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The below is a ‘paid advertisement’ HCDP will have in the Hendersonville Times-News on January 20, 2021. Below this “open letter” will be suggestions on “what YOU can do.”
AN OPEN LETTER TO MADISON CAWTHORN
You have failed the citizens of the 11th District. You should resign now.
As Democrats, we did not support your run for the U.S. Congress. We were appalled by the lies that riddled your campaign. We were appalled by your sporting of white supremist symbols and your apparent adoration of Hitler. But all this aside, there were people who hoped that your youth and exuberance might redeem you. Alas, this was not to be.
You betrayed the majority of your constituency when you joined President Trump at his January 6th MAGA rally, stirring up an armed mob of “patriots” already enraged at what they mistakenly believe was a stolen election. You also boasted about being armed and were heard urging the crowd to their seditious actions. You relished being on stage with Trump, whose narcissistic traits you seem to share.
When the payoff of this very much planned for insurrection was not what you hoped for, and even your former supporters were repudiating your actions and repenting of their vote for you, suddenly you were trying to walk back your own participation in inflaming the crowd and encouraging violence. But adults recognize that words have consequences. At best, your protests of innocence are an admission that you lack the maturity, experience, and good judgment to serve the people of the 11th District. Further, you have abused even your congressional colleagues, calling any Republicans who did not support this mob “cowards,” while the mob was calling out to “hang Pence.”
If there is anything House and Senate members dislike more than threats on their life and ransacked offices, it is grandstanding junior members hurling insults at them. They will remember your name, and your irresponsible actions, the next time a bill comes up to build a school or a new road or to repair catastrophic storm damage in our district. In Congress as in life, turnabout is fair play. Please resign, before the calls to expel you for fomenting sedition come to fruition.
|From (and paid for by) the: |
The Henderson County Democratic Party
– Join in “signing” a petition. Via Nancy Pelosi here: Contact | Speaker Nancy Pelosi
-or via MoveOn here: Madison Cawthorn: Resign or Be Expelled from Congress | MoveOn
– Write letters to editors. Google the newspaper and follow directions for submission. More voices means more attention!
– Like and SHARE this site and our issues page (linked below) with friends, relatives, neighbors. Our Issues page that enumerates all the issues the GOP has not addressed for us, their constituents: http://www.myhcdp.com/…/concerns-americans-share-and…/ (GOP does nothing for us.)
Note: More petitions are available on Facebook, Twitter which have ‘remove-from-office’ petitions – in many posts. www.facebook.com/groups/HendersonCountyNCDemocrats
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NOTE: If any HCDP member receives personal threats, abusive phone calls, texts, emails, please document the ‘source’, block the number and contact the Sheriff’s office: 828-697-4912. And please let HCDP know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The below are issues upon which a majority of Americans AGREE and GOP Legislators ignore or vote AGAINST.
Compiled by: Peri David email@example.com
Dec. 2016. Rev. Feb, 2021.
The GOP in Federal and State Congresses fail to act on a number of issues ALL Americans (Democrats & Republicans) agree on. The commonalities of the Americans, as exemplified in the below, need to be addressed. The GOP in Congresses have put our democracy in danger by blatantly failing in their responsibilities to the citizens.
That negligence tears the country apart with legislation that benefits corporations only and appointments that fractionalize us and does nothing to advance the will of the people. We are one people, no matter our skin color, backgrounds, religions, abilities or challenges and as such we deserve legislators who work for us. Please see the HR 1 Bill update below.
UPDATE: January 2021:
Many of the above concerns could be addressed to strengthen democracy, through the HR1 Bill which will be going before the Congress.
NOTE: The Republicans/GOP do not support HR1 which seeks to improve: ETHICS, accountability, solve Citizen United issues of uncapped campaign contributions, support voting rights, end Gerrymandering, introduce campaign finance reform and codes of ethics for the Supreme Court and many more benefits to democracy.
Encourage our legislators to support the HR 1 Bill.
Each of us can help make democracy stronger… in some way.
Volunteer Opportunities for Henderson County Democrats 2021
- Events Coordinator – works with the Executive Committee to schedule, plan, and implement various events throughout the year. Examples: Candidate Forums, Community Outreach: i.e. Voter Registration Events at Apple Festival, Back to School Events, Holly Party Celebration, Chili Cookoff, Fundraiser Events – Time Commitment: varies depending on event. On average 1-2 hours a month.
