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Power of the Pen
at the Durham Farmer's Market!
Saturday, September 13
Shifts: 7:45-10 am &
10 am-12:15 pm
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Durham Democratic Women will have a tent and table at the Durham Farmer's Market from 8 am to noon. We will be recruiting letter-writers for our Power of the Pen Project. We will also have early voting information as well as our Turn NC Blue Cards and information about upcoming events.
This should be fun!
Beyond Durham - Harnett County
We are reaching out to winnable neighboring counties that could use our help. Harnett County has asked us to help them by encouraging our POP letter writers to request and write to people in their county.
Here's how you can participate:
Check back here for updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities from Harnett and Lee Counties to help Turn the NC Legislature Blue!
Power of the Pen, formerly called Durham Women Vote, our letter writing campaign to encourage new and infrequent voters to vote is now up and running. This year, we are enlisting men to write to men as well.
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There is plenty of info to assist you in writing your letters on
our Power of the Pen Page
Power of the Pen has proven over 3 election cycles to be an effective way to motivate people to vote. It is also a way for many people who otherwise would not be able to volunteer to participate. It’s simple. Sign-up with us. You will receive an email asking you to help us recruit other letter writers; then you will receive an email with a list of 20 specially selected voters embedded in the email and all the instructions you need. Handwrite letters to those voters. Some letter writers enjoy picking theme stationery and stamps. Others vary their letters according to what is current in the news.
Studies show that the single biggest reason that people do not vote is that they think that their vote doesn’t matter. Our purpose is to reach out to them through personal letters written by Democrats who are frequent voters.
For help, call 919-667-6499
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get busy to re-elect
Ongoing Phone Banking and Canvassing in Durham
is organized by region
Contact the Field Organizer in your area to volunteer:
East Durham: LaTwyla Mathias
(919) 903-3985, email@example.com
West Durham : Chris Ladka
South Durham: William Hopkins
(919) 928-3559, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Durham : Cymone Wisemon
(919) 590-7180, email@example.com
For general questions and info contact the Regional Field Director for Durham, Erin Morris, at
(919) 593-5718, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Durham field office
is located at 119 Orange Street (a pedestrian avenue off Parrish St., just west of Mangum), third floor.
Want to do something besides being mad?
Many have expressed a desire to do “something” about the NC General Assembly: not all counties are as lucky as Durham with a solid Democratic Delegation. DDW has developed a plan, which has been adopted by Democratic Women of NC. This plan provides a road map to retake the General Assembly by 2020. To do this all Democrats will have to be working together towards the common goal: this will take a lot of work.
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We've started a blog for Turn NC Blue! And we want to hear from YOU!
We know you've had some great experiences already--registering voters, coming to meetings, walking with those door hangers, and letter writing. We are collecting short pieces of a few paragraphs about recent experiences our members have had working with Durham Democratic Women, including letter writing in past years. This is your chance to tell people how important and empowering it is to become involved--especially now.
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THERE’S NO TIME TO WAIT!
Kay is not going to stand idly by while Washington obstructionists push North Carolina families to the wayside.
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Why Vote? Here's Why...
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This half sheet (front and back) handout quickly outlines all the important reasons we all need to vote--and Get Out The Vote--this fall. When someone asks you why they should vote for Democrats, you will be ready, and then so will they.
Good information for talking with potential women voters--
NC Justice Center Fact Sheet:
Wrong Choices for NC on Women:
Tar Heel women continue to deal with elevated levels of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty compared to men–despite having higher education levels. Rather than enacting policies that increase women’s economic security, state lawmakers have pursued policies that fall particularly hard on low-income women and their families... Read and print PDF here
Fjeld brings no-nonsense approach to 6th District race
August 24, 2014 By Susan Ladd News & Record
...She plans to attack the gridlock in Washington the way she approaches any challenge — one person at a time. “I really don’t believe there are 434 people who I couldn’t work with on some level,” Fjeld said, referring to the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s urgent to get to this work. I would start by building relationships with people, some of whom may never see eye-to-eye.”
