Please join us for our January meeting!

Hello Portland Democrats,

Before the holidays, we asked you to fill out a survey to help set the direction of the Portland Democrats in 2017. Many of you responded, and we want to share the results with you.

Join us next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for our January general meeting. We’ll share and discuss the results. The new committee chairs and officers will introduce themselves. And there will be time for the issues you want to raise.

The meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall (State of Maine Room).

Here’s the full agenda for the meeting:
Report on survey results
Executive Committee introductions
Treasurer’s report
Bylaws survey and work plan report
Other business/from the floor

In terms of how we organize ourselves, starting in February, we’ll move the start time of our monthly meetings to 6:30 p.m. based on the responses we received—though, for sure, people’s schedules vary. We meet on the first Thursday of every month. We typically, but not always, meet at City Hall (and the details are always posted on our website (PortlandDems.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/groups/portlanddemocrats)).

2017 is shaping up to be one of the most perilous political years of our lifetimes. I hope you’ll join us as we stand up to Trump—and also push to make a difference right here in Portland.

We hope to see you on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall’s State of Maine Room for the Portland Dems general meeting.

Thanks for all you do for Portland. And Happy New Year!

Resisting Trump: Discussion & Portland Dems’ Officer Elections

[ Download the agenda here ]

Everywhere across Portland, people are asking: What can I do to help stand up to the incoming Donald Trump administration?

The Portland Democrats invite you join us this Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. to talk how a mass, peaceful opposition can help prevent the mainstream media, our representatives in Washington, and state government from giving in to Trump and his agenda.

Mike Sylvester, one of Portland’s new representatives in the Maine Legislature and a 20-year labor organizer, will lead the discussion.

Following the discussion, we’ll hold elections for the officers of the Portland Democratic City Committee.

There are two open officer positions—for vice chair and secretary. To run and to vote in the election, you must be a registered Democrat and have attended either the primary caucus in March or a Portland Democrats’ meeting since. Terms are for two-years.

To fill vacancies last spring, Emily Figdor was elected chair and Brian Chick was elected treasurer, and we’re running now for full two-year terms.

During the past nine months, we’ve worked to build a more activist and progressive local party. We believe that for the Democratic Party to be successful, we must stand for strong progressive principles. That’s how we’ll grow the party, increase turnout, and help return the Democrats to power statewide and nationally.

To run for an officer position, email chair@portlanddems.org by midnight Wednesday, so we can prepare the ballot for Thursday’s vote. If you’re considering it and want to talk more about what the positions entail, we’d love to hear from you.

You can read descriptions of the vice chair and secretary positions in our bylaws, which are available here: http://portlanddems.org/about/. (Note that the bylaws are in the process of being modernized by our Bylaws Committee so we can be more effective, but the basic position descriptions will remain similar.)