The fundamental principles of the Democratic Party of Garland County are the promotion of individual freedom, equality of opportunity, community empowerment, a healthy environment, and a vibrant democracy. All are essential if Arkansas is to reach its full potential.The Democratic Party of Garland County meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. at our headquarters, 608 W. Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901.  All interested individuals are encouraged to attend!

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Glen Hooks, Director of the Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club

Sierra Club Director to Address County Democratic Party

Glen Hooks, the Director of the Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming October meeting of the Democratic Party of Garland County (DPGC). Hooks’ work is centered around improving the use of clean energy and protecting the air, water, forests and many other special places which all Arkansans need and enjoy.

Over his career, Hooks has been an attorney in private and public practice, a Director of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, a political campaign manager for many candidates and has represented groups such as the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Hendrix College and William H. Bowen School of Law. A native Arkansan, Hooks lives in Little Rock.

“We are very excited to have Glen speak at our meeting,” said Renee’ Sutherland, DPGC member. “This is a great opportunity to learn about the Sierra Club and discover how we can work together to protect our planet for future generations.”

The DPGC’s October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, at the Headquarters of the Democratic Party of Garland County, 608 West Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The doors will open at 5:00 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 5:30 pm. This free event is open to the public. For more information, call the DPGC at (501) 624-0300, or contact DPGC Treasurer Mark A. Toth (email:

Singing Satirist Roy Zimmerman

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Whittington Place, 301 Whittington Ave.

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Renown left-leaning satirist Roy Zimmerman will perform his witty songs about ignorance and politics (and “ignorance in politics”) in a special concert in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Sunday, October 21st, 2018. Zimmerman’s songs are heard on NPR, Public Radio International and Sirius Radio—and often bring the barbed sting of satire to issues of peace and social justice. The Los Angeles Times writes that “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime and he has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. In his spare time, he is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views and tens of thousands of comments (“And many of those comments are actually coherent,” Zimmerman says).
Zimmerman’s frequent co-writer and tour chauffeur is his wife Melanie Harby. Like her husband, she grew up as a hippie-wannabe in the conservative suburbs of California, listening to rock, folk and Dr. Demento. Together they have written hundreds of children’s songs for Disney, Warner Brothers, Looney Tunes and others. They live in Northern California and when not there, can be found traveling and doing shows in some of the least Progressive places in America for the most Progressive people (aka “Tiny Blue Dots,” Zimmerman says. “I think of it as ‘entertaining the troops.’”)
In the current political climate, do you need some laughter? Some encouragement? Perspective? At the concert Zimmerman will entertain all in attendance with songs from his new album, “RiZe Up,” a funny and forceful expression of resistance in the time of Trump. “What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed,” Zimmerman asks. “Write funny songs, of course.”
As No Depression Magazine observed, "Without a doubt, Roy Zimmerman is among the most important political commentators of the last few decades, and in the end, it's the music that unites and disarms. With music this good and humor this insightful, there is good reason to be optimistic."
Zimmerman will perform live on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Whittington Place, 301 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs starting at 7:00 pm. This is an intimate venue with limited seating so buy your tickets early. Don't miss this opportunity to watch Zimmerman lampoon right-wing politicians with the satirist’s most potent weapon—a biting wit.

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The doors will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online Order Now or call the DPGC Headquarters at (501) 624-0300 or contact DPGC Treasurer Mark A. Toth by email Mark A. Toth.

Funds raised from this event support the Democratic Party of Garland County.

Earl Babbie's Keynote Address

Earl Babbie was the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Democratic Party of Garland County (DPGC) on September 20th, 2018. A renown sociologist, Babbie holds the position of Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. His textbook, The Practice of Social Research (first published in 1975 and currently in its 14th English edition with numerous non-English editions), is widely taught in colleges throughout the United States and elsewhere. Throughout his career he has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also a past president of the California Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association.

Babbie explained how various political candidates seek to use the concept of patriotism for electoral advantage. “Patriotism is one of the most revered and misunderstood aspects of our political life. With the onset of home-stretch election campaigning, we can expect to hear constant references to patriotism, along with claims as to who is more patriotic than whom. John McCain, in his final communication, warned that patriotism is not the same as partisan tribalism,” Babbie said. “It’s important to distinguish patriotism from symbols of patriotism. There are parallels to this. Pledging fidelity in your wedding vows is not the same as actually being faithful. Or, signing a contract is not the same as actually doing the work or paying for the work. These bear repeating in the Age of Trump.”

Babbie added, “It is interesting that some people like to define patriotism in terms of the expression, ‘My country, right or wrong.’ Perfect size for a bumper sticker. Those who ground their patriotism in this phrase always neglect the second half of it, as originally expressed by Interior Secretary Carl Shurtz in 1872: ‘My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.’ I would suggest this is the bedrock of patriotism: a commitment to the realization of our national ideals.”

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