May 282015
NYC Human Rights Law

NYC Human Rights Law is the subject of the featured panel discussion at the June General Membership meeting Thursday, June 4th at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. at 7:00 PM UPDATE:  MINUTES A distinguished panel assembled by VID’s own Alison G. Greenberg, Esq. will discuss the NYC Human Rights Law’s political, legal and practical implications for workers. According to Fair Play Legislation, a website that covers this subject: We have already made substantial progress, especially after the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act of 2005 insisted that judges honor the uniquely broad and remedial purposes of the local New York City Human Rights Law. Despite the failure of the Human Rights Commission to use the administrative enforcement route effectively, civil rights attorneys have been quite successful in vindicating the law in court. This is a unique moment to consolidate and expand our gains and to protect against reactionary forces […]

May 082015

VID General Membership Meeting St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex 83 Christopher St. Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30 PM UPDATE:  MINUTES Our May 14th General Membership Meeting has a pretty full agenda.  In addition to Club business we will be hosting an important discussion on Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, as well as presentations from and endorsements of Civil Court and District Leader candidates.  Following is the agenda: I.  President’s Report II.  District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger III. Special Forum: Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Nat Johnson–Organizer Panelists:  Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project Eric Weltman,  Food & Water Watch in New York Ling Tsou, United for Action Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, Status of the Port Ambrose LNG IV.  Update on Saving Small Business Petitioning–Sharon Woolums   V.  Update on Gala–Jen Hoppe VI.  Presention by Civil Court Judge Candidates  (See election protocol for all candidates below) VII.  Endorsement of Civil Court Judge Candidates VIII.    Presentation […]

May 032015
Halting the Flow of Gas Pipeline Infrastructure in NYS

Village Independent Democrats will hold a forum on halting the advance of gas pipeline infrastructure which threatens health, environment and economic life of New York State.   The forum will take place on May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. (just west of Seventh Avenue).  The public is invited.  Admission is free. “The gas industry wants to expand the natural gas infrastructure in New York State to maximize its ability to export natural gas to more profitable overseas markets,” says Nat Johnson, organizer of the forum.  “We have to develop stronger regulatory protocols to protect domestic energy markets and further the development of renewable energy, resource conservation and energy efficiency.” Participants In this panel discussion Include: Sane Energy Project – Even though high-volume horizontal fracturing has been banned in New York State, the invasion of fracking infrastructure is going full tilt. To date, […]

May 012015
Zephyr Teachout Highlights April Meeting

Zephyr Teachout Addresses April 9th General Membership Meeting Ms. Teachout started by announcing that she had just gained tenure at Fordham.  She finished her book, “Corruption in America“, and had just written a letter to the Supreme Court regarding the Citizens United decision. She discussed how the Founding Fathers found corruption the biggest threat to democracy, although now over 50% of former congresspeople become lobbyists.  This profession was a felony in many states for over a hundred years of our history.  Zephyr Teachout also spoke of renewable energy, net neutrality, and a possible second book about effects of high-stakes testing for teachers.  She also seemed optimistic about the choice of Carl Heastie to replace Sheldon Silver, and discussed the corrupting influence of money in politics and the fate of the Moreland Commission. For more about the April meeting, click here for the minutes