Welcome to the ICNY Update

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

Sitting in the Oval Office with the government’s top health officials this week, President Trump, in speaking about the dangers of teenage vaping, declared: “We can’t allow people to get sick.  And we can’t have our kids be so affected.”  How reassuring to learn of this urgent response to this very real epidemic.  But having now awakened to such concern for our national health and well-being, perhaps our President can turn his attention to the devastating impact of his administration’s own policies.  How about starting with the 30,000 Americans who die each year from gun violence?  Or the deaths of children in ICE custody and the countless others locked in cages?  What about the more than 80 environmental regulations that have been repealed, leaving methane to pour into our atmosphere and our clean water protections to go down the drain?  Or that our once-humanitarian nation may well deport those desperately ill who are receiving life-sustaining medical treatment here?  And how to begin to justify his DOJ’s efforts to declare Obamacare unconstitutional?  From the depth of the swamp, the toxicity of this Administration continually spews poison into our bodies -- and our body politic.  But fortunately, we have the antidote.  It was on full display on the stage at the debate on Thursday.  It is the power to detoxify America and recover from our one-term malady that we will bring to the polls in 2020.
We the People are marching to be seen and heard. We are marching to remind our elected officials that they work for us. We are marching because the current regime is a threat to our democracy and values. We are marching to demand accountability. Silence and inaction are complicity.

Click through to the national webpage to find a march near you.
(There is one in Kingston, NY)

Help a Hero…Help Yourself

We encourage you to discover Eyes to the Wind, the newly-published memoir by leading  activist Ady Barkan. In this book—funny, angry, impassioned, truly inspirational—he writes about his struggle with ALS and his experiences as one of our strongest Resistance voices. We can help support him and his young family by buying a copy. It is available through your local bookstore or on Amazon.

Courtesy of Columbia County Votes

ICNY Events

Postcards to Voters
When: Tuesday, September 17 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 generally will meet every week until further notice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  For the most up-to-date information and timing please contact Tobby at  Help support the effort to win races outside our own district!  Including postcards to Kentucky this week to raise voter awareness (think: Moscow Mitch).

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 Club
When: Thursday, September 19, 7:30pm
Where: Columbia County Dems Headquarters, 3 Railroad Avenue, Chatham

The ICNY Book Club rolls on with One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. Anderson’s previous book, the best-selling White Rage, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Here, she explores the history of voter suppression in the United States. Named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and NPR. 


Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook
When: Thursday, 
October 3 at 7:30 pm
Where: Basilica Hudson, 110 S Front Street, Hudson

This new film chronicles in frightening detail the Republicans’ decades-long, multi-level scheme to disenfranchise nonwhite voters and undermine the democratic concept of “one person, one vote.”
You won't want to miss this event!
Hosted by IndivisibleColumbiaNY and Basilica Hudson

Community Events

Worldwide Student Climate Strike - March and Rally
Friday September 20th March starting at 11am
Where: 79 Sheridan Avenue in Albany. A rally will follow at 1pm at West Capitol Park.
Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, who has raised global awareness of the climate change issue, has called for this international strike. Make your voice heard alongside other local activists, starting at 11:00am.  RSVP on FaceBook for the March.  RSVP on FaceBook for the Rally.


Open House Fundraiser for Town of Kinderhook Democratic Candidates: Peter Bujanow for Town Supervisor; Bill Mancini for Town Board.
When: Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 4 pm
Where: Home of Richard Byrne and Brad Lohrenz, 30 Williams Street, Kinderhook

No RSVP needed. Questions? Contact Richard Byrne at (646) 342-7125


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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