Two State Solution - Kate Press of JSt

The Two State Solution

Two State Solution - Kate Press of JStKate Press, Deputy National Field Director for J Street, addressing VID membership at January 9th forum entitled “Is Secretary of State John Kerry’s Initiative To Achieve a Two State Solution To The Israeli/Palestinian Issue Poised To Succeed Or Doomed To Fail”?

Full Meeting Minutes:  Minutes of January 9

Frieda Bradlow Hosts VID Holiday Party…Again!

Frieda Bradlow Hosts VID Holiday PartyHostess Par Excellence, Frieda Bradlow,  Hosts VID Holiday Party…Again!

Grateful pols, VID members and friends vigorously bound up Frieda Bradlow’s steps on a very crisp December 15th to enter the by now celebrated West Village political parlor.  The conversation was, at times, animated, at others hushed; the food scrumptious; the drink just right.

The list of attendees?  Take note:  NYC Comptroller John Liu;  Borough President-Elect Gale Brewer; NYS Senator Brad Hoylman;  NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick; NYS State Committee member and President of the NYS Democratic Committee Progressive Caucus, Rachel Lavine; District Leaders Keen Berger and Jean Grillo; past VID Presidents Jonathan Geballe, William Stricklin, and Katharine Wolpe; present VID President, Tony Hoffmann; Judges (and judges-elect) Frank Nervo, Kathryn Freed, Josh Hansshaft, Andrea Masley, Margaret Chan, Carol Sharpe, JJ Kelley, Dakota Ramseur, Anil Singh and Tania Kennedy; from the press Lincoln Anderson (The Villager) and photographer Tequila Minsky joined the festivities.  Even Robbie Kaplan,  famed for her successful victory before the US Supreme Court in the Edie Windsor case (overturning of DOMA) this year attended with son Jacob.

 

Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Military Sexual Assaults , Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform

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Attendees at Dec. 12th meeting

At VID’s December meeting the major topics were Small Business, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sexual Assaults in Military, Filibuster and Campaign Finance Reform

 

Village Independent Democrats approved one letter and three resolutions at the Dec 12th meeting.  You can read them by clicking below.  Sharon Woolums introduced the resolution on Small Business Jobs Survival Act; Alec Pruchnicki and Ron Illardo presented points in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the resolution.  Club President Tony Hoffmann reviewed the points made in the letter to Sen Reid regarding his recent reform of Senate Filibusters and the Resolution for Sen. Gillibrand favoring her approach in legislation protecting women military personnel who have been sexually assaulted.

Thank you to Senator Harry Reid for Filibuster reform
Resolution in Favor of Sen. Gilllibrand’s Approach to Sexual Harrassment in the Military
Resolution Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership
Resolution Re Small Business Jobs Survival Act

There was additionally a very thorough discussion of Campaign Finance Reform with Kristina Andreotta, of Citizen Action NY particularly focused on New York State legislation that may be influenced over the next month by positions Gov. Cuomo will announce in launching the budget and legislative priorities for 2014.

Marlene Nadle also introduced a report on the documentary, Vanishing City, which she would like the Club to sponsor as a public event.

This was also the meeting for VID members to elect a president and three vice presidents for 2014.  See the post.  

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 Pictures from Dec. 12th Meeting.  Photographe:r Zella Jones

 

 

Anti-Fracking and Anti-Spectra Pipeline Events

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VID members and hundreds of New Yorkers have been involved in a number of different Anti-Fracking and Anti-Spectra pipeline events  over the last four weeks.  You can see a slide show here.

Protests against Fracking outside Chelsea Piers, October 19

Hundreds of demonstrators,including  members of the Village Independent Democrats, participated in a rally against hydraulic fracking outside of Chelsea Piers.  Governor Cuomo was scheduled to host a luncheon at a restaurant inside the facility but was unable to attend and therefore missed the protest. Protestors also mobilized a pair of boats to face the waterfront venue.

October 30 Rally in Albany

Anti-Fracking, AlbanyOn Wednesday, October 30, hundreds of New Yorkers from across the state came to Albany to expose Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regulations for what they are: fatally flawed, a danger to public health and our well-being, and supportive of a massive fracking infrastructure build out.  Photo Credit:  New Yorkers Against Fracking.

Rally at the Spectra Pipeline –November 2, 2013

The pipeline which started operation on November 1st is bringing radon laced natural gas into New York City.  Radon is a known cancer-causing radioactive gas and is found in the gas producing shale formations in Pennsylvania that are being piped into the City via the Spectra pipeline.  VID is part of a lawsuit with a half dozen other organizations attempting to stop or modify its operations. A peaceful civil disobedience demonstration to mark the beginning of its operation was held on November 2. Corey Johnson, newly elected City Council representative and VID member Nancy Shamban, along with 11 others, were arrested. Elected New York Officials: Borough President Elect- Gail Brewer, Assemblyman-Richard Gottfried and Assemblywoman-Linda Rosenthal gave speeches of support.

Village Independent Democrats members: Frieda Bradlow, Anne Heaney, Nat Johnson, Alexander Meadows, Katherine Wolpe and Celia Wu also participated. See the video clip of the demonstration.

Submitted by Nat Johnson