Minutes of the Meeting of Democratic Women of Moore County
Saturday, February 15, 2020  
The meeting was called to order by DWMC President Paula Shelton at 10:00 A.M., and new members from January and February were introduced. Our member Marian McPhaul was asked to introduce her mother, Jane McPhaul, one of the founders and still a member of the DWMC organization. We were reminded that the dues were increasing to $30 as of March 2020. For the members that paid in February the dues are $25.  
Volunteers The Early Voting started on February 13th at the Carthage Agriculture Center and the Pinehurst Fire Station. Our MCDP Volunteer Coordinator, Pam Young, distributed sign-up sheets for the Democratic Party tents to pass out sample ballots and campaign literature.  
Black History Month In recognition of Black History Month, the song written by James Weldon Johnson and his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1899 and known as the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” was introduced and sung by Ariadne DeGarr. The audience stood and joined in.    
The Moment of Silence A moment of silence was observed for decency. Paula Shelton offered four “profiles in courage” of individuals who had stood up for the truth through that impeachment trial of President Trump, including Rep. Justin Amash, former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and Sen. Mitt Romney.  
DWMC Board Reports Board reports included the Treasurer Tiffany Bartholomew reporting a balance of $4,148.44. Membership Chair Kerry Arnold reported membership as 159. The minutes for the January joint DWMC and MCDP meeting was submitted by Jessica Wells and sent by email to both organizations. The minutes were approved.  
Election of Officers: The nominating committee, Lynn Hancock, Ariadne DeGarr and Laurie O’Loughlin, offered the slate of officers for the next two-year term. With no nominations from the floor, Judge Tiffany Bartholomew conducted the vote. The officers to be sworn in at the next meeting in April are Paula Shelton – President, Jeanette Sabo and Jessica Wells – co First Vice-Presidents for Programs, Kerry Arnold – Membership Chair/Assistant Treasurer, Betty Barnett – Recording Secretary, and Ariadne DeGarr – Corresponding Secretary.  
Fundraising Lynn Hancock spoke about the fundraising campaign for the Moore County Democratic Party to keep the headquarters operating and to support candidates for election in November. Think 2020! We can go on the website www.mooredems.org and use the secure donation link ActBlue to give $20.20 or any amount monthly to the MCDP Sustaining Fund. A one-time donation is welcome, as well.   Candidates were invited to introduce themselves. Helen Probst Mills, running for the NC State Senate District 25, thanked those present who have supported her candidacy. Her race has been recognized as one of 14 Competitive Races to Watch and she recently earned the endorsement of Lillian’s List.     Helen shared the importance of re-electing Governor Cooper. After the legislative super majority was broken by the last election, he has stopped 14 bills from passing with his veto. He needs more senators to help sustain a veto or, better yet, have a majority in the Senate.     Lowell Simon is running for the NC House in House District 52. His campaign manager, Dejonna Groff, explained that Lowell is sick so could not be with us.   Judge Tiffany Bartholomew was appointed last year by Gov. Cooper and is running to remain in her position as District Judge for Moore and Hoke County. She has no primary opponent in March, but we need to support her in November. Tiffany stated that a judge should be impartial, independent, and have integrity.    
The National News The US House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump. He was acquitted by the US Senate. The two charges were Abuse of power and Obstruction of Congress. Acquittal is not exoneration.   State News Early Voting began on February 13th. A new Board of Election mailing confirmed there is NO photo ID needed to vote in the primary. Paula Shelton and the Party chair Maurice Holland have witnessed our three Democrats on the Moore County Board of Elections, Elizabeth Mangrum – chair, Sheldon Rappaport and Richard Ashton. They have spent many hours in meetings. They represented us in Raleigh at the NCBOE to achieve two early voting sites and the Sunday voting date of February 23rd. This is the first time Moore County has Sunday voting for a primary election. More than 40 DWMC members submitted comments in favor of Sunday voting before the meeting with the State BOE, which was helpful.  
Committee Reports Tina Ganis had distributed school supplies and some clothing to the representatives to take to the seven Title I schools along with funds to purchase more, which were contributed by our members.      Ernestine Chapman thanked the group for the 507 pounds of food in 2019 for the Food Bank, as well as monetary donations she brings receipts for.     Susan Southard reported that the Climate Crisis Working Group has various committees at work. The Events group was prepared to have a display again at the Ruth Pauley lecture the night of the storm. They will pass out flyers and have exhibits at the next lecture on the climate by former Rep. Inglis on April 28th. The Local Initiative group passed out a document making cases for recycling and will have members at the Food Lion in Whispering Pines passing out shopping bags and advocating for using less plastic and recycling. Michelle Liveris explained that none of the other chain stores agreed to it, since we are not a non-profit organization.   Jessica Wells introduced the speaker, Ana Ilarraza-Blackburn, Tri-chair of the NC Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival. Ana is the first Latina Immigrant Liaison for the NC NAACP. Ms Ilarraza-Blackburn was an impassioned advocate for the fusion politics needed, with people coming out of their silos to affect change. All backgrounds, faiths, races, etc., are needed to show what democracy looks like and aspire to the unity and equality we have not yet achieved. The campaign addresses systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, a war economy and militarism, and a distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.   While many had not heard of the Poor People’s Campaign, it was the last of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaigns, and he never got to march in it. There will be a Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington at the National Mall, Saturday, June 20, 2020. It is Co-Chaired by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II of North Carolina and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis.   The march in June will involve people from across the country and the world. There will be 14 places in NC where buses will load to go there. We were encouraged to look at the agenda online (www.poorpeoplescampaign.org). Last year there were 40 days of non-violent civil disobedience to lift up the issues. We then saw a video trailer for “We Cried Power” a documentary on the Poor People’s Campaign featuring Dr. Barber and Dr. Theoharis.   During the question and answer period it was cited that there are 140 million poor people in the United States. Minimum wage doesn’t house and feed a family of four. Helen Probst Mills stated that in 2017 14 percent of Moore County residents could be described as poor. She also mentioned the recent “Point in Time”count of the homeless, the first ever in the county. In a response to a comment on the need for more services, Ana asked everyone to imagine a country where just laws and policies ensured true equality and services would no longer be necessary.  
Announcements: We can join the DWMC, NAACP, and the MCDP on Facebook.  
Adjournment was at 11:50.   Respectfully Submitted, Betty Barnett Recording Secretary