Jul 102017
 
Tim Wu Returns to Speak at July 13th Meeting

Tim Wu returns as guest speaker at General Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 13th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.  The meeting will open with reports from VID President, Erik Coler, Elected Officials and District Leader Keen Berger At 7:00 pm,  Special Guest Speaker, Tim Wu returns to VID to discuss the future prospects for keeping the internet free from control. Tim Wu is Professor of Law at Columbia, Former New York Lt. Governor candidate.   He is also a leading expert on the future of the internet and net neutrality, having authored three acclaimed books: Master Switch, The: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires , Network Neutrality, The Next Digital Decade. Thursay’s discussion will center on protecting the Internet. Following will be Committee Reports   Voter Reform Committee – Laurie Hardjowirogo   Environmental Committee – Nat Johnson   Campaign Committee – Tony Hoffmann & Laurie Hardjowirogo   Affordable Housing – Erik Coler At […]

Jul 102017
 
Gerrymandering Dominates Discussion at June 8 Meeting

Redistricting on Steroids is the gerrymandering model David Daley revealed in his June 8th appearance at VID Erik introduced Dave Daley, author of “Ratf**ked;  the True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy”.  He delivered a riveting talk on how the Republicans took over in 2010 by using computer modeling to gerrymander and steal elections.  Gerrymandering, which can be traced back to at least 1788, has resulted in 69 of 99 state legislatures and both houses in 35 states to be controlled by Republicans in a country in which both parties are pretty evenly represented, with Democrats slightly ahead.  Dave called the new computer techniques, dreamt up by Karl Rove, “gerrymandering on steroids”.  He warned that the hard work is yet to be done to undo this catastrophe, the structural problems are deep and difficult to undo, and the usual electoral solutions may not be enough. Dave recommended […]