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Monday, October 31, 2011
Tricounty DFA Update: Wednesday Meeting Reminder, GOTV, More
Hello Everyone!

First, I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

In this update for October 30, 2011:

1. Meeting Reminder Wednesday 7pm
2. Agenda:
3. Social Security Under Attack by Supercommittee

1. Meeting Reminder Wednesday 7pm

We will be having our regular monthly meeting of Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area this Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 7pm at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls. The Cafe is one block west of the roundabout in downtown Glens Falls on the corners of Hudson Avenue, Elm and Exchange Streets. Because the election is bearing down on us, we will have a busy agenda:
We have endorsed several candidates this year: John SIlvestri for Supreme Court, Mike O'Keefe for County Treasurer, Bill Mason for County Supervisor and John Strough for Queensbury Town Board. We will be discussing and organizing for the big Get Out The Vote effort this coming weekend.

We volunteered at our last meeting to host a DFA National training weekend for next year, and I hope to hear from Monique Teal at DFA National about this. Roy Thomas has also been inquiring on this with the City.

We have had a group tabling at the Farmer's Market as well and we want to keep that going.

We have also been having an excellent turnout at the vigils we have been holding at the Civil War Monument in support of Occupy Wall Street and "We are the 99%." As we all know, we decided to do this at our last meeting on October 5th. This is in many ways a continuation of the several years of vigils we held at the same time and place against the Iraq War.

We are going to hold another one at 11am Saturday, again at the Civil War Monument at the corner of Bay and Glen Streets. We will be discussing this at our meeting as well. If you cannot come to Wednesday night's meeting, please come to the vigil on Saturday. There are also new pictures on our Facebook page at:

3. Social Security, Medicare Under Attack by Supercommittee

DFA National and DFA Chair Jim Dean and DFA founder Gov. Dean are sending out an urgent appeal on the budget supercommittee.

Jim Dean alerted us first:

"Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are caving to Republican demands and pushing a plan that would make drastic cuts to Medicare.

"This is bad policy and bad politics. Cuts like these are the worst possible way to reduce the deficit. They protect the status quo for the richest 1 percent while the 99 percent are expected to sacrifice vital healthcare that they need to survive in tough economic times like these -- and they'll hamstring Democrats running for reelection in 2012.

"We've been down this road before. Republicans and some Democrats have been pushing plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security for months. We beat them then and we can beat them now with an overwhelming show of grassroots opposition to any plan that cuts Medicare.

"Join me and tell Washington that this deal is Dead On Arrival."

Pledge to oppose any candidate -- Republican or Democrat - who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare and Medicaid benefits for the 99 percent.

Gov.Dean adds:

"I'm going to get straight to the point. If the so-called Super Committee votes to increase the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67, it will completely erase all the gains we made in providing healthcare to every American under President Obama.

"Medicare is the only universal healthcare program that exists in the United States of America. No one who supports moving back the age of eligibility can possibly be considered an advocate for universal health insurance.

"In fact, if that happens, the legacy of the Democrats for the past four years will have been to do far more harm to the healthcare system than good.

"By raising the age of eligibility from 65 to 67, hard working Americans who are in their 50's or 60's, and cannot afford insurance under the current system will have to wait two additional years before Medicare kicks in. They would be forced to stay in the private healthcare system - if they can afford it."
Help support this at:

There is more detailed info at:

Thanks everyone! See you all Wednesday!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tricounty DFA Update: Our Occupy Wall Street Vigil Continues
Hello Everyone!

As many of you know from the large turnout we had last Saturday, our vigil in support of Occupy Wall Street was a great success with over 50 in attendance.

We had an impromptu meeting last week and we agreed we will continue this vigil again this Saturday, at 11am in the same place we held our almost four years of weekly vigils against the Iraq War, in front of the Civil War monument at the corners of Bay, Glen and South Streets in downtown Glens Falls.

It was great to see so many people who had been with us during our vigils against the war, it was almost like Old Home Week!

Come on down, bring a friend, meet old friends, and show your support for "We are the 99%."

