Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The State of Things, or, This Week's Politicking

The campaign for the Republican nomination may be getting all the attention in the national media, but this happens to be a big week for political pronouncements and events right here in Central Brooklyn. 

- Today (Tuesday), the Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform host a State-of-the-Union Watch Party at the Velvet Peach Cafe over on Flatbush, starting at 8pm. If you haven't heard of PDHR, they're a great group of folks committed to reforming Democratic politics in Brooklyn (and in a borough where registered Dems outnumber everyone else 7:1, Democratic politics is politics), and one of their own, Ede Fox, has launched a campaign to succeed our independent-minded (and fantastic) Council Member, Letitia James, when her term expires in 2013. Speaking of the Councilwoman, she's circulating information about a home-buying workshop on Wednesday from 7-9pm at the First Baptist Church of Crown Height on Eastern Parkway.

- On Wednesday, if reform politics sound like your cup of tea, the New Kings Democrats host their monthly meeting at a new location, The Commons on Atlantic. Closely affiliated with PDHR on a number of issues, the New Kings have made waves with their challenges to machine politics in Brooklyn since 2008, and will likely be an even more organized and influential force in this year's elections (shameless self-promotion: ILFA's also got a couple of articles about NKD linked in a new little widget of extra-curricular writings to your right).

- Finally, on Thursday, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries will deliver his "State of the District" address at 6:30 PM in the Pratt Institute's Higgins Hall, which should be a particularly interesting event as the Assemblyman gears up for a three-way race for Congress this spring.

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