Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic

 Central Committee
    Volume 9 No. 1                                                                                                                                       January 2017
In This Issue
Northland Progress Kickoff
PCDCC January Meeting
PCFWDC January Meeting
NDC January Meeting
Quick Links
January 21 – Clay County Central Committee’s Winterfest – 11:30 a.m. Harrah’s Hotel, 1 Riverboat Drive, Kansas City Missouri 64116, Admission $35.
January 21 – Women’s March on Washington (in Kansas City) 1:00- 3:00 p.m. – Washington Square Park, Pershing and Grand Ave.
January 28 – GOV 101-10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration opens at 9:30am) Center High School, 8715 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131 Class Fee = $10.  Info
January 29 – PSNKC  “What Now?” Resource Fair 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. KCKS Community College, Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Avenue, KCKS  Info
February 1 – Northland Progress – Kickoff Event.  See below for info.
February 13 – Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club – Platte County Resource Center,11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 5:30 p.m.
February 15 – The Greater Women’s Political Caucus (GKCPC) is sponsoring a Northland Political Action Group. The meeting will start at 5:30 pm. Location to be announced.

Northland Progress Kickoff Event

PCDCC January Meeting
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met at the Platte County Resource Center on Thursday, January 19. Four new members were elected to the Central Committee. They are: Alex Bay, Dean Holtz, Carolyn Vellar and Scott Wilkerson. Each member of the committee represents a sub-district of the County. The Committee is the official representative of Platte County Missouri in the Missouri Democratic Party.
The Central Committee sends a representative, Paula Willmarth, to meetings of the State Party. Paula reported that she is the new Chair of the State Bylaws Committee. She also said that the new State Chair, Stephen Webber is very interested in rebuilding the Democratic Party in Missouri. Re-electing Clair McCaskill is at the top of the priority list but building a bench by recruiting candidates for every seat in every election is the way to build a future for the Party. Paula Willmarth reported that she has filed for a position on the Platte County Health Department. She has no opponent. Gwen Cooke has filed for a seat on the Platte County R3 School Board.
Ken Hunt reported that a weekly update from State Chair Stephen Webber is available on the Platte County Democratic Website .
Committee Chairman David Christian reported that the top priorities voted on at the last meeting of the Central Committee are: Organized Labor, Minimum Wage and Compliance with the new Voter ID Law.
The Outreach Committee reported that they plan to have a booth at the Park University Fair January 20th in the Thompson Commons Student Center as part of an effort to reach out to young people.
Martin Rucker II and Blake Green invited members of the Committee and guests to participate in the first meeting of Northland Progress (see notice above) on February 1st at the Screenland Theater in North Kansas City. Everyone was also invited to the What Now? Resource Fair on January 29 sponsored by the Progressive Social Network (listed and linked above).
Several members of the Committee also recommended the Indivisible Guide listed above. Everyone is also invited to participate in the Women’s March scheduled for January 21st at Washington Square Park, Pershing and Grand Ave. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

PCFWDC January Meeting
The Platte County Women’s Club met Monday, January 9th at the Platte County Resource Center. Like last month, there were many guests looking for a way to take action; clearly, the activist energy released by November’s election is still very much in play. It seems the President-elect is uniting the country against him.

The discussion at the meeting centered on the need to find candidates for every seat on every ballot in every election. Gwen Cooke, a member of the Platte County Democratic Central Committee indicated that she would look into running for school board. We talked about the need to rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up, to cultivate a pipeline of candidates by encouraging people to run for office including the many offices that do not show up on the ballot unless they are contested.
The Women’s Club normally meets every other month in non-election years. Because of this year’s extraordinary level of interest, the Club voted to meet every month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 13 at the Platte County Resource Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

Northland Democratic Club January Meeting
The Northland Democratic Club met at the North Kansas City Public Library on Tuesday January 17.    The lower level room was filled to capacity for a meeting featuring a presentation by Abby Zavos from the Progressive Social Network Kansas City (PSNKC) on “Indivisible, A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda” put together by former Congressional Staffers to “reveal best practices for making Congress listen”. The Guide can be downloaded free here:

Progressive Social Network Kansas City is the new name of Pantsuit Nation Kansas City (PSNKC) which started out as a Facebook group supporting Hillary Clinton by wearing a pantsuit to the polls on Election Day. After the election, the group(s) started meeting in person to support each other and figure out what action to take. They have organized interest area groups and a group working to tie the interest groups together. They have organized a “What Now?” Resource Fair co-hosted by Mainstream Coalition on January 29 from 3:00 – 5:00 the Kansas City Kansas Community College, Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club and Northland Progress are among the groups that will participate in the resource fair.
The Indivisible Guide has fostered a local group known as Indivisible KC  .  The Northland Democratic Club voted to become a part of the Indivisible network at the end of Tuesday’s meeting.
Martin Rucker II and Blake Green gave a brief presentation on the new group Northland Progress. Everyone is invited to attend the first event February 1st at the Screenland Theatre in North Kansas City  email: .
Paid for by Platte County Democratic Central Committee, Robert Dixon Treasurer, P.O. Box 12051, Parkville, MO 64152