Events for April 12, 2007

8 a.m. People for the American Way, Moveon.org, NYPIRG, VoteTrustUSA, and Common Cause will co-host “Vote 2008: Symposium on Election Reform and New York Voting Machines” at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University’s Jacob Burns Moot Court Room at 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street.

9:30 a.m. The Queens West Development Corporation board of directors will meet at the Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue.

9:30 a.m. The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault will release the results of two surveys on sexual assault services in the city and rape victims’ experiences of them at the Women’s Media Center in the Empire State Building, 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.

10 a.m. The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public meeting at the Hearing Room, 40 Rector Street between Washington and West streets.

10:30 a.m. (Another) groundbreaking ceremony for the Second Avenue subway will be held at 101st Street and Second Avenue. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will open their board room at 347 Madison Avenue for a celebration with MTA staff.

11:15 a.m. Speaker Christine Quinn will join Council member Letitia James and tenants at the unveiling of the Safe Housing Act on the City Hall steps.

11:45 a.m. Bill Clinton will make an appearance at an event celebrating Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook’s 25 years in Ministry at the Old John Street United Methodist Church, 44 John Street between Nassau and Williams streets.

1 p.m. The Council on Foreign Relations will host an environmental discussion with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at 58 East 68th Street.

4 p.m. The New York State Division of Human Rights will host an open house to celebrate the new State Human Rights Law and Fair Housing Month at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 136th Street and Malcolm X. Boulevard.

5:30 p.m. Council member John Liu will honor Holocaust survivors at his office, 135-27 38th Avenue in Flushing, Queens.

6 p.m. Eliot Spitzer will host a New York State Democratic Committee celebration with its new leadership, chair June O’Neill, co-chair Dave Pollak and executive committee chair, Reginald Lafayette, at the Boyland Daylight Studios, 601 W. 26th Street.

6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Republican Club will host First Thursday, its monthly informal social at 122 East 83rd Street.

7 p.m. Anthony Swofford, author of memoir Jarhead, will speak with the soldiers Jason Christopher Hartley, Ross Cohen, John McCary, and Sangjoon Han, and Edouard Gluck about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard Robbins, director of the documentary Operation Homecoming and Devin Friedman, author of A Soldier’s Portfolio This is Our War: Servicemen’s Photographs of Life in Iraq, are also panelists at “Voices From the Front: Iraq and Afghanistan” at the Housing Works Bookstore at 126 Crosby Street.

7 p.m. Barnard College will host a forum on “Becoming Displaced: The Women of Darfur” at Altschul Hall, West 117th Street and Broadway.

7 p.m. The Bed-Stuy Business Improvement District will host a “Toast to Bedford-Stuyvesant” fundraiser at Carver Federal Savings Bank, 1281 Fulton Street, in Brooklyn.

7:30 p.m. The New York Young Republican Club will hold a meeting featuring Steve Malanga, senior fellow from the Manhattan Institute, Robert L. Lauer, a US Army Military serviceman and founder of WarriorPAC, and Seth Borden, a labor and employment lawyer who will discuss the Employee Free Choice Act, at the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen’s Club, 283 Lexington Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.

7:30 p.m. The East Side Democratic Club will host a discussion titled “The First 100 Days of Democratic Power in Albany and Congress” featuring Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Sen. Liz Krueger and presumptive democratic assembly candidate Micah Kellner at the Brown Gardens Community Room, 225 East 93rd Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues.

– Gillian Reagan