Power to the People

This week, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination as director of the VA after whistle blowers accused him of creating a “toxic work environment.” Scott Pruitt was called on the carpet for multiple transgressions, like his $43,000 “cone of silence.” And Donald Trump, in the course of his Fox News meltdown, upended the attorney-client privilege that was protecting him in the Stormy Daniels case, alleging that Michael Cohen only did a “tiny, tiny fraction of his legal work.” It was not a great week for men who abuse power.

On the other hand, it was a pretty great week for teachers. In Arizona, 40,000 teachers walked off the job, as they had in West Virginia and Oklahoma, protesting low wages and poor school conditions. These teachers have stated that they were inspired by the Women’s March and the actions of the Parkland students.

Resistance is a powerful tool, ultimately more powerful than powerful men. And that is why you are reading this…

Highlights in this week’s issue

News from National
From Immigration

From National

Gina Haspel is a torturer and is unfit to replace Pompeo at the CIA.

  • Visit our one-stop shop (explainer video, resource, call script) on everything you’ll need to have your senators publicly oppose Gina Haspel’s nomination for CIA Director.
  • Call this toll-free number 855-980-2350 and tell your senator to publicly oppose Haspel’s nomination.
  • Text the word HASPEL to the number 977-79 to get the all latest updates on Haspel’s nomination.

The Senate will hold a vote to protect net neutrality. Make sure you call and tell your Senator to co-sponsor Senator Markey’s resolution to protect net neutrality!


Volunteers needed to drive community members to appointments, supermarket, etc… If you have a driver’s license and you’re willing to help out one time or on a regular basis, please email . Every ride is appreciated.

Shared From Columbia County Sanctuary Movement:
The time has come for all New Yorkers to have equal access to drivers licenses. Choosing to risk interaction with law enforcement in order to go grocery shopping, attend medical appointments or bring children to school is not a decision our neighbors should have to make.

As part of Green Light NY: Driving Together!, CCSM and allied organizations will be meeting with Assemblymember Barrett on Thursday, May 3rd. We ask all 106th district constituents who support equal access to drivers licenses to call her office and ask her to Co-Sponsor legislation A10273 and push the democratic leadership to conference the bill.

Poughkeepsie 845-454-1703
Hudson 518-828-1961
Albany 518-455-5177

Quote of the Week

“He wants to give teachers guns and I support that, because then they can sell them for things they need like supplies.” – Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner


ICNY Events


When: Friday, May 4th and every Friday, noon-1:00
Where: In front of John Faso’s office, 2 Hudson Street, Kinderhook
Bring a friend. It’s fun, it’s social, it’s time to connect with others and participate in the resistance.

Community Events


When: Friday, May 18 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Love Apple Farm, 1421 Rte 9H, Ghent, NY
RSVP to or contribute here.
Sponsored by Ghent Democrats and Friends of Didi Barrett for Assembly.


When: Monday, May 14, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Albany Capitol
Sponsored by the Green Light NY Coalition to pass Drivers Licenses Bill A10273. Our communities can not wait, our economy can not wait, pass the GREEN LIGHT NY BILL NOW!

Contact us at if you have an event you think the community should be aware of.

Information about community events is provided as a service to our members. This should not be construed as endorsement of any event, organization, or political candidate, unless otherwise noted.

Chill Our, Republicans. It was just Locker Room talk.
Facebook meme from Occupy Democrats


Not so Fast, Faso

A response to John Faso’s weekly newsletter highlighting what the Congressman is neglecting to tell his constituents.

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