Newsletter for Jun 22, 2021

In this Newsletter:

Message from the ChairAn “off season” is when we need to be ON!
GWCDP NewsIn-person Breakfast Meetings to resume in July
Volunteer of the Month
Precinct Leader recruitment continues
Upcoming Elections & Voting RightsUS Senate Candidate Krystle Matthews visits
US Senate Candidate Angela Geter to speak
Senate voting on S1 “For the People Act”
Our CommunityAdopt-a-Highway activity this Saturday
Ware Shoals Children’s Enrichment fundraiser
News & NoteworthyFormer 1st Vice Chair Michael Gaskin honored
Puppet Parade for America
Legislative UpdatesSC Budget and restrictions on educational freedom
Denying reality & Obstructing the Truth
Upcoming Events 

Message from the Chair

They say the year after a Presidential Election is the toughest for engaging people in political discussions and community activism. That certainly was NOT the case in 2017 after Trump was elected! But I fear there may be some truth to that here in 2021.

However, I personally cannot seem to get away from it. Even while on a recent vacation at the beach, an anti-Asian hate crime took place just yards from where I sat! Every day, I feel a tremendous sense of urgency to get working towards the 2022 elections. This is the time where we need to be building up strength, getting our organization skills honed, and recruiting strong candidates to run.

I’ve reached the limit of what I can do as an individual. But with YOUR support, as a volunteer or as a financial donor, there’s no limit to the amount of positive change we can enact. Just read below for a number of ways in which you can get involved!

I can assure you of this: The other side is NOT standing still! They are active right now on a number of fronts: From restricting the discussion of race in the classroom to preventing voting rights legislation from getting through with constant filibustering. You have the choice and the ability to fight back. Don’t wait for someone else – it’s got to be you! And you! And you! Together we can!


In-person Breakfast Meetings to resume in July
We are excited to resume holding in-person Breakfast Meetings! The last 14 months of Virtual Breakfasts were fun, but thanks to the vaccination efforts this year it has been deemed appropriate to hold live gatherings again.

We are thankful to Robert and Ken Headley Downs for offering their spacious lawn for our meeting on July 10 at 9 am. We have an incredible lineup of speakers with US Senate Candidate Angela Geter headlining!

Please RSVP online or call/text (864) 715-2341 as soon as possible so that we can have an accurate headcount. We are also sending out a massive postcard blitz this week, so you are getting the inside scoop today. Reserve your spot now! We can’t wait to see you there!

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Volunteer of the Month
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Democratic Party. It’s due to their hard work and dedication that we’re able to speak our message and support our candidates and elected officials.

Dr. Bob Phillips has been a cornerstone member, helping at every event and creating opportunities for the Greenwood Democrats to make a difference. We are thrilled to recognize him as our Volunteer of the Month for June!

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Why are conservatives terrified of Critical Race Theory? Monday Musings 2021-06-21

It can be exhausting at times to keep track of what cultural issue of the week is being completely misunderstood, misconstrued, and irrationally outraged against.

The latest cultural boogeyman? Something called “Critical Race Theory”. 

What is it? To be honest – I’m not qualified to explain it to you completely and accurately. All I know is that it’s an academic concept that’s more than 40 years old. It’s something that PhD candidates research and write about – studying the intersection of law, economic, sociology, literature, etc to find connections between all of them that lead to built-in disadvantages for parts of our society that may not be as in-your-face obvious as segregated water fountains or discriminatory lending practices.

Opponents of Critical Race Theory don’t even know what they are opposing! Let’s take Senator Tim Scott for example. Recently he stated “America is not a racist country”.

He, and many others, would like everyone to think that there are no limitations in this county. That any obstacles to success are solely due to one’s lack of work ethic and determination. Senator Tim Scott points to his own success as an example. 

Why then why would there need to be “Opportunity Zones” – a program he LOVES to tout? By definition, Opportunity Zones are a program “to spur economic growth and job creation in low-income communities.” 

Senator Scott also touted the Trump Administration’s prison and sentencing reform with the “First Step Act”. And guess which group of American citizens are most caught up with incarceration?

In 2018, black Americans represented 33% of the sentenced prison population, nearly triple their 12% share of the U.S. adult population. Whites accounted for 30% of prisoners, about half their 63% share of the adult population. 

Pew Research Center

Don’t we think it’s worth studying and teaching about how minority communities become economically distressed? Can’t we research and converse about how black Americans come to be so disproportionately put behind bars?

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Filibustering is for the birds: Monday Musings 2021-06-07

There’s been considerable chatter these past few months about a tool called the “filibuster” in the US Senate.

It’s basically a way for the minority Party of the Senate to prevent legislation from moving forward to a vote. It used to be that a filibuster was when one or more Senators could talk for as long as they wished on any subject they chose during debate – a process that could only be stopped if 60 Senators agree to close debate – but now it merely requires a threat to filibuster to hold up a vote.

