Messaging to Win in 2018 – Saturday, March 10th

Keynote by: Nationally Recognized Democratic Strategist – Isaac Wright 

Plus Presentations on What You Need To Know To Effectively Talk About these Important Issues in our State:

Right to Work and Prevailing Wage – AFL-CIO

Cleaning Up Missouri’s Election Laws – Clean Missouri

Raising Missouri’s Minimum Wage – Raise-Up Missouri

Missouri’s Voter ID Changes – League of Women Voters

And a Special Presentation by It Starts Today on their innovative Missouri pilot

Saturday, March 10th

Doors open at 9:30 AM

Program begins at 10:00 AM

Carpenters Union Hall

1401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139


Please RSVP at Eventbrite

This is a FREE Event.  Space is limited.

Walk-ins welcome as space allows


What can I do now? Building Community! Actions that Preserve the Good and Fix the Broken



Our speakers include:

Rep. Bruce Franks

Chris Krehemeyer – Beyond Housing

Maggie Lalor – SLACO

Tod Swanstrom – Community Builders of St. Louis

Keynote Speaker:
Chris Krehmeyer – Beyond Housing

Beyond Housing’s approach brings lasting results because we listen to the community, act as stewards of their vision, and bring together partners to support that vision and generate results.

Our truly holistic approach was formed by the voice of community members taking part in hundreds of local meetings. Success is fueled by the collective impact generated by the participation of dozens of nonprofits, businesses, churches, government officials, and agencies from within and outside the community.

Come learn what others are doing to build the society we so desperately need and what you can do to help.

Visit with 30+ advocacy groups and organizations and network with other concerned citizens.
Program Details and Additional Speakers:
12:30 – 1:15    Registration, visiting with each
other, informational tables
1:15   – 1:30    Welcome and Introductions
1:30   – 2:00    Chris Krehmeyer, Beyond Housing
2:00   – 2:30    Todd Swanstrom, Community Builders 
The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is an association of nonprofit community building organizations (CBOs) and associate members comprised of lenders, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government actors working to build vibrant neighborhoods where people of different incomes, races, and walks of life can access the opportunities and resources necessary for a good life. We believe that strong neighborhoods help to build a stronger and more competitive regional economy. 
2:30  – 3:00    Maggie Lalor, SLACO
Improving the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment and neighborhood organizing.
3:00  – 3:30    State Rep. Bruce Franks
What we need to do and can do to move St. Louis forward.

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
1:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration opens at 12:30

Carpenters Union Hall –

Hampton between Hwy 40 and 44
1401 Hampton Ave
St. Louis MO, 63139

This is a FREE Event. 



Walk-ins welcome as space allows

For further information, please contact either:
Harvey Ferdman
(314) 469-0595
Dennis Roach
(314) 520-6859


On July 23 the Gateway Democrats held an event that drew over 200 people to the Communications Worker Hall on Grissom.  There were over 30 advocacy groups that staffed information tables at the event.

Gateway Democrats is comprised of representatives from six County Democratic Central Committees in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area:  St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln Counties.   Co-Chairs of the Gateway Democrats are Harvey Ferdman, President Maryland Heights Democratic Township Club and our own Committeeman and club president Dennis Roach.

The event featured speakers on the topic of Advocating Through Boards and Commissions.

The Keynote speaker was Missouri Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Stephen Webber.  Mr. Webber gave a rousing speech that outlined the priorities and actions the MDP will take in the coming year.  More on that in another article.

He was followed by speakers that explained how a citizen could identify, contact, and get on boards and commissions at the state, St. Louis County, and city levels.

1st State Senatorial District Senator Scott Sifton talked about the importance of the boards and commissions from the state level.  Senator Sifton stressed that all boards and commissions have a powerful impact on the functioning of the state government.  Most legislators rely on input from these boards and commissions when deciding whether to support a bill.  Many of these boards and commissions (B and Cs) are not fully staffed.  We have an opportunity to influence our state in a progressive direction if we apply to be on a B or C that interest us.

Linda Henry, Director Constituent Services, St. Louis County, spoke about B and Cs from the standpoint of St. Louis County.  She had a great slideshow that showed how to go through the website for St. Louis County and identify B and Cs that may be of interest to you. (

The final speaker was City of Kirkwood Deputy Mayor Paul Ward.  Mr. Ward reiterated the importance of B and Cs.  He started his political career on the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission and has since served in many different capacities in Kirkwood including the City Council and as Deputy Mayor.  A message he offered was that before you apply to a B or C be sure you want it.  You cannot be effective if you are not willing to do the work the position requires.

The Gateway Democrats have another event planned for September.  Information on that event will be available in the coming weeks.

What Can I Do Now? Boards and Commissions!


Gateway Democrats

“Building Momentum for Progressive Causes”

What can I do now?
Advocating Through Boards and Commissions

Keynote Speaker:

Stephen Webber
Missouri Democratic Party Chair

Come learn what others are doing to build the society we so desperately need and what you can do to help.

Visit with 30+ advocacy groups and organizations and network with other concerned citizens.

Learn about Boards and Commissions in our Cities, Counties, and State and Ways YOU can get involved.

