Past & Upcoming Events

The Fourth Annual Holiday Party!

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You're cordially invited to join us for the Fourth Annual Holiday Party!  We had so much fun during the FirstSecond, and Third Annual Holiday Parties, we'll continue the tradition!

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The vibe: we have the entire second floor reserved, conducive for a fun, festive gathering.  In exchange for an exclusive reservation, the venue will charge $20 at the door and each attendee will receive two drink tickets.  If you do not drink, you can convert your two drink tickets back to cash or food after entry.

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The format: small group discussions with the following themes:

* 2017: Year in Review -- what were the most important, or  perhaps the most under-reported stories / events?

** BUT, most importantly -- what did the Year 2017 mean to you personally?

*** PLUS, predictions for 2018.

Motion Debate: "Universal Basic Income"

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This is an invitation to attend and watch a live Motion Debate as an audience.  This event is in collaboration with MotionDebate.com, as part of the monthly debate series.  It's FREE to attend and complimentary beverages will be offered. To attend, please complete the RSVP on this meetup page and also register at the external splashpage by clicking here

Brian Hanley and Conrad Shaw will team up against Erik Carter and Christina Zorbas.  It will be moderated by Evan Rhoda.

This month's Motion: "Universal basic income is the most important solution to rising joblessness in America."

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, 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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New York, NY 10001 - USA

Friday, February 9 at 7:00 PM

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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, 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.

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The Rise of Nationalism (Part 4): These United States

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This is a final part of a four-part discussion series examining the ostensibly-sudden rise of nationalism in different parts of the world.

Building from themes that emerged from Parts One, Two, and Three, we'll explore the current political climate and the "nationalistic fervor" enveloping here in the U.S., including the following:

• "Nationalism" in response to and opposition of "Globalism" and the current immigration policies.

• "American Exceptionalism" to justify Nationalism

• Nationalism based on selective interpretation of history.

• A "nostalgic" sense of nationalism. 

• How "Nationalism" spills over into overseas or extraterritorial military expansion.

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"

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Part Two -- The Rise and the (Ostensible) Fall of the Religious Conservatives in the U.S.

"Policy Night" with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

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A discussion of various local public policies at Council Member Kallos' 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, March 6 at 6:00 PM

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