The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club hosted their annual auction this week in support of the scholarship fund. Each year the Women’s Club distributes four scholarships, one to a qualifying senior from each of Calvert County’s four high schools. The Annual Auction is the largest fundraiser the Women’s Club hosts for this great cause.
On Tuesday, Calvert Democrats came out to Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick to laugh, eat, drink, and BID on baskets created and donated by Women’s Club members. Each basket or container held a selection of items along a common theme. The event was well attended and a big success for the scholarship fund! You can see many more photos here. The Women’s Club would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the participants and contributors of the event for making it such a fun evening.
Provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health and Statistics shows that drug overdose deaths are increasing even faster than has been assumed. An overwhelming increase of 22% from 2015 to 2016 nationwide of drug-related deaths overall is astonishing enough, but even more so when looking at fentanyl alone: 540% increase over just three years.
Maryland shows the steepest increase of the states reporting. It’s too early to know how the overdose crisis will develop over the course of 2017, but preliminary reporting form health departments, coroners, and medical examiners do not yet contain any good news. This is an epidemic which rivals that of HIV during its peak.
The Calvert County Central Committee is pleased to be announcing a picnic on Sunday, October 22nd from 12 to 4:30 pm at King’s Landing Park in Huntingtown. There is so much going on with the Party in Calvert County – with all the different Clubs and Activism Groups, between so many different trainings and events – this is an excellent opportunity for all of us to get together and catch up on what’s happening and get to know each other better.
The Central Committee will be hosting with hot dogs and hamburgers; soda, water and beer; games and crafts. Feel free to bring a dish if you wish and come out for some good food and great company. We would appreciate an RSVP either to our email: Info@CalvertDemocrats.com, our phone: (410) 414-3660, or you can RSVP here.
We’re looking forward to sharing fun, food, and ideas with all the progressive thinkers of Calvert County, so be sure to mark your calendar today, and bring along a friend!
You may have already seen some cars in Calvert County featuring a bumper sticker with the slogan “HEAL AMERICA.” This new slogan is an attempt to demonstrate that Democrats are in Calvert and ready to work to work to ease the divide evident in our politics and our nation.
HEAL AMERICA is a rallying cry for Democrats which defines a VISION for all Americans. It will take all of us working together to move forward with compassionate and responsible action.
The lack of civility caused by political extremes has brought our national problem-solving to a screeching halt. Through compromise, we again can raise the good of the country over political idealism.
Once we have restored honest and civil political discourse, the country can get on with the tasks necessary to keep it great. They include:
- Fixing healthcare
- Repairing infrastructure
- Providing jobs and training
- Reforming campaign finance
- Updating the tax system
- Making education effective
- Sustaining Social Security
- Strengthening foreign relations
- Sharpening trade agreements
- Encouraging healthy lifestyles
- Reducing drug use
- Managing immigration
- Caring for the environment
- Guaranteeing equal rights
HEAL AMERICA - Put Americans to work with jobs and training programs.
HEAL AMERICA - Focus on disease prevention and effective addiction programs to reduce the burden of treatment and rehabilitation.
HEAL AMERICA - Cooperate and compromise to solve critical problems.
To get your free bumper sticker, stop by the Women’s Club Basket Auction THIS Tuesday, September 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick. Or stop by the Democratic Headquarters during office hours (Mon., Wed., and Fri. from 12:30 to 3pm) and pick yours up! Contact us with questions or for more information.
Posted on: 05 September 2017
After the White House announced on Tuesday its decision to wind down the DACA program, Former President Barak Obama, architect of the program, issued the following statement:
"Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.
But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.
Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.
What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union."
Calvert County Democratic Club August Meeting Highlights
The Calvert County Democratic Club had a great turnout for its August meeting on the 29th at Adam’s Taphouse. The meeting opened with announcements from the Club and the Central Committee. Committee Chair, Hagner Mister, invited everyone to attend the Canvassing Training being offered by the Central Committee on Sept. 16th at 11 am. As the 2018 elections draw near, Democratic candidates are relying on the Central Committee for support in getting out the vote. Get in touch to find out how you can help today.
The guest speaker was Mr. Tyler Carr, Data Director for the Maryland Democratic Party. Mr. Carr led an instructional discussion about MDVAN (VoteBuilder), a browser- and app-based software that allows campaigns and committees from across the state to access information about voters and volunteers, and to easily create walk lists and call lists. VAN allows users to break down a voting district by geography making it easy to create canvassing turfs. It can also organize voter information by voting history, party affiliation, age, and many other criteria. Mr. Carr provides about eight training sessions each month on VAN usage and optimization. The next two training sessions will be Sept. 5, 2017, 2:00 PM and Sept. 6, 2017, 7:00 PM. Both are for beginners. You can sign up for either of these training sessions or see when other September trainings will take place here. For more information, you can contact Tyler Carr directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the guest speaker, club committees were discussed. The Democratic Club is working hard to shift from a social group to an active organization and needs support from the local progressive community. Several committee vacancies include: Steering and Activism, which coordinates outreach and education on specific issues for the public and for candidates; Events, which combines efforts with the other Clubs and Central Committee to ensure that a Democratic Presence is visible in our community; Community Outreach and Philanthropy, which organizes opportunities to associate the Club with good works in the community – currently trying to organize a Democratic Club Presence at the CAASA 5K on Nov. 4th; and Membership and Communication, which works to find and recruit new members and to keep members and the public informed on Club news and events.
If you can put your talents into any of these areas, please contact the Club (email@example.com) today or come to the next meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm at Adam's Taphouse in Prince Frederick to learn more.
Join the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee on Saturday September 16th from 11am to 12:30 pm at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department for a training session for canvassing and phone banking. As 2018 approaches, the CCDCC needs to reach out to every potential voter in Calvert County in order to ensure effective turn out to the polls, and we NEED YOUR HELP. There are a so many doors to knock on and so many phone calls to make, we need as many volunteers as possible to GET OUT THE VOTE in 2018.
If you have just a few hours a week to contribute to this necessary campaign, please come to this training session. Knocking on doors and making phone calls is a skill easily learned. Mr. Saif Ratul, State Field Director for Maryland Democratic Party, will be offering advice and exercises on talents and techniques to make your canvassing a success! To drive the vote in 2018 we need to start now, and we need you to do it. Come out to the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday September 16th from 11am to 12:30 pm.