DKos Asheville held our fifth meet up on Saturday and the event was full of great food, perfect weather and wonderful people. We enjoyed a gentle breeze, sunshine and moonshine mint juleps while catching up with old friends and politics from a wide range of locales from Roanoke to Charlotte to Asheville.
Mid afternoon we all gathered in the shade and talked about voter registration projects and issues and all the guests took away information handouts on the new North Carolina voting law and a comprehensive guide to obtaining an ID for voting. Everyone also received a "Register to Vote Here" sign to use if they want to register voters themselves.
Kossack cultjake then led us through an informative story on his new work on the precinct level of politics. He talked about how neighborhoods have only a few thousand voters in some cases, emphasizing that when you work on that level it opens up all kinds of possibilities to register, inform and motivate citizens. Please read Part I of his experience here and stay tuned for Part II. It is an inspiration to me to witness this raw level of engagement within a person's immediate political landscape.
This is what should be the first of a series of chronicles of my foray in Democratic politics. I want to share these experiences, because I think it is important for folks to understand the difference that can be made by actually getting into the Party, and mixing it up.My daughter was at the Bywater celebrating my grandson's birthday, so we added a little hot entertainment for everyone and that was followed by Steerler Grrl's presentation of gifts for everyone. She had a wide variety to choose from and nothing says good cheer like tomato plants, something that gives food all summer long.
DKos is about more and better Democrats. I hope that I can inspire some of our community to make the commitment to the party. It is has been instantly rewarding for me, as we'll see below the fold.
Gordon20024 once again supplied and prepared the fabulous food for everyone to enjoy and enjoy we did. I hope our mighty but humble Chef will stop by this diary and describe some of these great dishes. He also created the really nice gift bags full of goodies that we have been showing in previous diaries. They were very well received and appreciated.
Everyone looked official in their new lanyards and I hope they make great keepsakes. The group picture includes my family and the guy in the orange shirt on the right? Don't know. He just showed up in orange so he fit right in.
Thanks for coming everyone!