Dec 122014
 

Net Neutrality - Tim WuUPDATE:  “Net Neutrality and You” — Tim Wu Speaks at Village Independent Democrats on Fair and Open Internet

On Thursday, December 11, Tim Wu gave VID members and guests a thorough picture of Net Neutrality and its issues.

Here, The Internet Society – New York Chapter captures the evening:

 

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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Dec 082014
 

VID Will Elect New OfficersVID Will Elect New Officers on Dec. 11th at 6:30 pm, at 83 Christopher Street.

The December 11 election will be for President and three Vice President positions with the remaining positions voted upon at the January meeting.

The only candidate statement received thus far is from Nadine Hoffmann, running for President of the club.  Keen Berger has endorsed her.  (We will update this posting as additional candidate statements are received).

Elections
a- President
b- Vice Presidents (Depending on time constraints the vice presidential election may take place after Tim Wu’s presentation).

Any candidate who wishes to send a statement to the VID membership can send it to Zella Jones at: zella “at” marketxmarket.com.  She will send it out to the membership.  

Eligibility to vote and/or be a candidate:

  • Must be a VID member for 90 days
  • Dues must be up to date
  • If your dues has expired you can pay back dues in order to vote.  However, per VID constitution you can only pay back dues for one year and one month.  Therefore, anybody who’s dues expired before November 11, 2013 is not eligible to vote.

Election Protocol:

I- President:

  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 10 minutes
  2. Each candidate will answer questions for up to 10 minutes immediately after speaking
  3. Each candidate will have up to 5 minutes for speakers

II- Vice President:

  1. Each candidate can speak for up to 3 minutes
  2. Each candidate will answer questions for up to 5 minutes immediately after speaking
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Dec 072014
 

Happy Holidays from VIDOnce again Frieda Bradlow hosted Happy Holidays from VID

…to just about anyone known in Village political circles.  The food overflowed, libations were plentiful, all sorts of scuttlebutt got exchanged and the spirits of Democrats were well-lifted.

Councilman Corey Johnson and Borough President Gale Brewer came and left early with no fewer than seven other celebrations to cram into December 7th.  Senator Brad Hoylman gave warm wishes to everyone before he dashed off to save the Cafe Edison with Richard Gottfried, Corey Johnson, and Peter Ajemian.  Assemblymember Deborah Glick maintained her perfect record attendance at VID holiday bashes.  Judges Arlene Bluth and Robert Reed, District Leaders Jean Grillo and Paul Newell added Village and Lower Manhattan cheer to the event.

So, now, the pictures:

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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.

See the article in The Villager…and the pictures below

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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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