Protect Mueller Rapid Response

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the Special Counsel Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it.

Peaceful rallies to demand that the Mueller investigation proceed unhindered are scheduled for this evening:
– Main Street Park, at the corner of Main and West Streets 5 – 6 pm
– Castleton Town Green 5 – 6 pm

To sign up for this or future events related to this: https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/search

Questions: 802-353-0998

Thank you and Congratulations!

Rutland area Democrats–

THANK YOU for your all of your work leading up to the elections, and for turning out to vote in unprecedented numbers!

You accomplished so much during this election cycle.

Together, your work and your votes:

1. Maintained every D/P-P/D incumbent House seat in the county. (Congratulations to Robin Chesnut-Tangerman Dave Potter, Mary Howard, Linda Joy Sullivan, and Sandy Haas)

2. Elected 3 new Democrats to the House, a HUGE part in putting us over the top for a ‘veto proof’ majority against GovScott for the next two years.
(Congratulations to William Notte, Stephanie Jerome, and Logan Nicoll)

3. Elected our first Democratic State Senator since 2010, the only gain in the entire state.
(Congratulations to Cheryl Mazzariello Hooker)

4. Showed strong majority support for our winning State and Federal candidates.
(Congratulations to David Zuckerman, Doug Hoffer, Jim Condos, Beth Pearce, TJ Donovan, Peter Welch, and Bernie Sanders)

And you did it with phones in hand and with boots on the ground, talking with neighbors, writing letters, registering people to vote, and empowering young folks to come out in record numbers (our future is bright, indeed).

Despite rain, sleet and snow you got out the vote and helped bring about a #BlueWave that swept the nation, giving us our biggest House majority since 2006 and flipping 7 state Governors. Both give us great power against the Trump agenda.

This is what patriotism looks like. Today day I’m especially proud to be an American and a Vermonter.

THANK YOU.

#EPluribusUnum
#FreedomAndUnity

Julian Fenn, Chair Rutland County Democrats

Rides to the polls

The Rutland County Democratic and Progressive parties are providing free rides to the polls for as many people as possible, regardless of party. Space is limited so please contact us asap: 802-353-0998.
Heather Juliussen-Stevenson, Secretary Rutland County Democrats

1 week until the election – get involved

With 1 week to go until the election, here are some ways to get involved:

Week 1 – Make sure everyone knows that early voting has started; encourage friends and family to vote and to vote early. Put out a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, and brag to your friends and families about your efforts. Go to ActBlue and contribute to one or more candidates. As little as $5 helps! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rutland

And attend these events:

Thursday, November 1
• 4 – 6 pm Honk and Wave for Logan Nicoll. For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2179573122365949/
• 4-5:30 pm Meet and Greet Senate Candidate Scott Garren at Tap House, Rutland

Saturday, November 3
• 10:00 am Get-out-the-vote Canvass with Rutland area NAACP – meet at the Speakeasy Café, 67 Center Street, Rutland City. This event is non-partisan.
• 12:30 Honk and Wave for Rutland County Democratic and Progressive candidates at Main Street Park, Rutland City. Bring your smile and and help us spread name recognition and build excitement for Nov 6th!
• 1:45 pm Canvass with Tim Guiles – meet at 44 Carver St., Brandon. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes.
• Phone-banking and canvassing for Vermont candidates at 135 Granger Street, Rutland City
o Shift 1: 10am – 1pm
o Shift 2: 2pm – 5pm
o Shift 3: 5pm – 8:30pm

Sunday November 4
• Phone-banking and canvassing for Vermont candidates at 135 Granger Street, Rutland City
o Shift 1: 10am – 1pm
o Shift 2: 2pm – 5pm
o Shift 3: 5pm – 8:30pm
• 3:30 – 5:00 pm Get-out-the-vote with Christine Hallquist, Castleton University Campus Center Atrium, 49 College Dr, Castleton – Free and open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/248839659126112/

Monday November 5 Phone-banking and canvassing for Vermont candidates at 135 Granger Street, Rutland City
o Shift 1: 10am – 1pm
o Shift 2: 2pm – 5pm
o Shift 3: 5pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday November 6 General Election
• Stand at one of the polls – contact hastevenson9@gmail.com
• Phone-banking and canvassing for Vermont candidates at 135 Granger Street, Rutland City
o Shift 1: 9am – 12pm
o Shift 2: 12pm – 3pm:
o Shift 3: 3pm – 5pm
o Shift 4: 5pm – 7pm

Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

* To get a lawn sign for a state-wide or county-candidate, go to 135 Granger Street, Rutland City. For a House candidate, contact that candidate.

