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Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

On this Giving Tuesday, there’s several great organizations that you can donate your money or time to. Here’s just a few that would love your help:

Clothe Our Kids

Our mission is to work directly through local schools and DCS as a resource to provide needy and at-risk children with coats, clothing and shoes.

Find their website here.

Re: The Regenerative School

Catalyzing transformative learning to build a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Find their website here.

Junior’s House Inc.

Junior’s House Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides free services and advocacy to victims of child abuse and neglect in the 17th Judicial Area.

Find their website here.

The Humane Society of Lincoln County

The mission is to operate the Animal Shelter with thoughtful compassion, promote lifetime placement for unwanted and abandoned pets, help to reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs, educate the local community on responsible pet ownership, seek justice for animal cruelty offenders and promote the proper care and humane treatment of all animals.

Find their website here.

FLC Arts Center

The Mission of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center is to enhance the quality of life in the Fayetteville-Lincoln County community through the presentation, education, and promotion of all art disciplines including visual, conceptual, and performing arts.

Find their website here.

Relay For Life of Lincoln County

We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures, & by fighting back.

Find their website here.

Hands of Mercy Outreach Center

Hands of Mercy is a food bank that also shares the good news of Jesus Christ. We help those in need in Lincoln County by meeting the tangible need, whether it is with clothing, food or utility bill assistance.

Find their website here.

REACH of Lincoln County

We’re all about empowering individuals with exceptional abilities to achieve hope, acceptance, belonging and a better understanding while we REACH for the future.

Find their website here.

Lincoln Health System Foundation

The Foundation contributes to the ongoing success of Lincoln Health System and its facilities by supporting capital improvement projects, equipment, and programs benefiting patients and their families.

Find their website here.

Know of a local nonprofit that should be on the list? Drop us a message here!

Give to Make a Difference

These are just a few of the many great nonprofits here in our community that will benefit from your donations. If you have a dollar, give a dollar. If you have time to volunteer, give your time. 

Take a moment to think about the issues where you want to make a difference and donate your time and experience to organizations that support them. Our community will be better in any way that you can offer support.

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The 2020 Strategy Playbook

2020 is going to be a tough but winnable year of elections. That means we need to all be in the boat and rowing in the same direction. To help us do that, we’ve got The LC Dems Playbook. It holds all of the research we’ve done through door knocks, phone calls, community surveys, and data analysis.

Here’s the quick summary of it:

  • Democrats can win locally and be competitive at the state level.
  • We have a non-voting county that can be registered and turned out to vote.
  • Our strategy focuses on expanding the electorate and delivering a clear, values-based message to all voters.

That message is simple – Home Matters. We want our families to be happy, healthy, safe, and nearby. Our progressive ideas and approaches can make everyone in our community happier, healthier, safer, and more
likely to stay here rather than move away.

In the next few weeks, we’ll start putting together the teams to cover canvassing, phone banking, postcard writing, and community event planning. So watch out for more on how join one of those teams.

And for now, make sure to get your copy of The LC Dems Playbook for 2020. Use the form below to request your copy!

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Let’s Run for Office!

It’s National Run for Office Day! One of our favorite holidays every year.

If you want to make a change here in our community, one of the best ways is to run for office. We’ll help you every step of the way. From training to campaigning, we’ve got you covered.

You don’t need the “perfect” resume, the “right” background, or anything other than a passion to see our community change for the better. If you’re looking at this page, it’s people exactly like you who need to sit on the county commission, the city board of aldermen, the school boards and the state General Assembly.

If you’re interested in running, let us know below. Or if you know a friend, a neighbor, or family member that should run for office, send this email over to them!

2020 is right around the corner and we’ve got some great opportunities to build a better community for all of us here. We want to make sure that every conservative candidate has an awesome progressive challenger going into the 2020 elections.

Let’s get to running!

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The 11th Hour, the 11th Day, the 11th Month

In our observance of Veterans Day, we’re publishing President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation that marked Armistice Day. 100 years ago today, World War I combat ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, the day would become known as Veterans Day – a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars.  

ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN

[The first anniversary of the signing of the armistice with Germany in the World War.]

The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

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Volunteer Signup for Host of Christmas Past

We’re all set to have a booth at this year’s Host of Christmas Past! We’ll have a photobooth setup where people can take fun Christmas photos with family and friends. We’ll also have free stickers and our voter registration forms out. 

Host will be Saturday November 9th. Here’s slots that we have open:

  • 7am to 10am
  • 10am to 1pm

If you can work any of those times, sign up using the form below. Thanks! 

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The New TNDP Veterans/Military Families Caucus

The TNDP Veterans/Military Families Caucus (V/MF)) held its roll out at the Elevate Summit on May 19, 2019.

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice on our behalf and Republicans have dominated these discussions for far too long. There are over 500,000 veterans in our state. Including family members, this is a potential voting block of over 1 million voters. This is an opportunity for us in the TNDP to engage thousands of these voters to Vote Blue in the future.

The TNDP Veterans/Military Families caucus is committed to promoting the tremendous contributions of our Veterans and their families, while strengthening the ideals of Democratic values!

If you’re a veteran or military family, head over to the Veterans and Military Families caucus website here. You can connect with the caucus and stay up to date on activities planned for the coming elections!

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Pledge to help 3 friends register to vote

The 2020 election will carry historic consequences. From our local school board all the way to the presidency, every election is a chance to change the course of our community. But you can’t vote unless you’re registered. It all starts with registering to vote.

Here in Tennessee, it’s quick and easy to register online. If you haven’t registered yourself, or need to check your voter registration, head over to this website:

–>> Click here to register to vote.

