Oct 262017
 

At the Oct. 12th Meeting VID voted upon November 7 Ballot  Endorsements

VID voted to oppose proposal #1 and approved proposals # 2 and #3.  For City Council District 1 there was no endorsement.

On the first of the November 7 ballot endorsements asking for a majority vote for a Constitutional Convention, VID unanimously rejected the proposal and thus agreed with the opinion of the New York Civil Liberties Union at the September meeting.  Question #2, “Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony,” and question #3 “Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes” received unanimous approval at the October meeting.

 You can see the full text of all three proposed ammendments here.

Because VID’s primary endorsed candidate, Christopher Marte, was defeated by incumbent Councilperson Margaret Chin, the membership then took up the question of whether to make a second endorsement for the General Election.  Mr. Marte, as a result of several write-ins on the Independence Party line, moved to take up the option to running as an Independence Party candidate.  After a lengthy debate, that considered whether a Democratic Club should endorse an Independence Party candidate at all,  the membership voted to make no endorsement with 19 votes.  Marte received 11 votes and Chin 5.

November 7 ballot endorsements were not the only topics of the October 12th meeting, however.  

November-7-ballot-endorsements_YeeAfter reports from District Leaders Keen Berger and Arthur Schwartz (who announced that he was leaving the Village Reform Democratic Club), County Committeeman and County Committee Secretary, Ben Yee reported on the status of several rules changes that had been introduced at the County Committee meeting in September.  Though anticipated to be reviewed by the Rules sub-committee, they have not.  The Executive Board, which had met before, decided to table the resolutions. The County Committee will reconvene in three months to review certain resolutions–in particular, one asking Keith Wright to step down from one of his positions, and also one asking the IDC to rejoin the Democrats or not get support from the party.  Ben applauded Rachel Lavine’s work with the Progressive Caucus as very important.   You can read more about the NYS Progressive Caucus here.

And get updates from Ben Yee here.

Laurie Hardjowirogo briefly of her campaign in CD 19 against John Faso. Both Laurie and Jen Hoppe announced coordination with the Keep VA Blue initiative, Nov 4th with a bus leaving NYC for an overnight in a tight district in Pennsylvania to get out the vote.  Tony Hoffmann and Laurie discussed VID palm cards to be distributed at every polling place in the district letting voters know ofour opposition to the Constitutional Convention.  The Supreme Court nominees must be endorsed, but because of time limits, he asked for permission for the Executive Committee to make the endorsement.  This passed unanimously.

The last item on the agenda was a visit from Marc Fliedner, running against Cy Vance for NYC District Attorney.  He offered a summary of his background and qualifications–30 years of criminal justice experience, mostly prosecuting hate crimes, and sex crimes.  He has since found a Manhattan residence, so he will qualify for the ballot.  Erik Bottcher spoke up for his work in the LGBTQ community.

You can read the full minutes of the October 12th Meeting here.

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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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Jun 092016
 

VID Petitioning Kickoff Breakfast, Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street, Lower Lever

petitioningThe VID began petitioning to get our endorsed NYS candidates – Brad Hoylman- State Senate,27th SD; Deborah Glick- State Assembly, 66th AD; Rachel Lavine- State Committeewoman, 66th and Benjamin Yee- State Committeeman, 66th AD – on the ballot Tuesday, June 7th.  On Thursday, June 9th petitions will be available at the VID General Membership Meeting at 83 Christopher Street.  On Saturday, June 11 petitions will be available at the kickoff breakfast (compliments of Assemblywoman Deborah Glick) at our 26 Perry St. headquarters from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.  All petitioners are invited. The following week VID headquarters will be open Monday-Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.

As part of VID’s effort to get our endorsed candidates elected VID will simultaneously do a major push to get our congressional candidates, Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, re-elected.  Primary Day for federal candidates is June 28th.  We need to work hard to inform the public that there will be a Primary on June 28th by handing out literature on the street and distributing Dear Neighbor letters in buildings that VID’ers live.  We also plan on handing out literature at the polls on Primary Day.

Erik Coler is in charge of VID’s petitioning and get out the vote campaign.  Please contact him and let him know when you are available to petition and help with the get out the vote campaign (Erikcoler@gmail.com,  917-699-2320).  OR you can sign yourself up for a shift:

 SUPPORT DEBORAH GLICK – SIGN UP

Petition for Deborah Glick – CLICK ME TO SIGN UP
Time: June 7th to July 3rd
What: Signing people up for Deborah’s petition to run for Assembly
Please help out by giving a few days

 SUPPORT JERRY NADLER – SIGN UP

 Jerry Nadler for Congress – CLICK ME TO SIGN UP
 Time: June 18th to June 28th
What: Handing out literature at Subway stops and squares to help out

petitioning_deborah-glickAnd then there is the opportunity to join Week #2 Petitioning with Deborah Glick’s Campaign

Monday, June 13th:  Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Mrs. Green’s (585 Hudson St)

Tuesday, June 14th: Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ 12th Street and 7th Avenue; Noon Shift: 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Meet @ 20 Washington Square North; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM  – Meet @ Astor Place Starbucks

Wednesday, June 15th:  Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ Christopher Street Subway ; Noon Shift: 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Meet @ 27 Barrow Street; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Morton Williams (130 Bleecker St)

Thursday, June 16th:  Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ 12th Street and 7th Avenue; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Mrs. Green’s (585 Hudson St)

Saturday, June 18th:  Morning Shift: 10:00AM – 1:00PM – Abingdon Square (corner of Bleecker and Hudson);

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS TOO 🙂

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May 192016
 

Eight Candidates Endorsed by VID for 2016 Federal and State Races

With three separate primaries in New York, it’s been a busy year in politics.  Here’s our roster:

Hillary Clinton-President

Charles Schumer – Senate

Jerry Nadler-Congress, 10th CD

Carolyn Maloney- Congress,12th CD

Brad Hoylman- State Senate,27th SD

Deborah Glick- State Assembly, 66th AD

Rachel Lavine- State Committeewoman, 66th

Benjamin Yee- State Committeeman, 66th AD

 

June 28th Congressional Primary Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than June 3rd and received by a board of elections no later than June 8th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the Congressional Primary, your application must be received no later than June 3rd.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by June 8th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Congressional Primary.

September 13th State and Local Primary 

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than August 19th and received by a board of elections no later than August 24th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than August 19th.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 24th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State & Local Primary.

Check Your Voting  Status and Location

Endorsed by VID_GOTV

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