Wow-- incredible-- frankly, I wasn't sure if we'd be able to do this-- but Team Tyner has pulled through!...
We've gathered 2350 signatures!...(Bill & Melinda McKnight counted these for several hours Sunday night; Fred Knapp, Ira Margulies, and David Gill confirmed yesterday too)...
There is NO way I could have done this myself-- this has truly been a team effort (we gathered signatures together from literally every corner of the newly drawn 19th Congressional District)-- thx to you all(!):
Burr Hubbell, Gloria Waslyn, Cameron Williams, Manna Jo Greene, Andi Weiss Bartczak, Irwin Sperber, Bruce Burns, Ellen Melnick, Michelle Richardson, Dan and Mitzi Terpening, Jay Wenk, Sue Holland, Liana Turner, Chris Knoeppel, Irene Miller, Carol Valentine, Gary Kenton and Laura Linder, Karen Whelan (Minervini), Marcia Slatkin and Dan Maciejak, Kerry Flood Cubas, Janet Couch, Marie Caruso, Linda Puiatti, Joanne Steele, Sheila Dvorak, Jessica Vecchione, Joan Horton, Diana Cline, Mickey Haggerty, Mae Parker-Harris, Ann Perry, Otia Lee, Bill McCabe, Judy Malstrom, Betty Olson, Linda Abbott, Barbara Upton, Eric Deyo, Ed Kenny, Matt Lessner, Nancy Swanson, Valerie Carlisle, Michele Riddell, Doug Smyth, Elaine Fernandez, Cynthia Owen Philip, Frances Sandiford, Irving Hall, Lyn Beken, Misty Miller, Bob Balcom, Doris Kelly, Rachel Collins Kelly, Martin Michaels, Pam Krimsky, Deb Szeredy, John Parete, Stew and Matt Verrilli, Jane Brien, Mike and Mindy Kennedy, Richard Krzcminski, Raina Whan, Andrew Sheppard, Duncan Christy, Susan Furey, music from Alexia Evans, Julia Nichols, Chris Davison, Paul McMahon, Mighty Xee, EC, Joey Eppard,Salted Bros (Ted Orr et. al.), Erayna Cranston, and Forrest Hackenbrock--with more help/inspiration/work from many from Occupy Poughkeepsie like Russell
Bimbo, Kyle Van Steenburgh, Brady Massey, Stephen Greiner, Jared Keasbey-- with special assistance from Fran and Fred Knapp, Ira Margulies, Vicky Perry, David Gill, many, many more to come-- on to June 26th primary; let's go!...
[looking forward to debating The Anointed One all over-- let us know if YOU can set up a local debate, folks!...(this is crucial-- I really and truly am convinced I can beat Schreibman if I'm allowed to debate him across the 19th c.d.; need your help!]
[note, too-- we got a copy of Schreibman's petition signatures-- seems there were
only about ten names or so from here in Dutchess County signed on-- good for us!]
[spoke with Mae Parker-Harris yesterday-- she wants to bring Ann Perry and Sharon, more back to Kingston for even more door-to-door next weekend!...(we did this Sun.)]
[note new info here (scroll down just a bit below)-- proposed schedule for rallies/press conferences for next ten weeks-- we CAN take this primary, folks-- but only if EACH and EVERY one of you steps up to the plate to be responsible for educating, organizing, and mobilizing YOUR community-- YOUR town, city, or village-- on the ten issues listed below; see below!...(note-- am looking for feedback/ideas!)]
Our campaign endorsers include Pete Seeger, Cornel West, Josh Fox, Jeff Cohen, Medea Benjamin, Dutchess County Democratic Elections Commissioner Fran Knapp, former Co. Leg. Bill McCabe, current Co. Leg.'s Jim Doxsey and Steve White, Woodstock Town Boardmember Jay Wenk, Rosendale Town Boardmember Manna Jo Greene, New Paltz Village Boardmember Ariana Basco (Working Families Party member), Troy Area Labor Council President Mike Keenan, PEF/DEC anti-fracking engineer Wayne Bayer, and 260+ others-- join us at www.PetitionOnline.com/Joel -- pass it along!...
Please let us know asap if you and/or someone you know might be able
to host a house party-- we need to raise a TON of cash asap to win
primary-- and go on to best Gibson in November!...
