Dec 072014
 

Happy Holidays from VIDOnce again Frieda Bradlow hosted Happy Holidays from VID

…to just about anyone known in Village political circles.  The food overflowed, libations were plentiful, all sorts of scuttlebutt got exchanged and the spirits of Democrats were well-lifted.

Councilman Corey Johnson and Borough President Gale Brewer came and left early with no fewer than seven other celebrations to cram into December 7th.  Senator Brad Hoylman gave warm wishes to everyone before he dashed off to save the Cafe Edison with Richard Gottfried, Corey Johnson, and Peter Ajemian.  Assemblymember Deborah Glick maintained her perfect record attendance at VID holiday bashes.  Judges Arlene Bluth and Robert Reed, District Leaders Jean Grillo and Paul Newell added Village and Lower Manhattan cheer to the event.

So, now, the pictures:

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Nov 182014
 

Many new faces at VID Forum on School Options

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Forum Moderator, Nadine Hoffmann

Charter schools, public schools, parental and community schools all got lots of attention at VID’s General Membership Meeting on November 13.  Discussions about public funding (they all are publicly funded), parent and community involvement (a must) and Department of Education bureaucracy (usually a detriment to quick action and cheaper materials) was enlightening.

One of most contentious issues was the inequality between charter and non-charter public schools over additional funding and extra resources. Many argued, also, that co-location of schools in the same building often leads to reduced space for non-charters and a sense of unfairness to students. Questions of student selection and teacher retention were also brought up.

An uplifting part of the discussion was a realization that the problems are not insurmountable. All along the education spectrum, leaders have begun to work together, hoping to share what works and to improve what is failing.  It takes a huge leap of faith on all fronts, but the future of our students depends on it.

The panelists included:  Eric Joerss, Deputy for Government Affairs, the NYC Charter School Center; Barbara McKeon, Principal, Broome Street Academy Charter High School;  Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters;  Tamara Rowe, Community Education Council, District 2.

See the article in The Villager…and the pictures below

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Sep 222014
 

VID was well-represented at The People’s Climate March March on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.  We’ll give you more background soon, but till then, here are the pictures:

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Sep 082014
 

VID was well represented at the Clemency Vigil which took place by candle light on the evening of September 6th in Mt. Kisco, NY

outside the home of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Over 150 people participated.

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Its purpose was to try to convince the governor to start issuing clemencies to those inmates in the NYS correctional system who deserve them.  Many inmates have been incarcerated for long periods of time either for non-violent crimes or for serious crimes, but have unquestionably been rehabilitated.  As of today the governor hasn’t issued a single clemency.   The rally was organized by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club with the support of the VID.

Among the wide variety of speakers asking the governor to do the humane thing and start issuing clemencies were Allen Roskoff, President of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Robert Dennison, retired Chairman, New York State Board of ParolePhilanthropist Bill Samuels, Zenaida Mendez, President of NYS NOW, and celebrities Kathryn Erbe, star of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Cathrine Curtin from Orange is the New Black.

The following VID’ers attended the Candle Light Vigil: Jonathan Geballe, Mary Dugan, Betsy Mickel, Tom Connor, Kathy Slawinski,  Alexander Meadows,  Kate Linker, Kitty Loving and Tony Hoffmann.

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