Sep 302010
 
VID President Jonathan Geballe

VID President Jonathan Geballe

I would like to thank our membership for electing me to serve out the remainder of this term as president. I am honored to have been selected and to have the opportunity to serve VID and its members. I am thrilled that you have chosen Eli Hausknecht to be Vice President and to serve along with our two outstanding VPs, Lorna Gottesman and Tim McNerney, our superb Treasurer and Secretary, Kathy Jacobson and Celia Wu respectively, our terrific Corresponding Secretary, Annette Zaner, the dedicated Yvonne Sherwell of our Tenants Clinic, and all who devote time on our Executive Board.

We continue to assert our progressive ideals, to protect and defend our civil rights, to strive for fair and full economic opportunity, education, healthcare for all. We seek a community where the most needy and vulnerable – the elderly, the young, the disabled, the out-of-work — are cared for and not forgotten. Some of our goals are far reaching, say, for a more peaceful world or habitable environment. Some are smaller in scale but no less valued, such as the day-to-day issues presented by tenants to our Tenants Clinic.

Having reiterated those principles, we must now turn to the job we have immediately ahead of us: rebuffing the rightward swing of the Teabaggers and their extreme ideological purification campaign to eliminate Democrats, progressives and even moderate Republicans. This is no time to be complacent because we assume that Manhattan is safely Democratic. What we do here will have statewide and national ramifications, and it is our job to organize a heavy downstate Democratic majority to offset the conservative vote elsewhere. VID must turn its energy to getting out the Democratic vote November 2nd: canvassing, sending good neighbor letters, campaigning and getting voters to the polls on Election Day. Please join with me in this effort.

Thank you.

Jonathan Geballe

President

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Sep 262010
 
Site of New York Islamic Cultural Center

Site of New York Islamic Cultural Center

After discusion which emphasized the importance of religious freedom and other values, the V.I.D. unanimously passed the following resolution unanimously:

The Village Independent Democrats join the hundred or more organizations (including the Downtown Independent Democrats, the Lower Manhattan Democrats, and the New York Neighbors for American Values) in supporting the construction of an Islamic Cultural Center at 51 Park Place in downtown Manhattan. Our nation and our neighborhoods are strengthened by the diversity of our communities, and therefore we welcome this Center in our city.

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Sep 112010
 

General Meeting 9/22/2010, at Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson St.(entrance just below Washington Square South), at 7:30 pm. Agenda:

1. Election of interim president to replace our current President, William Stricklin, who has accepted a job that makes it impossible for him to continue as president. Per our Constitution, VID must elect an interim president who will be in office until the annual election in December, 2010. Please be prepared to propose candidates and vote on this very importat position.

2. Discusion of proposed New York City Charter Revisions. Speakers tba.

3. Discussion and presentation of the VID resolution on the proposed Islamic Cultural Center, to be situated downtown on Park Place.

4. Sadye Vassil, the Manhattan Coordinator for One Nation, to make a brief presentation of their mission statement and the 10/2/2010 march in D.C. Presenation should be 5-7 minutes followed by a short question period.

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