Petitioning Launch

Petitioning Launch Breakfast This Saturday Start off your petitioning season right and join the VID, Congressman Jerry Nadler, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney‘s team.  Pick up your Petitions! Bagels, loxs, and the schmear of your choosing Meet and greet with VID’ers Details When: This Saturday! March 3rd (Petitioning Starts March 6th) Time: 10am – 12pm Noon Where: VID HQ 26 Perry St, Basement Level Check out our new CALENDAR page to see dates and times you can pick up petitions. For Further Contact Tony Hoffmann – Tonyhoffmann26@gmail.com Laurie Hardjowirogo – Laurieh2ster@gmail.com Erik Bottcher – ebottcher@gmail.com VID President Erik Coler – ErikColer@gmail.com

Standing Up and Being Counted

The start of the New Year was all about standing up and being counted… Throughout Manhattan VID Members and friends gathered to support progressive agendas.  At the January 11 General Meeting, Erik Coler got the ball rolling on standing up and being counted by introducing his newest idea – posting anti-Trump fliers in coffee shops to stimulate membership in VID.  [Meeting Minutes Here] This meeting also hosted NYS Comptroller Tom DeNapoli who regaled the club with a speech congratulating Jerry Nadler, Brad Hoylman, Deborah Glick, and others. He complimented the VID holiday party and spoke of the intricacies of the comptroller’s office and the […]

Free Jean Montrevil

Free Jean Montrevil from ICE Detention… Seven years ago, VID was crucial in getting Jean Montrevil released from detention — he was on his way to Haiti and death. Since then he has raised his four children (his youngest is now at Brooklyn Tech), paid taxes, helped many people, and …. of course, checked in regularly and never had any brushes with the law. But four vans and many ICE officers picked him up on the sidewalk, after work, on Wednesday, and now we must again help him — and all the immigrants unjustly deported. First step — come to this […]

Renewable Energy Forum

VID’s Renewable Energy Forum Packed with Details Nat Johnson, Chair of VID’s Environmental Committee put together an excellent program for December 4th’s Renewable Energy Forum which included speakers from the NYS Reforming Energy Vision (REV) program and the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO). REV’s 2030 goals include a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; 50% of electricity from renewable sources; 23% reduction in energy consumption of buildings from 2012 levels.  Ambitious but as Greg Hale, Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of the Governor says, “Doable.”  Their strategy is to support a broad range of renewable options, from […]