WELCOME TO 2022!
We are now in 2022, and we already have a year brimming with exciting events and programs!
First, there is a special election for Charleston City Council for District 1 (Daniel Island and part of Downtown) in 6 days (Tuesday, January 11th). While this is a nonpartisan race, the CCDP Executive Committee evaluated the candidates and deemed that Jen Gibson is the only highly-qualified candidate based on our party’s ideals. We are holding a lit drop event this Saturday (1/8) to help Jen Gibson get elected. You can sign up through the button below.
Second, the Charleston County Democrats are pleased to announce our new Education and Training Series! Every month on the third Saturday we will offer a different class to help you become a better activist- even if you are just joining the fight. These classes will cover several topics, from canvassing to Votebuilder and so much more! Our first class is “How to Read a Bill and Interact with your Legislators” and will be taught by Representative Spencer Wetmore. Register early, because seating is limited! You can register through the button below.
Finally, calling all book enthusiasts and book worms. Come join CCDP’s Diversity & Inclusion Book Club! We are kicking the new year off with discussions about Drew Westen’s novel, The Political Brain! Let’s get together for some great conversation. Feel free to reach out to email@example.com for any further questions.
We will have more information to come.
SOUTH CAROLINA REDISTRICTING
This month, the State Legislature will vote on South Carolina’s US congressional lines. You can use the button below to view the maps that have been proposed, as well as to find contact information for the State House Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee.
2022 JAMES E. CLYBURN FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION OPEN
The James E. Clyburn Fellowship is essential to building the future for South Carolina Democrats, by investing in the rising stars who will go on to lead our state. If you are unfamiliar with the Fellowship, click here to learn more.
SCDP is seeking individuals who are motivated and ready to enter the exciting and fast-paced world of politics. The Clyburn Fellowship offers intensive training sessions for individuals interested in running for political office, campaign management, fundraising and consulting for local, county, and state party political operations.
Twenty individuals will be selected for the 2022 class. They will meet in-person at the Fowler Center (Democratic Party Headquarters in Columbia) for four weekend sessions (Saturday and half-day Sunday) beginning in February. All participants will be required to wear masks and to have been vaccinated—unless an individual has a medical exception.
The application deadline is January 18th at 5 p.m. Please use the button below to apply.
HELP SUPPORT CCDP
Supporters like you allow us to keep the CCDP office open, train and support candidates and fund events in the Lowcountry. Please consider donating so that we can continue these efforts.
|Charleston City Council District 1 Lit Drop|
We will be dropping off flyers in Charleston City Council District 1 for the special election. Jen Gibson is the only candidate for Charleston City Council District 1 who was deemed highly qualified by the Democratic Party’s Executive Committee. Though this is a non-partisan race, we don’t want a repeat of what happened on James Island, when the Charleston County Republican Party fully mobilized to support the conservative candidate, launching her onto Council. If we want the City Council to reflect our values, we need to help spread the word about Jen Gibson to Democrats in District 1 and urge them to vote on January 11th!
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|West Ashley Democrats Monthly Meeting|
Join West Ashley Dems for our first meeting of 2022 on Tuesday January 10 at Frothy Beard’s West Ashley location, 1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. Since Frothy Beard so graciously hosts us at no charge for their meeting room, we encourage you to support them by enjoying some of their delicious food and drink. If you plan to eat, arrive about 6:30, so that food may be ordered before the 7:00 meeting. If you decide to attend via Zoom and order carry-out, please be sure to tell them to put W Ashley Dems on the ticket along with your customer name.This month our speaker is Tamara Curry who is running for Charleston County Probate Judge. One of Tamara’s priorities is providing informative education about probate related issues in urban, rural and multi-cultural communities. She is also a champion against elder and fraud abuse, hoping to have Court administration partner with organizations working to educate senior citizens on issues of elder abuse, fraud and scams that prey on the elderly. This should be an interesting evening!Once again, we are also offering our meeting in Zoom format. The Zoom link will be emailed out to attendees after registration.
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|CCDP Education Series: How to Read a Bill and Interact with your Legislators|
CCPD is starting an Education Series to be held the third Saturday of every month (unless rescheduled due to a holiday.) In January, Representative Spencer Wetmore will be teaching us how to read a bill and interact with our legislators effectively. Knowledge is power, and knowing what legislators are proposing and how to fight or support it is essential. We need everyone in the game if we are going to win.Space is limited, so sign up for this class today and stay tuned for additional classes in the near future!
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|Sea Island Democrats January Virtual Meeting|
Join the Sea Island Democrats for our January meeting as we get fired up for the 2022 election! Be sure to come hear directly from candidates and 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
|East Cooper Democrats January Virtual Meeting|
Join East Cooper Democrats for our January meeting, as we kick off a strong year with a preview of the 2022 legislative session in Columbia. Joining us will be SCETV’s Gavin Jackson, the host of This Week in South Carolina and the weekly South Carolina Lede podcast. The legislative session begins on January 11th, and Gavin will give us an idea of what we can expect to see from the House and Senate this year. Which bills are being prioritized? How will redistricting affect the makeup of either chamber? What should we be following closely?
You’ll have an opportunity to ask Gavin questions as well, so don’t miss this opportunity to get up to date on what’s going on in Columbia! We’ll also talk about some important things going on in East Cooper and plans for 2022.Virtual Meeting
|CCDP Education Series: How to Canvas and Talk to Voters|
CCPD is conducting an Education & Training Series to be held the third Saturday of every month (unless rescheduled due to a holiday.)In February, we will be learning how to effectively canvass (knock doors) and talk to voters convincingly. We will learn and practice various techniques and strategies that will come in handy out in the field. Canvassing is easy and fun when you know how to do it! We need everyone in the game if we are going to win.Space is limited, so sign up for this class today and stay tuned for additional classes in the near future!
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Blessing Box Donations Needed!
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 Blessing Box items:
- DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the weather
- example: canned vegetables and meats/fish, sauces in jars, boxes of rice or pasta
- protip: donate items that don’t require milk/butter/oil to prepare, get cans with pop-tops that don’t require can openers
- DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box
- example toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,
- DO NOT donate any open or expired items.
Lowcountry Period Project Supplies Needed!
Did you know that our volunteers build period packs in support of the Homeless Period Project? The project provides pre-made kits for homeless shelters and nurse’s offices at Title IX schools in the Lowcountry. These items are a luxury to homeless women and girls and many are forced to choose between hygiene and food. Please consider donating the following items so we can continue to support this amazing project!
-individually-wrapped feminine pads
-individually-wrapped panty liners
Thanks again for your generosity!
Our office has limited public hours due to COVID, but if you are dropping off donations, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off time.
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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