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AT A GLANCE:
  • 2 Ways to Act Up,
  • Election Day Workers Needed – Hiring Now,
  • NY COVID Rent Relief Program,
  • John Lewis – an Inspiration for Generations
ACT UP!

CALL AND TEXT FROM HOME FOR ANTONIO DELGADO

SATURDAY, JULY 25
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Join HK Dems, the Vote Blue coalition, and community members on Saturday July 25 from 1-3pm to call and text from home in support of Congressman Antonio Delgado of upstate NY.

Representing a key Hudson Valley swing district which voted for Trump by 7 points in 2016, Congressman Delgado flipped NY-19 from Republican to Democrat in 2018 with just 51% of the vote.  Many HK Dems members proudly helped in his campaign.  Since being elected, he has fought hard for access to healthcare for everyone, opposed the Trump billionaire tax cuts, and lots more.  He is on the short-list of Republican targets in 2020.

Don't worry if you've never done this before - we're a friendly bunch and will give you all the information, scripts, and training you need.  All you need is a computer or tablet (to join our video conference and view a website) and a phone.
 
Sign up online HERE!

POSTCARD WRITING PARTY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
**Note August 2 order deadline**

HK Dems will be hosting a swing state postcard writing party on August 15th.  However- you need to order your postcards ahead of time.  They will be shipped to you for free, along with addresses and instructions.  They need 2 weeks to do so.  The deadline for ordering is August 2nd.  You are responsible for purchasing the .35 cent postcard stamp.  You can order them from USPS.com
 
Order your postcards HERE!
You can pick which state you want to write to.
ELECTION DAY WORKERS NEEDED! HIRING NOW!
 
A message from District Leader Marisa Redanty:

The Board of Elections is seeking hundreds of Election Day Workers for the Presidential Election on Nov. 3, 2020.  Compensation: $250 for election day; $100 for mandatory training.  PPE and sanitizer will be supplied to workers.  Social distancing and masks are required for voters and workers in order to enter election poll sites.
 
Go to www.electiondayworker.com and apply today!
NY COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM

JULY 30 APPLICATION DEADLINE

NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) has opened the application process for the COVID Rent Relief Program.  The new program will provide rental assistance to tenants throughout NY.  Eligible households will benefit from a one-time rental subsidy paid directly to landlords.  Tenants are not required to repay this assistance.

In order to qualify, renters must:
  • Be a renter with a primary residence in NY.
  • Have made below 80% of area median income based on household size (which you can find more about on HCR's website).
  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been "rent burdened," which is defined as paying more than 30% of your monthly income toward rent (gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits).
  • Have lost income during the period between April 1 and July 31.
This HCR website and TimeOut article might be helpful to better understand eligibility criteria, application evaluation, and how the amount of rental assistance will be determined.
 
Calculate eligibility and apply HERE!

HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov.
John Lewis, age 23, an architect and a keynote speaker of the 1963 March on Washington
JOHN LEWIS – AN INSPIRATION FOR GENERATIONS

Congressman John Lewis is a true model for how our nation’s young activists can lead historic change. A few highlights include:
  • Age 19-20 – organized Nashville’s segregated lunch-counter sit-ins, partaking in the “first mass arrest in the sit-in movement”
  • Age 21 – became one of the original freedom riders
  • Age 23 – dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement; architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington
  • Age 23-26 – formed and chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a key civil-rights group that organized young activists through 1976
  • Age 25 – led over 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; broadcasts and photographs of the ensuing police brutality (known as “Bloody Sunday”) hastened the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Lewis led countless civil rights efforts and victories during the subsequent half century, continuing the fight for justice up until his passing from cancer on Friday at age 80.  “He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise,” says President Barack Obama.  “And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.”
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