October General Meeting – 10/11 at Mechanics Hall

This will be our last general meeting before the mid-term elections in November!

Tentative Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Approve minutes
    • August 2018 meeting
    • September 2018 meeting
  • Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Communications Committee
    • Organizing Committee
    • Issues Committee
    • Bylaws Committee
  • Old business
    • Bylaws change re: co-chairs
  • New business
    • 10 minutes of activism: election is in 26 days
    • Endorsement discussion: Sunday voting
    • Endorsement discussion: 42-day reporting requirement
    • Block captain program: next steps
    • Upcoming PDCC officer elections (11/8/18)
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

Note that we will be meeting at Mechanics Hall – The State of Maine room in City Hall is being used for absentee voting.

Facebook Event can be found here.

Wednesday, 9/26: Block Captain training (and pizza)!

All politics is local, so the Portland Democrats are getting super-local with our new Block Captain Program! To kick it off, we’re hosting a training next Wednesday. Can you make it?

Anyone can become a block captain — all that’s required is that you’re a Democrat living in Portland who wants to make your community a better place.

Block captains will be the point person for the Portland Democrats in their neighborhood: talking to neighbors, telling them about upcoming elections or events, and making sure their concerns are heard. This is one of our most important programs, both for the election in November and for years to come.

This is a great way to get active, and we’ll also have free pizza for all who attend!

Progressive politics, community, and pizza — what could be better?

Details…

  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 6pm – 8pm
  • Where: Portland City Hall, room 24 (basement level)
  • Who: All Democrats from Portland are welcome
  • Why: To help elect Democrats in 2018 (and beyond!)

If you plan to attend, please RSVP on Facebook or send me an email to help us get an estimated headcount. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

At this training, activists will be turned into block captains. We will help you:

  • Choose your turf. Size is totally up to you, no community is too big or too small. Choose your building, street, city block, neighborhood, or ward!
  • Learn how to canvass effectively. Canvassing sounds intimidating, but it just means talking to your neighbors. We’ll be going over the basics of an introduction, and providing talking points and questions.
  • Get set up on tech. We have an easy-to-use phone app that will help you stay organized and report your progress — we’ll help you log on and walk you through it. Or if you prefer a clipboard and paper, that works too!

Hope to see you there!

Best,

Sam Tracy
Chairman, Portland Democratic City Committee

Next Monthly Meeting: September 12

It’s September, which means 1.) Pumpkin spice everything, 2.) The kids are back in school, and 3.) NOVEMBER IS ONLY TWO MONTHS AWAY!

Eek! We need to get in gear if we want to make the Blue Wave a reality. Our newly minted communications committee came up with a slogan: There’s No “Blue Wave” Without “U”. (Clever, eh?) That means we need you at our next meeting so we can organize!

WHEN: Thursday, September 13, at 6:30pm

WHERE: Portland City Hall, the State of Maine Room

Here is the tentative agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Approve minutes from last meeting
  • Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Communications Committee
    • Organizing Committee
    • Issues Committee
    • Bylaws Committee
  • Old business
    • Bylaws change re: co-chairs
  • New business
    • 10 minutes of activism
    • Fundraising – pledge drive
    • Social media
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn
  • Possible beer caucus?

I can’t wait to see everyone there! If you’re on Facebook, do us a favor and RSVP and Share the Facebook Event.