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If you've never taken the plunge to get involved in political action, we encourage you to get to know us by attending a meeting. We are a growing local party, but we need more people like you to step up and share your perspective. We are building teams of people to tackle projects like data entry and analytics, voter registration, special events, social media and content management, and candidate support and canvassing.


 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM through August 21, 2020
On-Line

Dems for Justice T-Shirts On-Sale

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage!
Join Dynamic Dems for Justice

Even though we were not able to run the Human Race at MCC in April, we can still wear the very special T-shirts designed for participants and others this summer

Pat Lawlor, DPMC Human Race coordinator, is making them available for sale for $25/each with proceeds donated to Independence Health and Therapy and DPMC.  

They are available in adult sizes S, M, L, XL...sorry, XXL sold out.

Orders are accepted by emailing Pat or, even easier, go to the online form.  Payment by check to Pat Lawlor, or electronic payment via Zelle or Pop Money.  Delivery will be arranged for safety and you will be notified.

Email Pat for a print out form, with questions or for details-patlawlor117@gmail.com

The time is now to spread the word: VOTING IS OUR SUPERPOWER!


Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 03:00 PM · 2 RSVPs
TBD in Huntley, IL

Huntley Area Afternoon Happy Hour

Huntley Area Democrats

Afternoon Happy Hour with the
Sun City Dems--Only 3 Left before Voting Begins

(Includes McHenry County District 5 & 6 and Rutland & Hampshire Townships in Kane County) 

With three remaining Happy Hours before we vote, we need to meet more candidates. We are really lucky to have Renee Overlee of McHenry County and Theresa Barreiro of Kane County who both are running for County Circuit Clerk. You may wonder what a Circuit Court Clerk does? Come and find out and ask questions. When they are elected with your votes they will have an effect on your life.

We will also have Beth Vonau in McHenry County and Brittany Pedersen in Kane County both running for Circuit Judge which covers their entire county. Most voters don't understand what they do nor do they realize their names on the ballot are absolutely last. WE CAN'T FORGET THEM. VOTE THE ENTIRE BALLOT!   

Let's keep looking for those Democrats hiding right in front of our eyes or people who may have switched over to our way of thinking!


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 02:00 PM
Virtual

Blue Wave Crew

The Virtual Blue Wave Crew is needed now more than ever. 

We need your help this month with projects that will help Democrats get ready for the November election. If you have a few hours every week, or you are willing to help with managing the projects, contact Cathy at district6@mchenrydems.org.

The projects for July will be set up at the July 8th Meeting: 

1) Postcards:  Like to color?  We will be decorating postcards which will later be used to get out the vote (GOTV) or explain how to get a mail-in voter application. We will provide postcards with a basic drawing for you to enjoy decorating. How could a voter not read a personally decorated postcard?

2) Yard signs:  Help Judy and Ray repaint and redesign old political yard signs. Who could resist a personally redesigned GOTV sign or vote by mail sign?

3) Phone Calls:   Democrats are happy to hear from fellow democrats checking on them. You will be provided with a list using a phone banking format. It's easy and very rewarding.

4) County Board Meeting ReportsBlue Wave Crew is starting this new project after the election. We have lots of other projects right now. All County Board meetings are now virtual, and we need you to attend and report out. There will be a basic form provided. Reports will be shared on the McHenry Dems website and on Facebook. Decisions and discussions are happening that affect us and this will give us some insight into how that is happening. Sue Rosner will be organizing this activity.

5) Letters to the Editor:  People read these letters.  Let's get as many as we can in the papers to address the issues and to help our great candidates get into office. Contact Helen Torscher (torscher@yahoo.com), TJ Clark for Congresswoman Underwood (clark@dccc.org), and/or Kevin Trieu for Sean Casten (trieu@dccc.org) to help.

6) Human Race T-shirt Fundraiser celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women's vote. Voting is Our Super Power. Pat Lawlor (patlawlor117@gmail.com) needs help publicizing the t-shirt sales and she needs help with distribution. Email Pat or simply re-post the t-shirt ad when you see it. 

Bring a friend. Now is the time to be a part of the BLUE WAVE!


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 6 RSVPs
ZOOM in Crystal Lake, IL

Drinking Liberally

The Trump virus is still with us, so Drinking Liberally will be an on-line experience again in August. Let's get together and enjoy a few hours of progressive talk. Just use the Zoom meeting link below to join the virtual party. We'll be meeting in person again once it's safe to do so.

