Sep 112018
 

As a founding member of Vote Blue 2018 VID will be campaigning for Antonio Delgado this Saturday, September 15, and for  other congressional candidates on the following Saturdays.

The Vote Blue 2018 buses start on Saturday, September 15th, just after the New York Primary Election.  They will leave from Union Square East at 8:30 am (loading starts at 8:00 am) and return to the same location between 7 and 8:00 pm. Seats are available for a round-trip fee of $10 that is waived for students with a valid ID or for economic hardship. We don’t want to turn anyone away, but rather to encourage everyone to participate, again and again, in this vital civic process.

Below is the schedule for the first buses. Beginning September 15th and continuing through Election Day, November 6th, we will have two or three buses running on Saturdays and GOTV days to different districts located within an approximate two-hour radius of New York City. The bus destinations are based on demand and the importance of the races to the overall strategy of taking back Democratic control of the House, securing a viable Democratic majority in the New York State Senate, and winning up and down the ticket. We aim to pair congressional and state senate districts wherever possible, though the below lists congressional districts only:

Vote Blue 2018_Antonio Delgado NY-19Sept. 15 NY-19 

Vote Blue 2018_Susan Wild PA-07
Sept. 22 PA-07 

Vote Blue 2018_Liuba Grechen Shirley NY-2
Sept. 29 NY-02 

Vote Blue 2018_Andy Kim NJ-03
DATE TBD NJ-03 

Below is VID’s custom registration link for September 15:
Village Independent Democrats
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-to-ny-cd-19-registration-49476417296?aff=vid

Please sign up to help make Congress Blue.

 

VID CAMPAIGN CHAIRS

Tony Hoffmann
Laurie Hardjowirogo
Erik Bottcher

VID President
Erik Coler

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Jul 222018
 

VID Canvassing for New York Dems…Everywhere !

Whether it is to take back seats in Congress, insuring that the IDC doesn’t return to NYS or supporting a progresssive agenda, VID is canvassing for New York Dems throughout the summer.

Laurie Hardjowirigo, Tony Hoffmann, VID Pres. Erik Coler and Erik Bottcher have made this a summer priority and need your help canvassing for New York Dems. So here’s the current line-up.  Check the VID Calendar regularly for new updates listed under CAMPAIGNING (click on the yellow block).

Canvassing for New York Dems

CD 19 Canvassing Headquarters

Antonio Delgado – US Congress District 19 (John Faso, Republican Incumbent)

Saturday 7/28 there will be a canvass in Hyde Park. You can sign up here and have your fellow club members sign up as well. Hyde Park Office, 960 Violet Ave, Hyde Park, NY 12538
District Map

Shifts:  10A-12N; 12N–3PM; 3PM-6PM; 6PM-9PM

 
Alessandra Biaggi – NYS 34 (Jeff Klein, IDC )
Needs volunteers for July 28-29 for the eastern part of her district.
 
John Liu – NYS 11 (Tony Avella, IDC)
Now, a summer of campaigning begins! Join the #LiuCrew to knock on doors and talk to voters. We launched the canvassing on July 21st at the new campaign office at 184-02 Hillside Ave, near the 179th St stop on the E and F trains. 
For more info contact Laurie Hardjowirogo

Preparing for the canvas:

  1. Please bring your smartphone, and have the MiniVAN app downloaded for iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minivan-touch/id352087547 or Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.voteractivationnetwork.minivan&hl=en.
  2. Please download an Action ID account from https://accounts.ngpvan.com/Account/RegisterPrivate.
  3. Please RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/1823174924467480/ 

Ongoing

Zellnor Myrie – NYS 20 (Jesse Hamilton’s district)
Canvassing: 
Saturdays from 11-2
Sundays from 4-8
Phone banking at his HQ–please get in touch with Madeline Grimes for exact location
For more info contact madeline.grimes@gmail.com
 
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Perry Gershon – CD 1 (Lee Zeldin, Republican )
Contact Wendy Diller  wldiller@yahoo.com 

From Wendy: Gershon campaign wants to know if any of us will be coming to Setauket Saturday so they can arrange transport.  If interested let Laurie Hardjowirogo know ASAP

If you don’t feel comfortable knocking doors, they also need drivers to ferry people between neighborhoods
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Jun 272018
 

June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting Votes on Endorsement for NYS Attorney General

June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting_Tish James

Tish James wins VID’s endorsement for NYS Attorney General

The June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting began with presentations from three candidates for the NYS Attorney General position:  Leecia Eve, Tish James, and Christine Gonzalez, speaking for Zephyr Teachout.  After this, and a general discussion of the candidates, James won the endorsement with 23 votes, with Teachout second with 13, Maloney (?) 1, Eve 1, and one no endorsement.

