November 7 Ballot Endorsements

At the Oct. 12th Meeting VID voted upon November 7 Ballot  Endorsements VID voted to oppose proposal #1 and approved proposals # 2 and #3.  For City Council District 1 there was no endorsement. On the first of the November 7 ballot endorsements asking for a majority vote for a Constitutional Convention, VID unanimously rejected the proposal and thus agreed with the opinion of the New York Civil Liberties Union at the September meeting.  Question #2, “Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony,” and question […]

Tim Wu Returns to Speak at July 13th Meeting

Tim Wu returns as guest speaker at General Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 13th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.  The meeting will open with reports from VID President, Erik Coler, Elected Officials and District Leader Keen Berger At 7:00 pm,  Special Guest Speaker, Tim Wu returns to VID to discuss the future prospects for keeping the internet free from control. Tim Wu is Professor of Law at Columbia, Former New York Lt. Governor candidate.   He is also a leading expert on the future of the internet and net neutrality, having authored three acclaimed books: Master Switch, The: […]

Gerrymandering Dominates Discussion at June 8 Meeting

Redistricting on Steroids is the gerrymandering model David Daley revealed in his June 8th appearance at VID Erik introduced Dave Daley, author of “Ratf**ked;  the True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy”.  He delivered a riveting talk on how the Republicans took over in 2010 by using computer modeling to gerrymander and steal elections.  Gerrymandering, which can be traced back to at least 1788, has resulted in 69 of 99 state legislatures and both houses in 35 states to be controlled by Republicans in a country in which both parties are pretty evenly represented, with Democrats slightly ahead.  […]

Special Guest David Daley – June 8th

Our special guest David Daley, author of RatF**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy to appear at our June 8th General Meeting. Highlighting the next General Membership Meeting will be special guest David Daley and his New Yorker reviewed book: Today, when party functionaries draw district lines, they have at their disposal detailed census results, precinct-level voter tallies, and a cloud’s worth of consumer choices. The result, David Daley argues in “Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy” (Liveright), is a system so rigged that it hardly matters anymore who’s running for […]