Your Vote Counts! Meet & Greet Rally

Your Vote Counts! Meet & Greet Rally

party logoHosted by the St. Joseph County Democratic Party African American Coalition


Wednesday, October 18
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

UAW Local 5
1426 South Main Street
South Bend, Ind.

Food, music, and drinks will be provided. Show your support and learn how you can make a difference in 2018!

Events – October 2017

Events – October 2017

The following is a list of October 2017 events you may be interested in attending. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

Friday, October 6
NAACP Hazel Hunter Luncheon
Century Center
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
Golf Outing – Apprentices of the IBEW Local 153
Whispering Pines
Check in at 9:00 a.m. with golfing to begin at 10:00 a.m.

Golf Outing – Redman for Sheriff
South Bend Country Club
12:00 p.m.

Tailgate – Women’s Democratic Club
Clay Democratic Club
2:00 pm – ???
$10 at the door

Wednesday, October 18
“Your Vote Counts!” Meet & Greet Rally”
UAW Local 5 (1426 South Main Street, South Bend)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Two Times the Tailgating

Looking for a great Notre Dame football tailgate? The St. Joseph County Democratic Party has you covered. Twice.

For the game against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Notre Dame Stadium, we will be at the corner of Angela and Twyckenham, right near Belmont Beverage and the ‘Backer.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Fighting Irish will be in Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the St. Joseph County Democratic Womens Club will be hosting a tailgate at the Clay Democratic Club on E. Pendle St. in South Bend.

Details for both events are below. We hope to see you there. And of course:


Sept. 30 vs. Miami (Ohio)

Time: 7:00 a.m. – ??? (you know it’ll be good when there’s question marks)
Corner of Angela Blvd. & Twyckenham Dr.
Cost: FREE
Breakfast: Provided by Party Chairman Jason Critchlow
Provided by Indiana House Rep. Joe Taylor
Music, food, games, TV, and more!

Oct. 7 @ North Carolina

Time: 2:00 p.m. – ??? (we like to keep you guessing)
Location: Clay Democratic Club, 109 E Pendle St, South Bend IN 46637
Cost: $10 per person, tickets at the door
Admission includes food (hot dogs, sloppy joes, chips, and cookies), Piggy Raffle, Tip Boards, and 50/50
Cash Bar

Take 2 Minutes: Graham/Cassidy

Republicans in the Senate have introduced the Graham/Cassidy healthcare repeal bill, and this last ditch attempt at repeal is picking up momentum. Once again, they are trying to push through a secretive, partisan bill at the last minute. We stopped them before, and we must pull out all the stops to do it again.

For an overview of what’s in the bill, including the negative impact it would have on people with pre-existing conditions and those who get their coverage through Medicaid, you can read this summary from CNN.

Then, call Indiana’s Republican Senator, Todd Young, at 202-224-5623 and ask him to oppose Graham/Cassidy.

You can also call our Democratic Senator, Joe Donnelly, at 202-224-4814 to encourage him to keep fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act.

This affects everyone. Thank you in advance for your efforts on behalf of Hoosiers and all Americans.

SJC Democrats Respond to Trump DACA Decision

St. Joseph County Democratic Party logoToday (Tuesday, Sept. 5), the Trump administration announced the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)—a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

These individuals have been protected from deportation under the current policy enacted by President Obama in 2012. This policy allowed these young immigrants to emerge from the shadows and obtain valid driver’s licenses, enroll in college, secure jobs, and even pay income taxes. Although it still fell short of providing a path to citizenship, it was a common sense approach that worked to help make our country stronger.

In response to the news, St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow said:

“President Trump’s decision to end this policy without so much as even the semblance of a realistic immigration plan is short-sighted, irresponsible, and without cause. Today, he is choosing dogmatic ideology over common sense, practical solutions. We stand with the DACA Dreamers and look forward to supporting common sense immigration reform.”

The St. Joseph County Democratic Party urges everyone to contact Congresswoman Jackie Walorski at 574-204-2645 to ask that she protect DACA Dreamers and reject the president’s position.

A demonstration of action and a call for proper immigration reform has been planned by community members at the office of Congresswoman Walorski tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 6) from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. The office is located at 202 Lincolnway E. Suite 101, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544.

