The word is that even though none of the provisions of the new state voting law actually go into effect until 2014 the law is already having the intended effect: suppressing voter turnout. Lots of people – both young and old – believe that since they don’t have state approved Voter IDs (not required until 2016) they can’t vote in local elections this fall.
Getting out the word on what the changes are, what we can do about them and – most important – why it is critical that we all come out to vote for candidates who support a progressive agenda – is a huge and critical job that we have to begin right now. And there are lots of opportunities to get started this week.
Sunday, Sept 15. 1:30 – 4:00 PM. Get-Out-the Vote with PA PAC.
Meet at 1821 Green St at 1:30 PM.
PA PAC is organizing voter canvasses to Get-Out-The-Vote to elect the candidates they have endorsed for Mayor and City Council: Mayor Bill Bell, Cora Cole McFadden, Eddie Davis, and Don Moffit. After training, volunteers will go door-to-door in target precincts. To sign up, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054FABA82CA57-volunteer
As you know, DDW is affiliated with the Democratic Party and cannot endorse candidates in a primary. But individual DDW members are free to support and work for the candidates that support the issues that matter to them. To find out more about the positions of candidates for Durham Mayor and City Council read their responses to the PA PAC Questionnaire at http://www.durhampa.org/pac/2013-election-information/2013-candidate-questionnaires/
Sunday, Sept 15. 4:00 – 6:00 PM Help Stop the Republican Money Machine.
In 2012 Art Pope and the Koch Brothers contributed over $1 million to Republican campaigns for the State House and Senate, changing the face of elections in 22 districts across the state and producing the super majority the Republicans now have in the General Assembly. In the long run, we need strong public finance laws to stop this kind of takeover of the People’s Assembly by special interests. But in the meantime, we’ve got to raise money for Democratic candidates and work hard for them.
Today’s a good day to start. Bring your donation of $100 to this fundraiser for NC House Democratic Seats. At the home of Beth Silberman and Ken Rose, 2212 W Club Blvd, Durham 27705, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.
Monday, Sept 16. Moral Monday Rally 4:30 PM
Join the NC NAACP and the Forward Together Movement in standing up for voting rights for students and young people and for reinvestment in the public education that is our most important guarantee of democracy.
Rally at First Baptist Church, 101 S Wilmington St, Raleigh 27601.
Wednesday, Sept 18. 5:30 PM Voter Outreach
Another chance to talk to voters and make sure their registration is up to date! Meet at Beth Silberman's back porch, 2212 W. Club Blvd at 5:30 PM. Park on Oakland by Oval Park. Every Wednesday till it’s too dark to go out! Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/Durham-Voter-Registration
Friday, Sept 20, 2013. Marching Together United and Strong. Democratic Women of North Carolina Convention.
It’s not too late to attend the 53rd Annual DWNC Convention, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Shelby, NC. Visit the DWNC website to find out morehttp://democraticwomenofnc.org
Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. National Voter Registration Day.
Find out everything you need to know to register voters in North Carolina at http://www.durhamdemwomen.org/voting-info.html
Sunday, October 6, 2013 DDW Annual Meeting
Please mark this date on your calendar. Ellie Kinnaird will join us to talk about why she left the General Assembly to launch her new statewide Voter ID Project. We’ll also hear about our own voter engagement strategy and, what happened at the DWNC convention. And every member gets to vote for new officers. 3:00-5:30 PM at Colony Rd Clubhouse, 3060 Colony Road, Durham 27705.
What a difference we can make when we each come out to do our part.
Sondra G. Stein
Durham Democratic Womenwww.durhamdemwomen.org
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