Sep 182017
VID Votes to Oppose NYS Constitutional Convention

Though the NYS Constitutional Convention Referendum Enjoyed Much Debate at the September 14 Meeting, VID Votes No At its general meeting on September 14, Village Independent Democrats voted overwhelmingly to oppose holding a NYS Constitutional Convention in 2018. See the full minutes here The proposition to hold a convention will be on the ballot in the New York State election that will be held this November 7.  The convention would be design to review and revise the state’s current constitution.  The club voted after hearing a pro-convention speaker from an organization called the New York Peoples Convention and an anti-convention speaker from the Legal Aid Society.   The club fears that a NYS Constitutional Convention could be dominated by powerful right-wing interests which could eliminate the current constitution’s protection of the environment and the needy, public education, and even workers’ pensions.    As Club President Erik Coler put it, “The dangers are […]

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Sep 102017
Volunteers Needed September 12th

The Democratic Primary is September 12th Volunteers Needed to Help Our Endorsed Candidates  Volunteer for a shift at the polls (or multiple shifts) on primary day. SIGN UP HERE Locally, of great importance, VID has endorsed Carlina Rivera (2nd District) and Chris Marte (1st District) for the NYC City Council – Corey Johnson was also endorsed by VID but is unopposed.  If you’d like to help the campaigns of Carlina and/or Chris please indicate by clicking on the link above and signing up. Grassroots activism matters. Now more than ever, we need to hit the streets. If everyone signs up for one shift, we should have complete coverage. Thank you in advance for your help! Warmest regards, Tony Hoffman, Laurie Hardjowirigo, Erik Bottcher VID Campaign Committee

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Sep 042017

September 14th General Meeting Agenda September 14th Meeting to Highlight The New York State Constitutional Convention with guests from Effective New York and Legal Aid.  You can read a NY Times overview and visit the Constitutional Convention website in the meantime. General Membership Meeting Thursday, September 14th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.  AGENDA President’s Report – Erik Coler Elected Officials District Leader Report – Keen Berger 7:00 PM  Discussion On The New York State Constitutional Convention Speakers from Effective New York and Legal Aid to discuss the pros and cons on the 20 year mandated vote on creating a potential New York Constitutional Convention. Committee Reports   Voter Reform Committee – Laurie Hardjowirogo   Environmental Committee – Nat Johnson   Campaign Committee – Tony Hoffmann & Laurie Hardjowirogo   Affordable Housing – Erik Coler 8:15 PM  Special Election for Vacant Spot on the Executive Committee New Business Adjournment  

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