Newsletter 1/30/2020

CCDemClub NEWSLETTER #153, 1/30/2020

NEW and UPDATED items are marked and highlighted in the Table of Contents, and in the details.

For UPDATED items, I’ll try to highlight the changed or new bits (like this!)
For information on joining the club, see “About the Club” at the end of the newsletter.

Any problems, or to submit items for the newsletter, email me at wils…@gmail.com.
– Mark


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Note from the President (UPDATED)

Action Steps You Can Take for the 2020 Presidential Election

ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS AND EVENTS!

Jamie Raskin mobile office: open once a month in Westminster!

New Moving Forward Podcast

EVENTS

February 1: NEXT Patriots Resist Rally

January 31: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #4

February 3: Special workshop – Taking Action: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor and Postcards

February 13: CCDCC Monthly Meeting

March 2:  Carroll County Democratic Club meeting (UPDATED)

March 12: CCDCC Monthly Meeting

SAVE THE DATE, April 6: April CC Democratic Club meeting (NEW)

April 7: “Harvest the Vote” Book Event in Frederick (NEW)

SAVE THE DATE, May 1: 2020 CCRE Bridging the Gap Conference

SAVE THE DATE, May 4: May CC Democratic Club meeting (NEW)

About the Club

About the Newsletter

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)


Note from the President (UPDATED)

The Club will sponsor a mini-workshop titled: Take Action: Writing Effective Letters

to the Editor & Postcards on Monday, February 3 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the

Large Meeting Room of the Public Library in Westminster. The workshop will train

participants to write effective letters to the editor, opinion pieces and letters to elected

officials and will be followed by a short presentation on postcard writing campaigns (to

get out the vote and to support candidates)

As a result of this workshop, we envision forming a group of writers who will take on

various issues and can serve as an ongoing voice of reason in the local newspaper.

Even if you never land up writing a letter to the editor, come to the workshop anyway.

We all run across people who parrot disinformation – it would be good to have an

effective way to address it. The workshop will also help you to clarify your own values,

provide a means to share ideas and a forum in which to support each other.

The workshop will be free to attendees. Our presenter will be Deborah Carter, retired

educator, former columnist, tutor, mentor, and chair of the Frederick County Democratic

Central Committee.

I will do group warm up values clarification exercises to start the LTE workshop.

Following the section on LTEs, I will also do a short presentation on writing postcards

and begin to organize postcard writing volunteers.

Regularly scheduled Club meetings will resume on Monday, March 2, 2020. The

meeting will take place at the Taneytown Branch of the Carroll County Public Library

from 6:30-8:30 PM.

We are planning on hosting a candidate forum with the 3 Democratic candidates

running in the primary for Congressional District 1 seat now occupied by Republican

Andy Harris. We are awaiting confirmation from all candidates.

Following the forum, the Club will hold its meeting and submit a slate of candidates for

the 2020-2021 Club year. We will also provide updates on some of the Club initiatives

including the postcard writing group.

Please stay engaged and get others engaged with the CC Democratic Club.

Remember, you don’t need to be a member to attend our meetings, activities, or to

volunteer (though we would love it if you do). Thank you for all you do to give

Democrats an important presence and vibrant voice in Carroll County.

Kate


Action Steps You Can Take for the 2020 Presidential Election

We highlighted these at the Club’s January 6, 2020 Meeting

1. Become an Election Judge

“An election judge plays a very important role in the electoral process by administering

voting procedures in an assigned precinct or early voting center and ensuring a fair and

accessible election for all eligible voters.”

Learn more at: https://elections.carrollcountymd.gov/Judges.aspx

2. Become a Voter Registration Volunteer

You can be trained to register voters at the CC Board of Elections. It is about a 20-

minute training. The Board of Elections is located at 300 South Center Street, Room

212 in Westminster, MD. Call for more information at: 410-386-2080.

3. Check out the League of Women Voters excellent website Vote411 (vote411.org)

“VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to

successfully participate in every election. Whether it’s local, state or federal, every

election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of

our communities.”

On the Vote411 website, you can: Register to vote, See What’s on Your Ballot, Check

Your Voter Registration, Find Your Polling Place, Discover Upcoming Debates In Your

Area, And Much More!

Learn more at https://www.vote411.org/

4. Get into the Google Group for the Carroll County Chapter of the League of

Women Voters

To learn about local LWV events, voter registration events, trainings, etc. contact Marty

Hankins at lwvmd-carr…@googlegroups.com . This will not make you a member

of LWV but will keep you informed.