- Volunteer Coordinator – works with the First and Second Vice Chairs to input volunteer information, build a list of volunteers to match volunteer interests and skills with: Party activities, events, precincts, Get Out the Vote efforts. Builds communication with volunteers to retain volunteers. Time Commitment: varies depending on time of year. On average 1-2 hours per week.
- Get Out the Vote Coordinator – works closely with the Executive Committee and GOTV Team to create, plan, and implement Get Out the Vote efforts, i.e. oversees candidate information, canvassing, phonebanking, texting, advertising, messaging. Time commitment: varies depending on time of year. On average 2-4 hours a week 12 weeks prior to elections depending on needs.
- Precinct Officers – communicates information to democratic voters in your precinct area. Plans and communication begin with the Party. Build a communication tree to share information. During election times volunteer your interests/skills to canvassing, hosting candidate meet and greets (in person or Zoom), phonebanking, poll greeting, etc… Most all of your GOTV efforts are done through the help and support of the GOTV Team. Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a month; possibly more during weeks leading up to an election. Required to meet 4x year with your precinct (One Annual Mtg scheduled by County Party, and 3 individual precinct meetings)
Precincts That Need Officers:
|Green River||Grimesdale||Moores Grove||North Blue Ridge|
|Northeast||Northwest||Rugby||South Blue Ridge|
|Southeast||South Mills River|
If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Cindy Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTION NEEDED…Help define / defend the Democratic Party!
We do not need the lies of others to define who we are… we stand for truth, the Constitution, rule-of-law, decency, fair voting rights, a livable wage and so much more. Call out lies when you hear them. We ar THE Pro-democracy party.
–Digital Online HELP WANTED.
Digital Online Fundraising is HERE NOW… AND IN OUR FUTURE! We are seeking 3-4 additional persons (some tech savvy for sure) to come aboard the Fund Raising Team (BAACC ) to help decide, to design, to deliver, to do data follow up with our BLUE APPLE ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION CAMPAIGN, We are a small, fun ongoing group who enjoys the tasks and each other! Knowledge in graphics and design, digital emailing, willing phoning, a liking for people, and belief in supporting the HCDP are skills we are seeking to add to our team! Please Call Nancy 606-5201
–Women Democrats need your skills!
HCDP STATEMENT ON CURRENT SOCIAL UNREST:
We take pride in our Democratic heritage as a party of spiritual and patriotic values; a party of inclusiveness; a party of diversity; a party of compassion; a party of educational and economic opportunities; a party of social justice; and a party of responsible leadership. (Excerpt from the NCDP Platform Preamble.)
The Henderson County Democratic Party, both as an institution and a collection of individuals, supports the above statement concerning inclusion and equal civil rights under the law. Many of us are also keenly aware of the the many ways in which The United States falls short and has always fallen short of its stated ideals. If we did not believe that government CAN work for all, we would not be involved in The Democratic Party as it exists today.
We believe in the rule of law, while at the same time recognizing the manifest ways in which the law has NOT been applied fairly and equitably. We stand in solidarity with with people of color, who are NOT seen as equal under the law. We deplore violence, and, like Martin Luther King, see the value of peaceful protest. We also recognize that too often peaceful protest has been ignored. We recognize that violent protest is often the result of frustration and feeling unheard.
We urge citizens of Henderson County to ignore any calls for violent protest, but also to be ready to join hands in peaceful protest.
The Democratic Party is also aware that person of color have historically experienced inequities in the justice system and supports the following reforms as a starting point for rectifying the system. (Kathleen Gould, HCDP Chair)CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: We believe that our criminal justice system is in dire need of reform and that our current system disproportionately affects the poor and minorities. We believe that we must reform mandatory sentencing laws at both the federal and state levels, eliminating practices that cause people to remain incarcerated solely because they cannot afford to pay for their release, end mass incarceration, implement police body cameras, encourage the formation of civilian review boards, end racial profiling, and help those who were formerly incarcerated to re-enter society through initiatives that reduce barriers to employment. Moreover, we must rebuild the trust between communities, particularly communities of color, and the police if we are to have safe neighborhoods and communities. We support community policing and oppose the militarization of law enforcement agencies…
(Excerpt from NCDP Platform)
OUR SELF INFLICTED HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY.
