Attend Our Forum on Education & School Building Reopenings

Dear CRDC,

On Wednesday, September 16th, please join CRDC for a Conversation on Education and the Reopening of our School Buildings. We will be joined by four special guests; 

Ambur Nicosia- Community Activist
Josephine Ishmon- Manhattan Community Board 4; Education & Housing Committees 
Robin Broshi- Public School Parent.
Briget Rein- Assistant to the Staff Director at the UFT & Candidate for City Council D39

This program will be hosted by CRDC President Mindy Rosier-Rayburn, who is also a Special Education Teacher & Executive Vice President Charles Bayor, who is a retired teacher. There will be a Q & A period, after our speakers.

Find out more info on Facebook or join the Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 879 4602 9281; Passcode: 364423; Call-in: 1 929 436 2866

New York for Biden+Harris: Biden 2020 Phone Bank with Erik Bottcher! (Virtual) We are calling swing states to recruit volunteers and Get Out the Vote (GOTV). This is how New Yorkers can really make a difference in this election--with outreach to priority states. Joe needs you! Kamala needs you! America needs you!

Sign up for this Virtual Phone Bank via Zoom here. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the event.

Every Friday from 5pm-5:30, CRDC joins Penn South in a weekly vigil for #BlackLivesMatter. We meet on 8th ave between 24th & 25th streets. We will be wearing masks. For more information, please contact Charles Bayor; [email protected].

Photo By Erik Bottcher

Election Day 2020:  Know Your Options and Plan Ahead

We don’t need to tell you what’s at stake this November.  So much that is fundamental to who we are as a nation and to every citizen’s well-being is under clear and present threat.  It is absolutely essential that New York turn out big for Joe Biden to show that we will not stand for what Trump and the Republicans are trying to do to our country.

New York has made it easier than ever to cast your ballot – and protect your personal health.

Three Ways to Vote

  1. In person on Election Day.  Cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 3 from 6 am to 9 pm.  You can find your polling place by visiting
  2. In person during early voting.  New York’s early voting period runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020 – Sunday, November 1, 2020 at select sites at varying times. A list of early voting sites and times is available at  We have just been advised by the Board of Elections that Madison Square Garden will serve as the early voting site for much of our area, but please confirm before you go to vote.
  3. Absentee.  Any person who wishes to vote by absentee ballot will be allowed to do so, but you must request an absentee ballot. You can request your absentee ballot by mail or online. Online applications are available at  If you opt to mail your request, it must be postmarked by October 27, 2020.  Check the box marked “temporary illness or physical disability” if you are requesting an absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York City Board of Elections will begin mailing absentee ballots on September 18, 2020.  In addition, we expect drop boxes to be available throughout the City and preliminary information suggests that you can drop off your completed ballot at early voting sites.  You can also request and submit your absentee ballot in person at the Board of Elections, 200 Varick Street.

Which Option is Best?

If you can, we urge you to vote in person, either on Election Day or during early voting.  The reason for this is straightforward:  votes cast in person will be reported with the Election Night totals, while absentee ballots will be tallied in the following weeks.

Plan Ahead

  • If you need to vote absentee, get your request in early and mail back your completed ballot as soon as possible.  This will help avoid issues with mail delays.
  • If you plan to vote during the early voting period, make sure you know your early voting site and its hours.
  • Schedule a date and time for in-person voting on your calendar – and also pick one or two back-ups.  That way, you won’t forget or be derailed by last minute obligations or long lines.

Every vote counts – and we are counting on you.

We’ll provide further updates as Election Day approaches, and of course will do our best to answer any questions you might have. 


Racism is a stain on our humanity, and good people must gather peacefully together to resist and repel it.  We must see and hear each other; and we must work together to rewrite the rules so that everyone, with no exceptions, can live without fear, care for their families, have their voices heard, and their rights respected.  

If you are looking for ways to participate and/or support, a number of organizations and resources are listed here.

"In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist.  We must be anti-racist."   - Angela Davis 

Love and solidarity, 

The CRDC Exec. Committee