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.
You can view the proposal here, Inclusion_Task_Force_Proposal_Presentation_Packet