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Welcome to the ICNY Weekly Update – February 19, 2018

Don’t miss this event!


March 11, 2018 at 2:00-4:00pm
Hawthorne Valley School Auditorium.
Details and registration below
. (Space is filling up quickly)

The Turning Point

The grim week we have all just lived through demands that we consider these facts:

  • America has 4.4 percent of the world population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns.
  • Since December 2012, when a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been at least 1,606 mass shootings, with at least 1,829 people killed and 6,447 wounded.
  • States with more guns have more gun deaths.

We can no longer endure tragedies like Parkland, Las Vegas, and Orlando—or politicians like Rep. John Faso, who boasts an “A” rating from the NRA and who co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

The time for change is now.

April 24 NYS Assembly Special Election Update

Democrats and Republicans chose two lawmakers from the Rensselaer County Legislature to run for Assembly District 107 in April’s special election. Democrats nominated Cindy Doran, who has served on the Rensselaer County Legislature since 2012. Read the details here.

From National

Recess Resource

Want more information on Recess or any issues? Visit the National Team’s Recess Resource. With priorities, questions for our member of Congress and more.


Come meet all six democratic candidates vying for CD19. Meet for Q&A with each candidate. Tickets are free, but seating is limited and filling up quickly. Get your ticket here to ensure your seat!

John Faso



A recounting of ways in which John Faso has stood up against most basic and common sense regulation of the scourge of guns in our society.

  • John Faso is a co-sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
  • John Faso voted in support of HR Res 40 which opposed the Obama-administration regulation that would have the Social Security Administration report to the gun data base any person determined to be incapable of handling his/her own affairs and finances. Faso called this “over reaching.”
  • John Faso supported legislation that opposed various limitations upon gun ownership by veterans, this despite mental health issues and in spite of the shockingly high suicide rate among those suffering from PTSD.
  • John Faso even supports the so-called Hearing Protection Act of 2017, legislation that would remove limitations on the purchase of gun silencers and which — with a straight face — the NRA would have it is about protecting eardrums.
  • John Faso has an A rating from the NRA.

And in his own words, here is John Faso on the record:

“Our Second Amendment rights are under threat and must be protected. As an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and strong opponent of New York’s SAFE Act–with a lifetime “A” rating from the NRA–I will continue to be a vocal advocate and defender of the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers–and all Americans. I’ll oppose and fight against Washington overreach and liberal efforts to trample on our freedoms, from trying to take away legally purchased firearms from law-abiding citizens to their push for a national registry.”

See how much money members of Congress have received from the NRA. An updated list from the Washington Post. John Faso has received $7,950 of blood money. Cheap.


As The New York Times reports, it’s not our imagination. Trump truly is the worst president in U.S. history, according to 170 political scientists. And Obama has climbed into the Top Ten.

From the Immigration Committee

March 4 at 4:00pm we’re planning an interfaith gathering in support of DREAMers. See below for details.

Support the Clean Dream Faso 9 at their second court date on March 5, 6:45-8:30pm at Kinderhook Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street, KinderhookClick here for details.

For more information about how you can help us to stand with immigrants in our community, email us at gro.y1519458089nmaht1519458089ahcel1519458089bisiv1519458089idni@1519458089noita1519458089rgimm1519458089i1519458089.

National Day of Prayer

Gathering for People of Heart

We’re asking people of every faith to join us in the National Hour of Prayer For DREAMers. Please spread the word. We invite all people of heart to join with us on March 4 at 4:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street, Hudson to meditate/pray/sing for/speak about/honor the DREAMers. Let’s join together to make this the year that DREAMers and their families can finally find some peace and welcome in this great nation of immigrants.

Sponsored by ICNY
Co-sponsors: Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, Bend the Arc: Jewish Acton, Christ Church Episcopal, Payne AME Church, and Chatham Synagogue.

Flyer by Austin Metze

Not My Presidents’ Day Rally

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Robin McKay and Stuart Farmery designed signs reflecting our current temporary Congressman and the blue wave we long for in November. Mike Robbins is at the rear supporting his “Not My Presidents Day” banner. A great list of readers reminded us what former Presidents speeches sounded like, uniting us, supporting all Americans, and leading towards a greater future. Then there’s trump.

Quotes of the Week

“My daughter was murdered in a mass school shooting. What makes you believe that your child won’t be next? I don’t want your f**king sympathy. I want you to stop voting for gun-whore politicians.” — Bob Weiss

“Let’s take a moment to honor the sacrifice of our brave schoolchildren who lay down their lives to protect our right to bear arms.” — Unknown meme

“We should arm every teacher?” “You bastards won’t even buy them pencils and printer ink…now you got the budget for Glocks?” — George Takei


ICNY Events


When: Friday, February 23th 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.


When: March 4 at 4:00 pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street, Hudson


When: Sunday, March 11, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Hawthorne Valley School auditorium
Meet all the candidates for Congressional District 19. All six Democrats have confirmed. John Faso has not responded. Be there either way for an informative event! Save the date!
Please make sure to make a reservation for a free ticket. The event space has limited seating and we are ⅔ full already. Reservations at moc.l1519458089iamg@1519458089stnev1519458089eYNCI1519458089

Community Events


When: Monday Feb 26, 5:00-7:00pm
Where: 812 State Route 203, Spencertown
Please RSVP if you are able to attend moc.l1519458089iamg@1519458089elbis1519458089ividn1519458089Irevi1519458089Rneer1519458089G1519458089 – it helps us to plan.


At the home of Tom Chulak and Nicole Furnee. Meet Jeff Beals, one of six candidates running for the Democratic congressional nomination in CD19. RSVP by February 15 to moc.l1519458089oa@ka1519458089luhct1519458089.
When: Sunday, February 25, 3:00
Where: 146 Tice Hill Rd. Stop 35 (2nd drive on left), Ghent

Check out the Hudson Resistance Online Calendar for even more!

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.

Indivisible Profile: Peter Cervi

Peter CerviPeter Cervi believes that the election of Donald Trump “is one of the great mistakes in history.” He notes that the phrase “Make America great again” has its origins in the Ku Klux Klan, signaling Trump’s racist beliefs to his base. “What is happening to the country are the long term effects of this humongous mistake.” Peter is not, however, pessimistic. He was raised to believe that people can learn from their mistakes. “I don’t think people have been this politically active since the Vietnam war. It takes something like a Trump to wake people up.”
Peter is a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Tanzania during the mid-1960s. He is now the President of the Board of Directors for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity where he is working towards improving other people’s lives “one family at a time.”

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