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Our Leadership Crew

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2018-04-16/region-s-democrats-get-new-party-leadership

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Caucus Saturday March 24

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Bartlett-Gruening Banquet this month

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2017 Bartlett-Gruening dessert auction entry

Time to mark your calendars for the annual Bartlett-Gruening Banquet!

Date: Wednesday, March 28

Time: 6:00 PM

Place: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall

320 W Willoughby Ave, Juneau, AK 99801

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Alaska Democratic Party Code of Conduct

Today’s post is to inform you of a major step recently taken by the Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) to institutionalize an important ethical commitment. The Party has adopted an enforceable Code of Conduct that, I feel, takes us miles ahead in terms of leveling the playing field for historically disadvantaged people. 

Willie Anderson, a Tongass Democrat and member of the ADP Executive Committee, graciously provided an introduction. Mr Anderson is a retired labor organizer in  Alaska of 30 years, the former Gore and Kerry State Coordinator, and a member of the Alaska Democratic Party Executive Committee.

Thank you, Mr. Anderson. – Mary, Website Administrator Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: Building Momentum

In a past Chair’s Corner, I expressed my personal frustration that since the 2016 election, I have had a hard time rebooting my energy to keep leading the charge to fight for what is right. The 330+ days of the Trump administration have assaulted just about every subject that matters to me personally.

I’m sure that you can list off any number of frightening and overwhelming horrors coming out of the Trump administration. On any given day, I am worried about the impact of the Gorsuch Supreme Court seat on women’s freedom, the mounting evidence of Russian hacking in our election, maintaining meaningful access to health care, the ugly truth about our country’s epidemic of sexual misconduct in all arenas and at all levels (starting with our Commander in Chief), and this execrable tax “reform” bill that will make the poor poorer while adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt.

And, of course, our State’s financial forecast is not good.

But other things are. Continue reading

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December meeting and post-meeting social tonight

Nancy (probably) won’t be wearing this hat tonight. Probably. No guarantees. Photo courtesy Nancy Courtney.

The December meeting of the Tongass Democrats will be held tonight. This is another way that we as a party do our portion of the work of democracy, so I hope you can make it.

Since it is our last meeting of the year, we will be having a little get together after the regular meeting to just enjoy being around like-minded people. Whether you’ve been a regular attendee at business meetings this year or not, please feel free to be there tonight – we’d love to see you!

When: 5:15 pm Thursday December 7

Where: IBEW Hall, 813 W. 12th Street

See you there!

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November business meeting – now with 100% more library!

Tongass Democrats will have our monthly meeting tomorrow, but it’s not at the usual place. Hope you can make it to the downtown public library!

The City and Borough of Juneau has no committee or Assembly meetings on their calendar this week, but the 4th special session of the Alaska State Legislature is still underway. This one is about the crime bill and revenue.

Say, did you go to the public hearing on Monday night about SB 54, the crime bill?  Leave us a message in the comments about how it went!

Links to the relevant calendars and additional information sources are included below. Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: Finding the DNC’s message

I’m a political junkie, plain and simple. I read and watch far too much political insight and analysis.

Some of it is actually useful information I should know about, such as how much the Russians interfered in our 2016 national election and how little the current administration is doing to fight against it happening again in 2018. But so much of it is unadulterated garbage focused on the vitriolic, childlike temper tantrums that occur daily in the Trump Administration and Republican led Congress.

Unfortunately, in all the political information I take in, I see and hear nothing from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Where is our message and who is getting it out? Continue reading

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Opinion: More Democrats should volunteer for CBJ boards

Here is a list of the open seats in CBJ Boards & Commissions right now. This isn’t a great image; the original is here.

Keeping our community operating smoothly requires many people working together. Naturally, a lot of these people are paid employees, but a surprisingly large number of our fellow citizens volunteer their time to help keep things running.

From our hospital to our arboretum, our community resources depend on the volunteers who work on their boards and commissions.

Government and politics are about values*, and therefore it is important for Democrats to put their own time on the line if we want our values to be lived within our communities.  Continue reading

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