Aug 212019
 
The Path to Freedom: Decarceration in Trump’s America

Decarceration Forum Join us in discussing how to reduce the number of people incarcerated in our prisons. Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:00pm to 6:00pm (Doors at 2:30pm) Elisabeth Irwin High School, 40 Charlton Street Free with RSVP: https://forms.gle/aij3VUGBkn6HEUjg9 A panel discussion with: Moderator: Justice (ret.) Emily Jane Goodman Daniel Dromm, Councilmember, 25th District Helen Rosenthal, Councilmember, 6th District Mark Shervington, Statewide Community Organizer, Release Aging People from Prison Lucy Lang, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Introductory remarks by David Siffert, President, Village Independent Democrats; Allen Roskoff, Co-Chair, Candles for Clemency and President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; and Kathy Slawinski, Recording Secretary, Village Independent Democrats. Sponsors: Village Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Coalition for a District Alternative For more information, contact president@villagedems.org or go to www.villagedems.org. Download the Flyer

Jan 052017
 
VID Lauds Governor Cuomo for Granting Clemencies

VID praises New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for his end-of-the year decision granting clemencies to more than 100 people.  These included pardons for many youthful offenders convicted of minor crimes, and the commutation of sentences for several elderly prisoners, including Judith Clark. The Governor’s decision was the culmination of years of effort for VID.  New York’s venerable progressive club is a major sponsor of Candles for Clemency, which since 2009 has led a campaign for criminal justice reform.  Prior to last week, clemencies had not been a priority for the Governor.  Club members were among the organizers and participants in the movement to inspire the Governor to recognize the plight of prisoners. “We are proud of the role VID played in making this day possible,” said Tony Hoffmann, co-chair of Candles for Clemency and a former President of Village Independent Democrats.  “We have been and will continue to be […]

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 President’s Report–Nadine Hoffmann District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger Campaign Committee Report–Tony Hoffmann/Ed Yudkowitz/Erik Coler Buses to Pennsylvania Assembly race campaign by VID–Erik Coler  Special Presentation— Forum:  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 Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann 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 

Sep 042016
 
July 2016 General Membership Meeting

At the July 2016 General Membership Meeting –  Campaigning, Election Updates, NYS Clemency and Election Reform  VID General Meeting Minutes_July-2016 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 […]