Newsletter 6/10/2021

CCDemClub NEWSLETTER #223, 6/10/2021
NOTE: Thanks to Kate, we have a NEW section, “RESOURCES”.
It is broken into two sections: “Grassroots Activist Groups” and “Nationwide Activist Groups”.
Note from the President (NEW)
Upcoming Club Meetings
Carol Coley Appointed to the Board of Elections (NEW)
Minutes from the June 7 Zoom Meeting (NEW)
– June 19, 2021: HSCC Wolfstock
– Sunday July 25, 2021: Picnic
About the Club (UPDATED)
About the Newsletter
Standard Links
Note from the President (NEW)
Dear friends,
Thank you to all of you who attended our Club meeting which took place this past Monday and many thanks and kudos to our speaker Cindy Sheffield of Allies for Democracy (formerly Allies for PA).
As a corollary to Ms. Sheffield’s great presentation, I am including a section in the newsletter (“RESOURCES”) on grassroots groups who offer activities that will help us stay active and engaged to protect voting rights and to ensure wins in the 2022 House, Senate and Gubernatorial elections.
We are very proud of our Club Director Carol Coley for being appointed by the Governor to the Carroll County Election Board. Congratulations Carol! We know you will serve the voters of Carroll County well.
Remember: our in-person CC Democratic Club Picnic will take place on Sunday July 25, 2021at Landon Burns Park at 700 Gist Road in Westminster from 1pm – 4pm. Learn more about it in the Events section of the newsletter. We are looking forward to it and hope to see you there!
Kate Sanner
President of the CC Democratic Club
Upcoming Club Meetings
* Sunday July 25 Picnic: 1-4pm; in person, as conditions allow.
    See details below. NEW LOCATION!
Carol Coley Appointed to the Board of Elections (NEW)
Carol Coley, a member of our CCDemClub board, has been appointed by the governor to the Carroll County Board of Elections.
Here she is with her official certificate. On the left is Circuit Court Clerk Heather DeWees; on the right is Carol’s friend Sam Martin.
Minutes from the June 7 Zoom Meeting (NEW)
The meeting was opened by the president, Kate Sanner. After introducing the officers, Kate turned over the meeting to the guest speaker, Cindy Sheffield of Allies for Democracy. Ms. Sheffield explained the history of that organization and its current goals.
Following the presentation, there was a general meeting.
The Treasurer’s Report was read (it’s also been posted to the club’s Google Group).
Announcements, updates, reminders were followed by input from the various attendees.
Kate wrapped up with a call for the club and its members to do outreach to other groups in the area.
The next meeting is not an actual meeting, it’s the club picnic July 25.
The meeting then adjourned.
June 13: Picnic for the People (NEW)
You are invited to join our friends at Allies for Democracy (formerly Allies for PA) at their PICNIC FOR THE PEOPLE
This Sunday June 13, 2-5 pm
Meadowood Park
10650 Falls Rd,
Lutherville-Timonium 21093
There will be CELEBRATION of all their collective accomplishments in 2020 and INSPIRATION, with all the latest on their new campaign.
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June 19, 2021: HSCC Wolfstock
The Humane Society of Carroll County has announced that the 5th annual Wolfstock will be at the Ag Center in Westminster on June 19th.  Mark your calendar.  This is a fun fundraiser that includes over 60 vendors, Jack Russell racing, animal demos, goat yoga, pet contests, live music, food, craft brews.
A variety of business sponsorships are available.
Your support will assist with pet adoptions, education, spay/neuter, medical treatments for animals in the care of the HSCC.
Appropriate covid precautions will apply.  Call 410-848-4810 for more information.
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Sunday July 25, 2021: Picnic (NEW LOCATION)
After years out in Union Bridge, we are MOVING the picnic to a more central location: Landon Burns Park, July 25, 1pm – 4pm.
The park is located adjacent to the Ag Center and Farm Museum at 700 Gist Road in Westminster.
