West County Democrats
St. Louis, Missouri

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Mission Statement

From our bylaws:   The West County Democrats (WCD) was formed by a group of concerned citizens. The purpose of the organization is to educate the members on the issues and to encourage members to actively support Democratic candidates for political office.


PROUD TO BE A WEST COUNTY DEMOCRAT

The purpose of West County Democrats is to educate the members on issues and encourage them to actively support Democratic candidates for office. Four areas we concentrate on are: Education, Service, Candidates and Leadership.

Education – West County Democrats provide...

  • Monthly programs with speakers on current issues
  • A library of books and DVDs with informative materials
  • A movie time featuring films on important topics
  • A web site and a daily digest with current information
  • Legislative updates at monthly meetings
  • Information about other meetings and events of interest to members
  • Lobby Day trips to Jefferson City
  • Cooperation with other Democratic and Progressive organizations as appropriate
Candidates While we do not endorse as an organization, we...
  • Encourage members to support the candidates of their choice
  • Provide opportunities for candidates to speak and recruit volunteers
  • Permit candidates to distribute literature and campaign materials
  • Cooperate with other organizations in providing forums
Leadership Opportunities for leadership are provided by...
  • Encouraging members to assume leadership roles in WCD
  • Encouraging members to run for office
  • Encouraging members to be active in other political groups and campaigns
Service West County Democrats contribute to the broader community by...
  • Adopting Circle of Concern and supporting it by:
  •            Collecting food, goods and money each month
               Holding a Bake Sale each year with proceeds going to Circle of Concern
  • Supporting special projects such as the Wellston Middle School Math and Science Project
         (Recognized by American Association of University Women as one of the 20 best in the US)
  • Contributing to the Leukemia Foundation
  • Supporting other appeals on a voluntary basis (Such as the Joplin tornado school fund)

IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER, WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER PLEASE JOIN US ON THE SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT:
United Food and Commercial Workers - Local 655, 300 Weidman Rd., Ballwin 9:30 11:30 am


Make your wishes heard by calling your legislators! 
Here's a toll free phone number that allows direct access to Congress:
1-866-338-1015

 

THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT!
What President Obama has accomplished in his first two years in office
11/11/10
(See if you can find a pattern in the list below. 
The answer will explain why mega-corporations dumped millions of dollars into Republican campaigns.)

 For Veterans:
            Added $4.6 billion to Veterans Administration budget to recruit and train more mental health professionals.
            Added $1.4 billion to improve services to veterans.

For Students and their Parents:
            Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, children can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.
            Insurance companies cannot deny health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
            Significantly increased Pell grants to help low income students pay for college.
            Eliminated subsidies to private lenders so that federal student loan money will go directly to students and cut out the overhead to banks.

For Small Business Owners:
            Developed stimulus package that included $18 billion for nondefense scientific research and development.
            Increased minority access to capital.
            Tax cuts worth $3.5 billion to help small businesses pay for their employees’ health insurance.

For Workers:
            Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.
            American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 made available $789 billion in tax cuts and stimulus programs which created more private sector jobs
in 2010 than George Bush created in his entire presidency.
            Endorsed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009 to provide full partnership benefits to federal employees.
            Provided stimulus funds to boost private sector spaceflight programs.
            Set up www.recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act (check it out and see how your local community has benefited from the economic stimulus program.)
            Expanded the Family Medical Leave Act to ensure that LGBT parents and partners can take leave from work to care for their child, parent, or spouse just as any family member could.

For Everyone who Needs Medical Care:
            Signed Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act providing health insurance to 11 million children, 4 million of whom had no insurance.
            Signed Christopher and Dana Reeves Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.
            Repealed Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
            Signed Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act giving the FDA authority to regulate manufacturing and marketing of tobacco for the first time.
            Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health insurance.
            Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level.
            Requires health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premiums they collect actually go for patient care.
            Cut cost of prescription drugs for Medicare recipients by 50% starting in 2011.

For America’s relationships with other countries:
            Ended Bush era CIA program of torturing prisoners and requiring them to use the Army field manual as their guide for interrogations.
            Reversed the “global gag rule” allowing U.S. aid to organizations abroad regardless of whether they provide abortions.
            Signed new START treaty, a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
            Signed Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in defense procurement and contracting system.

Financial reform for all Americans:
            Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans.
            Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank’s own money to turn a profit which hurts their customers.)
            Signed financial reform that requires lenders to verify applicants’ credit history, income and employment status so people don’t get in over their heads with loan companies.
            Signed financial reform allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on CEO pay.
            Established Credit Card Bill of Rights preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary interest rates increases on customers.
           
For the environment we all depend on:
            Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5 mpg to 35.5 mpg starting in 2016.
            Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%.
           
For all of us because it’s the right thing to do:
            Appointed the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer.
            Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court.
            Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act.
            Provided $12.2 billion in new funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
            • Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Comments from the co-chairs of the West County Democrats

West County Democrats was established in 2001 to provide:

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an opportunity for our members to learn about the current political issues

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a means of speaking in a united voice

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a place to meet others with similar interests

The West County Democrat monthly meetings provide opportunities for participants to hear informed speakers talk about important local, national, and international issues. Each presentation is followed by a question and answer session.  

Announcements of local upcoming events are included in the brief business meeting that begins each meeting.  An optional lunch at a local restaurant after the meetings provides members a chance to exchange views with others in an informal setting.  

Our lending library contains many books on issues of our day.  Participants are free to contribute and borrow books.

WCD members are active in campaigns – both as candidates (see the list of members who ran for office last election) and as supporters.  They exchange relevant newspaper articles, legislative updates, and upcoming event notices.

WCD members are involved, patriotic citizens who welcome everyone to join them in the important task of strengthening our society.  Please join us in working to keep our democracy strong and our leaders wise.

           

West County Democrats