Updated: Jun 5
New York, NY, May 26, 2020 - Jonathan Herzog, civil rights leader, legal
advocate, and Democratic Congressional candidate in New York’s 10th district,
challenges Representative Jerrold Nadler to the first televised debates in the
district's history -- one every week beginning June 1st.
After leading the #ShakeUpCongress car parade at City Hall, protesting the
exclusion of recurring, non-means tested cash relief from the HEROES
Act, and trending twice nationally on Twitter with nearly 20,000 tweets this past
weekend, Herzog and the #YangGang pushed Nadler to make his first public
statement with a step towards recurring cash relief in his endorsement of Tim
Ryan and Ro Khanna's $2,000/mo Emergency Money for the People Act.
This, on the heels of trending #CongressPassUBI with over 50,000 tweets,
getting Speaker Pelosi to make her first public statement in favor of universal
basic income and having Rep. Tim Ryan declare himself #YangGang.
On the developments, Herzog noted: "As U.S. COVID-19 deaths near
100,000, more than 1 in 5 of whom are New Yorkers, the #YangGang won't
settle for lip service. Congress has been on recess. The former CDC Director found that up to 80% of all deaths in New York alone could have been avoided
if New York had shut down just 10 days sooner. Elected officials playing
pandemic politics contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands and
threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands. For shame. We've entered a
new Great Depression. We need unconditional direct cash relief for all now --
no means testing, no strings attached."
Referring to his lawsuit win to protect civil liberties and voting rights, Herzog
added, "What's more - New York Democratic Party leaders shamelessly tried
to cancel the state's primary, after warning that Trump would do the same.
They lost twice in federal court. This, after refusing to terminate the in-person
congressional petitioning process, which began at the same time as the first
documented case of COVID-19 in New York, until nearly two weeks later.
Herzog has drafted The Emergency Cash Now Act, an emergency universal
basic income of $2,000 for every American adult, and $1,000 for every
American child for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the
Freedom Dividend Act, a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 for every American
adult and $500 for every American child in perpetuity.
Two networks have already agreed to host debates. The #YangGang would
bring historic ratings and engagement in a win for any network hosting the NY-
10 debates. The 10th District is ground zero for the winner-take-all economy --
home to Wall Street, but also where 1 in 6 lived in poverty even before COVID-
19. In parts of the 10th District, up to 40 percent of residents have fled the city
for areas with lower infection and fatality rates, illustrating the critical role of
direct cash relief not just for economic recovery but also public health.
Herzog demands the first of three televised debates happen by June 1st, the
date after which the CDC projects a 9/11 death toll every single day. Any
recognition of this "incalculable loss" requires holding elected officials to
account. The same elected officials who encouraged New Yorkers to "go
about their everyday lives," "take the subway," "take the bus," "stop buying
masks," and continue to petition for ballot access nearly two weeks after the
first COVID case in New York. In order to uphold an open democracy,
Networks should publicly demand that Nadler participate in three televised
debates and avoid shirking his constituents on the front lines of the pandemic.
Other NYC districts have already started holding debates. New Yorkers in the
10th deserve nothing less.
Herzog is a civil rights leader and legal advocate born and raised on the border
of Hell's Kitchen and the upper west side. He has nearly a decade of
experience at the vanguard of this era's civil rights fights, including the
movements against dark money in politics, poverty, and hate. He worked handin-
hand with the Senior Adviser and Counselor to the Attorney General on New
York's first-of-its-kind anti-corruption joint task force. After launching the
campaign's first digital ad, Herzog was subjected to widespread Google News
indexing manipulation by Sinclair affiliates, which is under federal
investigation. Herzog graduated first in his class at Harvard, completed his
MBA at NYU Stern, and served as co-President of Harvard Law School's
student government. If elected, he would be the youngest member of
Congress (at 25), the first Israeli-American member of Congress, and the first
openly gay Representative for New York’s 10th District, home to one of the
largest LGBTQ populations in the country.