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Welcome to the ICNY Update

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

Virtue Signaling
 
There is a lot of new vocabulary connected to the current political moment. Consider, for instance, “virtue signaling,” which means the conspicuous expression of moral values. Or, otherwise put, throwing red meat to the base. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) gave a stunning display of virtue signaling last week when CNN’s Manu Raju asked her a simple question about whether she would support the calling of witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial. “You’re a liberal hack,” she replied. “I’m not talking to you.” (Watch it here.)
 
That’s bad, but it gets worse. Within minutes, she tweeted a video of the exchange, which one of her staffers obviously shot for that purpose. Within an hour, those same staffers registered the domain name “liberalhack.com.” Within eight hours, McSally’s campaign was selling “Liberal Hack” T-shirts on its newly registered “LiberalHack.com” website. Within ten hours, there was McSally, laughing it up with Laura Ingraham on Fox News.
 
These are the times we live in. What can you do? Donate to Mark Kelly, McSally’s very worthy opponent in the tight Arizona race at https://markkelly.com/
 
If you missed it last fall, here's your chance.
Sunday, February 2nd at noon
Immaculate Conception Church, New Lebanon

(details in Community Events)

Sponsored by the New Lebanon Dems
JOIN THE VOTER REGISTRATION EFFORT!
Columbia County Votes!


The Voter Registration team is organizing to begin work.  After last year's successful effort, this year will, among other things, continue to register second homeowners in five northern Columbia County towns.  

If you are willing to help, please contact Tricia Lasky, Co-Chair of the Columbia County Votes team at
 tricia@tclasky.com.  Please put "2020 5 towns" in the message header.
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ICNY Events

Postcards to Voters
The ICNY Postcard to Voters team is back to work Tuesdays and Wednesdays 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 1600 postcards to date!

 
Community Events

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Handbook
When: Sunday, February 2 at noon
Where: The Immaculate Conception Church, 732 Route 20, New Lebanon

Worried about the fairness of the 2020 election? Learn more by joining the New Lebanon Dems at a showing of the film “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” on Sunday, February 2 at noon at The Immaculate Conception Church, 732 Route 20, (just west of The Theatre Barn), followed by a discussion with Tim Smith, the Emmy award winning producer of the film, and Tom Gerety, former head of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. Light refreshments. 

“Rigged,” which is narrated by Jeffrey Wright, takes a hard look at the tactics being employed to suppress the right to vote in America.  Purging voter rolls, gerrymandering, restrictive voter identification laws and intimidation are all part of an ongoing malicious scheme to curb access to the ballot box and to eviscerate the voting power of non-white and young voters. 
Free and Open to the Public



Greenport Town Board Hearing
Merle Avenue Substance Abuse Disorder Stabilization Center
When: January 28, 2020  7:30pm
Where:  600 Town Hall Drive, Hudson, NY 12534


Would you be able to provide your personal support and rally others to come to the meeting to support this project?   We have been asking for this for years and here is our opportunity to advocate. Development of a local detox is part of the approved Board of Supervisors' Opiate Epidemic Response Plan (recommendation #2) and is consistent with our Local Governmental Plan gap analysis.  This is the opportunity of a lifetime for developing this local service and  our collective advocacy is essential .

Please distribute this request broadly,  Please RSVP to Melissa Scheriff at melissa.scheriff@columbiacountyny.com to confirm your commitment to attend and provide testimony.

 

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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