Aug 222015

herman-gersonWe are saddened to announce that Herman Gerson, a past VID vice president and longtime VID member, honored with the VID Community Service Award in 2005, passed on August 20th.  He was 103 years old.

Herman was a former Greenwich Village Democratic district leader, Democratic state committee member. He was father of Alan, former city councilmember for the First District, which covers Lower Manhattan, part of the Village and the Lower East Side and Soho, Noho and Little Italy; and husband of Sophie, a former school board leader and community board member. They all lived at 505 LaGuardia Pl., where Herman Gerson was president of the board of directors and edited 505 News, the building’s quarterly newspaper. He also tutored in math at Washington Irving High School.

The service will take place this Sunday, August 23, 11:00 AM at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker St. (bet. MacDoougal and 6th Ave.).
Shiva, with a community reception, will be observed Sunday and Monday, August 23rd and 24th, from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, at the community room of 505 LaGuardia Place.


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Aug 072015



Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
(86th Street and West End Avenue)

Facebook: Fossil Fuel Use

Climate change is threatening our food and water supplies, economy, infrastructure, public health, and the future of NYC. The main cause of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), which trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the planet. Our panel will explore various financial strategies for how we can keep fossil fuels in the ground to prevent catastrophic climate change.  Should individuals and institutions divest from fossil fuel companies?  Or, should they remain invested in these companies to influence their policies as shareholder activists?


  • Helen Rosenthal, City Council member, District 6, Chair of the Contracts Committee.
  • Liz Krueger, State Senator, 28th District, Sponsor, Fossil Fuel Divestment Act.
  • Reid Capalino, Senior Energy Analyst,  Carbon Tracker Initiative.
  • Bradford Goz, Director of Business Development, Fossil Free Indexes.
  • Scott Zdrazil, Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.
  • Shanna Cleveland, Senior Manager, Carbon Asset Risk Initiative, Ceres.
  • Geraldine F. Watson, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

ORGANIZED BY: 350NYC, the local affiliate of

COSPONSORS [in progress]: Responsible Endowments Coalition, United for Action (UFA), Green Sanctuary Committee CCNY, UU; Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Sierra Club, NYC Group; New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), West 80s Neighborhood Association, Food and Water Watch, Greater NYC for Change, Barnard Divest, the Investure Schools Coalition for Fossil Fuel Divestment, Seven Sisters Coalition for Fossil Fuel Divestment, 350Brooklyn, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Social Action Committee of Park Slope UMC, CUNY Divest, Beloved Earth Community, Riverside Church; Broadway Democrats, Three Parks Democrats, Village Independent Democrats, GreenFaith, Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG),  NYU Divest, Bronx Climate Justice North, Grassroots Environmental Education, and Green Education and Legal Fund.

Open to the General Public
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
RSVP’s are not required.
$3.00 suggested donation at the door.

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