Program Details:
Effective Advocacy through Boards and Commissions
(including how to be appointed)

12:30-1:30  Registration and visiting with each other and informational tables
1:30-2:00    Welcome, Introductions, and Keynote
2:00-2:30    State Boards and Commissions
– Sen. Scott Sifton
2:30-3:00    County Boards and Commissions
– Linda Henry, Constituent Services, St. Louis County
3:00-3:30    City Boards and Commissions
– Paul Ward, Deputy Mayor, City of Kirkwood

Sunday, July 23rd
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Registration opens at 12:30
CWA Hall
2258 Grissom Dr
St. Louis, MO 63146
(Near Westport Plaza)

This is a FREE Event!




What can I do now? Networking for a better future – Web links for participating groups

ACLU of Missouri

Anti-Defamation League

Carpenters Union

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Council on American-Islamic Relations in Missouri 

Equal Housing Opportunity Commission

Expose Thrive!  (Facebook)

Forward Together in Action (Facebook)

Franklin County Women’s Group

Indivisible St. Louis (Facebook)

Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO)

Let America Vote

Liberal Women Unite  (Facebook)

Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council

Missouri Democratic Party

Missouri 2nd District for Change (Facebook)

Missouri for All

Missouri Health Care for All

Missouri Progressive Action Group

Missouri Women’s Political Caucus

Mobilize Missouri

Moms Demand Action (Facebook)

NARAL – Pro-Choice Missouri

National Women’s Political Caucus of Metro St. Louis

St. Louis Animal Rights Team 

St. Louis Young Democrats

Sierra Club of Eastern Missouri 

West County Community Action Network – WE CAN (Facebook)

West County Democrats

Women’s Voices Raised

Yes on Prop P

What Can I Do Now? Networking for a Better Future

You’re invited to participate in our Sunday, March 19th, 2017 event.

Keynote Speaker – Jessica Post, Executive Director, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) – Ms. Post will be speaking on “Advantage 2020” the DLCC redistricting initiative.

We are expecting 250+ to attend. Come learn what others are doing to build the society we so desperately need and what you can do to help.

Visit with 20+ advocacy groups and organizations and network with other concerned citizens.

Each group will have 4 minutes to present their Mission, Strengths, and Needs from the podium.

1401 Hampton Ave, St Louis, MO 63139-3115

Space is limited, so be sure to Register now!

Get Out the Vote for 2016

The candidates have been chosen! The date is set!

It is time to organize to get Democrats elected at all levels for the good of our communities, state, and country.

The Gateway Democrats and St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee are sponsoring a GET OUT THE VOTE EVENT on September 25, 2016. We are inviting all Democratic candidates and activists from the counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin, and St. Charles and the city of St. Louis to attend. There will be presentations from the Federal and Statewide candidate attendees as well as literature and volunteers available to talk with you about the campaigns for all the Democratic candidates. We will focus on what can be done to GET OUT THE VOTE to ensure Democrats increase our voice in this state.

Confirmed speakers are:
Teresa Hensley – Candidate for Missouri Attorney General
Judy Baker – Candidate for Missouri State Treasurer
Robin Smith – Candidate for Missouri Secretary of State
Russ Carnahan – Candidate for Missouri Lieutenant Governor
Bill Otto – Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District

The event will be held:
Sunday September 25, 2-4 PM
Registration opens at 1:30
IEOU Union Hall
3449 Hollenberg Drive
Bridgeton, Missouri 63044

This is a FREE Event. For more information contact Dennis Roach at (314) 520-6859. Individuals can RSVP at

The Missouri Democratic Agenda

DATE – Sunday, April 17

TIME – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PLACE – IBEW Hall, 5850 Elizabeth Avenue, St. Louis


Honorable Nicole Galloway, Missouri State Auditor  –  Keynote and Introduction

Senator Jill Shupp  –  Minimum Wage

Senator Jamila Nasheed  –  Medicaid Expansion

Representative Stephen Webber – Equal Pay for Equal Work


Our first event will be on Sunday afternoon April 19th from 1 PM to 4 PM at the IEOU Union Hall conveniently located at 270 and St. Charles Rock Road (3449 Hollenberg Dr, Hazelwood, MO  63044).  We expect to attract over 200 people. We are building a lineup of featured speakers and have confirmation from Congressman Clay and are in the process of confirming other well know political figures.  Their presentations will be interspersed with educational speakers comprised of local university professors and advocacy speakers who will reinforce our Democratic Party’s principals and how they relate to relevant issues affecting all of us today.

The speakers will be limited to 15 minutes each and will be interspersed with 15 minute break intervals.  Sign-up opportunities will be presented by tables staffed by individual township clubs as well as committee people and Democratic Clubs and organizations like West County Democrats and the St. Louis County Central Committee.  We will provide a means for visitors to determine the township in which they live at registration time so that they would be able to go to the correct table or area.

Refreshments will be available.  The event is free to attend.


Event sponsorship will cover the costs of the meeting and allow for scholarships to townships that do not have clubs to afford posters to identify themselves with the hope of attracting sign-ups. The sponsorship amounts are:

Sponsorship       Amount                        Sponsorship        Amount

Bronze:                    $0 -$50                            Gold:                         $100-149

Silver:                      $51-$99                            Platinum                   $150+

Welcome to the Gateway Democrats

A group of St. Louis County Democratic Committee People and Township Club Presidents chaired by Harvey Ferdman, President of the Maryland Heights Township Democratic Club, are working to expand and motivate the “base” in our area between elections so that there is momentum going into the next election.

People are invited to attend from all the Democratic Clubs in the City of St. Louis, Counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin, all aldermen, Committee People, past campaign supporters and volunteers, including people who displayed yard signs or worked on campaigns in recent history.

The committee will publicize the event as broadly as possible using predominantly electronic media.