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UC Dems occupy the Highway

The Union County Democrats were occupied on Highway 82 doing their part to clean up America. The effort took the group about four hours. The weather was perfect and the trash buildup was not too bad. The Democrats clean up their adopted section of Highway 82 three times a year.

Occupy La Grande!

Union County Democrats
Occupy La Grande!

We are the 99 Percent

Over the past few weeks Occupy Wall Street has grown from a handful of protesters in New York City to a national mobilization of tens of thousands.

Demonstrations of more than 20,000 are occurring in New York. 10,000 people marched and filled Pioneer Square in Portland. More and more Occupy groups are organizing and demonstrating every day. And now... Occupy La Grande!

At noon on Thursday, October 13, Occupy La Grande supporters will gather in Max Square. Our focus is the same as groups all across the country: Jobs, Not Cuts; Fair Taxes on Everyone; Hold Wall Street and Corporations Accountable.

We plan to march to Congressman Walden's office on Washington Avenue. We'd like to know where Mr. Walden stands on Contract for the American Dream. The contract outlines policies that will help rebuild the American Dream -- investing in our infrastructure, creating 21st century energy jobs, investing in public education, providing Medicare for All, making work pay, securing Social Security, returning to fairer tax rates, ending the wars and investing at home, taxing Wall Street speculation, and strengthening our democracy.

We will then walk to Wells Fargo Bank and read the official statement of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. We want to highlight the increasing role that banks and other corporations play in buying elections and distorting democracy. We want to highlight how this influence benefits the wealthy and harms working families and the middle-class.

Please join us. Share this information and bring your friends. Bring your signs to help focus our message: Jobs, Not Cuts; Fair Taxes on Everyone; Hold Wall Street and Corporations Accountable!

Occupy La Grande!

Over the past few weeks Occupy Wall Street has grown from a handful of protestors in New York City to a national mobilization of tens of thousands.

 

Demonstrations of more than 20,000 are occurring in New York. 10,000 people marched and filled Pioneer Square in Portland!  More and more Occupy groups are organizing and demonstrating every day.  And now... Occupy La Grande!

 

Persuasive Letter Writing Workshop with Mike Shearer

You may remember a letter in the Observer a few months back.  Written by Mike Shearer, it was brief but excellent guide to writing more effective and persuasive Letters to the Editor.  (Note - you can read Mike’s piece at: http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/Opinion/Community-Comment/Letters-to-the...)

 

Last month, Mike kindly agreed to conduct a seminar to expand on the ideas he presented in his article.  If you weren’t able to attend on September 14, you missed an informative session! 

 

Here are some important concepts from the seminar.  Many thanks to Sharon Evoy and Jerry Sebestyen for their notes!

 

Join us at our monthly meeting!

Our next meeting will be from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.  We will meet in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street.

 

Here are some key items on the agenda:

Meeting agenda for September 7, 2011

Our next meeting will be from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. With White House Coffee now closed and its ultimate fate up in the air, we will instead meet in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex, 105 Fir Street.

Carole Halvorson will chair the meeting.

Here are some key points to consider – please give your input and comments to Carole to finalize the agenda.

  • Review of Union County Fair Booth
  • Review Sen Merkley Town Hall
  • Next Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up Day
  • Review YTD Financials
  • Set Next Fundraising Effort
  • Highlights from SCC meeting
  • Writing Workshop on Letters to the Editor

Glen Scheele Chair, Union County Democrats

Democrats booth at the 2011 Union County Fair

Wasn’t it great to be out at the Union County Fair – meeting good friends, enjoying the passing scene, and admiring the creativity and industry of our neighbors? The Fair is an enduring celebration of our way of life and our community.

The Union County Democrats were proud to be a part of that celebration again this year. As we do each year, we asked fairgoers to speak out on their most important issues. We counted 2,081 votes in our straw poll. That’s a 50% increase over last year and a new record of participation! Here is a breakdown of the tally:

ISSUE

Votes

% of Total

Ending the Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

401

19%

Improving Family Wages, Jobs, and Home Ownership

334

16%

Access to Quality Affordable Health Care for all Americans

312

15%

Access to Quality Education for all Americans

275

13%

Preserving Social Security and Medicare

220

11%

Tax Fairness for People and Corporations

204

10%

Preventing Another Financial Meltdown and Bailout

189

9%

Promoting Energy Independence and US Energy Jobs

146

7%

 

2,081

100%

See you at the Union County Fair!

Hello Democrats!

 

The Union County Fair begins Wednesday, August 3rd.  In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, I hope everyone will take some time to come by the Democrats' booth.  Participate in the issues straw poll.  Buy and take home a newly designed t-shirt or bumper sticker.  Sign up to get active with your fellow Democrats!

 

We will have an impressive presence at this year’s fair thanks to the efforts of Gray McGuire and Suzann Chapman.  Gray has seen to it that the booth is freshly painted and decorated.  Suzann has insured we have volunteers in the booth throughout Fair week.

 

Join Us At Our July Meeting

Hello Fellow Democrats...
 
I hope that you enjoyed your 4th of July! 

To mark the holiday, I took a bit of time to reread the Declaration of Independence.  I was reminded that these United States began as a bold experiment with no guarantee of success.  I was also reminded that this experiment requires our work and participation to survive and thrive. 

I am writing (late, I know) to invite you to our next gathering.  We will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at White House Coffee, 1702 Fourth Street in La Grande.
 
Here's a preview of our agenda.  As always, your participation and input is welcome.
 
      Union County Fair Booth
      Fund Appeal Results
      Fundraising Next Steps
      Strategic Planning Next Steps    
 
      And More...
      

Please plan to attend - get involved for positive change with your fellow Democrats.
 
Your help is needed and appreciated - I look forward to seeing you!
 
Sincerely, 
 
Glen Scheele
Chair, Union County Democrats

June 1, 2011

Union County Democratic Central Committee
Meeting Minutes for June 1, 2011

Minutes include:

  • Meeting Called to Order
  • Present
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer's Report and Minutes Approval
  • Adopt a highway
  • DPO OFA Grassroots Volunteer Training
  • Union County Fair
  • SCC State Central Committee
  • Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee May 24th
  • Wyden Town Hall
  • Adjourned

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