Bellmore Merrick Democratic Club
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The Bellmore Merrick Democratic Club meets monthly. Membership fees are $25 for an individual and $15 for a student. Please make a check payable to BMDC and mail to P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY 11566.
(Contributions are not tax deductible.)
Claudia Borecky - President
Bob Young - Vice President
Mark Manas - Secretary
Lenny Goldstein - Treasurer
The BMDC is open to all Democrats and like-minded activists. We promote the election of Democrats and advocate for the betterment of our communities.
“Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent.
We must all stand up to be counted” - Dan Rather.
Message from Claudia
Our numbers are amassing. The silent majority is not remaining silent any longer. Small groups of resistance are emerging each week and each group has dozens of followers. And we are uniting.
The Bellmore Merrick Democratic Club invites Democrats and like-minded people to join us in our efforts to preserve the rights and privileges that our parents and grandparents fought and died for.
Our short-term goals are to elect Democrats to local public offices and to better our communities, advocating for sound public education, racial justice, women’s equality, healthcare and reproductive rights, affordable healthcare, immigration protections and saving our planet.
We marched in Washington and NYC for women’s rights. And we’ve been marching ever since. But now it’s time to organize.
The BMDC and the South Shore Women’s Caucus meet monthly at the Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse.
Please check our Events page for our schedule of meetings and events.
Too much is at stake. Now we must fight for our children and grandchildren. We cannot remain silent any longer.
Claudia Borecky, President
Bellmore Merrick Democratic Club
IN DAN RATHER’S WORDS
Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation's capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.
Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicating. Each generation has to renew these vows. This nation was founded as an opposite pole to the capriciousness of an authoritarian monarch. We set up institutions like a free press and an independent court system to protect our fragile rights. We have survived through bloody spasms of a Civil War and a Civil Rights Movement to extend more of these rights to more of our citizens. But the direction of our ship of state has not always been one of progress. We interned Japanese Americans, Red Baited during the McCarthy era, and more. I feel the rip tide of regression once again swelling under my feet. But I intend to remain standing.
In normal times of a transition in our presidency between an incoming and outgoing administration of differing political parties, there is a certain amount of fretting on one side and gloating on the other. And the press usually takes a stance that the new administration at least deserves to have a chance to get started - a honeymoon period. But these are not normal times. This is not about tax policy, health care, or education - even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.
But as I stand I do not despair, because I believe the vast majority of Americans stand with me. To all those in Congress of both political parties, to all those in the press, to religious and civic leaders around the country. your voices must be heard. I hope that the President-elect can learn to rise above this and see the dangers that are brewing. If he does and speaks forcibly, and with action, we should be ready to welcome his voice. But of course I am deeply worried that his selections of advisors and cabinet posts suggests otherwise.
To all of you I say, stay vigilant. The great Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that even as a minority, there was strength in numbers in fighting tyranny. Holding hands and marching forward, raising your voice above the din of complacency, can move mountains. And in this case, I believe there is a vast majority who wants to see this nation continue in tolerance and freedom. But it will require speaking. Engage in your civic government. Flood newsrooms or TV networks with your calls if you feel they are slipping into the normalization of extremism. Donate your time and money to causes that will fight to protect our liberties.
We are a great nation. We have survived deep challenges in our past. We can and will do so again. But we cannot be afraid to speak and act to ensure the future we want for our children and grandchildren.
Submitted by Claudia Borecky, President
Bellmore-Merrick Democratic Club