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Virtual Pints & Politics Happy Hour on Tuesday September 29th @ 5:30 PM

Hey folks,

Our next virtual Pints & Politics Happy Hour will be Tuesday, September 29th from 5:30-6:30 PM. To get the Zoom meeting information please sign up on the web site for our newsletter.

As many of you know, Oak Cliff resident Chrysta Castaneda is running for the Texas Railroad Commission. This is a critical race in view of the current effects of both CO2 emissions and methane releases. The RRC regulates oil and gas production and pipelines in Texas. It has direct authority over flaring, which wastes resources and adds to global warming. Please get one of her yard signs and support her campaign. For more information about the importance of the race, check out this article in Capital & Main.

For those who are willing and able, now is the time to sign up to be poll workers. The Dallas County Elections Department has a sign up form here.

Speaking of yard signs, the party has Biden signs available as do many of the active campaigns (neighbors such as Anchia, Moye, etc.) in the area. Please put them out to remind others that we no longer have straight ticket voting and we encourage everyone to vote the entire ballot, not just the top race.

Final Run to Election Day--Volunteer Opportunities

Normally the time between Labor Day and Election Day in November is the most intense for campaigning, registering voters, getting out the vote, etc. We are fortunate in Oak Cliff that our Democratic representatives at the State and Federal level are pretty safe and low risk to Republican challengers. This means we can and should be supporting other Democrats nearby that need help and have tougher races.

All of these efforts need volunteers and many can be done virtually (i.e. online or by phone). I'm providing some links for volunteer opportunities for anyone who is interested.

Voter Registration (now until October 5th, the last day to register):

Lots of people move between elections, young people finally get old enough to vote, etc. It used to be the case that you could just pick up a voter registration card at the library or DMV, but that's getting tougher. As a result many people do not have a current voter regstration or have never been registered. It's our time to get them ready to vote and help them out.

Step 1: verify your voter registration is current and update as required with the Dallas County Elections Department.

Step 2: volunteer to register voters. A number of groups are pushing voter registration in Dallas including the Democratic Party and the Texas Organizing Project.

Democratic Control of the Texas State House of Representatives and redistricting:

Democrats only need 9 more elected representatives to take control of the House. This is important because the primary focus of the 2021 legislative session will be redistricting and Democrats have been left out of the process the last few redistricting cycles thus reinforcing Republican dominance in both State and Federal elections. For more information on the 22 targeted races the Texas Democratic Party has a page here. Several of those key races are in Dallas County (Districts 108--Joanna Cattanach and 112--Brandy Chambers) so you can volunteer to help these candidates and/or donate money.

Elections (Early voting starts October 13th, Election Day November 3rd):

We will still have some in-person voting, including an election day voting mega-center at the American Airlines Center downtown and early voting. It is very important that we have as many Democratic poll workers as possible; we don't want to allow the Republicans to fill the election judge and poll worker positions. If your health permits, please sign up.

If you would like to be a poll worker (it's paid--not much), here is a link to sign up. For more information check the Dallas County Elections Poll Worker page.

Virtual Pints & Politics July 28th

Time again for our monthly Pints & Politics Happy Hour--virtual, of course. It will be on Tuesday, July 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. If you are not receiving the reminders with the Zoom meeting info, submit a request to be added to the email list.

Last month we had Royce West on to speak with us, he was in the run off for Democratic US Senate candidate. Unfortunately for Royce, he did not win. M. J. Hegar will be the Democratic candidate for the US Senate this fall.

We also had Roberto Alonzo and Chrysta Casteneda, both from Oak Cliff who were the run off candidates for the Texas Railroad Commission. Chrysta won the run off and will be the Democratic candidate in the fall election.

As always, reduce your COVID-19 risk by wearing a mask in public, avoiding crowded confined areas and wash your hands frequently.

Virtual Happy Hour June 30th and other stuff

June Virtual (and virtuous) Happy Hour

We're holding our next virtual happy hour on Tuesday June 30th from 5:30 to 6PM. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we held the last one on June 2nd. Admittedly it was during the state virtual convention so turnout was a bit light, but fun none the less.

Had a great time and look forward to seeing everyone again at the next one.

I will be sending out Zoom meeting info by email about a week before and Linda will post to our Facebook page.

Police Abuse Protests

Obviously the protests against police abuse have been big news, and I imagine that many activists here in Dallas have been active in marching and engaging our elected officials. I have a couple of websites that may be of interest in helping all of us understand the issues and data driven policy options to discuss with our local, state, and national elected officials. 

DeRay Mckesson's Campaign Zero is a wealth of policy information, data and a superb resource for anyone engaging our elected officials. DeRay's work has been heavily used by BLM to promote tangible reforms to policing in America and he has been interviewed many times on national podcasts such as Pod Save America.

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Another researcher with excellent policy ideas is Rashawn Ray. One of his ideas that may have merit is the idea of requiring police departments have liability insurance similar to hospitals holding malpractice insurance. Since our current police regulatory structures at the national, state and local levels are minimally effective at best, it would provide incentives for agencies to push out bad officers or see insurance costs rise. Rashawn has many other interesting publications and blog posts about structural racial biases and policy options to reduce those biases.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/05/30/bad-apples-come-from-rotten-trees-in-policing/

Virtual Happy Hour

Our next Virtual Happy Hour 4/28/20 5:30-6:30 Connection link is being sent to our email list and posted to our Facebook page.

If you are not on our email list, please use the contact link to sign up for our event reminders or like us on Facebook.

Virtual Happy Hour

As everyone in Dallas is aware, we are under meeting and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course this precludes sitting together eating at Norma's or having a drink at Canon's Corner. So, it's time to experiment!

We are trying a new virtual happy hour. If you would like to be informed on the next happy hour, please use the contact link to get yourself added to our email list and we will send you the information about when and how to join online.

March meeting cancelled.

Unfortunately we will be forced to cancel the March 2020 breakfast at Norma's due to the COVID-19 emergency. Please practice good hygiene and social distancing to protect yourself and the community. We will update this blog with further events as we monitor the progress of this emergency.

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