5. Join the League of Women Voters

Join the Maryland Chapter and pick Carroll County Affiliate at https://www.lwvmd.org/

6. Join “Postcards to Voters”

Become part of a group of over 61,000+ volunteers in every state (including Alaska and

Hawaii) who have written close to 4 million postcards to voters in over 177 key, close

elections. Learn more at https://postcardstovoters.org/.

7. Check out the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s website at

https://ccdems.com/

“Central Committee members are the people elected to work directly in the trenches on

behalf of the Party and to organize an ongoing presence at the local level. They are the

people who do the organizing and actual tasks of helping get Democrats elected. They

are not managers or members of a board of directors, but worker bees themselves.

They help organize and when necessary do the: Fundraising, staff party booths /

events, precinct organizing and canvassing, distribute political literature, perform voter

registration, phone banking and all of those tasks needed to be successful in an

election.”

On the website, you can learn about the CCDCC meetings – all of which are open to the

public. You can also sign up to volunteer, and to donate to support the work of the

CCDCC. To get on the mailing list, contact the CCDCC at ccmdde…@gmail.com.

Also, like and follow the CCDCC’s Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/CCDemCC/

8. Get involved with the Carroll County Democratic Club

Get on our email list and you’ll be able to stay informed about all our activities, events,

and volunteer opportunities.

To contact the club, or to get on our mailing list, send email to

carrollc…@gmail.com, or send email directly to the club Treasurer, Mark

Wilson, at wils…@gmail.com.

To learn what we have been up to, check out our past newsletters at

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ccdemclub

Like our Club’s Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/CarrollCountyDemocraticClub/

Once you get to know us, we’d love to have you join the Club. We meet regularly and

we offer opportunities for activism. In addition, we do some good works in the

community through our Good Works Fund. Join for the camaraderie of fellow

Democrats and to be an activist for Democratic values.

Thanks for all you have done, are doing, and will do to secure a Democratic victory in

November 2020.


ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS AND EVENTS!

Did you know that you do not have to be a member of the CC Democratic Club to

attend our meetings and events?  Our activities are open to anyone who would like to

attend and participate. (Almost all our activities are free. Our picnic in July is free to paid

members.)

That being said, we would love to have you as a member! Membership costs $15 for an

individual and $25 for a couple per club year. You will get a very spiffy membership card

and the gratitude and camaraderie of fellow CC Democrats. Most importantly, your

membership dues help the Club extend its outreach in the community, so please

consider joining. You can join at any meeting, or by contacting Treasurer Mark Wilson, wils…@gmail.com.


Jamie Raskin mobile office: open once a month in Westminster!

NOTICE: Congressman Jamie Raskin’s staff has a mobile office in Westminster once per month, on the second Wednesday of every month from 10am to 12noon at the Westminster Library (50 East Main Street, Westminster, 21157). Congressman Raskin says “No appointment is necessary for mobile office hours but constituents are encouraged to contact my District Office at 301-354-1000 ahead of their visit to ensure they bring with them proper documentation that may expedite service requests. As always, you may request assistance at my permanent District Office (51 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850) Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”


New Moving Forward Podcast

Keep Up the Fight for Immigrants and Refugees – They Help Make the U.S. Strong

Kate Sanner, host of Moving Forward, interviews Liuda Galinaitis, who shares the

courageous story of her father’s family who were forced to flee their home in Lithuania

during WWII. She also shares her research on the current immigration crisis, the

contributions immigrants make to our nation, and the importance of keeping up the fight

for immigrants, refugees, and asylees who help keep us strong.

http://moving-forward.libsyn.com/keep-up-the-fight-for-immigrants-and-refugees-they-

help-make-the-us-strong


EVENTS

February 1: NEXT Patriots Resist Rally

From CarrollCAN:

This is a peaceful gathering to spread our beliefs in social justice, including human rights and the environment.

We focus on positive messaging through our signs, but also take on pressing issues that deserve direct responses.

We meet across from the Westminster Branch Library, from 1 to 2pm every Saturday. We have been demonstrating weekly for three years. We invite and welcome new faces to the event.

There are no organizers for this event. It is an organic gathering that lets our fellow Carroll Countians understand that there are people in Carroll with a conscience who are working for social justice locally, nationally, and globally.

Any questions please email In…@carrollcan.org.

Upcoming Patriots Resist Rallies: Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29; March 7 and 14.

NOTE: from now on, only the NEXT rally will be listed individually in detail.
Subsequent rallies will be listed by date only, as above.

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January 31: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #4

Friday, January 31st, we will be showing Honeyland:

A sumptuous and ethereal documentary about the last female beekeeper in Europe, who makes her living cultivating honey in the mountains of Macedonia using ancient beekeeping traditions. Tension arises when a rowdy nomadic family arrive and try their hand at beekeeping while disregarding her advice. An epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity.

