Kingwood Area Democrats Call For Civility
Monday, November 07, 2011
Kingwood Area Democrats (KAD) recently held its monthly meeting to discuss their upcoming annual fundraiser. A vote was taken on the location and date of the event and members were asked to create a committee to finalize the occasion. Mowrey then informed KAD members of Citizens United Action, an organization whose goal is to “restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens and by exercising our First Amendment rights, we are taking a critical first step toward reclaiming our democracy from powerful special interests,” according to the organizations Webpage citizens united.org,
Bruce Menke, of Kingwood, spoke of the upcoming KAD officer elections, reminding members that to qualify they must have been members in good standing with KAD for at least three months. Menke also spoke about procuring votes for precinct chair vacancies as well as the importance of knowing who one’s Precinct Chairperson is. (A county is divided into precincts. A precinct is an area that contains a maximum of 2,999 voters, usually with about 1000 voters within an area of several streets. Each political party in each precinct is represented by a Precinct Chairperson. The Precinct Chairs within a county make up a Central Committee, whose powers are extremely influential in the county, state, and national party.)
Sue Pilko, PR Communications, announced the KAD Christmas party in December and the impending status of KAD alliance with the local Rotary Club.
KAD President, Egberto Willies took the floor with a discussion about, and the need for, political civility. Egberto stressed that political civility is nothing more – or less – than a continuing acknowledgment that the motives and patriotism of your opponent are at least as pure as your own. Willies is a member of the Coffee Party, a grass-roots organization with the mission to “fight the cycle of corruption, and restore self-government to the people.” The Coffee Party’s goal is to reform campaign finances, Wall Street and tax codes.
In October, Willies attended a 3 day seminar in Washington, D.C. as a participant in The Take Back The American Dream conference. Take Back America brought together 2,000 progressive activists and leaders for three days of strategy, networking and inspiration. Activists from across the country gathered in Washington with the belief that only a citizens movement can save the American dream. “Americans need to feel that they have a voice,” Willies stated.