Newsletter 11/25/2021

CCDemClub NEWSLETTER #246, 11/25/2021

(Okay, this is actually going out late 11/24, but tomorrow is THANKSGIVING, so I figured I’d get it out early – Mark)


Note from the President (NEW)
Upcoming Club Meetings
* None set, stay tuned. Probably in February via Zoom.
* Thursday, December 2nd, 5:30pm: Maryland Climate Matters Panel (NEW)
* Saturday, December 4, 10am – 2pm: Holiday Event (“Holiday Shop Local”) (UPDATED – a new business!)
* Sunday, December 12: Ashwani Jain Meet-and-Greet
* Friday, January 7, 7:30pm: Jimmy Carter documentary at the Carroll Arts Center (NEW)
About the Club (UPDATED)
About the Newsletter
Standard Links

Note from the President (NEW)

Dear friends,

Excitement is growing for the CC Democrats’ Holiday Shop Local Event on Saturday, December 4th! Please remember that the deadline for signing up for the CC Democrats’ Holiday Shop Local event is Friday, November 26, 2021 (until 10 PM).
This event offers us the opportunity to gather safely this holiday season and to show CC Democrats’ support for our great Main St. businesses.

We will kick off our event with a gathering in King Park (Chase Street in Westminster) at 10 AM where we will enjoy coffee, tea and hot chocolate, socialize, and hear a few words from CCDC and CCDCC leadership, Mike McMullin, the president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, and members of the Westminster City Council. Then, we will head down to Main Street around 10:30 AM and shop at businesses we have selected for the event.

Each participant will receive a card with a list of the participating businesses. (See the list of businesses later on in the newsletter.) When you make a purchase at any of these businesses, have the salesperson initial the card. Each of the businesses has been contacted and they have agreed to sign off on the cards. (NOTE: If you choose to shop at any other business not on the list…THAT’S GREAT! Just add it in yourself to the shopping card.) Bring your shopping card with you when you return to King Park at 12:30.

At that time, we will gather for a lunch catered by Rare Opportunity Bakehouse. The Bakehouse is offering 3 delicious lunch choices (with one vegetarian choice) which you will find described on the sign-up page and where you can place your order. The cost of the lunch is $18.00. The sign-up page also gives you two options to pre-pay: via PayPal or by check.

You will turn in your signed card for a drawing to win a gift card from one or more of our great Main Street businesses. The drawing, sponsored by the CC Dem Club, will take place while we are eating lunch.

Please note: If after you return from shopping you just want to turn in your card, pick up your lunch, and head home, that is OK too. We will provide a space on the back of your shopping card to write your name and phone number and I will personally call you if you have won one of the gift cards.

The event will end at 2 PM.

To reserve your spot at the event, choose your lunch and learn how to pre-pay for it, please click on this link:

I look forward to seeing you on December 4th!

Kate Sanner, President of the CC Democratic Club


Upcoming Club Meetings

* None set, stay tuned. Probably in February via Zoom.



* Thursday, December 2nd, 5:30pm: Maryland Climate Matters Panel (NEW)

The Maryland Democratic Party Environment & Climate Crisis Committee (MDP ECCC) invites you to attend a panel discussion on Climate Change & the State House, on Thursday, December 2nd at 5:30pm. We’re thrilled to be hosting our sixth Maryland Climate Matters panel, this time with Del. Kumar Barve – District 17 (Montgomery County), Sen. Sarah Elfreth – District 30 (Anne Arundel County), and many others.

* Saturday December 4, 10am-2pm: Holiday Event (“Holiday Shop Local”) (UPDATED – a new business!)

Meet at King Park at 10, then Shop Local on Main Street. Afterward, enjoy a catered lunch in King Park. 10am – 2pm.
See details in the Note from the President. above.
Participating businesses:

Ain’t That a Frame|Gallery 99
99 West Main St., Westminster, MD
From original artwork by recognized artists to artistic work by local artists.

American Ice Company Café
62 West Main St., Westminster, MD
We source our food from local farmers in Carroll County and surrounding areas.

Carroll County Arts Council
91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD
The Carroll County Arts Council is located in the magnificently renovated Carroll Arts Center.

Change Space (NEW)
19 Liberty Street / Suite 3, Westminster, MD
“Your space to breathe, to be, to connect, to change.”


Westminster Exchange Bldg.,15 East Main Street, Suite 103, Westminster, MD
CULTIVATED is a boutique in the heart of downtown Westminster carrying DECOR, APPAREL, and GIFTS.


Jeannie Bird Baking Company
42 W. Main St., Westminster, MD
Delicious sweets and savories “baked-from-scratch”. Specially-selected wines.

Johanssons Dining House
4 W Main St., Westminster, MD
Johanssons Restaurant and Tavern in Westminster MD features fine dining, casual fare, cocktails, and beer on tap.

Race Pace Bicycles
1 Railroad Ave., Westminster, MD
Serving Baltimore cyclists since 1978.

RockSalt Grille
65 W. Main St., Westminster, MD
Consistently been voted Carroll’s BEST Seafood Restaurant!

