Jan 242017
 
Women's March with VID

Gathering for the Women’s March: “Today is the first of many days to take a stand against this monster!” declared Erik Coler, the young new president of Village Independent Democrats, from atop the steps in front of the Gandhi statue in Union Square.”

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:  Indivisible, a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda founded by former congressional staffers revealing best practices for making Congress listen; OneClickStandUp.com, one stop shopping for anyone who feels the urgency of getting involved right away on behalf of causes  that are targeted to become vulnerable in the coming years – we love their “Contact Elected Officials” page.  And then, of course there are the daily suggestions and actions found on Village Independent Democrats Page and Group on FaceBook.  Join the conversation, sign up, send postcards, make calls.

“The answer I can definitively give is that we, the VID, intend to fight back against Donald Trump. But our fight against Trump is going to be impossible alone. We need people like you to become more involved,” says VID President Erik Coler in a recent editorial in WestView News.

 

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    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

     

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      Jan 052017
       

      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.

      VID Candles for ClemenciesThe 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 leaders in the fight for social, economic, and criminal justice in New York City and throughout the nation.”

      “This is a proud moment for New York.  Our efforts show what we can achieve through our activism and commitment.  Governor Cuomo’s heroic actions should serve as a model for our nation,” said Allen Roskoff, Candles for Clemency founder and co-chair and president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.

      All the recipients of clemency have been rehabilitated and taken responsibility for their crimes.  One, Judith Clark, has earned multiple degrees during her incarceration, and has taught prenatal parenting classes for pregnant women, co-founded a ground breaking organization to address the AIDS epidemic, and raised and trained over a dozen guide dogs for law enforcement agencies and disabled veterans.  

      “VID is delighted with Governor Cuomo’s just and wise decision,” said Erik Coler, President of VID.   “We hope he will continue to release deserving prisoners, especially the elderly and infirm, who are languishing in jail because of unfair and inhumane sentencing rules of the past.”

      Governor’s Press Release

      New York Times Coverage

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