Training Saturday for People’s Veto Signature Drive
We need your help now. We are going to be working as part of a coalition to enact a people’s veto of the repeal of same day voter registration. We will be working to get this on the ballot this November. In order to do so, the coalition members have the goal of collecting 71,500 signatures by early August.
The signature-gathering process will begin this Saturday, the 9th. There is going to be a training at the offices of the Maine People’s Alliance in Portland, at 565 Congress Street, Suite 200, on Saturday, July 9, at 9:00 AM. We would encourage everyone who is willing to volunteer and gather signatures to attempt to attend this training, to insure that everything is done properly. Petitions will be ready, available and distributed at this meeting. If you are unable to attend the training and are willing to volunteer to gather even a few signatures, please let me know and we’ll make arrangements to get petitions to you. We encourage you to volunteer, even a couple of hours…Every signature that you gather gets us closer to our goal.
We are in the process of identifying coordinators for the various communities. If you have an interest in helping coordinate the process, please let us know. We’ll provide you with the list of coordinators for the various communities in the counties in a few days.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your willingness to help in this critical effort. We’re looking forward to working with you!!
Reid Scher, Chairperson
Working for Democracy
Next meeting June 12
The Cumberland County Democrats’ next meeting will be Sunday, June 12, at 5 p.m., at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Location and directions can be found at this link:
We will be focusing on current legislative and political issues, as well as looking toward 2012. Along those lines, we are going to be needing to hold elections for the 2012 convention committees. Â The committees on which we have representation are the Platform Committee, the Permanent Organization Committee and the Credentials Committee.
This is a great opportunity to have input into the future direction of the party and make a contribution to the success we will have in 2012. If you are interested in serving on a committee or have questions about the committees, please e-mail email@example.com. You don’t have to be present to be elected; we’ll put into nominations the names of those who express interest.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Next Meeting – Monday, May 2 at 6 PM: Fulfilling Our Mission (updated!)
The CCDC has a mission and exists for one primary reason, that being to elect Democrats.Â Our next meeting will be in direct support of that mission.Â As I’m sure you know by now, there will be a special election on May 10 for Senate District 7.Â Rep. Cynthia Dill is the nominee for this office.
Cynthia is a great candidate but, with the short timeframe for this election, needs every bit of help that we can offer.Â Therefore, we are going to meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2 in the Wright Pavilion at the rear of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) at 301 Cottage Road in South Portland.Â This will be a joint meeting with the South Portland Democratic City Committee, whose members will be working jointly with us.
If you have questions about directions to the church, you can call Matt Beck, the South Portland chair, at 232-1976.
After a brief meeting (half an hour or so), we’ll go out to canvass on behalf of Cynthia! This is a great opportunity for us to begin the process of reversing the results of the 2010 election and be part of sending a message to Augusta.Â We need everyone’s help if we’re to hold on to this critical seat.
We hope and need to see you on Monday evening. If you have any questions, please feel free to either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Reid Scher at 329-5843.
Rally to Save the American Dream
MoveOn.org is doing a national initiative, with activists from all fifty states meeting at their statehouses in support of the Wisconsin public employees. The national event is scheduled forÂ Saturday, Feb. 26 at noon.
Let’s gather to show our solidarity with workers in the Midwest, and our opposition to attempts at union-busting in Maine.
This Saturday, we will stand together to Save the American Dream.Sign up today to join in!
Pass this on to everyone you know who ought to be there with us…numbers count!
Meeting Feb. 27 at Ri Ra!
We’re doing something a little different for this meeting. We’re going to be holding the meeting this Sunday, February 27, at 4PM, at Ri Ra in Portland. It’s going to be earlier to accommodate people’s schedules and allow for more socializing and networking time. Ri Ra is located at 72 Commercial Street in Portland (map and directions).
The social hour will be held from 4-5 PM, with the meeting from 5-6. We will have the room reserved until 7, to allow for socializing (…or another beer…) after the meeting. Bring your friends and families…It’s a great site, with a great menu and it will be a good, informative meeting, as we go about organizing in the face of Governor LePage’s policies and the Republican majorities in Augusta. The agenda will be as follows:
5:05 Secretary’s Report: Pat Washburn
5:10 Treasurer’s Report: Halsey Snow
5:15 Chair’s Report: Reid Scher
5:20 Grassroots Organizing: Andrew Kain, Organizing for America
5:40 Legislative Action Plan: Senator Justin Alfond
5:55 New Business
6-7:00 Social Time and Networking
As ever, please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to seeing you this Sunday…It’ll be a great time and a great launch of our organizing efforts over the next couple of years.
Reid Scher, Chairperson
Next meeting Feb. 27
The next meeting of the CCDC will be held on February 27. We’ll be holding the meeting from 4-6 PM, with a social hour followed by a meeting hour. Location and agenda will be posted shortly.
We think the earlier will better accommodate people’s schedules. We’re also considering a weeknight meeting at some point; let us know if you think that’s a good or poor idea.
New state officers
Congratulations to the Maine Democratic Party officers!
Chair: Ben Grant, Portland
Vice Chair: Janet Mills, Farmington
Secretary: Susan Cook, Bath (re-elected)
Treasurer: Betty Johnson, Lincolnville
Assistant Treasurer: Roy G. Gedat, Norway
Congratulations also to Pam Fenrich, Cumberland County Vice Chair, who was elected to the state Executive Committee!
Rally to Support Affordable Care Act
Maine Can Do Better Rally to Save Health Care
Support the Affordable Care Act
Wednesday, January 19th, at 11:30am
On Monday, Maine Can Do Better postponed its Affordable Care Act rally in the wake of the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the tragic loss of life in Tucson. The rally has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 19th, at 11:30am outside the State House.
Now, more than ever, we need to show Governor Lepage, Attorney General Schneider, the Maine Legislature, and Congress that Maine people want and support the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Will you join us at the rally?
Thanks to the ACA, children can no longer be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, insurance companies can no longer yank someone’s coverage when they get sick, young people can stay on their parent’s plans until they’re 26, everyone is eligible for free preventable care coverage and seniors pay less for prescription drugs.
Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is under attack. Maine Governor Paul LePage and Maine Attorney General William Schneider plan to have the State of Maine join a politically motivated lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. House of Representatives is holding a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a bill has been submitted to the Maine Legislature that would make it illegal to enforce the Affordable Care Act.Â If successful, these partisan steps to undermine this landmark health care reform puts the health care of thousands of Mainers in jeopardy.
We can’t let this happen.
Please join Maine Can Do Better for a Rally to Save Health Care on Wednesday, January 19th at 11:30am.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 19th at 11:30am
WHERE: Outside the State House in-between the State House and the Cross State Office Building in Augusta, Maine
WHO: Maine Can Do Better, concerned citizens, and you!
If you plan to attend the event, please email me atÂ email@example.com.
See you Wednesday!
Lizzy R. Reinholt
Communications Coodinator, Maine Can Do Better