* To contribute photos or stories to the Rutland County Democratic Website and/or Facebook, please email hastevenson9@gmail.com

2 weeks until the election – get involved

With 2 weeks to go until the election, here are some ways to get involved:

Week 2 – Make sure everyone knows that early voting has started; encourage friends and family to vote and to vote early. Put out a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, and brag to your friends and families about your efforts. Go to ActBlue and contribute to one or more candidates. As little as $5 helps! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rutland

And attend these events:

Wednesday October 24 5-8 pm Phonebank for Rep. Candidate William Notte – Contact acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for location and other details.

Thursday October 25
• 4-5:30 pm Meet and Greet Senate Candidate Scott Garren at Table 24, Rutland
• 6 pm MyRVP Training – Sharing space with the Castleton Indivisible meeting at the Leahy Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center: This is for well-connected volunteers (volunteers who have a lot of contacts in Rutland County who can navigate computers/smart phones. After a training, volunteers will use MyRVP (my Relational Voting Program) to mobilize people they already know and help get-out-the vote. Show up with a computer or smart phone, and be ready to train and work. Bring snacks and dress comfortably.
• 6 pm Castleton Indivisible, Leahy Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center – in lieu of our regular meeting, we’re going to do Get-Out-the-Vote Postcarding for local elections

Friday October 26 at 5-8 pm Phonebanking for candidates Dave Potter & Ken Fredette – 105 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth, VT 05773

Saturday October 27
• Rescheduled Get-out-the-vote Canvass with Rutland area NAACP – this has been moved to Nov 3
• 10:00 – 12:30 Rights and Democracy Rutland County literature drop mass canvass https://www.facebook.com/events/910155172517944/ If you would like to participate in both the NAACP Get-out-the-vote Canvass and the Rights and Democracy canvass, send a message through Facebook or email hastevenson9@gmail.com. Rights and Democracy will arrange for you to have addresses and literature to drop after the NAACP event concludes. RSVP http://www.radvt.org/rutland_county_litdrop
• 10:00 – 8:00 pm Literature drop for Logan Nicoll – meet at 11 Depot Street, Ludlow https://www.facebook.com/events/683630988675863/
• 1:45 pm Canvass with Tim Guiles – meet at 44 Carver St., Brandon. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes.
• 5:30 pm Democrats and Progressives marching together in the Rutland City Halloween Parade. The theme is “Don’t be dragon your feet, get out and vote.” Line-up is at 5:30. Parade start is at 6:30. All marchers must be in costume. You are allowed to have the name of the candidate on your person, but you are not allowed to add the words “vote for”, “elect” or anything else along those lines that would be considered politicking. If the candidate is currently in office we ask that they only use their name and not include the title of the office they hold. We further ask that you refrain from politicking before, during and after the parade. Put politics aside for one night and show your respect for this community. Flyers will not be permitted to be distributed; however you may choose to hand out candy/treats. You will need to place it in the bags of the children and under no circumstances will you be allowed to throw or drop candy out towards the crowd. This is a safety concern and will be strictly enforced. If you have questions, please contact hastevenson9@gmail.com.

Sunday October 28
• Canvassing for candidates Dave Potter & Ken Fredette – Contact Asha Carroll at acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for times, location, etc.
• 1:00 pm Senate Candidates Canvass – Meet at 11 Royce Street, Rutland City. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes.

