At a well-attended April 27th event, VID Celebrates 60 Years.
We recall words on VID’s history from Ed Gold:
The club’s formation flowed from the disappointment in the 1956 presidential election when Adlai Stevenson, the hero of reform-minded Democrats, was routed once more by the war hero Dwight Eisenhower, while receiving only lukewarm support from the dominant old-line Tamawa Club in the Village, where DeSapio called the shots.
A group of dejected Stevensonians from the Village Stevenson campaign gathered in late 1956 or early 1957 and decided the Village deserved better than Tammany leadership. – Ed Gold. The Villager and The Downtown Express, Feb. 23, 2007.
In addition to the lively talk about National and Local politics, VID celebrates 60 years by highlighting outstanding contributions to the fabric of New York life and ethics.
For Tirelessly Advocation for New York City’s Public School Children – Shino Tanikawa, Public School Parent; Vice President of Community Education Council District 2 and Education Activist.
For Working to Make The Stonewall National Monument Honoring LGBT Civil Rights a Realty – Cortney Worrall, Northeast Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservancy Association.
For Acting on a Moment’s Notice, Going to JFK Airport to Help Those Affected by the Muslim Ban – Mark Doss, Esq., Supervising Attorney, International Refugee Assistance Project at The Urban Justice Center; Yasmine Farhang, Esq., Immigration Attorney, Make the Road New York; Camille J. Mackler, Esq. Director of Legal Initiatives, New York Immigration Coalition.
For 40 Years of Grassroots Activism and Progressive Leadership, The Very Special Inaugural VID Member’s Award – Tony Hoffmann, Former District Leader and Two-Time VID President.
President Nadine Hoffmann opened the May 12th Membership Meeting by noting how nicely the VID Gala was written up in The Villager by Lincoln Anderson. There were also some nice pics from this event. The March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which we endorsed, will take place on July 24 before the Democratic Convention. Members agreed to spread the word regarding this event.
District Leader Keen Berger said she had two good things to report. Several CB2 members held a well-attended meeting with Jerrold Nadler regarding the dedication of Christopher Street Park to LGBT rights. The second item was about some school district “carve out” blocks on 12 Street North–residents of these blocks were unhappy about being zoned out of PS 41. CB2 is pushing for their re-inclusion.
Next came the election of the judicial delegates. VID, DID and VRDC were each to contribute two delegates and two alternates. This arrangement passed overwhelmingly, with one nay vote. VID nominees were Nadine Hoffmann, Jen Hoppe, Cormac Flynn, Zella Jones, Erik Coler, and David Saperstein; the finally elected delegates were Jen and Cormac, with Zella and Nadine as alternates.
Tony Hoffmann, Campaign Committee Chair, now opened the Special Candidates Forum for Civil Court, co-sponsored by VRDC, DID, and the Jim Owles Club.
The Civil Court Candidates included:
Emily Morales Minerva
Each candidate gave a four minute presentation followed by up to six minutes of questions from the audience. All the candidates were impressive and the discussion was spirited.
The meeting was adjourned, with the reminder that the endorsement meeting will take place on May 23 at 8pm at Greenwich house.
VID’s March Meeting featured reports on the gun violence forum, the Congressional primary, an early voting bill in the NYS legislature and the Algonquin Pipeline. It ended with Club endorsements for Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.
Forum on Gun Violence Panel: Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, Joel Vatsky (CRDC), Nadine Hoffmann (VID),Scott Stringer (not pictured) and Assemblyman Keith Wright
President Nadine Hoffmann opened VID’s March meeting by welcoming Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is up for reelection. He soon left, as he could not speak at the meeting. She then reported on the March 1 Women’s Issues forum at the Red Room, participated in by VID, DID, CODA, Manhattan Young Dems, and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. There had also been a forum on gun violence the day before, sponsored by the VID and VRDC, and featuring Keith Wright, Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, and Scott Stringer, among others. And she reminded the members about the upcoming Candidates Night on April 7. See April Announcement
District Leader Keen Berger discussed campaigns in other states and candidates she was supporting like Donna Edwards, Catherine Cortez Masto, Russ Feingold and Maggie Hassan. [A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Keen Berger was supporting Chris Van Hollen who is Donna Edwards opponent. Keen is strongly supporting Donna Edwards.]
Nadine commended Erik Coler for meeting with Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh on the topic of early voting–the Assemblyman thinks Republicans are in agreement on this issue and it may pass in the Assembly and State Senate. Jonathan Geballe explained what’s involved in getting this legislation passed.
Jonathan Geballe, Congressman Nadler, Nadine Hoffmann, Erik Coler, Congresswoman Maloney, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman join the petition-launching breakfast at the VID Clubhouse.
Tony Hoffmann spoke about the upcoming Congressional primary on June 28 and the necessity for petitioning. A Campaign Breakfast, paid for by Congressman Nadler, would take place at the clubhouse on Saturday.
Nat Johnson updated everyone on the environment–on February 29, Governor Cuomo sent a letter to FERC about the Algonquin Pipeline, requesting this dangerous project be suspended until a full environmental study is completed. Nat described a circular firing squad involving FERC, NRC, DEC, and the EPA diffusing the blame by saying the others had approved the project. There was a discussion about Int. 446, a bill introduced to prevent fracking and its byproducts from traveling through the city–26 City Council members were needed to sponsor the bill. ( Pipelines leak methane at much higher rates than previously understood, and methane is much more dangerous to the environment than carbon dioxide.)
FERC had not responded to the Governor’ s letter, so Keen proposed sending a statement to the Villager and Cuomo’s office, which was unanimously approved. It was also proposed to send letters to Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez (copied to the Villager) thanking them for supporting the initiative to suppress fracking. This too was unanimously passed.
Tom Connor, a rent-controlled tenant who is a chair on the advisory board of Greenwich House, a senior center, read a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the unfairness of the rent raises to rent-controlled tenants, the majority of whom are senior women. Rachel Lavine, a State Committee Representative, asked about SCRIEE having a role. It was proposed that Nadine, Rachel and Tom meet to collaborate on the letter, and this was unanimously passed.
Next Jen Hoppe updated us on the Gala, set to take place on Thursday, April 28 at the newly renovated Tio Pepe. The Committee is soliciting sponsors, and invites are to go out next week. Honorees will be Ben Yee, former leader of the Manhattan Young Dems and current VP of the National Young Dems, someone (as yet undecided) from the Cooper Square Committee (addressing homelessness), and Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NY (regarding prisoner’s rights). Nadine said the committee had wanted to honor Susan Lerner of Common Cause, but she was unavailable.
Nadine reviewed the VID rules for endorsement of political candidates; after much discussion regarding the candidates–
Jerry Nadler was unanimously endorsed by acclamation.
Carolyn Maloney was endorsed by 23 in favor, with 3 no endorsement votes and one invalid ballot.
Chuck Schumer was endorsed by 19 in favor and 7 no endorsements.
Hillary Clinton received 19 votes, Bernie Sanders received 9 votes and one no endorsement.