CCDP Newsletter: Important City of Charleston Vote Tonight!

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CHARLESTON HUMAN AFFAIRS & RACIAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE

The City of Charleston City Council will hold its final vote on the Human Affairs and Racial Reconciliation Commission at tonight’s meeting. This commission has been in the works in varying forms since the summer of 2020 and existed in a temporary form last year, and it is far past time to implement this commission permanently. A lot of controversy has surrounded this vote and has led to the proposal of restrictive amendments, but we encourage everyone who lives in the City of Charleston to contact their City Councilperson immediately and urge them to support this commission without the restrictive amendments tonight. You can find your Councilperson’s information and phone number through the first button below. You can find the agenda for the meeting through the second button; please look at p. 39-49 to find the proposal and the proposed amendments.

This is a vital step in helping our city to progress and to recognize and tackle the systemic issues that exist in Charleston. This commission will help our city confront the past, take action in the present, and create a better future.

You can tune into the City Council meeting tonight at 5 PM on the City Council’s YouTube page.

THE COURAGE TO RUN & THE WILL TO SERVE

I am sure that as you read these words, an individual or individuals in your life pop into your mind. Whether that’s you, a loved one, your neighbor, or even your mail carrier, we want them to run! As Greg said in his special message last week, CCDP is ready and willing to introduce Charleston and South Carolina to a new group of Democratic leaders.

As you all know, we have elections in November at all levels of government, and filing for all partisan offices is between noon on March 15 and noon on March 30. Our communities need strong leaders who embody the values of the Democratic Party and are willing to fight for what is right. We recognize that it is a daunting prospect to put yourself forward for office, but we know that the Charleston Democratic community is filled with strong leaders who can create positive change in elected office. Furthermore, CCDP is filled with people eager to support these strong leaders’ runs!

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. 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

COULD YOU SPARE SOME STAMPS?

In preparation for the 2022 elections, CCDP is requesting donations of postcard (40-cent) stamps or monetary contributions toward buying more stamps to prepare postcards. Please send any donations to our PO Box address:

CCDP
PO BOX 21422
Charleston, SC 29413


While our priority right now is collecting the stamps, if you have strong, legible handwriting and want to get supplies and write postcards from home, you can contact office@charlestondemocrats.com to find out more information.

THE RETURN OF CHARLESTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN

As discussed at our monthly meeting in January, Charleston County Democratic Women (CCDW) is returning to holding meetings starting this month. CCDW is an organization for Democratic women and men. The annual membership is $20.

The organization’s mission is to educate and inform members on issues of importance to women and to support and raise money for Democratic candidates. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, February 15th, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Bowens Island Restaurant. However, future meetings will be on the first Thursday of each month and will feature guest speakers and information about how to “take action.”

Meeting announcements appear on the CCDW Facebook and via email.

CCDP EDUCATION AND TRAINING SERIES

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! Thank you to everyone who came to our first class this past weekend!

Our second class will be “How to Canvass and Talk to Voters” on February 19th. Register early, because seating is limited! You can register through the buttons below.

Upcoming Events

THU FEB 10 8:30 AM
Coffee with Democrats
Join fellow Democrats virtually for a cup of coffee and great conversation. For the time being, we will be Zoom only, so prepare yourself some coffee/tea and snacks and come have a conversation. No specific topics. Come for the whole time or just a little while.
Virtual Event
Access Zoom Here>
TUE FEB 15 6 PM
CCDW Meeting at Bowens Island Restaurant
The Charleston County Democratic Women (CCDW) will kick off its return to regular meetings with a meeting at Bowens Island Restaurant from 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, February 15th.

You can find out more about the organization via its Facebook page.
Bowens Island Restaurant
View Event Here>
SAT FEB 19 10:30 AM
CCDP Education Series: How to Canvass 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!
CCDP Office
RSVP Here>
TUE FEB 22 7 PM
Diversity and Inclusion Book Club
I am calling all book enthusiasts and book worms. Join CCDP’s Diversity & Inclusion book club! We will discuss chapters three and four of Drew Westen’s novel, The Political Brain! Let’s get together for some great conversation. Feel free to reach out to sampsonerica07@gmail.com for any further questions.
Virtual Event
RSVP Here>
TUE FEB 22 7 PM
East Cooper Democrats February Meeting
Join East Cooper Democrats for our February meeting on Tuesday, February 22nd, at 7 PM. More details will follow in subsequent newsletters.
Virtual Event
RSVP Here>
SUN MAR 13 3 PM
James Island/Folly Beach Democrats 2022 Oyster Roast Fundraiser
We are excited to be able to once again host our March Oyster Roast, which is our primary fundraiser and always a good time for everyone! Of course we will have Bowens Island Restaurant’s famous oysters, and we will also have hot dogs, lots of chili varieties, desserts and the best fried fish and red rice around. In addition, we will have beer, wine and other beverages available to purchase. Several of our 2022 candidates will be attending so this will be a great chance to meet and get to know them.
Bowens Island Restaurant
Buy Tickets Here>

Help the fire victims at The Palms


Charms of Charleston Tours’ bus will be at the Citadel Mall today, Wednesday 2/9, from 3-7 PM between Target and MUSC; then Thursday & Friday from 3-7 PM at the old Northbridge Piggly Wiggly.

Immediate needs: NEW Baby bottles, formula, pacifiers; NEW underwear & socks of all sizes; pajamas in all sizes; Reading glasses; Contact lense solutions; Notepads and pens; phone chargers; NEW combs, brushes, dryers, accessories; clothes for all ages; personal toiletries…Many of the 150+ residents affected left their apartments in their pajamas yesterday morning and have lost everything.

THIS IS PHASE ONE. PLEASE HOLD ALL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR NOW…we’ll need them for Phase Two.

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 tampons
-individually-wrapped wipes
-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 wecare@charlestondemocrats.com to arrange a drop off time.



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