Her primary focus is threefold: bringing jobs to the district, repairing the economy and strengthening education. “I think people want their representative to really think about what they’re doing instead of just having a knee-jerk reaction into some partisan position,” Fjeld said. “As I talk to voters, I see a lot of good stuff going on, and I want to find ways to bring more good stuff to the table.” read article
Matt Victoriano, owner of Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits hosted our
Durham Women Kay Hagan event. Now he needs our help.
Click to donate to his IndieGoGo Campaign (ending Sept 5)
Listen to Here and Now story: Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open
Wisdom from the Kay Hagan Women’s Summit – Let’s Get Women Out To Vote!
by Sondra Stein 8/29/2014
Durham Democratic Women
So much depends on whether we can get women out to vote in high enough numbers to shift the balance in support of the issues we care about as women: education, jobs that pay a wage that enables us to support our families, access to affordable and high quality health care – including birth control and other reproductive health care -- in every community, a decent future for our kids and grandkids, with clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Not much to ask for, really.
But right now the politicians in power at both the state level and in Congress just won’t stand up for these issues. Instead, they are dismantling services. Defunding public education. Bankrupting public resources by cutting taxes for the rich and limiting how much cities and towns can collect. Limiting our right to vote. Making it harder for all of us to thrive in North Carolina. They just have the wrong priorities. And we have to change that. continue reading
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Supreme Court: Justice Robin Hudson, Justice Cheri Beasley, Judge Sam J. Ervin
Court of Appeals: Judge Mark Davis, Judge Lucy Inman
N.C. Voters will see State Constitutional Amendment on Nov. 2014 Ballot
July 02, 2013 — Paige Worsham
NC Center for Public Policy Research
On July 2, 2013, the North Carolina Senate voted to concur with the House on Senate Bill 399, which will place a proposed state constitutional amendment on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot. The amendment, if approved by voters in the statewide election, would allow a criminal defendant, when the prosecutor is not seeking the death penalty, to waive the right to a jury trial with the trial judge's consent and instead be tried by a judge.
A criminal defendant may waive this right to a jury trial under federal law with consent, and several other states allow this as well. The bill unanimously passed the Senate in May and by a vote of 104-1 in the House last month. To pass bills proposing constitutional amendments, the N.C Constitution requires a three-fifths vote by all members in each chamber. The measure will be placed on the ballot next year. Bills proposing constitutional amendments and no other provisions do not go to the Governor for signature. read article
Also see WRAL: Voters will decide whether felony criminal defendants can waive jury trials
Let’s work to try to stave off that irreparable harm
by Sondra Stein
Durham Democratic Women
The decision by Judge Thomas Schroeder not to issue a preliminary injunction against the Republicans’ voter suppression law is slowly sinking in. While voting law changes not nearly as regressive as ours have been found to be unconstitutional in other states – and may ultimately be found to be unconstitutional here, too – the Judge was not prepared to find that the law would cause ‘irreparable harm.’
What is irreparable harm, in this case? I think it is pretty clear: depriving North Carolina citizens of our right to vote. If the provisions of the law make it difficult for any group of our citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote then it clearly, prima facie, causes irreparable harm. read full column
Coal ash could become campaign hazard
Aug 14, 2014 WRAL By Mark Binker
North Carolina's 33 coal ash ponds could pose a political hazard this fall as the General Assembly adjourns for the time being without finishing work on legislation to address the environmental hazard posed by the unlined pits filled with toxin-laced material. After a Feb. 2 spill from a shuttered Duke Energy plant dumped roughly 40,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate vowed to craft legislation that would lead to the cleanup of the ponds that sit along waterways at 14 plants across the state. Progress on that legislation hit a snag earlier this month after legislative leaders couldn't resolve their differences over two different versions of the bill.