The club will provide “communal” food (hamburgers and hot dogs, water, some sodas), but guests are encourage to bring their own personal items as well. (In years past, there was a lot of sharing, but this year we’ll skip that except for the club-provided items.
You do NOT need to sign up in advance – just come and enjoy!
The picnic is free to members; non-members $10. As always, Mark will be accepting club dues for anyone who wants to join up at the picnic.
We hope to have various candidates and officials come to speak – details as they become available.
Grassroots Activist Groups ==================================================
These are groups that I have participated with and/or followed by being on their mailing lists for the last few years – some since the 2016 election. I get a great deal of inspiration and motivation from these groups. Though they are not local to Carroll County, please do check them out and see what they have to offer, get involved if you can, or let them be an inspiration for your activism.
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Allies for Democracy
(aka Allies for PA aka Democracy Dialers)
Grassroots activists in Maryland allied to help flip PA blue in 2020 – now on to activism nationwide.
Questions or comments? Reach them at or ask to join their google group, Allies for Democracy
They also have a private Facebook Group that you can request to join. Look for Allies for PA 2020 in Facebook Groups and ask to join.
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Be the Change Bmore
“Be the Change Bmore is a community of people who come together to learn about our city, state and nation — and take action to support progressive causes and candidates.
Be the Change Bmore can help connect you with others who share your passion for social change.” –
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DoTheMostGood — Montgomery County, Maryland
“DoTheMostGood (DTMG) is an activist organization in Montgomery County, Maryland with over 2000 members. We are committed to inclusive, progressive values, and from that foundation we unite like-minded people in action and civic engagement to protect and defend these values in our community and our nation. We offer members, partners and the wider community many vehicles for engaging civically and politically in the issues that resonate with them. We work to foster collaboration and build coalitions with other groups that share our goals.”
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J Walkers Action Group
J Walkers Action Group is a volunteer organization with a mission to elect Democrats through voter contact.  We work to build communities of dedicated volunteers, trained leaders and effective partnerships.
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Nationwide Activist Groups ==================================================
Right now, we are facing the interlocking catastrophes of a rigged democracy, global pandemic, unimaginable and growing wealth inequality, racial injustice, and the escalating impacts of the climate crisis. We’re fighting back. People like you are leading local Indivisible groups in every single state. Be part of history—join the Indivisible movement.
Local groups build and wield power in ways that individuals can’t. To create change, you need the power that comes with working together.”
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Common Cause
“Common Cause wins concrete, pro-democracy reforms that break down barriers to participation, ensure each of us has an equal voice and vote, and rebuild trust in our government.
By empowering people like you to make change, we have an impact in every congressional district and state legislature.”
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Focus 2020
“Focus 2020 fills critical gaps to safeguard our democracy, expand the electorate, and ensure fair elections.
When democracy is on the line, we fund and staff vital grassroots, voting and civic organizations to boost their capacity and deliver results.
Our unconventional approach identifies under-resourced efforts, then puts skilled volunteers to work on high-impact projects. This unique model allows Focus 2020 to execute with a laser focus on what matters most.”
About the Club (UPDATED)
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. Our email address is
Officers and meeting information:
The newsletter will always have the LATEST information on upcoming meetings.
The meeting minutes are posted in our Google Group folder:
We are now in a new club year, 2021-22 (club years run May-May).
We have 11 paid members, in 9 memberships, with 4 NEW/FIRST-TIME MEMBERS!
(We even have one paid member for NEXT year, 2022-23.)
To join by check OR PayPal:
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.
As always, you can also go to at any time to see the full calendar and details.
The newsletter was first published on February 25, 2017. The CCDemClub newsletter archives can be found at
Archived links are at
– Mark
Standard Links
Jamie Raskin:  Contact his district staff at 301-354-1000 if you need any assistance.
Moving Forward Podcast: , with host Kate Sanner.
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This page is always available, and ensures your donation directly benefits folks here in Carroll County.
From the Carroll County Democratic Club