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27 August 2008

Guest Blogger: Pat Pullar, Dispatches from the Democratic Convention

The African American caucus was held yesterday at the Colorado Convention Center.

Many Georgians attended the caucus.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean spoke to the attendees of the caucus. He indicated that he was glad the Interfaith session on Sunday had not been done before and he was glad that they had so many clergy attending the event. Dean talked about his bus tour around the country trying to get independents and dissatisfied Republicans to join Democrats in making change in America. He indicated that Georgia has the challenge of registering more than 500,000 people before November’s election.

However, Dean believes it can be accomplished with everyone working to meet the goal. If neighbors would contact other neighbors four times we could get a 12% bump in voter turnout in Georgia. Dean said we have to talk to voters not just leave literature. Talk to them about their concerns and issues and ask questions as to what is important to them and their family. Dean also indicated that we must utilize absentee voting more efficiently and get people to vote early or absentee. If neighbors contacted 40 people four times we could get the numbers we needed to win this election.

Dean said, "America needs Barack Obama -— the world needs Barack Obama. It is not up to us, it is up to you."

DNC African American caucus chair Virgie Rollins indicated that they are working with State Parties to ensure African Americans are represented in every state.

Rollins said, "We will not be taken for granted anymore."

A disorderly dissenter came into the caucus saying Obama supported Black genocide. He was taken away by security while the attendees shouted over him Obama, Obama.

The meeting quickly resumed.

The former mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb, welcomed the attendees to Denver. He was applauded numerous times throughout the session for providing the infrastructure in Denver so we could have a successful convention.

Webb said, "For the first time, you will look at a President and a First Lady that looks like us. For the first time, we will have a President that can put a sentence together. Whether you were on the Edwards, Clinton or Obama team, we are now on one team."

"This election will be closer than we think. One word of advice, we are 500,000 miles above sea level so our prayers will reach heaven quicker," Webb continued.

Another protester tried to disrupt the session and was quickly apprehended by security and taken out.

In honor of the late Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a poem by Maya Angelou, "Phenomenal Woman," was read. Then a moment of silence was held for Tubbs-Jones.

DNC Secretary Alice Germond spoke about the historical occasion of Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

"This convention is the first time 30% more African Americans are delegates to this convention," Germond said. "African-Americans represent 25% of the entire delegation."

Germond stated that this will be a tough election not just for Obama but for the Democratic senators, Democratic members of Congress and all Democrats down the ballot.

"We are battling in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana," Germond said.