Week 1 – Encourage friends and family to vote; volunteer to drive voters to the polls or to join a candidate at the polls on voting day (even a few minutes of standing on the line can make a world of difference to a tired candidate eager for a little company)

Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

* To sign-up for emails/phone calls about upcoming canvassing opportunities, please email hastevenson9@gmail.com with the name of the district you’re interested in canvassing in.

* To get a lawn sign for a state-wide or county-candidate, email hastevenson9@gmail.com or the candidate. For a local Representative, contact that candidate.

* To contribute photos or stories to the Rutland County Democratic Website and/or Facebook, please email hastevenson9@gmail.com

3 weeks until the election – get involved

With 3 weeks to go until the election, here are some ways to get involved:

Week 3 – Make sure everyone knows that early voting has started; encourage friends and family to vote and to vote early. Put out a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, and brag to your friends and families about your efforts. Go to ActBlue and contribute to one or more candidates. As little as $5 helps! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rutland

And attend these events:

Tuesday October 16th at 5 pm “The Work” at the Poultney Public Library, 205 Main St. STE 1, Poultney, VT – The public is welcome to join the Rutland-area branch of the NAACP and the Vermont ACLU for a free screening of “The Work,” a moving documentary about three troubled non-inmates participating in four days of intense group therapy with a group of maximum-security convicts. The film will be followed by a community discussion. This film includes explicit language and intense emotional content that may not be appropriate for children under 13 years old.

Wednesday October 17
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Columbiana Ave and 4, Rutland City
• 5-8 pm Canvass for Rep. Candidate Logan Nicoll – Contact acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for location and other details.
• 7pm NAACP Book Club at the College of St. Joseph Library – reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. The book is now available at Rutland City’s Phoenix Book Store.

Thursday, October 18
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Allen St. and 7, Rutland City
• 4-5:30 pm Meet and Greet Senate Candidate Scott Garren – The Foundry, Killington
• 5-8pm Phonebank for Rep. Candidate Logan Nicoll at Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Proctorsville

Friday October 19
• Canvassing for candidates Dave Potter & Ken Fredette – Contact Asha Carroll at acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for times, location, etc.
• Noon Meet and Greet Senate Candidate Scott Garren at Hop’n Moose, Rutland City
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave with Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Windcrest and 7, Rutland City
• 6 pm MyRVP Training: This is for well-connected volunteers (volunteers who have a lot of contacts in Rutland County who can navigate computers/smart phones. After a training, volunteers will use MyRVP (my Relational Voting Program) to mobilize people they already know and help get-out-the vote. Show up with a computer or smart phone, and be ready to train and work. Bring snacks and dress comfortably. RSVP: Contact hastevenson9@gmail.com Location TBD
• 6:30 pm – Project Drawdown at the Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main St., Rutland City – To address climate change, we need to make change in all kinds of ways! Project Drawdown is a large-scale, solutions-oriented approach to reverse climate change. Learn more at this screening of a live stream panel discussion by the Drawdown leadership team. Light refreshments and conversation at 6:30, live stream at 7:30. More about Project Drawdown here: https://www.drawdown.org/ This event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/275024896553853/

Saturday October 20
• 10:00 am – Get-out-the-vote Canvass with the Rutland area NAACP – meet at the Poultney Public Library at 205 Main St. STE 1, Poultney, VT. This event is non-partisan.
• 1:45 pm Canvass with Tim Guiles – meet at 44 Carver St., Brandon. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes.
• 4:00 pm – Madeleine Kunin, Coming of Age. Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland, 117 West Street, Rutland. Free and open to all. Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. In her newest book, a memoir entitled Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well. And she has had an extraordinary life: governor, ambassador, feminist, wife, mother, professor, poet, and much, much more. https://www.phoenixbooks.biz/event/madeleine-may-kunin-coming-age-0
• 6-8 pm An Evening with Madeleine: A fundraiser for Senate Candidate Cheryl Mazzariello Hooker, Chaffee Art Center, 18 Main Street, Rutland City, VT – Tickets $10, Sponsors $50 or more. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ajpwbh7ab&oeidk=a07efr55xf318717c2e