The June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting continued with Rachel Lavine, State Committeewoman, who opened her remarks by telling us she seconded Zephyr Teachout for AG at the NYS Democratic Committee Convention.  She and others founded the NY Progressive Caucus a couple of years ago, and it is now the largest caucus.  They have accomplished a lot of things, among them, that the State Committee can no longer funnel donations, and won’t support any candidate who caucused with the IDC.  Catalina Lopez is the Vice Chair.

june 14, 2018 membership meeting_Rachel-Lavine

NYS Commmittee Woman, Rachel Lavine

She spoke about the Jeff Klein investigation into his alleged sexual harassment, and said it was a whitewash where the victim was not interviewed.  JCOPE will do an independent investigation.  The goal is to make the state standard congruent with the city standard.

She next tackled the question of why she voted for Cuomo at the Convention. She has had differences with the Governor, but could not support Nixon because she’s a celebrity candidate–like Trump.  Cuomo needs to be pushed to the left, but there needs to be a qualified candidate in every small area.  She closed with good words for Ben Yee.

june-14,-2018-membership-meeting_Deb Sherman

Allison Stowell speaks of the Youth over Guns March on June 2, in which 1,500 people articipated.

Deb Sherman and Allison Stowell made their report for the Gun Reform Committee.  They spoke of the Youth over Guns march on June 2, in which 1,500 people participated.  They got 365 anti-gun postcards signed, with 19 volunteers. The Extreme Risk Protection Act (ERPO) law passed in Massachusetts.  The same law is in the legislation here.  Senators Kavanaugh and Hoylman are working on it, and Kavanaugh is hopeful it will pass.

Nat Johnson spoke for the Environmental Committee, and their current project, VID reusable bags, which Deb was also working on.  They should be ready soon.  He spoke of the next meeting’s agenda:  the plastic bag bill, a ban on styrofoam, a field trip in the fall to the Recycling Center, and a January Town Hall on recycling.

Tony Hoffmann gave the report for the Voter Reform Committee, as Laurie Hardjowirogo was upstate in CD19.  He said they would adopt one or two anti-IDC handcards.  There was a discussion about the cards.  Petitions should be in by June 30.

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Apr 302018
 

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

April 12, 2018 General Meeting_Annete Zaner

Annette Zaner and VID President Erik Coler at the 61st Annual Awards night.

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 divided on not allowing the County Leader to be a lobbyist–the vote was no, 9-3, based on language problems. Everyone agreed that the screening panel for judges should be comprised of Democrats registered in NYC.  This triggered a small discussion about who was previously on the panel, and how do incumbent judges who are challenged get a fair hearing. 

Deborah Glick rose to speak–and was unanimously endorsed.  She spoke of her efforts to take abortion protections out of the penal code and put into health care federal law, which failed.  She announced a shredding event at Sirovich Senior Center on May 1.  Money for students economically and educationally disadvantaged was restored in the budget, along with support for child care centers.  There was a $5 M matching grant for no-kill animal shelters.  There was no support in the Senate for early voting.  There is hope for a ban on fracking and money for reproductive health care in November, but we need a Democratic Senate.

Brad Hoylman was unanimously endorsed, but was not present.  Liz Kreuger will be addressed next meeting.

The Resolution on the L Train was read, and changes were discussed.  Elissa Stein discussed the 14th Street Coalition and the Arthur Schwartz lawsuit, amendments were made, and the resolution passed, with one no vote and four abstentions.

Alison Greenberg read her Resolution regarding the proposed rule changes at the LPC and calling for resignation of the chair and input from the public and preservation experts on any rule changes.  After discussion, the resolution passed overwhelmingly with one no vote and one abstention. 

Nat Johnson reported on the Environmental Committee’s focus on composting, mentioning Tal Zaken’s previous presentation on organic composting.  He toured the Simms Recycling Center in Brooklyn and will show a power point presentation.  Other concerns were the plastic bag task force, styrofoam and plastic straws.  Nat set up a future meeting with the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board. 

Laurie Hardjowirogo reported on the Voter Reform Committee’s efforts to defeat John Faso in D19.  Sara Kimbell sent 150 post cards for Conor Lamb.  There will be a phone bank for the WFP on April 15, and Corey Johnson will host a Day of Action to get Shelley Mayer elected on April 22. 

Tony Hoffmann and Laurie reported next on the Campaign Committee.  They have collected about 1,000 signatures–660 for Nadler, and 330 for Maloney.  They discussed the number of signatures needed –at least 1,250.  And they noted that petitioning for local races starts June 5th. 

At the end of the meeting’s agenda was election of Judicial Delegates.  There was a discussion about whether to change the slate, sharing with VRDC and DID.  It was agreed not to at this time, but change was possible next year.  The candidates were Jen Hoppe (19), Allison Stowell (28), Deb Sherman (16), and Grace Price (3).  The top vote getters were Delegates, and the others were Alternates.

Katharine Wolpe announced the passing of Stanley Geller on April 6 at the age of 98.  He was an early President of VID as the Club grew to prominence in their opposition to Carmine DeSapio.

 

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