Jan 242017
 
VID Prominent at the Women's March

200 people joined the Women’s March NYC, through a combined effort between VID, Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) and United Through Action, on January 21st. Women’s March participants in Washington DC included VID members Keen Berger and Nancy Shambam among others.  It was, around the world, a glorious show of unity with more than 3,000,000 people participating. Lincoln Anderson covered the New York March thoroughly in The Villager. In their chants and on their signs, the marchers voiced a potpourri of concerns, from Black Lives Matter to the environment to Trump’s relationship with Russia’s Putin. More than a few signs showed the two men kissing. The police didn’t have a heavy presence — or at least it didn’t feel that way. Apparently, they weren’t expecting violence from the Women’s March, one woman observed. So, now the heavy lifting begins.  All sorts of sites have sprung up to assist in finding direction: […]

May 272014
 
The Real Catherine Abate

It is with great sadness that we shared the news of Catherine Abate’s passing. She will be truly missed.   The real Catherine Abate was a friend, a colleague, and one of the most soul-full public servants that New York City has ever had.  See our announcement But that was not the real Catherine Abate portrayed by William McDonald, New York Times Obituary Editor which was dominated by un-substantiated allegations of her father’s past and inferred that her own life’s work was somehow tainted by such hearsay.  Nothing could be further from the truth as many members of our Club know and experienced over nearly a quarter of a century of public service. Assemblymember Glick in her letter to Mr. McDonald urging a more thoughtful and thorough NY Times profile in the future, said: … Usually one expects to get a sense of the person who has died, but your […]

May 082011
 

PLEASE JOIN US AT VID’S 54th ANNUAL AWARDS GALA – MAY 12TH. This promises to be a lively, warm, and festive night for all of our members and our friends — and an opportunity to celebrate and thank four honorees who have served our community. Thursday, May 12, 6-9 p.m. VID’s 54th Annual Awards Gala & Cocktail Reception at the Village Lobster and Crabhouse, 225 Varick Street, SW corner of Clarkson St. (one block north of W. Houston St.) Honoring: Dr. Paul Curtis Bellman, for his contribution to HIV AIDS treatment. Hon. Rosie Mendez, District 2, New York City Council, for progressive democratic representation. Ellen Peterson-Lewis, for a lifetime of community activism. The Villager, for investigative journalism. TICKET INFORMATION: info@villagedemocrats.org. Nonmembers $150 Members $100 Patrons $200 Benefactors $500.