Welcome to the ICNY Update

Working together to resist the Trump agenda and fight for democratic ideals.
The Great and Powerful?

How to write a cohesive introduction to our newsletter when the events unfolding around us are simply beyond words?  When our commander- in-chief displays his potty-mouthed buffoonery in an unhinged 90 minutes in Minnesota?  And his private attorney is revealed to be cavorting with the cast of “Good Fellas,” his globe-trotting excuse for an attorney general is lunching with Rupert Murdoch, and his secretary of state is either stone-walling or ducking questions from reporters?   Added to the mix is his White House counsel’s eight-page rant asserting the unlikely proposition that the constitution is unconstitutional.  Then there is Erdogan, Syria, ISIS and the Kurds.   And, of course, Putin.  Invariably, Putin.   In speaking of his “perfect” phone call to the head of Ukraine, our president self-described his “great and unmatched wisdom.”  Perhaps President Trump would do well to consider the advice of someone whose “greatness” might even exceed his own, when he advised, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”  That would be the Wizard of Oz.


"Rigged: The Voter Suppression Handbook" discussion panel: (l to r) Tom Gerety, Harry Franklin, and Tim Smith; and attendees from across Columbia and Dutchess County and beyond.  Photo: Joanne Trapanese.


Bystander Intervention 

Training in Bystander Intervention Saturday, October 19, 2019, Potluck at 6:00 PM, Training at 7:00 PM at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham NY, across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House.

Spee Braun and Shirley Edgerton will offer a session of training in Bystander Intervention-    Have you ever wished you’d spoken up when witnessing a stranger harassing another stranger, whether because of their religion, race, gender, or other aspect of their presentation and being in the world?

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 518-794-3048.  For directions:

Courtesy of Columbia County Votes

Click here to find more detail at Vote Early NY

ICNY Events

Postcards to Voters
When: Tuesday, October 22nd from 2 to 4 pm
Where: CCDems HQ, 3 Railroad Avenue, Chatham

Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.

The ICNY Postcard to Voters team will resume on Tuesday, October 22nd.  For the most up-to-date information and timing please contact Tobby at  Help support the effort to win races outside our own district!  

Tip: Bring a few (10-15) pre-stamped 39-cent blank postcards available at your post office.  (ICNY and volunteers will pay for the postcards.)

ICNY Book Group
The Little Blue Book by George Lakoff
Thursday November 14, 7:30pm
Where: Democratic HQ, 3 Railroad Ave., Chatham, NY

Quite a few Indivisible chapters around the country are reading the work of George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist and philosopher at Berkeley whose work is informing the efforts of progressives. For our next book group, we will be reading a slim volume called The Little Blue Book, which should provoke some real thinking for anyone who is going to be out there canvassing over the next year. “The essential handbook for thinking and talking Democratic—must reading not only for every Democrat but for every responsible citizen” says Robert B. Reich, former Secretary of Labor.


Community Events

Phone Banking - Volunteers needed!
When: Tuesday, October 15th, 5:00-9:00 pm
Where: Columbia County Democratic HQ, 3 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, NY
Come for as long as you can with a charged cell phone

Early Voting
When: October 26 through November 3rd
Where: Hudson, Valatie, Copake (see flyer above)


Contact us at IndivisibleColumbiaNY@gmail if you have an event you think the community should be aware of.

Information about community events is provided as a service to our readers. This should not be construed as endorsement of any event, organization, or political candidate and was not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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