If you’re registered and ready to vote, talk with three friends and make sure they’re registered too! We know that when people are unsure of something like voting, advice from friends can make all the difference. Good friends help friends vote. 

Take the pledge below and join your neighbors in our community that are helping people register.

Make a difference. Be a voter. And help three friends to register to vote!

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The 2019 Community Survey

Thanks for being a part of our community here in Lincoln County!

We want to hear from you – will you take our 2019 Community Survey? Your feedback is important — having a strong community starts with all of us making our voices heard.

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Futures are in jeopardy when a hospital closes

Are bad things acceptable as long as they happen to somebody else? This question has plagued me on and off throughout my life whenever I saw people ignore or laugh at others who were not as fortunate as themselves. I know we can’t always help everyone we meet who needs help. I also know that some people wallow in neediness and refuse help when offered for whatever reason they may have. I understand some people may be mired in a culture or mindset that keeps them in unhealthy, or what they perceive as, unchangeable situations. We can feel insulted if someone doesn’t want our help, and after a while it becomes easier to ignore the needy.

Right now, with the rhetoric that’s coming out of Washington, D.C. and Nashville, it is difficult to reconcile what is being said, with what we read about and see, with our own eyes, here in Tennessee. We’re being told the economy is great, jobs are plentiful and everything is fine, but is it really?

The other day I was in our local Walmart and realized they’re in the process of installing more self-serve check out registers and eliminating the number of lanes with human cashiers. I began to wonder, how many people will be losing their jobs or having their hours cut? I used the self-serve registers three times since they were originally installed. I only had a couple of items, was in a hurry and the lines for the registers with humans manning them, were long. I felt somewhat guilty, as if I was depriving someone of their job. I was stunned by the amount of new self-serve registers they are now installing. The Walmart Company is huge. They make billions in profits, along with getting obscene tax breaks, and financial incentives from the government. They are one of the largest employers in Sparta. How much money will they save by reducing staff? How much profit over people is enough? 

I wondered how many people, employed at the Sparta Walmart are currently making enough money to live on without assistance? If their hours are cut, will they even be able to afford to keep working there? What will they have to do to survive? Does Walmart even care? The more I thought about it, the more upset I got. The prices at Walmart and other stores have been rising. Is it due to inflation or the results of “winning” Trump’s trade wars? I’m sure either option is cutting into Walmart’s bottom line, and I doubt if a reduction of staff will have any impact on the customer’s bottom line. I worked in a grocery store when I was younger. I’m retired now and I certainly don’t want to be an unpaid cashier in order to expand Walmart’s profits. I’ll shop somewhere else. With the upcoming holidays, self-service check outs should be rather interesting and frustrating for customers and any employees that remain.

In the meantime, Tennessee has been rated as Number 2 in the United States for the closing down of the most hospitals, only outdone by Texas, which is way bigger than we are. We have 21 counties, in our state, that have no local hospitals and well over 100,000 people without quick access to emergency room services. There are several reasons for this, but they’re all associated with MONEY! In some cases, it was mismanagement of money, robbing Peter to pay Paul and hoping things would change; reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare that didn’t cover all the costs that were billed; and the growing number of uninsured human beings in Tennessee. 

The Medicaid expansion that was associated with the ACA, would have provided close to 300,000 Tennesseans with affordable healthcare. Our state assembly thought it was better to deny their constituents that opportunity and refuse over $3 million a day, from the Federal Government, in order to “give the finger” to President Obama. It didn’t matter that it was Tennesseans’ share of tax dollars we paid to the Federal government. Our legislators didn’t care about who might be harmed by their decision, as long as they had their own health insurance. They didn’t care that people who were able to get help to pay the premiums on good health insurance during the first year of the ACA, were faced with premiums that kept increasing in following years because our legislators didn’t want to expand Medicaid. They didn’t care that employers who supplied their employees with healthcare coverage were forced to pay higher premiums for themselves and their employees because our elected leaders were standing up for Tennessee’s right, to be able to tell Washington to take our tax money and give it to other states that were acting responsibly by helping their citizens. 

Tennesseans have been fighting for the expansion of Medicaid for several years now. Gov. Haslam gave lip service to the cause, knowing full well, it would never pass. People are not only dying because they can’t afford medical care, but they are dying because they have no access to regular or emergency medical care within an hour or less from their homes. Nashville’s Channel 5 News recently did an eye-opening documentary about the crisis happening in our rural communities when hospitals close.  Not only is the health of members of the community threatened, their futures are put in jeopardy, when a hospital closes. In many cases, the hospital was the biggest employer in the area, providing good wages and benefits to their employees. Communities have trouble encouraging new businesses into their towns if there is no local or nearby hospital. 

It is shameful that the richest country in the world, has elected leaders who will deny their own citizens access to affordable healthcare. They have access to great health care for themselves so why should they care about anyone else. It seems these same leaders don’t care about their constituents until it’s election time, until then, the attitude is “it sucks to be you!”.

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We need your help with the fair!

Thanks for everyone that’s signed up to work the Lincoln County Fair Booth so far. We were able to fill out about half of the slots so far.

If you haven’t signed up yet, we need your help. Here’s the remaining slots that we have open:

  • Friday September 13th – 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday September 14th – 4pm to 8pm

For our fair project to be most effective, it’s crucial that we fill these remaining slots. If you can work any of those times, sign up using the form below. 

Feel free to pick as many times as you’d like to work the booth. Some people pick one – others pick several. It’s entirely up to you!

As our way of saying thanks, everyone who works a time slot will get a free t-shirt along with tickets to the fair itself. So please – if you’re able to help out, sign up for one of those remaining open spots!

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