Welcome to the ICNY Update

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

In celebrating the Blue Wave elections in Kentucky and Virginia that swept Democrats into office this week, it is perhaps historically appropriate to consider a predicate to these events.  As we all no doubt remember from high school history class, it was in 1798 that Congress enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts.   But it is an interesting refresher to realize that by its terms, this legislation made it harder for an immigrant to become a citizen, allowed the president to imprison and deport non-citizens who were deemed "dangerous" or who were from a "hostile" nations, and criminalized the making of statements deemed overly critical of the federal government -- "fake news," anyone?   In response to these Acts, it was the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky that issued Resolutions in opposition to what was deemed to be a tyrannical and unconstitutional overreach on the part of the executive branch of the government.

So is the past really prologue?  Could history be repeating itself?   Could Virginia and Kentucky again be leading the way as we push back against the despot in the White House?  Ok.  Probably not.   But with their election results harkening canaries in our national coal mine, it is important to remember, as we as a nation venture into the drama of impeachment and as the lurid details of Donald Trump's lawlessness unfolds before the cameras, that opposition to our president is alive, well and fervent throughout our nation -- including Virginia and Kentucky.
Delegate Training
Postcards to Voters
See details in the Calendar below

The ICNY Postcard to Voters Team participated in the Kentucky race for governor.  Including our local efforts, handwritten postcards went to every single registered Democrat in Kentucky.  We can reliably assume that postcards increased voter turnout, so we take our own share of pride in the election outcome, especially since it was so very close.

We'll be working this Wednesday, November 13 2:00-4:00 at the CCDC HQ, 3 Railroad Avenue, Chatham to write postcards for a new campaign.   Please do come, this is very good work!

(Tuesday is cancelled due to weather)
No One is Above the Law Rally
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:30 AM – 8:30 AM
733 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

No One is Above the Law - Bribery is a High Crime

We need to tell Congressman Antonio Delgado and House Democrats that we have their backs.  Every member—Democrat and Republican—needs to remember the oath they took to protect the Constitution, and speak out publicly in this moment to say nobody is above the law.

The GOP is stirring up their base to make calls to squash this inquiry into the president's wrong doing.  We can not let 25% of the voters (Trump's base) own the message.  It is time to stand up - over 50% of the US believes the inquiry must continue.  

On Friday, Nov 22 we will be just over a week into public hearings.  JOIN US in our "No One is Above the Law" Rally and make sure Congressman Delgado and the nation hears that the president's actions do matter, that Bribery is a High Crime, that is not OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections, that members of congress took an oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and we are watching to ensure they carry out their duties.

Bring your signs, bring LIGHTS for your self and your signs!  Bundle up warm and let's be heard!

Hosted by Indivisible NY19

More details HERE!
ICNY Book Group

Join us for our next book discussion group on November 14th!  It's fun, it's enlightening.  See details in the Calendar below, or go to our website for a reading and discussion guide put together for you by Alan Gelb.

ICNY Events

Postcards to Voters
When: Contact Tobby (see below)
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 meet Wednesday, November 13th 2:00-4:00.  For the most up-to-date information and timing please contact Tobby at  Help support the effort to win races outside our own district!  
(Tuesday cancelled due to weather)

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 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.

See the ICNY Website for a synopsis, and reading/discussion guide.
State of the Union
When: Sunday, November 17, 2:00
Where: Chatham Firehouse, 2 Hoffman St, Chatham

An ICNY event.  Join us for a panel discussion of issues and actions for the year ahead.  See image above.  Open to the public, all are welcome.  Free.


Community Events

No One is Above the Law Rally
When: Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Where: 733 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

See above for details.

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.
Political cartoons from the desk of Matt Wuerker.  Politico

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