Jul 172016
 

VID has endorsed a letter asking President Obama to veto the current GMO Labeling bill.

After years of bitter debate and legislative stalemate over the labeling of genetically modified ingredients, a compromise proposal sailed through Congress in breathtaking speed over the past three weeks.

Within a few years, consumers will be able to find out whether any food in the supermarket contains GMO ingredients. But they won’t necessarily see that information on the package. Instead, consumers may have to scan a “QR code” — those little square codes that you see on airline boarding passes — to get that information.

Dan Charles, All things Considered, NPR July 14, 2014

GMO-LABELING_VermontAccording to  EcoWatch,    “The bill would also nullify state-by-state GMO labeling mandates such as Vermont’s landmark law that took effect on July 1.”  They also report that:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also expressed concern that the Roberts-Stabenow bill is ridden with loopholes. In its technical comments, the FDA pointed out that the bill has a narrow and ambiguous definition of “bioengineering” that would exempt many foods from GMO sources.

The VID letter, signed by VID President, Nadine Hoffman states:

While we welcome the establishment of the first mandatory federal labeling requirement to help consumers know whether their food contains genetically modified ingredients, the mandate will not be as effective as it could and should be.  In fact, the bill will nullify a stronger measure just recently implemented by Vermont that ensures that labels are comprehensive and written in easy-to-understand English.

You can read the whole plea for veto to President Obama here.

A New York Times article of July 14th verifies consumer reactions which could force packagers to be more forthright regardless of the legislation:

The federal law renders Vermont’s law and other state labeling laws null and void, but companies will have to weigh the expense of taking text off labels, not to mention the risk of irritating consumers interested in increasing transparency about the foods they eat. A survey of more than 1,500 consumers by Label Insight, a research firm whose clients include major food companies and grocery businesses, found that 37 percent of consumers said they would be willing to switch brands if another brand shared more detailed product information.

According to The White House website, the most efficient way to express your opinion to The President is electronically.  Here’s the address for submitting your comments: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

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Jun 092016
 

VID Petitioning Kickoff Breakfast, Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
VID Headquarters, 26 Perry Street, Lower Lever

petitioningThe VID began petitioning to get our endorsed NYS candidates – Brad Hoylman- State Senate,27th SD; Deborah Glick- State Assembly, 66th AD; Rachel Lavine- State Committeewoman, 66th and Benjamin Yee- State Committeeman, 66th AD – on the ballot Tuesday, June 7th.  On Thursday, June 9th petitions will be available at the VID General Membership Meeting at 83 Christopher Street.  On Saturday, June 11 petitions will be available at the kickoff breakfast (compliments of Assemblywoman Deborah Glick) at our 26 Perry St. headquarters from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.  All petitioners are invited. The following week VID headquarters will be open Monday-Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.

As part of VID’s effort to get our endorsed candidates elected VID will simultaneously do a major push to get our congressional candidates, Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, re-elected.  Primary Day for federal candidates is June 28th.  We need to work hard to inform the public that there will be a Primary on June 28th by handing out literature on the street and distributing Dear Neighbor letters in buildings that VID’ers live.  We also plan on handing out literature at the polls on Primary Day.

Erik Coler is in charge of VID’s petitioning and get out the vote campaign.  Please contact him and let him know when you are available to petition and help with the get out the vote campaign (Erikcoler@gmail.com,  917-699-2320).  OR you can sign yourself up for a shift:

 SUPPORT DEBORAH GLICK – SIGN UP

Petition for Deborah Glick – CLICK ME TO SIGN UP
Time: June 7th to July 3rd
What: Signing people up for Deborah’s petition to run for Assembly
Please help out by giving a few days

 SUPPORT JERRY NADLER – SIGN UP

 Jerry Nadler for Congress – CLICK ME TO SIGN UP
 Time: June 18th to June 28th
What: Handing out literature at Subway stops and squares to help out

petitioning_deborah-glickAnd then there is the opportunity to join Week #2 Petitioning with Deborah Glick’s Campaign

Monday, June 13th:  Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Mrs. Green’s (585 Hudson St)

Tuesday, June 14th: Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ 12th Street and 7th Avenue; Noon Shift: 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Meet @ 20 Washington Square North; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM  – Meet @ Astor Place Starbucks

Wednesday, June 15th:  Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ Christopher Street Subway ; Noon Shift: 11:30AM – 12:30PM – Meet @ 27 Barrow Street; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Morton Williams (130 Bleecker St)

Thursday, June 16th:  Morning Shift: 7:30AM – 9:00AM – Meet @ 12th Street and 7th Avenue; Afternoon Shift: 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Meet @ Mrs. Green’s (585 Hudson St)

Saturday, June 18th:  Morning Shift: 10:00AM – 1:00PM – Abingdon Square (corner of Bleecker and Hudson);

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS TOO :)

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May 192016
 

Eight Candidates Endorsed by VID for 2016 Federal and State Races

With three separate primaries in New York, it’s been a busy year in politics.  Here’s our roster:

Hillary Clinton-President

Charles Schumer – Senate

Jerry Nadler-Congress, 10th CD

Carolyn Maloney- Congress,12th CD

Brad Hoylman- State Senate,27th SD

Deborah Glick- State Assembly, 66th AD

Rachel Lavine- State Committeewoman, 66th

Benjamin Yee- State Committeeman, 66th AD

 

June 28th Congressional Primary Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than June 3rd and received by a board of elections no later than June 8th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the Congressional Primary, your application must be received no later than June 3rd.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by June 8th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Congressional Primary.

September 13th State and Local Primary 

MAIL REGISTRATION
Application must be postmarked no later than August 19th and received by a board of elections no later than August 24th to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than August 19th.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by August 24th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the State & Local Primary.

Check Your Voting  Status and Location

Endorsed by VID_GOTV

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May 162016
 

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The May 12th Membership Meeting carried a full agenda AND a Civil Court Candidate Forum

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President Nadine Hoffmann opened the May 12th Membership Meeting by noting how nicely the VID Gala was written up in The Villager by Lincoln Anderson.  There were also some nice pics from this event.  The March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which we endorsed, will take place on July 24 before the Democratic Convention.  Members agreed to spread the word regarding this event.

45 Rivington Letter to DeBlasio (see more details in our previous post), was unanimously passed for distribution.

District Leader Keen Berger said she had two good things to report.  Several CB2 members held a well-attended meeting with Jerrold Nadler regarding the dedication of Christopher Street Park to LGBT rights.  The second item was about some school district “carve out” blocks on 12 Street North–residents of these blocks were unhappy about being zoned out of PS 41.   CB2 is pushing for their re-inclusion.

Next came the election of the judicial delegates.  VID, DID and VRDC were each to contribute two delegates and two alternates.  This arrangement passed overwhelmingly, with one nay vote.  VID nominees were Nadine Hoffmann, Jen Hoppe, Cormac Flynn, Zella Jones, Erik Coler, and David Saperstein; the finally elected delegates were Jen and Cormac, with Zella and Nadine as alternates.

Tony Hoffmann, Campaign Committee Chair, now opened the Special Candidates Forum for Civil Court, co-sponsored by VRDC, DID, and the Jim Owles Club.

The Civil Court Candidates included:

Margaret Chan
Shahabuddeen Ally
Josh Hanshaft
Emily Morales Minerva
Nicholas Moyne
Phaedra Perry
Robert Rosenthal

Each candidate gave a four minute presentation followed by up to six minutes of questions from the audience.  All the candidates were impressive and the discussion was spirited.

The meeting was adjourned, with the reminder that the endorsement meeting will take place on May 23 at 8pm at Greenwich house.

 

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