Maximizing Equality Leads to Morally Right Policies

In our May 20, 2019, post, we define government of, by and for the people as:
Government for maximizing equality:
A Government of, by, and for the people requires both:
  • (1) Government representatives with the moral commitment to equally protect and empower all the people where:

— (a) people’s individual freedoms are maximized, and

— (b) economic, social, racial, and environmental injustices by those who abuse their freedoms are minimized, combined with

  • (2) Active participation (voting and political activism) of a majority of the people to maintain such a people-driven government.
The first point emphasizes a moral commitment: ... to equally protect and empower all citizens which provides the moral foundation for the following Democratic, morally right, policies:
  • Equal rights that optimize individual freedom and also restrict abuse of those freedoms.
  • Health care without the threat of bankruptcy, unemployment, old age, or premature death, and heals our veterans,
  • Health care that minimizes drug addiction and ends the deaths of citizens in public schools, churches, and other venues by those abusing their individual freedoms/public duties,
  • Healthcare regardless of who we love or an individual's need for birth control,
  • Public education that empowers citizens by honoring teachers, teaching civics and critical thought, and that closes the pipeline to prison,
  • Higher education without freedom-sapping debt or indentured servitude,
  • Public and private housing that fits citizen needs without drug testing or excessive debt,
  • Immigration that accepts asylum seekers escaping US sponsored regime change and keeps families together,
  • Wages that reward worker productivity, enable savings, and maximize worker mobility,
  • Private employment that maximizes democracy in the workplace and minimizes loss of employment,
  • Publicly financed employment that advances science, saves the Earth, and upgrades the infrastructure of the common wealth while minimizing dirty energy subsidies and our war budget,
  • Public financing to minimize homelessness for the unemployable,
  • Public services that protect citizens by eliminating the abuse of profit over people - minimizing privatization,
  • Income taxes based on paying citizenship dues in proportion to a citizen's use of the nation's common wealth, that prevents control of our government by the wealthy, and minimizes the threat of inflation,
  • - Economic policy focused on balancing inflation against the full employment of an economy at full capacity, which makes the above possible.

If a list of policies is listed without it's founding moral values, which tells you why the list is morally right, it's just a list without moral justification. 

What are the truths you are sharing?

Our own experience and research using functional MRIs show that repetition strengthens our ability to retain information. Memorizing facts is added by repetition. My writing what I think I know makes it easier to recall the same information later. Functional MRIs show that repetition results in stronger neural connections as repetition continues.
Research on remembering information (truth or lies) also shows that negation of a truth or lie only reinforces the memory of that information. There is no neural mechanism for negation. In other words, when Nixon said, “I’m not a crook,” what’s re-enforced neurally is “I’m a crook.”
Here is a quote from one of the key researchers on how the brain works on how repetition impacts political messaging:
"The first rule of effective communication is stating the positive in your own terms, not quoting the other side’s language with a negation." -- George Lakoff, The Policyspeak Disaster for Health Care
Keep this in mind as you read or listen to reports on the thousands of lies from our opponents. While those lies are being negated/repeated, the neural connections in our brains are being reinforced. Notice how easy it is to repeat them in discussions with others. Likewise, the positive truths that must be stated are going unsaid. Without repetition of our own positive truths, their repecitve neural connections fade and they are forgotten. They disappear from our discussions.
That leaves us with only negation and repetition of their lies.
We can’t win without repeatedly stating our truths.
What are your truths that you want repeated?

No Rest For Electing Democrats - We Need Each Other to Win in 2020

Opportunities To Impact All Our Futures 


The GCDP is doubling our 2018 budget to fund our 2019/2020 county campaign expenses.   Running a county party campaign requires volunteers and funding.  We have expenses we must pay: our 2020 county convention and primary election; professional Field Operations Director; dedicated/paid block walkers; equipment rental, utilities, internet access, and legal fees for a election headquarters; mailing thousands of applications for voting by mail; door hangers for canvassing; additional GCDP yard signs; paying fees for voter outreach tools like Hustle; and paying our monthly bills for PO Box, websites, banking fees, etc.   