So when you have a 50-50 split of the Senate, you can understand why not much gets done. We saw very recently how Republicans filibustered a bill to establish a Jan 6 commission – to fully fund an investigation into every aspect that led to one of the most appalling moments in our country’s history. Even with several Republicans on board, they couldn’t get to a 60-vote threshold needed to overcome the filibuster.

Interestingly, and not surprisingly, the three conservative judges recently appointed to the Supreme Court were able to do so, because the then Republican Senate Majority changed the rules to say that the filibuster rule no longer needed to be in effect. A simple 1-vote majority would be enough to confirm one of their judges. But now that they’re no longer the majority party, the filibuster is suddenly important!

Now I can appreciate the desire to give the minority party some tools to prevent them from being railroaded. Recently, “Democrat” Senator Kyrsten Sinema stated that the filibuster was “…a tool that protects the democracy of our nation.”

But is it truly a democracy that’s being saved here?

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GWCDP Newsletter for Thu, June 3

US Senate Candidate Rep Krystle Matthews

We are excited to share that US Senate candidate, Rep Krystle Matthews, will be coming to Greenwood next week for a meet & greet fundraiser! We need good people to fight our collective fight against the likes of Tim Scott and for the good people of South Carolina. Please turn out to support Rep. Matthew’s campaign!

The suggested donation amount is $50 but anyone is welcome to attend regardless of their ability to contribute financially. If we want to attract good Democratic candidates we need to do our part and show out in force to support them! If you cannot attend but would like to donate to her campaign, you can do so securely via the link below. Thank you!

Final “Virtual” Breakfast Meeting this Saturday

Our final Virtual Breakfast Meeting (at least for this pandemic) will be THIS SATURDAY, June 5, at 9 am. 

Check out the powerful lineup of speakers below who will inform and inspire us. Then sign up right away so that you can receive connection information and email reminders when the Breakfast draws near. 

Tune in a few minutes ahead of time so that you don’t miss a minute!

SC Representative Krystle Matthews will share with us her story, what motivated her to become politically involved, and how she can take on Senator Tim Scott in 2022.

Emily Mayer is a teacher and activist from Bluffton, SC who has been a strong advocate for youth and educators in SC. Recently, she testified in front of an SC Senate panel. Hear about that experience and more from this rising star in SC politics.

Cheryl and Eric Morton are active voices in the Greenwood Community. Cheryl is the host of Finding Me Podcast on WarRap Radio and Eric is the Senior Pastor at Marshall Chapel Baptist Church. They have quite different views about political activism and share the conversations they have at the dinner table – conversations which happen in households all over the country!

Councilwoman Edith Childs joins us for a quick update about an exciting new public service that is coming to Greenwood County.

Denise Waldrep, former GWCDP 1st Vice Chair and candidate for SC House, shares one final legislative update with us. It’s been a wild year in SC politics and we thank Denise for keeping us informed in an easy-to-understand manner!

Finally, GWCDP Chair Bill Kimler will provide Party updates, review upcoming events, and announce June’s Volunteer of the Month.

Once again, sign up today and join us this Saturday!

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Memorial Day – Monday Musings for May 31, 2021

Since 1789, Congress has declared war 11 times.

And this doesn’t include the countless military engagements to which our men and women; brothers and sisters; fathers, mothers, children, friends and neighbors have been sent over the centuries – all going on full faith that they are pursuing a noble cause, that those who issue those orders are doing so with deliberation and pure intentions. Orders that that may require, and too frequently have indeed resulted in, the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

For this Memorial Day, we solemnly reflect on those tragic lives cut short. For our freedom they have lost theirs to build a life, to grow a family, to make friends, to experience art, sport, music. To create and contribute to that great symphony known as the human race.

We should honor those who have lost their lives, and at the same time not glorify the devastation and suffering that armed conflict brings – to both the aggressor and to the innocent.

Every life lost is a tragedy – even when it’s for a truly noble cause, but especially so when motives of the politician are not in about defense of our nation, but rather in the pursuit of greed, power, or extremist ideology.

We can spend a few minutes today reflecting on those who have lost their lives in service to our country and offer our prayers to their families and friends who have had to carry on without that light in their lives. 

For us, the citizens of the United States, there is no better way to honor these people than to elect leaders who fully comprehend the magnitude of the military decisions they’re entrusted with. Leaders who are capable of absorbing the information available, capable of building a team that is honorable, competent, and trustworthy who offer advice that is truly in the best interests of our nation. Leaders who can feel the weight of every life lost carrying out the orders that come from their office.

But most of all – we need to elect leaders who are fully committed to peace and only call upon the men and women of our country to take up arms when absolutely necessary.

See other Monday Musings from past weeks.

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