CCDP Newsletter: Voter Engagement & Change in Leadership

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VOTER ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CHARLESTON

As part of our Vote-Where-You-Live effort, led by our Precinct Coordinator Joe Kelly, we are seeking to engage voters in North Charleston and really prove that we are a party of diversity and welcomeness. As Pastor Dixon said at last Thursday’s meeting, the Democratic Party touts this reputation, but we must conduct the outreach and engagement that puts our words into action. To this point, we are asking for volunteer help with two exciting opportunities this weekend.

First, on Saturday, we are leaving door hangers to invite North Charleston residents, particularly our Latino/a neighbors, to a meet-your-representative event catered by La Cantera the following day. Saturday’s event is a “lit drop” event, not door knocking on doors, and it is vital that we put out these door hangers to make Sunday’s event successful. We will meet at 5900 Rivers Avenue in front of the now-defunct Old Time Pottery store at 10 AM to pick up the turf packets and then do lit-drop in teams of two for about 60-90 minutes. You can sign up through the button below!

On Sunday, we are holding the meet-your-representative event from 3 to 5 PM. We’re inviting about 800 households to come  and join us in a meal catered by La Cantera restaurant and supermarket. In order to make this event successful, we need help from the amazing volunteers of the Charleston County Democratic Party!

What we need:

  • People to help set up tables, chairs, and canopies.
  • People to lend us canopies, as well as a pick-up truck or two to transport these materials
  • People to staff voter registration booths, sign-ups for the North Area Dems, etc.

As this is an engagement event specifically focused on our Latino/a neighbors, Spanish speakers are especially welcome to help out! Please sign up to volunteer through the button below.

Charleston Democrats, after a great deal of consideration, I announced at our August Monthly Meeting that I will be resigning from my elected position of 1st Vice Chair this September due to increased time commitment across my life. Serving as a Vice Chair to the Charleston County Democratic Party since 2020 and as the Chair of the Charleston Peninsula Democrats from 2018-2020 has been an honor and a privilege and while I am choosing to take a step back from this leadership commitment to create a little more space in my life to take care of myself and my family, know that I remain committed to electing more Democrats in South Carolina. I look forward to volunteering and supporting our mission in new ways. I look forward to passing the torch to whomever is elected to serve in my place as we continue to grow this incredible community organization. As the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

-Hannah Reynolds Wilson


OPEN 1ST VICE CHAIR POSITION

As we mentioned in our county meeting on 8/19, CCDP is now accepting nominations for 1st Vice Chair at our next meeting on Thursday, September 30th. Please email intern@charlestondemocrats.com if you would like to nominate someone for this position.


ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RIVERDOGS

Join us for our annual night at the RiverDogs on Sunday, September 12th, at 4 PM, with unlimited hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon, tea and lemonade, plus great seats for the big game! Kids 3 and under are free. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today!
 

$5 of each general admission ticket goes to support CCDP.

IMPORTANT INFO:

1) Food service begins at 4:05 PM and concludes at 5:30, so be sure to arrive early.

2) You will get tickets by email from ActBlue. These tickets are NOT accepted at the stadium box office. A volunteer with a CCDP shirts will be at the entrance to the Will Call area and will give you your tickets that are accepted by the box office.

3) We will be seated in “Doby’s Deck.” There is signage that will direct you to this area, but if you have trouble, just ask a member of the stadium staff for assistance.


HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES

At our meeting last Thursday, we heard from Daniel Flessas from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) about hurricane preparedness. Here are some important resources that Mr. Flessas shared with us: 

Charleston County Hurricane Preparedness Guide: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/hurricane-guides/Hurricane-Guide-Color-Full-Size.pdf?v=351

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Hurricane Guide:
https://www.scemd.org/stay-informed/publications/hurricane-guide/

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Family Emergency Communication Plan:
https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

More FEMA Hurricane Preparedness documents: https://www.ready.gov/collection/hurricane-documents

Charleston County Citizen Alert Sign-Up: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#/signup

City of Charleston Hurricane Page:  
https://www.charleston-sc.gov/974/Hurricane-Information
 


SEEKING STAMPS

We are busy reaching out to Democrats across the county by door knocking, calling, and by mail. Want to help out but don’t have time to volunteer? Donate stamps! Right now, we need postcard stamps to continue our Postcards to Voters campaign.The office is open each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-3, and Saturday from 10-4.

If these times do not work, please email madelyne@charlestondemocrats.com to make other arrangements to drop off the stamps.


Message from the Chair

A huge thank you goes out to Hannah Reynolds. She has served as our 1st Vice Chair and has done a yeoman’s job. We wish her well in all of her endeavors. 

Greg Perry
Chair, Charleston County Democratic Party
Party Office: 843.577.6000


Upcoming Events

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 AUG 26 8:30 AM
Coffee with Democrats
Join 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.
Wildflour Pastry
SAT AUG 28 10 AM
North Charleston Lit Drop
We have four more “turfs” in the North Area left over from last Saturday’s effort in the North Charleston. These are door hangers–not knocking on doors–that will invite folks to attend our meet-your-representative event, with food catered by La Cantera restaurant and supermarket, on Sunday, 29 August. We are specifically reaching out to our Latino/a neighbors with this effort.
We’ll meet at 5900 Rivers Avenue in front of the Old Time Pottery store (now defunct) to pick up turf packets at 10am on Saturday, 28 August. It takes about 60-90 minutes to cover one turf, and we’ll go in teams of two. Can you help us out?5900 Rivers Ave
RSVP Here>
SUN AUG 29 2:30 PM
North Charleston Voter Engagement Event
We are reaching out to our Latino/a voters with a festive event on Sunday, 29 August, 3-5pm. We’re inviting about 800 households to come meet their representatives and join us in a meal catered by La Cantera restaurant and supermarket. We’ll need volunteers to help set up tables, chairs, and canopies; we’ll need people to lend us canopies; we’ll need a pick-up truck or two to transport these materials; and we’ll need folks to staff voter registration booths, sign-ups for the North Area Dems, etc.
Spanish speakers are especially welcome to help out!6060 Rivers Ave
RSVP Here>
TUE SEP 28 6:30 PM
Sea Island Democrats September Virtual Meeting
Join the Sea Island Democrats for our September meeting! 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 (via Zoom)
RSVP Here>

Give Back

CCDP OFFICE VOLUNTEERING

Our office is open! We are in need of 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, Friday from 11-3 and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.


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 heat
  • Please DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box
  • Please DO NOT donate any open or expired items.

Thanks again for your generosity!


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. In addition to the SCDP information that you can access through the button below, here are more resources for women considering a run for office:

Emerge South Carolina
Vote Run Lead


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