Lawmakers say they will return after the November election to take up both coal ash legislation and a Medicaid reform package. In the meantime, not only will state House and Senate members face voters without tackling what was supposedly a top priority for the summer session, but House Speaker Thom Tillis will campaign against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan with a significant item remaining on his chamber's to-do list. read article
This is what America would look like without gerrymandering
May 8, 2014 Vox
What would a world without gerrymandering look like? Check out the map above, in which each colored district has a roughly equal population, for a glimpse.
The map was created by the Center for Range Voting... Basically, they used the shortest possible line to cut a state into two halves with roughly equal populations. Then they did so again, and again, and again, until they had the proper number of overall districts. Check out the difference between today's ludicrously gerrymandered North Carolina House map — featuring twisting, snakelike districts that stretch across the state — and the Center's version
See more here
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Also see NAACP/Moral Mondays Page
Remember In November!
MCCrory threatens fight over coal ash commission
August 23, 2014 WRAL
Gov. Pat McCrory says he's likely to sign the coal ash cleanup bill lawmakers sent him on the last day of session, but he also suggested his administration could take state lawmakers to court over it. McCrory made the comments in an interview with Tom Campbell on NC Spin this week... "I'm going to have to fight them from a constitutional standpoint, including even the coal ash commission," he told Campbell. "I think this concept of creating commissions that are appointed by the legislature – or a majority by the legislature – is unconstitutional, regardless of the subject. Because that means the legislature is doing the operations of state government, which is not their responsibility. I think there's a constitutional issue there. If those commissions start doing a bad job," he added, "there's no one in control." read article
Ruling halting school voucher payments appealed
By Laura Leslie and Matthew Burns
Aug 22, 2014 WRAL
...Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled Thursday that the Opportunity Scholarship program is an unconstitutional shift of state money away from public schools, and he ordered an immediate stop to disbursing any money for the vouchers. About 5,500 students applied for the annual grants of up to $4,200 per child, and the first $730,000 in tuition money for more than 360 students was about to be distributed to schools when Hobgood halted the transactions. read article
Lawmakers leave jobs bill, Medicaid reform behind
By Mark Binker Aug 20, 2014 WRAL
Lawmakers will end their session without providing a new job recruitment fund Gov. Pat McCrory had sought. The General Assembly adjourned sine die – Latin for "without day" – when the Senate ended its session at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday evening. Lawmakers will not return to work this year unless McCrory vetoes a bill or calls lawmakers back for a special session. The jobs catalyst fund sought by McCrory was part of House Bill 1224, a bill that was part of a complex trio of bills that would have changed economic development laws, sales taxes and funding for teaching assistants. Members of the state House defeated that bill this week... Aside from the economic development related measures, the biggest high-priority item left behind by lawmakers was a Medicaid reform bill... It now appears any Medicaid reform effort will have to wait until 2015. read article
Final budget puts North Carolina on fiscally irresponsible path as state falls further behind
Cedric Johnson August 7, 2014 NC Policy Watch
Governor McCrory signed a final budget into law for the current 2015 fiscal year... The $21.1 billion budget includes new spending initiatives – largely pay raises for teachers and state employees – but fails to include additional revenue to sustain this spending in the long-term. Contrary to fueling North Carolina’s economic comeback, as Governor McCrory claims, the final budget continues to fund core public services at diminished levels, well below pre-recession levels, and compromises the ability of the state to get ahead and prepare for the future. Moreover, it puts North Carolina on a fiscally irresponsible path that will continue to create budget challenges in the years ahead, largely as a result of the tax plan that was little debated and discussed in the final budget. read article
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McCrory scrambling to change the budget he was proud to sign
8/12/2014 by Chris Fitzsimon NC Policy Watch
The more days that pass since Governor Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina. And McCrory is adding to the confusion with his private actions not matching his public words.
He said last week it was a budget he was proud to sign, citing the raises it provided for teachers and the fact that it fully funded teacher assistant positions at schools across the state. But not only are the widely varying raises confusing for teachers and school administrators, officials with several school systems have since pointed out that the budget actually reduces funding for teacher assistants and for larger systems the reduction is several million dollars.
