Nov 232018
 

High Spirits Dominated the November 2018 Meeting with NYS Senate Democratic Majority and Congressional Victories Throughout the State and Nation.

Erik Coler opened the November 2018 Meeting with congratulations to a long list of VID members whose unceasing volunteerism made a tangible difference, with a special shout out to Erik Bottcher, Laurie Hardjowirogo, and Tony Hoffmann.

There was a discussion about the Public Advocate’s Forum to be held on November 12, and whether the club should co-sponsor.  The club voted to co-sponsor with the caveat that all who ask to appear will be included, possibly at future VID meetings.

Erik also announced that the elections for club President and three Vice Presidents will be held in December, and he explained the rules.

November 2018 Meeting_Keen Berger

Keen Berger moves on to the proposed Bleecker St. School after victory at 75 Morton.

Keen Berger’s District Leader report also included congratulations for the club’s role in electing Antonio Delgado, Max Rose, and Ron Kim, and the NYS Senate victories.  She spoke of her role in public schools and a possible future fight for the Bleecker Street school.  

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State Sen. Brad Hoylman discusses priorities of the newly Democrat majority senate.

Brad Hoylman, three term State Senator, gave a speech about recent victories in local races, and gave an agenda of things for the new Senate majority to implement.  Among these are voting reform, ethics reform, womens reproductive health, anti-fracking waste laws, rent laws, the NY Health Act, the child victims act, LLC loopholes, and fixing the MTA.

Rachel Lavine, State Committeewoman,congratulated Brad on his performance in the Senate, and then thanked VID for its support.  She congratulated the NYS Senate on doubling the number of women members.  She spoke of the Jeff Sessions firing and how people must urge Sen. Schumer to protest it.  She spoke of the lawsuit her wife Robbie was bringing against Trump, and how it was being combined with the NY Southern District suit against Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville.

 

November 2018 Meeting_Rachel Lavine

Rachel Lavine (right) who now sits on the NYS DC Executive Committee

Next up at the November 2018 meeting was Ben Yee, State Committeeman, who congratulated Rachel on her new position on the Executive Committee of the State Committee.  There will be County Committee elections in 2019 and he urged everyone to run.  All meetings will be live-streamed on Facebook.  There was also a resolution introduced condemning the anti-Semitic mailer sent out  at the last minute against Cynthia Nixon.

 

Committee Reports

Nat Johnson, Chair of the Environmental Committee, reported the environmentally correct bags were selling well; that on Thursday mornings there will be composting on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Waverly.  Since the holidays are coming, he urged people not to use bows, to use recyclable packaging (tissue paper is not recyclable), and pushed recyclable straws.  He also advised us about upcoming events on solar power, coastal resilience, and managing solid waste.  He urged us to call Governor Cuomo to express opposition to the Williams Pipeline.  BTW Nat circulated a link to the new improved recycline pamphlets.

Deb Sherman, of the Gun Reform Committee, passed out anti-gun postcards to be signed and advised of upcoming Gays Against Guns (GAG) meetings.

Tony Hoffmann and Laurie Hardjowirogo of the Campaign Committee talked of the campaigning they did in NY, Long Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  They also thanked Kate Linker and Yayoi for their help.  They spoke of the buses sent, the volunteers, canvassing and the money raised, and thanked a long list of members for their time.

FULL MEETING MINUTES

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Nov 042018
 

Let’s Finish This !

Election Day Buses

Election Day buses ready to roll.  Sign up  for Antonio Delgado (NY 19) and Liuba Grechen Shirley (NY2) TODAY

Here’s the link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-nov-6-election-day-to-ny-cd-2-and-cd-19-registration-51938518507?aff=vid

Buses load at 8:00 am and leave promptly at 8:30 am from Union Square East (15th Street in front of Raymour and Flannigan). 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 

President
Erik Coler- erikcoler@gmail.com 

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Oct 302018
 

GOTV Buses are readying for the final stretch !  Let’s make this happen !!!

Blue Wave Bus

VID Builds a Blue Wave

Reserve for your GOTV Buses for Saturday, Sunday or Election Day

Vote Blue 2018 Buses 

This Saturday, November 3rd, get out the vote for Antonio Delgado (NY 19) & Mikie Sherrill (NJ 11):  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-nov-3-to-ny-cd-19-and-nj-cd-11-registration-51524839181?aff=vid

This Sunday November 4th, get out the vote for Liubba Gretchen-Shirley (NY 2) & Andy Kim (NJ 3):  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-nov-4-to-ny-cd-2-and-nj-cd-3-registration-51593801449?aff=vid

*ELECTION DAY, November 6th, get out the vote for Antonio Delgado (NY 19) and Liuba Grechen Shirley (NY2): .https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-the-vote-blue-bus-nov-6-election-day-to-ny-cd-2-and-cd-19-registration-51938518507?aff=vid

*Absentee Ballots are accepted IN PERSON through Nov 5th.  Here’s the link to the form, and/or just vote at the office.


Please sign up now!
Door to door canvassing is the most effective way of campaigning.


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 Union Square East (15th Street in front of Raymour and Flannigan). We return to the City between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, depending on traffic. 

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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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