Standing With Charlottesville

Standing With Charlottesville

In the wake of the hateful demonstrations, violence, and act of terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., the weekend of August 12–13, communities across the country have been coming together to #StandWithCharlottesville. Ours is no different.

Organized by Indivisible Indiana District 2, the Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil drew hundreds of people to South Bend’s Jon Hunt Plaza on the evening of Monday, August 14. Among them were Pete Buttigieg, South Bend’s mayor, and members of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party.

Below are just a few images from the vigil.

Events – August 2017

The following is a list of August 2017 events you may be interested in attending. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

Wednesday, August 16
Corbett for Sheriff Campaign Kickoff
12:30 pm
Courthouse Steps

SJC African American Coalition Monthly Meeting
5:30 pm
Democratic Party HQ

Monthly Party Action/Volunteers Meeting
5:30 pm
Democratic Party HQ

Friday–Sunday, August 18-20
Osceola Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 20
American Legion 357 Corn and Sausage Roast
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 22
Sen. Joe Donnelly Campaign Kickoff
5:30 pm
CJ’s Pub

Thursday, August 24
Redman for Sheriff Pasta Fundraiser
4:30 pm
DeAmici Club

Saturday, August 26
Joe Taylor Backyard BBQ Fundraiser
2:00 pm

Wednesday, August 30
Mayor Pete Golf Outing
Blackthorn Golf Course

From the Chair: The Road Ahead

Jason Critchlow

Jason Critchlow


I have seen the most amazing things in the last 6 months, and they began the morning after the November 2016 election. On the morning of November 7th, an individual whom I had never met walked through the door to our Headquarters on Lafayette Street. He wore the same forlorn look on his face that was shared by so many. When he spoke, he did so with conviction, passion, and resolve, and I won’t forget his words: ”I want to get involved. We are a better country than this and I am ready to change our future.”

In the following days, the phone started ringing and the emails began streaming in, all sharing the same general sentiment: “I need to get involved.” In the past several months, we have seen marches, town halls, and numerous other events that have illustrated the inspiration shared by thousands of individuals demonstrating their willingness to get involved in their own community. It is clear that any moments of despair were fleeting, replaced only with rejuvenation and a resolve to fight for our future.

There are no more footsteps to follow. Instead, it’s time to carve our own path, a new one for the future. The local Democratic Party has been busy in these past several months. We have been listening, learning, organizing, and growing. We are getting prepared, and we need you to join us in carving this new path forward.

It’s time to get involved and raise your own voice in your community. Be someone who refuses to sit on the sidelines, and, instead, choose to be someone who does something. We can’t always control national events, but we can exert tremendous influence and control over our immediate surroundings. That’s why it is so important for people to turn their attention locally—where impact is felt the most. The same fights you see in Washington are happening in our own backyard every day.

The St. Joseph County Democratic Party will continue fighting for the ideals we all share and will take action to protect the values of freedom, families, and fairness in our community. We are proud to unveil this new website as a display of the efforts of so many individuals getting involved locally for the first time. They are each making a difference, and we need you to become a part of it—to become a part of the movement towards the progress and the change our country needs.

Jason Critchlow
St. Joseph County Democratic Party

Events – July 2017

The following is a list of upcoming events you may be interested in attending. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

Wednesday, July 19
SJC African American Coalition Meeting
5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21
Corbett for Sheriff Golf Outing
11:00 a.m.
Blackthorn Golf Course

Saturday, July 22
Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Town Hall
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
UAW Local 5

Thursday, July 27
Redman for Sheriff BBQ
6:00 p.m.
Uptown Kitchen

Friday, July 28
Building Trades Golf Outing
8:00 a.m.
Whispering Pines Golf Course

Cichowicz for Probate Judge Golf Outing
11:00 a.m.
Blackthorn Golf Course

Community Voices: Opposing the Senate Health Care Bill (via South Bend Tribune)

South Bend residents Marcia Tatay and April Lidinsky recently wrote a piece in the South Bend Tribune opposing the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, particularly with regard to how it would impact women. The two are co-chairs of the Community Action Partners of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, North Central Indiana. Dr. Ellyn Stecker also contributed to the op-ed.

Read the South Bend Tribune story

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