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Welcome to the ICNY Update

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

Moving Ahead
 
Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.
 
With those words, the great Roman Polanski-Jack Nicholson film about corruption in Depression-era L.A. came to an end, signifying how hopeless it is to try to fight the injustice and darkness that define the world. The bad guys always win.
 
Right now, many of us are feeling that we are in a Chinatown moment. We thought better angels would prevail, but we have witnessed a shocking display of dishonesty, cowardice, and wholesale contempt for the American people, 75% of whom supported the calling of witnesses so that this “trial” would not be a sham. But, resoundingly, it was a sham, and the result is that we are watching our nation become something other than what we have always known it to be. The bad guys have won for the moment, but perhaps we can take some small comfort in knowing that The Bad Guy will be the world’s worst winner and thereby make himself even more unpopular.
 
Right now, it is imperative that we reject the notion of “Chinatown.” And instead of clutching our teddy bears or retreating to our screaming rooms, let’s remember what Christopher Robin said to his teddy bear, Pooh: “You’re Braver than you believe, and Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think.”
 
Let’s be braver, stronger, and smarter together—and do everything we can to win. The 2020 election will be the most important one we have ever lived through. That means all hands on   deck. Please know that we are planning a robust campaign of canvassing, postcard-writing, phone banking, public information events, and much more. Our efforts paid off in 2018; with your help, it can—and must—happen again.

 
 
This Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of Americans will mobilize with a simple demand: Reject The Coverup. 
Please join us at one of our rallies in Albany, Pittsfield or Kingston!


Find a location closest to you:
https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/reject-the-coverup-mobilization


On Immigration

As many of you are aware, NYS achieved a major win for immigrants with passage of Green Light NY, which gives access to drivers licenses to all New Yorkers, regardless of their document status. Our friends at Columbia County Sanctuary Movement (CCSM) have been co-sponsors in passing and helping to implement this new law. If you're interested in volunteering for CCSM, or you just want to learn more about what they do, contact them at this link. The next Volunteer Orientation session will be on Monday, March 16th.
 
Saturday, May 2 from 11 am-1 pm
Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY
If you are interested in joining the Host Committee or Planning Committee, please email 
fundraising@columbiacountydemocrats.org.
 

A Tale About Mental Health, Not Bail
By Luis Sepúlveda and Cheryl Roberts

Tiffany Harris, a woman living with what appears to be a serious mental illness, has become a poster child for the push to roll back new bail reform laws in New York... Read full Op Ed from the NYDN here.

 
CALENDAR


ICNY Events

Postcards to Voters
The ICNY Postcard to Voters team will be back to work starting Tuesday, February 11th and Wednesday, February 12th from 2:00-4:00
at the CCDC HQ, 3 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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 over 3,400 postcards to date!

 
Community Events

Reject the Coverup
When: Wednesday, February 5th at 5:30 pm
Where: around the country

(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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Resources

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