Oct 152018
 

Andy Kim_bus to NJ 3

Get On A Bus October 20th to Tip the Scales for Andy Kim in New Jersey

There are only 23 days left before the November 6th mid-term elections.  A blue Congress has never been more crucial.  And, at the top of our list is Andy Kim in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.

The Saturday, October 20th Vote Blue 2018 bus to NJ 3 (Andy Kim) is less than half  full.  We will not flip Congress with only NY congress members. NJ 3 is about an hour and a half from New York.

Please sign up now. Door to door canvassing is the most effective way of campaigning.  Our volunteers last week knocked on more than 2,000 doors to get out the vote for Democrats.  

The VID link for 10/20 for NJ 3 (Andy Kim) is
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-oct-20-to-nj-cd-3-registration-50913030244?aff=vid

Should you wish more info on our efforts to win back Congress you can go to https://www.votebluenyc.com. All information required to register, right up to Nov. 6th is available there.

Buses load at 8:00 am and leave promptly at 8:30 am from the East Side of Union Square every Saturday. We return to the City between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, depending on traffic. 

 

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Campaign Co-Chairs
Tony Hoffmann- Tonyhoffmann26@gmail.com
Laurie Hardjowirogo- laurieh2ster@gmail.com 
Erik Bottcher- ebottcher@gmail.com 

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 Posted by at 12:57 pm
Oct 082018
 

Blue Wave_Buses to NY and NJGet On A Bus October 13th to Tip the Scales

There are only 30 days left for the blue wave to take over the November 6th mid-term elections.  A blue Congress is in jeopardy.  The polls are getting tighter.  The stakes are getting higher. Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court has changed everything. 

The Saturday, October 13 Vote Blue bus to NY 19 (Antonio Delgado) is half  full.  The bus to NJ 11(Mikie Sherrill) is empty. We will not flip Congress with only NY congress members. NJ 11, Morris Plains, is less than an hour from New York.

Tony Hoffmann and Jen Hoppe will be the bus captains for the MIkie Sherrill bus (NJ).  Please sign up now. Door to door canvassing is the most effective way of campaigning.
 
VID link for 10/13for NJ 11 (Mikie Sherrill) and NY 19 (Antonio Delgado)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-to-nj-cd-11ny-cd-19-oct-13-registration-50801590926?aff=vid
 
Should you wish more info on our efforts to make Congress BLUE you can go to https://www.votebluenyc.com. All information required to register, right up to Nov. 5th is available there.
Buses load at 8:00 am and leave promptly at 8:30 am from the East Side of Union Square every Saturday. We return to the City between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, depending on traffic. 
 

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 Posted by at 3:18 pm
Oct 032018
 
Blue Wave Bus

VID Builds a Blue Wave

The Blue Wave Isn’t Coming Without Hard Work.  

Get On A Bus To PA October 6th and Other Congressional Districts on Following Saturdays. 

There are only 37 days before the November 6th mid-term elections.  A blue Congress is in jeopardy, and the polls are getting tighter.  The Saturday, October 6 Vote Blue bus to NY 19 (Antonio Delgado) is full.  The bus to PA 7 (Susan Wild) is empty. We will not flip Congress with only NY congress members. PA 7 is actually closer to NYC than NY 19.

Please sign up now to campaign for Susan Wild this Saturday.  Just think of the message we can make in the Blue Wave.  

Here is VID’s link for 10/6 (PA-07, Susan Wild)

Check our Calendar for updates on candidates and districts scheduled for Saturday buses and reservations.

Should you wish more info on our efforts to win back Congress you can go to https://www.votebluenyc.com. All information required to register is available there.

Buses load at 8:00 am and leave promptly at 8:30 am from the East Side of Union Square every Saturday. We return to the City between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, depending on traffic. 

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 Posted by at 4:47 pm
Oct 012018
 

Congressman Nadler Updates VID at August 2018 MeetingAugust 2018 Meeting Featured Updates from Congressman Jerry Nadler and Covered Primary Plans, Immigration, Environment and Gun Reform

President Erik Coler opened the August 2018 Meeting with a request to insert the Immigration Resolution into the Agenda after the Committee Reports.  This was unanimously approved along with the rest of the Agenda.  He then announced there would be no September meeting as Primary Day falls on the normal second Thursday of the month and that that the County Committee meeting would most likely be held in the last week of August, according to Ben Yee.

