October 2019 Newsletter - Mon Dems

October 2019 Newsletter

“Governance should be designed as an equalizer. Democrats are more inclined towards working families and those who are struggling for a better life.” – President Jimmy Carter

Calendar of Events

Sat., Oct. 19 – Volunteers needed: Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, Morgan Run Road, 9 to 11 a.m. – Help clean up Morgan Run Road (the road to Cheat Lake Park). Meet at Cheat Lake Park parking lot at 9 a.m. Rain date Oct. 20.

  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. The Department of Highways provides gloves, safety vests, pickers, trash bags, and caution signs.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Wear sturdy footwear and bright colors. Long sleeves and long pants strongly recommended.  
  • Please watch these Adopt-A-Highway safety videos – https://dep.wv.gov/environmental-advocate/reap/aah/Pages/default.aspx – before coming.
  • PLEASE RSVP to Emilie at reilram123@gmail.com ASAP, so she can be sure to have enough gear for everyone.

Sat., Oct. 19 – Volunteers needed: Mobile food giveaway, Mylan Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – This project ensures that Mon County families don’t go hungry. People who can lift 40 to 50 pounds are especially needed, but others can help with sorting, etc. Sponsored by the Mountaineer Food Bank and Pantry Plus More. For more information, contact Micah Weglinski at micahweg@gmail.com.

Tues., Oct. 22Evan Hansen for House Reelection Kickoff, 6 to 8 p.m., Hill and Hollow, 709 Beechurst Avenue, Morgantown. Join us! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2341089009497616/

Fri., Nov. 1Mon County Democrats 2020 Election Kickoff: A New American Century – 6 to 10 p.m., Morgantown Brewing Company (party room and bar downstairs), 1291 University Ave., Morgantown. Get your tickets now!

Join us to officially kick off the 2020 election season and work to elect Democrats who will help us move West Virginia and America forward.

Time is short, and space is limited, so get your tickets now! – $35/each or $60/two tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2020electionkickoff.

We also need people to help sell tickets to this event. And, we need donations of items to auction or raffle off. For more information, contact Danielle Thomas at Danielle.thomas89@gmail.com.

Mon., Nov. 11Mon County Democrats November meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Local 152 Plumbers and Pipefitters, 100 Richard Avenue, Morgantown. All Democrats and supporters are invited to attend our meetings, held the second Monday of each month – changes occasionally – and to participate in everything we do. Candidates and elected officials are invited to attend and introduce themselves or make announcements.

**Submit an event for our calendar – Any Democratic officials or candidates for office in Monongalia County – or organizers of events for officials/candidates for state or national office but taking place in Mon County – may submit events for inclusion in our website and newsletter calendars. https://www.mondems.org/submit-an-event (Note – our calendar is specifically limited to Democratic Party events, just fyi. We can’t include other organizations’ events; there are just too many.)

MonDems News

Insulin Caravan to Canada Dec. 8 – ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES

Insulin prices have risen to outrageous levels, and people with diabetes who cannot afford their medication are dying.

Delegate Barbara Fleischauer is helping to organize a bus trip to Ontario, Canada, where insulin can be purchased at a far lower price. The bus will go and come back in the same day – Sunday, Dec. 8 – but you must act now, as you’ll need a valid prescription and a current U.S. passport.

Passports normally take six to eight weeks to process, so if you do not have a passport, you must apply NOW! For information on how to obtain a passport, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html

Organizers also are accepting donations to sponsor people with diabetes who cannot afford a ticket, so even if you’re not affected, you can help.

Participants in earlier insulin caravans report saving thousands of dollars over-inflated U.S. prescription prices. Tickets for the bus are $100 round trip. The bus will leave at 6 a.m. and is scheduled to return at 9 p.m., departure site TBA.

“This caravan will not only provide much-needed help to West Virginians; it will also send a message to policymakers about the high cost of insulin,” said Delegate Fleischauer.

To buy a ticket or donate to help others who cannot afford the trip, visit https://bit.ly/31f7Ucw. For more information on scholarships or anything else relating to this trip, email insulincaravan@gmail.com

Please share this information with your friends and family and donate if you can. Time is of the essence, and lives are at stake.

Support for United Auto Workers on Strike

In our October meeting, we voted to work with Democrats in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to support to United Auto Workers on strike. Word today is that a tentative deal has been reached between the union and General Motors. However, the picket lines at the distribution warehouse in Martinsburg will remain active until a contract is ratified. The committee approved sending a donation to our counterparts in Jefferson County to provide food for picketing auto workers.

MonDems in WVU Homecoming Parade 2019

Fake News and Election Security

As the 2020 primary and general election approach, serious concerns continue about the authenticity of information and reliability of systems involved in our elections. We thought this NPR series on election security might be of interest to our readers – lots of useful information is contained within these stories. Educate yourself and your family and friends. Thanks to Judy Ball for the share! https://www.npr.org/series/754498433/secure-your-vote-2020-election-security

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