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September 2017

Organizing for Success: A Democratic Party Plan for Potter and Randall Counties…

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In a conversation with a gentleman over breakfast who will announce his candidacy in the future, I garnered some remarkably pragmatic points that should be included in any plan for the parties in our two counties.

—  The impact of the city/county work is more important than the national focus on Presidential or Texas governmental elections.  We must start at the bottom (at the grassroots) to build a base who firmly believes in the Democratic Party objectives. To do this, we first need good candidates.  Then we need a structure of precinct chairs who are willing to organize block captains in their neighborhoods.   The block captains can help register, educate, and motivate the voters that live close to them.

—  Everyone who wishes to promote the grass roots endeavors (County Chairs, Precinct Chairs, or TDP members, or just a voter) needs to set goals for their organizing.  The goals need to be attainable and yet inspiring.  They can be as simple as “knocking on all the doors on my block and one block surrounding it”, or they can be of the sort that will be precinct wide as in “raising the voter turnout in my precinct by 3%”.  There are many ways to set goals and each person must make his/her own version.

— We need to get started early.  When we start early, we can identify the voters that will be receptive to what we as a political party want to do.  When we make lists during the canvassing stage, those lists can be used in the future for follow up visits and for GOTV (Get Out The Vote) contact.

— The primary objective for the organizing is to register voters, educate, and motivate.  With a structure in place this is an easy task.  The lists created in canvassing are the tool to use.  When canvassing in the Barrio, I encountered at least one house on every block that had an unregistered voter.  When you register those voters, they will likely lean toward becoming Democratic Party voters.

— Organizing at the college age level is of paramount importance.  “Millenium” age voters have different issues in their lives than baby boomers, of course.  Young people need to have a reason to go to the polls so they can affect the future of education of their own and for their children.  They face an economy that has a disappearing middle class.  The environment is not nearly as protected as it should be for future generations.  These are just a small part of what the younger voter can influence.  We, as grass roots workers, should try to motivate and leave the persuasion to the candidate.

 

Si, se puede…

 

A Fountain of Youth – Not Yet

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In my web surfing today, I ran across an article very dear to my old heart.  We need the elderly Dems to jump up and get to work.

The nature of the article is that the ingredient of every cell that provides it’s energy and that deteriorates with age is called mitochondria, and there are numerous companies who have done research on mice that have created drugs that can revive the mitochondria.  But there have been no human trials published.

If you, too, are interested, click here:

Scientific American Blog

Good candidates bring people to the polls…

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Democrats in Amarillo have, as of 9/8/17, a candidate for Congress who will be popular with the voters.  To be a good candidate, one has to have an eloquence with spoken communication and a thorough knowledge of the issues with which voters are concerned.  Greg Sagan has both of these qualities and is currently on a “Listening Tour” travel plan to visit all the small towns and hear from anyone who wants to voice a complaint.

Of course, during the last election cycle, we were all inundated  by requests for donations from all directions.  In reality, though, it’s expensive to run a campaign.  Greg Sagan needs your contribution to his campaign so that not only will he have funds to purchase printed materials and gas money for the Listening Tour, but he will bring voters in US House District 13 of Texas to the polls.  We have been in an area that doesn’t have a good voter turnout, but that will change with Greg’s candidacy because his stance on the issues and his visibility will make voters want to elect him.

Please consider a donation to Greg Sagan’s campaign in any amount you would like.

To donate, contact Steve Land – steve.pgmr@gmail.com.  Steve will answer your email with instructions on where to send the donation and a form to comply with election rules.

This posting is not paid for nor has it been endorsed by Greg Sagan or the Texas Democratic Party or the Potter County Democratic Party or the Randall County Democratic Party.

Julio Salazar is an eloquent thoughtful Dreamer…

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Julio Salazar is a young man from Amarillo who has never lived anywhere else in his life.  He is employed by the local Volkswagen dealer and has never been in trouble in his  life.  While young, the fear of being discovered as an illegal alien has kept him apart from his peers in ways we can only guess at.  His post on Facebook, serving as a statement to refute those people who want to end DACA, can be viewed by clicking HERE

 

36 Ways Labor Unions have helped…

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36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union –

Taken from DailyKos.com – 9/5/17 –

Weekends
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
FMLA
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Pensions
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States