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2019

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Upcoming Events

Monday Jan. 14

Metrocrest Democrats meeting

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.


Please check back for more details about this meeting..


Interesting Articles & more

YouTube Video
Presented by Harvard Business School
Sept. 2017

Why Competition in the Politics Industry
is Failing America

Proposed solutions are also discussed.


The Atlantic, October, 2018 issue
Why Technology Favors Tyranny

Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages
of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality.
It will further concentrate power among a small elite
if we don’t take steps to stop it.

By: Yuval Noah Harari

Excerpts from article:
".... if we want to prevent the concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of a small elite, we must regulate the ownership of data."
"The race to accumulate data is already on, and is currently headed by giants such as Google and Facebook and, in China, Baidu and Tencent. So far, many of these companies have acted as “attention merchants”—they capture our attention by providing us with free information, services, and entertainment, and then they resell our attention to advertisers. Yet their true business isn’t merely selling ads. Rather, by capturing our attention they manage to accumulate immense amounts of data about us, which are worth more than any advertising revenue. We aren’t their customers—we are their product."

"Currently, humans risk becoming similar to domesticated animals. .... We are now creating tame humans who produce enormous amounts of data ....we will end up with downgraded humans misusing upgraded computers to wreak havoc on themselves and on the world.
....the idea of living in a digital dictatorship or some similarly degraded form of society — then the most important contribution you can make is to find ways to prevent
too much data from being concentrated in too few hands
"


New York Times, September 8, 2018
The Republican Approach to Voter Fraud: Lie

They use the fallacy of rampant cheating at the polls to make it harder for people to vote.

By: Carol Anderson,
Dr. Anderson is a professor of African-American studies at Emory University.


The Atlantic, March 17, 2018 issue
Is America on the Verge of a
Constitutional Crisis?


As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.

By:Quinta Jurecic and Ben Jamin Wittes


www.msn.com
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 New York Times, Jan. 27, 2018
How Wobbly Is Our Democracy?

If partisan polarization continues to intensify,
checks and balances will not save us.

By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

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Sad Announcement

Hon. Darlene Ewing

With much sorrow we have the news that
our great leader, judge, and friend
Hon. Darlene Ewing has died.
She passed shortly after noon on
Friday, November 16, 2018.
Please read more at this link.


Mission Statement
The mission of the Metrocrest Democrats is to advance the success of the Democratic Party throughout suburban northwest Dallas and
southeast Denton Counties by promoting
active civic participation, educating on values
and issues, and supporting candidates
for elective office
.
Contact info@metrocrestdemocrats.org
for questions and comments.


For Election-Related Information
in Dallas County these are the websites:

www.DallasDemocrats.org

  www.DallasCountyVotes.org

Make sure you are registered to vote at
your Current Address and that
all your friends are too.


To check your voter registration status
click here


County Election Contacts

Dallas County: 214-819-6300
www.dallascountyvotes.org

Collin County: 1-800-687-8546
www.collincountytx.gov

Denton County: 940-349-3200
www.votedenton.com

Kaufman County: 972-932-0298 www.kaufmancounty.org/elections

Tarrant County: 817-831-8683
access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html

For more help, including how to check your registration status, contact the
Texas secretary of state at
1-800-252-8683 or
visit votetexas.gov


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

Article by:
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
in their communities.
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."


ResistX
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




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