Dec 182017
 
VID Officers for 2018 Elected at December Meeting

Erik Coler topped the list of VID Officers for 2018 as he was re-elected President Also elected at the December 14 meeting, as VID officers for 2018 were Vice Presidents, Jennifer Hoppe and two new Vice Presidents, Erik Bottcher and Laurie Hardjowirigo.  All three have been ardent campaigners for local candidates as well as frequent volunteers in Up-State New York, Pennsylvnia, Virginia and Georgia.  We are now, officially, infused with exceptional energy and Democratic commitment for another momentous year. At the January General Membership Meeting candidates for Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and the Executive Committee will be elected. Other Topics Other initiatives discussed from the Dec. 14th agenda included Brad Hoylman speaking about the negotiations in the NYS Senate regarding the IDC; Laurie Hardjowirigo gave the Voter Reform Committee Report; Nat Johnson gave the Environmental Committee Report by stressing what was learned at the December 4 Future of Renewable Energy Forum; Erik […]

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Dec 132016
 
New Leaders for VID in 2017

NEW LEADERS FOR NEW ERA AT VENERABLE VILLAGE POLITICAL CLUB With a nod to our past but looking to the future, Village Independent Democrats, the oldest progressive club in New York City, elected 25-year-old Erik Coler as our youngest president ever. His election took place at VID’s December general meeting.  At the same meeting, Laurie Hardjowirogo, Jennifer Hoppe, and Barbara Reuther were elected as vice presidents for the coming year. “The Village Independent Democrats has a storied history,” says Coler.  “For nearly 60 years, this club has fought for human rights and dignity, for the integrity of our city’s political process, and for the quality of life in our community and our city.  It’s a privilege to carry its agenda forward in these challenging times.” Erik’s agenda for the upcoming year will focus working with like-minded organizations to fight Donald Trump’s threats to the social safety net, the environment, and […]

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Jan 062016
 
VID 2016 Officers, Phase One

On December 10, VID 2016 Officers were elected and after considerable discussion the Club voted No Endorsement for the Democratic Presidential Primary. With 32 members present, elections took place for VID 2016 officers – a President and three Vice Presidents for 2016:  Nadine Hoffmann, President; Linda Jacobson, Vice President; Erik Coler, Vice President, and Barbara Ruether, Vice President.  A Treasurer, Recording Secretary, two Corresponding Secretaries and the Executive Committee will be elected at the January 14 meeting.  Here are the election rules. The next major portion of the meeting was the endorsement of a National Presidential candidate.  Present were Adam Stolz, representing Martin O’Malley, and Sean Patrick Murphy, representing Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton was not represented. After lengthy discussion by members for each candidate, as well as discussion of the pros and cons of “no endorsement,” the first ballots were distributed and tallied:  Hillary 12, Bernie 12, and no endorsement 7. Since no […]

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Oct 232015
 
VID's September Meeting

The September Meeting Covered Many Topics… Minutes-2015-9-17 September was a busy month:  leafleting, poll watching, campaigning, judicial candidate selections, forums, vigils, the Judicial Delegates Convention and more.  Following is a brief summary of the General Membership Meeting with a link to the full minutes. Tim Wu will be working for the NYS Attorney General, specializing in technology. The Executive Committee had voted to donate $225 to the Cooper Square Committee for an ad in their journal, it was approved by the Membership. Terri Cude and Dennis Gault won by a large margin, and All six of our judicial delegates won. VID will be working with Food and Water Watch regarding regarding the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in raising livestock and its role in causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  VID has already passed a resolution on the topic. Keen Berger began the District Leader Report by speaking on the battle over the Elizabeth […]

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