To cover most of the budget, we need sustaining (monthly) donations.  We need the equivalent of either 200 supporters donating an average of $20 a month, OR 100 supporters donating an average of $40 a month.  We are currently at about 20% of our 2020 goal.  Start your monthly donations now

We also need an individual to lead the counties fund raising efforts and events.

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If you'd rather donate by check, make it out to GCDP and mail it to:

Galveston County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 756
Friendswood, TX 77549-0756


We need a full slate candidates for all 2020 positions by the deadline in November.   Only lawyers can run for judgeship positions.  Training is available locally and on-line.   Here is the list of county elected officials - not all will be on the ballot in 2020.  Click on the related link for details about the office.  For those who are considering running and have the time for serious campaigning, volunteer here, or contact our GCDP Chairman.

We already have two candidates for Congress, TX14, for a contested primary, Sanjanetta Barnes and Adrienne Bell.  We also need candidates for Texas Senate, SD11, and the Texas Legislature, HD23 & HD24.


We need to register new voters or help them update their current registration across the county.   We need one volunteer to lead and organize voter registration events from now until the month before the 2020 election. 

- Check voter registration status

- Register on-line


We need double the number of precinct chairs across the county before the end of October.  If you’d like to serve as the local representative for the other Democrats in your precinct, volunteer here

- Current list of precinct chairs

- County map of voting precincts


We need hundreds of volunteers confirmed by the end of March, 2020.  It takes a lot of work to mobilize an additional 16,000 to 20,000 Dem-leaning voters and our base to go vote in 2020.   Help increase voter turnout, volunteer here.  

We also need an individual to organize volunteer outreach to get volunteers to re-commit some of their time for electing Democrats.  This individual would also lead the effort to double our number of precinct chairs.

Thank you for helping to turn Galveston county Blue in 2020.   Our success depends heavily on your support.


What brings us together as a political party?


What do we have in common that unites us? Why do we support polices that others vehemently oppose and why do we strongly oppose their policies?
What binds us, and what binds our opponents, is our sense of what is morally right as expressed by our moral values. And what research since the 90s has shown is that there are two distinct and opposed views of what is morally right and two sets of moral values? We are all some combination of those two sets.
Our sense of what is morally right and our moral values were learned as the youngest members of our families. Different families and other life situations taught us our different values. For some, our values changed over time.
For most of US: “We came together because of our moral values: care and responsibility, fairness and equality, freedom and courage, fulfillment in life, opportunity and community, cooperation and trust, honesty and openness. We united behind political principles: equality, equity (if you work for a living, you should earn a living) and government for the people–all the people.” — Professor George Lakoff, cognitive linguist.
Let’s explore our moral value of equality and its opposite from our opponent's moral values.

Equality in our families

Equality is reflected and promoted in our families by accepting that both parents, of any sex, share in raising our children. Our families teach our children compassion for others as our equals. Our families nurture our innate empathy and promote responsibility for ourselves and others as our equals. Our empathy and compassion helps us understand that equal protection and empowerment of our family and others is morally right. Our families understand that there are many factors that impact family members and that some of those factors are beyond our control. We understand we need others, including government, to help minimize those impacts in order to maximize equality.

Inequality in other families

Our opponents moral value of inequality is based on a strong belief in a social hierarchy, or social Darwinism. Both the left and right see God above all. However, our opponents extend this hierarchy to put white, wealthy, heterosexual, monogamous, Christian, men next in line to God. Then everyone/everything is ranked below that depending on various human and non-human characteristics. For example, a non-white, poor, non-heterosexual, unmarried, woman with a child ranks very low in their hierarchy. Historically, their ranking has even placed the value of some animals, like horses, above some humans.
The families of our opponents typically have an authoritarian male dictating to other family members their place, and the place of others, in the hierarchy. Only those like him are his equal. This authoritarian male defines what is morally right and severely punishes family members who resist. Other family members have no rights except those he grants. The authoritarian leader teaches his children that having empathy weakens their ranking in this hierarchy.  The authoritarian leader teaches his children that they are only responsible for their own success in life. If they are unsuccessful, it’s ALL their fault. The authoritarian leader teaches that some, like himself, are more equal than others by virtue of the purity of their genes.  There is no need for compassion or empathy for those lower in the hierarchy - less pure.

