GCDC Update

2019.03.21 – Gilmer democrats had a great meeting tonight!  Here is some news shared at the meeting.

We need every Democrat to help with this terrible legislation!

The Georgia House has passed HB 481, the “Heartbeat Bill.”  It is now in the Senate and may be voted as soon as next week.

“Heartbeat Bills” are being introduced in many states as part of a right-wing strategy to advance anti-abortion legislation to the Supreme Court. With the recent appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it has been widely theorized that laws such as these may be not be deemed unconstitutional, restricting abortion access in many states and thus making Roe v. Wade obsolete.

A similar bill has been struck down in Iowa but we can’t be sure other courts will do the same.

According to HB 481:

❌ Abortions would be banned after 6 weeks (before most women even know they’re pregnant) – and potentially threaten Roe vs. Wade.
❌ If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, she must file a police report to get the care she needs.  (Think of a young teen having been raped by a stepfather, for example!)
❌ A white male legislator is given more power over a pregnant woman’s body than she, herself, has.

If HB 481 passes the Senate, it will make Georgia the most dangerous state to be a woman in America – period. Contact your senator RIGHT NOW to tell them to stop the ban.

Send a postcard to:

The Honorable Steve Gooch
421-F State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Call his Atlanta office:   (404) 656-9221

Send him a Fax:   (404) 651-6768

Write his District Office:

The Honorable Steve Gooch
P.O. Box 600
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Those who attended the meeting tonight signed pre-addressed postcards to be sent.

If you do not act, who will?

State Democratic Party elections

State Party elections were held on January 26, and we have new State officers.  Josh McCall is now our District Coordinator, having been elected to replace David Robinson.

Legislation Monitoring

Are you interested in monitoring legislation in Georgia or the U.S. Congress?  If so, let us know.  We are looking for someone to sign up for LegiScan.com to monitor Georgia State House bills and let us know what is going on at our monthly meetings.  The U.S. Congress’ bills also can be monitored online through the Federal Register.  If you would like to help, we need you!

Monthly Gilmer Democrat Meetings

The Gilmer County Democratic Committee has recommended new activities for our meetings.  At every meeting:

1.       An issue of timely political importance will be discussed, and action will be facilitated by making pre-addressed postcards available to all attendees.  We are pleased to announce that the first of these discussions will be led by Jack Neumeyer at the April meeting on the subject of immigration.

2.      We will be appointing individuals to make a presentation at each meeting about a candidate for President.  This will enable us to get to know about the candidates’ policies and proposal for action if they become President.  Thank Beth Williams, who will make the April presentation about Kamala Harris, and Terry Woehr who will tell us about Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

3.      We will continue to meet at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church whenever possible.

4.      Instead of using money for food that could be used to support Democratic candidates, future meetings will be “potluck.”

Melba Gandy
Chair, Gilmer County Democratic Committee