Jul 102017
 
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David Daley talks Gerrymandering

Redistricting on Steroids is the gerrymandering model David Daley revealed in his June 8th appearance at VID

Erik introduced Dave Daley, author of “Ratf**ked;  the True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy”.  He delivered a riveting talk on how the Republicans took over in 2010 by using computer modeling to gerrymander and steal elections.  Gerrymandering, which can be traced back to at least 1788, has resulted in 69 of 99 state legislatures and both houses in 35 states to be controlled by Republicans in a country in which both parties are pretty evenly represented, with Democrats slightly ahead.  Dave called the new computer techniques, dreamt up by Karl Rove, “gerrymandering on steroids”.  He warned that the hard work is yet to be done to undo this catastrophe, the structural problems are deep and difficult to undo, and the usual electoral solutions may not be enough.

Dave recommended Dems should push voting rights, labor rights, and women’s rights.  He warned that the Supreme Court has ruled against racial gerrymandering but has never ruled on partisan gerrymandering.  Changes to the electoral college lose whenever they are brought before SCOTUS, because there is no precedent.  He also cautioned that there is no happy ending–winning elections will not redraw the lines.  He advocated concentrating on governorships to start the hard work.  This instigated a robust discussion.

You can read or  listen to an NPR interview with Mr. Daley here

Regular Business – State Politics, Petitioning, Housing and the Environment

President Erik Coler opened the meeting with a discussion of the 311 issues from the last meeting.  He proposed putting together “complaining blocs” –adding other complainants who live nearby and getting them to call 311 also.  May’s Trivia Night was a big success; Trivia Night will resume in July.  VID plans to sponsor a street festival June 17, with the opportunity to hand out literature and secure signatures on petitions.  There will be a Community Service Day in early July–Lois Rakoff will contact Washington Square Park to work out details.  

The Petitioning Kickoff Breakfast is scheduled for June 10th at the clubhouse, with appearances by Corey Johnson, Carlina Rivera, Scott Stringer, and Chris Marte.  And Keith Wright will be sent a letter regarding his new lobbying job.

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Keen Berger at Trump Tower Protest in May. Photo: Nadine Hoffmann

Keen Berger opened her report with an anecdote about a homeless panhandler she encountered on the F train while she was with her grandson.  She makes it a policy not to give, but it made her think about Comey and a need to change the system.  She called for retaking Congress and working for impeachment.

Next, Rachel Lavine, State Committee Member in the 66th AD, gave a report.  She outlined the two functions of the Democratic State Committee–electing candidates for statewide office in case of a vacancy, and putting forward resolutions to shape the party platform.  She asked for the VID to support their resolution to remove Jeff Klein from leadership of the IDC.  He will be asked to find another party and another line to run on.  All members of the IDC will have their clubs approached to request that they either run as Dems or on another party line.  

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VID members participated in May protest at Trump Tower. Photo: Nadine Hoffmann

There is also a plan to request that Governor Cuomo share money with state Dem candidates–at least $1M should be redistributed to local races.  In addition, the Committee wants to amend rules so they have 25 days instead of 10 for petitioning–and to encourage more progressive members.   The NYS Progressive Caucus wants to make the State Committee more democratic and more progressive.  They will urge a vote to support these resolutions at the next meeting at the end of July.  Jim Yates proposed no party funds should go to the IDC, and Ben Yee is also very supportive.

On Saturday (6/10), Brad Hoylman will be at the clubhouse to deliver a talk on the IDC.  

Laurie Hardjowirogo has been working in NY’s 19th CD.  She’s been door knocking and getting out the vote.  On Saturday, Brad Hoylman will be at the clubhouse to deliver a talk on the IDC.  

Nat Johnson and his team have been working on shutting down Indian Point and composting.  Frieda had a screening of a film on Indian Point at her house, which was very successful.

Tony Hoffmann gave a report on petitioning–He said he has never seen such enthusiasm, and he asked for volunteers.

Erik gave a report on Affordable Housing.  He’s going after bad landlords–those getting J-51 tax breaks and illegally destabilizing tenants.  He said there has never been a club which has created affordable housing, and promised a class action lawsuit by the end of the month.

You can read the full Meeting Minutes of June 8th here.

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Nov 202016
 

VID November Meeting…

Here are the Minutes for the Nov. 10th General Meeting and some visuals to go with it.