Government reflects our moral values

Moral values are learned from our families and life experiences. They are eventually reflected in our governmental leadership and the policies this leadership promotes and enacts.
Here are two definitions of government that amplify the difference between our moral value of equality of opportunity for all and those of our authoritarian opponents - equality only for the self-made man.
Government for maximizing equality:
A Government of, by, and for the people requires both:
(1) Government representatives with the moral commitment to equally protect and empower all the people where:
(a) people’s individual freedoms are maximized, and
(b) economic, social, racial, and environmental injustices by those who abuse their freedoms are minimized, combined with
(2) Active participation (voting and political activism) of a majority of the people to maintain such a people-driven government.
Government for maximizing inequality:
A Government of, by, and for the successful, white, Christian, male requires both:
(1) A government with the purpose to protect and empower only the successful such that their individual freedom and wealth are maximized, and
(2) The active participation of only the successful and their minority of supporters, with the use of voter suppression and election fraud, to maintain such a government.

Government policies reflect our moral values 

Our moral differences on maximizing equality and our opponents' on maximizing inequality are also reflected in our different governmental budgetary policies.
Our opponents create federal budgets that maximize the wealth of successful white, males through tax breaks for the billionaires and government contracts for those who build, or fuel, our WMDs.
By contrast, our federal budgets maximize equality by providing jobs during severe economic downturns, by empowering our mobility with freeways and public roads, by advancing science and creating tools that empower us like the internet or protect us like weather satellites, by creating high tech green jobs to protect our air, water and land, by providing healthcare to protect us from bankruptcy and the threat of early death, by providing high quality public education to empower us without the enslaving debt, etc.

Know your moral values

Our sense of what is morally right determines our moral values which in turn drives our support for policies and laws that represent them.  When you talk policy, include your moral justification to help other understand why that policy it right.

First The Less Equal Must Demand Justice

April 2018

"Compassion Is Our New Currency"

GCDP Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 1, 2019, with Special Addendum


Galveston County Democratic Party is adding a newsletter to our communication toolbox.  It’s a place where we can provide new information and include updates available elsewhere, all in one place.  It’s a work in progress and any suggestions are welcome.  For now, we plan a quarterly publication.


County Chair Welcome:

On behalf of the Galveston County Democratic Party, I want to welcome you to the premiere issue of our new newsletter.  Your County Party has a lot of activity going on, all focused on our core mission of electing more Democrats to public office in Galveston County.  Please join us as we continue to build our County Democratic Party for our next big gains in November 2020.  Our time is now.  Don’t wait; time is short and there is much to do.  We cannot let this unparalleled opportunity pass us by.  - John Young


A Message from our Communications Director: 

Our digital communications team has grown in terms of people and ideas.  The team now includes Mindy Westphal and Shadan Larki.  Mindy suggested we start a newsletter and helped gather content.  Shadan has pulled it all together and delivered it to your inbox. We will also post an edited version to the GCDP website blog.   – Andy Hailey


Local Candidate Names/Links, Elections are May 4, 2019:

For a Complete List of Candidates for May 4 election go to GalvestonVotes

  • Ann Hammond, CCISD At Large Postion B
  • Edward Munoz, College of the Mainland, Position 4
  • Rhonda Hart, Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees District 5





Our current meeting list is available at the Pinned Announcement in the Galveston County Democrats Group on Facebook:

  • First Tuesday of the Month: Galveston County Democrats Club
  • First Thursday: GCDP Field Ops planning team
  • Second Monday: Neighborhood Democrats Club
  • Second Tuesday: Texas Democratic Women
  • Second Saturday: Coalition of Black Democrats
  • Third Tuesday: Young Democrats
  • Fourth Monday: Friendswood Democrats 
  • MobilizeAmerica also lists our club and GCDP meetings - Web based meeting sign up. 
  • Generic Democratic Google Calendar
  • Don’t forget early voting is going on NOW and election day is May 4th! 

