We do what we can, but we do something… <6/7/21>
I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend.
June is full of opportunities to come together with your precincts and County Party. Please feel free to share information with your precinct members.
1. FRIDAY, JUNE 4: WEAR ORANGE
Join folks across the country and honor survivors of gun violence this National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange weekend.
It’s a simple and effective way to show your solidarity with the gun violence prevention movement.
And you can download a social media profile frame to honor survivors here: https://wearorange.org/go-orange/
2. THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 5:
A. OUR FIRST BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR – 9AM TO 11AM, HEADQUARTERS. FIRST TIMERS FREE! $10 PERSON, OTHERWISE.
**The NC Democratic Party will be hosting a STATEWIDE “Build Back Bluer” Day of Action on Saturday, June 5th to counter Donald Trump’s visit to Greenville for the NCGOP’s State Convention.
B. Day of Action Phonebank: Join NCDP for a Day of Action phonebank. We’re contacting Democrats in the twenty least vaccinated counties, encouraging them to sign up and take their shot! This is a 100% virtual event, with training at the top of every hour. Details for the Open Virtual Phone Bank will be shared after you’ve been trained.
You can sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/ncdems/event/392688/
3. SATURDAY, June 19 – JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS
Juneteenth is an annual holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas were told they were finally free. The day has been commemorated by African Americans since the late 1800s. READ MORE HERE AND JOIN IN THE ACTIVITIES TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT.
THEN JOIN US AT: JACKSON PARK, PAVILION #4, 2PM.
Contact Betty Lou at SaludaBlou@hotmail.com . Bring something to share or grill (there are two for those who want to grill); traditional things to bring & share: tea, ice, Ribs, BBQ, corn on the cob, beans’n’rice, cornbread, velvet cake, strawberry pie… You know, the GOOD stuff. Betty Lou & Doug are bringing locally grown greens in a big crock pot… and a sign saying “Doug and BettyLou” — Lots of electrical outlets. Setting up noonish (pavilion reserved all day).
4. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 6PM, HEADQUARTERS
A. OUR FIRST IN-PERSON CEC MEETING.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL CHAIRS AND VICE CHAIRS AND OTHER CEC MEMBERS TO BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND IN-PERSON, BUT CAN ATTEND VIA ZOOM. EMAIL CINDY AND SHE WILL SEND YOU THE LINK. (email@example.com)
B. UPDATED MISSION, BELIEFS, AND GOAL STATEMENTS – VOTE BY JUNE 23
THE EOC LOOKED OVER OUR CURRENT MISSION, VISION, AND CORE VALUE STATEMENTS. WE FEEL THEY NEED UPDATING TO BETTER FIT THE GOTV GOALS WE HAVE ESTABLISHED OVER THE LAST YEAR. BELOW ARE THE CURRENT STATEMENTS:
The mission of the Henderson County Democratic Party is to promote HOW and WHY Democratic policies and programs that best embrace the core values that are important to each and every individual. We strive to transcend the barriers of the past, overcome the challenges of the present, and meet the opportunities of the future.
The vision of the Henderson County Democratic Party is to build a community that promotes, supports, and defends the rights of ALL regardless of demographic status.
GO TO THE SURVEY BELOW TO READ THE UPDATED STATEMENTS AND VOTE. IF 51% VOTE “NO” TO THE UPDATED STATEMENTS, THEN WE WILL DISCUSS AND VOTE AGAIN AT THE AUGUST 2021 CEC MEETING.
5. ACTIONS FOR JUNE, 2021
BELOW ARE SAMPLE SCRIPTS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE THEM YOUR OWN. THESE SCRIPTS ARE DIRECTED TO TILLIS AND BURR.
A. CALL THOSE SENATORS!
Last Friday, Republican senators blocked a non-partisan investigation into the January 6th Capitol Riot.
They went into the long, holiday weekend assuming that on the other side of it you’d not be as angry and would not be fired up enough to speak up.
