Sunday, February 22, 2015

End of the Month Democratic Party Highlights & One Actionable You Can Execute This Week!

Register Democrat. Vote Democrat. 


Democrats need to share Democratic highlights with Democrats. We cannot depend on main stream media to share our story for us.  My habit is to save Democratic highlights on my desktop and when I have a block of about 15 to 30  minutes of time ~ I share them all directly from my desktop to my favorite social medium platforms.

 I am of the mind that if we are to be an informed electorate we need to begin with becoming informed of the comings and goings of our own Party, particularly our Party Leadership as, as opposed to popular opinion, they are diligently working on our behalf. 

Please take action where appropriate and please share my favorite highlights on your social media platforms. Take the Best; Leave the Rest. But push back!


Net Neutrality Action You Can Take This Week ~ 

FCC Chairman Wheeler is proposing clear, sustainable, enforceable rules to preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression. His common-sense proposal would replace, strengthen and supplement FCC rules struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit more than one year ago. The draft Order supports these new rules with a firm legal foundation built to withstand future challenges. The Chairman's comprehensive proposal will be voted on the FCC's February 26 open meeting.

Fact Sheet: Chairman Wheeler Proposes New Rules
for Protecting the Open Internet ~ here. 

To that end, this evening Unite Blue members have been and may still be participating in a Twitter Bomb calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stand with The People and for Net Neutrality. If you are not a member of Unite Blue consider:

UniteBlue empowers you to create a meaningful impact.
Democracy demands that 'We the People' influence the vote and hold our legislators accountable, not just some of the people.
UniteBlue brings real people on the Left together because every voice matters. Each of us can create a meaningful impact discussing the issues we care about most passionately.
Working together amplifies each of our individual voices while making all of our activism more effective. The more real people join together, the greater strength we have in numbers. Our voices in unison can fight back against billionaires buying our democracy and Republicans crippling our government.
You can check them out further here.

If you are a member of Unite Blue consider this: Get over to Twitter and find hash tag #SaveOurNet and start Retweeting now! And anyone should feel free to borrow the Twitter handles below and Tweet Commission members and/or Facebook them here.

The message is simple: Preserve net neutrality for The People! TY!!!


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@Tom.WheelerFCC



@MClyburnFCC



@JRosenworcel



@AjitPaiFCC



@mikeofcc


Now for a Few Democratic Highlights:

Beginning with the Debriefing on Losing Elections ~

On November 10, 2014 Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called on party members to be a part of the Election 2014 debrief process:

We're kicking off an effort at the DNC to figure out how we can do better in future elections.
We're going to ask you to be part of this conversation. We're going to ask you for your best ideas. And we're going to ask for your patience as we test out new theories, and try new ways of doing things.

(Link back to the original here.):

Preliminary Results of the Debrief Released 2.21.2015:

(I'm going to give you the opening and the closing and the link so you can read it in its entirety on your own ~ it's only about 10 pages...)

THE DEMOCRATIC VICTORY TASK FORCE

Opening:

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, immediately following the November 2014 elections, appointed the Democratic Victory Task Force.
The mission of the task force is simple: Examine the last several election cycles by soliciting actionable ideas from the entire Democratic family as to how we can improve the long-term strength of the national Democratic Party.

The Task Force has been instructed to be as inclusive as possible – to all points of view, constituencies, and approaches – to ensure that the Task Force has a clear set of recommendations as to how we can better define the DNC’s role, strengthen the Party at the national, state, and local levels, and ultimately set
Democrats up for electoral successes.

Conclusion:

The circumstances that led to the series of devastating electoral losses did not develop overnight. Instead they have been building over decades as the political system has been irrevocably changed by the passage of McCain-Feingold and the Citizens United decision. Republicans, in many cases, have been quick to
respond to these changes and take advantage of this new moneyed and murky environment.

In just under twelve weeks, the Democratic Victory Task Force has examined all aspects of the recent election cycles and identified a number of areas for further study. This Task Force’s work is only just beginning and a full action plan – including additional research, pilot programs, narrative development and
collaboration with our allies – will be in place by May 2015.

This plan marks the start of our fight to reclaim state houses, win governorships, take back the House and Senate and protect the White House. Our work has only just begun!

Full preliminary report can be found here.

Moving Into the Very Exciting Resolution Calling for a "Right-to-Vote" Amendment:

At their Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, the Democratic National Committee unanimously voted to adopt a resolution calling for a "Right-to-Vote" Amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the resolution, posted in full below, the Democrats are calling for "amending the United States Constitution to explicitly guarantee an individual's right to vote."

And so it begins:

The following Resolution will be considered by the DNC Executive Committee at its meeting in Washington, DC, on February 20, 2015.

Submitted by:

 Donna Brazile, DNC Vice Chair/District of Columbia
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair/Florida
Christine Pelosi, California
Maria Elena Durazo, DNC Vice Chair/California
Anita Bonds, Chair, District of Columbia
Leah Daughtry, At-Large/New York
Bel Leong-Hong, At-Large/Maryland
Minyon Moore, At-Large/District of Columbia
Virgie Rollins, National Federation of Democratic Women/Michigan
Lottie Shackelford, At-Large/Arkansas
James Zogby, At-Large/District of Columbia

Resolution on a Right-to-Vote Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ...

(See the Linked Blog here to read it in its entirety.)

And last but never ever least, FLOTUS:

Honoring the Women of the Civil Rights Movement, Both Past and Present" Welcoming remarks by the First Lady ~ Michelle Obama!
... "Celebrating Women of the Movement," an event honoring Black History Month, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 20, 2015. ...Moderator Vanessa De Luca, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine and a panel of intergenerational women who have played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement – both past and present. ...
This is focused on Black History Month and the Women of the Civil Rights Movement
BUT ~ it is an inspiration for all women...

You can hear her remarks here

.
G., aka Partisan Democrat 



(A big shout out to https://twitter.com/sfpelosi who Tweeted out the story on the #DNCWinterMeeting hash tag and a thank you to 
http://bradblog.com/?p=11048 who picked it up from our Twitter exchange and blogged it!)