The Path to Freedom: Decarceration in Trump’s America

Decarceration Forum
Join us in discussing how to reduce the number of people
incarcerated in our prisons.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
3:00pm to 6:00pm (Doors at 2:30pm)
Elisabeth Irwin High School, 40 Charlton Street
Free with RSVP: https://forms.gle/aij3VUGBkn6HEUjg9

A panel discussion with:

Moderator: Justice (ret.) Emily Jane Goodman

  • Hon. Helen Rosenthal, Councilmember, 6th District
  • Mark Shervington, Statewide Community Organizer, Release Aging People from Prison
  • Lucy Lang, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Tina Luongo, Attorney-In-Charge, Legal Aid NYC Criminal Defense Practice

Introductory remarks by David Siffert, President, Village Independent Democrats; Allen Roskoff, Co-Chair, Candles for Clemency and President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; and Kathy Slawinski, Recording Secretary, Village Independent Democrats.

Sponsors (in formation): Coalition for a District Alternative, Downtown Independent, Democrats, Gramercy-Stuvesant Independent Democrats, Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, United Democratic Organization, Village Independent Democrats.

For more information, contact president@villagedems.org or go to www.villagedems.org.

FLYER

Thanks to Our True Blue Supporters

VID’s True Blue Supporters Highlighted Our 62nd Annual Awards

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Among many illustrious attendees were Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough President Gale Brewer, Senators Brad Hoylman and Robert Jackson, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and Councilmember Carlina Rivera.  Of course, we owe a special thank-you to our awardees: our incredible Speaker and Councilmember Corey Johnson, grassroots allstars True Blue NY and No IDC NY, and VID legend Frieda Bradlow.  Lastly, we need to thank the Gala Committee — Sara Kimbell, Elissa Stein, Nadine Hoffmann, Tony Hoffmann, Lois Rakoff, Nancy Shamban, and Jen Hoppe.  The BIGGEST thanks go to Sara Kimbell and Elissa Stein, the Gala Co-Chairs — the amount of work they did was jaw-dropping, and they managed to make an incredible event go off without a hitch.  And we haven’t forgotten our long list of sponsors.

VID Awards Celebration May 2nd

VID’s  2019 Annual Awards Celebration

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
6:00 – 9:00PM

Tio Pepe
168 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10014

Honorees

Honorable Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council 

True Blue NY & NO IDC
 
Frieda Bradlow
 

Thank you to our generous sponsors 

 
Blue Governor Sponsors
Hon. Keen  Berger; The Bradlow Family; Robert Bradlow & Mylene Cabreras, Eric Bradlow & Laura Bradlow, Benjamin Bradlow; NY State Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Hon. Anthony Hoffmann & Hon. Nadine Hoffmann, State Committemember Rachel Lavine  & Roberta Kaplan, Esq., Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Alec Pruchnicki, M.D., Lois Rakoff.
 
Blue Senator Sponsors
James Fraser & Katherine Hanson; NY State Senator Brad Hoylman & David Sigal; Sam Jacob & Marcus Andrews; Zella Jones; Irene Kaufman & Daniel Neiden; Hon. Karla Moskowitz & Marvin Moskowitz.
 
Blue Assembly Sponsors
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; Hal Friedman; Grand Street Democrats; Hon. Jonathan Geballe, Esq.; NY State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried;  Susan Gottesman; Alison Greenberg, Esq.; Eli Hausknecht; Jen Hoppe; Linda  Jacobson; Rose James; City Council Speaker Corey Johnson; Sara Kimbell; Remy Kothe; Kate Linker; State Committeeman Chris Marte;  Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club;  NYC Councilmember Carlina Rivera; Burt Rosenberg; Hon. Arthur Schwarts, Esq.; Debra Sherman & Ray Thoman; David Siffert; Allison Stowell, Esq.;Hon. Kenneth Wind for Grand Street Democrats; Hon. Katharine Wolpe; Hon. Jim Yates; State Committeeman Benjamin Yee.

Keen Berger Day

March 2, 2019 Proclaimed Keen Berger Day

It is hard to imagine gathering petitions, pamphleting outside poll locations, hearing reports from the grassroots of the 66th Assembly District, Part A or marching into a County Committee Meeting without the presence of Keen Berger, who announced last month her wish to hand the batton to new talent.  Though we don’t expect her to abandon her fervor or presence in marches and sit-ins for women’s rights, immigration reform, voting rights or any of the other issues she has championed with and for VID.

Saturday’s celebration came first among some very special and much-in-demand elected leaders who didn’t want the moment to pass without expressing their appreciation…and among 50 or more VID members who crowded into the small, but highly efficient, VID Clubhouse at 26 Perry St., picking up their petitions for the next primary candidates as they left.  

See the definitive momento that Ed Yutkowitz wrote in The Villager

Among many special momentos offered was a presentation by NYS Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Deborah Glick officially citing that March 2, 2019 was Proclaimed Keen Berger Day in New York State.

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