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Party Announces New Membership Programs

LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson, Executive Director Stephen Handwerk and the new leadership team at the Louisiana Democratic Party hit the ground running today, announcing new membership programs to help strengthen and grow the party.

“One thing I have heard time and time again since the Jefferson Jackson Dinner is that we need to have more affordable ways for our party members to play a significant role in our party’s growth and direction,” Handwerk said. “So today we are announcing our new Official Membership program.”

“We are committed to building a strong party from the bottom up,” said LDP Chairwoman Peterson. “Providing a means for Democrats of every income level to become stakeholders in our party is essential to doing that work. These membership programs are an essential part of that effort. I hope that every Louisiana Democrat finds a way to participate in these programs and take ownership of their party.”

You can become an Official Member of the Louisiana Democratic Party by clicking and joining up today. Your membership fee is only $40 per year and for that you will get:

  • The LADemo News service, the latest news and issues reports that directly affect you and your family.
  • You will get an official membership card to carry with Pride! And,
  • You will be amongst the first to hear about Democratic events in your area.

“This is the best and easiest way for you to play a significant role in moving our party forward,” Handwerk said.

If you want to play a more active role, become a Sustaining Member! That is right! We are bringing back the Blue Krewe — All New and Vastly Improved! Sustaining members commit to donating a minimum of $25 per month for one year.

Sustaining Members receive everything the Official Member receives including a special Sustaining Member card — Plus

  • They will be invited to special insider conference calls and events.
  • And, if you sign up now, we’ll send you both a 2012 Obama bumper sticker AND an official 2012 Louisiana Delegation Button from the convention in Charlotte. These are collectors items!

“If we are going to grow the party and have the resources we need to be successful then we need you to be “IN!” Handwerk added. “We need you to help us Grow our party! There is simply Too Much at stake not to act. So, please become a Card Carrying Member or a Sustaining Member today!”

Act today and we will denote on your card that you are a Kick Off Member!

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Originally published: Sep 25, 2012

Democratic Voices: Young Professionals Need to Lead

OPDEC member Nolan Marshall, III

OPDEC member Nolan Marshall, III

“All politics are local,” is a truism that can be lost in the national narrative that engulfs the country every four years during the presidential election. Yet decisions about how local schools are governed and funded, how city resources are allocated between recreation, policing, and infrastructure and countless other decisions that affect our quality of life and the neighborhoods we love, are made every few weeks by local elected officials. Qualifying just ended for the fall elections. While everyone will speculate on the increased turnout because of the “Obama Effect” or bemoan that young voters aren’t as excited this time around, what will be foremost in my mind, is this fact: In 1996, Illinois’ 13th District, which at that time spanned Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods, elected a 35 year old Barack Obama to represent them in the Illinois State Senate; boosting up the young man who would become the 44th President.

There will be several local races on the November 6th ballot — all 7 school board seats and both District E and District B city council seats. This is an opportunity to galvanize around and support a new generation of leadership. When given the opportunity to appoint someone under the age of 35 to fill the vacated council seats on an interim basis, the City Council instead fought with each other and the administration, resulting in appointments that I believe can be interpreted only one way: Young professionals and young families, the city of New Orleans wants your energy and tax base, but doesn’t want your leadership.

Dem-voicesAs young professionals in this city, we choose to live in New Orleans because of the resilience of our community and the potential for greatness that is explicit in the city’s rebirth. We live here because of the opportunity to begin our families and pursue our dreams in a truly unique and historic time. We are not transient; rather we are the fortified pilings for which this city’s foundation has to be rebuilt upon. In less than two weeks, I hope that several young professionals offer themselves for public service, and I hope we rally and support their campaigns. Those who have political power have not shown a willingness to support young leadership -they want us to pay property taxes, but not be politically active.

At the 2012 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a Democratic Party fundraiser, Newark Mayor Cory Booker — elected to the Newark City Council as a 29 year old and elected mayor as a 37 year old — spoke about all the people that came before him who’s names he would never know as part of a “conspiracy of love” that helped get him to where he is. He told the crowd to “know upon whose shoulder you stand,” but also implored the crowd to “stand up for who you are, and stand for your ideals.” Often times in our anxiousness to make a difference, young leaders are accused of not showing enough deference and respect. But just as when you literally stand upon someone else’s shoulders, those at the bottom must remember their responsibility to uplift and provide a helpful boost. Would it not be disrespectful and ungrateful, if we chose to shirk our obligation to use the skills we’ve gained from the education and opportunities that were afforded us through the sacrifices of those that came before us, in hopes that someone older and wiser will solve our city’s most pressing problems while we sit back and wait. Generational tension is common in leadership transitions, but there has never been a prosperous society that survived without grooming and supporting young leaders.

Young professionals also have to be willing to support each other and to serve -to make financial and personal sacrifices — in order to improve the lives of our neighbors. It’s not enough that we’d really like to see and hope for a safer, healthier, and more prosperous New Orleans; these hopes have to be something we feel in our souls that we have to have, and they should compel us to act. Will we be content to get wrapped up in the national narrative around the presidential election, or will we stand up for our ideals and stand with our peers that seek out elected office? New Orleans is capable of electing the next Corey Booker to the City Council, or the next Barack Obama to the State Senate, if we boost each other up and defer only to an agenda that improves our communities. This Fall, it’s imperative we embrace our impatience!

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Nolan A. Marshall III is the Assistant Director, Policy and Advocacy at the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives. Nolan has also led two for profit companies, Good Citizen and NĀM-IT, providing consulting services and products to public schools, parents, and students. Nolan has been an active civic leader serving as the President of the Young Leadership Council, President of the board at Einstein Charter School, and serving on the board of the Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans City Park Commission, Human Relations Commission, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans Resource Council, New Orleans Crime Coalition, Court Watch NOLA, and the BioDistrict. He is also a member of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee (OPDEC) from District A.

