We’ve had a fun and productive year. Enjoy this slide show of some of the cool things we did.
Some club members were honored to be able to join Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the home of Friend of the Club Gilda Reed prior to his speech in Kenner on July 26th. An intrepid participant shot some video. Here it is.
Join the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club as we enjoy wine, food, song and shopping. Over 70 purses, new and gently used, designer and casual, funky and fancy, will be offered in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana Environmental Action Network for anti-fracking actions in St. Tammany Parish. Every purse comes with a prize. Men and women, Republicans and Democrats are welcome.
Sunday, August 17th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Abita Springs Town Hall
22161 Level Street
Abita Springs, LA
Our own GILDA REED and her son Robby had a part in Louisiana’s losing suit to have a MoveOn.org Billboard removed.The billboard calls attention to Gov. Jindal’s decision not to expand Medicaid coverage. It’s not the wording on the sign that’s the legal issue, but the logo on the billboard.
Robby, who had to resign from law school to pay his hospital bills because he is uninsured, testified for the 242,000 Louisianians in the coverage gap.
According to NOLA.COM, Lt.Gov.Jay Dardenne said the national liberal organization improperly mimicked his office’s trade and tourism branding in its satirical billboard posted just outside of the state capital. But U.S. District Court Judge Shelly Dick disagreed Monday, siding with MoveOn.org in stating the group’s free speech rights trumped the state’s case.
On Jan 30, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would delay crippling flood insurance rate hikes for middle-class homeowners across the country, including nearly half a million policyholders in Louisiana, and Sen. Mary Landrieu’s leadership on this issue was critical in shepherding the bill through the process.
“Senator Landrieu brought together a strong coalition of Republicans and Democrats to push for reform to the Biggert-Waters Act, which is imposing disastrous flood insurance premium increases for middle-class families in Louisiana and across this country,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “As this bill now heads to the House, we hope the leadership in that chamber acts quickly to help the millions of Americans who could face financial ruin if they delay.”
On her Senate web site, Senator Landrieu urges us to contact House leadership and ask them to pass the bill.
Ask a woman to run for local office. Here’s how:
- Make the ask . . . more than once. After asking sincerely in person at least once, be creative — maybe send a singing telegram, or write it on a cake, or put it on a billboard that she passes regularly. However you need to do it, just get it done.
- Help her make inroads with a local political party. Local party support is often key to getting elected even at the local level, so offer to be her wing-person when she goes to local party events and meetings, and introduce her to relevant people you may know.
- Support her as she runs for local office. Knock on doors, host a fundraiser, get everyone you know to vote for her for county council/school board/water commission.
- Help her succeed. When the zoning board meetings run late into the night, offer to help with any personal needs she might have, from errands to pet care to family stuff.
- Encourage her to pursue higher office. After she’s done such a great job as a local elected official, chances are that you won’t be the only one pushing her to run for state legislature or Congress.
- Repeat steps one through five until we have gender parity and then some in congress.