Jul 232018
 

The July 12 Membership Meeting Was All About Petitions, Canvassing, Immigration and Resolutions Full Meeting Minutes Here The first item on the agenda was a vote to combine the August Membership Meeting with the Executive Committee Meeting on August 27, 2018. Erik Coler announced the passing of VID member Barbara Austin with a funeral to be held on the 17th.  Nadine Hoffmann and Kathy Slawinski reported on a meeting they had attended at City Hall where Corey Johnson and the City Council, along with certain agencies and administration executives, made a presentation on the current state of the immigration crisis and family reunification.  It was brought out that the Council had passed a resolution urging Congress to pass, and the President to sign, S.B. 3036, the Keep Families Together Act.  This bill was sponsored by Diane Feinstein and supported by all the Dems in the Senate, without the support of any […]

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Jun 012018
 
May 2018 Membership Meeting

The May 2018 Membership Meeting Focused on NYS and Judicial Endorsements May 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes Erik Coler congratulated everyone for the great job done on the Candidates Forum on Monday. After reviewing the endorsement rules, Erik Coler, President, asked for a motion to allow the Executive Committee to endorse for the AG position in the fall. It was asked and approved.  The May 2018 Membership Meeting then went on to the business at hand. Frank Nervo, former VID member and President, made his presentation for the 1st Judicial District. He was endorsed, 38 votes to 2 no endorses. Comptroller Tom Dinapoli was endorsed 35 to 2 no endorses. He had spoken previously at the Forum, and was not present. Liz Krueger, candidate for the 28th District State Senate seat, was not present but was endorsed 36 to 3 no endorses. For the 2nd Judicial District, three candidates were present, […]

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Jul 102017
 
Gerrymandering Dominates Discussion at June 8 Meeting

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 […]

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May 282017
 
Special Guest David Daley - June 8th

Our special guest David Daley, author of RatF**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy to appear at our June 8th General Meeting. Highlighting the next General Membership Meeting will be special guest David Daley and his New Yorker reviewed book: Today, when party functionaries draw district lines, they have at their disposal detailed census results, precinct-level voter tallies, and a cloud’s worth of consumer choices. The result, David Daley argues in “Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy” (Liveright), is a system so rigged that it hardly matters anymore who’s running for office.  Elizabeth Kolbert, June 27, 2016.  The General Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8th, 6:30 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.  Mr. Daley will be presented at 7:00 pm followed by Committee Reports and a special election for an Executive Committee open seat. Here’s the meeting’s […]

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