Jul 102017
 
Tim Wu Returns to Speak at July 13th Meeting

Tim Wu returns as guest speaker at General Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 13th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.  The meeting will open with reports from VID President, Erik Coler, Elected Officials and District Leader Keen Berger At 7:00 pm,  Special Guest Speaker, Tim Wu returns to VID to discuss the future prospects for keeping the internet free from control. Tim Wu is Professor of Law at Columbia, Former New York Lt. Governor candidate.   He is also a leading expert on the future of the internet and net neutrality, having authored three acclaimed books: Master Switch, The: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires , Network Neutrality, The Next Digital Decade. Thursay’s discussion will center on protecting the Internet. Following will be Committee Reports   Voter Reform Committee – Laurie Hardjowirogo   Environmental Committee – Nat Johnson   Campaign Committee – Tony Hoffmann & Laurie Hardjowirogo   Affordable Housing – Erik Coler At […]

Oct 232015
 
VID's September Meeting

The September Meeting Covered Many Topics… Minutes-2015-9-17 September was a busy month:  leafleting, poll watching, campaigning, judicial candidate selections, forums, vigils, the Judicial Delegates Convention and more.  Following is a brief summary of the General Membership Meeting with a link to the full minutes. Tim Wu will be working for the NYS Attorney General, specializing in technology. The Executive Committee had voted to donate $225 to the Cooper Square Committee for an ad in their journal, it was approved by the Membership. Terri Cude and Dennis Gault won by a large margin, and All six of our judicial delegates won. VID will be working with Food and Water Watch regarding regarding the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in raising livestock and its role in causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  VID has already passed a resolution on the topic. Keen Berger began the District Leader Report by speaking on the battle over the Elizabeth […]

Apr 032015
 
58th Annual Awards Gala

VID Celebrates its 58th year with an Awards Gala A highlight in the spring season of NYC politics, VID’s 58th Annual fête  promises no less in 2015.  The Spring Forward Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Tio Pepe Restaurant, at 168 West 4th St. Honors will go to Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu for bringing progressive values to the ballot and challenging the Democratic status quo.  Receiving honors for the fight for a living wage for all workers will be Shantel Walker, on behalf of Fast Food Forward. Among those sponsoring the event are NYS Committee Member Rachel Lavine & Roberta Kaplan, Esq.; Hon. Keen Berger; Hon Tony Hoffmann & Hon Nadine Hoffman; Alec Pruchniki, M.D.; NYS Senator Brad Hoylman & David Sigal; NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick; Hon Katharine Wolpe; Sam Jacob & Marcus Andrews; Irene Kaufman & Daniel Neiden; Kate […]

Dec 122014
 
Tim Wu Speaks on Net Neutrality

UPDATE:  “Net Neutrality and You” — Tim Wu Speaks at Village Independent Democrats on Fair and Open Internet On Thursday, December 11, Tim Wu gave VID members and guests a thorough picture of Net Neutrality and its issues. Here, The Internet Society – New York Chapter captures the evening:   Tim Wu coined the expression “Net Neutrality” – the principle that Internet service providers should offer equal access to all content and applications and equal service to all users.  While the Obama administration embraces this concept and considers the internet a public utility, there are powerful lobbies and a Republican-dominated Congress that could block or severely modify Net Neutrality.  Professor Wu’s talk will explain how net neutrality benefits American consumers and the American economy. Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, professor at Columbia Law School, fellow at the New America Foundation, and contributing editor at The New Republic and […]