Email notifications are also provided.  Get on mailing list.


Fundraising Links

  • GCDP has doubled its budget for the 2019/2020 campaign and needs your help.  Major donors should contact our county chairman, John Young.
  • Donate via ActBlue: 
  • Send checks to:
    • GCDP, P.O. Box 756, Friendswood, TX 77549-756

Other fundraising links are provided via email, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for fundraisers as they are scheduled.


GCDP Leadership Positions Need Filling:

  • GCDP needs someone to organize and help manage voter registration events with our deputized voter registrars.
  • GCDP needs someone to coordinate volunteer activation, phone banking and block walking.
  • GCDP needs someone to organize and coordinate major fundraising events to bankroll our 2019/2020 campaign efforts


Check our  List of opportunities





Club Updates and Member Spotlight

Texas Democratic Women Galveston County

TDW-GC is proud to have finished our second year as an organization.  We have elected our new executive board for our 2019-2020 year and are ready to be progressive in our actions.  Many of our members participated in Blue Ribbon Lobby Day on April 2nd and learned how to lobby our state representatives.  We lobbied Representative Mayes Middleton, Representative Greg Bonnen and Senator Larry Taylor on issues such as healthcare, education and equal pay.  We also participated in an Equal Pay for Equal Work rally on the capitol steps and immersed ourselves in the capitol experience.  We hosted an Annie’s List Run to Lead training on 4/13 at College of the Mainland. TDP Vice Chair Carla Brailey was our keynote speaker. Currently we are doing canvassing for our local candidates between now and the May 4th election.  Please sign up for a shift here.


We’re proud to announce our new executive board:

President: Heidi Gordon

Vice President: Lauri Dibrell

Recording Secretary: Kristie Powers

Corresponding Secretary: Roxy D. Williamson

Treasurer: Angela Wilson

Parliamentarian: Claudia Hilton

Membership Committee Chairwoman: Bengisu Abramsky

Communication/ PR Committee Chairwoman: Mindy Westphal

Fundraising/ Events Planning Committee Chairwoman: Mimi Montgomery


*If you’re interested in joining us and our cause please reach out to Bengisu Abramsky at or to  TDW-GC meets at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at the IBEW Local 527 in Texas City so come and check us out.*



Member Spotlight: Kathy Nixie

Kathy was featured in the New Yorker wearing her suffragette attire and Votes for Women sash.  She is looking for more women to dress similarly with her at activist events, parades etc.  Read the New Yorker article.



Notes from Active Members:

Getting to know your County Commissioner’s Court

-Submitted by Joyce Townsend

It’s unusual for citizens to know the full scope of the County Commissioners Court. In Galveston County, with just over 349,000 residents, the volume of business has grown in recent years. Commissioners Court is, perhaps, the most important governing body of the county.  The following is a partial explanation of the duties and roles for the Commissioners Court as explicitly defined in detail by the State of Texas in the Texas Elections Code.

Each county in Texas is structured the same with one County Judge and four County Commissioners.  The County Judge presides over the meetings of the Commissioners Court and sees that the meetings are conducted in an orderly manner.  The Judge does have the authority to hold in contempt those who try to disrupt the proceedings of the court in the conduct of its business. The court may ask the Sheriff to maintain order and the Sheriff must comply. 