Keen Berger’s District Leader Report covered the race for Civil Court Judge by Robert Rosenthal, the VID endorsed candidate.  Sheshe asked for volunteers.

Nat Johnson gave the Environmental Committee Report next, filling us in on the planned tour of the Sims Municipal Recycling Center on September 20.  The club is selling $3 reusable bags.  Styrofoam will be banned as of January 1, and there will be a town hall about composting.

Laurie Hardjowirogo spoke for the Voter Reform Committee.  The anti-IDC campaign is very successful with phone banking for Robert Jackson, John Liu, and Alessandra Biaggi.  She will be campaigning with Antonio Delgado upstate on August 26, and Kate Linker will be hosting a phone bank for Anthony Brindisi and Max Rose on August 16.  She advised anyone interested in participating to contact her for more info.

Now Allison Stowell spoke for the Gun Reform Committee.  Alessandra Biaggi had come out in favor of ERPO/ the Red Flag law, so they were planning to coordinate with the Voter Reform Committee to stage an event to support her.  Brad Hoylman sponsored S.B. 9145 to ban 3D “ghost guns”.  Allison said Cuomo was campaigning on the Red Flag bill and she was hopeful he was sincere because he doesn’t like to lose.

Jerry Nadler Update

Now the big event–Congressman Jerry Nadler gave a speech about the Mueller investigation and gave his analysis of Trump’s motives.  He spoke of Trump’s narcissism and lack of understanding of government processes, his calling the press “the enemy of the people” and calling the FBI and Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt”.  He spoke of Trump’s and Pence’s racism and negativity, contrasting him with Bernie Sanders, who had real solutions.  Trump’s solution is “Only I can fix it”.

Nadler spoke of the danger of this appeal, which is typically fascistic, and he spoke of the Russian hacking of emails and how a candidate can’t accept anything valuable to a campaign, especially from a foreign power.  He said Bernie was good at uniting the party after the election, but the split was exacerbated by Trump.

He spoke of the Hollywood Axis tape, meeting with Putin alone, the FBI investigation of Hillary, and the need to protect Rosenstein and Mueller.  He spoke of the movement to impeach the President and reminded us he is the ranking member of the Judicial Committee, who would supervise that process.  He said it was foolish to push impeachment now and that it should wait until after the election, when hopefully the House will be in Democratic hands.

Jerry also talked about the Trump assault on the social safety net and the disastrous immigration policies–and the importance of subpoenaing the tax returns.

Finally, after some questions, Jerry left to a standing ovation.

More Committee Reports

Tony Hoffmann gave the Campaign Committee Report.  He began by soliciting volunteers for Election Day, and then introduced Tiffany Hodges, who also spoke of the need for volunteers and ads and digital media.  She mentioned going to Rhinebeck to campaign for Delgado.

Tony mentioned Rachel Lavine’s campaign against Penny Mintz for NYS Democratic Committeewoman for downtown Manhattan, noting that the Board of Elections had disqualified Mintz’s petitions, but Penny was appealing the ruling, so it was unclear if she would be on the ballot.  He brought up Robert Rosenthal and Tish James, and gave Elissa Stein credit for the graphic design of the campaign literature and ads, which she donated pro bono.  Starting September 15, the club will be dispatching buses to CD’s to make Congress blue.

Dave Siffert of the Immigration and Family Reunification Committee read the new Immigration Resolution, which unanimously passed with one friendly amendment.

Last up was Ben Yee, State Committeeman of the 66th AD, who is running unopposed.  He outlined the calendar for the County Committee, with an August 18 Day of Action for Max Rose and a meeting probably on the 28th to address rules changes proposed eight months ago.

Under New Business:

David Siffert solicited volunteers to do screening interviews of immigrants for Catholic Charities.  He is also holding a postcard party at his home for Alessandra Biaggi on the 13th.

Anne Heaney advocated for a rally against fossil fuels at Cuomo’s office on the 12th.

Sharon Woolums touted her new article in the Villager advocating for the SBJSA act.

Nadine Hoffmann spoke of how she and the Recording Secretary, Kathy Slawinski, attended the City Council meeting on immigration reform and the club donated $250 in gift cards to Damyn Kelly at Lutheran Social Services.  A picture was taken of Nadine, Kathy, David, and other club members with the check.

FULL MEETING MINUTES

 

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