Rudolph Girls Bookstore
Westminster Exchange Bldg., 15 East Main St, Suite 112, Westminster, MD
We are an independent bookstore in downtown Westminster, MD, owned by two sisters who are both former teachers.

Run Moore
28 W Main St., Westminster, MD
Carroll County’s premier running store, we supply a wide variety of products designed to fit every customer.

* Sunday, December 12: Ashwani Jain Meet-and-Greet

Gubernatorial candidate Ashwani Jain will hold mobile office hours in Carroll County the 12th of every month. This is a good chance to meet the candidate and share your input with him.
– At Millard Cooper Park (Sykesville), off Cooper Drive, 10-11 a.m.
– At Cape Horn Park (Hampstead), off Cape Horn Road, 3-4 p.m.

* Friday, January 7, 7:30pm: Jimmy Carter documentary at the Carroll Arts Center (NEW)

After the Holidays, the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee (CCDC) will sponsor a documentary film at the Carroll Arts Center on Friday, January 7th at 7:30 pm (matinee at 1pm), Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President. Get your tickets now for this fun event:



End Medical Debt Maryland

End Medical Debt Maryland is a statewide coalition of labor unions, civil rights groups, political organizations, and other groups working together with community members to pass comprehensive medical billing reform, educate Marylanders on their rights as patients, and eliminate barriers to healthcare.

Earlier this year, EMDMaryland passed the Medical Debt Protection Act in the Maryland General Assembly. This legislation granted Maryland patients new protections against some of the most harmful hospital debt collection practices, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure all patients are treated with the care and dignity they deserve.

Americans are facing a medical debt crisis — right now, medical bills are the largest source of debt in collections and the leading cause of bankruptcy in the country. Meanwhile, Maryland’s “nonprofit” hospitals continue to sue their own patients over unpaid medical bills, regularly for low-sum debts of under $250. For Marylanders already struggling to make ends meet, these lawsuits are financially and emotionally devastating.

For this reason, EMDMaryland is currently focused on community outreach work. We’re hosting medical debt clinics, canvasses, and educational town halls across the state to share resources and talk with Marylanders about their rights as patients and the best course of action to take if (or when) medical debt starts to pile up.

We’d be thrilled to have you join us! You can sign on to express your support for EMDMaryland’s work and receive occasional email updates from the coalition at Join the End Medical Debt Coalition (Individual) – Action Network (

Interested in getting involved with EMDMaryland or participating in community outreach efforts? Please reach out to Tori Nefflen at

Swing Left

Launched in January of 2017, “Swing Left is building a lasting culture of grassroots participation in winning elections for the Left by making it as easy as possible for anyone to have maximum impact on the elections that determine the balance of power in our country.

When you sign up with Swing Left, you’ll receive updates about ways to take impactful
– Join a Swing Left Group
– Join the Immediate Impact Team to take action when it matters most
– Write letters to voters with Vote Forward
– Donate to candidates in the closest races
– Invest in democracy with Blueprint”

Find them online at

Vote Forward

“Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to encourage their fellow citizens in underrepresented communities to vote. We build tools to facilitate communications between Americans to help strengthen our democracy.

The project began as an experiment conducted by Scott Forman in Alabama in 2017. Encouraged by the success of that test, Scott and a small group of friends and fellow Opower alumni built the first version of this platform to empower volunteers to take easy and effective action.”

Find them online at:

Allies for Democracy

“ALLIES FOR DEMOCRACY, previously known as Allies for PA 2020 and sponsor of the Democracy Dialers campaign (, is a grassroots group based in Baltimore County, Maryland, working to build the blue wave since 2018. Questions or comments? Reach us at alliesfordemocracy or ask to join our Google group, Allies for Democracy.”

Find them online at:
We were fortunate to have Cindy Sheffield of Allies for Democracy speak to our Club a few months ago.

Postcards to Voters (PTV)

If you would like to get involved in getting Democrats elected but can’t see yourself doing phone-baking or door-to-door canvassing, then postcard writing may be for you. Writing postcards to voters is one of the best ways to reach out to voters around the country about their local elections or to sign up for vote by mail. There are elections going on right now (with many more to come next year) and you can be part of getting Democrats elected by writing friendly, handwritten postcards. As a volunteer postcard writer, you will provide the postcards, stamps, and time, PTV will provide what to write, thorough instructions, and addresses of voters.
To learn more about becoming an authorized writer, go to

Grassroots Activist Groups and Nationwide Activist Groups
This information has been moved to


About the Club (UPDATED)

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We are now in the 2021-2022 club year (club years run May-May).
We now have 62 paid members, in 43 memberships,
with 18 NEW/FIRST-TIME MEMBERS, including family memberships!
Our newest member is Alison King – welcome aboard!
(We even have FOUR paid members for NEXT year, 2022-23.)

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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. NEW and UPDATED items are marked and highlighted. 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 For new items, include a URL if possible.

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– Mark


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Jamie Raskin: Contact his district staff at 301-354-1000 if you need any assistance.

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From the Carroll County Democratic Club