Welcome to the ICNY Update

Working together to resist the Trump agenda and fight for democratic ideals.
That Was The Week That Was

Can something be profoundly sad and hopeful at the same time? It was sad indeed to see the extent to which Donald Trump will defile the Constitution in order to serve Donald Trump. But then there was hope, when we learned how an extraordinarily courageous American, currently known only as The Whistleblower, brought Trump’s perfidy to light with laser-like precision.

Fortunately, the Democrat-controlled House is also doing its job. More than two hundred of its members, including our very own Antonio Delgado, are supporting an impeachment inquiry, affirming Congressional oversight. 

Let us take a moment to reflect upon the fact that if so many of us had not canvassed as hard as we did last year, we would not be where we are right now, seeing democracy at work. We must all commit to doing everything we can in the year ahead to keep our democracy alive. There are no second chances.

The Complaint


All Americans should familiarize themselves with the whistleblower’s complaint. It’s a lot to read through, but it makes pretty enjoyable listening.  Go here for an audio version.  Click the red arrow and prepare to spend the next 24 minutes utterly rapt.

And CNN published a very readable, annotated, version, which is compelling and provides context.  Go here for the CNN print version.


For further information on the screening or on Basilica Hudson click here.  

Courtesy of Columbia County Votes

Click here to find more detail at Vote Early NY

Remembering Judy Grunberg


ICNY notes with sadness the passing of Judy Grunberg. Judy was a true life force whose mark on Chatham is felt in so many ways, and she was also a great friend to ICNY. For almost two years, our Steering Committee met either in Judy’s office on Kinderhook Street or at the Chatham Real Food Market Co-op, which she founded. A memorial service for Judy will be held at PS21, which she also founded, on October 13th at 12 noon. We will be there.


ICNY Events

Postcards to Voters
When: Tuesday, October 22nd 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 will resume on Tuesday, October 22nd.  For the most up-to-date information and timing please contact Tobby at  Help support the effort to win races outside our own district!  

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.)

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.”  See event graphic above.

You won't want to miss this event!

Hosted by IndivisibleColumbiaNY and Basilica Hudson
ICNY Book Group
The Little Blue Book by George Lakoff
Thursday November 14, 7:30pm
Where: Democratic HQ, 3 Railroad Ave., Chatham, NY

Quite a few Indivisible chapters around the country are reading the work of George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist and philosopher at Berkeley whose work is informing the efforts of progressives. For our next book group, we will be reading a slim volume called The Little Blue Book, which should provoke some real thinking for anyone who is going to be out there canvassing over the next year. “The essential handbook for thinking and talking Democratic—must reading not only for every Democrat but for every responsible citizen” says Robert B. Reich, former Secretary of Labor.


Community Events

Phone Banking - Volunteers needed!
When: Monday and Tuesday, October 14 & 15th, 5:00-9:00 pm
Where: Columbia County Democratic HQ, 3 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, NY
Come for as long as you can with a charged cell phone


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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