Feb 232017
 

The planned DNC Candidate Endorsement at our February General Membership Meeting was cancelled due to a blizzard.

We were disappointed that we were unable to have a membership meeting due to the weather in order to make a DNC Candidate endorsement as a Democratic club. However, the VID Executive Committee felt that this election is too important not to voice our opinion.  As a result, after background research, much deliberation and discussion the Executive Committee endorsed Keith Ellison with the following resolution:

Whereas, the scheduled and advertised endorsement meeting of the Village Independent Democrats (VID) regarding the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was canceled because of a blizzard, and

Whereas, the DNC will choose a chair before the next general VID meeting, and

Whereas, the VID is dedicated to a vibrant and effective Democratic party, both locally and nationally,

Whereas, the members of the Village Independent Democrats executive committee have considered the candidates for DNC chair by studying their websites and viewing other forums at which they spoke, and

Whereas, members of the VID Executive Committee have voted regarding all 10 candidates for this position,

Therefore, the VID Executive Committee strongly supports Keith Ellison for the next DNC chair. His plan as Chair would revitalize both the states and national Democratic parties, build a stronger Democratic platform, and focus on a grassroots approach.

 

You can review the candidates qualifications and the process to be followed in this thorough National Public Radio piece or in this updated CNN coverage.

DNC candidate endorsement

From left: Democrats Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, Tom Perez and Pete Buttigieg are competing to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Other candidates include Sally Boynton Brown and Jehmu Green.  Photograph:  NorthCountryPublicRadio.org

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Feb 092017
 

Due to snow conditions, tonight’s, February 9th, Meeting cancelled.

VID President, Erik Coler, announced the meeting cancelled and delivered the following message to our list of members and friends:

Meeting CancelledUnfortunately, due to the storm today, the conditions, and overall ability to get to our meeting we will have to cancel tonight’s endorsement meeting.  We will try to reschedule the meeting.

Thank you to all the candidates who were planning on participating and thank you to everyone who planned to join tonight. 

Also, don’t forget if you haven’t signed up already to join us this Saturday for our Day of Action!

Rain or Snow, we will be out there organizing people in the fight against TRUMP!
 RSVP HERE

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Feb 032017
 

February General Meeting

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 
St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher Street – 6:30 PM

Agenda

Make Sure to check out our facebook page and join our event Saturday Feb.11th as we organize the village against Donald Trump!  Click Here

                                                            

February General Meeting_women's-march

VID gathers at Union Square, Jan. 21st, getting final instructions from Erik Coler

 President’s Report  – Erik Coler

      I. Woman’s March (Update) – see also Villager Coverage
     II. Feb. 11th, Anti-Trump Day of Action  

Committee Reports

      –  Voting Reform (Chair: Laurie Hardjowirogo)
           Next Meeting: To be Announced

      –  Environmental Committee (Chair: Nat Johnson)
           Next Meeting: Feb. 21st @ 6pm

      –  Affordable Housing (Chair: Erik Coler)
           Next Meeting: Feb. 18th @ 2pm 

      – Gala Committee (Chairs: Nanacy Shamban/Nadine Hoffmann)
           Next Meeting: To Be Announced

      – Election Committee (Chairs: Laurie Hardjowirogo/Tony Hoffmann) 
           Next Meeting: March 14th @ 6pm

Elected Officials Report

DNC Endorsement Vote

The Village Independent Democrats will be make an endorsement (or no endorsement) of the DNC Chairperson.
(A separate email with bio/issues on candidates to follow)

Candidate’s list
Keith Ellison | Tom Perez | Jaime Harrison | Sally Boynton Brown | Ray Buckley
| Pete Buttigieg | Juhmu Greene | No Endorsement (This will be if we decide not to endorse anyone)

Rules:
– Candidates, or representatives, or speakers on their behalf will have 5 to 10 mins to speak (depending on the number of finalized candidates), and 10 mins to answer questions.
– The membership will have 20 mins of comments after the speakers are finished
– Members in good standing for more then 3 months will be able to vote

3.  New Business

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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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