Sep 112018
 

As a founding member of Vote Blue 2018 VID will be campaigning for Antonio Delgado this Saturday, September 15, and for  other congressional candidates on the following Saturdays.

The Vote Blue 2018 buses start on Saturday, September 15th, just after the New York Primary Election.  They will leave from Union Square East at 8:30 am (loading starts at 8:00 am) and return to the same location between 7 and 8:00 pm. Seats are available for a round-trip fee of $10 that is waived for students with a valid ID or for economic hardship. We don’t want to turn anyone away, but rather to encourage everyone to participate, again and again, in this vital civic process.

Below is the schedule for the first buses. Beginning September 15th and continuing through Election Day, November 6th, we will have two or three buses running on Saturdays and GOTV days to different districts located within an approximate two-hour radius of New York City. The bus destinations are based on demand and the importance of the races to the overall strategy of taking back Democratic control of the House, securing a viable Democratic majority in the New York State Senate, and winning up and down the ticket. We aim to pair congressional and state senate districts wherever possible, though the below lists congressional districts only:

Vote Blue 2018_Antonio Delgado NY-19Sept. 15 NY-19 

Vote Blue 2018_Susan Wild PA-07
Sept. 22 PA-07 

Vote Blue 2018_Liuba Grechen Shirley NY-2
Sept. 29 NY-02 

Vote Blue 2018_Andy Kim NJ-03
DATE TBD NJ-03 

Below is VID’s custom registration link for September 15:
Village Independent Democrats
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-to-ny-cd-19-registration-49476417296?aff=vid

Please sign up to help make Congress Blue.

 

VID CAMPAIGN CHAIRS

Tony Hoffmann
Laurie Hardjowirogo
Erik Bottcher

VID President
Erik Coler

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Sep 102018
 

Our Endorsed Candidates Are Presented in this VID 2018 Primary Voter Guide

You can bring the VID 2018 Primary Voter Guide with you when you vote on Thursday, Sept. 13th.

VID 2018 Primary Voter Guide

VID 2018 PRIMARY VOTER GUIDE FOR PRINTING

FOR VOTING INFORMATION:  www.vote.nyc.ny.us or call 866-868-3692

To see a sample ballot or find the poll site nearest you go to www.nyc.pollsitelocator.com

Candidate websites can be found at:

Cynthia Nixon – https://cynthiafornewyork.com/meet-cynthia/

Kathy Hochul – https://kathyhochul.com/

Letitia James – https://www.tishjames2018.com/

Robert Rosenthal – https://www.rosenthalforcivilcourt.org/  Civil Court District 2 Area:  https://www.rosenthalforcivilcourt.org/district-2

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Aug 272018
 

VID Goes on Record Against Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

At the July Membership Meeting VID introduced and passed a resolution against Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy calling upon the Democratic leadership to enable seven steps for correction.

The resolution (below) was revised in August, 2018, and is for distribution.

Whereas the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has created an immigration and human rights catastrophe on our southern border, causing the separation and detention of families and children in inhumane and substandard conditions,

Whereas the ACLU has filed lawsuits alleging that children have been housed in cages with insufficient medical care and subpar food, often in chilly “ice boxes” without sweaters and subject to abuse and forced psychotropic drugs,

Whereas there have been numerous allegations of physical and sexual abuse by children and adults who are being detained,

Whereas these detentions can have a lasting traumatic effect on children, according to Dr. James L. Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, and other health professionals,

Whereas these policies pull millions from the Department of Health and Human Services, causing HHS to spend at least $40 million in the last two months and shift more than $200 million from other HHS accounts for a purely invented crisis (housing costs for imprisoned immigrants are estimated at $1.5 million per day), depriving others of needed HHS services and support,

Whereas these policies have produced ballooning profits for certain agencies like Baptist Child & Family Services, Southwest Key, and International Educational Services for housing immigrant children—now at $1 billion a year, a ten-fold increase over the last decade,

Whereas numerous appointees in the Trump administration previously drew paychecks from companies who contracted with ICE and other federal law enforcement agencies causing them to profit from this crisis,

Whereas the administration is unable to meet its July 26 deadline to reunite all families who have been separated, per order of Federal Judge Dana Sabraw,

Whereas 19 top ICE investigators have criticized the policies,

Therefore let it be resolved that the Village Independent Democrats:

Stands with numerous elected officials and prominent Americans in opposition of the administration’s policies on the issue.

Asks that:

  1. The Administration cease and desist child separation policies and completely overhaul our cruel and dysfunctional immigration system;
  1. The Administration reverses its newly-revised visa rules, which severely negatively impact documented immigrants;
  1. The Administration end all its attacks on both documented and undocumented immigrants;
  1. Mayor Bill de Blasio stops contracting with ICE while calling New York a “sanctuary city”;
  1. Mayor Bill de Blasio continues his lawsuit against the Justice Department for withholding $9 million in public safety grants;
  1. Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council continue their efforts on the issue, such as their support of the Keep Families Together Act, S.B. 3036, “to immediately stop the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the U.S. border, except with express directive from a child welfare expert, and for additional legislation that would end family detention as an unsafe and harmful alternative”;

Welcomes immigrants, who are necessary for the vitality of our economy, whose taxes help pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP and other social programs, and who are human beings deserving respect, dignity, security, safety, and a decent quality of life for themselves and their families.

You can download the full resolution here.

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