Busy November – General Meeting Minutes

VID had a very busy November.  Polling, poll watching, GOTV – here and elsewhere, and phone-banking consumed most Club members.   Our busy November began with a bus trip to Virginia, coordinated by Jen Hoppe with the usual cookie sustainance from Keen Berger.  Tony Hoffmann congratulated the Election Committee and VID Members  on their incredible performance. November 7th, even though in the world of excitement, this year’s election was not near the top (in NYC).  The weather in the morning was cold and in the evening, it rained.  Laurie Hardjowirogo, Ed Yutkowitz, Elissa Stein, Irene Kaufman, Jen Hoppe, and Erik Coler led […]

City Council District 1 Endorsement

On October 12th VID will vote for the clubs City Council District 1 endorsement…. At the October 12th General Meeting there will be a vote for the City Council District 1 candidate endorsement, updates from the Campaign Committee, Voter Reform Committee, Environmental Committee and the Affodable Housing Committee, as well as a Club vote to amend the By-Laws. Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St. Here’s the agenda: 1.  President’s Report – Erik Coler 2.  District Leader Report – Keen Berger 3.  6:45pm – Vote on Constitutional Amendment regarding Executive members/Officers running on opposing slates Please see below […]

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: […]

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.  […]