Past & Upcoming Events

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 Term in Review

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It's that time of the year again -- as the Court will be wrapping up its 2017 Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.

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As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses -- no prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court is required.

To that end, we'll discuss the following cases:

- Gill v. Whitford
A Partisan Gerrymandering Challenge in the State of Wisconsin
(http://www.scotusblog...)

- Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute
Ohio’s Voter Purge case
(http://www.scotusblog...)

Foreign Policy Roundtable: DPRK, Jerusalem, and Italy's New Gov't

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Join us for this month's featured Foreign Policy discussion, covering some of the most consequential events unfolding on the world stage.

We'll conduct an in-depth discussion on the following three subjects:

I. The state of U.S.-North Korea relations in wake of last minute cancellation of the nuclear summit and possible revival of it.

II. The U.S.' formal recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and the ongoing Middle East Diplomacy, amid the violent clashes at the Gaza border.

III. Italy's New (Populist) Government vis-à-vis its uncertain future as an E.U. member state.

More details to follow.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Saturday, June 16 at 3:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/251023136/

Law, History & Politics: The Russian Revolution (c. 1917)

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We'll continue the Second Season of Law History and Politics, discussing the Russian Revolution of 1917.

For this meeting, we will examine the Russian Revolution of 1917 by analyzing its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics. To that end, we'll discuss the following:

I. Law

The 1918 Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (https://en.wikisource...).

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
(http://avalon.law.yal...)

II. History

The rise of "worker's movement" in the era of Industrial Revolution.

Prior assassination attempts of the Czars.

Russia's entry into WWI.

The Civil War of 1918.

The sudden influence and the rise of power of Grigori Rasputin.

The demise, exile and the ultimate execution of the Romanovs, ending a 300-year Monarchy.

III. Politics

Motion Debate: "Free Speech" on Public University Campuses

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FREE RSVP HERE:

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Let's share some civil discourse!

The four pre-selected debaters (2 vs 2) will argue for and against the following Motion: "Controversial speakers are good for public universities."

You, as the audience, may ask questions and determine the winner.

Background:
In October 2017, the University of Florida spent a staggering $600,000 for extra security measures to prepare for a talk given by white supremacist leader, Richard Spencer. At UC Berkeley, a conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, was met by hundreds of protestors, police officers, and barricades. His speech was delivered to a few dozen people in a nearly empty forum, and subsequently the four-day "Free Speech Week" was canceled.

We're seeing a rise of the "heckler's veto," a term for disruptive behavior causing universities to cancel contentious programs. Conservatives argue liberals are stifling free speech, and liberals view free speech as a weapon used by the right to spread hateful rhetoric.

Workplace Politics -- "watercooler" moments, the acceptable norms, and taboos

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Background:

This is commonly referred to as "office politics" in some parlance, but not everyone works at an "office" seting. There are two general categories of "Workplace Politics." The first type involves a situation where it is awkward, sensitive, or even a taboo to discuss "politics" or political subject matters in a work setting (e.g., the proverbial "watercooler" moments). The second type is the hierarchical, intra-workplace dynamics that often result in a drama, involving an imposition of certain "workplace culture" to the employees.

Here, we welcome your personal stories and accounts of how "politics" -- in the broadest sense -- influences, affects, or even interferes with your workplace environment.

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the "first type" of workplace politics. The subtopics may include:

- What are the cultural norms at your workplace?
- What examples of certain "taboos" or restrictions?
- Are there any special exceptions or quirks in your workplace culture?
- Is discussing politics or current event a normal course of routine at your workplace?

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In order to boost employee morale, we'll schedule this meeting on Monday evening!

More details to follow.

The Opiod Crisis and "War on Drugs" (Part II): Any Sensible Solutions ?

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This is a two-part discussion series, taking an in-depth look at the role of government and its public policies in addressing "controlled substances" (a.k.a. licit and illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances).

For Part One, (https://www.meetup.co...) we'll take a look at the historic evolution of the government policies from the 1800s until the 1990s.

For Part Two, we'll examine the root causes of the current "Opioid Crisis," as well as any sensible solutions to this epidemic.

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The topics of discussion for Part Two will include:

• The rise of Big Pharma's influence.

• The prevalence of Oxycontin and other similar substances.

• The difference between the "War on Drugs" and the "Opioid Crisis"

• FINALLY, we'll attempt to come up with some real sensible solutions, if any.

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The Opioid Crisis and "War on Drugs" (Part I): The Propaganda and "Just Say No"

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This is a two-part discussion series, taking an in-depth look at the role of government and its public policies in regulating "controlled substances" (a.k.a. licit and illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances).

For Part One, we'll take a look at the historic evolution of the government policies from the 1800s until the 1990s. We'll examine various programs and laws, and discuss which efforts were effective, if any, and as well as any failures.

For Part Two, (https://www.meetup.co...) we'll examine the root causes of the current "Opioid Crisis," as well as any sensible solutions to this epidemic.

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The topics of discussion for Part One will include:

• The origins of the introduction of "controlled substances" by different ethnic immigrant groups.

• The Prohibition Era and its subsequent Restoration.

• The "Counterculture" Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s.

• The Reagan Era -- "Just Say No"

• The recent "criminal reform" movement to decriminalize certain controlled substances.

Movement Politics (Part 3): Black Lives Matter

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The "Movement Politics" series explore the various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology. The "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups or organizations.

Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric -- thus, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound, logical reasoning and persuasion with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

The past discussions included:

Part One -- "The "Alt-Right"­ and the "Regressive Left (http://www.meetup.com...)"

"Policy Night" with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

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A discussion of various local public policies at Council Member Kallos' (http://council.nyc.go...) district office. Ask questions, express your concerns, or offer suggestions to improve the City life!

Official description: Policy Night is a chance for residents who have a policy idea they want to pitch and help implement; the goal is to empower residents and turn ideas into real solutions.

The date is tentative -- more details to follow.

New York, NY - USA

Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/235949914/