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The Manistee County Democratic Party will meet Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 pm by ZOOM
Just click this link at the appropriate time:
Manistee Democrats Campaign Office
Located in the former Hokanson’s Camera Shop Building
308 River Street -- Manistee
Campaign office schedule: Wed-Sat 12pm-6pm
VOLUNTEER OFFICE STAFF NEEDED
CALL OR EMAIL: ELLEN SOMSEL
Between 9am to 9pm
(231) 392-6679 or email@example.com
THE OFFICE SHOULD BE WELL STOCKED WITH CAMPAIGN SIGNS BY JULY 20TH -- STOP IN AND PICK SOME UP
JOE BIDEN, BETH MCGILL-RIZER, AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, TOO.
Volunteers for placing door hangers needed
Call or email: Judy Cunningham
(231) 794-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Distancing, Masks, and CDC Protocols will be observed at all times
in the office.
Comments from the Chair
I want to thank everyone who participated in our first ever virtual Don Jennings event. Considering the difficulty that some of us face with accessing Zoom meetings, our event was very well attended this year. It was personally so frustrating to so suddenly lose our internet connection in the middle of our program. Thanks to Meg Batzer for her quick thinking in inviting us down to her home and getting us back on. I was so honored to be this year’s recipient of the Don Jennings award. It means a great deal to me to be recognized in this way.
Everything is running smoothly at our office on River Street. It is turning out to be a better location than we expected with lots of people coming in every day. Of course, everyone wants Biden/Harris yard signs. We are doing our best to keep them available. We have had many out-of-towners stopping in looking for signs. Apparently, everyone around the state is having trouble keeping up with demand. If the demand is any indication of how fired up people are then we are in for a very big blue wave in November. If you haven’t stopped by, please do so soon. We have plenty of materials for all candidates including local candidates and others. In particular, pick up some materials about our MI Supreme Court candidates McCormack and Welch and share them with friends and family. They will, of course, appear on the non-partisan portion of the ballot, so don’t forget to vote for them.
In the coming weeks we will be asking for volunteers to help out in various ways. Look for volunteer notices as they come out. We must all do our part to defend our Democracy against this assault from extremists who are playing on fear and division and even, in recent days, sowing the seeds for civil war. Simply making financial contributions, while very helpful, is not enough in these troubled times. We all need to stand up and not be afraid to express our opinions, however and whenever we can. We need to write letters, make calls, demonstrate, attend rallies, and make some noise. If we fail to fight for our principles, our freedoms can easily slip away, as they did in Germany in the 1930’s.
We are all saddened by the death of Justice Ginsberg this week. She was a real giant in the defense of human rights and the cause of justice. She will be terribly missed by our country. We all know what is now at stake. We know how Republicans treated President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, how they blocked his appointment during the final year of President Obama’s term in office. They have already declared that their past behavior should not apply to filling Justice Ginsberg’s position. We cannot allow this president another Supreme Court nomination so close to the election. Be prepared to take action to stop such a move!
Finally, I want to again thank Paul Glaser for his consistent service to our party and congratulate him on receiving this year’s Chairman’s Service Award. Speaking of service to the party, in November, we will be selecting the various officers of our Executive Committee. The current officers have been serving for four years and some are growing weary. Please consider serving in one of these capacities. Members of the nominating committee will be contacting everyone, asking party members to step up to the plate. New energy will keep our party healthy
It’s going to be a
very big year!!
It’s going to be a
very big year!!