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"Movement Politics" -- a special three-part series examing the movers and shakres

The "Movement Politics" series explore the various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology.

The "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups or organizations.

Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric -- thus, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound, logical reasoning and persuasion with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

The three-part discussions will include:

Part One -- "The "Alt-Right"­ and the "Regressive Left"
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233692074/

Part Two -- The Rise and the (Ostensible) Fall of the Religious Conservatives in the U.S.
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/231673634/

Part Three -- Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/221141584/

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The NYC Political Forum is now 1,000-members strong!

We're proud to announce today that we've reached a significant milestone, as the 1,000th member joined the Group!

There's a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for public discourse, given that we're entering into the final stages of a heated Election Year Cycle.

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A Launching of The NYCPF Book Club!

Very excited to be launching our very own Book Club!

Here are the reasons why you should attend The NYCPF Book Club discussions:

• Are you constantly looking for and / or offering book recommendations?

• Do you have an insatiable appetite for reading?

• Do you have an "eclectic" taste in books that you wish to share with others?

• Do you enjoy in-depth and insightful discussions based on a subject matter that only a book can offer?

• The Book Club discussions will invite each reader to an "intellectual journey" to understand the characters, the stakeholders, the issues, the situs, etc.

The subject matters of a book selection may include the following areas of interest: political philosophy and theory, economy and finance, history, biography, memoirs, geopolitical case studies, social research, or even a good-ole fashioned novel, based on the previously-mentioned themes.

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For starters, our first book selection is:

The Power Broker -- Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (by Robert Caro © 1974)

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It's up to you, New York!

Here's a short poetic piece in a spirit of this crucial pre-election contest:

Come one, come all
Let's cheer and jeer the victory and concession speeches
Some of the Candidates have returned "Home" to New York

For they wish to express their "New York State of Mind"
While others simply hope to be part of it, New York, New York
The candidates are running in their vagabond shoes

As they find themselves in a City that never sleeps
Whoever wins here may be the king (or the queen) of the hill, top of the heap

Who cares if a Candidate eats pizza with a fork
We're too busy to give a hoot
Not even in a New York Minute . . . 'cause the Rent is Too Damn High!

This ain't no Iowa
There ain't no raucous-caucus
Nor any corn-dog eatin' Straw Poll hocus-pocus

Because if they can make it here . . . they can make it anywhere
So, it's up to you, New York, New York!

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Presidential Mock Debate: Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders vs. Gary Johnson

In some ways, this Debate is one of the forms of the ultimate exercise of participatory democracy at the grassroots level.

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/227969850/

There are many ways to get involved in the democratic process — organize and advocate on a grassroots level; part take in the get-out-the-vote efforts; organize or attend fundraisers, etc.

Another method of civic participation is to debate on behalf of a candidate like it's November 2016!

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Happy 2016 ~ a launching of nycpoliticalforum.org

Happy 2016 ~ a launching of nycpoliticalforum.org

As we usher in the New Year -- during an important Presidential Election cycle -- I'm excited to announce the launching of the nycpoliticalforum.org website!

www.nycpoliticalforum.org/

For the devotees who enjoy attending the NYCPF discussions, the external website can be another outlet to connect with others. Here, you can continue the discussions when our meetups end. You can post links to alert other members about references or other articles. As many are aware, there are many themes or subtopics that emerge from our meetup discussions -- here, you can continue those discussions or follow up on a matter that remained fully unaddressed.

Also, if you're a prolific blogger or enjoy writing op-ed pieces, feel free to submit them to the NYCPF discussion board. We can post them "anonymously," if you wish to retain your privacy.

Additionally, we'll be starting a new online discussion series entitled "What will the Nation look like under President ________?"

http://www.nycpoliticalforum.org/discussions

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A note from the NYCPF Organizer, Thomas K

In looking back, 2015 was quite memorable, as we had many enjoyable events this past year. The group continues to grow and there is strong momentum, as we enter into the election year.

From the high-profile Supreme Court decisions, to the Presidential Election preseason buzz, and from the foreign policy complications to the National Security concerns, this group covered quite a bit of grounds this year.

I look forward to a hosting and moderating more vibrant discussions in the Upcoming Year!

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Important Announcement: NYC Politics is now “The NYC Political Forum”

This posting is intended for informational purposes regarding the changes to this group, effective August 2015.

First and foremost all, I’d like to point out two important things:

1) The successful growth of this group was, in large part, due to all of you — your enthusiastic involvement and participation in carrying out discussions on some of the most important and contentious issues of the day contributed to the group’s overall success.

2) There will be no fees or membership dues required — I believe in offering these events to everyone at no cost.

That being said, here are some of the changes that will go into effect immediately:

• The group name change: “The NYC Political Forum” — the name change accurately reflects my vision, as well as the future direction for this group.

• A launching of an external website — this is intended for others to engage in online discussions after the meetup. For instance, do you walk away from the meetup wishing that we could’ve discussed the issue at greater depths? On the external website, you can post follow up comments and continue the discussions. Additionally, you can post links to articles or other external references that you think will enhance the quality of the discussions.

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Happy Independence Day / Upcoming Changes for This Group

Dear NYCP member,

I hope you're having an enjoyable summer. In the upcoming weeks and months, there will be some changes and enhancements to this group, including:

A launching of a separate website for the group.
An expansion into various social media outlets.
Possibly incorporating into a formal organizational status with a new group name.

But don't worry — the core aspects of this group will not change, including:

Being a nonpartisan, all-inclusive group.
An offering of robust discussion topics and themes on a regular basis.
No fees or membership dues will be required.

These changes will further accurately reflect my vision for the group as we move forward. I'll describe more in detail at our next meetup in August.

Happy 4th of July.

NYC Politics | A Public Policy & Political Discussion Group

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/­

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