Time: August 12, 2020 07:00 p.m. Central

Join Zoom Meeting: Click to Join


On this day in history

August 12, 1990: Fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovered three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.

August 12, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet on board a ship at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, to confer on issues ranging from support for Russia to threatening Japan to postwar peace.


Drinking Liberally is an informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits with us while you raise your glass. Share ideas with friends new and old. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics or any other topic that comes to mind. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club — just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. Don't worry if you don't drink alcohol. Many of our members prefer soft drinks.

Drinking Liberally is a nationally chartered non-profit. It is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. Learn more about Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally at www.livingliberally.org/drinking


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 06:30 PM
Virtual via Zoom

#TeamNess August Phone Bank

Join Team Ness as we call voters across the 66th and help Suzanne win in November! Since we can\'t knock on doors, calling voters will be even more crucial for spreading the word about Suzanne.

We will meet over Zoom, mute ourselves, and make calls "together." There will be phone banking training 30 minutes before every phone banking session for new volunteers and those who want a refresher.

Prior to the event, you'll receive a script and instructions on checking in with voters.

Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/jFkPhBfzvUK9NucA8


Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 08:30 AM
TBD in Fox River Grove, IL

District 1 Covfefe Klatch

The Democratic Precinct Committeepeople of District 1 invite you to join them for Covfefe Klatch. Come hear what's going on in national and local politics, find out what you can do to help, and speak your mind in a relaxing environment with your new like-minded friends.  We really do hope you join us! 


Tuesday, September 08, 2020 at 03:00 PM
TBD in Huntley, IL

Huntley Area Afternoon Happy Hour

Huntley Area Democrats

Afternoon Happy Hour with the
Sun City Area Democrats

(Includes McHenry County District 5 & 6 and Rutland & Hampshire Townships in Kane County) 

Join up with other Democrats and chat (or vent) about the important issues of the day.  Mingle with other like-minded individuals, and sometimes even our elected officials and candidates. Find out about local events and ways you can make a difference. We have information about recent legislation such as the Fair Tax Amendment, and how you can hold your elected officials accountable.

Let's keep looking for those Democrats hiding right in front of our eyes or people who may have switched over to our way of thinking!


Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 08:30 AM
Crystal Lake Food Pantry in Crystal Lake, IL

Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry

As part of the Democratic Party's continuing commitment to community service, we have established Democratic Party Volunteer Days at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  Volunteer opportunities include: client greeter, food sorter/inspector, client exit door volunteer, general maintenance and cleaning. 

Pantry hours on Saturdays are 9 am to Noon.  Please consider signing up for a shift from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month (or, if you can't stay until noon, then for as long as you can be there).  

To volunteer:

  • Click on the RSVP button to let us know you're going to volunteer
  • Then
  • Go to www.clfoodpantry.org
  • Scroll down and click on the Volunteer box
  • Locate the Volunteer Handbook and familiarize yourself with the operation of the Pantry
  • Click on SignUp.com to confirm your volunteer date
  • When you arrive at the Pantry, check in with the Team Leader

If you have any questions, contact John Labaj at 815-356-8952.  Remember, the needs are great, but the rewards are greater.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 07:00 PM
TBD in Crystal Lake, IL

Central Committee Meeting — September

  • 7:00 p.m. — Doors open
  • 7:15 p.m. — Topics of Discussion
    • Chair's Message
    • Upcoming Events
  • 8:00 p.m. — Reports from Districts & Committees
  • 8:30 p.m. — Adjourn
Each month we will be helping out the Crystal Lake Food Pantry as they are running low or are completely out of the items listed below. Please bring any of the following to the Central Committee Meeting and we will transport these donated items to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry:
  • Baby Food
  • Diapers - all sizes
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Paper Towels
  • Sugar
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
Please RSVP before the meeting

Please RSVP prior to the meeting, even if you are not sure you will be attending. If you are on the RSVP list, our check-in staff can get you checked in with a single mouse click. If you are bringing a guest, they must RSVP separately so that their name is on the list.

Due to heightened security concerns, we reserve the right to screen attendees and/or deny admission. Thank you for your understanding.

Bring a friend to the meeting!

Introduce a friend or neighbor to grassroots politics and help us grow the Party.


Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 08:30 AM
TBD in Fox River Grove, IL

District 1 Covfefe Klatch

The Democratic Precinct Committeepeople of District 1 invite you to join them for Covfefe Klatch. Come hear what's going on in national and local politics, find out what you can do to help, and speak your mind in a relaxing environment with your new like-minded friends.  We really do hope you join us! 

 


The Democratic Party of McHenry County