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Progressives rally in Kingston for Democratic reform bill

Progressives upbeat with the House now in Democrat hands, as of yesterday

KINGSTON – Some 100 activists gathered in Midtown Kingston Thursday afternoon, to rally in support of the recently attained Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives. Newly elected freshman Congressmen including Antonio Delgado (D, NY-19) in the Hudson Valley were sworn in Washington DC on the same day.

“Today is opening day of Congress, and as we were speaking here today, our Representative Antonio Delgado was being sworn in, in Congress,” explained one of the organizers, Tom Denton of U-ACT, a New Paltz-based activist group.

Democrats took back the House in the November 2018 election, as part of a “Blue Wave” political resistance to the Trump administration. Opposition to a southern border wall promised by President Trump has resulted in a stalemate government shutdown.

Democrats are also introducing H.R. 1 of 2019, an election reform bill. “Protecting and expanding voting rights, getting dark dirty money out of politics, and draining the swamp,” Denton said.

Former congressional candidate David Clegg spoke to the participants, saying he was considering another run for public office in 2019.

Denton said many area groups worked together in this last election campaign, to help elect Congressman Antonio Delgado, Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa, State Senators Jennifer Metzger, and James Skoufis.

“We had Indivisible Ulster, Ulster People, U-Act, Move Forward, and Citizen Action,” Denton said. “We all got to know each other over the past year. We are going to be meeting soon, to talk about how we can bring together our resources for the upcoming elections in Ulster County. We have legislative elections, district attorney, county judge, town elections, plus statewide groups. We are going to be backing our state senators. it’s going to be great.”  

 


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