City Council District 1 Endorsement

On October 12th VID will vote for the clubs City Council District 1 endorsement…. At the October 12th General Meeting there will be a vote for the City Council District 1 candidate endorsement, updates from the Campaign Committee, Voter Reform Committee, Environmental Committee and the Affodable Housing Committee, as well as a Club vote to amend the By-Laws. Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St. Here’s the agenda: 1.  President’s Report – Erik Coler 2.  District Leader Report – Keen Berger 3.  6:45pm – Vote on Constitutional Amendment regarding Executive members/Officers running on opposing slates Please see below […]

September 14th Meeting Agenda

September 14th General Meeting Agenda September 14th Meeting to Highlight The New York State Constitutional Convention with guests from Effective New York and Legal Aid.  You can read a NY Times overview and visit the Constitutional Convention website in the meantime. General Membership Meeting Thursday, September 14th, 6:30 pm St. John’s Lutheran Church, 83 Christopher St.  AGENDA President’s Report – Erik Coler Elected Officials District Leader Report – Keen Berger 7:00 PM  Discussion On The New York State Constitutional Convention Speakers from Effective New York and Legal Aid to discuss the pros and cons on the 20 year mandated vote on creating a potential New York […]

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.  […]