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Welcome to the ICNY Update

Working together to resist the Trump agenda and fight for democratic ideals.

Join our rescheduled 
ICNY Virtual Community Meeting
on Zoom

and hear from an

EXPERT PANEL ON CORONAVIRUS
(with a focus on Columbia County)


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Wednesday, April 15, 8:00pm


Steffie Woolhandler, a primary care physician, Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York, and Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she was formerly a professor.  She co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, whose 23,000 members advocate for Medicare for All.  Her family has had a home in Columbia County for 50 years.

Bernadette Powis, Columbia County Coroner and a registered nurse and nurse practitioner and certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

There will be an ample Q & A period for this event, which is scheduled to last for one hour.



Please note: You will receive a separate email from us later today with information on how to join this meeting, including a Meeting ID and Password.  Please watch for this email.
The Census Form. 

Most of you should be receiving reminders to complete your Census forms online. It is vitally important that you complete the online version of the census or return the paper form. Although it seems like decades ago, recall that just a few short months ago, we were worried that Republicans would insert questions into the census form that would discourage residents in the US from completing the form. Do not be distracted; please complete your census form. If you haven’t received a reminder or paper questionnaire, go to my2020census.gov to complete the census for your household.

Important Links

Columbia County Department of Health COVID 19 page here.

Representative Antonio Delgado's website here

Governor Andrew Cuomo's website Novel Coronavirus page
here

 
Local businesses need your help!

In Columbia County, small businesses are essential to our daily lives. The unique character they bring to our community is part of what makes our region the special place that it is. From restaurants and coffee houses to home goods,  flower shops, book stores, and one-of-a-kind blends (think Spotty Dog or Moto), these small local businesses are the reasons we choose to call Columbia County home. Right now, these Columbia County businesses need your help to get through these critical early weeks of the PAUSE and pandemic  before SBA and other possible resources come online. In fact for some of our businesses, the red tape and long time lag will make these federal funds largely inaccessible, making it hard for them to survive.  To this end,  the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), in partnership with Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s office, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson Business Coalition, have established the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

It will provide cash grants to small businesses in our city and town centers with fewer than 10 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue. These businesses can apply for grant funds from $1,000 to $5,000 to cover diverse costs related to retaining employees, rent and other fixed operational costs. The fund will accept applications from April 1 to April 15 at www.columbiaedc.com. And as of April 7th they already had 74 applications! And the more money in the fund, the more local businesses that can help now and going forward. The goal for this fund is to reach $500,000.  Your help is needed to get there. Many of these businesses, as you know, are owned and run by our friends and neighbors.  Please consider contributing. Donations can be made at: BerkshireTaconic.org/BusinessContinuity.
Your Turn
 
The CDC has advised cancellations of any gatherings that are projected to have 10 or more people. Accordingly, ICNY will not be scheduling any general meetings until this crisis has abated. Our political work is also challenging at this point, as this is not the time to engage in door-to-door canvassing. The Resistance must go on, however—especially as we have a person in the White House who is making this situation worse with every breath he utters. We will be notifying you in these Updates of actions you can take from home—and we also are looking to make the Update more interactive and reflective of your voice and your concerns. We invite you to email us at IndivisibleColumbiaNY@gmail.com with comments and questions and we will try to get back to you on them as best we can. We will also share some portion of what we receive with our readership. 
We’re all in this together! Be smart and be safe.

Message From Our Friends at
Columbia County Sanctuary Movement


The pandemic has disproportionately impacted immigrant families. Our members are experiencing historic levels of food insecurity and job loss. Those of us who are undocumented are denied equal access to governmental social safety nets and relief funds. 

CCSM has created the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund to provide financial support to immigrants in Columbia and Greene County. We’ve strengthened our mutual aid and rapid response programing to keep our communities and movement nourished. 

You have the power to make a difference in the lives of local immigrant families. Will you make a contribution to our emergency fund and programming?
 

To make a contribution or apply to the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund and/or to learn about CCSM’s mutual aid programming during COVID 19 visit us at: sanctuarycolumbiacounty.org

CALENDAR

ICNY Events

ICNY Virtual Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, April 15 @ 8:00pm.
Where: Join us from wherever you are.
See details above.

Postcards to Voters
The ICNY Postcard to Voters team is asking volunteers to write postcards from home - which may not be as much fun as the weekly gatherings, but is safer.

Want to write postcards from home?  Go to the Postcards to Voters main site for more information.  The effort consists of over 61,000 volunteers in every state, and have written over
4 million postcards to voters in 177 key, targeted elections.  


Our own team of 30 volunteers (thanks to each of you!) has sent out thousands and thousands* of postcards to date!


*We can't keep up, but it's over 3600

 
Community Events

Chatham Dems Chili Fest
When:  Postponed till November 17th


PLEASE NOTE: the Blue Wave Brunch originally scheduled for May 2nd has been CANCELLED.

 

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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Resources

Columbia County Board of Elections.  Download an application for an absentee ballot or voter registration here.

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