SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

LIBERAL

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

As the largest state federation in the country, the AFL-CIO works to fight against social and economic injustices. We work with our many affiliates, including both private and public sector unions to improve working conditions in New York. We support Andrew Cuomo, Letitia “Tish” James, and Kristen Gilibrand for office.

Black Lives Matter

Instagram: @blacklivesmatter.thhs

Snapchat: blm.thhs


Independence USA PAC

Instagram: @superpacthhs

Snapchat: superpacthhs

Hello Townsend Harris!

We are Independence USA super PAC. Independence USA is a super PAC created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with the aim of supporting policy issues related to firearms, the environment, education, and marriage equality.


A super PAC is a type of independent political action committee which may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, and individuals but is not permitted to contribute to or coordinate directly with parties or candidates.

Justice Democrats

Instagram: @justicedemocrats_thhs

Snapchat: justicedem_thhs

As the Justice Democrats, we believe in the representation of everyday working men and women. We stand for quality medical assistance for everyone regardless of race, status, etc. In addition, we believe everyone should be able to have a job with livable wage. Nevertheless, students should be able to attend college without tuition. There should be criminal justice reform. Lastly, we fight for equality for everyone. Policies should be created for American voters, not big money donors. Our mission statement states “To revitalize the Democratic Party of, by, and for the working people, and improve the economic, political, and social structure in the United States of America”. We work to make a progressive improvement in our society.

March For Our Lives

We are March for Our Lives and we’re here to educate you guys about the urgent necessity for stricter gun control laws. Following the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past year and the many more that plague our history, we have rallied our youth together to spread awareness on gun violence and advocate for gun control. Mass shootings are affecting us students and we must rise up ourselves and fight for our safety if government officials keep ignoring this issue. Together we have become one of the biggest youth-led initiatives and we urge YOU to join us as we march for our lives!

Marijuana Policy Project

Medical marijuana has the potential to benefit the lives of many Americans living with medical conditions. Our mission is the spread awareness about the benefits of medical marijuana and to remove the stigma associated with it.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Hey guys! We are the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. While our ultimate goal would be to legalize recreational marijuana, our most important goal as of now is to federally legalize medical marijuana. Medical marijuana holds a variety of health benefits and can improve the quality of life for millions of people. We’ll be holding classroom visits soon and posting more about our beliefs so follow us for more!

National Organization for Women

Instagram: @thhsnow

New York Public Interest Research Group

Instagram: @NYRPIRG.thhs

Get to know NYPIRG! We're an organization that deals with important issues, like enhancing the rights of consumers and voters, protecting the environment, and focusing on public health. Our campaign is designed with policies that strengthen democracy. NYPIRG helps to bring the voices of average New Yorkers to the public.

Our Revolution

Instagram: @ourrevolution_thhs

We are Our Revolution, here fighting for a better future to believe in! This movement is built upon the success of Bernie Sanders' historic presidential campaign as we aim to achieve three intertwined goals: to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness. Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families. Join us as we fight to improve the lives of all!

Whose Revolution? OUR REVOLUTION!

Parkland Students

Instagram: @newtown_action_alliance_thhs

Hey Townsend Harris! We’re Parkland students with Newtown Action Alliance, a national grassroots organization formed after the Sandy Hook shootings. We are pushing for gun safety legislation and stopping gun lobbyist efforts. Join us in our fight to make schools, and our country, a safer place.

Planned Parenthood

Instagram: @planned_parenthood_thhs

Snapchat: plnndparenthood

Our mission statement is to grant women from all religious, socioeconomic, and racial backgrounds the independence to make their own decisions regarding reproductive rights. We offer the best public health services and promote these services to be available to all women. Women are beings that should have their own reproductive rights in order to create strong families and sustainable communities. The ability to exercise abortion and maintain your health is a right for all and should never be denied. As long as we have our mission, we will never give up until women rights are exercised by all.

United Federation of Teachers

Instagram: @uft.thhs

Snapchat: uft.thhs

Hello everyone! We are the UFT, a federation of teachers, nurses and other professionals working in New York City. We advocate for things such as competitive salaries and workplace practices that advance our profession and the well-being of our members.

United We Dream

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country with over 4 million online reaches and 400,000 members. There are 5 statewide branches and more than 100 local groups in 28 different states. 60% of members are women and 20% identify themselves as LGBTQ. In addition, the immigrant youth-led campaigns facilitated exist at the local, state, and federal level. A large portion of our mission focuses on helping undocumented immigrant youth turn the fear and anguish developed from discrimination and from the fear of being deported into finding a voice to fight for their rights with.

1199 SEIU

We are 1199SEIU Hospital Workers Union. We are one of the strongest and largest labor-management funds in the nation. We provide a range of comprehensive benefits to more than 400,000 working and retired healthcare industry workers as well as their families. Members of our Union receive benefits such as complete health benefits, defined monthly pension at retirement, training, education, job security, and child care benefits all at little or no cost.

CONSERVATIVE

Americans for Prosperity

Instagram: @americansforprosperitythhs

The American for Prosperity Super PAC (AFP) aims to lower taxes, reduce government regulation and spending, and ensure that everyone has economic prosperity. Due to their belief that the government is a regulatory body and not a controlling body AFP supports a free society on the local, state, and federal levels in order to help EVERY AMERICAN LIVE THEIR DREAM. AFP advocates for economic freedom and believes that if a government is for the people, by the people then the spending of government should be monitored and regulated since the government is spending the money of American citizens. AFP serves to educate citizens on economic policy in order to achieve prosperity now and for future generations. The government has become too powerful and that has limited the power of the people; AFP wants a return of the federal government to its constitutional limits in order to increase the liberty of Americans.

New York State Rifle and Pistol Association

Instagram: @nysrpa.electionsim

We are the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and we are dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety and training, as well as the shooting sports. We support the proper usage of firearms through education and do not condone the illegal selling and usage of guns. Guns are only to be used against other people in self defense, and never used to threaten or harm someone.

NON-PARTISAN

Education Reform Now

Hey Harrisites! We are Education Reform Now, a non-partisan interest group that works to support leaders who promote the growth of youth in schools across America. Our beliefs include (1) access to an education curriculum as one’s right independent of local access, (2) a connected system at all levels so that there is a continually smooth and scoped out path for students, and (3) the use of teaching methods such as visual learning or inquiry-based learning that have proven to be beneficial for students. Overall, we want all students in a district school or public charter school to have equal education opportunities because education is a right that everyone deserves. Be on the lookout for more classroom visits from us and to learn more, make sure to follow us on instagram @educationreformnowthhs!

Greater NY Hospital Association

Instagram: @gnyha_thhs

Recently, Republicans have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) is pushing for Congress to protect Medicaid and not repeal the ACA without an immediate replacement plan that continues to provide uninterrupted, comprehensive, and affordable health care coverage for the 22 million Americans who gained coverage under the ACA as well as the millions already covered by Medicaid, does not harm state budgets, and does not harm financially struggling hospitals.