OMAHA, NE – This Thursday, Nov 15th, the Douglas County Democrats will be considering an amendment to their Constitution and Bylaws, hopefully ensuring an inclusive County Level Democratic Party. The measure will include the LGBT community when it comes to electing officers in the Douglas County Democrats’ Executive Committee. The measure, if approved, will begin the creation of several County Level Caucus Organizations for 8 different identified groups, including African-American, Latino and LGBT.
I am very excited for this! I have helped push for this since the County Convention back in June 2012. We have been hashing this out in the Inclusive Task Force Committee since July. We have now finished a proposal that will introduced to the Central Committee for the first time. I am a member of of the Central Committee from LD9, and all 4 original committee members from LD9 have been in involved in some manner. I’m very proud of my LD district for that involvement! A total of 15 people were involved in the Inclusion Task Force Committee. As fellow activist and friend, Mika Covington, says, “Great things happen when Queers step up!!” The meeting is this Thursday, Nov 15th at 7pm at the IBEW at 8946 L Street Omaha, NE 68127 near 90th and L.
I hope this will help people understand that political parties, especially the Democratic party, will listen to us as a people. We just have to put ourselves in a position to talk where we will be heard. Many Democrats won election because they support the LGBT community, and because they had the support of great organizations like the National Stonewall Democrats. The creation of a county level LGBT Caucus would give us a nice stepping stone in creating a Stonewall Democrat chapter here in Omaha.
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.
OMAHA, NE – Welcome to the new Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats Blog! Its the dawn of a BLUE day in Omaha’s LGBT Community. Its time for Omaha’s LGBT Democrats and their ever important Straight Allies to rally for political action for civil rights protections, marriage equality, economic justice and fairness for all! In this election year in 2012, we see many of the same hurdles rising up to block our fight for progress. As Ben Gray is about to reintroduce civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, anti LGBT and big government forces rise up to block such legislation in the Nebraska Unicameral with LB912. If we can unite as one political force, we can push back the tide against us, but it takes participation in our democracy. It means taking the time to email, call, mail, whatever you can do to let our politicians know that we are here, we are strong and we want our voices heard. We need to support the politicians who openly support our community, that is how we will help get into a position to further equality legislation and directives. More to come…….