The main functions of the County Commissioners Court are:

supervise and control the county courthouse, county buildings and facilities;

adopt a county budget;

determine county tax rates; 

determine county precinct districts (redistricting);

fill vacancies in elective and appointive positions; 

let contracts in the name of the county; 

build and maintain county roads and bridges; 

administer such services as libraries, county hospitals, welfare programs, parks and playgrounds;

make other decisions relating to county welfare, such as county hospitals, county jails, libraries, parks, relief to the indigent, and civil defense.

The County Judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief. The County Judge is voted on by the entire county. Each of the four commissioners is directly elected by the voters of their respective precincts. As a member of the Commissioners Court, each Commissioner participates in all the decisions and work of that body. The law requires the Commissioners Court to meet at least once each month in a regular term. The day of the regular meeting is set by the Commissioners Court itself. The court can meet in special session at any time, as long as proper notice is given and there is proper posting of such notice. Any three members of the court may constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business with the exception of levying county taxes.  

A Galveston resident, Joyce Townsend brings a unique approach to the Galveston County Commissioners Court coverage. Townsend has a strong background in demography and economics so the numbers pertaining to budgetary expenditures are an area of focus. However, as an activist for many years she will also bring us information from the meetings regarding the protection of our most marginalized communities. Please feel free to comment to Townsend at 210.887.1753. 


Shoutout to Recruitment Team 

We would like to give a huge shout out to our recruitment team who is diligently working on special projects for our upcoming elections. Our committee is busy preparing to get Democrats elected and it couldn’t happen without our team leads and our wonderful volunteers. It’s great to see such a dedicated group of people come together and work toward a common goal.

-Carol & Michael


Candidate Messages:

I’m Rhonda Hart and I’m running for Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees, District 5.  I’ve lived in Galveston County for almost 10 years.  I’m an Army veteran and former school bus driver.  The presidential campaign in 2008 is what moved me to be a Democrat.  I’m running because I want to support the families of DISD, find some property tax relief for my voters, support the teachers and improve school safety.  I live in Texas City with my son, a cat and a dog.


Edward Muñoz     

I’m originally from Galveston County.   I am currently a 22-year-old, and a current resident of Bacliff, Texas. I was supposed to graduate in 2015, but since I took an extra mile in my education by going through additional classes during the summer. I was able to graduate a year early from Texas City High School in 2014.   In January 2015, I began to pursue my associate of arts in general studies here at College of the Mainland.   I was very active while being a student, and I was the president of the Hispanic Student Alliance Club for two consecutive terms.   I worked for Student Support Services and Upward Bound where I tutored first-generation college students in U.S. History, and Government and with Upward Bound.   I was able to help our local students of Dickinson High School, Hitchcock High School, and La Marque High School to introduce them to college life.  In 2017, I graduated from College of the Mainland with my associate of arts and made the dean’s list. In the fall of 2018, I started attending the University of Houston Main Campus to work on my Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in Spanish. While attending the University of Houston, I got appointed as an Associate Supreme Court Justice. I then started on my second associate degree in criminal justice at College of the Mainland where I got elected to President of the student body. I currently work for College of the Mainland and the Department of Student Life, where I can continue serving and representing our students.

How/why did you decide to run for the board?

The reason I decided to run for the board is that I noticed that my opponent was a hand-picked candidate. I feel that the community of Dickinson and Bacliff deserves more.  Another reason I decided to run is because I was in the shoes of the students as a first-generation college student. I struggled to find the resources that the College of the Mainland said that they offered to their students. I want to be in a leadership position so I can hold others accountable for making sure our students succeed at College of the Mainland.
What pertinent experience do you bring to the board?

