Community Free Democrats (CFD) is a Democratic club serving the Upper West Side and beyond. Founded in 1969, CFD emerged from both the anti-war movement and the reform movement within the Democratic Party.
CFD works every day to mobilize our community in promoting and organizing progressive opinion and action on local, state, and national issues. We encourage and cultivate popular involvement in the democratic process; strive to make the Democratic Party an effective vehicle for peace, progress, and social justice; and endorse and work for candidates for public and party elective office who share our ideals and objectives.
We want to improve the quality of life in our own neighborhood. We fight for better public schools; affordable housing and mass transit; improved parks; and safer streets. We oppose irresponsible development.
Our candidate endorsements are made at open public meetings, following lively debates among club members, and often following discussions with the candidates on the issues that matter most to us. Throughout the year, we sponsor public forums on current issues, voter registration drives, and educational projects. On Election Day, we monitor poll sites.
We are proud of our current public officials whose leadership was nurtured by CFD. These include U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; and State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. We have also played a key role in the election of many prominent judges whom we endorsed after they were rated “most highly qualified” by independent screening panels.
Anyone who wishes may join CFD. To become a voting member, you must be over 12 years old and reside either in the 67th or 69th Assembly Districts, or in the geographical area bounded by 59th Street on the south, 125th Street on the north, Central Park West/Frederick Douglass Boulevard on the east, and Hudson River on the west. You may not vote at any other district-based Democratic club if you wish to vote at CFD.
2014 annual dues are $30 (regular) or $15 (limited income).