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August 4, 2020
Countdown to Election Day 2020

91 DAYS

American Carnage 

On Saturday, August 1st, Donald Trump played golf.  By unofficial count, this marked his 267th outing to the links during his presidency, at a cumulative cost to taxpayers of some $138,000,000.  On that same day, the official death toll in the US from the coronavirus topped 155,000, which is more fatalities than occurred 75 years ago this week when the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima.  Historians may remain at odds about that fateful decision, some even rationalizing the gruesome loss of life as the price paid to end the war.  But there is no defense, no justification, no excuse for our president's callous disregard for our nation's health and well-being. 

Even Trump's most stalwart supporters are finally starting to ignore his tweets, discount his falsehoods, and puncture his trial balloons. 
After all, we learned that the short-lived Jared-led effort to devise a nationwide coronavirus testing plan was abandoned when the disease was thought to be confined merely to blue states.   The COVID relief bill submitted by the White House contained funding for war planes and a new FBI building (to protect Trump International Hotel from competition), but no protection for those millions desperately needing on-going financial support or facing eviction.  Trump ordered public schools to fully open on threat of de-funding, at the same time that the Miami Marlins had to abandon play because of the spread of the disease. 

Speaking of baseball, our infantile president could not abide the attention afforded Dr. Fauci on the mound, causing him to invent a non-existent invite from the NY Yankees, only to "decline" that diversion because of his need to "focus" on the coronavirus, this on yet another golf day.   And as the entire world looks upon us with pity, our president shares information about alien DNA and demon sperm.   Systemically underfunding the Postal Service, suggesting postponing the election, insulting the icon that was John Lewis, tweeting support for  "absentee" ballots -- which are good --  but not for "mail-in" ballots -- which are rigged -- this president manages to continually top himself, even as he bottoms out in the polls.   With less than 100 days to go, let us double-down to end this national nightmare. 

 
Special Event this Thursday
August 6th, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
An ICNY Zoom call with Congressman Antonio Delgado

Join ICNY for a Zoom call with special guest Congressman Antonio Delgado! Register for this event to hear campaign updates and participate in a Q&A with our Congressman.

 
August 1, 2020

It's time to act for the 2020 election. Adelia Moore, the Coalition of Capital Region Progressives and others have collected a few ideas for both volunteering and donations.. They are all good ideas: don't stress over which is the best! Choose one that suits you. 
 
1. Make calls for Anthony Delgado:  Go to https://delgadoforcongress.com/.  
 
2. Send letters or postcards to voters: Contact Valerie Wallin at vjwallin@fairpoint.net or Tobby Casuto at tcassuto@gmail.com
 
3. Do deep canvassing with "Changing The Conversation Together".  Visit CTCTogether.org to learn more about Deep Canvassing and how you can help.
 
4. Make donations to the New Congress Fund ( a group of young people who raised 700,000 for 11 congressional candidates in 2018, nine of which won. They are on Act Blue. Contact Thorne@newcongressfund.com or go directly to Act Blue https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/91109
 
5. Or simply go to Election Direction where you will find many of these activities and more in one location.  You can choose an activity or a candidate and have them notify you when there are opportunities to help.  You will also find the candidate races both locally and nationally that we think are among the best places to focus your support.
Columbia County Police Reform Panel -
Help Wanted

Columbia County has a unique opportunity to perform a comprehensive review of our County Sheriff’s Department under Governor Cuomo’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Executive Order (E.O. No. 203). The Columbia County Board of Supervisors (BOS) has established the Police Reform Panel; and the BOS Chairman is requesting community members who are interested in serving on the Panel to apply for appointment.

This is one of the most important endeavors any of us can do for our county. We need a diverse group of people representing all communities and interests to make the necessary reforms. We encourage everyone interested in serving to apply for appointment to the Panel. For application information, see the press release from the Chairman of the BOS below (or view the original document here); the deadline to apply is August 7. In solidarity,
Keith Kanaga
Chair, Columbia County Democratic Committee
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Columbia County Board of Supervisors
Chairman's Press Release
July 16, 2020
Columbia County Police Reform Panel
(aka Gov. Cuomo’s: Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Panel)
 
We are looking for letters of interest or recommendation for individuals to serve on the Columbia County Police Reform Panel. Please submit your letters to the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Matt Murell at: matt.murell@columbiacountyny.com or 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534 NO LATER THAN AUGUST 7th
 
This panel will be tasked with the coordination and resources of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, by ensuring that the local police agencies within the state have been actively engaged with stakeholders in the local community and have locally-approved plans for the strategies, policies and procedures of local police agencies. (edited) 

Joe Biden for President
Volunteer Leadership Team


The official Volunteer Leadership Team for the Joe Biden for President campaign in New York State, organized by the campaign, has written a letter to the Columbia County Democrats about their efforts and need for volunteers. Click here to read the letter. 

To learn more about Joe Biden's campaign and to make a donation, visit his website at joebiden.com.

 

John Darkow-The Missourian

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