Oct 212019
 
VID Visibility Days

VID Visibility Day Tablings Have Been a Great Success – One More to Come We will be holding the final VID Visibility Day of the 2019 year in two weeks on Saturday, November 2nd.  On the West Side we will be at Abingdon Sq. (corner Hudson  & Bethune Streets)  from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  On the East Side we’ll be at the park in front of St. Marks Church (2nd Ave. & 10th Street) from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Help collect signatures on postcards going to Governor Cuomo urging him to sign gun safety legislation that is presently sitting on his desk; register people to vote; inform people of early voting (Sunday, 11/3 is the last day); give out info on the five ballot proposals and sign up new VID members. Please contact Tony Hoffmann with the time and place you would like to go to if participating. […]

Aug 232019
 
Health Care Forum

The Future of Health Care in New York: A Forum The New York State Senate and Assembly will take up the New York Health Act, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera. The New York Health Act would implement single-payer healthcare in New York, ensuring every New Yorker will have reliable health insurance coverage. Learn How This Bill Could Affect You and Your Family! Sunday, October 6 2:30pm Doors Open, 3pm-5pm Program, 5pm-6pm Open Q&A Elisabeth Irwin High School 40 Charlton Street Free with RSVP: https://forms.gle/4UV8RfZyM3TvvnEm9 Featured Speakers: • State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair, NYS Senate Committee on Health • Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health Prominent elected officials and leading public health professionals will also participate. List of Sponsors (in formation): Village Independent Democrats, Coalition for a District Alternative, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club. For more information, contact president@villagedems.org or go to […]

Aug 212019
 
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 FB: Link https://www.facebook.com/events/2406488353010838/ 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 […]

Jun 192019
 
June General Meeting

The June General Meeting covered NYC funding of abortion access, NYS support for gestional surrogacy, prostitution legislation and the Green New Deal. And, a thank you to Jerry Nadler for a very informative forum. Party Leaders District Leader Keen Berger’s report opened with a thank you for re-electing her for the last fourteen years.  She will be super-ceded by a new District Leader, Jen Hoppe, after the Primary on June 25th.  Keen mentioned two issues important to her: Social justice issue:  the fact that the 75 Morton Street middle school provides less after-school programs than any other school in District 2.  She hopes that VID can write a letter or do some other action to help rectify this.  Measles epidemic.  Keen mentioned that Dick Gottfried was sitting on the fence on this issue of requiring everyone to be inoculated and doing away with religious exemptions.  This is a public health […]