and Indigenous communities will feel an immediate impact from voting. These communities will stand in line, pack lunches and bring water, folding chairs or whatever to vote in order to change the lives of their children. The Democratic Party must organize a senior high school voting program organized by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the progressive caucus and fully fund the effort to make it a nationwide effort starting in 2021 in order to have it fully rolled out by 2022. Democrats must not allow Republicans to trick them into playing their fear game, like voting is a zero sum game. Republicans are limited because their base depends on the elderly voting population. Progressive has the unlimited potential of 18 to 30 demographic to draw on. While at the same time, young people must be made to feel they have a place at the table and will not be just voters, but real partners in this enterprise of democracy. The choice for Americans is Republicans golden “Trump El Dorado” vision or Democrats fight to drive COVID-19 from our shores, “Build back Better” with infrastructure and Green New Deal jobs, reduction in student debt, closing the wealth gap and equity and justice from law enforcement. All of this will require redirecting funds from tax cuts and blotted police budgets to a new vision of a community where black, red, brown, yellow and LGBTQ citizens share equally in the promise and prosperity of America!!!!