Newsletter for Jan 19, 2021

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Candidate Updates
  • GWCDP News
  • Our Community
  • News & Noteworthy
  • Legislative Updates
  • Upcoming Events

Message from the Chair

Tomorrow marks the end of one of the most difficult periods of our country’s history and despite that, I still owe Donald J. Trump a small debt of gratitude.

I recently was surprised to discover that I had been quoted in the Index Journal back in September of 2017.

Kimler, who for most of his life was disinterested in politics, said he became active in the organization after the presidential election in November.

“My first meeting was wall to wall, packed with a lot of concern and a lot of people upset, and that hasn’t diminished,” he said. “I’ve been ambivalent about politics my entire life. When you start to motivate the politically lazy, you know you’re in trouble.

It wasn’t the election of Trump to office that turned me into an activist. It’s what he did immediately after taking office, starting with the disgraceful Muslim travel ban, that drove me to my first Democrat meeting. And just about every disgraceful action since, done under the cover and protection of the Republican Congress and Senate, has fueled my energy ever since.

And now that Trump’s presidency has resulted in the loss of the White House, Senate, and Congress for the Republicans it appears I wasn’t alone in that motivation. Dare I say my quote now sounds a bit prescient?

But before I crown myself as the next Nostradamus, one of the most valuable lessons we must never forget is that our Democracy is precious and fragile. We were just one failed businessman and gameshow host away from becoming one of those nations that enter into the history books as part of dark chapter. Can we keep the momentum alive and continue to fight for what is decent and right even when the shift in power in Washington DC is currently in our favor? I sure hope and pray we do.

We can prevent sliding back to the Trump years by volunteering to help with messaging and education, voter registration, and community service. We need you to throw your hat in the ring and be a voice for us who are in desperate need of representation. Let us learn and grow from this experience.


Candidate News

Patricia Partlow will be sworn in at the next Greenwood City Council meeting on Monday, Jan 25 at 5:30 pm. If you are member of Ward 2, show up in support of your new City Council Representative!


Swearing in Ceremony

Join us for a Virtual get-together as we watch the swearing-in ceremony of our next President and Vice-President on Wednesday!!

The inaugural ceremonies will begin with the national anthem and invocation around 11:30 a.m. ET. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shortly before noon.

President-elect Biden will then be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at noon ET on the Capitol’s West Front, as is tradition.

We will live stream the proceedings in a virtual Zoom room. We’ve also uncovered a small leftover supply of Biden-Harris signs and bumper stickers. Attendees will get them on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last!

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Newsletter for Jan 13, 2021

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Candidate Updates
  • GWCDP News
  • Our Community
  • News & Noteworthy
  • Upcoming Events

Message from the Chair

As I write this, we’re a full week separated from the Trump Riot at our nation’s Capitol Building and Donald J. Trump just became the first US President to be impeached twice, this time for “”incitement of insurrection” against the US Government. 

I watched the responses from Trump supporters (including our local Republican leaders) and observed there were three common themes used to deflect responsibility or to deny reality:

  • It was just a few bad apples
  • It was “Antifa”
  • What about all the cities that burned to ground in last summer’s BLM riots?

In a recent FB post, SC House Representative John McCravy managed to use two of these three tropes. Take two minutes to watch the video below and see for yourself how disconnected their statements are from what happened.

As any marriage counselor will tell you, in order for there to be “healing” there first has to be an acceptance of reality.


Candidate News

Inauguration Ceremony & Watch Party
Don’t watch the official swearing in ceremony of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris by yourself! Join us on Wed, Jan 20 as we live stream the proceedings in a virtual Zoom room!

Typically, the ceremonies are held at noon on Inauguration Day, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed. For now, we’re scheduling our Zoom from 11:30 am – 1 pm, but it may change if the official agenda differs from that.

We’ve also uncovered a small leftover supply of Biden-Harris signs and bumper stickers. Attendees will get them on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last!

Sign up via Mobilize for connection information, reminders, and updates.


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SC is 47th in Vaccination Rate

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Newsletter for Jan 2, 2021

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Candidate Updates
  • GWCDP News
  • Our Community
  • News & Noteworthy
  • Upcoming Events

Message from the Chair

I sincerely wish you a safe, healthy and happy 2021! There’s been enough loss and pain in 2020 to last us a decade. A New Year allows us to mentally wipe the slate clean and build upon a hope for a better future – one we all can have a hand in shaping.

We have an information-packed newsletter today, so I’ll just leave you with a “mood” that I’m feeling at the moment. I hope you share the same feeling!


Candidate News

Congratulations to Patricia Partlow on being elected to the Greenwood City Council representing Ward 2!

Patricia will be sworn in at the next regular city council meeting on January 25. We’re confident she will be a positive force of change for the residents of the City of Greenwood and extend to her an open invitation to speak with us whenever she has something to share!


Search & Support committee

GWCDP 1st Vice Chair, James Thompson, will be spearheading our Search & Support Committee.

This committee aims to recruit Democratic candidates for all positions that are up for election in 2022 and provide support & guidance for those that are new to political campaigning.

The kickoff meeting for the 2022 election cycle will be on Thursday, Jan 14 at 6 pm via Zoom. If you wish to participate in this effort and help achieve success on Nov 8, 2022, please e-mail info@gwdcountydems.org to get the Zoom meeting information.

If you are interested in learning about running for office, contact James at jetbyrd461@gmail.com or (864) 993-5161.


GWCDP News

Virtual Breakfast Meeting
We have an exciting lineup for our next Virtual Breakfast Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 9 am! We will hear from Greenwood County Diversity about their efforts in our community, a legislative update from Rep Anne Parks, and a special Q&A with our friend and former Representative Mandy Powers Norrell! To help kick off our candidate recruitment effort, Mandy will share her experiences of deciding to run for elected office.

Sign up via Mobilize to get information on how to watch. You won’t want to miss this!


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