As always, there are two screenings – a matinee at 1pm (captioned) and the evening showing at 7:30pm.  The film is proudly sponsored by Honey Harvest Farm.

Click here for more information and to order tickets on-line: http://carrollcountyartscouncil.org/eventdetail.asp?event_id=2196

And please don’t forget the rest of the documentaries this month AND the Foreign Film Festival coming in February!
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

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February 3: Special workshop – Taking Action: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor and Postcards

Monday, February 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: the Large Meeting Room of the Westminster Library

This will be a mini-workshop on writing Effective Letters to the Editor and opinion pieces

It will be followed by a short presentation on postcard writing campaigns to get out the vote and to support candidates.

The workshop is free to attendees.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Our workshop presenter will be Deborah Carter. Kate Sanner will lead the section on postcard campaigns.

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February 13: CCDCC Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at the Westminster Library (Large Meeting

Room).

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March 2:  Carroll County Democratic Club meeting (UPDATED)

Meeting will take place on Monday, March 2 at the Taneytown Branch of the Carroll County

Public Library from 6:30-8:30 PM. NOTE THE NEW LOCATION AND TIME!

We are planning on hosting a candidate forum with the 3 Democratic candidates running in the

primary for Congressional District 1 seat now occupied by Andy Harris. We are awaiting

confirmation from all candidates.

Following the forum, the Club will hold its meeting and submit a slate of candidates for the 2020-

2021 Club year. We will also provide updates on some Club initiatives including postcard writing

group.

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March 12: CCDCC Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at the Mount Airy Library (Large Meeting Room).

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SAVE THE DATE, April 6: April CC Democratic Club meeting (NEW)

Details to follow.

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April 7: “Harvest the Vote” Book Event in Frederick (NEW)

The Curious Iguana bookstore in Frederick, MD will host author Jane Kleeb who will

share her new book, Harvest the Vote: How Democrats Can Win Again in Rural

America. The event runs from 7pm to 8pm.  Harvest the Vote is an urgent and stirring road map showing how the

Democratic party can, and should, engage rural America.

This event is free but registration is preferred; click https://curiousiguana.com/event/jane-kleeb-harvest-the-vote/  to register. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Here is the Facebook link to get a free

ticket and reserve your place: https://www.facebook.com/events/199001544608651/

About the book:

The Democratic Party has lost an entire generation of rural voters. By

focusing the majority of their message and resources on urban and

coastal voters, Democrats have sacrificed entire regions of the country

where there is more common ground and shared values than what

appears on the surface.

In Harvest the Vote, Jane Kleeb, chair of Nebraska’s Democratic Party

and founder of Bold Nebraska, brings us a lively and sweeping argument

for why the Democrats shouldn’t turn away from rural America. As a party leader and

longtime activist, Kleeb speaks from experience. She’s been fighting the national party

for more resources and building a grassroots movement to flex the power of a voting

bloc that has long been ignored and forgotten.

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SAVE THE DATE, May 1: 2020 CCRE Bridging the Gap Conference

Title: My County, ‘Tis of Thee: Others in America.

May 1, 2020 – 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Details to Follow.

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SAVE THE DATE, May 4: May CC Democratic Club meeting (NEW)

Details to follow.

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About the Club

FACEBOOK Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CarrollCountyDemocraticClub/posts/?ref=page_internal

We work to promote Democratic ideals and candidates. We also present speakers on topics of interest to voters at our meetings. We’re based in Westminster.

Regular meetings resume March, April, May of next year.

The meeting minutes are posted in our Google Group folder:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByGlJGvA6lW3bGlfdUlJTTVpcGs

To pay CCDemClub annual dues, send a check made out to “”CCDemClub” to:

      Mark Wilson, Treasurer, 1699 King Richard Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

$15 for a single, $25 for a couple. You will receive a spiffy club membership card in the mail!

Back to our regularly-scheduled program….

About the Newsletter

We send out a weekly newsletter listing all the news and upcoming events for the next month or so, emphasizing the newly-added or updated events.

As always, you can also go to ccdems.com/events at any time to see the full calendar and details.

To ADD an EVENT: send the information, including (if possible) a URL, to Mark Wilson, wils…@gmail.com.

The newsletter was first published on February 25, 2017.

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)

Moving Forward Podcast: moving-forward.libsyn.com   With host Kate Sanner

To get on the  Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s mailing list, email Tom Scanlan at trsc…@gmail.com.

To give DIRECTLY to the local food bank, Carroll County Food Sunday, go to the CCFS donation page: http://ccfoodsunday.org/how-to-help/
This page is always available, and ensures your donation directly benefits folks here in Carroll County.



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