The experience that I’ll bring to the board is a fresh new mindset as a graduate student of College of the Mainland. Serving as the president of the student body, I devoted my time to work with the students and administration. I asked them what I could do for them, how can I serve them. I also made sure that I’m listening to every complaint the students tell me. Having worn those same shoes as other students, I know how it feels. I’m willing to devote my time to the community of Dickinson and Bacliff and listen and hear the community’s thoughts and how we can improve our community college for all students.   As an employee, I know what it takes to help these students by identifying the resources that the college offers.    I know my purposes is to serve our students and community members.  I will help draw in a variety of students to our excellent community college which offers them fantastic opportunities to enhance their future.   I have been training myself for this position for a very long time.  I've served our students by listening and helping every single one.  

What do you see as key issues facing College of the Mainland in the upcoming years during your term as a trustee?

The critical issue that I’ll be facing as a trustee is the low retention rate.  Another fundamental issues that I’ll be facing is that we need to expand and fund our resources in specific programs to make sure that every student is successful in their endeavors.
What qualities do you bring to the job that may or may not already be in evidence on the board?

What I bring to the job is a fresh mind, a connection to the student body, and an understanding of how policies affect them. 
Are you actively campaigning in your district? Will you be debating your opponent?

I’m currently campaigning in my district.  I am meeting new faces and getting to know the community members and students that I hope to represent as College of the Mainland Board of Trustees Position 4. There is no a debate schedule between my opponent and myself, however, I’m ready to debate my vision for the district.


I am Ann Hammond, and am running again for my At-Large, Position B school board seat as this is an especially important time for education in Texas and in CCISD because of what the Legislature is doing with funding in the areas of teacher pay, benefits, Special Ed and GT funding, to name just a few issues.   Experience is what I bring to the table in dealing with these issues.  I am honored to have served nearly 12 years as a Trustee, and not only feel education is important for our students, but for me as well, so that I can understand what is being proposed for our future generation and create a vision for CCISD students.  Since I’ve been on the board I have earned nearly 600 hours of CEC by attending classes and seminars related to education and spent a year in a Leadership program where I earned my certificate as a Master Trustee in 2012.

I am an advocate for our students and teachers.  I have voted to add dual language program to additional campuses, add another Science Magnet Campus, create and expand STEM campuses, as well as additional CTE programs; these are a few of the great things our current board has supported.

CCISD is a fiscally responsible school district and has a 4.45% efficiency ratio for administrative-cost ratio.  This high-functioning board voted to present a Bond in 2017 and, because we’re caretakers of taxpayer funds, voted to refinance some bond debt and saved $35M, and have not had to raise the I&S rate for that bond.

Personalized Learning is an important issue for me as a result of my study for Master Trustee certificate and am happy to say the District is also making that a priority.  I voted with the rest of the Board to accept the Community School Safety Committee recommendations and that means we do not have teachers armed in the classroom – only our campus liaison officers (and we’ve already hired 15 additional officers).  We have also hired 15 additional counselors which was a Safety Committee recommendation.   The District will also be implementing the recommendations of the Special Ed audit that the Board voted to have conducted on our Special Ed Processes.

I am dedicated to serving the community and our students through many philanthropic organizations that I belong to that support their needs.

I want to continue working with our great group of Trustees who are all student focused and want to keep our District moving forward as the exceptional district it is.  Please vote for me on May 4th, or early vote, starting April 22nd.  


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Local AFL-CIO Needs Our Support

USW Local 13-1

These local USW profit makers need our support after their employer has locked the out of the plant and stopped paying them.  

The AFL-CIO has supported the GCDP numerous times in numerous ways to elect Democrats. Now it's our turn.  Here's an except from the AFL-CIO email to labor supporters:

"The company has insisted on ridiculous concessions in bargaining and given a last and final offer that rolls back significant protections for the workers. 98% of the workers voted NO on this contract, and so the company has responded not by continuing to negotiate, but by locking them out. These workers are fighting one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world. They are on the front lines fighting not only for a fair contract but in this fight against corporate greed, they are fighting for all of us.

"Now more than ever these union brothers and sisters need our support. The company has cut off their paychecks, but let’s show Dow that they can never cut off the solidarity and support of the labor movement in Texas."


