Video featuring Edie Falco calls out “Fake Democrats” in New York State Senate
New York, NY – The Creative Resistance, a collective of independent media makers who oppose the Trump agenda, today released the video “LuLu Land,” criticizing “fake Democrats” in the New York State Senate for aligning themselves with Republicans in exchange for perks and personal power, preventing the passage of much progressive legislation.
“Since 2011, a small group of 'Democratic' Senators, called the Independent Democratic Conference, have refused to caucus with the Democrats, handing control of the Senate to Republicans," says award-winning actor Edie Falco in the video. “They do this in exchange for what they call 'lulus': bigger salaries, nicer offices, and committee chairmanships.”
“Let's fight back,” continues Falco’s narration. “If we can raise enough awareness in these eight IDC districts, we can vote the fake Dems out, making New York a real blue State, like California—and inspiring other States of the Union to resist Trump, too.”
The “Lulu Land” video highlights for Democratic voters the real policy damage caused by IDC members questing for personal power at the expense of those who voted them in, and of vulnerable New Yorkers in general. The IDC are Jeffrey D. Klein (Bronx, Westchester), Marisol Alcantara (much of northern Manhattan), Jesse Hamilton (Crown Heights and Sunset Park), Diane Savino (northern Staten Island and southern Brooklyn), Jose Peralta (central Queens), Tony Avella (northeastern Queens), David Carlucci (parts of Rockland and Westchester Counties), and David J. Valesky (Syracuse, Madison County, and adjacent towns).
"If it weren't for these IDC quislings, New York would likely have single-payer universal healthcare, sanctuary state legislation, and a host of voting rights, rent control, fair pay, reproductive rights, anti-discrimination, and environmental laws," said Jacques Servin of the Creative Resistance. “The IDC prevents New York from serving as the beacon of resistance it would otherwise be."
“The IDC is at the heart of the rot in Albany” said Susan Kang, a Jackson Heights resident and a member of NOIDCNY. “At a time when we are fighting the Trump Republican national agenda, we don’t need Trump Democrats allying with Republicans at the State level.”
“The IDC betrays each and every New Yorker who voted to elect a Democrat. What’s worse, they use the GOP playbook to attempt to justify their arrangement, including blaming the mainline Democratic Conference for their formation. They have to go, especially in light of the dangerous administration in Washington, “ said Heather Stewart, Inwood resident and member of Empire State Indivisible.
"We need a strong Democratic majority protecting us from the Trump agenda, not posers who enable the GOP to control our State senate,” said Lisa DellAquila, a resident of Inwood, and a member of True Blue NY.
“We are in crisis and the IDC doesn’t care about anything other than themselves," said Laurie Hardjowirogo of United Through Action. "We demand that Democrats align with those who elected them - not their Republican cronies. You’re Democrats; come be Democrats.”
“The IDC is one of many things wrong in our State and our country,” said Eric Rockey of The Creative Resistance. “The Creative Resistance will continue to oppose Trump and support alternatives, and we will challenge those who play dangerous political games when the stakes are so high. We call on filmmakers, artists, and anyone who considers themselves 'creative' to join us in fighting for an America we can believe in.”
Contact: Jacques Servin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Resistance Website: https://www.thecreativeresistance.us/lulu-land
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English-language video, with Chinese, Russian, Bangla, and Italian subtitles:
Creative Resistance website: https://www.thecreativeresistance.us/lulu-land
Video embed codes:
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The Creative Resistance presents “Lulu Land.” Written and directed by Jacques Servin, Adam Baran and Eric Rockey. Produced by Eric Rockey and Jacques Servin. Directors of Photography Oscar Frasser and Brian Dentz. Editor Eric Rockey. English language narration by Edie Falco. Spanish language narration by Lyana Fernández. Music by T. Griffin and Daron Murphy. © 2017 The Creative Resistance. All rights reserved.
THE CREATIVE RESISTANCE is a New York-based group of filmmakers, graphic designers, writers, activists, organizers, and friends who create media for progressive campaigns and causes.
NOIDCNY was formed in January 2017 to organize local resistance efforts against IDC members in each of the districts.
EMPIRE STATE INDIVISIBLE works with the national Indivisible Project to defend New York against the Trump administration and those who enable its policies. www.empirestateindivisible.org
TRUE BLUE NY is part of Get Organized BK, started by NYC councilman Brad Lander. We're working to move New York left at the state & local levels. Are you tired of fake Democrats or backroom deals with Republicans preventing real progressive legislation in NY? WE ARE TOO. Connect with other citizen activists here for info on IDC, voter reform, new candidates and future races. Post articles, start discussions, and get involved!
UNITED THRU ACTION (UTA) is made up of everyday New Yorkers who are dedicated to resisting the Trump Agenda and taking our country back. Formed days after the 2016 presidential election, UTA works directly with campaigns in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City through canvassing, phone banks, tabling, and fundraisers. UTA also hosts relevant speakers and compiles and distributes weekly information about upcoming resistance actions.