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The Chair's Corner
WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT:
Resistance
March 9, 2017
Join the Alliance:

Since the election, the Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP) office has received hundreds of phone calls and emails from Dallas County residents who are appalled by the election of Donald Trump. They are offering to volunteer, and they want to know how they can help prepare for the 2018 election. Also, since the election, many resistance groups have been created. The DCDP has contacted these groups, and they have contacted the DCDP, to form an alliance of progressive organizations. These groups include Indivisible, Liberty Tree, Pantsuit Nation, etc.

We have many reasons to resist. In fact, we are reminded, almost daily, of reasons to resist the Trump regime, the right-wing backlash, and their constant attempts to chip away at the constitutional rights of American citizens.
  •  Trump's Muslim ban was struck down (three times) by the courts. Now that he has gone back to the drawing board to write a new executive order, we have another Muslim ban that should be greeted with similar treatment by the courts.
  •  Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare were answered by demonstrations and angry town hall meetings by Democrats, like-minded resistance groups, and private citizens who count on Obamacare to provide healthcare to their families. When the "Trumpcare" replacement plan was unveiled this week, it was so watered down that the American Medical Association (AMA) and other health organizations publicly opposed the replacement plan.
  •  Once again, Republicans are trying to block low-income Americans from obtaining health care by excluding all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, even for the 97% of medical services that have nothing to do with abortions.
  •  Contrary to the U.S. Constitution, President Trump continues to profit from his presidency. He refuses to relinquish his business interests, which conflict with the best interests of the Americans he represents. Meanwhile, he claims he has no conflicts of interests, but he refuses to produce his tax returns, as all presidents have done in the past 40+ years.
  • Most detrimental of all, Trump is interfering, every step of the way, with the congressional investigation of his campaign staff's illegal communications with the Russian government during the past year. As Shakespeare said, "Me thinks [he] doth protest too much."

Join the Resistance:

To counteract the far right agenda in both our state and nation, the DCDP has initiated its Operation Blue project. Operation Blue provides an ongoing forum for election readiness with voter registration, vote-by-mail distribution, voter recruitment, and resistance.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the DCDP conducted a 3-hour Operation Blue training. Over 100 people attended to learn more about campaign techniques, including phone banks, door-to-door canvassing, vote-by-mail distribution and follow-up, and resistance. DCDP invited to this training everyone who had contacted the Party office since the election and every resistance group in Dallas County. In fact, many of the trainers were active in both DCDP and at least one of these resistance groups. Additionally, members of the Dallas County Election Department provided instruction regarding voter registration and then deputized those participating as voter registrars. The next Operation Blue "Grassroots 101" Volunteer Training is on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10AM to 1PM at the CWA Hall at 1408 N. Washington Avenue, Dallas, 75204.

Each Saturday, the DCDP will sponsor Operation Blue Block Walks in different parts of the county. The next block walk will occur in Mesquite, Texas. Meet DCDP Political Director Zach Bullard and DCDP volunteers this Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:30AM at Panera's Bakery at 18641 LBJ Freeway, Mesquite 75150. Mesquite City Councilman Jeff Casper will provide the bagels!

Also, on March 11, 2017 at 11AM, the DCDP will host a float in the Dallas St. Patrick's Parade on Greenville Avenue. Our participation is not just for fun, good will and publicity because walkers will be equipped with clipboards and voter registration cards. If you'd like to participate in the parade, contact DCDP Executive Director Carmen Ayala at 214-821-8331.

On March 22, 2017 at 6PM, DCDP will host an Immigration Forum at which Miguel Solis and local attorneys, will discuss the rights of immigrants and how we, as citizens, can protect them. This program will take place at DISD Maple Lawn Elementary School, located at 3120 Inwood Road, Dallas 75235.

Stay Informed:

On March 31, 2017 at 12 noon, DCDP will launch the Tillotson Speaker Series. Thereafter, the luncheons will be held on the first Friday of each month through 2017. This series is our first speaker series, and it will be sponsored by fellow Democrat, and local attorney, Jeff Tillotson. We are grateful for his sponsorship, and we are very excited to provide this series of luncheon programs, at which Dallas County elected officials will speak in an intimate forum of 50 or less Democrats to provide opportunities for discussion and questions & answers. Purchase your tickets now. All funds will benefit the DCDP. The cost per luncheon is $100, or at a discounted rate (of $75 per luncheon), you can reserve seats for the entire 10-luncheon series for $750. The price includes a 3-course meal at Maggiano's Restaurant at 205 NorthPark Center, Dallas 75225 on the south side of the center. To make your reservation, call the DCDP Office at 214-821-8331 or pay online at here.

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Yours Democratically,
 
Carol Donovan, DCDP Chair



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