That’s not a surprise. read article
The GOP self-destruction is complete: millennials officially hate conservatives
The backlash machine has finally backfired with a generation that cringes at old people yelling at gay clouds
Ana Marie Cox Monday 14 July 2014 The Guardian
Conservatives are stuck in a perpetual outrage loop. The reappearance of Todd Akin, the horror-movie villain immortality of Sarah Palin, the unseemly celebration of the Hobby Lobby decision – these all speak to a chorus of "la-la-la-can't-hear-you" loud enough to drown out the voice of an entire generation. Late last week, the Reason Foundation released the results of a poll about that generation, the millennials; its signature finding was the confirmation of a mass abandonment of social conservatism and the GOP. This comes at a time when the conservative movement is increasingly synonymous with mean-spirited, prank-like and combative activism and self-important grand gestures. The millennial generation has repeatedly defined itself as the most socially tolerant of the modern era, but one thing it really can't stand is drama.
...But liberals can't be complacent about their demographic advantage... Right now, Democrats benefit from both the form and content of conservative message: this next generation is not just inclusive, but conflict-adverse. Millennials cringe at the old-man-yelling-at-gay-clouds spectacle of the Tea Party... If this generation does have a political philosophy, it's this: "First, do no harm." If it has a guiding moral principle, it's simpler: "Don't be embarrassing." read article
Got to our Elections 2014 Page
by Kayoua Lee
From the NC Democratic Party
Need clarity on what fracking will mean to you and your community? Need talking points? This 10-part series will help, covering a range of topics "from the effects of hydraulic fracturing to our economic concerns, to the parties at the forefront fighting for and against" North Carolina's Senate Bill 786 (Energy Modernization Act).
Part 1, Fracking 101, appeared July 25
Look for this, and a new post every Friday here
Go to our Environment Page
“Fracking” Map in NC
Where Could Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”) Occur in North Carolina?
The map above shows the potential affected areas and include Sanford, Lee, and Chatham counties in North Carolina. read more
What Is a ‘Women’s Issue’? Women of Color Challenge the Prevailing Narrative
by Emma Akpan August 5, 2014
Reality Check (See MM in this article at StoryOfAmerica / YouTube)
Last summer, in response to an onslaught of attacks on abortion and contraceptive access by the North Carolina General Assembly, activists behind the Moral Mondays demonstrations
decided to dedicate an upcoming protest to women’s issues... it fell two days after the George Zimmerman verdict. A man who had killed a 17-year-old Black child would walk free and the country was in mourning. So women also spoke out against gun violence, racial profiling, and held moments of silence for Trayvon Martin…
After this Moral Monday, something happened that shows how much work we still need to do in the women’s movement around race. An email …went out expressing concern about the direction the event took. It complained that the focus seemed to be on Trayvon Martin and racial profiling. “This was about women’s issues,” the writer said. To me, this felt like a slap in the face. What are “women’s issues,” exactly? All too often, when women of color are concerned about things outside of what appears to be the predominant white woman’s agenda, those things aren’t considered “women’s issues.” We cannot tell women of color what issues are important to them. Implying that the grief of losing Trayvon Martin is not a women’s issue erases the experience of Black mothers across the United States. Facing stark realities, Black mothers have to raise their sons with mistrust of the police and constantly remind them how to avoid violence and arrest.
Lived experiences define the activism of women of color...White women must learn about and respect the diversity of [their] lived experiences... In my experience, many white women in North Carolina put blinders on when it comes to the work women of color are already doing, perhaps because we aren’t doing it with them. When women of color are not joining with predominantly or historically white organizations, ...are gathering on issues other than contraceptives or abortion, then white women often try to reach out to us and fold us into their movement...