Prove them wrong, okay?
Senator Tillis voted to block commission to investigate Jan 6th Capitol Riot; Burr didn’t vote.
Script for Tillis / those who voted against: Hi, my name is ___ and I”m a constituent at ____. I’m calling because I’m disappointed that Senator ____ voted against a non-partisan investigation into January 6. I may not agree with the Senator on a lot of things, but I always thought we could agree on democracy. I’m sad to learn that’s not the case.
Script for Burr / those who missed: Hi, my name is ___ and I’m a constituent at ____. I’m calling because I’m disappointed that Senator ____ wasn’t even present for Friday’s vote on the January 6 commission. This is a historic moment in our country, and s/he couldn’t even bother to be there. When our country and our state needed a leader, s/he wasn’t there. I won’t forget that.
B. DOWN WITH THE FILIBUSTER!
Well, if Friday’s filibuster of the January 6 non-partisan commission didn’t prove that we need to eliminate the filibuster, I don’t know what can. When 35 Senators can stymie a non-partisan investigation into the January 6 insurrection, we’re in a dangerous place.
Not sure where your Senators stand on filibuster reform? Check this handy Whip Count: https://www.peopleswhipcount.org/?fbclid=IwAR2F2S_fK_lWq85zENuGJkBeuXyFgowqqTiZVkaPfZP7iBDcpOBvZSqd82Q#filibuster
Now, get out your phone and call your Senators!
Script: Hi, my name is ____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m to ask Senator ______ to publicly support abolishing the Senate filibuster. Friday’s vote was telling. There will be no progress in the current Senate. We must abolish the filibuster to break the gridlock that keeps us from enacting the important legislation needed to secure our democracy. Thank you!
If you have a Republican Senator, you’re not going to get very far here, obviously. My plan is to call and let them know that because of the Senator’s vote (or failure to vote) on Friday, I’ll now be supporting filibuster reform.
Script (GOP Senator): Hi, my name is ____ and I’m calling from ____. I’m calling to let the Senator know that because Republicans filibustered the January 6 non-partisan commission, I’ll be fully supporting filibuster reform and doing whatever I can to see it implemented. I’m shocked that a once-great party has been reduced to covering for insurrectionists. It was important for me to see that so clearly, and I’ll be taking action now. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND EFFORTS TO BUILD BACK BETTER IN OUR STATE AND NATION. YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Weekend Training Retreat: Building Blue in 22 – Educate, Mobilize, Organize.
Friday, June 11 @ 9am – 8pm EDT
We’re excited to invite you to our 1st annual Building Blue Training Weekend June 11th-13th. Together we’ll Educate, Organize, & Mobilize and celebrate the thousands of you who volunteer each and every day to help us turn out the vote and elect Democrats up and down the ticket!
*This is a 100% online multi-day retreat with classes and sessions for your selection. Followup details will be sent via email after signup.***
This multi-day virtual event will include:
-New chair orientation and lay of the land workshops
-Tailored training tracks for Chairs, 1st Vices, 2nd Vices, 3rd Vices, Secretaries, Treasurers, Parliamentarians, and Precinct leaders
-Lunch and Learn: Best Practices with party leaders from Murphy to Manteo
-An amazing variety of breakout sessions provided by the Eva Clayton Organizing Fellows and NCDP staff
-Diversity and Inclusion training
-Special opening keynotes and greetings from our executive director Meredith Cuomo, our NCDP Chair Dr. Bobbie Richardson, and Governor Roy Cooper
-Candidate speed dating, zetworking with party leaders, Sip N Paint, two nights at the movies,
And, of course we’ll be capping off our efforts with a conversation about how NCDP is moving forward with our Building Blue Training and Organizing program, and we’ll have a super duper extra special guest helping us honor the training and organizing RBG heroes in each Congressional District who are leading the way Rallying, Building and Growing the infrastructure we need to turn North Carolina blue.