Jan 242017
 
Women's March with VID

Gathering for the Women’s March: “Today is the first of many days to take a stand against this monster!” declared Erik Coler, the young new president of Village Independent Democrats, from atop the steps in front of the Gandhi statue in Union Square.”

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:  Indivisible, a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda founded by former congressional staffers revealing best practices for making Congress listen; OneClickStandUp.com, one stop shopping for anyone who feels the urgency of getting involved right away on behalf of causes  that are targeted to become vulnerable in the coming years – we love their “Contact Elected Officials” page.  And then, of course there are the daily suggestions and actions found on Village Independent Democrats Page and Group on FaceBook.  Join the conversation, sign up, send postcards, make calls.

“The answer I can definitively give is that we, the VID, intend to fight back against Donald Trump. But our fight against Trump is going to be impossible alone. We need people like you to become more involved,” says VID President Erik Coler in a recent editorial in WestView News.

 

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May 272014
 

The Real Catherine AbateIt 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 obituary chose to minimize the extraordinary work of an extremely intelligent and compassionate woman dedicated to social justice for all people. Not only did she have a distinguished career in public service from legal aid representation for poor people, but her various positions in government demonstrated the continuing confidence in her work by a mayor and a governor.

In another letter to Mr. McDonald, I was compelled to point out the woman that we knew, well:

Catherine Abate had been a member of the Village Independent Democrats since 1979.  Under our banner she was a Democratic District Leader from 1981-1985 and a State Senator from 1995-1999.  We knew her personally and professionally.   

Catherine Abate was a force of nature.  She had the intellect, passion, caring, and persistence that you rarely find in one person.  She cared deeply about people and she had a special passion for the poor, the disadvantaged, and those who could not help themselves.

In contrast, we are grateful for Albert Amateau’s thoughtful homage in The Villager.

Respectfully,
Tony Hoffmann

 

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May 202012
 
George Bliss of The HUB bike store in the West Village

George Bliss of The HUB bike store in the West Village. Lincoln Anderson photo appearing in The Villager

VID’s Bike Forum on May 10th, enjoyed excellent press coverage and an editorial featured in The Villager in their May 17 edition.  It is a real treat to see the prominent credit given to Nadine Hoffman in the editorial.

You can see more photos of our panelists, Caroline Samponara, Allie Nudelman, from Council Speaker Quinn’s office,   George Bliss and Steve Voccaro here.

See NY Times coverage of Bike Share Roll-Out and proposed locations map

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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.

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