Tuesday, November 24, 2015
SCDC Winter Social-Wednesday December 16th, 5-7

Save The Date! The SCDC Winter Social will be held Wednesday December 16 at the Governor's Inn, Rochester from 5 to 7PM.  There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Senator Shaheenntroducing Largest Response Yet To The Heroin Epidemic

"The opioid crisis is spiraling out of control. This should be an all-hands-on-deck moment, not just for New Hampshire, but for our country. We are losing lives daily and our first responders, healthcare providers and criminal justice system are overwhelmed. To stem the tide, we urgently need additional funding for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts, and this legislation would provide resources to those on the frontlines.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

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Saturday, November 21, 2015
How Do Democrats Who Surrendered To Fear Explain Themselves?

Forty-seven House Democrats moved toward darkness voting yes in Thursday’s vote on a bill to make it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the US. They pandered to fear, bigotry and unfortunately look much more like their heartless, hateful counterparts on the other side of the aisle because of this.

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88 Democrats Voted To Enable Racial Discrimination In Car Buying

The 88 House Democrats who voted to enable racial discrimination in the automobile market:

Pete Aguilar (Calif.)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.)
Brad Ashford (Neb.)
Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
Amerish Babulal "Ami" Bera (Calif.)
Don Beyer (Va.)
Sanford Dixon Bishop Jr. (Ga.)
Brendan Boyle (Pa.)
Robert Brady (Pa.)
Julia Brownley (Calif.)
Cheryl "Cheri" Bustos (Ill.)
Matt Cartwright (Pa.)
James "Jim" Clyburn (S.C.)
Gerald "Gerry" Connolly (Va.)
Jim Cooper (Tenn.)
James "Jim" Costa (Calif.)
Joseph "Joe" Courtney (Conn.)
Joseph Crowley (N.Y.)
Henry Cuellar (Texas)
John K. Delaney (Md.)
Suzan DelBene (Wash.)
Debbie Dingell (Mich.)
Mike Doyle (Pa.)
Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)
Elizabeth Esty (Conn.)
Bill Foster (Ill.)
Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)
Ruben Gallego (Ariz.)
Gwen Graham (Fla.)
Alan Grayson (Fla.)
Eugene "Gene" Green (Texas)
Janice Hahn (Calif.)
Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.)
Dennis "Denny" Heck (Wash.)
Brian Higgins (N.Y.)
Rubén Hinojosa (Texas)
Jared Huffman (Calif.)
Steve Israel (N.Y.)
Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)
William "Bill" Keating (Mass.)
Dan Kildee (Mich.)
Derek Kilmer (Wash.)
Ron Kind (Wis.)
Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.)
Ann Kuster (N.H.)
Rick Larsen (Wash.)
Brenda Lawrence (Mich.)
Ted Lieu (Calif.)
Dan Lipinski (Ill.)
Dave Loebsack (Iowa)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)
Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.)
Jim McDermott (Wash.)
Grace Meng (N.Y.)
Patrick Murphy (Fla.)
Rick Nolan (Minn.)
Donald Norcross (N.J.)
Beto O'Rourke (Texas)
Bill Pascrell (N.J.)
Ed Perlmutter (Colo.)
Scott Peters (Calif.)
Collin Peterson (Minn.)
Mike Quigley (Ill.)
Kathleen Rice (N.Y.)
Raul Ruiz (Calif.)
Tim Ryan (Ohio)
Loretta Sanchez (Calif.)
Adam Schiff (Calif.)
Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
David Scott (Ga.)
Terri Sewell (Ala.)
Brad Sherman (Calif.)
Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.)
Albio Sires (N.J.)
Louise Slaughter (N.Y.)
Adam Smith (Wash.)
Jackie Speier (Calif.)
Eric Swalwell (Calif.)
Mike Thompson (Calif.)
Dina Titus (Nev.)
Paul Tonko (N.Y.)
Norma Torres (Calif.)
Nikki Tsongas (Mass.)
Juan Vargas (Calif.)
Marc Veasey (Texas)
Filemon Vela (Texas)
Tim Walz (Minn.)
Peter Welch (Vt.)
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 Occupy NH Seacoast-Black Friday Protest-Nov 27th 9-10

at 9:00am - 10:00am

Walmart Somersworth
59 Walton's Way, Somersworth, New Hampshire 03878

Black Friday is a symbol of the consumerism and greed that drives the inequality that is destroying our country!

Please join us on Black Friday to protest greed,consumerism and a company that like many others doesn't pay a living wage because they've manipulated our government to subsidize them and to fight for $15/Hr.
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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: U.S. Refugee Goal Falls Short of Our Capability

"We visited the island of Lesvos in Greece, where so many refugees are coming across, and not just from Syria. The unaccompanied children were saddest to me. At a house in Athens, we saw an unaccompanied boy with his 13-year-old cousin. At a reception center in Lesvos, we met a boy with his sister; at some point, the parents had sent the kids on alone because they were so desperate to get them out." Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Sotomayor Says Supreme Court Has 'Shoot First, Think Later' Approach To Cop Violence

"When Mullenix confronted his superior officer after the shooting, his first words were, 'How’s that for proactive?'" 

