Citizen Activism, Voting = Resistance

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 “Report on Resistance Leadership Summit”

Citizen Activism, Food for Thought, Voting = Resistance

What Can We Learn from Corbyn/Labour Gains?

A Hudson Valley Strong member writes:

I’ve been reading a lot about the Corbyn/Labour gains (as well as the huge Macron win), to glean what I can that might be helpful to us in NY-19 vis-a-vis our grass roots efforts. One thing that strikes me is that the galvanizing and hopeful results for both Corbyn and Macron come from very different political/policy perspectives. For that reason, I don’t think we can necessarily draw, as some are wont to do, that a “progressive” platform is the key ingredient to an electoral win. As they say, it all depends.

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Election Victories, Foreign Affairs, Voting = Resistance

Another Local Election Victory!

Before we get to the good news locally, let’s pause to celebrate good news from across the pond, where UK PM Theresa May lost her majority. As reported in the Guardian, “The British prime minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election spectacularly failed on Thursday night, when she lost her majority in parliament and was forced to turn to a deal with a smaller party to stay in power.”

Labour defied the odds to win around 40% of the vote, with the Tories on 42%. Corbyn’s aides said the jump in the party’s share since previous leader Ed Miliband won 30% in 2015 was the largest between two general elections for any party since 1945. It was also higher than the 35.2% won by Labour’s Tony Blair in his third election victory in 2005.

Corbyn’s achievement was credited to a unique alliance of enthused younger voters and previous non-voters combined with some older anti-establishment United Kingdom Independence party (Ukip) voters hit by the Tories’ austere economic policies. Turnout rose about two points from 2015, to 68.7%.

But the good election news wasn’t confined to the other side of the Atlantic. Continue reading “Another Local Election Victory!”

Election Victories, Voting = Resistance

More Local—and State—Democratic Victories!

Grassroots organizing has netted victories in a number of state and local elections, including recent elections in New Hampshire, New York, and Illinois. Here’s a rundown: Continue reading “More Local—and State—Democratic Victories!”

Citizen Activism, Food for Thought, Voting = Resistance

Indivisible Protests Faso in Pawling: What We Need to Do Now

April 21 marked the first “protestable” event since the election where Faso was present in Southern Dutchess. Not all protests are created equally, but this one was particularly important. Not only had Trumpcare once again raised its monstrous head, but also folks in Southern Dutchess need our support. In NY-19, Southern Dutchess often gets overlooked. One particularly heinous example is that Faso closed the Hyde Park Congressional field office, thus making it even harder for anyone in Southern Dutchess, including someone with a constituent problem who needs to meet with him or his staff, to get to him. Continue reading “Indivisible Protests Faso in Pawling: What We Need to Do Now”