Category Archives: Citizen Activism

The fight is on!

Dear Fellow Activists,

We are excited to let you know that Hudson Valley Strong will be partnering with Indivisible The Fight Is On (ITFIO), a Dutchess County based coordinating organization comprised of sixteen community based teams. These teams, like Hudson Valley Strong, operate autonomously and locally while working together as a larger network to strengthen our voice and extend our reach.

Political action, individually and in coalition, has been the cornerstone of Hudson Valley Strong, and this partnership with ITFIO allows us to better achieve our goals. We will benefit from the scale, reach and shared resources and expertise of the larger ITFIO network while maintaining our identity and autonomy as a Northern Dutchess County based group with members from around the greater Hudson Valley. Rima Liscum will be spearheading the Hudson Valley Strong efforts in alliance with ITFIO.

Locally based meetings and actions will continue and there will be additional opportunities to join larger ITFIO initiatives. We now also have access to extensive resources including a comprehensive set of weekly action priorities, larger ITFIO sponsored countywide and CD 19 events, and social events to network with fellow activists from across our region.

All Hudson Valley Strong members are cordially invited to ITFIO’s August Social to be held at Mahoney’s Pub at the Poughkeepsie Train Station (35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY) on Saturday, August 5th from 4 to 6 pm. This event will feature guest speaker Michael Kink who will address the New York Constitutional Convention. In addition, you will be able to meet local candidates including Robin Lois (Dutchess County Comptroller), Christie Acker (State Supreme Court Justice) and others. Please RSVP to judy.itfio@gmail.com if you will be able to attend.

Hudson Valley Strong was founded to provide its membership with a prominent platform to support their political activism. We are proud of our member’s incredible efforts to deliver on that vision, and we are confident that partnering with ITFIO will sustain that success well into the future.

Yours in activism,

Hudson Valley Strong Steering Committee

Resisting Trump, Trumpism and the reactionary Republican agenda

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Want Election Success? Act!

The most important thing that we can do right now to protect our community, our environment and our values is to work now for Democratic electoral success in local, state and federal offices in 2017 and in 2018.

As many of us experienced during the November election, phone banking is much less effective than in past years. Door to door canvassing starting NOW is critical for both the 2017 and the 2018 elections. Neighbor to neighbor contact is something that money can’t buy. Many voters skip non-Presidential year elections — every voter that we speak with is many, many more times like to turn out to vote blue in November 2017 and November 2018.

To see all canvassing events, click “Events” in the top menu.

According to our friends at NY19votes, our district has over 100,000 voters Continue reading

July 23, Sunday, 1p – 6p Canvass Locations in the NY19 Congressional District

Please see separate post for Rhinebeck Canvassing

Columbia County

Spencertown — Austerlitz Town Hall, 812 NY-203, Spencertown NY 12165

New Lebanon — Town Hall, 14755 NY-22, New Lebanon NY 12125

Dutchess County

Poughkeepsie — Home of Paul Donnelly, 33 Greenbush Drive Poughkeepsie NY 12601

LaGrangeville — Home of Ann and Bill McCabe, 81 Darren Road, LaGrangeville, NY 12540

Otsego County

Morris — Morris Firehouse, 117 E Main St, Morris, NY 13808

Ulster County

New Paltz — Home of Glenn Geher, 18 Carroll Lane, New Paltz, 12561

Event: July 23rd, Sunday, 1P – 6P — Summer Canvass in Dutchess County, Rhinebeck Town Hall

Hudson Valley Strong is joining with other activists to support the NY19Votes July 23rd Summer Canvass. Canvassing now is critical to Democratic electoral success in both the 2017 and 2018 elections.

We’ll go door to door to register and engage Democratic voters, emphasizing why voting in the November 2017 local elections is key to turning Dutchess county blue. We’ll also get the word out about great local candidates.

Canvassing is easy and fun! There will be a short training session where we’ll review the canvass scripts and the walk lists. Inexperienced canvassers will be partnered with those who have experience. Even if you only have a couple of hours to give, join us! It will make a difference. (Training sessions will start at 1P; though a prompt arrival is appreciated, training sessions also will be held for those who arrive later.)

Meet us at the Rhinebeck Town Hall at 80 East Market Street, Rhinbeck, NY 12572.

Invite your friends, family and co-workers to join us! All are welcome. RSVPs to David Weiner at weinerdj@aol.com are appreciated but not necessary.

Report on Resistance Leadership Summit

On Saturday, July 8th, the Resistance Leadership Summit was held in Hudson. It was a gathering of activists from Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Sullivan, and Rensselaer counties, representing many Indivisible affiliated groups, Citizens Action, Democratic county committees, and elected officials. Presentations were given by local officials and organizers, and smaller breakout sessions on a variety of topics were featured.

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett was the excellent introductory speaker. In her talk, she stressed the following: the Democrat who runs against Rep. Faso needs to campaign on local issues of concern to the people in our district, Democrats need to win in this November’s elections, and protesting is important, but GOTV is even more important so we can flip seats in 2017 and 2018.

The chair of the Columbia County Democratic Committee talked about local candidate campaigning. Door-to-door canvassing is crucial, phone banking is less effective than it used to be, and getting people out to vote is key. Continue reading