June 18, 2020

The Tide Turns

Following this weekend’s travesty in Tulsa, the unmistakable odor of flop sweat may finally have attached itself to our Fearless (Feckless?) Leader. So, let us wallow in schadenfreude at least for a moment, as we consider the callous calculations that led Trump and his handlers to stage a rally during a pandemic.  And then let schadenfreude give way to something more constructive, like Getting Out the Vote, for the times they are a-changing and we must give this election our all. The reality is that even with the relief of the two recent Supreme Court decisions on LGBTQ rights and DACA, John Roberts is still the Chief Justice who presided over Shelby County v. Holder,which set the stage for a whole new era of white supremacy, and Citizens United, which polluted our political arena with a steady flow of corporate self-serving.

We simply cannot survive more bad judicial appointments. (Speaking of, this week Mitch McConnell’s protégé, Judge Justin Walker, 38, received a lifetime appointment to the nation’s second-most powerful court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. This is the man who upheld a church’s decision to hold drive-in services on Easter Sunday, writing that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was trying to “criminalize Easter.”) Roll up your sleeves, folks, and join us in the work ahead.
 Join our next
ICNY Virtual Community Meeting
on Zoom

Candidates Town Hall
with comments on policing reform and Getting Out Voters. 

Wednesday June 24, 7:30pm

Assemblymember Didi Barrett - Didi has represented the NY-106th District which includes parts of Columbia and Dutchess Counties, since 2012.  She chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, and sits on the committees for Agriculture, Mental Health, Environmental Conservation, and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development. She is also the chairperson of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Didi will discuss initiatives underway to reform policing. 

Brittany Vogel - Democratic and Working Families Candidate for New York State Assembly (NY-107 spanning Washington, Rensselaer and northern Columbia County) (vs. Jake Ashby (R) Incumbent).  Brittany comes from the working class of New York. Currently living in Brunswick, she worked her way up to Assistant Store Manager of a local grocery store. She also runs a Non-Profit Upstate Cakes for Kids, making birthday cakes for children living in poverty.  She’ll talk about her candidacy. 

Caroline Crowell - Field Organizer for Congressman Antonio Delgado.  Caroline is a recent graduate of Columbia University and many will remember her support in the 2018 election helping train canvassers in Chatham.  Caroline will discuss voter outreach.

There will be an ample Q & A period for this event, which is scheduled to last for 1 hour.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5524 2336
Password: 082630

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What is CCRP’s Election Direction?

The Coalition of Capital Region Progressive's Election Direction is a new easy-to-access website designed to help connect people and volunteers to political campaigns - and to maximize our goals on election night:

  • Elect Joe Biden President
  • Maintain a Democratic Majority in the House
  • Flip the Senate BLUE
  • Expand Democratic Leadership in NY

Volunteer actions are posted by candidate and by type of event: fundraising, canvassing, letter/postcard writing and phone/text banking.

What can Election Direction do to help you?

You'll find a centralized resource to help you:

Candidate Directory

Take Action

Post an Event

Contact CCRP

Visit now and take a look - Election Direction

Note: Candidates are still being added, and candidates in primaries will not be added until the primary is over.


The Coalition of Capital Region Progressives is a volunteer, grassroots association of progressive activist groups in Upstate New York.  Leaders and representatives from these groups meet regularly to learn about current issues, governmental actions and candidates for office; and to support, plan and execute activities of mutual interest to foster community participation and impact. IndivisibleColumbiaNY is a member of CCRP.

We hope our efforts promote a fairer, kinder and healthier America.

Join the Delgado Campaign
 & Phone Bank
for Columbia County
Every Sunday from 3 pm – 5 pm

It's a combination of a Zoom meeting with the volunteers and Phone Banking to voters.  It's fun, it's easy.  Register online here

This is incredibly important work to make sure that Congressman Antonio Delgado is re-elected. It has been super successful and is the most important thing you can do to assure victory in November! All volunteers will have the necessary resource guide and conversation script available as they make calls.

A Zoom link will be sent before the event. Be sure to sign up with an email address so the link can be sent to you.

To learn more about Congressman Delgado's re-election campaign and to make a donation, visit


Enjoy the following two clips of the Congressman on National TV last week.
Black Lives Matter, Chatham, June 13, 2020
Photos: John Zukowski

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