November 2011 Newsletter

Greetings, Douglas County Democrats –


Once again, the FLEGEL Banquet and Silent Auction was a huge success! On November 5th, close to 200 Douglas County Democrats gathered at Seven Feathers to hear speeches from Congressman DeFazio, Senator Merkley, Treasurer Wheeler, Rep. Roblan and Senator  Prozanski, ably EmCee’d by Daniel Robertson. We enjoyed and bid on lots of unique items at the Silent Auction. We raised almost as much money as we did in 2010, enough to pay our yearly rent and add to our campaign contribution fund for the upcoming election.


I wanted to give special thanks to Kyle Bailey, Program Director of News Radio 1240 KQEN for posting the speeches on their site. Click on the links to hear them again, or for the first time if you weren’t there.

And speaking of KQEN, be sure to listen in to Daniel Robertson’s excellent show, “Progressive Perspectives” Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00. Call the station – tell them we applaud, and want more!


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GOOD GRIEF AMERICA is coming to Roseburg on Thursday, December 1st. Your Douglas County Democrats are sponsoring this community program with Nancy Koerber, Executive Director of the Oregon non-profit sponsored by the Rural Organizing Project that was formed to help homeowners fight illegal foreclosures and to organize grass root solutions to stop the siphoning of our community wealth.


The December 1st program is of such importance to all Douglas County citizens that we’re holding it at the Douglas County Library’s Ford Room 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Because of the T’giving and Christmas holidays, this replaces our regular November and December meetings.


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SAVE OUR LIBRARIES! Next Monday night, November 14, four local City Councils - Drain, Sutherlin, Riddle and Glendale - will be voting on Resolutions for the proposed Douglas County Library Service District. If you live in one of these four cities, SHOW UP to show your support! So far, Reedsport, Yoncalla and Drain have passed the Resolution, but all our cities need to pass it to get it on the May 2012 election ballot. Contact Bob Heilman at to find out what you can do to save this precious resource.


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The “OCCUPY ROSEBURGgroup met on November 9th to plan steps leading up to participation in the national January 20 Occupy Wall Street and the January 21 Citizens United protests. The next meeting will be on December 1st , 5:30 at the Library, prior to the Good Grief America program. Contact Bill McCullough at 541-673-5825 or for more info. Go to for more on the national campaign.


As Thom Hartmann says: “Tag, We’re It. Democracy begins with Us!    - Sara Byers, ed