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Originally published: Aug 24, 2012

JJ 2012: Forward, Not Back!!!


We knew it was going to be good. We tried to prepare you for it.

But, really, if we’d have known the Jefferson Jackson Dinner was going to be that good and told you that, you would not have believed us!

It was a sold out event.

More than 1,000 Louisiana Democrats in the room. From big cities and small towns. Dressed to the nines. Geared up for politics. Looking for direction to channel their energy.

They got that from our speakers. Forward, not Back! Obama, not Romney! Democrats, not Republicans!

Louisiana's true champion, Senator Mary Landrieu!

Louisiana’s true champion, Senator Mary Landrieu!

Governor Martin O’Malley relished in the delivery of his speech on what separates President Obama from Mitt Romney and Democrats from Republicans – Democrats are going forward, not back!  Newark Mayor Cory Booker did a verse and refrain riff in his speech that drove home the point why he and all Democrats “Stand with Obama!”  It was a blast of great politics, great socializing, great food and even better networking!

On a day when Grassroots Democrats across the state celebrated President Obama’s birthday, Jefferson Jackson attendees had the feeling that they were taking part in re-birth experience, as the electricity in the room combined with the size of the crowd to blast away any remaining doubts about the future of the Louisiana Democratic Party in this state.

Our future was clear and palpable on Saturday night. The LDP is alive, well and getting stronger every day!

Rebirth Cake!

Rebirth Cake!

But, lest there be any confusion as to where the Party’s party was, the JJ concluded as only a great New Orleans party can — with a Second Line out of the ballroom led by the Uptown Strutters and LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson. Such a night!

If you were in that number, you know! But, don’t just take our word for it. Click here to let some of the folks who attended tell you what they thought.

If you were not, then we know you’re not going to want to miss the 2013 version – and the first state party convention in decades!

For those of you wanting a little more of the here and now, come out to Lake Charles later today for the Southwest Louisiana Day of the Democrats! We’ll be working out of the Calcasieu DPEC’s new headquarters at 1200 Martin Luther King Highway (US 171) less than a mile north of I-10.

Governor O’Malley won’t be in Lake Charles; neither will Mayor Booker. But the real source of Saturday’s JJ buzz will be — fired up Democrats ready to get after the business of putting our state in the hands of people who actually care about it.

Governor Martin O'Malley, LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson, and Mayor Cory Booker.

Governor Martin O’Malley, LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson, and Mayor Cory Booker.

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Originally published: Aug 7, 2012

Louisiana Democrats Sell-out 2012 Jefferson Jackson Dinner

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Louisiana Democrats Sell-out 2012 JJ Dinner     

New-LDP-Logo-291x300The Louisiana Democratic Party has sold out its 2012 Jefferson Jackson Dinner which will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans this Saturday, August 4th.

Keynote speakers for the event, which will draw approximatley 1,000 Democrats from across the state, are Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker.

Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented to Former Representative Alphonse Jackson, Jr., Leah Guerry, and former labor leader Sibal Holt. Jerry McKernan and Mary Wisham will be honored posthumously for their work.

Special guests include Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Louisiana Democrats who will be attending include: Senator Mary Landrieu; Congressman Cedric Richmond; Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover; Louisiana House Democratic Leader John Bel Edwards; Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Leader Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith; Louisiana Senate President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome; House Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger, III; Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell; Host city Mayor Mitch Landrieu; and Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson.

Reporters and camera operators who will be attending need to check in at the event registration desk. We will have a short media availability for keynote speakers O’Malley and Booker, and LDP Chairwoman Peterson from 6:50 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

These interviews must be scheduled through the LDP Communications Office at the numbers and email address near the top of this message.

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Originally published: Aug 2, 2012

Don’t be the Dem ‘Dat’ Didn’t Show!

Senator Mary Landrieu. Congressman Cedric Richmond. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover. Democratic House Leader John Bel Edwards. Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Leader Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. Host city Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

They’ll all be attending the Louisiana Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans on August 4th. And, guess what? They’re all asking if you’ll be there to meet them!

If you’re a Louisiana Democrat, this is the place to be.

Click here to attend and buy your ticket!

I’ll be there with all the other Democratic elected officials, party leaders and grassroots Democratic activist to party together to celebrate President Obama’s birthday and to celebrate our shared commitment to take our state back from the Republican extremists that are wrecking the public institutions that are at the core of our civic life.

Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker

Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker

We’ve talked about Governor Martin O’Malley being one of our featured speakers. The other featured speaker is Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker.

What a dynamic leader! He’s overturned an old, unresponsive political order, attracted a multi-million dollar investment in public schools in his city from the founder of Facebook, started a social media campaign that engages local young people in the creation of video and other content about their city. He has totally infused Newark with a new energy that has lifted the city off its back and has it heading in ways not many people except Mayor Booker thought possible.

You can buy a table for you and your friends here!

When he’s not transforming his city through his leadership, Mayor Booker has been known to take matters into his own hands. One incident happened in late 2010, when a constituent tweeted the mayor saying that his father’s driveway needed shoveling after a blizzard. Mayor Booker tweeted back, asked for the address and showed up to shovel the driveway himself.

Then, there was the incident earlier this year, when Mayor Booker rescued a neighbor from a burning house, suffering minor injuries in the episode.

Oh! And he can — and will — speak!

So, you don’t want to miss this year’s JJ! Mayor Booker will be there! Governor O’Malley will be there! All of our great Democratic leaders will be there!

And we’ll all be looking for you! Order your tickets today by clicking the image below.

It’s going to be a great party for a great Party!



Karen Carter Peterson, Chairwoman

Louisiana Democratic Party

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Originally published: July 20, 2012