Nov 212014
 

Net Neutrality- Tim Wu“Net Neutrality and You” — Tim Wu To Speak to Village Independent Democrats on Fair and Open Internet

 

The public is invited to hear Tim Wu speak on Net Neutrality at the next meeting of Village Independent Democrats.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex,
83 Christopher Street,
Thursday, December 11, at 7:45 PM.

Tim Wu coined the expression “Net Neutrality” – the principle that Internet service providers should offer equal access to all content and applications and equal service to all users.  While the Obama administration embraces this concept and considers the internet a public utility, there are powerful lobbies and a Republican-dominated Congress that could block or severely modify Net Neutrality.  Professor Wu’s talk will explain how net neutrality benefits American consumers and the American economy.

Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, professor at Columbia Law School, fellow at the New America Foundation, and contributing editor at The New Republic and The New Yorker. Best-known for the development of Net Neutrality theory, Wu also writes about free speech, copyright, and antitrust matters.

In 2014, Wu ran for Lt. Gov. of New York in the New York Democratic Primary on a ticket headed by Zephyr Teachout.

In 2013, Wu was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal. He has served as a senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, Chair of Media reform group Free Press, and fellow at Google, and worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry. A law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, he graduated from McGill University and Harvard Law School.

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Nov 182014
 

Many new faces at VID Forum on School Options

VID Forum on School Options - Nadin

Forum Moderator, Nadine Hoffmann

Charter schools, public schools, parental and community schools all got lots of attention at VID’s General Membership Meeting on November 13.  Discussions about public funding (they all are publicly funded), parent and community involvement (a must) and Department of Education bureaucracy (usually a detriment to quick action and cheaper materials) was enlightening.

One of most contentious issues was the inequality between charter and non-charter public schools over additional funding and extra resources. Many argued, also, that co-location of schools in the same building often leads to reduced space for non-charters and a sense of unfairness to students. Questions of student selection and teacher retention were also brought up.

An uplifting part of the discussion was a realization that the problems are not insurmountable. All along the education spectrum, leaders have begun to work together, hoping to share what works and to improve what is failing.  It takes a huge leap of faith on all fronts, but the future of our students depends on it.

The panelists included:  Eric Joerss, Deputy for Government Affairs, the NYC Charter School Center; Barbara McKeon, Principal, Broome Street Academy Charter High School;  Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters;  Tamara Rowe, Community Education Council, District 2.

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Nov 102014
 

Is There A School for My Child?…Options in Education in NYC.

Is there a school for my child

Broome Street Charter High School

Find out at a forum presented by Village Independent Democrats this Thursday at 7:15 pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church83 Christopher Street.

 

 

 

Class Size MattersIs There a School for My Child Panelists will be Eric Joerss, Deputy for Government Affairs, the NYC Charter School Center; Barbara McKeon, Principal, Broome Street Charter High School;  Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters;  Tamara Rowe, Community Education Council, District 2.

The discussion will focus on District 2 Department of Education schools and charter schools that have been built as a result of pressure and/or extensive input from the community, parents and elected officials, including the Foundling School and 75 Morton Street Middle School.

 

The forum follows the November General Meeting which begins at 6:30 pm.

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Nov 062014
 

The next VID Tenants Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at 6:00 PM at VID-26 Perry Street (basement).  You do not need to make an appointment but you must bring all pertinent documents. 

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Oct 302014
 

VID EndorsementsVID Endorsements for Nov 4 Election,

Candidates and Propositions

US Congress: 10th District:  Jerrold Nadler

US Congress: 12th District:  Carolyn Maloney

  Assembly-66th AD: Deborah Glick 

 Senate- 27th District: Brad Hoylman

GovernorHoward Hawkins  

Lieutenant Governor:  Brian Jones

Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli 

 Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman

Supreme Court:  Milton A. Tingling and Kathryn E. Freed

Civil Court: Louis Nock and Arlene Bluth


Proposal Number 1 - NO

an Amendment: Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure
The proposed amendment to sections 4 and 5 and addition of new section 5-b to Article 3 of the State Constitution revises the redistricting procedure for state legislative and congressional districts.

 

Proposal Number 2 - YES
an Amendment: Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills 
The proposed amendment to section 14 of Article 3 of the State Constitution would allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it.

 

Proposal Number 3 – NO
a Proposition: The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014 
The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014, as set forth in section one of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2014, authorizes the sale of state bonds of up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) to provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connectivity to equalize opportunities for children to learn.

 

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Oct 272014
 

Miriam FriedlanderCouncilmember Rosie Mendez worked hard over the last five years to find a proper public statement for the work and accomplishments of a progressive advocate many of us knew well, Miriam Friedlander.

 

On Sunday, October 19th on the Southeast Corner of 6th St. and Second Avenue there was a street co-naming ceremony and reception.  Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, former Senator Tom Duane, former Councilmember Margarita Lopez, VID members Tony Hoffmann, Katharine Wolpe, and Frieda Bradlow,  joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez in naming Miriam Friedlander Way

Friedlander was the outspoken, firebrand Democrat who represented the East Village and Lower East Side in the City Council during some of the area’s most turbulent years, from 1974 to 1991, and died at New York University Medical Center on Sun., Oct. 4, 2009, at 95.

A political figure who evoked passionate reactions from her admirers and detractors alike, she  is best remembered for advocating on behalf of gay and lesbian issues, women, tenants and the homeless.  

Lincoln Anderson, The Villager

 

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Oct 092014
 


Mrs Green'sVID Joins Sen. Hoylman, Assembly Deborah Glick and Councilmember Corey Johnson in plea to Mrs. Green’s

Back in July Hoylman, Glick and Johnson addressed corporate management for the new Mrs. Green’s store at 585 Hudson alarmed by the firm’s history of intimidation toward workers who attempted to organize for fair wages.  You can see their letter here.

Village Independent Democrats have added their voice with a resolution:

WHEREAS, the company Mrs. Green’s has advertised that it is securing a new location at 585 Hudson Street to open another food market; and

WHEREAS, our community welcomes another local purveyor of organic and fresh produce; but there have been reports in the media that Mrs. Green’s has been in violation of federal labor law in responding to attempts by its employees in Westchester to unionize; and

WHEREAS, the rights of employees to form or join unions free from retaliation and intimidation has been legally established, and any attempt by Mrs. Green’s and its parent company to violate the free rights of its employees rights to organize is troubling; and

WHEREAS, it is of immediate concern that a business which reportedly has a history of violating its employees’ federal rights intends to locate its market in our community;

THEREFORE, the Village Independent Democrats urges Mrs. Green’s to ensure that all its employees are provided a working environment free of intimidation and one which allows those workers the right to organize if they are so inclined.?

 

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