And-- send what you can now-- to Joel for Congress, 324 Browns Pond
Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580...
[letters to editor valuable too-- thx much to Valerie Carlisle for
hers in Sat. PoJo; McKnights, Andi, more]
We're looking for folks in EACH of 100+ communities in 19th: step up,
be responsible for coordination...
Let us know if you're up to task of organizing, massing, and locking
down Dem votes for 6/26 primary!...
[Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Delaware, Otsego, Sullivan,
Ulster, Schoharie, Montgomery; Cong. district maps:
Thanks again tons to you all for making this campaign a reality--
together we can get to the next step!..
250 brand-new lawn signs recently delivered-- let us know if you
could use a lawn sign, folks...
As Betty Olson told 100+ gathered at her home and in Rosendale
Sunday at 99% Spring trainings (with Linda Abbott and Barbara
WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE-- ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: WE CAN DO THIS-- WE
MUST DO THIS!...
[pass it on]
http://www.JoelforCongress.org (tell your friends-- PayPal link online here!)
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Joel (260+ on board; join us!)
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Ten weeks, ten issues to take back 19th c.d. from bipartisan Tweedledee/Tweedledum sell-out madness-- help us!...
[to me, the ten issues below encapsulate our winning populist, progressive campaign!]
[merely tentative schedule here for approval/fleshing out @ Team Tyner mtg. soon; looking for feedback-- changes?...additions?...subtractions?...let us know!]
[note, too-- I'm not suggesting that each event take place exactly on Monday, k?]
WEEK ONE: Mon. Apr. 23rd-- RALLY FOR SENIORS/HEALTH CARE FOR ALL-- Medicare for all; NO cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security
WEEK TWO: Mon. Apr. 30th-- RALLY FOR SMALL BUSINESS (bring back FDR's Glass-Steagall Act)
WEEK THREE: Mon. May 7th-- RALLY FOR JOBS/LABOR (repeal NAFTA; public works, living wage)
WEEK FOUR: Mon. May 14th-- RALLY FOR GOVERNMENT OF, FOR, BY PEOPLE-- amend Constitution; corporations aren't people, CMCE, repeal NDAA (indefinite detention)
WEEK FIVE: Mon. May 21st-- RALLY FOR WOMEN-- stand up for reproductive justice
WEEK SIX: Mon. May 28th-- RALLY TO BAN/CRIMINALIZE FRACKING-- solar/wind/geothermal now
WEEK SEVEN: Mon. June 4th-- RALLY FOR FAMILY FARMERS-- stop Wall Street speculation
WEEK EIGHT: Mon. June 11th-- RALLY FOR PEACE (IRAN, AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ)-- stop the insanity
[FPIF.org, Peace-Action.org, VeteransforPeace.org]
WEEK NINE: Mon. June 18th-- RALLY FOR SCHOOLS/UNIVERSITIES-- fully fund our public schools; end college student debt, free college tuition
WEEK TEN: Mon. June 25th-- GOTV RALLY FOR REAL MAJORITY-- polls prove we're majority
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Don't forget folks-- say it with some authority-- WE ARE THE REAL
MAJORITY(!): [it's true; see below]
[what happens when too many in power in both parties ignore
Fact: "86% of Americans say Wall Street and its lobbyists have too
much influence in Washington in a January poll by Time magazine, and
77% of Americans say too much power is concentrated in the hands of a
few rich people and large corporations in a January poll by the Pew
[from "Corporate Rule Is Not Inevitable" by Sarah van Gelder (Jan. 20th):
Fact: 81% of Americans support taxing millionaires/billionaires more:
solve federal budget woes.
Fact: 80% of Americans oppose Citizens United Supreme Court decision;
corporations aren't people.
Fact: 78% of Americans support protecting Medicare, Social Security,
and Medicaid from any cuts.
Fact: 59% of Americans support expanding Medicare to cover us all--
to save $400 billion a year; in fact, "Americans prefer a
single-payer system of health care two-to-one over a privatized
system; single-payer is a model in which health care delivery would
remain largely private, but would be paid for by a single federal
health insurance fund (much like Medicare provides for seniors and
comparable to Canada's current system)"
[from Ralph Nader's new book-- "Getting Steamed to Overcome
Corporatism": http://www.csrl.org/gs/ ;
Fact: 67% of Americans support $10/hour minimum wage to put money in
pockets of working class.
