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Protests Are Just the Beginning…
Ernest Lewis, Jr., 3rd Vice-Chair
“Protest don’t do crap,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach, Bruce Arians in response to the widespread sports boycott and protests after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Reporters and analysts tried to develop nuance in his comments that he soundly rejected. He pointed to his 67 years of life experience. This piece is not really about his comments just that his comments have stayed with me as we make our final push toward election day.
In preparing for this piece, I looked back at an article I wrote, “White Grief is Not Enough, Nor is Black Anger.” The piece was about how to convert the collective emotions around the issues of racial justice into empathy and action. I lean on Audre Lorde’s brilliant analysis in The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism describes where we are this way:
“I cannot hide my anger to spare you guilt, nor hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts.
Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge.
Yet all too often, guilt is another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.”
America, Alamance County as a smaller microcosm, is sitting at a tipping point. There are a number of ways we can go into the future: 1) those who seek change to the status quo could be passive and our direction does not change; 2) those that embrace the status quo rise up and just win flat out; or 3) those that see change continue to push for the change we wish to see. That list is oversimplified but it is indicative of why I am writing this piece. In Alamance County, we have seen several protests and counter-protests centering around the Statue to an Unknown Confederate Soldier that towers over the County Courthouse Square. These protests represent the rising furor around feelings of inequity and injustice. The statue is an analogue, an analogue of missed opportunities.
Back to Coach Arians words, he’s wrong because he is short-sighted and dare, I say, privileged. Protests are the beginning and middle of long-standing conversations. Long-standing degradation and disrespect and marginalization. Protests keep the flames going and eyes on the issues at hand. But here’s the rub, the protests are limited. They do not legislate or execute the laws. It spurs change, but it does not make change alone. Protests must be paired with education, voting, developing candidates, community investment, and most importantly, vigilant intention. Protests are like fireworks…explosive, brilliant, loud, and fleeting. Protests can get eyes on the issues at hand, but we must be about the work ahead when the protests are over.
Make Your Community Your Priority:
Make Your Plan to VOTE!
Turnout is EVERYTHING!
Make your plan and share it with friends and family.
Use your social media to help get out the vote.
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ACDP Virtual September Meeting
Message from our Chair Elaine Berry
I hope that you can join us at the Alamance County Democratic Party virtual meeting on Thursday, September 3, at 7 pm. We will be discussing sign distribution, HQ coverage, and a Labor Day candidates’ motorcade, among other things. We will also be joined by the next Lieutenant-Governor of NC, Yvonne Lewis Holley. Please register below to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.
You are invited to the Alamance County Democratic Party Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 3, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Phone Banks for Eric Henry
About this event
Join the Eric Henry campaign in calling voters to help make a change in NC House district 64! This Thursday is the first phone bank in September to call Alamance County voters in NC House district 64 and reach our goal of calling 2,500 voters this month.
Thursday, September 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
Thursday September 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
A FUNdraiser to flip the NC House!
A FUNdraiser to flip the NC House! Come join Ricky Hurtado and Representative Rachel Hunt and enjoy comedic performances by Sinbad, Gina Brillon and Avery Pearson.You will receive a Zoom link after you RSVP.
Get Tickets HERE
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE!
Eight precincts in Alamance County are going to change the location of their polling places for in person voting on November 3, 2020. Find your precinct HERE and see if your precinct is one of those affected below>
Alamance County Voting Locations for November 3, 2020 Temporary and Permanent Changes
Southern High School, 631 Southern High School Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
Trinity Worship Center, 3157 S. Church Street, Burlington Permanent – New Location
Elon Elementary School, 720 Walker Rd, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
South Graham Elementary, 320 Ivey Rd, Graham Temporary- COVID Location
Haw River Elementary School, 701 E Main St, Haw River Temporary- COVID Location
E.M. Yoder Elementary, 301 N Charles St, Mebane Temporary- COVID Location
Old Mebane Recreation Center, 209 W Jackson St, Mebane Permanent – New Location
Western Middle School, 2100 Eldon Dr, Elon Temporary- COVID Location
Multi-Party Assistance Team
The Board of Elections is looking for folks to be part of Multi-Party Assistance Team (MAT). This is the team that goes into assisted living facilities and nursing homes to help people vote. The Board of Elections is looking for some Democratic help. Teams are composed of both Democrats and Republicans.
Contact the Alamance Board of Elections for details 337 570 6755
YDAC General Meeting: Meet Your School Board Candidates
Join YDAC at their September General Meeting. We will hear from the democratic candidates for Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) Board of Education. All ages are welcome!You must sign up to receive the Zoom link for this meeting.
Sign Up Here: https://www.mobilize.us/alamancedemocraticparty/event/311672/
2020: Our Opportunity to Elect a Better State & Local Government.
We can change the face of our local government.
We Are Stronger Together!
For more information about our candidates click HERE
Reason 62 to Flip NC
62. TO RESTORE THE ESTATE TAX
In 2013, the GOP-controlled legislature repealed the estate tax as part of a tax policy agenda that has shifted the burden from the super-rich to the poor. The repeal of the estate tax is estimated to cost North Carolina $60 million per year in revenue. Regressive sales taxes have been used to help fill the resulting gap in revenue.
What is Power of the Pen?
The Power of the Pen is a persuasion and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort in which Democratic women are writing personalized letters to registered Democratic women who are sporadic in their voting habits and need to hear from regular votes like you about the importance of this election. Sign up to write 20 letters to fellow Democratic women in Alamance County and encourage them to vote in this essential election year.
Click the sign up link or email email@example.com
Sign Up Here
The Board of Elections will begin mailing out Absentee Ballots
Absentee Ballot Request forms from the
Center for Voter Information
And the absentee ballot request forms that many of us are receiving from the Center for Voter Information which contain the form, and a postage paid envelope addressed to the Alamance Board of Election are valid so please go ahead and use them!
Get Your Absentee Ballot Now!!!
Call Alamance Board of Elections for an
“Absentee Ballot Request Form”
1-Complete immediately upon receipt.
2-Return by Mail or take to Alamance Board of
Elections at 115 S. Maple Street, Graham from 8 AM to 5
PM Monday through Friday. ( No Drop Boxes in NC)
3-Mail out of ballots starts SEPTEMBER 4.
4-Complete Ballot ASAP upon Receipt.
a. Follow Instructions Very Carefully. HERE
b. Make Sure You Have One Witness.
c. Make Certain Envelope Certification is Signed!
Nervous About Voting Absentee? FAQs HERE
Change is coming to Alamance
Be Part of It!
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$20 for 2020
Help the Democratic Women of Alamance County Honor and celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by donating $20 for 2020, the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote. Donate Here
Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?
Alamance County needs election workers for the 2020 Elections!
Check this link to the Alamance County Election Official Application. We especially need elections workers during the 17-day early voting period. We have a new early voting location at the Elmira Community Center in Burlington and we have newly expanded weekend voting, including Sunday voting. This means we need more elections workers than in the past. And the COVID virus has meant that many of our predominantly older elections workers who are more vulnerable have chosen not to return to work this year’s election.
You can also fill out the NC State Board of Elections Democracy Heroes form to be contacted by BOE staff: https://www.ncsbe.gov/get-involved
Join Our ACDP Voter Outreach Team!
Be a part of our Voter Outreach team and commit to helping your friends and neighbors get out the vote this election! In exchange for your generous donation, ACDP is offering these high-quality shirts to anyone interested in helping us get our message out that Your Vote Does Count! 2020 will be a pivotal election year and one of our top goals is ensuring that all individuals who have the right to vote can and will use it. Donate Here!
Proud Alamance Democrat Yard Signs