The Environment Team, working in conjunction with environmental grassroots organization Mothers Out Front, acts to ensure we have a livable climate. We believe that we need to end our reliance on fossil fuels and move our communities to 100% renewable energy.


The Healthcare Action Team believes that healthcare is a human right, and continuously advocates for comprehensive, affordable, equally available for all, Single Payer health insurance, with lifetime coverage. Our grass roots actions work to support passage of the NY Health Act- legislation introduced in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate, funded by a progressive graduated payroll tax, that would guarantee every New York State resident receives health coverage with freedom to choose, equality of care, based on ability to pay; with no monthly premiums, deductibles, or co-pays. We affiliate with and support “The Campaign For New York Health”- https://www.nyhcampaign.org/

Immigration Justice

The Immigration Justice team works to raise awareness about both local and national issues such as: municipal ID’s, the Greenlight NY campaign (drivers licenses for all, regardless of immigration status), family separation, and ICE raids. We take a vocal stand about the inhumane treatment of those seeking refuge at our borders and those in detention facilities.

Saving Democracy

The Democracy Team of DCPAA has been focusing on election law reforms in New York State in cooperation with the state-wide coalition Let NY Vote https://letnyvote.org . We also work for campaign finance reforms in NY with the Fair Elections coalition https://fairelectionsny.org . On a local level, we have been circulating a petition addressed to the Dutchess County Legislature to end pay-to-play in county government by passing a local  law to institute public financing of county-level elections. The team is also involved in voter registration through tabling events, canvassing and working with other organizations. We also support an end to gerrymandering at federal, state, and county levels, and we cooperate with efforts to use ranked choice voting in all elections when there are 3 or more candidates.

Social Justice

The Social Justice Team of DCPAA works on a variety of issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, criminal justice, workers’ rights, and education.