Marion County Democratic
Central Committee
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Monday Morning Activist Special Edition
Getting One Up

You're angry, we get it because we are too. Have you heard the saying, "don't get mad, get even"? Well, we invite you to do one better! Don't get mad; get one up! If we get stuck in our anger or only work to get even that puts on par with the morally bankrupt Republicans that are stealing our country. We can and must do better!

Time to say ENOUGH! We get one up by working hard to elect Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. We get one up by turning out Democratic voters in record numbers. And, we get one up by engaging a greater number of volunteers in more campaigns than ever before.

Welcome to your Monday morning, Activist Special Edition. This is the day we hope you will take the first (or next) step in YOUR activism to elect Democrats.

Here's just a few ideas on how to get one up to get you started!
  • Be sure you are registered to vote.
  • Know your precinct number and what races are happening in your local neighborhood.
  • Find one or more campaigns to volunteer with.
  • Make sure your family, friends and co-workers are registered to vote.
  • Attend our next Presidential debate watch party (February 19th).
  • Contact our membership team to see how easy it is to become a Precinct Committee Person or Neighborhood Leader.
  • Send a Letter to the Editor that promotes Democratic values!
  • Become an informed voter.

Check our calendar for more fun ways to engage in the process of getting one up and electing Democrats.
Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor

Writing a Letter to the Editor is Easier Than You Think!
Thanks to our friends at the ACLU for providing ideas on how to engage in this type of activism.

Letters to the editor are great advocacy tools. After you write letters to your members of Congress, sending letters to the editor can achieve other advocacy goals because they:
  • reach a large audience.
  • are often monitored by elected officials.
  • can bring up information not addressed in a news article.
  • create an impression of widespread support for or opposition to an issue.

Keep it short and on one subject. Many newspapers have strict limits on the length of letters and have limited space to publish them. Keeping your letter brief will help assure that your important points are not cut out by the newspaper. Use the "Tips on Writing to Your Elected Officials" as a guide.

Make it legible.Your letter doesn't have to be fancy, but you should use a typewriter or computer word processor if your handwriting is difficult to read.
Send letters to weekly community newspapers too. The smaller the newspaper's circulation, the easier it is to get your letter printed.

Be sure to include your contact information. Many newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information, and will usually only print your name and city should your letter be published.

Make references to the newspaper. While some papers print general commentary, many will only print letters that refer to a specific article. Here are some examples of easy ways to refer to articles in your opening sentence: 
  • I was disappointed to see that The Post's May 18 editorial "School Vouchers Are Right On" omitted some of the key facts in the debate. 
  • I strongly disagree with (author's name) narrow view on women's reproductive rights. ("Name of Op-Ed," date) 
  • I am deeply saddened to read that Congressman Doe is working to roll back affirmative action. ("Title of Article," date)
Visit our friends at the ACLU for more advocacy tips!
What precinct are you in? Click here to find out!
Neighbor to Neighbor
Candidate Canvassing Needs You!

Candidate campaigns will be canvassing on Saturday, February 16th; 12:30pm. Want to get involved? Please contact our Candidate Support Committee at

Whether you live in a candidate's neighborhood or not, walking districts with a candidate helps spread their message and make important contacts with voters.

Come meet-up at MCDCC headquarters and join in the movement!

Oregon's Legislature is in Session

Sunday, February 16th: Candidate Canvas at MCDCC; 12:30pm

Tuesday, February 18th: Salem Progressive Film Series; 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 19th: Democratic Presidential Debate; 6:00pm

Thursday, February 20th : Regular Monthly Membership Meeting; 6:30pm

Saturday, February 22nd: **Special General Membership Meeting**: Bylaw Review & Revisions only ; 2:00pm-5:00pm

Saturday February 22nd : Family Game Night; 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Monday, February 24th: DemoForum; 12:00pm; Virginia Stapleton, Candidate, Salem Ward 1

Saturday, March 14th: PCP Training; 10:00am-1:00pm

Monday, April 6th: DemoForum; 12:00pm; Topic TBD

Tuesday, May 19th: Oregon Primary Election

Saturday, May 30th : Monroe Sweetland Dinner and Auction SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, November 3rd: U.S. General Election

Office Location: 245 High Street NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-363-8392 |
Mailing Address: MCDCC, PO Box 13835, Salem, OR 97309
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