The Watervliet Huddle is a group of political activists who want to create the change they would like to see in the political world. The Watervliet Huddle was inspired by the Women’s March on Washington January 21st, 2017. We wish to be educated in the ways in which government works, learn about, and act on the most pressing issues of our time.
Since the 2017 presidential inauguration, the Watervliet Huddle, composed of about 14 people, has met at least once a month to discuss timely and important issues such as immigration, local politics, gerrymandering, health care, racial equality, etc. We have hosted speakers such as John McDonald (NYS Assemblyman), Dahlia Herring (Creating the Beloved Community), and various candidates as they have run for office including Mary Pat Donnelly (Rensselaer Co. DA), and Charles Patricelli (Watervliet Councilman).
Our members have participated in marches, rallies, protests, postcard-writing events, phone-banks, fundraisers, canvassing, meetings of other groups, Muslim soup kitchens, and more. We also initiated coalition-building in the Capital Region by inviting neighboring local progressive groups to join us in organizing a joint, collaborative meeting with Paul Tonko, U.S. House of Representatives, in February 2018.
Our meetings are educational, informative and supportive. As we attend various events and participate in diverse activities, we use meeting time to inform one another about our experiences. We network and connect with each other, carpool, etc. We also have a movie night about once a month and have planned three Friday nights to discuss, Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones.
We meet the second Saturday of each month in Watervliet. We are open to all who wish to explore a vision for our country that is one of true, responsible, transparent democracy which emphasizes justice, respect, and fairness for all. Please contact Lois Gundrum if you are interested in joining.
Lois Gundrum firstname.lastname@example.org