SCDC Website Launch-Like, Share, Vist Often 2016 Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner Recap And Video 2015-Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner A Super Success Update -Recap/Photos-SCDC Picnic A Great Success Photos/Recap Farmington Hay Day 2015 Photos of the 2016 Grand Illumination in Farmington
Thursday, February 2, 2017
We All Belong Here-Resisting Racism & Bigotry

From AFSC:

Share and display these images in your community to help create welcoming spaces for all. 

Between Nov. 9—the day after the presidential election—and Nov. 15, the Southern Poverty Law Center collected 437 reports of hateful intimidation and harassment from around the country.

Muslims, immigrants, women, and Black and LGBTQ communities were all targets of these attacks. These incidents took place on public transportation, in the streets, in places of worship—but the majority took place in K-12 schools. These attacks are happening to our communities, our friends, and loved ones.

Driven by a desire to provide tools for schools and the larger community to create space for discussion and declare solidarity, artists Micah Bazant and Kate DeCiccio partnered with AFSC, Forward Together, Jewish Voice for Peace, Center for New Community, and Showing Up for Racial Justice to produce these beautiful images.

Share these posters widely in your community. You can: 

 https://www.afsc.org/resource/posters-resisting-racism-and-bigotry

 Download "We All Belong Here" poster (PDF)

 Download "We Commit to Resist" poster (PDF)

 

 

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February--African American History Month



The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  




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Tri Town Meeting Feb 9th, 7 PM-Guest Speaker Olivia Zink, from Open Democracy


Update:

Hi folks,

In lieu of the weather predictions for tomorrow, we think it wise to cancel our TriTown Dems Meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

We will email out the agenda with some notes and have a few questions for you, so you won't be totally off the hook for participation and sharing of ideas!  But we do want everyone to be safe from driving in the predicted, and sometimes unpredictable, weather.

As we are developing that agenda and notes to share, please send me any items or notes you would like to be included for either notice or discussion. 

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. 

Stay safe in the storm.


Our next scheduled meeting will be on February 9th, at 7:00 PM in Milton at the Emma Ramsey Center. Our speaker will be Olivia Zink, from Open Democracy. She will speak about voting rights and campaign finance reform.

About Open Democracy:

Founded in 2009 by renowned reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock (1910-2010), Open Democracy is leading the New Hampshire movement to strengthen democracy and stop the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics. Over the past five years, we have educated and engaged thousands of New Hampshire citizens through nonpartisan grassroots campaigns, film and theatrical events, a national speaker series, research and publications, and local and state advocacy initiatives. In 2014, we partnered with citizens in 52 New Hampshire towns to pass warrant articles calling for an end to corporate and union spending in political campaigns under Citizens United.

http://www.opendemocracynh.org/




Mark your Calendars for the Farmington Democratic Committee Caucus

Our committee caucus is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM at the Farmington House of Pizza.  Please come and join us for some socializing and strategizing for the coming year.  This is the year to get involved, and we are the folks that can help you get involved and stay involved.
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Support Your Schools & Educators-SAU 61 Deliberative Session Saturday Feb 4th 9am


Update 2/6/2017-SAU61 Deliberative Session Saturday lasted five hours this time. Concerned citizens were able to stop several attempts to massively cut funding(one for 1 million in cuts and one for 500K in cuts) to the schools, educators and students of our school system. It was close though. As personal citizens, the Town Administrator Arthur Capello and Charlie King, Chairman of the Select Board, proposed the large cuts. We need support during the election in March & town meeting for many things including the schools & library. Time to step up everyone.



Residents of the Town of Farmington are hereby notified to meet at the Farmington High School, 40 Thayer Drive, in Farmington, NH on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. to discuss and amend, if required, the 2017-2018 School District Budget and Warrant Articles. Voting, Session #2 will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.


The School Board approved a budget of $16,217,851 (tax impact $3.14).
The Budget Committee reduced that amount to $15,850,889 (tax impact $2.31)  This is the number that will appear on the Warrant, unless it is amended at the Deliberative Session.


Most of the money targeted by the Budget Committee dealt with personnel.  While the School Board favors rewarding our educators for their hard work and dedication to our schools and our students, many members of the Budget Committee seek to treat personnel as toss away, hired hands, and clearly resents paying and treating our educators like the professionals that they are.

They will seek to force the school to continue low pay and part time employment of our dedicated educators.  Please help us stop them!





1.  Come to the School Deliberative Session.
The deliberative session is on Saturday, February 4, at 9:00 AM, at the High School
We need a bunch of folks to show up at the deliberative session and amend the budget to put the money back so our budget can go to the voters intact.  We need support to drum up folks for the deliberative session, and for support for the warrants in March.  We have a budget, the teacher contract, and the maintenance Workers Contract to pass.

2. Call, Write or Email the Budget Committee and School Board Members

Both boards need to understand your feelings about our schools, and our town. Applaud the School Board for its decisions to get our schools back on track and put our district in the top 10% of New Hampshire Schools in the next 10 years.  This is the only way we will attract families and businesses to our town.
The School Board will use your positive support to move even further towards progress.
The Budget Committee will use your negative support to understand how the townsfolk feel about the education of our children and investments in our community.



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Friday, January 20, 2017
President Obama's Final Message To The White House Email List-Yes WE Can



My fellow Americans,

It's a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It's a letter meant to share what we know, what we've learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.
But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I've pulled strength. I've seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers -- and found grace in a Charleston church.

I've taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I've seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I've seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I've seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I've seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I've seen our future unfolding.

All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work -- the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there's an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

I'll be right there with you every step of the way.

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.' 'We the People.' 'We shall overcome.'

Yes, we can.
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Women's March -Democracy Now! Broadcasts-General Info-Local Activities


 How to Watch:

On Saturday, January 21, Democracy Now! will bring you a special live broadcast from near the Women’s March main stage area. Tune in from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. ET. This special coverage will include speakers and performers from the stage and interviews with people from around the world who are attending the march and rallies in D.C., as well as reports from other actions around the country.
Don’t miss live coverage of the Inauguration on Friday, January 20. Click here for more details.
Use the hashtag #DNlive to join the conversation on Twitter.


Stream this coverage live here on Saturday, January 21 starting at 10 a.m. ET.
Or, watch on LinkTV (Dish Network 9410 & DirecTV Ch. 375)

 Women's March meet-ups in DC:

This is a (growing) list of places in DC near the Women’s March that will have special Welcome Stations catering

 List of March Meet-ups


 Local Activity:

 Jan 21st NH Women's March for Civil Rights-Portsmouth

 NH Women's Day of Action-Concord

 Search for other local events
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Vision. Action. Community.

The Farmington Democrats believe that equality of opportunity can be achieved through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision of social justice.