OMAHA, NE – Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats held a second meeting, on Sunday, March 25th at 13th Street Coffeehouse. Just a few of us were there, but we discussed and went over some example bylaws and party platforms that we may use for helping to establish the bylaws and platform for our new political organization. We also discussed the necessity of forming the initial steering committee ASAP,as well as steering committee officers; Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. What we really need right now are more members so we can fill the positions. So, if you are interested in helping to start a new political organization with the mission of forwarding LGBT issues on a political basis please come to a meeting. You can contact the group’s Facilitator, Ken Riter at cell phone #4o2-686-6389 or email at omahamaverick(at)yahoo.com with the subject Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats with any questions you may have. You can also check out the Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats FaceBook Page.
The next meeting is scheduled to be Sunday April 8th at 7pm at 13th Street Coffeehouse. To expand opportunities for members of the community to attend a meeting, additional meetings will be scheduled throughout the week. Additional meetings scheduled so far are Saturday April 7th at 6pm, or Friday, April 13th at 7pm all at 13th Street Coffeehouse.
OMAHA, NE – The Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats held their first meeting Sunday night, March 11th, 2012 at the 13st Coffeehouse. An informal meeting was conducted, and informal minutes were taken, but I will summarize our discussion. The meeting had 6 attendees, all males. We are definitely in need of a wider variety of attendees! I’d like to see all letters represented, including lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, as well as straight allies and any questioning types and intersexed individuals, if they are in the area. Increased racial diversity would also be a plus. If are going to stand up for LGBT issues, as many people as possible in the LGBT Community should be represented! We discussed some of the things the group would be involved in, for example: voter registration drives, collectively choosing an LGBT friendly candidate and assisting those candidates with their campaigns. I also believe the group could become a very important source of information for the local LGBT Community for politics as well as educating the community in the democratic process. The group could also be instrumental in organizing volunteers for our chosen candidates as well as doing work within the local Democratic Party. I did mention that I would like to see the group grow into a local Stonewall Democrat Chapter, but that is NOT the primary goal. Right now, we need to grow our numbers and network so each attendee agreed to bring 2 people with them at the next meeting which is scheduled for Sunday March 25th, 2012 at 7pm at 13st Coffeehouse.
OMAHA, NE – The Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats will have their first meeting on Sunday, March 11th, 2012 at 7pm at the 13th Street CoffeeHouse in the Omaha Old Market. Some of the items on the agenda attendees may be discussing include the group’s purpose within the Democratic Party, LGBT issues, and formation of an LGBT Democratic Club to name a few. The meeting will be informal and will serve as an instrument of discussion. The Omaha area is a developing Democratic Party hotspot, as displayed by Obama’s 2008 win of Nebraska’s 2nd District and Jim Suttle’s 2009 upset over former Mayor Hal Daub and a bogus recall attempt help demonstrate that claim. It is very important that the Omaha area’s LGBT Community rise with the Democrats in political organization to be sure that our issues are not left on the side. Gwen Howard and John Ewing, both running for Nebraska’s 2nd District, had a debate sponsored by the Douglas County Democrats, but no LGBT issues were discussed. We have to change that, and we can change that by organizing politically and becoming directly involved in the processes of the local Democratic Party. How we can do that will be discussed at these type of meetings. Bring your questions and we will discuss the answers, hope to see you there 😀
OMAHA, NE – The time for Greater Omaha LGBT Political Organizing is long overdue. So what do we do? Sit on our thumbs and hope for the best? NOPE! We are going to get together as one group, one voice and make our issues known. Our issues as members of the LGBT Community have been ignored for far too long. We, as a people, can do something about that. For example, have you ever looked at the make up of the current leadership of the Douglas County Democrats? Well, have a look right here on the Douglas County Democrats Leadership page. Notice how men, women and even those of racial minority backgrounds are represented? There are even positions specifically labeled Minority Representatives. Also, the bylaws dictate that if one Minority rep is male, the other must be female. If the Chairman is male, the Vice-Chair must be female. This is how they ensure both men and women are represented in the party. Here is the link to the Douglas County Democrats Bylaws to find out more. I am confident that if we, as Greater Omaha area’s LGBT Community, put our heads together, we can create some space for ourselves. A space that will allow us the power to ensure that Democratic Candidates in our Greater Omaha area will be people who are considerate supporters of our precious and delicate LGBT issues. But that can only happen if we participate in the political party that has long stood up for our issues on the National stage. Its up to us to make sure the Democratic Party in the Omaha area is up to that task right here. Its takes participation to create those seats to fill, it takes participation to be heard politically.
Please take the poll, I’d like to find out what days of the week will workout for anyone interested in getting involved. Please pick the days that work for you and pick which time of day will also work for you, thanks in advance.