U.S. healthcare is in crisis:
- Only developed nation without universal healthcare
- Highest per capita spending on healthcare in the world
- Declining life expectancy and poor scores on many standard health measures
Over 30 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2019, with millions more underinsured. The crisis has worsened with Covid-19, as unemployed workers are stripped of health insurance and doctors and hospitals face a growing pool of patients unable to pay for treatment.
Republican state legislators blocking Governor Cooper’s proposal to expand Medicaid ignore the benefits demonstrated by 36 expansion states: improved health, lower overall cost, and gains in economic growth and child development. Because of legislative inaction, $1 billion in state taxes each year now subsidize the citizens of these 36 states rather than 500,000+ North Carolinians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion.
See the Statistics, more information and cited Sources in the below PDF.
Let’s work together for better health care for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !
LET’S HEAL OUR OPIOID EPIDEMIC in HENDERSON County, NC.
HEALING OUR OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Opioid addiction devastates thousands of North Carolina families each year, including many mountain families. Our opioid death rate exceeds the national average: more than 5 North Carolinians dying each day from an opioid overdose.
North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan (2017) is recognized nationally for reducing opioid access and improving addiction counseling and treatment. However, the high cost of treatment means many of us must cope with addiction alone. Medicaid expansion would provide treatment for an estimated 150,000 North Carolinians with opioid addiction.
Let’s work together for better treatment plans for victims in Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree, vote for local, state and Federal Democratic candidates on November 3rd
<See cited SOURCES in the below PDF.>
OUR ENVIRONMENT and Climate Crisis in Henderson County, NC
Uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels and a doubling of the world’s population to almost 8 billion over the last 50 years have done extensive damage to the Earth:
- 85% of our wetlands and half our coral reefs have vanished
- 75 million acres of prime forest disappeared over the last decade
- One third of our soil has been lost to erosion, deforestation and agricultural practices
Swift action is needed to restore our degraded environment and slow the rate of climate change. All of us must play a role, with the federal government leading the effort through research, regulation and enforcement – as it has since President Nixon established the EPA in 1970. However, by promoting fossil fuels like coal, rejecting the Paris Climate Accords and reversing environmental safeguards, the Trump Administration is accelerating a crisis already spinning out of control.
Let’s work together for better EARTH care for Henderson County, North Carolina and for our families! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !
This article will give more smart tips on reducing your carbon footprint:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/0 3/upshot/what-you-can-do-about- climatechange.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
See more information, quotes and cited sources for this position in the below PDF.Environment 9.28
Gerrymandering. Henderson County, North Carolina. District # 11.
Legislative maps are redrawn every 10 years (after each census) to reflect population changes. Without fair redistricting rules, legislatures that control state district maps can “gerrymander” boundaries to gain a reliable electoral advantage – ignoring the will of voters. Since Republicans swept state and national elections in 2010, their use of gerrymandering has been witheringly effective, particularly in seven heavily-gerrymandered states that include North Carolina:
North Carolina: U.S. House Races
Election Year Republican % of Vote U.S. House Seats (%)
2012 49% 9 of 13 (69%)
2014 55% 10 of 13 (77%)
2016 53% 10 of 13 (77%)
2018 50% 10 of 13 (77%)*
*District 9, which the Republicans initially won, was nullified due to irregularities
Let’s work together for better voter access and fair representation for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree, vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !
<See the map and cited Sources for this article in the PDF below.>Gerrymandering 9.28
Gun Safety in the U.S.
GUN SAFETY. Henderson County, NC.
The U.S. suffered 39,470 gun deaths in 2018, a violent epidemic that kills more Americans each year than automobiles. Despite lame excuses from politicians and the NRA, the key factors driving gun violence are well known: easy gun access and lax regulations. States with an “F” rating (Giffords Law Center) have gun death rates three times higher than states with an “A” rating. With 1,416 gun deaths in 2018, North Carolina has a “D” rating, and ranked #23 among our states in gun deaths.
A reasonable compromise to reduce gun violence would require strong protections for gun owners and sensible safeguards for public safety. A majority of Americans from both major political parties already backs commonsense regulations such as denying guns to the mentally ill and those on no-fly and watch lists; background checks for private and gun-show sales; and a ban on sales of assault-style weapons.
We can apply these lessons to gun safety, honoring the Fifth Commandment without diminishing the Second Amendment.
We owe this to our families.
Let’s work together for better gun safety for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !
<See below PDF for cited sources.>Gun Safety.9.28