The 61st Annual Spring Forward Awards, held on April 26th at Tio Pepe Restaurant This year’s honorees included Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC; Ken Kidd and Hal Moskowits of Gays Against Guns and Nadine Hoffmann, past President of VID.
The April 12, 2018 General Meeting endorsed two candidates, passed two resolutions and heard a report on the Democratic County Committee Full April 12, 2018 General Meeting Minutes President Erik Coler opened the April 12, 2018 General Meeting by announcing three new committees: Gun Reform, chaired by Deb Sherman and Allison Stowell, Communications, chaired by Sara Kimbell, and the County Democrats Reform Committee, with Elissa Stein and Irene Kaufman. He also announced that The Executive Committee had agreed to make Annette Zaner VID member for life–and the membership unanimously agreed. Jeanne Wilcke reported on the Democratic County Committee Rules Committee and how the process for reform was very laborious and detailed, with the minutes for the March meeting running to 17 pages! There was plenty of fighting on the grassroots level, with many complaints not acknowledged by the County Committee, no unified email list for notifications, etc. The Ethics Committee was […]
At the March General Meeting VID Passed Two Resolutions on Gun Control The first gun control resolution, addressed to the NYS Legislature, requests parity between two existing pieces of legislation. On the one hand New York State law prohibits minors under the age of 21 from obtaining a license to own or carry handguns; on the other New York State allows anyone over the age of 16 to purchase and own rifles and other long-barreled firearms and the ammunition for them. Here’s the resolution. The resolution calls on Democrats and Republicans in the State of New York legislature to increase the minimum age to buy, own, transfer, and obtain a license for ALL firearms and ammunition to at least 21. The second gun control resolution demands Congressional action to end gun violence with eight specific requirements. These include: Increasing requirements for purchasing or transferring a firearms; Implementing universal background checks; A ban on assault weapons, […]
The March meeting introduced many resolutions and a very thorough presentation on NYC Organics Collection Program MARCH MINUTES. Among the first orders of business were various activities surrounding the March Against Guns, scheduled for March 24th and a Gun Control Forum featuring State Senator Brian Kavanaugh on March 18. Deb Sherman and Allison Greenberg, of the ad hoc Gun Control Committee, announced a high school walkout at the Clinton School on March 14 in honor of a student who was killed in the recent shootout. Poster making, logistics and two resolutions highlighted the discussion. See the more on these resolutions. The March Minutes also reported on the election for the two State Committee positions. Ben Yee, current State Committeeman, running unopposed and Rachel Lavine, current State Committeewoman also running unopposed. Ben won his endorsement with 29 in support and one no endorsement; Rachel was reelected unanimously, with 30 in support. Nat Johnson, […]