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.

Eblast #1:

Welcome to intelligent life #1

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The theme for this month’s eblast reflects Women’s History Month.  If this was forwarded to you by a friend and you do not yet receive our emails you can signup HERE


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.

Joan Daidone has been a community organizer, arts and social justice activist, as well as a creative director and writer for over 25 years. She has led communication teams for domestic and international non-profit youth development, literacy, healthcare, and other organizations, including Feeding America, Boy & Girls Club of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, ASPCA, Ninos del Lago, Mercy Corp, and COPD Foundation. 

Guest Contributors

Gully Stanford, retired from 35 years in the regional theatre movement and a decade in promoting public education, Gully is a member of the Dutchess County Youth Board Coordinating Council. He may be reached at

Donna Goodman, long-time peace and justice activist in New York’s Hudson Valley. Author of Women Fight Back: The centuries-long struggle for liberation. Women Fight Back traces the historical evolution of a movement that has thoroughly transformed society and is in need of militant revival today.

Our next eblast will be published April 30, 2019. The focus will be on Education.

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