Free screening of “Democracy for Sale”
Local residents concerned about the influence of big money in North Carolina politics are invited to a screening of “Democracy for Sale” at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 26 at the Strand Theater, Main Street, Waynesville.
A cooperative effort between the Haywood County Democratic Party and the Haywood Chapter of the NAACP, the 45-minute documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer/discussion session. No ticket is needed, and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
As Tamara Sheffield stated at the screening she helped organize in Salisbury, NC: “Sustaining our democracy is not a Democratic or Republican ideal. It’s an American ideal, and it and should always be a goal of any nonpartisan or bipartisan organization. Citizens must be educated on policies and issues. An educated, engaged republic is a powerful one – it allows us to make positive changes for all, not just a select few.”
The Waynesville screening is part of a statewide tour of Democracy for Sale that began Jan. 23. The film features actor Zach Galifianakis, who is an N.C. native, and demonstrates why North Carolina, once a beacon of light and generosity in a sea of red state reactionary politics, is now rapidly changing because of a surge of political spending.
The film focuses on how big-money political interests have led to a lack of environmental protection, tax cuts for the upper class and corporations, education cuts and gerrymandering, as well as laws designed to suppress voter turnout. Coordinated by Working Films, the screening tour aims to educate citizens on these issues and provide opportunities for interested individuals to get involved in local organizing.
Haywood NAACP President Chuck Dixon and Democratic Party Chair Myrna Campbell encourage their members to come out to see the film and develop a better understanding of the negative consequences when citizen input in government, at any level, is limited or curtailed.
County Democratic Convention
Mark April 1 on your calendar for the 2017 Haywood County Convention. All registered Democrats are invited to attend the Convention to be held at the USDA Center at 589 Raccoon Rd, Waynesville. We’ll start off with pancakes and coffee at 8 am and then get the meeting started at 9 am. On the agenda is the election of County Party Officials and a referendum on resolutions submitted by Haywood precincts. Be a part of democracy in action!
Go Beyond Voting off to a Good Start
We held the first meeting of our Saturday morning roundtable and are very pleased at the turnout and enthusiasm. About 30 Democrats joined us to identify and discuss issues. Chair of the Haywood Democratic Party, Myrna Campbell, gave us a rundown of local and state issues to be aware of especially those identified by the North Carolina Justice Center (http://ncjustice.org) and the North Carolina Policy Watch (http://www.ncpolicywatch.com). Please join us at Headquarters for our next coffee on Saturday April 8 at 10 am.