Our Carolina Promise
Welcome to Carteret County Democratic Party site. We are your neighbors and have the same concerns as you do: a quality education for our young people, affordable healthcare for everyone, jobs with a living wage, and keeping our coast healthy, beautiful, and free from drilling. We work to ensure that all our voices are heard locally as well as at the state and national level. As Democrats, we are traditionally the ‘big tent’ party that welcomes everyone regardless of who you are. All North Carolinians should have a fair shot at a good life, regardless of their background, where they came from, how much money they have, or who they love. This is something we believe in and need to continually reaffirm in practice. You can download our Strategic Plan here.
Calling all Volunteers & Volunteer Wannabes!
You are invited to The Volunteers Brunch (yum)
Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 12 pm,
401 Sailview Ct, Beaufort
(Eastman Creek Clubhouse, Beaufort off of 101)
Please let us know you are coming.
This is Us
Our Next Books will be:
January 7th Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaire Behind the rise of the Radical Right. Jane Mayer. Doubleday, 2016. 464 pp. Non-fiction book written by the American investigative journalist Jane Mayer, about a network of extremely wealthy conservative Republicans, foremost among them Charles and David Koch, who have together funded an array of organizations that work in tandem to influence academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and the American presidency for their own benefit. Mayer particularly discusses the Koch family and their political activities, along with Richard Mellon Scaife and John M. Olin and the DeVos and Coors families.
February 4th For African History Month, please read one or both of the following titles.
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. James W. Loewen . New Press, 2005. 436 pp. According to bestselling sociologist Loewen (Lies My Teacher Told Me), “something significant has been left out of the broad history of race in America as it is usually taught,” namely the establishment between 1890 and 1968 of thousands of “sundown towns” that systematically excluded African-Americans from living within their borders. Located mostly outside the traditional South, these towns employed legal formalities, race riots, policemen, bricks, fires and guns to produce homogeneously Caucasian communities—and some of them continue such unsavory practices to this day. Loewen’s eye-opening history traces the sundown town’s development and delineates the extent to which state governments and the federal government, “openly favor[ed] white supremacy” from the 1930s through the 1960s, “helped to create and maintain all-white communities” through their lending and insuring policies. Note: is available as an audio-book.
Between the world and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel and Grau, 2015. 176 pp. It is written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates recapitulates American history and explains to his son the “racist violence that has been woven into American culture.” Coates draws from an abridged, autobiographical account of his youth in Baltimore, detailing the ways in which institutions like the school, the police, and even “the streets” discipline, endanger, and threaten to disembody Black men and women. The work takes structural and thematic inspiration from James Baldwin‘s 1963 epistolary book The Fire Next Time. Unlike Baldwin, Coates sees white supremacy as an indestructible force, one that Black Americans will never evade or erase, but will always struggle against.
March 3rd SAVING CAPITALISM For the Many, Not the Few. Robert B. Reich. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. 279 pp. To understand “Saving Capitalism,” Robert Reich’s sweeping treatise on inequality in America, you must accept a central premise: The free market is fundamentally a human construct and so to debate the appropriateness of government in shaping it is beside the point. Someone is always writing the rules of the market. Reich’s concern is that over the last three decades, the lead authors have been Wall Street, big corporations and the wealthy elite. His fear is that “we are lurching toward a capitalism so top-heavy it cannot be sustained.” Note: you may also watch the documentary of the same title on Netflix!!
The books may be purchased used on Amazon for a pittance or at The Book Shop ($10 membership takes 25% off new books for a year)
- Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
- The New Breed, Second Edition: Understanding the 21st Century Volunteer by Jonathan McKee
- The all new Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff
- The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Like a Democrat by George Lakoff
- Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America by Alissa Quart
- Your Brain’s Politics: How the Science of Mind Explains the Political Divide by George Lakoff
- Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Ideas and insights changing the world edited by Robert J. Rosenthal
CCDP Headquarters Update
The HQ is your place. HQ is open for scheduling meetings. Groups can meet in the front room and the middle room during regular hours or off hours. With a little planning, it is feasible to have two meetings at the same time. There is a projector, projection screen and wifi. You can patch in people via video conference if your whole group cannot assemble in person.
To schedule your meeting at HQ, Email: CCDP Headquarters
Check out the HQ Meetings Calendar for dates and times available (lots of them currently): HQ Meetings Calendar
Join us as a volunteer (on your own terms). We are a fun group. Click here to let us know your interests so we can get to know you better (even if you are already a volunteer it will help us ensure you are doing what you want to do). Also, check out our new standing committees. Standing committees are self directed and report to the Executive Board. It is a chance to be creative and exercise your talents.
So you want to volunteer?
NC Policy Watch news changes daily so check out on a regular basis. Watch the dates to see the release date of the information. It is a great source for keeping tabs on the GA and the shenanigans of NC politics. NCDP Takeaways summarize the week’s news and are disseminated on Fridays . Message Guidance and NCDP Takeaways typically change weekly. Other guidance and ‘immediate releases’ come from NCDP as events occur.
Mark Your Calendars!
Officers meet at the HQ monthly. Open to Democrats.
Democratic Women LTE Meets
CCDP Breakfast meeting at the Golden Corral.
4060 Arendell St, Morehead City
Board meets at HQ.
Carteret County Democratic Party Bulletin Board
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