FOURTH OF JULY 2021
It is crazy to think that we are halfway through 2021, but, with today being the last day of June, it seems we are almost there. With that said, this Sunday is the Fourth of July, marking the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States of America. While July 4th has become associated with food, family, friends, and fireworks, it is also important to reflect on the context of the holiday in today’s America.
First of all, we must recognize the hard work of the medical community that has enabled a return to (semi) normal Fourth of July celebrations because of the rapid development and roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. Without scientists and the medical community, we may have been preparing to celebrate another Fourth of July isolated from friends and family. Additionally, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Biden Administration for its vaccine advocacy, though we also recognize that there are still many who will need to be vaccinated before we can all be safe.
Secondly, we should consider the words of the Framers in the Declaration of Independence:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.While the Founders did not uphold the idea of equality for all as laid out in the Declaration of Independence, nearly two and a half centuries later, Democrats continue to fight for these principles. This fight for equality comes in the form of LGBTQ+ advocacy, fighting to close the wage gap, and seeking to extinguish hate and racial discrimination.
The Declaration of Independence also affirms the rights of all citizens to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Unfortunately, in this country, there are far too many for whom those rights have been delayed or denied.. Every American, whether they were born in this country or immigrated here seeking greater opportunity, is entitled to “certain unalienable Rights.” As Democrats, our mission is to see the vision of America’s founding documents into fruition.
While keeping this important context in mind, we also hope you enjoy your Fourth of July weekend!
SC DHEC HOMEBOUND COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM
SC DHEC has launched a homebound COVID-19 vaccination program in all 46 South Carolina counties through December! In order to participate, you just call 1-866-365-8110 between 7 AM and 7 PM any day of the week. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, and address to a call line operator, who will then connect you with either Welcome Pharmacy or H&M Labs. A representative from the provider will call you within a few days to schedule your appointment. One caretaker per homebound individual is also eligible to receive a vaccine. For more information about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from SC DHEC click here.
BLESSING BOX UPDATE
Please consider donating to our CCDP Blessing Box. You can #StockTheBox at any time, or drop off items to the office during office hours or by appointment. Our community members appreciate and depend on our kindness!
A few things to remember when donating food items:Please DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the heatPlease DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing boxPlease DO NOT donate any open or expired food items.Thanks again for your generosity!
Message from the Chair
“Do what is easy and your life will be hard. Do what is hard and your life will become easy.”
— Les Brown
It’s easy to just sit and do nothing about the issues that we’re experiencing in South Carolina. But we’re Democrats and we will do what is hard to make certain that we defend the welfare and interest of everyone in our state.
We need your time, treasure and talent. We need you donating and knocking on doors. With your help, we will turn this state blue. You can use the button below to donate and help support CCDP and elect Democrats!
Chair of Charleston County Democratic Party
All meetings until further notice will be conducted “virtually” using Zoom. You can connect by computer or telephone. We will continue to use MobilizeAmerica to RSVP.
THU JUL01 8:30AM
Coffee with DemocratsJoin fellow Democrats for a cup of coffee, some of the best baking in Charleston, and great conversation. No specific topics. Come for the whole time or just a little while.
We’re going back to Wildflour Pastry and we’re excited, but if it’s too far for you to get there, or if working from home won’t really allow working from Wildflour, there’s still a Zoom link that you can access below. The people who Zoomed last week mostly heard traffic, so we’ll try moving further from the road. And maybe we’ll be inside soon.
FRI JUL02 11 AM
North Charleston Community EventJoin North Charleston community leaders, including SC State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, Councilman Teddie Pryor, and Pastor Thomas Dixon, at Fairwind-Oakfield Apartments (8750 Fairwind Drive) this Friday for a free community event from 11 AM to 4 PM. There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as a jump castle, popcorn, cotton candy, and a game station.
SAT JUL17 10 AM
Voter Registration DriveWe got rained out in June, but we’re headed back to North Charleston in July! Help us plant and nourish our grassroots in two highly-Democratic, low-voter-turn-out precincts. We’ll meet at 10am and, after brief instructions, form teams (each team with an experienced canvasser), then head out to the neighborhoods. We’ll listen to folks tell us what’s important to them, we’ll tell them about the Democrats, we’ll introduce them to the North Area Democratic club, and WE’LL REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE.
SAT JUL27 6:30PM
Sea Island Democrats July Virtual MeetingJoin the Sea Island Democrats for our July meeting! We will review the 2020 election results and 2022 outlook so be sure to come learn how you can get involved as we work to register voters and engage with those living on the Sea Islands! Also, come and network with other Democrats in the area. Sign up on Mobilize and you’ll receive Zoom meeting information.Virtual Meeting
CCDP OFFICE VOLUNTEERINGOur office is open! We need volunteers to work during office hours. Volunteers will prepare mailings, phone and/or text bank, fill the blessing box and other tasks as needed.
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Please plan to be at the office 5 minutes ahead of your shift to get a briefing from the shift before yours. Sign up for shifts through the button below!
SCDP: READY TO RUN FOR OFFICE?If you are interested in making a difference in your community, please take time to consider running for office. The South Carolina Democratic Party has put out a form for individuals to express interest in running. You may think that it is too early to start thinking about this, but electoral success will require carefully laid out plans, which in turn require time. You can access the link via the button below.
BUY SOME MERCHANDISE TO SUPPORT CCDP!Please support CCDP (and help elect Democrats) by buying one of our brand new t-shirts, water bottles, Koozies, bags, and pint glasses!
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