"The glib comment does not impact our legal analysis," she wrote as she explained the legal standard governing use of force. "But the comment seems to me revealing of the culture this Court’s decision supports when it calls it reasonable — or even reasonably reasonable — to use deadly force for no discernible gain and over a supervisor’s express order to 'stand by.'"

"By sanctioning a 'shoot first, think later' approach to policing, the court renders the protections of the Fourth Amendment hollow." Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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Tri Town Democrats Meeting Thursday, November 12th At 7PM Emma Ramsey Center, Milton

Hi folks,
It's time for our November meeting!  The Tri Town Democrats will meet on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 PM at the Emma Ramsey Center in Milton.  We will have a guest from the Martin O'Malley Campaign, Sam Taylor. 
Attached are the draft minutes from our October Meeting. 

Call to Order
Secretary's Report
Treasurer's Report
Digital and Social Media Report 
Old Business
  • Honors Dinner Committee
  • Letter Writing Committee
New Business
  • SCDC Meeting
  • Elections
  • Other Business

Upcoming Events
  • November 18th 6:30 PM · Plymouth Senior Center 8 Depot St, Plymouth, NH 03264 by Jackie for NH:  Rep. Jackie Cilley to address Plymouth Area Democrats about her efforts to raise New Hampshire's wage floor
  • Important Strafford County Democratic Committee meeting on November 18th, at 7:00PM, at the Durham Public Library.  The 2 primary agenda items are the election of a 11th EC member and the presentation by NHDP on the Delegate selection process for the Democratic National Convention,  in Philadelphia next year.  Both are important so please attend and encourage your committee members to as well.
  • Black Lives Matter Vigil! November 20th Fri 6 PM · Market Square Portsmouth, NH:  The message of the vigil is that we no longer accept the systematic abuse of people of color, and that the militarized police forces racial profiling, and pattern of excessive force by police are unacceptable, as is all institutionalized inequality.Please join us, get involved and show that humanity is better than this and that there will be change.Presented by Occupy NH Seacoast. Occupy NH Seacoast is a local group working to promote social and economic equality worldwide.
Next Meeting
Our next scheduled meeting will be on December 10, at 7:00 PM at the New Durham Library in New Durham.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
"NH Debates" Adds Support Of Key Leaders In Call To Add NH Debates

New Hampshire Debates

Senate and House Democratic Leaders Join the Call for an Additional New Hampshire Debate; Press Conference Wednesday

CONCORD, NH – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn and House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff have joined the 120-member New Hampshire Debates coalition working to facilitate an additional Democratic presidential debate before the February 9th New Hampshire Primary.

Sen. Woodburn and Rep. Shurtleff join nearly three dozen other current legislators who believe New Hampshire voters would benefit from a prime time debate at the height of voters’ attention.  The sole New Hampshire debate is currently scheduled for the Saturday night before Christmas; a suboptimal time slot.

The news of additional legislators and activists signing on to New Hampshire Debates comes as the group is gearing up for  a press conference to discuss a recent meeting with NH1 and the importance of a debate between the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary. The press conference will be at 11:45 AM on Wednesday, November 4 in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

New Hampshire Debates consists of current and former elected officials, town and county democratic leaders, democratic activists, supporters of all three presidential campaigns and undecided leaders who believe strongly that the Primary tradition of free and open debate transcends any one presidential campaign. The coalition has been meeting with media, non-profit organizations, and private and public educational and civic institutions to secure at least one additional debate before the New Hampshire Primary.

The Members of New Hampshire Debates include:

