12 August 2019 Newsletter

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Lori Trahan Is Keynote Speaker at HDCC Annual Breakfast
Representative Lori Trahan will be the keynote speaker at the Haverhill Democratic City Committee’s Annual Breakfast this year, and Haverhill State Representative Linda Dean Campbell will be awarded Distinguished Democrat. The  Breakfast is on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, Galleria Banquet Room, 85 Essex Street, Haverhill. Distinguished Democrats for 2019 will be awarded, and a straw poll will be conducted on all contested races. The Breakfast is open to the public, and tickets are $25. Please buy your tickets in advance because the Breakfast will sell out. Look for more information in your mail!
For more info contact or to let us know you will be attending the Breakfast Meeting please email Roz McKeon, Breakfast Chairperson, at rbm521@comcast.net.
Action Items — the backstory
This weeks action items are from Julie Zebrak (@JulieZebrak), who posted them on Twitter on July 30  Julie describes herself: “DOJ & FinCEN alum. Political consultant and organizer. Co-Founder of #Mamas4Kamala; founder of @YesMomsCan; Member of #KHive; e me at yesmomscan@gmail.com.” A single mother from a red state, feeling discouraged at the state of the country, emailed Julie and asked her what she could do to get involved. Julie’s suggestions are below, as our action items this week.
News from the Committees
HDCC Action/Outreach Committee will meet again soon to gear up for the fall. Stay tuned for more details.
Book Nook
Although I’ve recommended it before, I’m going to recommend it again and really, really urge everyone to read White Fragility. With the president’s recent racist attacks on members of Congress and cities, and with the increase in racially motivated hate crimes, we must understand what’s happening in our country right now. From Amazon’s description: In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).
Readers, what you you reading this summer?  Send Book Nook  features to hdccnewsma@gmail.com. Please use the subject line Book Nook.
Action Items (from Julie Zebak’s Twitter feed)

1.  As we all know by now, their goal is to overwhelm us with horrible acts & words, to exhaust us, to make us look away so that they can keep doing more, unchecked. To me, that means we have to take time off, hug our families, engage in self-care, but keep fighting.
2.  We MUST call our representatives even & especially if our representatives are Republicans. We DON’T have to make their jobs easy. We CAN keep them focused on what we are mad about & control that conversation.
3.  We have to march, post online, & keep up the conversations in front of our friends & families who may differ politically.
We also have to balance the fight with positive concrete action, to stay healthy & in fighting shape.
4.  We can make donations (even $5) to candidates or causes we support.
5.  We can volunteer in our communities for people who need support (act locally); we can volunteer for local candidates. Locale elections, as we have learned, are incredibly important. Work on one!
6.  We can phone bank for local and nat’l candidates from home.
7.  We can get knowledgeable about candidates we like & become experts & ambassadors for them (or mom-bassadors) down the road.
8.  We can find online communities of like-minded Dems and see if we can find like-minded groups on the ground near us if we live in red areas.
9.  We can post on social media so that our ideals are shared.
10.  We can put bumper stickers on our cars & signs in our yards.
11.  These are small actions to take that will make you feel less powerless, less hopeless, & like you are doing something.
2 of my fave nat’l organization for activism are @MomsDemand for gun sense work & @WeTheAction for lawyers.
12.  There is so much to do, & we all can do more. Please say engaged! END

Coming Events
September 7, 2019, 10 a.m., HDCC Annual Breakfast, tickets are $25; order tickets soon because they will sell out.
September 14, 2019, Democratic State Convention, details to come. 
Look at what our elected representatives are up to! 
Thank them, nag them, beg them — tell them how you feel! Until you have them on speed dial, find all of your representatives — state, local, and national — here!