Right now the Delaware Democratic Party is reorganizing their Representative District Committees, and, in the cities, the Ward Committees. This is a vital time to get involved and create the changes we seek. To learn more about RD’s please go watch our full interview with Coby Owens on the DU videos tab, or watch the shortened version on our youtube channel: Coby Owens Interview . To find out what RD you are in, or (for those in the city) what Ward you are in, please watch these short tutorials: How to find your RD info , or How to find your Ward info. Some of the RD’s have listed their meeting times here, others still haven’t been added to this list, and you will see how to find them in the videos.
So how are we going to accomplish this task of getting involved, and stepping into a political system that seems, at least to many people, to be a hostile and often uninviting environment?
The first step is to Step Up:
- We must educate ourselves on what is happening in our local politics. We have to research and seek out candidates that are receptive to our issues and will fight for us on them. Then after we find those candidates we need to come together to lift them up and make sure that they win their positions in the local elections.
- We need to stay together and remain committed to the actions that we can agree on that will best serve our candidates, whether it be attending a meet and greet, or give information to friends, or even just sharing events and posts on facebook.
- Finally, we have to grow our organization into a formidable force for change. Candidates take notice of groups by their volume, the more people we have on our side, the more power and influence we will have when it comes to helping legislation or candidate involvement.
- We have to spread the message that people can affect change in their communities, no matter what they have been beaten down into believing and that Delaware United is here to help them do that.
- We have to help educate those around us, and help them understand that there is a way to help shape local politics.
- We have to tell them that the first step is to step up and start to once again care about what’s happening in your communities enough to get involved.
The next step is to Step Out:
- We must step out of the house, out of our comfort zone, and attend local events, whether they be in politics or community activities, and ask questions. We will become the change we seek by getting involved in changing our communities. When we go to political events, we owe it to ourselves to ask people questions and become educated on what is happening in our communities, our local politics, and our legislation.
The next step is to Get Involved:
- That means getting involved and attending your local RD meetings for democrats living outside of Wilmington, or your city or county council meetings for anyone and everyone.
- You can join groups like “The Network,” “UUDAN,” “Common Cause Delaware,” and “Delaware United,” to find out new ways to help change your communities.
After we start doing this we will start to see the change that we seek in our state:
- We can make Delaware The People’s state of the country, instead of the corporate or banking capital of the country.
- We can transform Delaware’s agenda into our agenda, and make sure that the candidates know that they need US, the people of Delaware, if they want to succeed.
- We can begin to see that people are more willing to engage in our communities and become more involved in local politics.
After we show them that we CAN change local politics we can then show that we CAN transform our national representation in the house and the senate when they come up for re-election in 2018 and beyond.