(l to r) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, County Leader Frank Seddio and Rep. Yvette Clark are amongst those who will be honored by VIDA

The Vanguard Independent Democratic Association  (VIDA) is holding a fundraising dinner to honor some of Central Brooklyn’s elected leaders and also bring light to the vital role the Democratic club plays in the community today.

VIDA was established in 1972 as the Vanguard Civic Association, a grassroots community of parents, educators and community leaders waging for more community control over schools in their neighborhoods.

VIDA’s force was so galvanizing at the time, it was largely responsible for the election of Al Vann then, head of the African American Teachers Association– to the State Assembly in that years general election. In fact, Vann polled an unprecedented 2,000-plus votes under the Vanguard Independent Party, in a community registered overwhelmingly Democratic.

VIDA members
VIDA members

Over VIDAs 40 years of existence, it has continually produced community leaders such as the Hon. Paul Wooten, who currently sits on the Appellate Division of the US Supreme Court; Roger Green, the former Assemblyman for the 57th A.D. and the current director of the Dubois Bunche Center for Public Policy; Dr Esmeralda Simmons and Dr. John Flateau, both members of Medgar Evers College, current City Councilmember Rob Cornegy and several more.

This year’s honorees include Congressman Hakeem JeffriesCongresswoman Yvette ClarkeBorough President Eric Adams, Public Advocate Letitia James, County Leader Frank Seddio and James Crandall, “VIDA Member of the Year.”

Special Invited Guest is Mayor Bill de Blasio. Refreshments and entertainment provided.

WHAT: VIDA Celebrating Brooklyn Leaders

WHEN: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 from 6-8pm, *VIP Cocktail Hour from 5-6pm

WHERE: TWU Local 100 Headquarters, 195 Montague Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY


  • Seniors/Students – $25
  • Regular – $50 (includes complimentary 1-year membership)
  • Professional – $100 (1 VIP ticket)

Purchase your tickets in advance online here.


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Bronze – $250 (2 VIP tickets)

Silver – $500 (3 VIP tickets)

Gold – $1,000 (4 VIP tickets)

Platinum – $1,500 (5 VIP tickets)

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Event Generously Sponsored by:

TWU Local 100

Council of School Supervisors and Administrators

Teamsters Local 237

DC 37 Local 372

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