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January 15, 2021
We’re In This Together

In the time since our last Update, way back at the end of December, it seems like our country has run wild, spurred on by a monstrous president who has incited “the best people” to do just that. The obscenity of the insurrection managed to eclipse the joy of seeing Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their elections and assure Democratic control of the Senate. This was an extraordinary achievement based on endless amounts of hard work by volunteers dedicated to democracy. And that kind of hard work awaits us, going forward, from here on in, as we do our best to safeguard democracy against extremists, protect the rights of the disadvantaged, protect our planet, and organize to ensure that honest, ethical, and good people hold elected offices. In the words of Congressman John Lewis, whose name, we hope, will soon be attached to a voting rights bill, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” 

Are you looking for ways to feel positive and purposeful and ready to do some of that work? It is a sign of hope that many corporations and professional associations have stated that they will no longer financially support any member of Congress who sought to discount the votes of millions. Let’s send emails to the following representatives of such companies and salute them for their stand:

Rebecca Bentley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Dow
rmbentley@dow.com

Tricia Primrose
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Marriott International
tricia.primrose@marriott.com

Stephen Squeri
CEO, American Express
steve.squeri@aexp.com

Matt Furman
Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Best Buy
matt.furman@bestbuy.com

Christopher Nulty
Global Lead, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Airbnb
christopher.nulty@airbnb.com


For those who appreciate a cut-and-paste, here is some text:

Dear Mr/Ms______,
I want to thank [American Express, Best Buy, etc.] for taking a principled stand against extremism and publicly declaring that it will no longer fund those members of Congress who sought to disenfranchise millions of voters. In appreciation, I will do my best to support your company.
Sincerely,
But don't stop there!

Think of the companies, employers, banks, clubs and organizations that you engage with, work for, or belong to.  Let them know in advance that their support for these persons will not be welcomed.  Was Elise Stefanik about to be invited to give a (paid) speech in Albany?  The sponsor should be made to think twice.

Drop us a line and let us you’ve done this at IndivisibleColumbiaNY@gmail.com

And let this be a year of renewed democracy!
 
Thank You, Postcard Writing Brigade!

A big shout-out to Tobby Cassuto, Valerie Wallin, and their nearly 75 postcard writers who sent thousands of cards to Georgia in support of Warnock and Ossoff. Their work will be ongoing. Stay tuned for ways you can be involved.
Thanks to Stacey Abrams

It's been suggested by our readers that it would be very appropriate to send a note of appreciation to Stacey Abrams (a check would be nice too) for saving the Senate, for empowering black people in Georgia and all over the country, and for teaching non-black people that we need to protect everybody’s right to vote.

The mailing address is:
Fair Fight
1270 Caroline Street, NE
Suite D 120-311
Atlanta, GA 3037

Or go to the website HERE.
Truth Be Told
Jack Shainman Gallery Exhibition


The saga of Nick Cave's artwork at The School in Kinderhook continues.  Read an email from the Jack Shainman Gallery and sign a letter of support, then read an article in the NYTimes about the exhibit moving to Brooklyn.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2021 Commemoration

The Hudson Interfaith Council invites the public to share in a celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sun, January 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Online Registration for this free public event is HERE.

 

RBG: The Woman, The Litigator, The Justice

If you need something to brighten your days and give you hope, sign up for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s (OLLI) online course about the Supreme Court career of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  Tom Gerety, a good friend of ICNY, is one of the professors.  Tom is a JD PhD, who most recently was Executive Director and Brennan Professor at the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.  If you are not already a member of OLLI, you will have to pay their registration fee of $60 to take the course - but you would then have a year membership for their other courses as well. 

For more information, or to register, go HERE.
U.S. Capital Violence
FBI Tip Line


The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media.  More Information HERE.
Crisis-Response Program in Oregon
An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind


Tom Gerety and Adelia Moore's son Rowan has just published an interesting article in The Atlantic.  

In Eugene, Oregon, a successful crisis-response program has reduced the footprint of law enforcement—and maybe even the likelihood of police violence.  
See the article HERE.
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