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General Membership Meeting
Dec. 8th, 2016
St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher Street, 6:30 PM

Agenda 
 

    1.  President’s Report-Nadine Hoffmann

    2.  District Leader Report- Keen Berger

    3.  Special Guest Sen. Brad Hoylman

    4.   Second vote on attached amendment to the VID constitutlion.

    5.  VID Holiday Party Details–Nadine Hoffmann            

   Frieda Bradlow’s Home
    43 Charlton Street   2-5 PM
    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    6.  VID 2017 Officer Elections – President and three Vice-Presidents              

         A.   Any member who is interested in running for either position may submit a letter to
               Zella Jones by Sunday, December 4th, to be published on the website and sent
               to the membership prior to the meeting.  zella@marketxmarket.com
         B.  Nominations may only be taken from
              the floor   
         C.  See attached election protocol adopted by the Executive Committee in 2015.  [This was amended on Dec. 11, 2017]

     7.  New Business

 

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Sep 042016
 

The September 2016 Meeting and Action Agenda

Thursday, September 8, 2016
St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher Street
6: 30 PM

  1. President’s Report–Nadine Hoffmann
  2. District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger
  3. Campaign Committee Report–Tony Hoffmann/Ed Yudkowitz/Erik Coler
    Buses to Pennsylvania
    Assembly race campaign by VID–Erik Coler
  4.  Special PresentationForum:  The Future of Healthcare in Downtown Manhattan
        Moderator–Alison Greenberg
    Panelists- Judy Wessler–Fmr. Director, Commission on the Public’s Health System
    Rep. from Beth Israel
  5. Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann
  6. New Business
___________________________________________________________

Primary Day

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Polls Open 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

If you’re interested in being a paid poll worker
contact District Leader Keen Berger at

keen5@ix.netcom.com 

VID’s Endorsed Slate

New York State Senate
Brad Hoylman

New York State Assembly
Deborah Glick

New York State Committeeman
Ben Yee

Judicial Delegates (Vote for all six)
Maureen Remacle
Jeanne Kazel Wilcke
Jennifer Hoppe
Norma Ramirez
David J. Karlin
Cormac Flynn 

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Sep 042016
 

At the July 2016 General Membership Meeting –  Campaigning, Election Updates, NYS Clemency and Election Reform 

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July 2016 general membership meeting

Guest, Erik Coler and Assemblymember Deborah Glick at VID’s 2016 Awards Event

President Nadine Hoffmann opened the July 2016 General Membership Meeting by thanking everyone for the great job they did in petitioning.  Alison Greenberg is putting together an interesting Health Forum, rescheduled for the September meeting.  The VID put together their first official filing under the new tax rules.  Thanks to member David Saperstein, we’re up to date.  Frieda Bradlow will be home from Village Care Wednesday.

Highlights

  • Greater NYC for Change will be honoring State Senator Brad Hoylman at a free July 18 meet and greet at PS 450.
  • Campaign buses to Pennsylvania for Hillary will begin on Saturday, September 17, and every Saturday until the election, leaving from Union Square at 8 am and returning at 9 pm.  There will be a $15 charge per person with some other fundraising involving Keen, Ed Yutkowitz and Erik Coler.
  • Campaign chair RJ Jordan did a fabulous job on the Glick campaign, with great help from Erik, acquiring 1500 signatures–500 was the minimum required, so Deborah will be on the ballot.
  • Nadler won his campaign with 88-90% of the vote in some districts.  Tony gave many thanks to Erik and Ed.
  • Doug Kellner, Co-Chair, NYS Board of Elections spoke about fixing the NYC Board of Elections, improving voting nationwide, and campaign finance reform–public financing.
  • Assemblyman Deborah Glick  thanked everyone, especially Tony, Nadine, Erik and Katharine Wolpe, and said she was very appreciative of Annette Zaner’s letter to the Villager promoting her.  She agreed with Doug Kellner that internet voting would be a horrible mistake.
  • Tony updated everyone on the Candles for Clemency campaign.   A new vigil is scheduled for September 10.
  • Nat Johnson gave the club some good news–the Port Ambrose LNG Project was cancelled by the Governor in favor of a wind farm.  VID had been very helpful in accomplishing this.  The Bureau of Oceanic Energy Management is having meetings and taking comments for the wind farm–the process is beginning.
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