Former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman and current Assemblyman Vito Lopez, in happier times. Photo by Aaron Short
“Politics are a labyrinth without a clue.” – John Adams
BETWEEN THE LINES: More than a year ago, Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned after he admitted taking part in virtual trysts with other women over the course of several years. The stupidity of that incident — and numerous others that preceded it — has apparently not penetrated the minds of shameless politicians as to what constitutes inappropriate conduct.
For decades, from casting to corporate couches, men in positions of power have taken advantage of women in the workplace. Decades after feminism inspired equal rights for women and brought such matters to light, you’d think the sleazy, obnoxious “boys will be boys” mindset would have fizzled out, but the creepy practice still permeates our culture.
For what it’s worth, let’s call groping, womanizing and related acts the “Dirty Old Man Syndrome,” though age, clearly, has no bearing on the matter.
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The Southern Brooklyn Democrats group will be hosting a meet and greet with local pols Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.
Another guest speaker who may be in attendance is from the Transit Workers Union.
The meeting will be held on Monday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road.
The group plans on discussing upcoming events and initiatives that pertain to the community.
Residents are encouraged to come and ask the politicians questions about policies and plans.
Sure, it’s a little last minute, but the Southern Brooklyn Democrats, a new reform Democratic club aiming to reinvigorate progressive politics in Southern Brooklyn, has just told us that they’ve scored congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries as a speaker at tonight’s meeting.
The group meets at 8:00 p.m. at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Parkway. The meeting is on the second floor, above Arbuz.
Jeffries is facing off in a primary challenge against Councilman Charles Barron, a controversial figure who yesterday was the target of condemnation from local elected officials for what they said was anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli remarks. The winner of the June 26 primary will be the Democratic candidate in the general election for the 8th Congressional District, which includes Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach.
Jeffries is expected to arrive at the meeting at 9:00 p.m.
Prior to his arrival, the group will discuss upcoming events, petitioning opportunities, local issues and a rally to be held this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Ulmer Park Bus Depot, urging the MTA to restore B64 bus service.
The Southern Brooklyn Democrats, a new reform Democratic club aiming to reinvigorate progressive politics in Southern Brooklyn, will meet at 7:00 p.m., May 21 at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Parkway. The meeting is on the second floor, above Arbuz.
Among the items on their agenda will be constitution ratification, interim executive board elections for the duration of 2012, and a discussion of ongoing initiatives, including transportation, with particular focus on local transit issues.
To learn more, check out their Facebook announcement.