Aug 232019
 
Health Care Forum

The Future of Health Care in New York: A Forum The New York State Senate and Assembly will take up the New York Health Act, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera. The New York Health Act would implement single-payer healthcare in New York, ensuring every New Yorker will have reliable health insurance coverage. Learn How This Bill Could Affect You and Your Family! Sunday, October 6 2:30pm Doors Open, 3pm-5pm Program, 5pm-6pm Open Q&A Elisabeth Irwin High School 40 Charlton Street Free with RSVP: https://forms.gle/4UV8RfZyM3TvvnEm9 Featured Speakers: • State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair, NYS Senate Committee on Health • Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health Prominent elected officials and leading public health professionals will also participate. List of Sponsors (in formation): Village Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club. For more information, contact president@villagedems.org or go to […]

Aug 212019
 
The Path to Freedom: Decarceration in Trump’s America

Decarceration Forum Join us in discussing how to reduce the number of people incarcerated in our prisons. Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:00pm to 6:00pm (Doors at 2:30pm) Elisabeth Irwin High School, 40 Charlton Street Free with RSVP: https://forms.gle/aij3VUGBkn6HEUjg9 A panel discussion with: Moderator: Justice (ret.) Emily Jane Goodman Daniel Dromm, Councilmember, 25th District Helen Rosenthal, Councilmember, 6th District Mark Shervington, Statewide Community Organizer, Release Aging People from Prison Lucy Lang, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Introductory remarks by David Siffert, President, Village Independent Democrats; Allen Roskoff, Co-Chair, Candles for Clemency and President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; and Kathy Slawinski, Recording Secretary, Village Independent Democrats. Sponsors: Village Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Coalition for a District Alternative For more information, contact president@villagedems.org or go to www.villagedems.org. Download the Flyer

Jun 192019
 
June General Meeting

The June General Meeting covered NYC funding of abortion access, NYS support for gestional surrogacy, prostitution legislation and the Green New Deal. And, a thank you to Jerry Nadler for a very informative forum. Party Leaders District Leader Keen Berger’s report opened with a thank you for re-electing her for the last fourteen years.  She will be super-ceded by a new District Leader, Jen Hoppe, after the Primary on June 25th.  Keen mentioned two issues important to her: Social justice issue:  the fact that the 75 Morton Street middle school provides less after-school programs than any other school in District 2.  She hopes that VID can write a letter or do some other action to help rectify this.  Measles epidemic.  Keen mentioned that Dick Gottfried was sitting on the fence on this issue of requiring everyone to be inoculated and doing away with religious exemptions.  This is a public health […]

Jun 012019
 
May General Meeting

President David Siffert opened the May General Meeting by thanking everyone for their efforts to help in the Gala, especially congratulating Melissa Carty and Sara Kimbell. At the May General Meeting on Thursday, May 9th four resolutions passed; six committees gave progress reports and guest speaker, Emily Arsenault, from  Kirsten Gillibrand’s office spoke on gun control.   Party Leader Reports District Leader Keen Berger’s three conclusions: Support elected officials who are doing good work, mentioning especially Jerry Nadler and Brad Hoylman.  The importance of the little organizations that are working on good goals like electing good people and correcting gerrymandering.  She agreed that the 14th Street situation is a mess and she’s glad that Elissa Stein wrote her great resolution in response.  This sparked a discussion regarding support for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, working on the “double jeopardy” law, pushing to get Trump’s tax returns, and support for Planned […]