Talking Point: More Nukes and Pipelines

Nukes and Pipelines We are posting this important invitation because the NY Metro area is directly impacted by the dangerous siting of a huge high pressure gas pipeline only 105 feet from vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power facility. (Impact region: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, New Jersey and Connecticut).  Nuclear power, pipeline and medical disaster experts have been calling for a comprehensive, independent and transparent risk assessment of the convergence of these major hazards and have been joined by county legislatures that have passed resolutions, health professionals, scientists, other public officials and the public. Yet, […]

May 14th General Membership Meeting Agenda

VID General Membership Meeting St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex 83 Christopher St. Thursday May 14, 2015 6:30 PM UPDATE:  MINUTES Our May 14th General Membership Meeting has a pretty full agenda.  In addition to Club business we will be hosting an important discussion on Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure, as well as presentations from and endorsements of Civil Court and District Leader candidates.  Following is the agenda: I.  President’s Report II.  District Leader’s Report–Keen Berger III. Special Forum: Fracking and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Nat Johnson–Organizer Panelists:  Clare Donohue, Sane Energy Project Eric Weltman,  Food & Water Watch in New York Ling Tsou, […]

Zephyr Teachout Highlights April Meeting

Zephyr Teachout Addresses April 9th General Membership Meeting Ms. Teachout started by announcing that she had just gained tenure at Fordham.  She finished her book, “Corruption in America“, and had just written a letter to the Supreme Court regarding the Citizens United decision. She discussed how the Founding Fathers found corruption the biggest threat to democracy, although now over 50% of former congresspeople become lobbyists.  This profession was a felony in many states for over a hundred years of our history.  Zephyr Teachout also spoke of renewable energy, net neutrality, and a possible second book about effects of high-stakes testing for […]

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 […]