Feb 232017
 

The planned DNC Candidate Endorsement at our February General Membership Meeting was cancelled due to a blizzard.

We were disappointed that we were unable to have a membership meeting due to the weather in order to make a DNC Candidate endorsement as a Democratic club. However, the VID Executive Committee felt that this election is too important not to voice our opinion.  As a result, after background research, much deliberation and discussion the Executive Committee endorsed Keith Ellison with the following resolution:

Whereas, the scheduled and advertised endorsement meeting of the Village Independent Democrats (VID) regarding the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was canceled because of a blizzard, and

Whereas, the DNC will choose a chair before the next general VID meeting, and

Whereas, the VID is dedicated to a vibrant and effective Democratic party, both locally and nationally,

Whereas, the members of the Village Independent Democrats executive committee have considered the candidates for DNC chair by studying their websites and viewing other forums at which they spoke, and

Whereas, members of the VID Executive Committee have voted regarding all 10 candidates for this position,

Therefore, the VID Executive Committee strongly supports Keith Ellison for the next DNC chair. His plan as Chair would revitalize both the states and national Democratic parties, build a stronger Democratic platform, and focus on a grassroots approach.

 

You can review the candidates qualifications and the process to be followed in this thorough National Public Radio piece or in this updated CNN coverage.

DNC candidate endorsement

From left: Democrats Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, Tom Perez and Pete Buttigieg are competing to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Other candidates include Sally Boynton Brown and Jehmu Green.  Photograph:  NorthCountryPublicRadio.org

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Feb 092017
 

Due to snow conditions, tonight’s, February 9th, Meeting cancelled.

VID President, Erik Coler, announced the meeting cancelled and delivered the following message to our list of members and friends:

Meeting CancelledUnfortunately, due to the storm today, the conditions, and overall ability to get to our meeting we will have to cancel tonight’s endorsement meeting.  We will try to reschedule the meeting.

Thank you to all the candidates who were planning on participating and thank you to everyone who planned to join tonight. 

Also, don’t forget if you haven’t signed up already to join us this Saturday for our Day of Action!

Rain or Snow, we will be out there organizing people in the fight against TRUMP!
 RSVP HERE

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Feb 032017
 

February General Meeting

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 
St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex
83 Christopher Street – 6:30 PM

Agenda

Make Sure to check out our facebook page and join our event Saturday Feb.11th as we organize the village against Donald Trump!  Click Here

                                                            

February General Meeting_women's-march

VID gathers at Union Square, Jan. 21st, getting final instructions from Erik Coler

 President’s Report  – Erik Coler

      I. Woman’s March (Update) – see also Villager Coverage
     II. Feb. 11th, Anti-Trump Day of Action  

Committee Reports

      –  Voting Reform (Chair: Laurie Hardjowirogo)
           Next Meeting: To be Announced

      –  Environmental Committee (Chair: Nat Johnson)
           Next Meeting: Feb. 21st @ 6pm

      –  Affordable Housing (Chair: Erik Coler)
           Next Meeting: Feb. 18th @ 2pm 

      – Gala Committee (Chairs: Nanacy Shamban/Nadine Hoffmann)
           Next Meeting: To Be Announced

      – Election Committee (Chairs: Laurie Hardjowirogo/Tony Hoffmann) 
           Next Meeting: March 14th @ 6pm

Elected Officials Report

DNC Endorsement Vote

The Village Independent Democrats will be make an endorsement (or no endorsement) of the DNC Chairperson.
(A separate email with bio/issues on candidates to follow)

Candidate’s list
Keith Ellison | Tom Perez | Jaime Harrison | Sally Boynton Brown | Ray Buckley
| Pete Buttigieg | Juhmu Greene | No Endorsement (This will be if we decide not to endorse anyone)

Rules:
– Candidates, or representatives, or speakers on their behalf will have 5 to 10 mins to speak (depending on the number of finalized candidates), and 10 mins to answer questions.
– The membership will have 20 mins of comments after the speakers are finished
– Members in good standing for more then 3 months will be able to vote

3.  New Business

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Jan 242017
 
Women's March with VID

Gathering for the Women’s March: “Today is the first of many days to take a stand against this monster!” declared Erik Coler, the young new president of Village Independent Democrats, from atop the steps in front of the Gandhi statue in Union Square.”

200 people joined the Women’s March NYC, through a combined effort between VID, Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) and United Through Action, on January 21st.

Women’s March participants in Washington DC included VID members Keen Berger and Nancy Shambam among others.  It was, around the world, a glorious show of unity with more than 3,000,000 people participating.

Lincoln Anderson covered the New York March thoroughly in The Villager.

In their chants and on their signs, the marchers voiced a potpourri of concerns, from Black Lives Matter to the environment to Trump’s relationship with Russia’s Putin. More than a few signs showed the two men kissing.

The police didn’t have a heavy presence — or at least it didn’t feel that way. Apparently, they weren’t expecting violence from the Women’s March, one woman observed.

So, now the heavy lifting begins.  All sorts of sites have sprung up to assist in finding direction:  Indivisible, a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda founded by former congressional staffers revealing best practices for making Congress listen; OneClickStandUp.com, one stop shopping for anyone who feels the urgency of getting involved right away on behalf of causes  that are targeted to become vulnerable in the coming years – we love their “Contact Elected Officials” page.  And then, of course there are the daily suggestions and actions found on Village Independent Democrats Page and Group on FaceBook.  Join the conversation, sign up, send postcards, make calls.

“The answer I can definitively give is that we, the VID, intend to fight back against Donald Trump. But our fight against Trump is going to be impossible alone. We need people like you to become more involved,” says VID President Erik Coler in a recent editorial in WestView News.

 

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