Metrocrest Democrats Meeting
Monday August 14
Please join us for our next meeting at:
"New New Buffet",
3822 Belt Line Rd., Addison, TX 75001.
(Southeast corner of Marsh Lane and Beltline Rd. at
the east end of the shopping area that includes Kroger.)
Come anytime after 6:00pm for a dutch treat supper and lively
conversation. The program will start at 7:00pm.
We will announce the program and speaker(s) soon.
Please check back.
Tuesday Sept. 26
Annual Dallas County Voter Registration Day
Whether you are a volunteer deputy, a concerned engaged citizen, or a community leader, we encourage you to sign up and Partner with Dallas County Elections Department to reach out to our community and educate them on Voter Registration and Voter Participation.
They are looking for:
For more detail please see this PDF file link.
- Volunteers to work Voter Registration tables and interact with the public at various locations.
- Volunteers to deliver supplies to High Schools and/or other venues.
- Organizations willing to coordinate their own voter registration drive.
Working together we can show that democracy is still alive.
Voter Registration Drive
Why Are Millions of Citizens
Not Registered to Vote?
A survey of the civically unengaged finds
they lack interest, but
outreach opportunities exist
The Pew Charitable Trusts/ Research & Analysis
For full article click here
"More than 40% of the unregistered cared who would
win the presidency in 2016, and some indicated that
they could be motivated to register in the future,
though many also feel that the voting process does
not affect the way governing decisions are made.
These findings suggest that opportunities exist to
engage segments of the unregistered population,
including through consistent outreach at motor vehicle agencies as required under the NVRA and
public education campaigns designed to highlight
the significance of individual voter participation to
election outcomes and the connection between
local policies and issues these citizens care about,
such as those for which they volunteer
Less than 20 percent of this group has been asked
to register by a state agency, and a substantial
increase in that figure could help to improve
registration rates and electoral participation among
these disconnected citizens."
A History of why the US is the only
rich country without universal health care
By: Annalisa Merelli
"Currently, the US spends two to three times as much
per capita on health care as most industrialized countries.
Of this burden, an estimated two thirds falls on the government’s shoulders, when one accounts for
entitlements (Medicare and Medicaid), the cost of health insurance for government workers, and tax credits that subsidize private insurance plans for other people.
“Most Americans have publicly funded health care,”
either in full or in part,says David Himmelstein,
professor of public health at CUNY and author of the
estimate. “The government spends much more than
other countries, but it’s an opaque system.”
The government’s role is mostly to subsidize the
astronomical costs set by the for-profit market.
Many Americans think their system is expensive because
it’s very good. They are wrong: The US ranks 28th,
below almost all other rich countries, when it comes to
the quality of its healthcare assessed by UN parameters ..."
Read full article
The Atlantic, July/August 2017 issue
What’s Wrong With the Democrats?
If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.
By: Franklin Foer
How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration
In the past decade, liberals have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.
By: Peter Beinart
Rep. Matt Rinaldi is the new norm
until we change it
Tom Whitehurst Jr., Caller-Times Opinion Editor
Immigration protest in Texas House
"For those who haven't heard, on the last day
of the Legislature, Rinaldi, R-Irving, reacted to
a loud but peaceful protest against the
sanctuary cities show-me-your-papers law by
taking out his cell phone and announcing that
he has called immigration authorities to deport
the protesters. His Hispanic colleagues reacted angrily,
and he reacted to their angry reaction
by threatening to put a bullet in the brain of
one of them and by spewing the f-word at them
so forcefully that they felt his spittle."
For full article see here
Mike Collier for
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Texas needs a leader who will hold the politicians
accountable and stand up for every single one of us.
Ed Meier Democrat for Congress
Running against Pete Sessions
Ed Meier wrote on Facebook, July 12:
"So far Sessions has used his Committee to ram through Trumpcare, stall the Russia sanctions bill, and make sure Trump can have his "big, beautiful wall."
Please Don't Forget
To Renew Your Membership
Membership Runs For The Calendar Year
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The mission of the Metrocrest Democrats is to advance the success of the Democratic Party throughout suburban Northwest Dallas and South Eastern Denton Counties by promoting
active civic participation, educating on values
and issues, and supporting candidates
for elective office.
for questions and comments.
For Election-Related Information in
these are the websites:
Make sure you are registered to vote at
your Current Address and that
all your friends are too.
To check your voter registration status
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
Kim Olson, Colonel, USAF, Retired
Protect our most precious resources:
land, water, and people;
one grain, drop, and Texan at a time.
Kim Olson farmer, veteran, pilot and champion of education, is dedicated to influencing the future of sustainable food production through her
Community Supported Agriculture at the
4K River Ranch, Mineral Wells, Texas.
ResistX, is a non-profit that facilitates
awareness of upcoming
political demonstrations via
texts and emails
Know Your Rights:
What To Do If Your Rights Are Violated
at a Demonstration or Protest
See this ACLU link
As part of the Indivisible Project
which resists and highlights the flawed policies emanating from the federal and state government activists are encouraged to make calls of protest to elected officials. Here are some recommendations to consider if you make or are planning to make calls.
Guidelines for activists making phone calls to elected officials *
From Mark Jahnke, who used to work on Capitol Hill as the person in charge of all the incoming phone calls to his Senator's office. He has some insider tips to make calling your reps easier and quicker:
1. Give your name, city, and zip code, and say "I don't need a response." That way, they can quickly confirm you are a constituent, and that they can tally you down without taking the time to input you into a response database.
2. PLEASE ONLY CALL YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES! Your tally will not be marked down unless you can rattle off a city and zip from the state, or are calling from an in-state area code. I know you really want to give Mitch McConnell a piece of your mind, but your call will be ignored unless you can provide a zip from Kentucky. And don't try to make this up; I could often tell who was lying before I even picked up the phone from the caller ID. Exceptions to this are things like Paul Ryan's ACA poll.
3. State the issue, state your position. "I am opposed to a ban on Muslims entering the US." "I am in favor of stricter gun control legislation including background checks." "I am in favor of the Affordable Care Act." That's it. That's all we write down so we can get a tally of who is in favor, who is against. It doesn't matter WHY you hold that opinion. The more people calling, the less detail they write down. Help them out by being simple and direct.
4. Please be nice! The people answering the phones on Capitol Hill already had the hardest job in DC and some of the lowest pay as well, and for a month now their jobs have become absolute murder, with nonstop calls for 9 hours every day. Thank them for their hard work answering the phones, because without them our Senators could not represent us.
What does this sound like?
"Hi, my name is _____, I'm a constituent from _____, zip code _____, I don't need a response. I am opposed to any ban on Muslims entering the United States and I encourage the Senator to please oppose implementation of any such ban. Thanks for your hard work answering the phones!"
This is how I wish every caller had phrased their message. It makes it easier for the people answering the phones and takes less time and emotion than a long script. I know that you want to say why, but keeping it short and sweet helps the office answer more calls per hour, meaning more people get heard. The bigger the tally, the more powerful our voice.
Also, when you're reading off the same script as 100 other callers that day... well...they can tell.
Pick one issue each day, use this format (I am in favor of _____ or I oppose ______), and call your 2 Senators and 1 Representative on their DC and State Office lines, and you'll be on your way to being heard.
* Guidelines originally appeared in from North Dallas Texas Democratic Women announcement.