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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Tricounty DFA Update: Neighborhood Network Meeting, More
Hello Everyone;

In this update:

1. Special Meeting & Special Guest: Neighborhood Network
2. Gilibrand House Party Canceled
3. Friday Film Fest
4. Tabling Saturday
5. David Carter Assembly Race Event August 24th
6. Gov. Dean On Neighbors and Joe Lieberman
7. Appeal from Senator Harry Reid

1. Special Meeting & Special Guest: Neighborhood Network

Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area will be holding a special meeting Wednesday, August 16th at 7pm on the Neighborhood Network.

Our group has been asked to join in a new initiative of the State Democratic Party-- the Neighborhood Network. This get together is to bring us up to date on this exciting new program, and we will have a special guest to talk to us about it: Matt Ehlinger of the New York State Democratic Committee, who runs the Network for our twelve county region. He'll be coming up from Albany just to talk to us about this great new program.

I hope you would all be willing to come and hear about this program, and give it your consideration. I believe it is worthy of all our attention. It represents the chance to make a difference we've all been looking for.

The best way to help all our candidates is by helping build the Neighborhood Network. Basically, they are asking us to connect with our neighbors: three a day for 30 days. It's not that much, they are not strangers, but people who live right around us. By talking to our neighbors, listening to them, we build community in our neighborhoods, get them to vote, and show them we care. This is a program to create long term, and permanent, change.

It also works like an Amway plan, besides contacting people, we look for others who will join us in contacting others, and keeping the network growing and going. The beauty of the Neighborhood Network is that is gives us all the possibility to become local leaders ourselves.

This is how we will Take Back America, by taking back our own communities. The state party will provide the lists of voters, tips or scripts on what to talk about, and report forms. It's really pretty easy.

I urge you all to please come and bring a friend and family to hear this out. This will be a fairly short meeting. Matt will speak and we can get started to see what we can do.

For info, directions or to RSVP, go to:

Again, this meeting is open to all area Democrats who want to help build lasting change and help our candidates.

2. Gilibrand House Party Canceled

Ron and Jennie Kim's picnic for Kirsten Gillibrand on August 15, 6 - 8 pm has been CANCELED due to a campaign scheduling conflict.

Everyone interested is asked to please consider attending Joanne Yepsen's fundraiser on August 25th from 6 - 9 pm, at her home on 91 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs (there will be more info to come on this event)

3. Friday Film Fest

The Friday Progressive Film Festive at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe continues this Friday, Aug. 18th at 8pm with:

"This film is must-see. In the United States, where we profess free speech and capitalism is king, this film is virtually unavailable, even if one desires a copy. It’s safe to assume I think that no mass media distribution deals are in the works, either. It might as well be banned. In it, two Irish filmmakers, look at events before and leading up to the coup in Venezuela, the coup itself and the rise of the people’s resistance against fascism to regain their democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez.
Director: Kim Bartley & Donnacha O’Briain Running time: 73 min."

4. Tabling Saturday
We will be tabling at the Farmer's Market in downtown Glens Falls from about 8am until 11am or so this Saturday. It was again a successful activity last week and we actually ran out of literature (we hope to get a resupply in time).

We again decided not to the Vigil at 11am, partially because everyone seemed to be more interested in working at the Farmer's Market. I think I will wait until later in the Fall before attempting to schedule another Vigil, unless people really want me to-- please let me know how you feel.

Again, it looks good to have a team for an event like tabling! Come on down and join in and talk with everyone else. For more info go to:

Also, the Gillibrand campaign is still organizing phone banking at 470 Glen Street in Glens Falls. Contact me for information or Patrick Layden at (518) 796-0109. Make sure you call Patrick before you go.

5. David Carter Assembly Race Event August 24th

From the Washington County Democrats: Hudson Falls Mayor David Carter, who is running for the Assembly seat in the 112th District, will be holding a desert reception at Something's Brewing in Greenwich on Thursday, August 24th from 6-8 PM.

David's race for Assembly has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.

6. Gov. Dean On Neighbors and Joe Lieberman

Governor Dean has also been talking up the idea of the kind of neighborhood outreach we will be discussing Wednesday:

"Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is urging members of his party to go door to door to encourage their neighbors to vote for "fundamental change." According to Dean, "We need honesty and openness back in our government ... and be strong, tough and smart on national defense"
For more go to:

Also, the Governor called on Senator Lieberman to drop out of the race on Meet The Press on Sunday:

7. Appeal from Senator Harry Reid

Finally, there's an online action appeal from Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid. He is asking everyone to sign a petition calling on Vice President Cheney and Bush to stop politicizing national security they way they have with the recent London arrests:

Thanks everyone! See you all Wednesday! Remember to bring a friend to join the Neighborhood Network!

Larry Dudley

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