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On August 13th the VID Membership Meeting Covered a Broad List of Topics…

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 Among them young voter outreach encouraged by new VID member Eric Coler.  First stop, Union Square on August 29th; second stop Washington Square Park, Saturday, Sept. 12th.

All the other scheduled events mentioned on August 13th – election of Judicial Delegates on the Sept. 10th Primary; the next VID General Meeting, Sept 17th; Congressman Nadler’s Soiree, Sept. 21st; the Judicial Convention, Sept 24th; the Candles for Clemency Vigil, Sept 26th and the County Committee Meeting, Sept 29th are all detailed in the AUGUST CALENDAR to the right.

Other items discussed and voted at the VID Membership Meeting in August included;

  1. A resolution calling on Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to oppose any bill that prohibits the labeling of GMO foods.
  2. A unanimous vote to send letters to Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez thanking them for signing on to Res. 353. (non-therapeutic antibiotics bills)
  3. Letters of support for City Council Res. No. 694, calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to re-license Indian Point 2 and 3 with thank you’s to Councilmembers Johnson and Mendez for their support.
  4. Resolution in Support of the International Agreement to Prevent Iran from Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon
  5. Letters to Gillebrand and Schumer re Agreement to Prevent Iran from Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon
  6. Stonewall National Park site of Christopher Park.  A the resolution in favor was passed unanimously.

All of the above letters and resolutions will be posted and linked in the copy above as soon as they are made available.

And here are the full Minutes-2015-8-12

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Feb 212015
 

Four letters anFour-Letters-and-a-resolutiond a resolution were approved at the February 12th General Meeting.

The membership approved letters, submitted by  VID President Nadine Hoffmann and introduced by Ed Yutkowitz, to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Nadler and Maloney in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s impending address to Congress.  The opening reads:

We are disheartened that House Speaker John Boehner has breached protocol by inviting Mr. Netanyahu to address Congress just before Israel’s elections and without consultation with the White House.  Further, having the leader of a foreign government attempt to influence a Congressional vote is offensive and dangerous.

You can read a recent rundown on the March 3rd visit at Talking Points Memo and read a letter from 23 Congressional Democrats to  Speaker John Boehner.

 

A resolution, proposed by Tony Hoffmann and introduced by Nat Johnson regarding further actions on the death of Eric Garner was passed after considerable semantic debate.   Here are the final conclusions:

  • Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Village Independent Democrats calls for the appointment of a state or federal prosecutor to investigate the death of Eric Garner, and
  • Be It Further Resolved, that VID calls for the New York State Attorney General to create a procedure to handle all investigations of police officers who kill or seriously injure unarmed civilians, and 
  • Be It Further Resolved, that VID calls on the Mayor and the New York City Council to strengthen the Civilian Complaint Review Board by giving it greater resources and more investigative power, and
  • Be It Further Resolved, that the VID calls on the NYC Police Department to develop policing strategies and tactics that protect and serve so that instances which alienate and humiliate poor and minority communities do not occur, and 
  • Be It Further Resolved, that the VID calls on the NYC Police Department to retrain the entire police force on tactics for dealing with minor crimes so that the chances of these incidents escalating into major confrontations are greatly reduced, and
  • Be It Further Resolved, that VID calls on the NYPD to monitor, retrain, or remove from service police officers with a history of unprofessional, abusive, or violent behavior, and
  • Be It Further Resolved, that the NYPD, the NYFD, and the Mayor of New York review the entire incident to determine whether police officers and Emergency Medical Technicians at the scene followed all necessary and proper procedures, and, if warranted, take appropriate disciplinary action,
  • Be It Further Resolved, that VID calls upon the Mayor of New York and our local public officials to hold town hall meetings and other public forums to allow communities throughout New York City to express their feelings and to offer suggestions on how to improve relations between the police and the public they are sworn to protect. 

The resolution has been distributed to Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton and additional relevant City officials.

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Dec 172013
 
small-business, trans-pacific, campaign-finance-reform

Attendees at Dec. 12th meeting

At VID’s December meeting the major topics were Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sexual Assaults in Military, Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform

 

Village Independent Democrats approved one letter and three resolutions at the Dec 12th meeting.  You can read them by clicking below.  Sharon Woolums introduced the resolution on Small Business Jobs Survival Act; Alec Pruchnicki and Ron Illardo presented points in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the resolution.  Club President Tony Hoffmann reviewed the points made in the letter to Sen Reid regarding his recent reform of Senate Filibusters and the Resolution for Sen. Gillibrand favoring her approach in legislation protecting women military personnel who have been sexually assaulted.

Thank you to Senator Harry Reid for Filibuster reform
Resolution in Favor of Sen. Gilllibrand’s Approach to Sexual Harrassment in the Military
Resolution Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership
Resolution Re Small Business Jobs Survival Act

There was additionally a very thorough discussion of Campaign Finance Reform with Kristina Andreotta, of Citizen Action NY particularly focused on New York State legislation that may be influenced over the next month by positions Gov. Cuomo will announce in launching the budget and legislative priorities for 2014.

Marlene Nadle also introduced a report on the documentary, Vanishing City, which she would like the Club to sponsor as a public event.

This was also the meeting for VID members to elect a president and three vice presidents for 2014.  See the post.  

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 Pictures from Dec. 12th Meeting.  Photographe:r Zella Jones

 

 

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Mar 082012
 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appearing at the NY Hotel & Motel Trades Council event Monday, March 19

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be appearing at the NY Hotel & Motel Trades Council event Monday, March 19, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., 305 West 44th Street betw 8th and 9th Avenues. VID members and friends are welcome. This is a great opportunity to see our Senator in person.

Please RSVP Sean@kristengillibrand.com or call 212-481-2010. See attached flyer.

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