Your Donations Are Critical for Union Success


Denial and Division - Resist

The oligarchs, like Rupert Murdoch, are spending billions of Kochkash to protect their interests: #ProfitOverPeople.
Most of us know that 97% of climate science experts agree that climate disruption is ramping up because humans are responsible for record levels of the global warming gas CO2 in our atmosphere.
That leaves 3% who don't agree. Who is paying them to deny climate disruption. Exxon for one:
Just as multinational corporations bride 'experts' to present false science to keep their profits and bonuses growing, they also pay others to create and foment division among political activists who are working for thier best interests, #PeopleOverProfit.
(Note: Profit is not the issue. Stealing profit from the actual profit makers, productive workers, is the issue.)
As we get closer to the 2020 election, be very circumspect of all information that purports division among those left of the Tea Party.
If those in power can keep us 'lefties', the majority of American voters, divided, they will stay in power.
Don't let them divide us. Don't share their attempts to divide.


Make Your Plan for Voting in the May Election

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Then decide on a time and ask someone to join you.

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Want to Help Elect Democrats in Local May Elections?

The goal of the GCDP is to elect local Democrats in the county and support those who run for higher office and will represent us all in our national capital.
Let’s leave selection of the Democratic nominee for president to our democratic process, focus our discontent on our political opponents and their wealthy puppet masters who are destroying our democratic processes, and work hard toward turning out a huge majority, not only in Nov 2020, but for our local candidates. We have six:
In 2017, we won three of five elections. Let’s make 2019 a clean sweep.

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Unwarranted Government Shutdown - Press Release Issued by GCDP

GCDP Calls for an End to the Unwarranted Government Shutdown:
“The furlough is damaging many families and businesses in Galveston County and should end immediately.”  GCDP Chair John Young.




Thanks to Carol Andrews, Shadan Larki, Joyce Townsend, Dani Rollins, Michael Rogillio, Teresa Kumelski, and Detra Jones for putting this together for Chairman Young.


GCDP Digital Communication Resources

The Galveston County Democratic Party makes use of various electronic means of communication to keep you informed.   This email list and our two Facebook pages are our primary means of communication for known supporters.   Facebook and other tools are used to grow our supporter base.
Most of you are aware of most of these resources, whether you use them or not.   Some, who have recently provided their email as volunteers or meeting attendees, were provided this information when they were added to this county email list.  However, to make sure we are all up-to-date on what’s available:
- If you are a member of Facebook, we have a group and a page.   You can join our Galveston County Dems (GCD) Group, where meeting notices are posted.   This group is open for all members to share items of political interest with everyone else in the group.  Contribute as you see fit, just never speak ill of any member of the group.   Members are vetted as much as possible, so there are no known trolls in this group.
- To receive Facebook notifications of new communications from the GCDP, like our party Page.   This page is used exclusively for GCDP communications and promoting the party through paid Facebook ads.   This page also gets notifications of activities posted in the GCD Facebook Group and users can leave messages for the party leadership on this page.
- Visit our GCDP web site which includes a blog, contact information, a link for donations, and other state and county information.   People who find us here can provide contact information, volunteer, get added to our county email list, etc.   The web site is also connected to our GCDP Facebook Page and the county chair’s Twitter account to capture followers and Likes as potential new supporters.  It also includes a unique phone number for people to leave voicemail.
- If you have a twitter account, we have four accounts you can to follow:
@BGTXGC, @GCDPChair, @galvestonyds, and @NdDems
- If you have an Instagram account, we post here:
- If you'd like to receive GCDP text messages, text ADDME to 281-819-5235.   This is the same phone number as on our web site where people can leave voicemail for party leadership if they don’t have any other means of contact.
For information on local non-partisan elections, elected official's names, office terms, bond issues, etc., please visit the specific web site for your local entity.  (If someone would like to create a complete county list of websites for all city councils, high school and higher-learning boards of education, etc., we can create a webpage on the GCDP website to share that list.)

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