After a little time off, followed by revamping and re-purposing, we present our first eblast for 2019 and hope you enjoy our new format. These last two years have had their difficulties, but the silver lining has been the privilege of meeting talented, creative activists. Each month we will focus on a specific issue and share the thoughtful perspective of our contributors.


Sajaa Tracy  (née Ahmed) is a host and creator of Spotlight 19, a podcast tracking all things related to New York’s 19th Congressional District. The podcast was an essential tool used by volunteers in 2018 to flip the district blue and will continue to be released monthly in 2019.

JT Compton spent fourteen years in finance before becoming a screenwriter and a political blogger.  He has an MFA in creative writing from The New School and has lived in Dutchess County for nineteen years.

Karen Smythe, NYS Senate Candidate in 2018, was the 4th generation to run her family’s Dutchess County union construction business. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, she is committed to giving back to the community through volunteer and nonprofit work. She currently serves as President of the Dutchess County Woman’s Caucus, is on the Board of the Bardavon Theater and a Trustee of Vassar College.

Welcome to intelligent life – EDUCATION (#2)

The theme for this month’s eblast is Education. Our contributers each have a unique voice on the topic.

  • Karen Smythe / Cornerstone of a Strong Democracy
  • JTC / Day 831 – Department of Privatization
  • Sajaa Ahmed / Podcast – Education Edition
  • Ginny Snowden/ How Safe Is Your School?
  • Gully Stanford/ State and Federal Education Policy
  • Videos / Randy Rainbow, The Bald Piano Guy, and Betsy DeVos

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Welcome to intelligent life #1

The theme for this month’s eblast reflects Women’s History Month.

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