When the Republican Convention came to New York City in 2004, opposing voices wanted to be heard. Activists requested a permit to hold a rally in Central Park, which Mayor Bloomberg denied, claiming that it would be too costly to reseed the grass. We handed out little bags of grass seed, hoping to convince the mayor that we had no plans to damage the lawn. Alas, the mayor prevailed, and demonstrators never got to the park.
Two years ago, we turned Seed of Democracy into a website that provides political resources for New York’s 19th Congressional District. We learned that progressive voices can speak out and make a difference. In the 19thCD, we replaced our Republican congressmember with Antonio Delgado and three New York State senators with James Skoufis in the 39thSD, Peter Harckham in the 40thSD, and Jen Metzger in the 42ndSD. Both the House of Representatives and the New York State Senate now have Democratic majorities.
Our purpose is to provide people in the 19thCD with information about their federal and state elected officials and how they vote. We provide detailed information on all state Assembly and Senate districts within NY-19, including maps, demographics, voter enrollment, and previous election results. We also hope to encourage new candidates for office with resources to help them get started. We have reached out to people throughout the 19th CD and have included lists of groups that have formed and resources that progressive voters have found useful. If you want to walk down memory lane, we have archived our information from the 2018 election.
Though, we’re not planting grass, we are continuing to cultivate information about our district. We think that our democracy needs to be reseeded now and then, and, two years into Trump era, we’ve learned that Seeds of Democracy continues to have value because knowledge is power.