Fall Plans for UPDC!

The start of fall is not just when pumpkins, and pumpkin spice, becomes all to prevalent, but when the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) becomes more of a public presence in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. Despite what some in our area might think, there are many democrats living and working (and voting) in the area and we need to let folks know we are here!

As we have for nearly 20 years, UPDC volunteers will be setting up a Voter Registration and Information Table on Main Street in East Greenville for Community Day. Community Day this year is on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Stop by and say hello, and pick up a balloon, or a pen, or a Hate Has No Home here sign!

All local democrats are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 for our first UPDC meeting of the fall at the Upper Perkiomen Public Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA (in the lower level; parking available in the back lot, as well as street parking on Main Street). The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include the upcoming Halloween Parade and the November elections.

The UPDC has had an entry in the annual Upper Perkiomen Halloween Parade since 2000! Last year, instead of walking alongside our donkey, we rode on the float, and that is our plan again this year.Thousands of people line the parade route along Main Street from Red Hill to East Greenville and this is one more opportunity to make it known that the Democratic Party is still here, still fighting and standing up for what we believe, and to let local democrats know that they are not alone. And yes, we’ll also be giving away a lot of candy to the kids along the sidelines!

Beautiful Day for a Parade!

Okay, so maybe Upper Perk’s Halloween Parade doesn’t start until this evening at 6 p.m. (Quakertown’s Parade is earlier this afternoon, 2 p.m.), but it should be a lovely crisp and clear autumn night – and the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club, along with Area 2 Democrats, and Democratic candidates, will be in the very first division! The Upper Perk Parade starts off from the Red Hill Fire Company, and goes along Main Street through the three towns, ending at the East Greenville Fire Company at 4th and Washington Street.

If you’d like to be part of the parade, dress up in red, white, and blue, or as a scarecrow, or perhaps as a Secret Service official (NO toy guns or toy weapons) – just remember “when they go low, we go high” – and meet up with our group in front of the Red Hill Fire Company at 5 p.m.  There is very limited parking at the start of the parade, so people are encouraged to park by the East Greenville Fire Company and take a free shuttle bus between the fire companies (shuttles start around 4:45 p.m.)

September UPDC Events

The first big event for the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) is our Voter Registration table at East Greenville Community Day on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We will have forms for new voter registration and absentee ballot application forms (if you know of any college students who will be out of town on November 8th, or if you will be out of town when the polls are open in PA, be sure to pick up, fill out, and mail in an absentee ballot application!) We also have campaign literature and signs; and will be handing out balloons, stickers, pens, and more. Community Day is held on Main Street, between Pennsburg Square and 4th Street, East Greenville, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our first club meeting this fall will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m. Our meetings are open to all Democrats and are held in the Upper Perkiomen Public Library (lower level), 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA. (There is street parking as well as parking in the lot in the back of the building.) Items on the agenda for September’s meeting include local phone banking, Debate Watch Parties, GOTV activities, and our participation in the Upper Perk Halloween Parade.

The first Presidential Debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, September 26th, 2016. The UPDC will be hosting a Debate Watch Party in East Greenville that night. Before the debate begins, we invite folks to come by early to do some phone banking (we’ll provide the cell phones if you prefer not to use your own phone) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and then stay to watch the debate with a friendly Democratic group. (Oh, and did I mention there will be snacks and beverages?)

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Halloween Parade 2015 Update

The Upper Perk Halloween Parade starts at Main and 6th Streets, Red Hill at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 (rain date is Tuesday, October 27th; beginning at 7 p.m.). The parade follows Main Street through three towns and ends 4th Street in East Greenville.

IMG_6508A team of volunteers has been working on the UPDC donkey, and will be decorating the truck this weekend. Those planning on walking alongside the UPDC truck in the Halloween Parade this year may dress in any costume they like or just show up on parade night and borrow a “straw hat.”

It’s always fun to take an evening walk down Main Street with friends, and the night of the Halloween Parade is no exception. So I hope lots of local democrats will decide to join us in walking in the parade,  waving to the crowds lined up along the parade route, and handing out candy to the children we see along the way.

After the parade ends at the East Greenville Firehouse, we’ll walk up Washington Street a few blocks for light refreshments; including cider from a local farm stand and hard cider from a local distributor.

The Democratic Club has been assigned to march in the 7th Division of the parade. The truck must be at the starting position, by Stauffer’s Manufacturing on 6th Street, Red Hill (past Redner’s); walkers are strongly encouraged to be there by 5 p.m. If you want to walk with us, but can’t get there by 5 p.m., you are still welcome to walk with our group, so long as you find us before we step onto Main Street (probably by 6:30 p.m.). Parade participants are encouraged to park in East Greenville by the fire house and take the free shuttle running between the East Greenville Fire House and the parade start in Red Hill (shuttle runs between 4:30 and 5 p.m.) There is very limited parking in Red Hill and NO shuttle will run after the parade. The parade route is approximately 2.5 miles long.

Don’t forget about 2015 – local races matter. (Volunteer Now!)

November 2015 is when we get to go to polls and vote in local races; town councils, township supervisors, school board members, judges, and Montgomery County Commissioners. Often times these individuals’ actions and decisions make more of a difference in our day-to-day lives than those actions (or inactions) taken in Washington, D.C.  And yet past experience has shown us that too often voter turnout is very low for these non-presidential year elections; and even worst, Republican turnout is often larger than Democratic turnout, which is how we end up with Democrats winning at the top of the ticket but Republicans winning local and state races. And not only local issues, but voter registration, voting laws, and voting machine decisions are made by local officials, district lines are drawn by state officials; and when the legality of gerrymandering and potentially restrictive voting laws is questioned, the state judges decide the question.

All of which is why I am sending out a call for volunteers for this October and November;

Walk with the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club in the Upper Perk Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25th (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) Sign up here.

Put a yard sign in your front yard, wear a pin, put a car magnet on your car. All these items will be available (free) at tonight UPDC meeting; 7 p.m. at Upper Perkiomen Library in Red Hill. Or contact the club and we’ll make arrangements to get the items to you.

Volunteer for the local Lit Drop on November 1st or November 2nd, 2015. You will be given a local street list and campaign literature to drop off on people’s doorstep (actually, you’ll probably be handing it on the front doorknob). Contact Area 2 Leader Elaine Hannock for more details and to volunteer.

Volunteer on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Stand at your polling place, for a few hours, or for the day, to support the Democratic candidates, and provide information to voters. Contact Area 2 Leader Elaine Hannock for more details and to volunteer.

Most important of all – VOTE!

Presidential Debates and Volunteering for the Democratic National Convention

After watching the 2nd Republican Presidential Candidate Debate last night, I am more motivated than ever to work to elect a Democratic President in 2016, and to volunteer for the Democratic National Convention, being held in Philadelphia, July 25–July 28, 2016.

And for those who have been waiting, and waiting, for the first Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate for the 2016 race, mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (on CNN). You might also stop by the Upper Perk Library (350 Main Street, Red Hill)  before the debate, for the next Upper Perk Democratic Club meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. Because local races and local politics matter – and every vote counts in every election.

And because we’ll be making more plans for our participation in the Upper Perkiomen Halloween Parade (Sunday, October 25th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) – and we’re always looking for more volunteers; to work on the float, to donate candy, and to walk in the parade that night.