Jan 242017
 
VID Prominent at the Women's March

200 people joined the Women’s March NYC, through a combined effort between VID, Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) and United Through Action, on January 21st. Women’s March participants in Washington DC included VID members Keen Berger and Nancy Shambam among others.  It was, around the world, a glorious show of unity with more than 3,000,000 people participating. Lincoln Anderson covered the New York March thoroughly in The Villager. In their chants and on their signs, the marchers voiced a potpourri of concerns, from Black Lives Matter to the environment to Trump’s relationship with Russia’s Putin. More than a few signs showed the two men kissing. The police didn’t have a heavy presence — or at least it didn’t feel that way. Apparently, they weren’t expecting violence from the Women’s March, one woman observed. So, now the heavy lifting begins.  All sorts of sites have sprung up to assist in finding direction: […]

Jan 182017
 

VID Officer Elections completed on Jan. 12th In a well-attended meeting which also featured a thorough presentation on how to protect rent-stabilized tenants, VID members voted for the remaining slate of Officers and the 2017 Executive Committee.  Now, VID Officer Elections are complete. President  Erik Coler Vice Presidents Jen Hoppe Laurie Hardjowirogo Barbara Ruether Treasurer Tony Hoffmann Recording Secretary Kathy Slawinski Corresponding Secretaries Jonathan Geballe Ed Yutkowitz Fmr. President Nadine Hoffmann Executive Committee Members Alec Pruchniki Erik Bottcher Nat Johnson Linda Jacobson Chaim Leggiere Nancy Shamban Frieda Bradlow Franny Leggiere Susan Gottesman Eli Hausknecht Katharine Wolpe Tom Connor Marlene Nadle Lois Rakoff Frank Savits Don’t forget to check out our new Facebook Page or you can join the discussion on our FaceBook Group  

Jan 052017
 
VID Lauds Governor Cuomo for Granting Clemencies

VID praises New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for his end-of-the year decision granting clemencies to more than 100 people.  These included pardons for many youthful offenders convicted of minor crimes, and the commutation of sentences for several elderly prisoners, including Judith Clark. The Governor’s decision was the culmination of years of effort for VID.  New York’s venerable progressive club is a major sponsor of Candles for Clemency, which since 2009 has led a campaign for criminal justice reform.  Prior to last week, clemencies had not been a priority for the Governor.  Club members were among the organizers and participants in the movement to inspire the Governor to recognize the plight of prisoners. “We are proud of the role VID played in making this day possible,” said Tony Hoffmann, co-chair of Candles for Clemency and a former President of Village Independent Democrats.  “We have been and will continue to be […]