Fact: 53% of Americans support full federal funding for Planned
Parenthood & reproductive justice.
Fact: More New Yorkers support protecting drinking water with
statewide ban on fracking than not.
Fact: 54% of Americans support full funding for the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency-- not cuts.
Fact: 79% of New Yorkers support Clean Money Clean Elections-- real
campaign finance reform.
Fact: 59% of Americans support our troops coming home from
Afghanistan/Iraq NOW without delay.
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Recall-- the Dutchess County Dem Committee just about split almost
exactly down the middle at recent convention vote, there are a TON of
committed Ulster County progressive Dem activists who have come out
of the woodwork over the past few weeks to step forward for this
campaign (many of whom I've known since the early 90's; that's how
long I've been kickin' around as a community activist in these
parts), along with progressive Dems from literally all over newly
drawn 19th Congressional District!...
And-- at end of recent Ulster County Dem Convention, Ulster County
Dem Chair Frank Cardinale informed everyone that my primary opponent
wouldn't necessarily be emulating or living up to the progressive
ideals of Maurice Hinchey...
Well-- that's fine with me-- because that's why I'm running for
Congress-- to preserve Maurice's winning, populist, progressive
legacy that has inspired so many of us for decades...
Maurice is living proof that a populist progressive with grass-roots
appeal can win elections repeatedly here in the Hudson
Valley/Catskills area to the state legislature and then Congress...
...the same thing I've proven over here on this side of the river
over the last decade-- winning five elections in a row to the
Dutchess County Legislature to represent Rhinebeck and Clinton-- even
though both of those communities have long had GOP town supervisors
Recall recent Tues. Poughkeepsie Journal: primary toss-up; Hinchey
not ready to endorse Schreibman:
"Hinchey is not taking sides in the Hudson Valley Democratic primary
battle between attorney Julian Schreibman of Ulster County and
Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner...'Whoever the (eventual)
candidate is, I intend to help them,' Hinchey said."
My connection to Maurice is deep and strong; I first met him in 1994
at his Washington, D.C. offices lobbying for universal healthcare
(single-payer: Medicare for all) with the late great Paul Miller,
Connie Holland, and Max Finestone; kudos to Art Richter (and his VT
daughter Deb!) for pickin' up the torch here locally; I've been there
along side Maurice in trenches fighting for single-payer for
[even Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation has long made it clear it
strongly supports single-payer:
Unlike The Anointed One, I have long made it 100% clear that I agree
with Maurice Hinchey on these six issues-- that we should save $400
billion a year by expanding Medicare to cover everyone, that we
should bring back FDR's Glass-Steagall Act to break up the big banks,
that our Constitution should be amended to make it clear corporations
aren't people (re: Citizens United/SuperPACs), that NAFTA, CAFTA, and
free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama should never
have been passed, that the Fair Elections Now Act should be passed to
make real federal version of Clean Money Clean Elections campaign
reform, and End Excessive Oil Speculation Now should be passed...
But it's not just those six issues -- if you're just as upset as I am
that it's not just Republicans in Washington-- but also too many
Democrats-- that don't seem to be really speaking up against the rush
to war with Iran...aren't speaking up to criminalize
fracking...aren't speaking up against Wall Street (to break up big
banks, tax Wall Street speculation, and truly investigate those
behind destruction of our economy), aren't speaking up against
indefinite detention...aren't speaking up against bipartisan attack
on Medicare/Medicaid, aren't speaking up for a truly sizable public
works/infrastructure jobs program, aren't speaking up for Medicare
for all, aren't speaking up to amend our Constitution to make it
clear corporations aren't people, aren't speaking up Fair Elections
Now legislation (federal version of Clean Money Clean Elections
campaign finance reform), aren't speaking up for fair trade (to get
us out of job-killing NAFTA/GATT/WTO), aren't speaking up for our
troops to come home NOW from Afghanistan, aren't speaking out against
tar sands pipeline, aren't speaking up for our Constitutional
freedoms-- and aren't speaking up for Bradley Manning-- and aren't
speaking up for voting integrity to reject computerized voting
machines...(even Michael Moore reminded us all at Left Forum of this
If you're just as upset as I am re: too much bipartisan sell-out on
all those-- help us, folks!...