Sunday October 21
• 12-4 pm Cavass for Rep. Candidate William Notte – meet at Speakeasy Café, 67 Center Street, Rutland City
• 3-5 pm Castleton Indivisible Postcarding for the House seat in NY-19 and Stacey Abrams and Sarah Amico running for Governor and Lt. Gov. in Georgia at Leahy Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland City

Monday October 22 at 6 pm “The Central Park Five” at the Rutland Free Library, Fox Room, 10 Court Street, Rutland City – The public is welcome to join the Rutland-area branch of the NAACP and the Vermont ACLU for a free screening of The Central Park Five, which tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of attacking a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the case from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. The film will be followed by a community discussion. This movie deals with mature subject matter. It might not be appropriate for children under 13.

Week 2 – Attend the Thursday October 25 Castleton Indivisible postcarding party for local elections; march with the Democrats in the Saturday October 27 Rutland City Halloween Parade.

Week 1 – Encourage friends and family to vote; volunteer to join a candidate at the polls on voting day (even a few minutes of standing on the line can make a world of difference to a tired candidate eager for a little company)

Hope to see you at one or more of these events over the next few weeks!

Due Oct 15: Comments on protests in Washington DC

There are only a few hundred comments and the Oct 15th deadline for commenting on the anti-protest rules is fast approaching. This administration is trying to curtail the right to free speech and protest in Washington’s traditional protest areas. If this is something you care about, we encourage you to exercise your freedom of speech by submitting a comment on the proposed rule-change.

Here’s a link with tips on writing an effective comment: https://rightsanddissent.org/news/how-to-write-strong-comments-to-the-national-park-services-defending-our-right-to-protest/

This is where comments should be submitted:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/15/2018-17386/special-regulations-areas-of-the-national-park-system-national-capital-region-special-events-and

4 weeks until the election – get involved

With a little over 4 weeks to go until the election, here are some ways to get involved:

Week 4 – Make sure everyone knows that early voting has started; encourage friends and family to vote and to vote early. Put out a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, and brag to your friends and families about your efforts. Go to ActBlue and contribute to one or more candidates. As little as $5 helps! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rutland

And attend these events:

Tuesday October 9 Castleton University Senatorial Candidates Forum – a forum for the Rutland County Senatorial Candidates is tentatively scheduled

Wednesday October 10
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Columbiana Ave and 4, Rutland City
• 6:30 pm Gubernatorial Debate at the Paramount Theater, 30 Center Street, Rutland City. Free event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vtdigger-2018-gubernatorial-forum-paramount-theatre-rutland-vt-wednesday-october-10-2018-tickets-50229908007
• 6:30pm – D. D. Guttenplan, The Next Republic – Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street. Free and open to all. Who are the new progressive leaders emerging to lead the post-Trump return to democracy in America? National political correspondent and award-winning author D.D. Guttenplan’s The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging account of the recent fall and incipient rise of democracy in America. The Next Republic profiles nine successful activists who are changing the course of American history right now.

Thursday, October 11
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Allen St. and 7, Rutland City
• 4-5:30 pm Meet and Greet Senate Candidate Scott Garren at Thoroughbreads, Wallingford
• 5-8 pm Canvass for Rep. Candidate Logan Nicoll – Contact acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for location and other details.

Friday October 12
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave with Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Windcrest and 7, Rutland City
• 6:00 pm Castleton Indivisible Postcarding for national elections

Saturday October 13 1:45 pm Canvass with Tim Guiles – meet at 44 Carver St., Brandon. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes.

Sunday October 14 12-4 pm Cavass for Rep. Candidate William Notte – meet at Speakeasy Café, 67 Center Street, Rutland City

Week 3 – Join a Get-out-the-vote canvas. Don’t know where one’s being held? Ask us.

Week 2 – Attend the Thursday October 25 Castleton Indivisible postcarding party for local elections; march with the Democrats in the Saturday October 27 Rutland City Halloween Parade.

Week 1 – Encourage friends and family to vote; volunteer to join a candidate at the polls on voting day (even a few minutes of standing on the line can make a world of difference to a tired candidate eager for a little company)

Hope to see you at one or more of these events over the next few weeks!

