Oct 172012

Peter Crosta and Tony Hoffmann, Co-Chairs, Election 2012

The canvassing effort for Obama in Pennsylvania continues with our busloads of canvassers arriving each Saturday in Easton, Nazareth, Bethlehem and environs to rouse the Dems and Indies to go to the polls on November 6 and vote for the President.  Nadine Hoffmann, Peter Crosta, Marti Speranza, Tony Hoffmann, Jonathan Geballe have all organized this effort, along with Act Now and Greater NYC for Change, pulling together a myriad of downtown clubs — and all under the wing of organizer-in-chief Yayoi Tsuchitani. October 13 we were blessed with a sunny day which almost became warm, and we were joined by a busload of Manhattan Young Democrats. And many, many Obama supporters greeted us at the doorways. Nothing beats a warm smile of solidarity.

Except maybe the homemade chili and moist, savory, just-baked cornbread served for lunch to all the canvassers at the Easton Obama branch office.

Marti Speranza and Peter Crosta pictured at right, check-in  at Easton campaign office.

Please join us on the remaining pre-election Saturdays in cavassing for Obama i  Pennsylvania: October 20, October 27, November 3. Buses leave at 8:00 a.m., 15th Street, east side of Union Sq. Return at 7:00 p.m. $10 contribution. The agenda is canvass for 2 hours, stop for lunch (provided by the campaign) and then 2 more hours of door-knocking, and then the ride home. Reserve your seat at buslady17@gmail.com (reservations required).

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Oct 172012


VID Takes to the Streets_web

Celia Wu, Frieda Bradlow and Georgina Christ shown here. Other members manning the table included Ellen Peterson, Katharine Wolpe, Alec Pruchnicki, Deley Gazinelli, Nadine Hoffmann, and Tony Hoffmann

If you were strolling along Greenwich Avenue on sunny Saturday, October 13th, you saw how VID takes to the streets (or avenue) as an energized and vocal team registering voters, telling the news about our PA canvassing efforts, and taking donations for buttons, cookies and cakes.

Strollers dropped by to purchase Obama buttons to wear proudly upon their return to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Brooklyn.  All of them were rooting for President Obama.  A typical refrain from overseas tourists was, “It would be a disaster for multilaterism if Romney were elected President.”

Celia Wu, Ellen Peterson, Katharine Wolpe, Frieda Bradlow, Alec Pruchnicki, Deley Gazinelli, Nadine Hoffmann, and Tony Hoffmann staffed the table and hawked our wares throughout the day. Georgina Christ brought her beautiful hats to contribute to the cause and Yayoi Tsuchitani and Keen Berger donated their home baked cakes, brownies and cookies to the delight of all.

In addition to signing up a new VID member, our team registered a few people for next year’s election (unfortunately, October 12th was this year’s deadline), sold $520 worth of buttons, cookies and cakes, campaigned seriously for the Obama/Biden ticket, pushed VID’s Pennsylvania campaign, enhanced VID’s visibility, and got to meet a lot of very nice people. A great day for VID.

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Oct 132012
Debate Viewing

Purchased Rights: Biden-Ryan debate#120364

After last Thursday’s  invigorating performance by fightin’ Joe Biden, the campaign is roaring ahead. But wait … there are two debates to go. Keen Berger has graciously opened her home to VID for more debate viewing parties (thank you, Keen), so mark your calendars and lets gather together to support our president and unify for the final push to Election Day.

Debate Viewing Location: Keen Berger’s, 130 Jane Street
Time: Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m. (debate starts at 9:00 p.m.)
Monday, October 22, 8:00 p.m. (debate starts at 9:00 p.m.)

Donation of some refreshment/ finger food is welcome but not required. This is a great opportunity to mix the political and social, so political friends and potential VID members are welcome.

Reminder: next VID General Membership Meeting is Thursday, Nov 1.

Jonathan Geballe

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Oct 082012

The VID October 2012 agenda is filling up. Mark your calendars now.

The crew leaves Pennsylvania after a busy canvassing day.

The October VID General Membership meeting is Thursday, October 11, 2012St John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St. (just east of 7th Avenue).  SPECIAL NOTE:  because of the VP Debate (which has added importance as the polls tighten) the meeting will begin early, at 7:00 pm SHARP.

We will also hear the latest on the effort to stop hydrofracking in New York and the effect of the recent decision to require DEC’s health study before a decision on drilling.
We will be hearing from Owen Crowley on the Stop SPECTRA lawsuit, which VID has joined as co-petitioner (VID members Nat Johnson and Anne Heany are also individual co-petitioners). (SPECTRA is the massive high-pressure natural gas pipeline planned for Gansevoort/14th St).

(VID’s original agenda, a panel on Hudson Sq rezoning, had to be postponed because CB2 scheduled an Executive meeting the same night on this issue.)

2. Our VID October agenda also continues the bus canvassing campaign for the Obama reelection effort bringing canvassers to PA has been a great success — but we would like to see strong VID presence on the buses. Upcoming bus trips include all Saturdays to Election Day: Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 2. Buses leave at 8:00 a.m., 15th St east side of Union Sq. Peter Crosta, Marti Speranza, Jonathan Geballe, Tony Hoffmann will continue to be part of the bus effort. We ask a $10 contribution when you board. Return at 7:00 p.m.

Reserve by contacting Nadine Hoffmann at buslady17@gmail.com . The spirit is contagious and energizing.

3. The VID Street Fair is Saturday, October 13, 11:00 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. and our VID booth will be located at about Perry and Greenwich Avenue. Come by and say hello, and, if you can, donate a dollar or two (and get an Obama button) to support the bus canvassers.

Reminder that our November General Membership meeting will be on Thursday November 1. Mark your calendars.

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