PDOC May General Meeting

Thursday May 23, 6:30 pm
OWASA Community Room, 400 Jones Ferry Rd., Carrboro

Join us as we meet with new OCDP chair and vice-chair Marilyn Carter and Jonah Garson to discuss riding the Progressive Wave into 2020!

Healthcare Action Alerts!

As most of you know transforming our broken and inhumane health care system is my #1 issue and for the first time in decades, we are holding public hearings on creating a single-payer system. The excellent bill being discussed is HR 1384 – The Medicare For All Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Jayapall and Dingle along with over 100 co-sponsors. Representative David Price is glaringly absent from this list. The budget committee will be holding a hearing, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd on this bill. Rep. Price sits on this committee and needs to hear from his constituents about why he should support this bill. Please take a few minutes and call his office to ask him to support this bill, and also ask him why he has not signed on already!

Here are some talking points – HR 1383:

  • Covers all of our people from birth to transition
  • Expands services covered to include, dental, mental health, hearing, vision and others
  • Removes all cost barriers to care by eliminating premiums, co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance
  • Allows us to negotiate pharmaceutical prices
  • Offers a 5-year compensation/retraining period for any people displaced from their private insurance based jobs during this transition
  • Proposes targeted investments in traditionally underserved areas and populations

This is an exciting and visionary bill, and I hope you will take action and let Congressman Price know that you want him to not only support it but become a champion for it. The majority of Americans support a Medicare for All plan – it’s the politicians that are the problem!


NC lawmakers need to hear the stories of people impacted by the opioid crisis who are unable to access care. Chase Holleman is a social worker in Guilford County who visits people after they have survived an overdose. Hear what he has to say about how closing the coverage gap would dramatically impact the people he works with everyday. Then take two minutes to email Chase’s video to your NC representative.
Here is the link: Close the Gap
Closing the coverage gap can keep families together.

General Meeting Featuring Rep. Marcia Morey

Marcia Morey

Marcia Morey is a two-term House lawmaker from Durham County. The Progressive Democrat is a former judge, Olympian, and NCAA investigator. Join her for a look at how the NC Leigislative sausage is made …

Please join us to hear from Representative Morey on Wednesday, April 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm at the OWASA Community room, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro.

Framing and Messaging: George Lakoff, Language, and Political Discourse

With Host David Mora Marin

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30 pm
OWASA Building, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC 27510

Head shot of Professor David Marin.

David Mora Marín obtained his PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from SUNY-Albany in 2001. He is an Associate Professor at UNC (Linguistics Department), where he arrived in 2004. He specializes in the historical linguistics and ancient writing traditions of Mesoamerica, specifically the Olmec, Epi-Olmec, and Mayan cultural traditions, and in linguistic documentation. He teaches courses on linguistic fieldwork, sociolinguistics, language and power, historical linguistics, writing systems, and spoken Yucatec Maya, among others.

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

Screening of the award-winning film, February One, followed by a panel discussion on “Student Activism, Past & Present”.

Based largely on first-hand accounts and rare archival footage, February One documents one volatile winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public accommodation customs and laws in North Carolina but served as a blueprint for the wave of non-violent civil rights protests that swept across the South and the nation throughout the 1960s.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Carolina Black Caucus, Democratic Women Of Orange County, and Hillsborough Progressives Take Action.

Holiday Potluck and Blue Wave Celebration!

December Potluck and Brainstorm

Happy holidays Progressives!
We bear tidings of joy – the Progressive Caucus of the NC Democratic Party lives! Thanks to all our members who came out to the meeting, and those who took the time to sign proxies.  PDOC showed up in great numbers and started some important discussions and took on new leadership roles. Congratulations to Vicki Boyer, newly elected 3rd Vice President (messaging and PR), Felix Peng elected to the Judicial Board, and Kim Piracci (by acclamation!) is now Fundraising Chair. 

We are now turning our sights to 2019! There is much work to be done at the state level and nationally and we have to think strategically about how to get organized and put our progressive policy solutions front and center.  We will begin that discussion at our last General Body meeting of the year and would love your input and participation. Join us for holiday food and cheer with a side of planning and plotting!

Monthly Meeting:  Wednesday, December 19,   6:30-8:30 pm
Orange County Democratic Party,
209 Lloyd Street, Carrboro

Holiday potluck and 2019 Brainstorming 
More details and RSVP:   https://www.facebook.com/PDOCNC/

 What to bring to the meeting:

  • Your top 3 issues you’d like to see PDOC working on 2019/2020 
  • Your commitment to lead/work on those issues 
  • Your ideas for how to amplify the Progressive agenda 
  • Optional snack/beverage to share (finger food, please) (except for beverages!) 
  • Non-perishable food item to be donated to Porch and IFC 


  • Welcome and introductions (5 min) 
  • 2018 year in review (our accomplishments) (5 min) 
  • Financial report (2 min) 
  • Education Team report (5 min) 
  • Issues Team planning (5 min) 
  • Upcoming Events (3 min) 
  • State Progressive Caucus (15 min) 
  • New Business (5-10 min) 
  • Where do we go from here- 2019-2020  Brainstorming and Strategy Session

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for 2019 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

What Comes Next?

Representative Verla InskoRepresentative Verla Insko will be our guest at our next general meeting. As the current NC House Democrat with the longest tenure of services, she will serve as NC House Democratic Caucus Chair and is responsible for organization the caucus for the biennium. She will give us her thoughts on the path forward post-election and will also answer our questions.