Jul 102017
 
Gerrymandering Dominates Discussion at June 8 Meeting

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 […]

Apr 022017
 
Candidates Night

CITY COUNCIL & DISTRICT LEADER CANDIDATES NIGHT – SECOND UPDATE CANDIDATES NIGHT Wednesday, April 5th, 6pm – 10pm  Judson Memorial Church Enter at 239 Thompson St.  RSVP IN ADVANCE BY CLICKING HERE Hear all City Council candidates for Districts 1,2,and 3 and all District Leaders candidates for the 66th AD, Parts A and B speak about their campaign for your vote on Primary Day, September 12th.   Click Here to Find out your City Council District Sponsored by:  Village Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Village Reform Democratic Club  Candidates in Order of Their Appearance 6:30 pm: Dashia Imperiale – Candidate for  CityCouncil District 1 6:45 pm: Jasmin Sanchez – Candidate for City Council District 2 7:00 pm: Terri Cude – Female District Leader Candidate for 66th AD, Part B 7:07 pm: Dennis Gault – Male District Leader Candidate for 66th AD, Part B 7:14 pm: Arthur Schwartz – Male District […]

Feb 092016
 
January Meeting - Officers Phase Two, WENYC

The January Meeting Elected More VID Officers and Highlighted the WE NYC Initiative On January 14th VID elected (re-elected) the remaining roster of officers and then heard from VID favorite Marti Spiranza about the Women Entrepreneur initiative to expand female entrepreneurship in New York City, with a special focus on under-served women and communities.  You can see the Minutes of the entire meeting here. First, the elections: There was only one nominee for Treasurer–Frieda Bradlow Kathy Slawinski was the one nominee for Recording Secretary For Corresponding Secretary, the two nominees were Ed Yutkowitz and Jonathan Geballe. As there were two positions, the two were unanimously elected through acclamation. The Executive Committee nominees were:  Tony Hoffmann, Tom Connor, Alec Pruchnicki, Frank Savits, Eli Hausknecht, Mary Petretti, Lois Rakoff, Annette Zaner, Nat Johnson, Katharine Wolpe, Jen Hoppe, Allison Greenberg, Marlene Nadle, Nancy Shanbam, and Joe Gallagher. As there were fifteen positions open, […]

Nov 032015
 

VID Sponsors Democratic Presidential Forum NYC On Nov. 1st, 2015, VID and 23 other Clubs sponsor the Democratic Presidential Forum NYC at the SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd St., NYC to a 300 plus audience of dedicated Democratic activists.  The program lasted for two hours. The Planning Committee included:  Samuel Albert (GSID), Erik Coller (VID) Jill Eisner (Lenox Hill), Jen Hoppe (VID) Tony Hoffmann (VID) , Maki Isayama (GNYCEC), Trudy Mason (Lex Club), Paul Newell (DID), Judy Richheimer (CRDC), Allan Roskoff (Jim Owles), Bessie Schacter (Lex Club), Michael Schweinsburg (504), Marti Speranza (VID), Mark Thompson (Tilden), Tiffany Townsend (ERDC), and Ed Yutkowits (VID) master-minded on-line outreach, program participants, SVA coordination and a host of other details that precipitated a lively dialogue with the major candidates in the running for the Presidency in 2016. The moderator was the Honorable Ronnie Eldridge, noted feminist, past City Council member representing Manhattan’s west side. Speaking […]