From the Floor: Democrats Diversify to Unify
Jeff Richardson is the Vice Chair of the District's Democratic Party. He will be attending the Democratic National Convention and will be blogging for D.C. Wire from Denver.
Hello Washington Post Readers: It's me again, blogging directly from the Colorado Convention Center. I am happy to say that the 2008 Democratic National Convention has truly opened its doors. Today a variety of caucus meetings are being held, including the African American Caucus, the LGBT Caucus, the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Native American Caucus, and several others.
Overwhelmingly the message of the day is that the Democratic Party is united. Secretary of the DNC, Alice Germond, and DNC Chairman Gov. Howard Dean have made their way to each caucus meeting to make the announcement that this year the DNCC has increased minority delegates in each caucus by remarkable numbers. Whether you are black, Hispanic, LGBT, or Asian, I can guarantee you that you are being represented here at the DNCC this week.
All morning I have had the honor to hear from Democratic Party leaders that endorsed Senator Clinton during the primary who are all singing the same song: That while they may have been fractured across camps during the primary, we are all Obama Democrats now.
LGBT Caucus Chair Rick Stafford made that clear when he said, "Despite the fact that we all were riding eight different trains that got us here, today we are down to a train and a half, and I want to make it unequivocally clear that on Thursday the LGBT community will be 100 percent behind Senator Barack Obama."
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb reminded us all of the journey that African Americans have taken in this country to get to the place where we could and would nominate an African American as the Democratic Party nominee for president of the United States.
In tones reminiscent of a Sunday morning church service he stated, "Don't forget you are in the mile-high city, 5,278 feet above sea level, and that means you are 5,278 feet closer to heaven. And this is where you will be Thursday evening when we nominate Barack Obama as our presidential nominee."
While the black caucus meeting was filled with rousing speeches, it was interrupted twice by demonstrators who broke out yelling "Barack Obama supports black genocide!" and the "majority of all abortions are African American babies!"
The demonstrators were escorted out by the police to a crowd chanting OBAMA! OBAMA! They were sending a message that Democrats are focused on one thing and one thing only: electing Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.
-- Jeff Richardson
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