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Monday, March 29, 2004

Senatorial convention

I'm finally back to the blog. It was a very busy weekend for me, which is why I have not been updating the blog. My apologies.

Saturday, I went to the Tarrant County Senatorial Democratic convention. I was one of ten delegates from my precinct. In my (not very good) estimation, there were probably somewhere between 500 and 1000 people who attended. It started at a little after 10:00 AM, local time. The keynote speaker was former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Jim Wright, who represented part of Fort Worth, and has been involved in the Democratic Party for over 50 years. Before the convention was officially called to order, we liberals who hate the United States stood and recited the pledge of allegiance (I was careful to leave out "under God," for reasons made clear in this post), and then sang the Star-Spangled Banner. After that token display of our patriotism, we heard prayers by four different ministers. That's right; we liberals who hate Christians listened to four different prayers. Four very different prayers. The first invocation was by an African minister. The second was by a Hispanic minister, who I believe was Catholic. He prayed first in Spanish, and then in English. The third was by a Muslim cleric. He sang two verses from the Qu'ran in Arabic, then recited those verses in English. He then prayed in English. The final prayer was lifted up by a female Protestant reverand. It was a very special moment to hear these diverse prayers from people with an obvious and abundant love of God, whatever form God takes for them.

After the prayers, former Speaker Wright said a few words. Following that, we were introduced to the Democratic candidates from Tarrant County. One candidate in particular, Ruby Woolridge, spoke with an unmatched enthusiasm, speaking of the importance of education, and what effect education has on workers. She said that it was her job, as a teacher, to make sure that her students always strove for the best in all they did. She accused Republicans of keeping the lower classes down, so that they could have a drone working class. When she had finished her speech, the entire convention was on its feet. It was a beautiful sight.

Following the speeches, we broke into our precincts to choose delegates to the state convention and submit resolutions for the county platform. I ran for a place as one of two delegates, but lost in a run off. I then ran for an alternate's spot, and won, so I will be going to the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston on June 18-19. I also talked to Darrel Cox, who is running for State House of Representatives, about volunteering for his campaign, and signed an e-mail list for the Kerry campaign. More on that on a later date.

After a short lunch break, we adopted resolutions to submit as a senate district to the state platform. I do not remember most of them, but I do remember one that apologized and asked for forgiveness for Jim Crow, racism, and all around stupidity from African-Americans. There was also one calling for universal health care.

I will be posting more in the near future about the local campaigns, as soon as I am able to start volunteering for Mr. Cox. Hopefully, it will be an interesting read.



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