Join the Fulton County Democratic Party
Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:00 pm, 6:30 refreshments & socializing

IBEW Auditorium
501 Pulliam Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

Meet and mingle with fellow Democrats at monthly meetings of the Fulton County Democratic Party, held on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
On September 8, we welcome as our special guest Richard McDaniel, State Director for Hillary for America in Georgia.

Richard McDaniel, a Graduate of Morehouse College and a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools, is currently the State Director for Hillary for America in Georgia.  Previously, he served as Primary States Regional Director for Hillary for America, and, prior to joining the Hillary campaign, as Political Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia and for the Michelle Nunn U.S Senate campaign.  Richard also served as as Georgia’s State Director for Organizing for Action, which is the nation’s largest volunteer run grassroots organization that advocates for the legislative agenda.

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pantsuits Sign up and find out how to engage here.

Make some calls, stuff some envelopes, knock on doors. Whatever floats your boat. Even small actions can make a big difference in a tossup state.

Yes, Georgia is in play people! As is apparently South Carolina.

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bernieAKA Democracy for America 2.0 Day:

[Bernie Sanders’] group, dubbed Our Revolution, is set to debut Wednesday evening. But eight of the group’s 13 or so staffers resigned over the weekend after former campaign manager Jeff Weaver was brought in to run the group. The remaining staffers, some of whom stayed for personal reasons, all sent letters to Sanders expressing concerns with Weaver and solidarity with those who quit.

It would seem that Sanders supporters can’t even get along with each other, never mind other Democrats.

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loudly-crying-faceYou can either listen up or not, Bernie or Bust people, but here’s the scoop from someone who at one time was sympathetic to your cause. I’ve been a supporter of Bernie Sanders for years. Not just some Johnny Come Lately who jumped on the bandwagon last year. I’ve been a proponent of his ideals because they are mine too. So naturally when he threw his hat in the ring, I was thrilled. Bumper sticker on car? Check. Donations to his campaign? Check. Phone calls for him? Check. etc… I watched him win some. I watched him lose some. When it was all said and done, he came up short. Do I think the DNC made it that much harder for him. Yes. Do I think that was the only reason he didn’t prevail? No.

Now here is the difference between you and me. I’ve been at this game for years. YEARS. You got involved last fall. Am I glad that someone finally spoke to you in terms that made you want to become a part of something? Absolutely. Do I think that because he lost that gives you the right to act like fucking children and try to disrupt a national convention to engage in your collective hissyfit? Absolutely not.

I’m beyond sick and tired of your whining about “I’m not voting for Hillary. She’s evil. Blah blah blah.” Or “I’m voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or (fuck you if you do) Trump.” Any vote for anyone other than Hillary is allowing facism – real, honest to god facism, to waltz in and have it’s way with this country – and don’t you dare try to make the strawman’s argument with me that electing Hillary is the same thing. If you actually believe that for one second, you’re too damn dumb to vote, so don’t.

Now about your relationship with the Democratic Party. Again, this is the first time you’ve bothered to check us out. Things didn’t go your way? Tough shit. That’s life. You don’t like it? You have two options: 1. Take your ball and go home or 2. Do like Bernie and everyone else has said and you become the party. The way it’s structured, you can’t change it from the outside. Infiltrate. Take over. That’s how its going to happen. If you choose to take your ball and go home, well…all I can say is stay the fuck out of my way since we will now have to work that much harder to compensate for your tantrum.

If you choose to stay and fix it from the inside, good. I could use the help. I’ll see you at the next state committee meeting, which are always open to the public and absolutely free. In the meantime, turn your energy towards your local county committee. They could definitely use the help. Don’t have one in your county, well you’re in luck because I know just the people who can start you down that path to fix that…

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cocoaOn Tuesday I attended the 14th annual Georgia WAND Real State of the Union event.  As in years past, Jay Bookman, liberal columnist for the AJC and Janice Mathis, President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) addressed the crowd with their take on the current “state” of our union.  Initially meant to be a counter to President George Bush’s annual address, this event has morphed into a progressive commentary on our nation.  Third in the lineup this year was co-director of Rise Up Georgia, Nelini Stamp.  

Ms Mathis began the evening with her dynamic and endearing commentary on women, in general, and women of color, specifically, and their roles in the theme of the evening, Solidarity.  She is a great speaker and  commentator.  She talked about the federal budget, released earlier in the day by President Obama, and reminded us that how we spend our money is a clear commentary on what we value.  Next up, Mr Bookman, regaled us with the clown car that is the GOP lineup for the presidential nomination this year.  As always, he pointed to the inconsistencies and outrageousness of the right and the difficulty and challenges facing the left.

So, imagine my surprise to learn that the greatest contribution I can make now, as a mid-50’s, white, straight, single woman, is to make hot cocoa and deliver it to activists camped out at Occupy events, overnight protests, and other activities. When asked what older white women can do to contribute, Ms Stamps said “you could bring us hot cocoa”. Apparently, that’s what solidarity means in 2016.  Never mind the lessons you’ve learned, the money you’ve parted with, the ideas you’ve promoted, the candidates you’ve helped, the fights you’ve fought.

I adore youthful exuberance and welcome it in all it’s sloppy idealism.  I was that young activist 50 years ago. As a child, as young as 6 or 7, at the hip of my very active mother, I learned about canvassing, phone banking, sticking labels and sealing envelopes – all before the digital age – with phone books, multiple phone lines, and stamps that had to licked.  In high school I staged a sit-in at our local school board for reasons I no longer recall – but I’m sure it was important! Also, my first foray into button-making.  In college I protested tuition increases in a battle against ultra-conservative Richard DeVoss (of Amway and the GOP takeover of Michigan); later I marched in Take Back the Night rallies; I held a job that advocated for culturally appropriate child welfare case management – which was quite radical in the 1980’s – so radical that President Reagan cut our program; and I chauffeured an unapologetic environmentalist  Congressional candidate around her district to community meetings and town halls.  I was a tiny fish in a very big pond but I believe I made a difference and helped further a progressive agenda.   It’s a marathon.  Later,  I helped form a progressive organization that help in Get-Out-The-Vote efforts in 2004, 2006, and 2008.  I give time and treasure to causes and candidates with whom I shared values and ideals. I registered voters, I wrote email blasts, I make buttons, I canvassed.

I often mention in passing that my Chanel #5, my cashmere sweaters, my snarkiness, or my impatience may get my “Progressive Card” pulled.  I’m not so worried about that now.  I think it’s time I turned it in.

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