Luckily leaders in the women’s movement in North Carolina have begun to recognize the deep and racist problems...Yes, contraceptive coverage and abortion is important for reproductive justice, but couple those restrictions with dangerous gun laws, poor reporting of domestic violence, and racism, and a woman of color faces far more barriers in life than choosing when and how she raises a child. In fact, these barriers directly influence our reproductive decisions. They cannot be separated. It is important for white-led movements to avoid simple “outreach” to women of color and instead collaborate with us, and learn about the work we are already doing. In order to build a strong, inclusive women’s movement that will empower all women in North Carolina, all women have to be included in both the planning and executing of all actions. We cannot call ourselves inclusive if we leave important voices out. read article
Go to our Women's Rights Page
Click above to see Republican Mayor Adam O'Neal, accompanied by historian and civil rights activist Bob Zellner, on his walk in the video:
The Walking Mayor's Powerful Speech for Rural Healthcare
- Woodbridge, VA 7/26/14
Zellner is the author of The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement. The son and grandson of Klansmen, he became the first white southerner to serve as a field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Zellner was insulted, violently attacked, beaten unconscious and arrested many times.
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NORTH CAROLINA VOTER GUIDELINES--Good website to quickly check all the dates and facts about voting now in NC
Democratic Women of North Carolina
54th Annual Convention
September 19-21, 2014
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
Constitution Day Rally for ERA in Washington
Capitol Hill Lawn
DDW's Marena Groll will be speaking
Learn all about the event here
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP FORUM
NATIONAL ISSUES CONFERENCE
Thursday, Sept.18 - Friday, Sept. 19
Marriott Marquis Hotel
Remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Keynote remarks by President Barack Obama,
A Welcome Reception with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden
Get your ticket before it’s too late!
People's Climate March - Sept. 21st
Sat, Sept 20 - Mon, Sept 22
More Info and bus tickets here
On September 21st, world leaders are coming to NYC for a UN summit on the International day of Peace on the climate crisis.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history.
Welcome to our new President Cathy Moore!
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New Rules For Voting 2014 Wallet Card
Monster Law: More Money, Less Voting
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Guide for Getting an ID to Vote
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Democratic Women and a Senator at
the Watts-Hillandale 4th of July Parade!
Great visit on June 26th from Senator Kay Hagan at Intrepid Life Cafe in Durham. The Senator spoke to Durham women about issues of concern to us, and the importance of getting out the vote in November!
See Photo Gallery
Thanks to Sondra Stein and Hagan staff for organizing the event, and special thanks to Matt and Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits for having us.
See Photo Gallery
Engaging meeting on June 1
Going for the Win in November!
Thank you so much to our special guest speaker Elaine Marshall.
She gave a fantastic talk about the realities and possibilities going into this election season. Steve Gheen gave us the hard facts and focus to encourage our work now. Cathy Moore outlined the very effective Power of the Pen letter-writing campaign, launching July 1, the Ask Me campaign, and other actions. Many members offered valuable input from the floor.
Thanks to all who came out--
together, we do make a difference!
See full gallery of DDW pics here!
Links - Groups
Democracy North Carolina
NC Policy Watch
Protect Our Vote NC
Lillian's List of NC
NARAL Pro-Choice NC
Planned Parenthood NC
Roe Is Here For Good
Orange Co. Democratic Women
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Food & Water Watch
News and Blogs
Assembly Issue Tracker
N&O Under The Dome
Nation of Change
THIS AND THAT
Don't Buy Koch--
Here is a list of Koch products.
McCrory gives protesters cookies
N&O July 30, 2013
Video Selects from North Carolina
About the Project… Story of America is a web series and feature documentary that explores the polarization that exists in America today along political, economic and cultural lines.
Makers: Women who Make America
The story of the women's movement told through the eyes of the women who were there. A must-see!
Watch it online at makers.com
Robert Reich Explains America's Koch Problem
By Nick Berning. June 26 2014
The Koch brothers are using their tremendous wealth in an anti-democratic bid to impose their views on the rest of us. Robert Reich explains: watch video
Video: Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour
Robert Reich Uploaded on Apr 4, 2014
Robert Reich shows why at $15 minimum wage would help lift millions of people out of poverty and help grow the economy. Call your Senator today at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to support raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. watch video
Go to our Economy Page
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