Rep. Michael Abbott

David Allen

Rep. Susan Almy

Jeffery Ballard

Dean Barker

Hon. Mo Baxley

Raj Bhattacharya

Hon. Peter Burling

Dan Calegari

Bernadette Cameron

Beth Campbell

Hon. Lorrie Carey

Hon. Byron Champlin

Rep. Cynthia Chase

Rep. Jackie Cilley

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark

Hon. Burt Cohen

Rep. John Cloutier

Rep. Renny Cushing

Sen. Lou D’Allesandro

Robert Dietel

Clara Dietel

Hon. Dudley Dudley

Gerald Dyer

Rep. Dan Eaton

Lucy Edwards

Hon. Eileen Ehlers

Robert Ehlers

Brent Erstad

Lew Feldstein

Nathan Fennessey

Rep. Sue Ford

Rep. June Frazer

Stan Freeda

Caroline French

Hon. Sylvia Gale

Rep. Jeff Goley

Irvin Gordon

Rep. Sue Gottling

Hon. Martin L. Gross

Ronna Hamelin

Rachel Hampe

Matthew Hancock

Dr. Travis Harker

John Hattan

Zandra Rice-Hawkins

Ann Heffernon

Mary Heslin

Rep. Patricia Higgins

Rep. Timothy Horrigan

Rep. Virginia Irwin

Sen. Andrew Hosmer

Rep. Marty Jack

Hon. Harold Janeway

Rep. Gladys Johnsen

Don Jorgensen

Ed Kaplan

Brian Keaney

Janice Kelbe

Ben Kelley

Karina Kelley

Quinn Kelley

Eric Tolbert Kilchenstein

Rob Lanney

Jonathan Lax

Kyle Leach

Rep. Peter Leishman

Derek Lick

Rep. Pat Long

Hon. Maureen Mann

Rep. Marcia Moody

Kathy Muirhead

Prof. Russ Muirhead

Rep. Mel Myler

James Owers

Linda Paquette

Chia-Huei Parker

David Parker

Hon. Norman Patenaude

Rep. Marjorie Porter

Shana Potvin

Hon. Brian Rapp

Rep. Mario Ratzki

John Rauh

Mary Rauh

Alan Reische

Joan Reische

Hon. Gary Richardson

Ken Roos

Jim Rosenberg

Rep. George Saunderson

Atlant Schmidt

Hon. Jan Schmidt

Rep. Dianne Schuett

Brian Shea

Rep. Steve Shurtleff

Jayme Simoes

Laura Simoes

Dr. Bill Siroty

Rep. Marjorie Smith

Robert Spiegelman

Lynne Starry

Bill Stelling

Tom St. Martin

Jay Surdukowski

Rep. George Sykes

Jim Tetreault

AnnMarie Timmins

Ken Traum

William Tucker

Michael Veilleux

Donna Veilleux

Sen. David Watters

Rep. Lucy Weber

Dan Weeks

Sindiso Mnisi Weeks

Pat Wilczynski

Sen. Jeff Woodburn

Ann Wright
Josh Wyatt
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Let's Rethink The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner By Kyle Leach

Let's Rethink The Jefferson Jackson Dinner By Kyle Leach

It wasn't until I was a town chair that I started to get many invites to dinners, fundraisers, and Dem socials. The invites were always there and I often saw that people I knew were going or saw marketing for the events. Most of the time I don't really pay attention to such things. I prefer to give my money and time to specific candidates and cut out middle men all together. That way the small amounts I do have to give will have the most impact. 

I recently received an invite to the "JJ" Dinner, hosted by the NHDP. This dinner stood out not for the substance or timing or notable figures, but by the name it holds. "JJ" stands for Jefferson- Jackson, as in Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. On the surface they seem like solid historical figures to add a bit of flare to an event. Unfortunately, that is surface gloss and once you think about it just a little bit, these two white men, and I stress white men, don't really seem to represent our contemporary Democratic Party platform at all. 

Both men owned many people and used them as they would as slaves. Both made decisions that greatly harmed native peoples on this continent. Both held offices and made decisions that led to an untold number of injuries, forced relocations, and slaughter. For all the many great things they may have accomplished, those accomplishments do not make up for the horrors they perpetuated.  While they might have been instrumental in the establishment of the Democratic Party, their actions today, warrant a deeper discussion as to their value as representatives of the Party.

In the mid to late 20th century and the early portion of the 21st century Dems have been focused on civil rights and the expansion of human rights and dignity for all living things on the planet. Those ideals are the soul of the party and are worthy of expression and perpetuation. Having an event named after Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson does not fit in with who we are at all. Neither seem to exemplify what we are trying to accomplish. They are leaders of an era quite out of step with ours. While they may seem like historical heroes to white folks of European heritage, they are closer to historical villains in the histories of those we wish to invite into our party as activists and contributors.

You might not think this is very important, after all it is just a name, but how we choose to identify ourselves is quite important. It establishes what we are and what people see first. Paring us with people who now seem like ancient relics of a past most of us would not wish to live in does not help us. It harms us. It makes us seem at best conflicted or incongruous and at worst locks us to a time no modern person can connect with. It makes us unwelcoming to those we wish to welcome and hypocritical to those we say we want to help.

It is important for us to remember our history and know our past, but it is equally important to look at the past and the people in it for all they were. They are representatives of their time, not ours.  We cannot afford to forget or to selectively look at the past. We cannot mystify or absolve horrible actions in history simply because they were commonplace.

The next time someone says to you that they cannot tell the difference between Republicans and Democrats there are often good reasons for that. It starts with the subtle cues of things like an event named after two old white men and extends to our opportunistic duplicity and "evolution" on many an issue. It's time to make our identity clear. It's time to tie our Democratic identity to the future and it is well past time to rename the "JJ" dinner after someone or something which makes us all feel welcome and proud

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