5 weeks until the election – ways to get involved

With a little over 5 weeks to go until the election, here are some ways to get involved:

Week 5 – Make sure everyone knows that early voting has started; encourage friends and family to vote and to vote early. Put out a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, and brag to your friends and families about your efforts. Go to ActBlue and contribute to one or more candidates. As little as $5 helps! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rutland

And attend these events:
Wednesday October 3
• Phonebanking for candidates Dave Potter & Ken Fredette – Contact Asha Carroll at acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for times, location, etc.
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Columbiana Ave and 4, Rutland City

Thursday, October 4
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Allen St. and 7, Rutland City
• 4-5:30 pm Meet and Greet Senate Candidate Scott Garren – The Foundry, Killington

Friday, October 5
• 2-4 pm Honk & Wave with Honk & Wave for Democratic/Progressive Senate Candidates at corner of Windcrest and 7, Rutland City
• 4-7:30 pm Canvassing with the Vermont Democratic Party, meet at the Speakeasy Café at 67 Center Street Rutland City

Saturday October 6
• Canvassing for candidates Dave Potter & Ken Fredette – Contact Asha Carroll at acarroll@vtdemocrats.org for times, location, etc.
• 1:45 pm Canvass with Tim Guiles – meet at 44 Carver St., Brandon. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes.
• 6 pm Bernie Sanders Dinner Rally at the Vermont Farmers Food Center, 251 West Street, Rutland. https://www.facebook.com/events/305202620066826/ This event is open to the public so please tell your friends, family, and neighbors. RSVP https://act.berniesanders.com/event/rallies_attend/23?t=7&akid=165%2E17883%2E43fEek
• 7-9 pm Rupert Rally with Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman – with concert by Dayna Kurtz. Rupert Congregational Church, 2890 Route 153, Rupert, Vermont https://www.facebook.com/events/321698551939559/

Sunday October 7 at 10 am – 7 pm Canvassing with the Vermont Democratic Party, meet at the Speakeasy Café at 67 Center Street Rutland City

Week 4 – Attend the Wednesday Oct 10 Gubernatorial Debate at 6:30 pm at the Paramount Theater; and attend the Friday October 12 Castleton Indivisible postcarding party for nationwide elections.

Week 3 – Join a Get-out-the-vote canvas. Don’t know where one’s being held? Ask us.

Week 2 – Attend the Thursday October 25 Castleton Indivisible postcarding party for local elections; march with the Democrats in the Saturday October 27 Rutland City Halloween Parade.

Week 1 – Encourage friends and family to vote; volunteer to join a candidate at the polls on voting day (even a few minutes of standing on the line can make a world of difference to a tired candidate eager for a little company)

Hope to see you at one or more of these events over the next few weeks!

6 weeks until the election – ways to get involved

With 6 weeks to go until the election, here are some ways to get involved:

Week 6 – Join the Canvass at 1 pm at 11 Royce Street, Rutland City. Make sure everyone knows that early voting has started; encourage friends and family to vote and to vote early.
Put out a lawn sign, write a letter to the editor, and brag to your friends and families about your efforts. Go to ActBlue and contribute to one or more candidates. As little as $5 helps! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rutland

Week 5 – Go doorknocking with a candidate and learn more about your community in the process.

Week 4 – Attend the Wednesday Oct 10 Gubernatorial Debate at 6:30 pm at the Paramount Theater; and attend the Friday October 12 Castleton Indivisible postcarding party for nationwide elections.

Week 3 – Join a Get-out-the-vote canvas. Don’t know where one’s being held? Ask us.

Week 2 – Attend the Thursday October 25 Castleton Indivisible postcarding party for local elections; march with the Democrats in the Saturday October 27 Rutland City Halloween Parade.

Week 1 – Encourage friends and family to vote; volunteer to join a candidate at the polls on voting day (even a few minutes of standing on the line can make a world of difference to a tired candidate eager for a little company)

Hope to see you at one or more of these events over the next few weeks!