Sep 262013

Club Election, Report from Deborah Glick, Forum on Obamacare...The October General Meeting will feature a Club Election, Report from Deborah Glick, Forum on Obamacare…

Village Independent Democrats will meet on Thursday, October 10th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street,  6:30 PM.
The agenda includes:

1.  District Leader Report– Keen Berger

2. Campaign Committee Report- Peter Crosta highlighting activity for the General Election-Tuesday, November 5th

3. Club Election
a. Corresponding Secretary
b. Recording Secretary

4. Report from Assemblymember Deborah Glick

5. Forum on Obamacare – Obamacare is Good, But More Healthcare Reform Is On It’s Way, with moderator VID member Dr. Alec Pruchnicki and returning speaker Len Rodberg, the Chairman of the Urban Studies department at Queens College of CUNY.

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Aug 072013
VID August

Include Assemblymember Deborah Glick , 66th District and Part A District Leader Jonathan Geballe

August at VID includes a General Membership Meeting and lots of Democratic primary countdown work…

General Membership Meeting,Thursday, August 15th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street,  at  7:30 PM.


1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe

2- Campaign Update- Peter Crosta, Lucia Fedora and David Kruger
1. mailings,
2. meet and greets,
3. phone banking,
4..dear neighbor letters,
5. get out the vote,
6. street campaigning,
7. fundraising,
8. ads
9. County Committee and Judicial delegate races

This entire meeting will be devoted to the Primary election campaign.  VID’s campaign chairs will give an update of what we’ve been doing and what still needs to be done.  I strongly urge VID members to attend this meeting, learn what is happening and volunteer.  The last thirty days of the campaign are critical.  If you want to see Jonathan continue as District Leader and the rest of our endorsed candidates win their elections please volunteer your time.  You are critical to this campaign.

 3- New Business

Next Executive Committee Meeting is August 26th at 6:30 pm.

Canvassing Schedule-  We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leader Jonathan Geballe, elected.  Please join us as we campaign for their election on September 10th.  The canvassing schedule will be sent out under a separate cover.  However, we will be at Abingdon Square Park every Saturday between now and Primary day from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Please join us.

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Jul 042013
Pride Parade 2013

Congressman Nadler, City Council Candidate Corey Johnson and District Leader Jonathan Geballe

Pride Parade 2013 could not have been more significant or memorable.  Tens of thousands of participants celebrated Edie Windsor’s and attorney Roberta Kaplan’s victory in striking down DOMA‘s unequal treatment of same sex marrieds, just days before.  With this decision, the Supreme Court drew a line in the sand against anti-homosexual bigotry – and a multitude of same sex couples shared their jubilation.  Rising to the top of Twitters list was #gayprideparade ; FaceBook pages are still awash with pictures depicting personal and public joy; Google search on pride parade 2013 nyc brings up 166,000 entries!  (The image at left was one of many shared by City Council candidate Corey Johnson from his FaceBook page.)

District Leader Jonathan Geballe (NYS 66th AD) was front and center, marching aside Corey and lifetime civil rights advocate Congressman Jerry Nadler, and joining VID  honoree, this year’s Grand Marshal Edie Windsor, and VID members:  Roberta Kaplan and spouse NYS Democratic State Committeewoman Rachel Lavine,  NYS Senator Brad Hoylman with husband David Sigal and daughter Sylvia, NYS Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, VID Vice-President Marti Speranza, VID Recording Secretary Lucia Fedora, VID Campaign Committee co-chairs Peter Crosta and David Kruger.

It was a march to be remembered.  Even the weather cooperated as a few welcome, cooling drops of rain disappeared for the celebratory evening in the Village.


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Jun 302013

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at July Membership Meeting

on Thursday, July 11th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher Street, 6:30 PM.
Please Note earlier Starting Time

Here’s the meeting agenda:

1.  District Leaders Reports– Keen Berger, Jonathan Geballe

2- Campaign Update- Peter Crosta, Lucia Fedora and David Kruger
a- Petitioning Summary
b- County Committee Summary
c- Campaign Plans (61 days to primary day)

 3- Report of Committee Chairs

  • Voter Registration/Community Outreach- Celia Wu

4- Special Presentation: “Understanding the Affordable Care Act: How Will It Affect Me”  

           Moderator-Alec Pruchnicki- VID Executive Committee; Physician of Geriatrics at St. Luke’s Hospital (and formerly at St. Vincent”s Hospital); Member Physicians for National Health Program

Affordable Healthcare-Len-Rodberg

Len Rodberg, Urban Studies Department Chair and Professor, Queens College,

Guest Speaker- Len Rodberg, the Chairman of the Urban Studies department at Queens College of CUNY, has helped to write the single payer bill of John Conyers in Congress, also the single payer bill sponsored by Dick Gottfried in the NY State legislature. Len is also the treasurer, research director, and an executive committee member of the Physicians for a National Health Program ( PNHP ) NY Metro chapter.

5- New Business
Reminder:  Last minute push.  Petitioning runs until Monday, July 8th.  We need your help to get our endorsed candidates, including our District Leaders Jonathan Geballe and Keen Berger, on the ballot.  Please come to the VID to pick up your petitions  every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Join us for some last minute petitioning:
Monday, 7/1, 8th St stop, N/R trains, 8-9am
Tuesday, 7/2, Astor Place stop, 6 train, 8-9am
Wednesday, 7/3, 14th St and 1st Ave, SW corner, 8-9am

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