Jan 242017
 
Women's March with VID

Gathering for the Women’s March: “Today is the first of many days to take a stand against this monster!” declared Erik Coler, the young new president of Village Independent Democrats, from atop the steps in front of the Gandhi statue in Union Square.”

200 people joined the Women’s March NYC, through a combined effort between VID, Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) and United Through Action, on January 21st.

Women’s March participants in Washington DC included VID members Keen Berger and Nancy Shambam among others.  It was, around the world, a glorious show of unity with more than 3,000,000 people participating.

Lincoln Anderson covered the New York March thoroughly in The Villager.

In their chants and on their signs, the marchers voiced a potpourri of concerns, from Black Lives Matter to the environment to Trump’s relationship with Russia’s Putin. More than a few signs showed the two men kissing.

The police didn’t have a heavy presence — or at least it didn’t feel that way. Apparently, they weren’t expecting violence from the Women’s March, one woman observed.

So, now the heavy lifting begins.  All sorts of sites have sprung up to assist in finding direction:  Indivisible, a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda founded by former congressional staffers revealing best practices for making Congress listen; OneClickStandUp.com, one stop shopping for anyone who feels the urgency of getting involved right away on behalf of causes  that are targeted to become vulnerable in the coming years – we love their “Contact Elected Officials” page.  And then, of course there are the daily suggestions and actions found on Village Independent Democrats Page and Group on FaceBook.  Join the conversation, sign up, send postcards, make calls.

“The answer I can definitively give is that we, the VID, intend to fight back against Donald Trump. But our fight against Trump is going to be impossible alone. We need people like you to become more involved,” says VID President Erik Coler in a recent editorial in WestView News.

 

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Jan 182017
 

VID Officer Elections completed on Jan. 12th

In a well-attended meeting which also featured a thorough presentation on how to protect rent-stabilized tenants, VID members voted for the remaining slate of Officers and the 2017 Executive Committee.  Now, VID Officer Elections are complete.

President 
Erik Coler

Vice Presidents
Jen Hoppe
Laurie Hardjowirogo
Barbara Ruether

Treasurer
Tony Hoffmann

Recording Secretary
Kathy Slawinski

Corresponding Secretaries
Jonathan Geballe
Ed Yutkowitz

Fmr. President
Nadine Hoffmann

Executive Committee Members
Alec Pruchniki
Erik Bottcher
Nat Johnson
Linda Jacobson
Chaim Leggiere
Nancy Shamban
Frieda Bradlow
Franny Leggiere
Susan Gottesman
Eli Hausknecht
Katharine Wolpe
Tom Connor
Marlene Nadle
Lois Rakoff
Frank Savits

Don’t forget to check out our new Facebook Page or you can join the discussion on our FaceBook Group

 

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Oct 202016
 

Bus to Lehigh VAlley - Keep PA BlueIt is so important to Keep PA Blue…

Donald Trump will not accept the results of the presidential election unless he wins.  Donald Trump’s finger will be on the trigger of US nuclear weapons if he becomes President.  Donald Trump mocks the deal that President Obama negotiated with Iran to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  He cannot become president.  The VID is the lead political club in a consortium of progressive organizations in Manhattan and Brooklyn that are actively engaged in Keep PA Blue,  going every Saturday to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvainia to campaign for Hillary. We are making a difference.  We have registered and connected with hundreds of potential Hillary voters.

I will be one of the captains, along with Erik Bottcher, of the October 22nd and  October 29th buses.  I will also be on a couple of other buses (probably 11/5 & 11/8).  Please join me and other VID’ers. We board the buses at 8:00 AM at Union Sq. in front of Babies R Us.  Buses depart at 8:30 AM.  Congressman Nadler will be at Union Square this Saturday morning, 10/22, to greet us and bid us farewell.  

Buses leave the Lehigh Valley at approximately 5:00 PM and return to NY at around 7:00 PM.  However, don’t buy Broadway tickets assuming you can make an 8:00 PM show.  Stuff happens.  To register for a bus simply go to the link below, Click on it, and follow the instructions. Tickets are only $10.  I Look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Tony Hoffmann
Co-Chair-VID Campaign Committee
Keep PA Blue

Keep PA Blue Bus Registration Links

Saturday, Oct 22 – Reserve TODAY Online

Saturday, Oct 29 – Reserve Online

Saturday, Nov 5 – Reserve Online

Sunday, Nov 6 – Reserve Online

Monday, Nov 7 – Reserve Online

Tuesday, Election Day, Nov 8 – Reserve Online

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Sep 202016
 

Every Wednesday and Saturday bakes and buttons support buses to PA.

Keep Pennsylvania Blue fund raisingThe VID is sending buses with volunteers to Pennsylvania every Saturday from now until, and including, Election Day.

If you cannot go the bus route, you can contribute to the cause in another way.

Bakes and Buttons will be our tabling effort for the next weeks on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  We will be selling homemade baked goods, Hillary buttons, registering people to vote and recruiting volunteers for our buses.

 

Schedule

Abingdon Square,
opposite the Farmer’s Market

Saturday, September 24
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 1
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 8
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 15
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 22
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, October 29
10-12
12-2PM
Saturday, November 5
10-12
12-2PM

Park at Seventh Avenue
between 11 and 12 streets

Wednesday, September 28
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 5
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 12, (Yom Kippur)
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 19
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, October 26
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4
Wednesday, November 2
12:30 to 2:30
2:30 to 4

 

Please email me to volunteer: citywoman17@gmail.com

Hillary needs us.  You can help!
Nadine Hoffmann, President

 

 

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