Also, we have had a Facebook group page for several years, but Facebook is migrating all the groups to a new status, so we have created a new Greater Glens Falls DFA Facebook page at:

I have put a large album of photos of Saturday's vigil on our new page for everyone to see, so click the link above to see the photos and while you are at it, join the page so you can get updates through Facebook as well.

Hope everyone can make it Saturday!



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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tricounty DFA Update: Solidarity Vigil with OWS Saturday at Civil War Monument Downtown at 11am, Endorsements, more
Hello Everyone!

In this update for October 10, 2011;

1. Solidarity Vigil With Occupy Wall Street Saturday, 11am in front of the Civil War Monument in Downtown Glens Falls
2. Solidarity With Occupy Wall Street Resolution
3. 99% — Which Side Are You On?
4. Endorsements: O'Keefe, Mason, Strough

1. Solidarity Vigil With Occupy Wall Street Saturday, October 15th, at 11am in front of the Civil War Monument in Downtown Glens Falls

In the last two weeks Occupy Wall Street has mushroomed into a national phenomena, connecting Americans together in a new community discussion, similar to what Democracy For America has been doing since its inception.

At our meeting we agreed to holdina solidarity rally on October 15th at 11am in front of the Civil War Monument at the intersections of Bay, Glen and South Streets in downtown Glens Falls. It will last at least one hour. This is in concert with the International Day of Solidarity around the world.

Come, bring all your friends and make a sign supporting Occupy Wall Street and expressing support for the 99%.

2. Solidarity With Occupy Wall Street Resolution

The decision to hold the vigil grew from a resolution DIck introduced at our meeting Wednesday night at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, which passed unanimously. It reads:

"Be it Resolved:

"That the Greater Glens Falls Democracy for America hereby Endorses and Supports OccupyWallStrreet.
"We do so because:
"1) The power, greed and arrogance of Wall Street is crushing the Middle Class.
"2) The power, greed and arrogance of Wall Street is completely destroying the American Dream for millions and millions of Americans.
"3) The power, greed and arrogance of Wall Street has "convinced" a large bulk of our politicians that the Federal deficit is more important that jobs.
"4) The power, greed and arrogance of Wall Street has never been investigated for it's widespread fraud and complicity in the financial collapse
of 2008.
"5) The power, greed and arrogance of Wall Street is gleefully behind the division of income and wealth, so the top 1% has almost a full quarter of all income in the U.S; the top 400 families have a much wealth as the bottom 150 million; "the richest five percent of households obtained roughly 82 percent of all the nation's gains in wealth between 1983 and 2009. The bottom 60 percent of households actually had less wealth in 2009 than in 1983..(Economic Policy Institute) .
"6) The power, greed and arrogance if Wall Street is behind the lies about Social Security so that at last they get to privatize demanding exorbitant fees for management.
"For all this and to all of this an more, OccupyWallStreet brings a blinding light of attention.

3. 99% — Which Side Are You On?

It is common in national news reports to hear claims that the Occupy Wall Street protestors do not have a specific agenda or stance. This is not so. It is just that the position is radically simple: which side are you on? The 99% or the 1%. This is the question Occupy Wall Street is posing to the nation.

4. Endorsements: O'Keefe, Mason, Strough

At our meeting we hosted Democrats Mike O'Keefe, candidate for Warren County Treasurer, Bill Mason, candidate for Queensbury County Supervisor, and John Strough, candidate for the Queensbury Town Board.

O'Keeke, son of current Warren County Treasurer Frank O'Keefe, spoke about the importance of an open, fair and honest accounting of county finances, and keeping check on the Republican dominated county Board of Supervisors. Mason spoke of the need for more Democrats on the Board of Supervisors to counter Republican mismanagement of county government, while Strough spoke about a number of issues facing the rapidly growing Town of Queensbury, including planning.

After the presentations the group voted unanimously to endorse and support the candidates, and discussed get out the vote efforts.

Also, if you want John Silvestri lawn signs, we have them! Let us know how we can get you one, or if you also want a Mason or O'Keefe sign, we will let them know.

Thanks everyone! See you all Saturday at 11am downtown.


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