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October 6, 2020
Countdown to Election Day 2020

28 DAYS !!

And you can vote early in New York State from October 24 to November 1st

17 days

 
In this issue:
  • saveSCOTUS
  • A Zoom Visit with Dr. Harold Varmus
  • Antonio Delgado Needs You
  • Voting -- Everything You Want to Know
  • Columbia County for Biden - Join your friends
  • How You can Help in Swing States --Biden/Harris Phone Banking

Reality Bites

Donald Trump being infected by COVID is the embodiment of his own abject failure.  As it turns out, truth is truth, science is science – and not everything is Obama’s fault.  However much he has tried obfuscation, denial and dismissal of the pandemic and its 200,000 victims, even our “reality show” president could not outrun actual reality.

Nor can he outrun the reality of this election.  As poll after poll makes clear, Vice President Biden is the odds-on favorite to become our next president.  Which is why, yet again, Trump is reaching into his old bag of tricks in a reckless attempt to distract from his failure by undermining our election itself. 

That Donald Trump would himself become infected was utterly predictable.  As recently as during the debate last Wednesday, where the entire Trump contingent defied authorities by eschewing masks, Trump mocked Vice President Biden for wearing his, and for not holding “super spreader” events, events such as campaign rallies, Rose Garden receptions, and, perhaps most egregiously, fundraisers in Bedminster, all in callous disregard of indisputable facts. 

As with the virus, so, too, the election.  Trump’s latest litany of untruths and scare tactics are akin to his assault on masks and social distancing – and potentially as contagious.  His repeatedly proclamations that absentee ballots are “fraudulent” and that the results will be “rigged” if he does not win are the electoral equivalent of injecting Clorox, with the same connection to reality. 

What is real is that what is at stake in this election has never been more terrifyingly clear, and with a month to go, that our need to insure that we prevail never more urgent.  Let us commit – for the next month – to remain focused, to volunteer, to donate, to work tirelessly to get out the vote, and to send Donald Trump back to his TV fantasyland.   We are at a crossroads in our nation’s history.  We cannot fail to answer the call.

saveSCOTUS
We still have a voice in the fight for the Supreme Court.  
Go to Indivisible National's website to see how you can make a difference.

 
And read the letter to Senator Schumer
from ICNY and other activist groups in the Capital Region.
We share this fantastic video created by The Grace Chorale of Brooklyn.  It's only 90 seconds.  And if you like Carl Orff's Carmina Burana you'll find that is way too short.
A Zoom Visit with Dr. Harold Varmus
Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30pm

 
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(Or contact indivisiblecolumbiany@gmail.com
if you are not a regular subscriber to our emails.)

Harold Varmus, M.D., a part-time resident of Old Chatham, is the former director of the National Institutes of Health, was the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine, served as President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for ten years, and is the co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer.

The author of about 400 scientific papers and five books, including a 2009 memoir entitled The Art and Politics of Science, Dr. Varmus was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Public Library of Science, and chair of the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

We are honored to have him with us for a one-hour Zoom visit that will focus on prospects for the control of the pandemic through testing and related public health measures, vaccination, or treatment; the little-known actions taken during the pandemic by the reactivated Obama Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); the damage that has been done to federal health agencies by Trumpian behavior; and the prospects for a national commission on Covid-19. A question-and-answer period will be offered as well. 

You may be interested in reading an opinion piece co-authored by Dr. Varmus that the New York Times published at the end of August.
Antonio Delgado needs You!
All Hands on Deck
Join the Phone Banking effort from Congressman Delgado's Virtual Campaign Office (that means your living room, formal attire not required).  Many events at times convenient to you.  Find details here.
Other Ways to Engage

Voter protection hotline. 90 minute training for anyone (not just lawyers) to answer voter questions or get help with voter problems and possible suppression. Very important work as we all know: The link for training is HERE.  

Seniors calling seniors in Florida, appealing partly because they use a somewhat lower tech phone banking method.

Reclaim the Vote: call voters of color in battleground states, a proven program in 2018 in increasing turnout.

Register voters with Field Team Six.  Yes, there is still time to register! (Text or call) a whole calendar of possibilities.
VOTING

Everything you need to know:

How to Vote absentee - best practices and instructions
How to Vote early - when, where, how

Vote on November 3

It's All on our website
Find out how you can help...on our website here.
Join Your Neighbors for Biden

Join your Columbia County neighbors and friends to phonebank for Joe.  Destiny Hallenbeck, President - College Democrats of New York has set up a special local Zoom site for all of us to use.  We'll get trained, if necessary, during the Zoom call, then use our phones to support Joe.  Email Destiny here for more information or the zoom link.  It's fun, it's social, and it's the election of our lives!
 
Upstate NY Weekly Phone Banking for Biden/Harris
Can't make our local Monday phone banking party?  How's Thursday?

Every Thursday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Weekly phone banks feature campaign updates, guest speakers and fun! A great opportunity to be inspired by a community of good people committed to electing Joe and Kamala.

New York for Biden-Harris is the official group dedicated to mobilizing volunteers, voters, and donors across New York State in support of the national campaign. They are building a massive virtual phone bank, text bank, and postcard writing capacity to reach Democratic voters in swing states.  Join Upstate New Yorkers as we help Joe and Kamala take back the soul of our nation.
 
To phone bank for Joe and Kamala sign up here.

There is plenty more you can do. Phone bank on other days and times more suited to your schedule, write postcards and texts. Join the social media army. Sign up for the newsletter. For all this, go here.
   
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