Russell Simmons, Peter Max, & GirlieGirlArmy Host Fundraiser For Bill DeBlasio At Candle Cafe
September 3, 2017
In a time this worrisome (read: Trump,) we must fight hard as Maccabees for the freedom fighters, which is why we are hosting a fundraiser for Mayor DeBlasio at Candle Cafe West on Monday, September 18th 6:00PM – 7:30PM, and so hope our fellow GGA members join usand Russell Simmons, Chris Allieri, Chloé Jo Davis, Joyce Friedman, David Greene, Lewis Goldstein, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, Joshua Katcher, Yetta Kurland, Mary and Peter Max, John Phillips, Andy Praschak, & Allie Taylor for an evening to support DeBlasio.
As John Phillips said; “I’ve been honored to know Mayor Bill de Blasio for more than a decade. He’s a champion for animals. Despite the rumors, he’s never wavered in his commitment to our cause. His support for NYC’s historic ban on the use of wild animals in circuses helped make the bill a reality. Please join me in supporting Mayor de Blasio at this very special event with Russell Simmons at Candle Cafe West.”
Some of the DeBlasio accomplishments over his tenure as Mayor have been paid sick leave, universal pre-K, and a 2 year rent freeze. He also launched a citywide ad campaign to assert the right of people to use the restroom they feel comfortable using regardless of gender identity. We applaud his work, and support him for his next win.
1. Worked with the City Council to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. He was a long-time supporter/co-sponsor of the legislation dating back to his days in the City Council.
2. Introduced and fought hard for a ban on horse-drawn carriages. Unfortunately, very few Council Members were willing to support the bill and we needed 26 votes to get a bill to his desk.
3. Created the first-ever position in the country within a City government to work directly with animal advocates and implement humane policies that impact animals. Our liaisons worked hard with us to push for the carriage ban and circus bill. We’re very fortunate to have this kind of access and partner in government.
4. Achieved record animal placement at ACC each of the past 3 years – 89% in 2016. This year, it’s higher than 90%!
5. Increased ACC’s budget to record levels.
6. Moved to expand and modernize animal shelters in all five boroughs. Bronx & Queens getting brand new state of the art shelters for the first time. Manhattan’s getting a standalone adoption facility next to shelter. Brooklyn and Staten Island getting major renovations.
7. Partnered with ASPCA to set up first-ever large scale quarantine facility to humanely manage last year’s cat flu outbreak.
8. Signed legislation to require pet shops to only sell spayed or neutered dogs and cats.
9. Banned the sale of rabbits, and dogs and cats from puppy or kitten mills.
10. Signed legislation mandating new pet stores and 24-hour vets to have fire sprinklers. Mandates pet shops to have hard-wired smoke alarms. Believe it or not, this common sense legislation languished for many years under the previous administration.
11. Created a groundbreaking interagency initiative to teach NYers how to live safely with wild animals, including citywide expansion of public awareness campaign that wildlife are NYers too. You’ve probably seen the ads on the subway.. NYC.gov/wildlife
12. Contracted for non-lethal goose management on City properties for the first time.
13. Working to include humane education in the Department of Education’s curriculum. There’s a state law on the books for decades that requires instruction in the humane treatment of animals. Mayor de Blasio takes this seriously.
14. Created the NYPD Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad to exclusively investigate abuse and neglect cases.
15. Implemented an Animal Abuse Registry through an interagency task force.