6.26.19 Jump in—the reading is fine!

Welcome to the second edition of our e-newsletter! Along with updates about current and upcoming KCDP activities, we want to answer FAQs, like…

What’s happening with the office?

No, we haven’t closed! And 2019 isn’t much of an “off year” because KDCP is working hard now to build resources that ensure electoral success in 2020.

To build financial resources, we’re saving money where we can. That’s why we’ve subleased our office (3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo) through December 1, 2019. 

We have use of the office on most evenings, so many KCDP meetings and events are still held there. Until December, office hours are by appointment. 

The best way to get in touch is by email: info@kzoodems.com. Messages left on our office phone, (269) 342-4217, are picked up once a week. Our mailing address is unchanged: PO Box 2466, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-2466. 

By the way, the speediest and most efficient way to join or to renew your membership is online.Then you’ll get your spiffy new annual membership card in the mail:

Questions? Email Membership Chair Nora Gimpel, membership@kzoodems.com.

Ditto for donations! Sure, our treasurer loves to deposit checks, but your gift can be put to work more quickly if it arrives online. Questions? Email Director of Development Margy Belchak,  fundraising@kzoodems.com.

Calling all communicators!

(Well, maybe just a couple.) Are you a writer, designer, coder, photographer, videographer, or multimedia artist? The KCDP Communications Committee would welcome help with our website and social media. For information, contact Communications Chair Gary Sigman, communications@kzoodems.com

Can you spot talent?   

Do you know someone who would make an outstanding elected official but needs a little encouragement? Or, have you considered running yourself? The KCDP Candidate Recruitment Committee is looking for volunteers to identify and recruit candidates for local and regional offices. The group meets monthly, usually on Saturdays. Contact KCDP Chair Jake Andrews, kcdp-chair@kzoodems.com for details.

What we’ve been up to

We had a terrific turnout for our monthly 3rd Thursday meeting at Traveler’s Cafe and Pub on June 20. Our business meeting was packed full of updates from committee chairs and elected officials on happenings locally and in Lansing. Rick Omilian, our speaker from Moms Demand Action, shared his group’s BeSmart presentation on responsible gun ownership. Join us next time—July 18—at Traveler’s Cafe and Pub, 5:30pm.  

An energetic group of volunteers canvassed locally to register absentee voters as part of the MDC-sponsored Day of Action on June 22. It was great to see such enthusiasm because absentee voters will be key in the next election. For information about upcoming Days of Action, email Second Vice Chair Hadlee Robinson, 2nd-vice-chair@kzoodems.com.  

This week

Details can change! Check our website calendar for the latest info.

Membership Phone-Banking

Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-7:30pm (come for as long as you can)

KCDP office: 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

Volunteers are calling to remind KCDP members to renew their memberships. 

Questions? Email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com or just show up! 

Democratic Primary Debate Watch Parties!

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

KCDP office: 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

They’re finally here! Join us to socialize and watch the debates. No reservation necessary. Snacks provided. $5 suggested donation. 

Questions? Email info@kzoodems.com 

Coming soon

Volunteers will represent the KCDP at Independence Day parades in Richland and Schoolcraft. In both communities, parades step off at 11am on Thursday, July 4 (lineup begins at 10am). Email Volunteer Committee Chair Dakota Torolski, volunteer@kzoodems.com to join us or get more info. 

On Saturday, July 13, KCDP will be at the Kalamazoo Black Arts Festival at Lacrone Park, 535 W. Paterson St., from 12-6pm. You can enjoy wonderful food, vendors, and live performances while you help recruit volunteers and hand out KCDP info. Email Dakota Torolski, volunteer@kzoodems.com for details.  

Mark your calendar for another fabulous Party for the People: KCDP Sunday Fund Day on July 14, 2-3:30pm at Old Dog Tavern, 402 East Kalamazoo Avenue, in Kalamazoo. Join us for an afternoon of socializing, raising funds for KCDP, and sipping a brew or two. For information, email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com.

Membership Phone-Banking will continue on Wednesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 24, 5:30-7:30pm at the KCDP office, 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. Volunteers will be calling to remind KCDP members to renew.their memberships Come for as long as you can. 

Questions? Email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com or just show up! 

Everyone is welcome to come to KCDP’s monthly “Third Thursday” Meeting on Thursday, July 18. We’ll  have a speaker (TBD) from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by our business meeting from 6:30-7:30pm. Stop in to Travelers Cafe and Pub, 5225 Portage Rd, Portage—no reservation required. You can order dinner, just a beverage, or nothing at all — but do join us! 

Questions? Email info@kzoodems.com.

Why I’m a Democrat: Pam Gilchrist

“I am a Democrat because I still want to believe in the American Dream. I want to believe that we can obtain equality for all people despite race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. I want our country to progress in the areas of climate change and education. We need to secure better, less expensive healthcare. The Democratic Party strives to lift up all Americans, not just a privileged few.”

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