Organizing for Change

Labor Day is behind us, kids are back in school, and the weather is revealing hints of a change in seasons.

So, it is time to shift gears from summer fun to an all-hands-on-deck effort to get out the vote for Kootenai Democrats. We have less than 8 weeks to organize and identify voters who will support our candidates. The time is now to engage in the November election effort on behalf of our candidates and our field organizing team. They cannot do it without you.

Our committed field organizer Donovan Clymer says he knows “just how dire the situation is. I know that they feel scared too. But we all need to try or else those alt-right bastards will keep gaining numbers.”

To help with engagement, Donovan is expanding opportunities for involvement. For example, neighborhood canvasses will now happen on Friday evening as well as Saturday afternoon. In addition, voter registration is underway on the NIC campus on Tuesdays and Fridays. Plus, phone banking is expanding to include Wednesdays and Thursdays. To make things even easier, you can phone-bank from anywhere. Therefore, if you cannot do it in person from our temporary office space, we can set you up to do it from home. A program you access from your computer manages the call processing, so you remain anonymous. The fact is, it is painless, and it feels good. I want to assure those of you who fear engaging with right wing nuts out there, we carefully filter them out. Consequently, no one will yell at you, or slam a door in your face, or hang up on you (ok they might hang up on you).

Please join us. Together we can communicate that there is a viable Democratic option for voters. Register now. Do it for Donovan. He says, “If everyone signs up for just one thing that could make a huge difference.” If we all participate, just a little time from each of us each week will be significant.

September 23-24 Are Reserved for Democrats

Buy tickets now for the Democracy Dinner on September 23rd at the CDA Resort Hotel. While you are at it, register for a free, public Democracy Symposium on September 24th.

The Democracy Dinner Gala is our biggest annual fundraiser. It features a banquet with a keynote speaker along with silent and live auctions, a no-host bar, and award presentations for the Art Manley Lifetime Achievement and the Rising Star recipients. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet and build relationships with fellow Democrats. A contingent of Idaho’s highest-ranking Democrats will be in attendance. So please turn out and show support for the Democratic Party.

The Democracy and the Dobbs Decision Symposium occurs on the following day, September 24th at 11 AM in Post Falls. While everyone is still in the mood, we are offering this symposium to present two panel discussions moderated by Coeur d’Alene Press Publisher Clint Schroeder. The panels focus on Democracy in the Face of Extremism and Ramifications of the Dobb’s Decision. To shed light on how these two social developments are impacting Kootenai County citizens, joining Mr. Schroeder is an obstetrician-gynecologist from Kootenai Health, two Idaho attorneys, a registered nurse, and others.

Refreshments will be available.

Turn Out for Suicide Prevention Awareness

This Saturday, September 10th is the Suicide Prevention Awareness Network’s Break the Silence Walk at Riverstone Park. This free visibility campaign helps to prevent suicide and support families dealing with the impact of this mental health issue. Pre-register here and plan to participate. Registration and check-in start at 8:30 AM. The walk kicks off at 10 AM.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this message. And thanks for being a Democrat, you are a part of the solution.

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