Dec 232014
 
Talking Point:  Saving Small Businesses

VID Member Sharon Woolums addresses the issue of saving small businesses… in an insightful Talking Point piece in The Villager (December 18) titled Mom-and-Pop shops: Are they too small to save? To Ms. Woolums saving small businesses centers on the failure of the New York City Council to act on the proposed  Small Business Jobs Survival Act (S.B.J.S.A.), which was originally introduced by Councilmember Ruth Messinger in 1986, has been bottled up in a Council committee for the past four years, and denied a vote by the full City Council for 28 years. For this piece she interviewed Councilmembers Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez on the issue.  As a counterbalance, she elicited comments from Mr. Sung Soo Kim a 30-year veteran in the fight to save small business and founder of the Korean American Small Business Service Center.  Mr. Kim also created the first Small Business Bill of Rights […]

Dec 222014
 

At the VID General Meeting and Club Election December 11, …the membership heard statements from Nadine Hoffmann, Jim Fouratt, candidates for President and Tom Connor, Katharine Wolpe, Linda Jacobson, Irene Kaufman and Jim Fouratt, candidates for Vice President.  A donation to the 9th Precinct Community Council for their annual Children’s Holiday Party was approved and a resolution on Government Action Against Climate Change was adopted.  See  VILLAGE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS_Dec-2014_Minutes for more details…or visit The Villager to see their coverage.   The membership voted Nadine Hoffmann as the 2015 President; and Katharine Wolpe, Linda Jacobson and Irene Kaufman, as 2015 Vice Presidents.  Elections for  Treasurer, Recording Secretary,  Two Corresponding Secretaries and fifteen at-large members to the Executive Committee will occur at the January 8th meeting. Additional to the General Meeting and Club Election December 11, was the “Net Neutrality” Forum.  You can read about the guest speaker, Tim Wu and view the video here.

Dec 122014
 
Tim Wu Speaks on Net Neutrality

UPDATE:  “Net Neutrality and You” — Tim Wu Speaks at Village Independent Democrats on Fair and Open Internet On Thursday, December 11, Tim Wu gave VID members and guests a thorough picture of Net Neutrality and its issues. Here, The Internet Society – New York Chapter captures the evening:   Tim Wu coined the expression “Net Neutrality” – the principle that Internet service providers should offer equal access to all content and applications and equal service to all users.  While the Obama administration embraces this concept and considers the internet a public utility, there are powerful lobbies and a Republican-dominated Congress that could block or severely modify Net Neutrality.  Professor Wu’s talk will explain how net neutrality benefits American consumers and the American economy. Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, professor at Columbia Law School, fellow at the New America Foundation, and contributing editor at The New Republic and […]

Dec 082014
 
VID Will Elect New Officers Dec. 11th

VID Will Elect New Officers on Dec. 11th at 6:30 pm, at 83 Christopher Street. The December 11 election will be for President and three Vice President positions with the remaining positions voted upon at the January meeting. The only candidate statement received thus far is from Nadine Hoffmann, running for President of the club.  Keen Berger has endorsed her.  (We will update this posting as additional candidate statements are received). Elections a- President b- Vice Presidents (Depending on time constraints the vice presidential election may take place after Tim Wu’s presentation). Any candidate who wishes to send a statement to the VID membership can send it to Zella Jones at: zella “at” marketxmarket.com.  She will send it out to the membership.   Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate: Must be a VID member for 90 days Dues must be up to date If your dues has expired you can pay […]