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 Obamacare Enrollment continues until February 15, 2015 

-"Responsibility Charges" will be assessed when income tax returns are filed if you are eligible for health insurance, but have not obtained it.
-For assistance in enrolling and information: call our toll-free help line: 877-301-7608.
-Next open enrollment period will be November 2015.
-121 N. Townville Street Office open Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00 and by appointment

Chenjerai Kumanyika speaks to OCDP

Clemson Prof. Kumanyika and his wife, Saadiqa Lundy, spoke to a group of about 10 members of the OCDP at the Saturday Breakfast on January 24. Both were participant-observers at the recent events in Ferguson, MO surrounding the death of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. 

Prof. Kumanyika offered a very comprehensive and insightful account of the sources of discontent that sparked large demonstrations. He stressed the largely peaceful character of the protests, despite the media treatment of the events, which focused largely on the disorderly incidents. 

As a specialist interested in the role of modern communications in facilitating and shaping social protests, Prof. Kumanyika stressed the importance of cell phone videos of the police treatment of the victim in the hours following his death as an incitement of community anger and disgust. 

Despite the frustration and anger that many in the local community felt, he emphasized that the protests were overwhelmingly orderly and peaceful and were designed to encourage dialogue and reform. 

Saadiqa discussed the important role of women in organizing the demonstrations and also explained the importance of the young people who were drawn to the events. Both emphasized the critical role of protest in persuading local authorities to bring about policy changes.

Check out John Spratt Issues Conference!

Great speakers!  Democratic National Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will keynote, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will also be featured.

The 2015 Issues Conference will be held February 27th and 28th at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. 

The registration fee for this year's conference is $40 before February 9th and $50 after that date. County Parties can reserve four tickets for $140 before February 6th. Young Democrats are eligible for a $10 registration discount and College Democrats will receive a discount of $20. Click here to get your tickets now!

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton at a reduced rate of $99 per night. To reserve a room at this rate, please call the Sheraton at 1-888-627-82031-888-627-8203 and inquire about the Spratt Issues Conference room block.

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