Winning Elections Requires Unity, Moving On, Self-funding, and a Lot of Unpaid Hard Work

Unity - As we all respond to the 2016 election results, and other losses since 2008, teamwork by all Galvestonians concerned for America's future is key to replacing the ruling right-wing authoritarians who represent a wealthy minority of America's citizens.  

The Galveston County Democratic Party (GCDP) is dedicated to electing progressive Democrats across Galveston county.

In the past few months/years, several groups of activists have taken, and are taking, action in response to the nation's election of the current right-wing authoritarian administration.  Some have long term goals for 2018 and beyond.  Others are about taking on our current elected representatives and resisting DJT.  

  • Battleground Texas (BGTX) has been around since 2013 and its goal is to turn Texas blue by 2020.   It's "a people-based, metrics-driven organization that is dedicated to the idea that volunteers, in their neighborhoods, can and do significantly impact local, state and national elections."  Here is how Oscar Silva, the BGTX Political Director, put it in his letter of 3/2/8/2017, "Battleground Texas is fighting for change and electing progressive candidates who will represent all Texans."    
  • Our Revolution - "Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families."  Local leadership from Our Revolution is part of the GCDP Field Ops team.  
  • Brand New Congress is "recruiting and running more than 400 outstanding candidates in a single, unified, national campaign for Congress in 2018.  Together, they will pass an aggressive and practical plan to significantly increase wages, remove the influence of big money from our government, and protect the rights of all Americans."  
  • Indivisible is a collection of over "4,500 local groups have signed up to resist the Trump agenda in nearly every congressional district in the country."  They have put together a set of resources for influencing elected representatives, including a detailed guide written by former congressional staffers.   They are becoming a non-profit organization with the stated purposes to "demystify congressional advocacy" and "support the community of local groups putting the Indivisible Guide into action."  Local Indivisible leadership is participating in GCDP and Democratic club meetings around the county. 
  • Pantsuit Republic has the goals of: Building community through dialogue between diverse groups to promote mutual understanding. Organize campaigns that support progressive initiatives in Texas. Providing our members with resources on effective participation in the political process. Identify and support progressives to run for public office. 
  • Justice Democrats - "We are recruiting Justice Democrats to run a unified campaign to replace every establishment politician in Congress in 2018.  It’s time to rebuild the Democratic Party from scratch to be a party that fights for a clear progressive vision."  Note: Justice Democrats has joined forces with Brand New Congress.

 

The GCDP already coordinates with BGTX, local leaders from Indivisible and Pantsuit Republic for the purpose of electing Democrats, and we will coordinate with other groups who have similar goals as they set up local groups. 

 

Moving On - As we all move forward, our actions must be about what can we do better together to dramatically alter our political and economic landscape.  It's about recovering from recent and significant losses against the extreme right and their paymasters.  It's about returning our government to one who's moral responsibility is to equally protect and empower all citizens.

 

Self-funding - We need at least 100 people from all over the county to contribute an average of $18.00 a month starting now and through to the 2018 mid term elections.  This is just to fund minimum basic activities and bills the local party has to pay, like funing our primary and the elections, and supporting our candidates.  

 

Unpaid hard work - We need hundreds of volunteers from all across the county.   We need precinct chairs.   We need candidates for local offices.  We need to complete thousands of phone calls and face-to-face meetings to help elect local candidates.  If you have not already volunteered to help the Galveston County Democratic Party, please do so now.

 

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