Anne Arundel South County Democratic Club - Electing Democrats in Maryland
The Anne Arundel South County Democratic Club is an activist and social group based in the southern portion of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Our group is dedicated to advancing progressive policy issues and electing qualified Democratic candidates to office in Maryland. Click here to contact us and get more information about our activities.
We welcome visitors and new members anytime throughout the year - please join us at Pirates Cove Restaurant the 1st Wednesday of each month for our regular meetings. Check our calendar page for meeting information, social events, and information on other events of note. Please visit our blog page and get information about voting on our voter information page. Of course, please contact us if you have any questions, and we look forward to your involvement with our efforts here in beautiful Southern Anne Arundel County!
Join the SoCoDems and Get Connected
Click here to download a membership form and mail it to the address indicated on the form with your annual dues of $25. We look forward to your membership and to your active participation in our monthly meetings at Pirates Cove Restaurant in Galesville and our campaign activities.
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Upcoming 2017 Meetings and Events
Get involved - come to a meeting - get updates on issues - help us elect Democrats! Join us!
March 1 - Meeting at Pirates Cove with Club President George Donohue presenting a recap of recent voting trends in South County and a vision for planning for the 2018 elections. Meeting at 7pm with optional dinner (at your expense) at 6pm.
March 11 - Annapolis Democratic Central Committee hosting a Candidate Training Workshop from 8am-5pm at the MD State Education Association office. For more information or to RSVP (by March 4) visit www.md30dems.org/training. Open to registered Democrats interested in running for office in Annapolis or Anne Arundel County.
March 12 - Women's March SOCO Huddle #2 at Adam's Grille on Mayo Road in Edgewater. 2:30-4:30pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
April 5 - Meeting at Pirates Cove with Nick Berry, Capital columnist, speaking on the issues of the day, particularly related to our foreign relations and national security. Meeting at 7pm and optional dinner (at your expense) at 6pm.
May 3 - We welcome back Barry Rascovar, political writer, to provide a legislative round-up after the session concludes. Meeting at Pirates Cove at 7pm with optional dinner (at your expense) at 6pm.
June 7 - Summer picnic will feature guest speaker Kathleen Koch, Executive Director of the Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. on the state of affordable housing in Anne Arundel County. Location TBD.
Note: We will continue to collect donations for SCAN and the requested items for this month are peanut butter, jelly and hearty soups. Please bring these to our meeting. Checks are also helpful. We will also collect dues at all meetings - $25/person for 2017.
SOCODEMS - There is much to do - take action now!
Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer End of Life Option Bill - Club Member Ellen Dinerman encourages those in support of this bill to reach out to legislators to express support. Visit www.compassionandchoices.org for more information.
March for Science - April 22 - Washington DC
People's Climate Movement March for Jobs, Justice and Climate - April 29 - Washington DC
Sign up to do 10 Actions - 100 Days with the folks who organized the Women's March. Go to the website here to learn more. There is a South County "Huddle" that is open to all. Next meeting is March 12 as noted above.
You can take action every day! Sign up for The Daily Action and lend your voice to resisting the radical Trump agenda.Text DAILY to 228466 to sign up for daily text messages or sign up on Facebook here.
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence could use your help to monitor the MD Handgun Permit Review Board meetings twice a month in Crownsville. If you'd like to help by sitting in on their meetings to ensure they know the public is monitoring their decisions to allow wear and carry permits, please contact Shelly Bray here.
Check out the Indivisible Guide for resisting the Trump Agenda. Learn the best methods for speaking truth to power - and do it!
Call Governor Hogan at 410-974-3901 and urge him to tell the president not to repeal the Affordable Care Act and denounce the executive order on immigration that equates to a "Muslim ban."
A new website, https://corrupt.af/ is tracking conflicts of interest and corruption in the Trump administration. The count started at 62 in December 2016, 75 in January, 147 and climbing in February.
Dr. Dan Nataf, our guest speaker in February, provided a wealth of important election data for us to review and consider as we move forward to elections in 2018. Click here for a pdf version of his data-rich Powerpoint.
The documentary,"Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA," was shared with members at our January 2017 meeting. A powerful and heartbreaking examination of the issue of gun violence in America through the stories of affected families. A trailer for the movie can be viewed here. If you'd like to know more about how you can fight the gun lobby to strengthen gun laws, visit The Brady Campaign website here.
The 2016 Campaign
Thank you to our volunteers and everyone who supported our Democratic ticket in Maryland. We elected Chris VanHollen to the Senate and re-elected our Democratic representatives across the state. We were proud to support Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine for President/VP and glad Maryland stood strong for them.
Emerge Maryland - Training Women to Run for Office
Emerge Maryland provides a comprehensive training program for women interested in public service and elective office. The program also provides the support, encouragement and inspiration needed for women to succeed. Click here to learn more or to apply to participate.
Maryland Health Connection Info
Click here to visit the HCAM website and learn more about your health care options.
SOCODems & Climate Change
Club Vice-President George Donohue recently wrote an article urging immediate action on climate change legislation. Click here to read the article published March 5, 2016 in the Capital newspaper. Click here to view his presentation given at the June 1 SOCODEMS meeting.
The SoCoDems have formed an Environment Committee to study issues and share pertinent information on the environment and climate change with the club. If you'd like to get involved, please click here to provide your contact info and indicate your interest in the Climate Change Committee.
The Committee presented a program on April 2, 2014 on climate change and the effect on our area. Click here for a list of climate change resources - information is power!
Speaking Truth to Power
Check the Blog page for copies of recent Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds written by South County Dems to The Capital newspaper.
-Writing on behalf of Circuit Court judge candidate Claudia Barber, Michael Rauh's letter in the Capital was printed October 19.
-George Donohue strikes again with a 10/5/16 column in the Capital focused on the role of the press in providing accurate information on candidates to the public.
-Kurt Heinz sets the record straight on the Clinton Foundation in his Letter to the Editor to the Capital newspaper 10/5/16.
-George Donohue's 9/27 Letter to the Editor demanding journalists compare candidates on the issues, not as a contest in character assassination.
-Click here for an article by club VP George Donohue, published 7/13/16 in The Capital, explaining the federal government's document classification system.
SoCoDems Photo Album 2017